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More Fool Me

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Audible Editor Reviews

Praise for The Fry Chronicles:

"Heartbreaking, a delight, a lovely, comfy book". (The Times)
"Perfect prose and excruciating honesty. A grand reminiscence of college and theatre and comedyland in the 1980s, with tone-perfect anecdotes and genuine readerly excitement. What Fry does, essentially, is tell us who he really is. Above all else, a thoughtful book. And namedroppy too, and funny, and marbled with melancholy." (Observer)

Publisher's Summary

Following on from his hugely successful books, Moab is My WashpotandThe Fry Chronicles, comes the third chapter in Stephen Fry's life. This unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of More Fool Me is performed by Stephen Fry himself.

©2014 Stephen Fry (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited

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    Sherri Guildford, Australia 11-30-14
    Sherri Guildford, Australia 11-30-14 Member Since 2009

    Australian, living in beautiful central Victoria. Audio book addict otherwise fairly well balanced.

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    "And more fool me for buying it."

    I'm a fan of Stephen Fry and really enjoyed the first two volumes of his autobiography but this was a huge disappointment. He phoned it in. The majority of the book is spent bringing us up to date - OK, I understand the need to go over old ground - and reading from the diary he kept as he rushed madly around London snorting coke and hanging out with nearly every name he could possibly drop (not those he was sharing his coke with of course, that would be beyond the pale). This book doesn't advance us very far through his life and although he obviously had a serious drug habit we don't get the sense of how this was affecting his everyday life. The diary entries don't cut it. Pardon the pun.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Giles 05-27-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Good start but poor end"

    I very much enjoy Stephen Fry's books, but only enjoyed the first 2/3 of this one. The remainder is a very long and repetitious diary extract when could have been wrapped up in a few pages. Too much illustration of why the book is so tiitled

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SR_Penny 10-30-15
    SR_Penny 10-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Probably not worth it if you've read the others"
    What did you like best about More Fool Me? What did you like least?

    Stephen Fry's performance is good, but the book seems slightly rushed and contains lots of 'filler'.

    The book is almost split in to varying thirds:
    - First third: Going over details and stories from the previous 2 books.
    - Second third: Some new info and anecdotes (although a lot of them I'd already heard on various tv shows and during promotional stuff for the book).
    - Final third: Just reading from his diary. No newly written content. While some of the stories were interesting, I'm not too bothered about what SF had for breakfast/lunch/dinner/drinks and when he went to bed on any given day.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More anecdotes and original writing. Less goign over old stuff and just reading from old diaries.


    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    Excellent, as always.


    Do you think More Fool Me needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, but not yet, and in a format more similar to the first two books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Bean 10-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Extremely entertaining"

    Wonderful book. Full summation of previous delights. Highly recommended. Wonderful insights of life from a delightful mind.

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    clare loughton 08-07-15
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    "another gorgeously written book by Fry"

    One of the kindest, sweetest, most ethical, gentle and fascinating human beings on the planet talking more about his life. A wordsmith it is a pleasure to listen to, even as you cringe at his self loathing. Stephen Fry, you are a legend and we love you xx

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    janine 06-30-15
    janine 06-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    I read so many bad reviews I almost didn't read this book- so glad I did. I absolutely love Stephen Fry's command of English. Listening to this felt like having a chat with him, quite intimate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MR J HARRIS 03-05-15
    MR J HARRIS 03-05-15
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    "A lovely listen"

    It's great listening to Stephen Fry narrating his own work - I loved his insight into his own life.

    The only disappointment for me was his reliance on diary excerpts towards the end. It was interesting having a view into his life in 1993 but I would have preferred more current commentary and analysis of what happened.

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    Mark 02-09-15
    Mark 02-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "An interesting life"


    Always a joy to listen to whatever the topic but when it's about a life as interesting as his - well...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Plainview 11-17-14

    History lover. Oil field owner. Milkshake drinker.

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    "So pompous"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It's endless footnote, after footnote. There's an awful lot of fluff in this book and only two really good stories about Hirst and Diana. The rest is totally forgettable.

    I am returning this audio book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen Fry again?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Fry?

    No one. The story is boring.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Footnote, this book is long and dreary. End of footnote. Goodbye.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    charlotte christchurch, New Zealand 09-26-14
    charlotte christchurch, New Zealand 09-26-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Another compelling volume"
    If you could sum up More Fool Me in three words, what would they be?

    Funny and Compelling, I have read all of Stephen Fry's Novels and this prior memoirs and this is a great addition.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephen of Course!


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Fry – was your favorite?

    Well, of them this is a memoir


    Any additional comments?

    Read/ Listen to his novels first if you are going to as this book does contain spoilers

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Colin
    WATFORD, United Kingdom
    11/17/14
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    "Should ask his editor for a refund"

    I enjoyed The Fry Chronicles very much and so was looking forward to this, the 3rd in the series recording the life of a bona fide National Treasure. But, oh dear, what has gone wrong? Not only does Mr Fry spend at least the first hour of this book recapping the story from the previous volumes (which frankly could've been done in a one-page summary) the initial chapters of this book meander about far too much. Call me old-fashioned but to me a key concept in a biography is that the narrative should flow in chronological order. Not so here as the story jumps forward and backward in time with little idea of how this book links to the end of the previous volume.

    Only near the end of Part One does Mr Fry switch to a diary-style of narrative and, despite his protests that this style is not his forte, he proves to be an excellent diarist and the story suddenly shifts a gear into a flowing, consistent and highly-engaging thread.

    I have seen some other readers reviews where Mr Fry comes in for some stick over this, but to me it seems it's his editor who should shoulder the blame here. Mr Fry has written openly and candidly about the events surrounding his success, the parties, the excess, the lost nights and, especially, his cocaine addiction that ran for a number of years. To me it is the job of the editor to take these various scribblings (no offence meant), sift the wheat from the chaff, and produce a finished piece of work that is suitable for publishing.

    The editor in this case did none of these things. I assume he/she was so confident in Mr Fry's popularity that they thought any such dabbling to be an unecessary intrusion upon their time.

    Shame really, as the diary section of the book was rivetting. Overall a definite C-minus...

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
    10/10/14
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    "A defense of More Fool Me"

    Three and a half stars on Audible, two and half stars on Amazon - is this really a book written by Stephen Fry? I've always enjoyed audiobooks ever since earliest childhood and long car journeys to see family made bearable (the car journeys at any rate) with the addition of a story read over the cassette player.

    I liked audiobooks for two reasons, firstly the story and second the narrator. I like Stephen Fry's books on Audible for the same reasons. There is nothing worse than an autobiography or memoir read by someone else. So Moab is my Washpot and the Fry Chronicles were a delight. Stephen, having some might say, lulled me therefore into a false sense of security with these two triumphs, disgorged me of my remaining credit in an instant.

    And I must say I DID enjoy 'More Fool Me'. The complaints people have with Stephen, and they are justified in many instances, is that he does hark on a little at his 'incompetence' his 'celebrity' and his 'self loathing' and general 'lack of confidence.' I'm sorry to break it to you but this IS Stephen and if you haven't learned that by now, then perhaps you should never have picked up 'More Fool Me' in the first place.

    It is self-deprecating in many places, depressing in others and repetitive upon the themes mentioned above, but it is also witty and funny and well written. Perhaps not to the same degree as his previous efforts and yes the second half is all diary-fied but if you're reading this, then you have been warned and per chance you can enjoy it for what it is - a comic although often in the dark sense, insight into another chapter of Stephen's life. And I for one, will be looking forward to the next installment.

    Ben Waddams

    32 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • David Jordan Cahill
    9/28/14
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    "A disappointing third volume."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The introduction, which re-hashes both Moab and the fry chronicles is far too long, taking up an hour and a half of the audiobook. Whilst the latter half of the book comprises of diary extracts from the end of 1993, which are disjointed, awkward and ultimately rather boring.


    What will your next listen be?

    Fortunately (or perhaps unfortunately) this has not deterred me from signing up to pre-order his next instalment.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The middle of the book see's Stephen returning to form as he recounts tales of his cocaine usage. With one particularly memorable story revolving around Blackadder, Kenneth Brannagh/Emma Thompson wedding, a condom holder, a glass or two of whiskey and the police.


    Was More Fool Me worth the listening time?

    For die hard fans of Mr Fry, no words of mine would dissuade them from listening to this book, after all I am a said die hard fan. Perhaps, to put things in perspective, if I was not such a propent of Mr Fry's work I would have given this audiobook only two stars overall. Stephen throughout the book worries that people will judge him harshly because of his drug use, I think this unlikely. However, I do think people will judge him harshly on the fact they have doled out their hard earned cash and been rewarded with this boring, poorly written and lazily sourced (diary extracts... Sue Townsend is rolling in her grave) memoir.


    Any additional comments?

    This really is only half a book. The second half are annotated extracts from his 1993 diary, that really only talk about massages, weight loss, babies and the pressure he felt to finish his book 'the hippopotamus'. I think there must have been similar parallels between that book and this. The book is read marvellously once more by Stephen, and as a little bonus for audiobook listeners, some grainy (though I suspect fake) audio snippets of Sigmund (Siggy to his friends) Freud. However, despite this, overall the book seems to have been written in a rush, poorly edited and lazily written. I am very disappointed by the whole affair and would recommend that all but the most hardened fans give it a miss.

    23 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen W
    Hamburg
    10/1/14
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    "Oh Dear....what went wrong?"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I was so disappointed with this third part of the autobiography. The first third of the book is simply a repeat of what we already knew. Stephen does repeatedly make light of this and apologise for those that read the previous books but that is no excuse.


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen Fry before, how does this one compare?

    The Fry Chronicles was simply wonderful and I enjoyed it immensely, even recommended it to one and all. And then this, chapter after chapter about the drug taking. How, where, what and when he consumed is really of little interest to most, I would think.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Not much unfortunately. I seemed to me that he gave ammunition to all of those who so dislike his attitude and style. I never did....until now.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not that I can think of


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money and time.

    25 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • alex
    southampton
    10/7/15
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    "very disappointed"
    Would you try another book written by Stephen Fry or narrated by Stephen Fry?

    yes without a doubt. I could listen to his voice all day, my problem with this one is content


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    the fact that he simply repeated books one and two for the most part is in my view a complete cop out.. his insistence on repeatedly apologising for this does nothing to make it right.. at one point he says that if we have read book 1 and 2 then what are we doing reading this book?? but then why was we not warned before paying good money.. I'm sure Mr Fry has no interest in reading these comments but he should feel ashamed at this book, this is not what I expected from a man such as Stephen Fry


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    well as the film would be about book 1 and 2, then defo.. I should say book one was 'marvellous'


    Any additional comments?

    as stated this is a shameful book as it is a rehash of books one and two , having said that, I completed it, and would not hesitate to buy more from Mr Fry.. I just wish I could let him know how badly he let me down...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Burford, United Kingdom
    3/1/15
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    "Sorry, Stephen"

    Loved both previous volumes of Fry's autobiography (and most of his novels), but his full-on entrance into drugged-up luvvydom, mostly told by extracts from his diaries at the time, did not endear me further. Maybe this period of his life is too close for proper reflection.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shona Booky Ramblings Lawrence
    Corby, Northants
    9/27/14
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    "A frank and honest insight into Stephen's life."
    Would you consider the audio edition of More Fool Me to be better than the print version?

    Yes, without a doubt. With biographical books I have to be honest and admit that I quite often skim passages, but having them read by the author of the book makes the whole book more interesting. It feels like an actual conversation with the author.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephen obviously...


    What does Stephen Fry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    There are certain passages of the book that have more impact hearing them read rather than reading the printed word.
    Hearing Stephen swearing was one of the funniest parts for me. My husband assures me I have heard him swear before but there was something utterly differnt about hearing his utter some of those curse words. I personally loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen has given us a great glimpse into his life, the ups and the downs. Those funny anecdotes mixed in with the touching and poignant insight into the lives of living with HIV and Aids in the early years of the diseases. His story is written so well, and I have to be honest, the diary entries near the end of the book have left me truly wanting more.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • badshah.net
    London, UK
    10/3/15
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    "Who doesn't like hearing Stephen talk"

    While allot of this portion of Stephen's life centers around his addiction to cocaine, I simply find it relaxing to listen him talking to me. The whole book has a feel of a friend sharing choice stories about there past. Not on a bragging Manor, more so in a 'learn from my mistakes' way

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wolfy Smith
    7/20/15
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    "A Very Engaging Personality"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Stephen Fry has a way with his reading that makes listening very easy!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was very easy to follow and it was interesting to see the variety of his work which is not always appreciated.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Fry – was your favourite?

    The main character himself!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No one moment, but overall Stephen Fry is not afraid to use his intelligence but is also able to accept and admit his failings.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gary Mackenzie
    Scotland
    7/20/15
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    "Stephen Fry - Autobiography - Part3"
    What made the experience of listening to More Fool Me the most enjoyable?

    Not sure i would have read this , the beginning is what we already know from his previous 2 books.
    However , it is Stephen Fry , and you should know how he is always so self depricating.


    What other book might you compare More Fool Me to, and why?

    His previous 2 parts of his autobiography.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    No particular scenes stand out for me , more the general way that all the drug taking is ''common practice''


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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