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The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography | [Stephen Fry]

The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography

This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of Fry's most turbulent and least-well-known years, with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you, and, above all, surprise you.
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Publisher's Summary

Thirteen years ago, Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry’s autobiography of his early years, was published to rave reviews and was a huge best seller. In the years since, Stephen Fry has moved into a completely new stratosphere, both as a public figure, and a private man. Now he is not just a multi-award-winning comedian and actor, but also an author, director, and presenter.

In January 2010 he was awarded the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards. Much loved by the public and his peers, Stephen Fry is one of the most influential cultural forces in the country. This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of the most turbulent and least-well-known years of his life, with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you, and, above all, surprise you.

©2010 Stephen Fry (P)2010 Penguin Books Ltd

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    Björn Reykjavik, Iceland 11-18-12
    Björn Reykjavik, Iceland 11-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A sometimes fun, sometimes unfocused memoir"

    Fry presents us with a detailed account of his life, a bit too detailed at times in my opinion. Thankfully he is a masterful reader and performer, which saves the day when he veers off into too much unimportant detail.
    Fry comes off as a very likable person, even more so due to his freely admitted, and much discussed insecurities. It is evident that he is fiercely intelligent and well read and educated, and I found myself occasionally losing track of what he was saying as his vocabulary is a lot more advanced than mine.
    I am a fan of the work he did with his friends Hugh Laurie and Rowan Atkinson, especially Blackadder and Jeeves & Wooster. It was largely on the basis on my love for those shows that I decided to listen to this audiobook.
    As the book only stretches just past Fry's 30th birthday I feel that a couple of hours could have been shaved off.

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    Tracie Burnett Heads, Australia 11-16-12
    Tracie Burnett Heads, Australia 11-16-12
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    "not what I expected"
    What disappointed you about The Fry Chronicles?

    monotone monologue failed to bring the expected life to Stephen's life story. Not recommended for listening to while driving!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Åhman Spånga, Sweden 10-26-12
    Robin Åhman Spånga, Sweden 10-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because the narration is so great. I always like it when the author of a autobiobraphy reads his own book, and Stephen Fry is my favorit narrator, so this was perfect in that sense.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Fry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to his reading of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. This was just as good as that one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but that is not necessary. You can take it in bits.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dianna Jolsin, Australia 08-06-12
    Dianna Jolsin, Australia 08-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Why use one adjective when you can use three"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this audiobook and I love Stephen Fry's voice and his narration skills. I found the content interesting, but I found myself being distracted by the use of, usually three but sometimes four and a couple of times even five adjectives to describe anything, to the point where I found myself counting them. I suppose they were necessary but in the end it annoyed me and I probably won't buy the next book. Anyone wanting to hear Stephen Fry at his best - get the Harry Potter books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Canberra, Australia 05-31-12
    Rebecca Canberra, Australia 05-31-12
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    "a very entertaining read"

    I'm a big fan of Stephen Fry and this book was a really interesting read. I love biographies and he did a great job giving us all the nitty gritty without it being too in depth and gooey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mark CARDIFF, United Kingdom 03-19-12
    mark CARDIFF, United Kingdom 03-19-12
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    "Very much Stephen Fry"
    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    Very well read by the man himself. As to the story I dont think it is a full account with warts and all - but certianly a lot of frank talk of what has made him who he is today.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Wright 03-16-12
    Mrs Wright 03-16-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "The A to Z of Stephen Fry"

    Stephen Fry chronicles his life in an A to Z list, talking about his rise to fame, time at university and any other topic you can name. Sometimes he can get a little "name droppy" but that's his life! A good, fun listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven NEDLANDS, Australia 02-06-12
    Steven NEDLANDS, Australia 02-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent"
    Where does The Fry Chronicles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    To this point, this is the best audio book I have bought.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fry Chronicles?

    Just the way Stephen uses the English language.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Fry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Sydney, Australia 01-20-12
    Caroline Sydney, Australia 01-20-12
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    "Sit down and have a chat with Stephen Fry"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    His wit, his extradinary use of the english language is delicious, and he paints a picture that is wonderful. Particularly so if you are familiar with time, location and people


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephen is so wonderfully candid about all his insecurities and self doubts- he had me laughing at myself for illustrating my similar thoughts


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Fry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    not yet, but very much intend to!


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

    When he was recounting his time as school teacher who had threatened punishment to a student, and when push came to shove- he had to show he had the beans.


    Any additional comments?

    Very entertaining and honest- I cant wait for him to continue with the next chronicle!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Veli-Jussi Espoo, Finland 01-02-12
    Veli-Jussi Espoo, Finland 01-02-12
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    "Solid, witty performance"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fry Chronicles the most enjoyable?

    Stephen Fry's voice reading his own text is smply superb.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fry Chronicles?

    His childhood was very interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    If you do not like Stephen Fry as a person, just as a voice othe tape, this might not be your thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • alexander
    2/3/14
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    "Master of audible."
    What did you like most about The Fry Chronicles?

    The whole book has a general constant momentum of fact humour and intrigue.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fry Chronicles?

    For some reason, when a young Stephen operating as a temporary teacher has to inflict physical punishment on a boy. The build up creates many worrying emotions but typically it ends with a humorous if reflective tone.


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

    Many!


    Any additional comments?

    Typically well written and there is no better narrator, i was truly surprised at his story. Stephens story causes many internal opinions to rise, at times i find i disagree with him as he discusses class, opportunity and the will to learn. There is a part where he says no one need be un educated as we can all chose to read and injest books etc (as he did). Whilst i agree with that sentiment, a child from a rat infested tenament with a lack of nutrition or access to essentials i think can never rise as easily as a fortunate well fed, well schooled child.

    My point is that this book will make you consider his thoughts and whether you agree or otherwise you will continue to read and be amazed as his incredible life unfolds.

    Dont miss this one, a masterclass in auto biography.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • cassie
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    4/7/13
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    "A Great Listen"

    I love Stephen Fry and found his autobiography fascinating and funny and such a bonus that it is narrated by him. Being Dyslexic reading can be a struggle so being able to listen to books that I would have otherwise struggled to read has really open up my world.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    England
    3/1/14
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    "Simply excellent!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in what makes other people tick (which, I assume, is most people).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fry Chronicles?

    There are a number of them but I guess what hit me particularly was Stephen's assessment of his reluctance to give bad reviews. A very understandable position.


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

    Not applicable.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Mostly it made me laugh with recognition and the joy that someone being so honest and aware of their own motivation brings.


    Any additional comments?

    A book, especially an autobiography, read by the author is always going to be more enjoyable. This book would be very enjoyable even if read by someone else so imagine how much more so it is when read by Stephen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sherril
    Adeje, Spain
    2/26/14
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    A thoroughly interesting story from start to finish - read beautifully (as one would expect!) by Stephen Fry who reveals so much about his early life and experiences. I very much look forward to reading more from him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. M. Curtis
    Bristol UK
    7/8/13
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    "I hate to move with the crowd but..."
    Where does The Fry Chronicles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Mr Fry's book has been high on the list of most popular for so long and that was enough to put me off for quite a while, a moment of weakness inevitably came and the most annoying thing happened.

    I loved every second, insightful irreverent interesting and there is clearly a reason it's so well loved. The most disappointing lesson I learned is, follow the crowd more often.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephen himself.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Mr Fry the pipe smoking Rugby referee.


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

    The end.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm off to find a queue to join...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    4/8/13
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    "Too much information"

    I love Stephen Fry, the words he uses, the rants he chooses, the fun he conjures. Much of this autobiography met my expectations but there were other parts where I was just plain bored. It was like being cornered at a party. Fortunately this is an audiobook, and so I could choose between fast forwarding or allowing the lengthy self-indulgences to wash over me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jennie Lou
    Manchester, UK
    2/13/14
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    "Not as good as expected"
    What did you like best about The Fry Chronicles? What did you like least?

    Thought the book was a bit boring....sorry.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Can't finish this so unable to say


    Did Stephen Fry do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Love Stephen Fry's voice.


    Do you think The Fry Chronicles needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Just thought his story was a bit boring and sadly I just can't finish his book.


    Any additional comments?

    Normally I love anything he does. For some reason just can't enjoy this book. Read other reviews and thought I would enjoy. Not for me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Davina
    7/13/14
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    "Facinating but unstructured"
    If you could sum up The Fry Chronicles in three words, what would they be?

    Funny clever random


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen Fry? Why or why not?

    I'd listen to another Stephen Fry book to hear the missing parts of his life this book doesn't cover


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

    His own intonation and emotion. Sarcasm comes across clearer when read. Especially as the reader is the author!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    One man's rise to fame


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. L. E. Jenkinson
    Hants,
    7/7/14
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    "Stephen Fry is always great"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fry Chronicles to be better than the print version?

    Well, he wrote it, and he's such a fun speaker that it's like you have a private audience with him. So, yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Stephen Fry's voice, but also the description of his Uni years with the Footlights, and early career.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Fry’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    He's always great, always does the voices, always plays out the nuances.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ella Tyler
    7/7/14
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    "Very good"
    What did you like most about The Fry Chronicles?

    This is a long audio book - good if you are on a long journey.


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

    Stephen Fry has got an amazing voice, and it's a pleasure to listen to anything he says!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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