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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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    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.

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    Bec Canberra, Australia 12-04-11
    Bec Canberra, Australia 12-04-11
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    "Enjoy without knowing!"
    Where does The Fry Chronicles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Admittedly I've read 'Moab is My Washpot' thought to enjoy this, you need not to have read Fry's first memoir in order to grasp any part of the second. He must have learnt the knack of covering previous adventures in one's life journey from narrating the Harry Potter series. However, the effect here resembles more and Enid Brighton introduction and less a David Sedaris event, which may leave one scrambling for the many other memoirs one had published in order to grasp entirely the authors life experience.The thing I appreciated about this approach is if, like me, you have read many interviews and watched many appearances of Fry, you will take comfort in the repetition but also each of the slight differences he employs when retelling a tale, as I have.]He speaks more as I imagine he wishes, reading this book, then anything you have seen or heard of these stories. The listener will be enthralled, amused and nevertheless livid at the prospect of Fry's writing of a further chronicle!


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    Mackenzie 09-05-11
    Mackenzie 09-05-11
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    "Give this one a berth."

    A wide one! Several hours of verbal showing off with minimal substance. Should be paid to listen to it.

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    Mundell Auckland, New Zealand 09-04-11
    Mundell Auckland, New Zealand 09-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Like a fireside chat"

    This is great. It's like Stephen has sat you down, as a good friend, to tell you some amusing (and heartwarming) anecdotes about how he accidentally became famous. Brilliant. The narration is utterly superb. What a voice!! I could listen to him recite the phone book.

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    Lisa 12-29-10
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    "Stephen Fry carries you away"

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable listen. No wonder the book has topped the best seller lists here in Australia. I think that Stephen Fry could read a shopping list and still have my undivided attention. I listened in 40 minute chunks and I think that digesting in larger portions could lessen the enjoyment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Karratha, Australia 11-03-13
    Julia Karratha, Australia 11-03-13
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    "I love Stephen Fry BUT"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I know he loves his words but there were just too many needless ones.


    What could Stephen Fry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Edit it!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Mr Fry as the narrator did not detract at all.


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    lynn ADELAIDE, Australia 04-25-11
    lynn ADELAIDE, Australia 04-25-11 Member Since 2008

    Hi I am a geologist that now lives in South Australia I work in remote locations and find audiobooks essential for my sanity.

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    "A masterpiece of tedious self absorption"

    So far the only book I regret downloading, the author seems to have some difficulty understanding the diffrence between being verbose rather than eloquent. The tone is best described as Uriah Heep meets Brideshead Revisited. The only reason for purchasing this book is to understand the full meaning of the term ego.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • Leon
    5/7/15
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    "Great, loved it all the way through"

    Can't wait for the next instalment. Anything narrated by Stephen captures you like no other. It's great remembering all the plays, commercials, radio & TV he talked about.

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  • RobDerby78
    5/6/15
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    "A great autobiography read by a great man"

    I totally loved this to the point I would not want to get out of my car when listening to it.
    no one can beat the ability Mr Fry has to capture your imagination and get you involved in the story.
    I'm now downloading all the other audio books by Stephen Fry for summer.

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  • Stephen Thomas
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    "Why use 10 words when 100 ......"
    Any additional comments?

    Great stuff from Mr Fry, what a colourful life he has had! This book is made because he reads it himself, which of course he had to.

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  • Ronnie
    5/3/15
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    "Utterly superb"

    Sublime narration. What a character Mr Fry is. Very splendid. Thank you Stephen for this insight into you world. X

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  • Dougster
    4/29/15
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    "Hours of Solid Stephen Fry"

    I didn't know a lot about Stephen Fry, but I know a lot more now. I didn't have a lot in common with Stephen fry, and I still don't, but there's no getting away from the fact that he's a skilled wordsmith, who - for me - has made many hours of driving significantly more tolerable. Off to download the next instalment now to see what happens next, as I don't think I'll remember how to drive without his aurally-pleasing cadence and candour drifting through the air. Thank you Mr Fry, you now feel like an old friend from a different universe!

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  • UMAGA
    4/26/15
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    "accent and vocabulary"

    the story was, to be honest, only mildly interesting. useful to people interested in a career in writing or television.

    but the way Stephen narrates and his excellent way with words makes it worth it.

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  • Daniel
    4/24/15
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable listen"

    Really good story, kept attention throughout. Narration as expected flawless.
    I would recommend this book to anyone, especially if you know nothing of Mr Fry

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  • kirsty ellis
    4/18/15
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    "Awesome"

    boyfriend and I loved it, very good. kinda what you expect from such a great guy

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  • Suzy
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    "Great guy but rambles on a bit too much"
    What did you like best about The Fry Chronicles? What did you like least?

    I found Stephen really easy to listen to. His voice is clear and parts of the book are witty and amusing. Unfortunately the narrative goes off on tangents a lot and I lost interest. It comes across as someone telling you their life story without any thought to the order of events or what to include or exclude. Just like a great long monologue of 'this is me' without too much context. Very little effort is required on the part of the reader, but then I didn't feel I learnt anything. I understand there are several volumes of his autobiography. I am sure he got a lot out of writing them but I won't be listening to any more.


    Was The Fry Chronicles worth the listening time?

    If you want a familiar voice to listen to whilst doing other things and you don't have time to concentrate then yes. However, if you are looking to learn something or be 'wowed' by a book then go for something else.


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  • Miss S J Warner
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    "Bloody brilliant"

    He is so eloquent, a treat for the ears.
    And his generous nature and natural funny bones make him entertaining and friendly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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