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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 2015

    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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    "Explains so much"
    If you could sum up The Fry Chronicles in three words, what would they be?

    Informative
    Deep
    Mad


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

    Finding out the things that put him on the course to who he is today


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

    He reads well is clear and i can't wait to hear the next part!


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

    The incredible Mr Fry


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  • Steven
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    "QI style biography"

    Stephen fry goes through his early life in a QI alphabetical style. a normal 10 word sentence is replaced by at least 100 words
    quiet interesting

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  • Wayne Flint
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    "Refreshingly different and entertaining"

    Great choice for Stephen Fry to narrate his own story. Open, funny, and very enlightening

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  • d,i,y boy
    7/16/15
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    "S Fry."

    Ten out of Ten. exceeding good, loved every second of this Book. Stephen well done !!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sofia
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    "A feel of entertainment industry, less of Fry"
    Would you listen to The Fry Chronicles again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to the whole of the book again. There were certain parts, which were absolutely hilarious and I'd love to listen to those story, but not the whole of the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fry continues to impress with his wording whizz. Each chapter is titled with C-letter words and it's still absolutely seamless. Fry details his path in acceding to the lime light, continuously apologising for his fortune and refusing to give advice. His painfully accurate descriptions of feeling inadequate are heart-breaking and soul-warming at the same time.


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

    This book is meant to be listened to. Perhaps more so than any other. Fry telling his story into your ear feels excitingly intimate and brings 200% on top of the stories themselves. Re-enacting sketches, accents, even his imitation of Atkinson. Pure joy. He is masterful at voice acting and reading his own story brings it an unexpected layer of authenticity.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is much less entertaining and funny than the Moab is My Washpot. One needs to be prepared for that and embrace the new and different stories of his 20ies. It should not be compared to the crazy adventures of the teenager, as hard as that might be. After all Stephen Fry is but a human, these books are autobiographies and the days of childhood and adolescence have brighter colours for all of us.

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  • Tara
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    "Perfection"

    Funny, frank and philosophical.
    Deep, delicious and addictive. I relished any free time I had, using it to listen to this compelling story. Stephen is a legend.

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  • Jayne harris
    7/12/15
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    "Love this book"

    Fantastic could not stop listening
    Highly recommended
    Good value and Stephen is very easy on the ear

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • RJC
    7/5/15
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    "Simply; a humorous joy to hear"

    Simply; a humorous joy to hear. Will listen again no doubt 👍🏻

    Probably enjoyed "More fool me" more but still marvellous and amusing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Redshoogi
    7/2/15
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    "Honest & Entertaining"

    I love Stephen Fry. He's honesty about his addictive personality is very refreshing. I could listen to him all day. He's a very talented man who lived through an interesting time and has fought some of his demons, his worse one is still to come and I shall buy that book too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
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    "Brilliant"

    Couldn't stop listening to this book. Not gonna lie I don't think I could have physically read it , there are some very big words in there lol. But definitely well worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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