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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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    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 Petersham, Australia 09-05-11
    Mackenzie Petersham, Australia 09-05-11 Member Since 2010
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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 Uralla, Australia 12-29-10
    Lisa Uralla, Australia 12-29-10 Member Since 2009
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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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  • Mary lopez
    8/28/14
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    "wonderfull stuff!!!!!"
    If you could sum up The Fry Chronicles in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining, educational, funny. I am a great fan of Stephen Fry anyway, and adore his frank, erudite witty banter fabulously entertaining. well done Stephen/


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the author himself and his magical way with words.


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

    no i liked to spread out the pleasure!


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jayneylonglegs
    Lancashire
    8/27/14
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    "The voice of a British Icon to lull you to sleep.."
    Would you try another book written by Stephen Fry or narrated by Stephen Fry?

    I have already read most of his previous stuff, but yes I would listen again.


    Would you recommend The Fry Chronicles to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but possibly only as a way of relaxing, not necessarily anything we didn't already know about Mr Fry in this book. Don't get me wrong, I really like Stephen Fry, but I found he often "over talked or over explained" periods in his life and career, to the point of being a smidge self indulgent and a tad boring. Some bits were better than others, and some bits simply sent me to sleep, even during the day! It was great though having him as a personal story-teller at bed time, and some of his anecdotes were interesting. Stephen Fry is a supreme wordsmith, and for his fans this will not dissapoint, but at times I felt the "wordiness" was a bit over-egged and became a little irksome.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    .....difficult one this.....it sort of all melded into one long relaxing ramble......ouch.


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

    No, I'd wait for it to appear on Netflix I think.


    Any additional comments?

    For a long time Stephen Fry has been in my top 5 dream dinner party guests, after listening to this......I still like him, but I think he's probably moved down to a reserve........sorry :-(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Z. M. Snarey
    UK
    8/11/14
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    "Brilliant listening"
    Would you listen to The Fry Chronicles again? Why?

    As soon as I finished listening to this book I returned to the beginning to listen again.I enjoy the way Stephen Fry tells his stories and I find them most interesting. I have even bought it on Kindle so that I can follow the words.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character is Stephen Fry. He is intelligent, modest, very talented and writes or speaks well.


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

    No I have not. Although my husband enjoyed the Harry Potter stories.


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

    I was not able to listen in one sitting


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tony Swinton
    8/5/14
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    "Laugh out loud funny"
    Where does The Fry Chronicles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thought that only to cover a few years in a long book was going to make this heavy going but the time flew by and I loved this book
    If you need a good listen try this book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Veenus
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    7/15/14
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    "Not bad Mr. Fry"
    Would you try another book written by Stephen Fry or narrated by Stephen Fry?

    Yes


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

    Not so much of the name dropping please!


    What aspect of Stephen Fry’s performance might you have changed?

    Nothing really - he is brilliant at delivery and story telling


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

    There already is!


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book but found the incessant name dropping a bit irritating - probably because I didnt know half the people he was talking about. I would have preferred more about him and how he really felt and reacted to things rather than a list of people and places and dates, I felt I still didnt really know Stephen Fry...but thats maybe how he wanted it.

    0 of 0 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
  • mariabyrne
    6/26/14
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    "absolutely fabulous"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fry Chronicles the most enjoyable?

    Stephens Frys voice


    What other book might you compare The Fry Chronicles to, and why?

    Dreams of my father, very believable


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    all


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

    It made me sleep laugh and think


    Any additional comments?

    I just adore Stephen Fry

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bruce Marsh
    Edward, England
    6/17/14
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    "Excellent"
    What did you like most about The Fry Chronicles?

    Previously I wouldn't have considered myself a fan of Stephen Fry. He was simply the "other bloke" in many of the best comedies. However, after listening to Fry describe his life, I now realise that the man is a comic genius. I couldn't recommend this enough. It had me laughing out loud.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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