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Dear Fatty Audiobook

Dear Fatty

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Publisher's Summary

Dear Fatty is read by Liza Tarbuck at the request of the author. With an introduction from Dawn French.

With a sharp eye for comic detail and a wicked ear for the absurdities of life, Dawn French shows just how an RAF girl from the west country with dreams of becoming a ballerina/bridesmaid/thief rose to become one of the best-loved comedy actresses of our time.

Here Dawn French invites us into her most personal relationships with, among others, her mum and dad, her husband, her daughter and her friend Jennifer.

Dawn reveals the people, experiences and obsessions that have influenced her and that helped shape her comedy creations - including dogs, grandmas, teenage angst, school, stealing and David Cassidy. She is as open about her fears and sorrows as she is about her delights and joys, and for the first time shares the experience of losing her beloved dad and later finding a tip-topmost chap in Lenny Henry.

From raging about class and celebrity to describing the highs and lows of motherhood and friendship, Dear Fatty reveals the surprising life behind the smile.

©2008 Dawn French; (P)2008 Random House Audiobooks

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    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 03-19-16
    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 03-19-16 Member Since 2013

    I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow

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    What a fabulous book. It was such an easy listen and some wonderful stories.
    I just saw her live doing her 30million minutes tour. A few changes since this book 8 years ago and now.
    It was a great listen and I will listen to it again.
    I love Dawn :)

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    J. C. Means 03-07-15
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    "Loved getting to know Dawn French in this story."

    This is an entertaining listen. Ms.French lets her readers in on a lot and it's sometimes a bit sad, but mostly she's such fun and so funny! Thank you dear lady and PS I could listen to you read to me lots and lots.

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    Jennifer 01-04-15
    Jennifer 01-04-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Genuine"

    Dawn French is a lovely lady. I understand why she chose the narrator of the audible book...I forgot many times it wasn't Dawn herself speaking

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    Coleen 09-02-14
    Coleen 09-02-14 Member Since 2014

    I love audiobooks!

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    "I wish Dawn had narrated it but I understand..."

    I loved hearing Dawn talk about her life. I cried at work listening to some parts and also laughed a lot. I forgot that she wasn't narrating often. She chose an interesting way to write this book; through letters to her loved ones. I would recommend this to any fan of Dawn French's.

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    Tezza 07-15-13
    Tezza 07-15-13
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    "Interesting and sometimes mildly amusing"
    What made the experience of listening to Dear Fatty the most enjoyable?

    The very endearing relationship between Dawn and her closest family and friends are so touching at times it reminds you of the true value of relationships


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

    I have never heard Liza before and often had to remind myself that it was Dawn herself reading the book as her voice is so like Dawn's.


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

    The very touching and personal moments between Dawn and her father did make me cry as it reminds me so much of my own relationship with my father - how very special.


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    Rhonda WILBERFORCE NSW, Australia 10-19-12
    Rhonda WILBERFORCE NSW, Australia 10-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Thouroughly enjoyable, compassionate & funny"

    I loved the way Dawn wrote letters to her loved ones and friends to give an insight into her life, love, friendships and fellow comedians.

    Dawn certainly has a way of making you laugh out loud at her "experiences" throughout her life and feel her sadness in parts.

    The narrator did a wonderful job, sounded very similar to Dawn herself, well done.

    I would recommend to anyone who has enjoyed watching Dawn's career unfold.

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    Divine Lunacy Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-25-12
    Divine Lunacy Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Laughter and Tears: Two of my Favorite Emotions"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dear Fatty to be better than the print version?

    I have read Dear Fatty and enjoyed both. The advantage of the audible version is being able to continue doing whatever you need to vs. sitting down and reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dear Fatty?

    Ms. French tells of a time when she was about 14 or 15 and was going to big party. A young boy, Mark, was going to be there and she had purchased a special outfit for the occassion hoping to catch his eye. Her father wanted to talk to her before she left (and she wanted to ask him if she could stay out later). What followed was so beautiful. The things he said to his daughter should be written down and handed to every father to be said to their daughters. What Ms French's dad gave her that night was such a precious gift. He let her know that she was valued and loved beyond measure. What a gift.


    What does Liza Tarbuck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She sounds a bit like Dawn French, so it's not hard to imagine Ms. French reading it herself.


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

    This book made me laugh and cry. Sometimes at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well worth a listen. Especially if you are a fan of French & Saunders, The Vicar of Dilby, and Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban.

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    Renate 07-22-12
    Renate 07-22-12

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    "Not what I expected"
    Would you try another book from Dawn French and/or Liza Tarbuck?

    No, I didn't find this book very interesting.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I found the content boring


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

    No this was the first one


    Could you see Dear Fatty being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


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    Sportys 05-10-12
    Sportys 05-10-12
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    "Great story, shame Dawn didn't read it"
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    I really enjoyed the revealing stories and overall nature of this book but was disappointed it wasn't read by Dawn herself. Liza Tarbuck did a great job, but she's not Dawn, in timing or voice, so some of the overall emotion was lost. Shame.

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  • PAUL
    5/14/17
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    "Enjoyable"

    lovely audio book well read by Lisa tarbuck will listen to again love Dawn French

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  • ollybolly
    5/12/17
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    "good"

    Enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Good mix of funny and heart tugging moment's.
    Love the way it is written; series of letters to friends and family.

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  • Kay w.
    5/4/17
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    "Brilliant"

    Everything about this audio book is just a brilliant. Funny emotional brilliantly read. Want to listen all over again!

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  • Amazon Customer
    4/6/17
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    "great "

    really so well written and beautifully read. great and I want to hear more please.

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  • Edward Madeloso
    3/18/17
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    "A must for Dawn fans"

    Although Liza voices in Dawn's place (it's obvious why when you get to that point of the book), she reads well on dawn's behalf, and after a chapter or two, you don't even notice.
    A funny, sad, laugh out loud, tearful, story of snippets from dawn's life told in a series of letters, to Jen, to her dad, to friends, family, colleagues etc.

    Loved it.

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  • Vicky
    2/12/17
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    "Bundle of fun"

    A lovely, honest insight into the warm, humorous character of Dawn French. I'm off to watch an episode of the V of D now!

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  • rjs85
    12/17/16
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    "Funny, touching, sincere... a wonderful listen"

    If you're a fan of Dawn, this is a wonderful listen and insight into her life and career, speckled with humour, emotion and the sincerity that is so characteristic of her. Excellently read.. I almost forgot it's not Dawn doing the narration. Enjoy!

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  • Michael Humphrey
    10/6/16
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    "Very enjoyable"

    what a really enjoyable book. Wonderful reminiscent Dear Dads and so funny. laugh out loud and heart felt tears throught.

    Give it a listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • killing-joker
    London, UK
    9/18/16
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    "Brilliant and differen to the usual autobiography"

    Wow. Very powerful autobiography. Very moving and honest. Drove me to tears on a few occasions

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs G P Spurgeon
    6/18/16
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    "Surprise"

    What a brilliant listen. An amazing insight into a different Dawn French anyone would enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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