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Dear Fatty Audiobook

Dear Fatty

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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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  • Reb
    United Kingdom
    8/24/13
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    "An enjoyable listen"
    Where does Dear Fatty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top three


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

    Lots of stories of family, loved the grannies and the queen,other story and the letter to her niece and daughter.


    What about Liza Tarbuck’s performance did you like?

    It was better than expected, I'm not a fan of Liza Tarbucks radio sessions so was anxious I would find the book a bit much but was pleasantly surprised to forget that it was her by the end.


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

    Both seep realty, lots of chuckles


    Any additional comments?

    A nice easy listen with warmth and humour. Thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susie S
    Cornwall, United Kingdom
    7/3/13
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    "The real Dawn"

    A very revealing book written by Dawn about her own life, in the style of letters to people who have been important in her life. It is bravely honest, at times very sad, but at other times very entertaining and on the whole kept my interest going right to the end. Lisa Tarbuck was an excellent choice to narrate it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    6/29/13
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    "Really, Really LOVED this!"
    If you could sum up Dear Fatty in three words, what would they be?

    Really emotional and beautifully told. Would not say it's a warts and all, but you definitely feel that you know and understand Dawn better and grasp really important times in her life and the people who have made her life so fascinating and her character so embracing and funny. It took me 4 days to get through this but fans would easily get through this in one sitting, if you can take in the emotional parts without needing a coffee break (which I think most of you will, it was a tearjerker many times, as well as REAL laugh out loud funny. If you want a biography of funny times, laughs, tears and most of all love you will enjoy this I'm sure.


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

    The tale of the loss of Dawn's father was really true, the emtions of love, anger, hate, loss and grief were as true as i remember the loss of my own father, albeit in very different circumstances.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsey
    Coleshill, United Kingdom
    6/18/13
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    "Surprising and enjoyable. A good read."

    I read the comments about choice of narrator and have to agree; Dawn would have been a more comfortable sit as using a 3rd party removes you slightly from her story, however, I certainly understand why Ms French made the choice not to narrate (she explains herself in a foreword). I don't tend to read about 'celebrity' so much of Dawn's story was new to me and well written. Her style of writing in letters was again something of which I was wary; disliking Bridget Jones etc., however the 'letters' are so long that they are more like individual stories that make the whole.

    If you enjoy this lady's comedy, give this a go. It's not laugh out loud funny, but it is warm, humorous and gives an insight into the woman behind the smile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Squire
    UK
    5/20/13
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    "It's Dawn, but, well, not really..."

    Whilst Liza does a great job of narrating Dawn's recollections, I felt hugely disappointed at the end of this audiobook. It was a little bit like a friend told you a story of someone's life. Interesting in parts, and emotional in others, but I would rather have had Dawn read, and left out the difficult parts rather than heard them, but from someone else's voice.

    I wanted to *hear* Dawn tell us about what happened, and let a little of that emotion run through. It can't have been an easy decision to have someone else narrate, but I fear it was the wrong one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Reading, United Kingdom
    4/30/13
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    "Disappointed"

    Reallly disappointed that Dawn French didn't narrate this - I should have noticed when I bought it as it does say - but the whole point of LISTENING to this bio would have been to hear it in Dawn's own inimitable voice

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • anthony
    United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Fab listen"

    Brilliant and we'll structured with just the right amount of humour vs emotion. Well done Dawn

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Nell
    UK
    4/13/13
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    "Dear Fatty"

    This was a fabulous listen in fact I have listened over and over. It is an informative and funny account of Dawns life so far and I hope there will be much, much more to come. I loved it so much firstly because I have always enjoyed anything with Dawn French in, I love her humour. Also it acounts some personal notes which are echoed in my own life in particular regarding her daughter Billy.

    I give this book 4* only because I didn,t want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J
    United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Moving and Honest"

    This is an honest account of celebrity life that sprang from humble beginnings. In an extremely moving account, via the medium of letters, Dawn French demonstrates how a well grounded and loving family life can ready us for all that life can through at us. Although humorous in places this account demonstrates the important role her father played in developing her career, even if she din not know it at the time. This is a must listen for all who recognise Dawn for the talent she truly is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    South Wootton, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Interesting, revealing and, of course, funny"

    As someone who has enjoyed most of Dawn French's TV work I was expectant that her book would be as entertaining. I wasn't disappointed. The narration by Liza Tarbuck was very engaging and the memories, written as letters to people she has known at sometime in her life, covered a wide range of experiences. I laughed out loud several times and was slightly sad when the book came to an end. This book comes with my full recommendation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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