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The Fry Chronicles Audiobook

The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography

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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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  • Annika
    Tallinn, Estonia
    4/7/14
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    "Good reading for autobiography lovers"

    It is well written and well performed autobiography. Though I'm not much into biographies, this one was good and I liked it more than usually.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    THEIL-RABIER, France
    4/6/14
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    "SLOW DOWN"

    It took me a couple of restarts with this book. Much as I like Stephen Fry, he is very tricky to listen to. He goes at a rate of knots, and has an annoying habit of giving you lists. ie he uses a word, and it is as if he thinks you don't know what that word means, so he gives you numerous words meaning the same thing! or perhaps he wanted us to know how clever he was knowing other words that meant the same thing.
    That got really annoying, and tedious.
    He does re-iterate quite a lot so you think you've drifted off , but no he tells you the same thing again, but in a much more verbose fashion.
    I did listen to it but there were parts which were, frankly, boring.
    Much as I like Stephen Fry, he can come over very pompous on the one hand and very needy on the other... but that I suppose is what bi-polar people are like
    I wouldn't go for any prequels or sequels.... or books "what he wrote before or after"..... ha ha
    Mind you if you are bi-polar you are probaly reading this and saying "Exactly what Stephen Fry is illustrating, he is bi-polar and this is what life is like for us".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liam
    Dudley, United Kingdom
    3/12/14
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    "Amazing insight to one of our country's favourites"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fry Chronicles to be better than the print version?

    Not read the print version but we all know that if it's read by Fry, it's already 100 times better than any printed version!


    What did you like best about this story?

    His honesty. It's all there. All him. Fantastic.


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

    His perfect English pronunciation. A real delight for the ears.


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

    So you thought you new Stephen Fry?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P. W. Burridge
    uk
    2/14/14
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    "Fry's non chocolate delight"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Predominately time well spent some bits did rant on a bit but overall Stephen does well


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

    If you want to follow Fry;s footsteps to adulthood and celeb status then carry on carry on (such FUN, great song as well).<br/>If you want to learn how all the current celebs (Fry's friends and contemporaries) come from predominately just two universities<br/>If you want to be amazed<br/>then just read it<br/>


    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    His delivery is great Then he is a national treasure


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jennie Lou
    Manchester, UK
    2/13/14
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    "Not as good as expected"
    What did you like best about The Fry Chronicles? What did you like least?

    Thought the book was a bit boring....sorry.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Can't finish this so unable to say


    Did Stephen Fry do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Love Stephen Fry's voice.


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

    Just thought his story was a bit boring and sadly I just can't finish his book.


    Any additional comments?

    Normally I love anything he does. For some reason just can't enjoy this book. Read other reviews and thought I would enjoy. Not for me.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Giynmaru
    UK
    1/22/14
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    "Most Captivating"
    Where does The Fry Chronicles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have to admit this is my first audible book and I am a big Fry fan anyway so it seemed the most logical puchase. Needless to say, the fact Stephen was narrating his own book went a long way in aiding my decision to choose it and when finances allow I shall be purchasing his other books also.


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

    Nothing to compare it to at the moment.


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

    Only his radio shows and presenting of QI XL. Both of which I enjoy.


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

    No idea


    Any additional comments?

    A very favourable book, feels almost like a conversation between Stephen Fry and the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gbswales
    Wales UK
    12/18/13
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    "wonderful read"
    Would you listen to The Fry Chronicles again? Why?

    MOAB and this volume occupied 24 hours of my life that went by far too quickly - if I ever reach the point where I have no volumes left to listen to in my audible account then I am sure another 24 hours will be spent listening to these


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

    Yes several including MOAB and various podcast offerings


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

    I could easily have done so if life permitted it


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot wait for the next volume that I sincerely hope Mr Fry is writing at the moment - the world is a better place for the presence of this charismatic man

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander
    CRANBROOK, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "A Glorious Listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fry Chronicles to be better than the print version?

    Short answer: Yes. It's a beautiful example of how a work of non-fiction should be written and performed. I feel sorry for those who had not taken advantage of this in it's audible form.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part was all of it. From it's first to it's last, it developed what a book should give it's reader/listener: entertainment, insight and knowledge.


    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    It's Stephen Fry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • robert
    Chelmsfrod, United Kingdom
    12/6/13
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    "loved this"
    If you could sum up The Fry Chronicles in three words, what would they be?

    witty, rambling, warm


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

    him failing at being teacher


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

    even more of his own perpestive


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

    rambling through comedy legend


    Any additional comments?

    loved this book was great to hear Stephen read it. Wish i had known it was his second biography as it refers back and would have preferred to hear/read that first. this book rambles through some of the most influential time in modern comedy history all the while with the distinct impression that he would though he would be there in the first place. made me look like a mad man on the bus several times laughing to hard to myself

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Singapore, Singapore
    12/6/13
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    "Compelling."
    If you could sum up The Fry Chronicles in three words, what would they be?

    Lovely. Just Lovely.


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

    It makes a very entertaining double bill with "I, Partridge," which has some bizarre similarities. Stephen's endearing honesty and self-awareness are a wonderful contrast to Partridge's bluster and self-aggrandisement.


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

    Yes, and this was as good as any, if perhaps not quite as compelling as his Harry Potter readings.


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

    It was very tempting, though I managed to resist.


    Any additional comments?

    Only slight irritation is the overlap with Moab is My Washpot. It wasn't hugely detrimental, but just a couple of times it felt like I'd heard this before. I also suspect that some of the lists would have annoyed me had I been reading the book, but when reading aloud Stephen manages to imbue them with the fascination and nostalgia which he so obviously feels for them himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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