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For Ned, 1980 seems a blissful year. Handsome, charming, popular and talented, his life is progressing smoothly, effortlessly, happily. And when he meets the lovely Portia Fendeman his personal jigsaw appears complete. But timing is everything in life, and his life is about to change for ever.

Things are going to get very bad indeed for innocent young Ned. A promise made to a dying teacher and a spiteful trick played by fellow pupils will rocket Ned from cricket captain to solitary confinement, from head boy to hell. When Ned emerges he is a man bent on just one thing - revenge; and revenge is a dish he plans to savour and serve to those who conspired against him.

Part love story, part thriller, a gloriously rich mix that only Stephen Fry can dish up to us, The Stars' Tennis Balls will leave you happy and replete.

©2000 Stephen Fry (P)2000 Random House Audio

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excellent, interesting diversion

If you could sum up The Stars' Tennis Balls in three words, what would they be?

adolescent agonies, contrasted

What did you like best about this story?

Fry's reading - I enjoyed his acting the different characters.

Which scene was your favorite?

the scene on the yacht - this was where I started to get really interested in the book

Who was the most memorable character of The Stars' Tennis Balls and why?

hmmm - hard. I think most of the main characters were really well drawn, and I identified with parts of several of them. Ned and Portia were the two whose stories I was most interested in through the book (though others were almost as memorable).

Any additional comments?

this took a short while (45mins?) to get into, but after that I really looked forward to the next installment & finding out what happened next. I recommend this book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Listen

What made the experience of listening to The Stars' Tennis Balls the most enjoyable?

Its a really great story - I was a bit annoyed when I realized it was a re-write of the Count of Monte Christo, but the writing is so good and some of the twists and turns are so well disguised that I soon got over it. As ever, Stephen Fry demonstrates a great imagination in the revenge sequences. Great listen, highly recommended.

What other book might you compare The Stars' Tennis Balls to and why?

The Count of Monte Christo - it's an updated version of one of the greatest novels of all time

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

Very good rendition - charecterisations probably not as theatrical as (for example) The Liar or The Hippopotamus, but a great performance.

Who was the most memorable character of The Stars' Tennis Balls and why?

The Babe - clearly the most thoughtful of the characters, nice anagram of The Abb?? from The Count of Monte Christo

Any additional comments?

Check out the Wikipedia page, it gives you a great insight into some of the word play that Stephen Fry has hidden through the text. e.g. Mercedes from TCoMC is now called Portia (lol)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • 04-13-11

Delightful and horrifying

After Stephen Fry's other books I expected a lighthearted look into upper class England but what a suprise. The delightful use of language is there, Fry's smooth narration is there but the story is something different. Great characters in an exciting and disturbing tale that is hard to stop listening to. Mourned its ending and really felt for the characters.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Deirdre
  • 07-07-14

Stay with it...its going to get interesting!

Would you listen to The Stars' Tennis Balls again? Why?

Yes. The first time I listened, I was pulled in and swept along by the plot. The second time I was delighted by the plot even though I knew what was coming. The third time I began to wonder about the peripheral characters in the story.....Lovely, yummy layers.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the terrifying way in which a childish prank spirals out into so many lives, and the very real and sinister impact this has on so many people.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Fry – was your favourite?

He never fails, they are all fabulous daahlink!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the main character "behaves well" and does what he thinks will make his captor happy with him. Rather like a child desperately seeking the approval of disinterested parent. It is a very sad moment.

Any additional comments?

Loved this book, twistier than a twisty turney thing.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Patch
  • 10-17-13

Enjoyable but not riveting

What made the experience of listening to The Stars' Tennis Balls the most enjoyable?

The narration was excellent but the plot line not as strong as the Hippopotamus

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

Nuanced reading

Any additional comments?

This was an excellent and enjoyable read, a good storyline. Usual Fry excellence.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kate
  • 04-13-13

Cracking good story!

This was a great listen. Stephen Fry is always a good story teller and an excellent narrator, and this book is no exception. It tells the story of a childish prank which has serious and long-reaching consequences, however there is much more to it than that. The characterisation and story development are deft, and the ending does not disappoint.

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  • Sara
  • 04-20-15

a story you will remember

A kick in the guts. I really felt for it. Fry is an excellent reader

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  • M
  • 02-24-15

Fantastic!

He freely admits he heavily borrows from another famous book but to my mind this modernisation is superior in every respect except being too short!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-24-14

intriguingly not like a Fry novel<br />

A deep, disturbing and visceral book, that is difficult to put down or pick up.

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  • StoryLady
  • 11-18-16

Simply brilliant

What made the experience of listening to The Stars' Tennis Balls the most enjoyable?

This is one of the best audio books I have ever listened to. Stephen fry's books can sometimes be a bit wordy but listening to him read them is pure joy. This one is his best by far.

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  • At Your Service
  • 07-19-16

Amazing and Gripping to the end

A most delightfully surprising book that takes so many unexpected turns. Made all the better of course in the voice of Stephen Fry.
A definite must have audio book!

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  • Jerry
  • 05-22-16

Worth persevering.

Very descriptive, could have done with moving along a bit quicker. However very clever good story.

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  • Donna
  • 10-02-16

absolutely brilliant

i absolutely love Steven fry so to get to hear him read his own work was fantastic

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