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The Liar | [Stephen Fry]

The Liar

Stephen Fry's breathtakingly outrageous debut novel, by turns eccentric, shocking, brilliantly comic and achingly romantic. Adrian Healey is magnificently unprepared for the long littleness of life; unprepared too for the afternoon in Salzburg when he will witness the savage murder of a Hungarian violinist; unprepared to learn about the Mendax device; unprepared for more murders and wholly unprepared for the truth.
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Stephen Fry's breathtakingly outrageous debut novel, by turns eccentric, shocking, brilliantly comic and achingly romantic. Adrian Healey is magnificently unprepared for the long littleness of life; unprepared too for the afternoon in Salzburg when he will witness the savage murder of a Hungarian violinist; unprepared to learn about the Mendax device; unprepared for more murders and wholly unprepared for the truth.

©1991 Stephen Fry (P)1995 Random House Audio

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    Liam mirfield, United Kingdom 05/02/2011
    Liam mirfield, United Kingdom 05/02/2011 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent"

    As always the soothing tones of Stephen Fry make this audiobook a pleasure to listen to. Fry adds unique voices and the correct level of tone, pitch and intention into the text, working hard to really bring it alive.

    I would have given this 5*'s but the book was let down by the bizarre ending! A fault of the story line and not the audio reading!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Ramsey, United Kingdom 13/09/2012
    Mr Ramsey, United Kingdom 13/09/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic Listen"

    Loved this from start to finish, very intimate detail in places, so maybe not for a prude, but very very entertaining. The characters develop well and you really start to get to know them. Being read by the author (Esp when it is Stephen Fry) is always a bonus.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Tamworth, United Kingdom 12/04/2012
    Matthew Tamworth, United Kingdom 12/04/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Incredible characters imaginative story"

    I have fallen in ... lib with both Adrian Healey and Donald Trefuses.

    Mr mendacious and Doctor duplicitous are two of the most roguishly likeable characters I have had the pleasure of reading about and thus imagining.

    I urge anyone to purchase, listen then listen again and perhaps again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Becki United Kingdom 18/07/2011
    Becki United Kingdom 18/07/2011 Member Since 2006
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    "Enjoyable"

    The character is pretty much Fry himself and that spoilt the book for me. I find myself wanting him to move away from his own experiences and write about something else. That said it is of course brilliantly read and wonderfully worded. Of course maybe the fact that this character is a cheat and a liar is Fry's way of empahsising that here he is passing off this work of fiction when it's nothing more than himself inserted into a story?! Maybe he's being Ironic - I dont know, I liked it but he's done better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew West Malling, United Kingdom 11/06/2012
    Andrew West Malling, United Kingdom 11/06/2012 Member Since 2009
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    "Not as good as the abridged version!"

    I had an abridged version of this audiobook on cassette many years ago which was excellent. I then bought the full length version and have to say that I was disappointed.

    The language and content was far more graphic than it needed to be on this format.

    It is a very clever story with many twists and turns and would have been so much more enjoyable as a "12A" as opposed to an "18" version.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Cranleigh, United Kingdom 16/11/2010
    Michele Cranleigh, United Kingdom 16/11/2010 Member Since 2009
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    "Extremely dissappointing"

    I absolutely love Stephen Fry. His humour is for me amongst the most enjoyable and his reading is always exceptional. However, in this, his first novel, there is so much gay sex and inuendo about it that I have been quite put off and won't even bother to finish it. Such a shame.

    4 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Kinsale, Ireland 30/11/2010
    Katie Kinsale, Ireland 30/11/2010
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    "Unmitigated gratuitous gay porn"

    Wow - Stephen Fry, how do you get away with it! I am not a fuddy-duddy, this takes masturbation to a new level - that is of course if you really want to go down that road. Anyway, I can now give the Stephen Fry total expos? machine a complete miss.

    4 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    "A Great Disappointment"

    Firstly, I am a huge fan of Stephen Fry. I sat down to listen to this story with great excitment. Perhaps my expectations were too high. The story was leaden and Mr Fry seemed less than thrilled to be reading it. I confess to falling asleep at times and having to rewind. So I suppose if you are having trouble sleeping this may be a good buy, otherwise stick to other titles with Stephen Fry as narrator/presenter.

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