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The legend is back with his best-selling memoir on audiobook, The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography written and narrated by Stephen Fry. Listen to the adored British actor, writer, presenter, activist and absolute king of comedy give an enlightening look at his least well-known years. Fry delivers a hilarious and honest recount of his rise to the spotlight – from troubled beginnings and a stint in jail, to forging ahead into the world of super stars. One of the worlds most celebrated comics, Fry will take you through the journey that is his incredible life. Available now from Audible.

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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  • Mary
  • St SorlinFrance
  • 21-09-10

Hours of delighted listening

To say that an extra dimension is given by Stephen Fry's voice would be an understatement. He confides, entertains, shocks, confesses, delights, enlightens - rather than merely narrates. It makes the price of this book seem far too low.

In the course of telling the part of his story that stretches from Cambridge to the fame and fortune of his later twenties, he shares with us some of the thoughts and inner fears that he says still haunt him. None of this is solemn or toe-curling though. He always brings himself (and us) back from the brink with a throw-away line of such ludicrous self-mockery that, if most react as I did, the loudness of your own laughter comes as quite a shock.

It's also an insider's look at the way comedy changed and grew in the eighties. Nearly all the radio and television heroes of that era are there. You can hear their voices and each is treated with affectionate glee.

It's rare to find a book where every sentence is satisfying, funny or moving. In an audio book this is a special delight.

He says that it cannot be wondered at that his own rather shy hero, Alan Bennett, is so greatly loved. The self-deprecation that emerges in this book reveals the astonishing fact that Stephen Fry too lacks inner self-assurance - in spite of his cultured, funny, 'Renaissance Man' persona. It's as if he can't quite believe the enormous affection with which the nation regards him but it seems likely that this book will increase that affectionate admiration even more.

184 of 191 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 15-10-10

Entertaining and Clever

Great easy listening, read by a master.

Stephen Fry's impressions of various characters are spot on and very funny.Teaching, Cambridge, Show business,writing and his own particular demons.

Will now order the earlier volume and look forward to the next.

34 of 36 people found this review helpful

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Master of audible.

What did you like most about The Fry Chronicles?

The whole book has a general constant momentum of fact humour and intrigue.

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

For some reason, when a young Stephen operating as a temporary teacher has to inflict physical punishment on a boy. The build up creates many worrying emotions but typically it ends with a humorous if reflective tone.

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

Many!

Any additional comments?

Typically well written and there is no better narrator, i was truly surprised at his story. Stephens story causes many internal opinions to rise, at times i find i disagree with him as he discusses class, opportunity and the will to learn. There is a part where he says no one need be un educated as we can all chose to read and injest books etc (as he did). Whilst i agree with that sentiment, a child from a rat infested tenament with a lack of nutrition or access to essentials i think can never rise as easily as a fortunate well fed, well schooled child.

My point is that this book will make you consider his thoughts and whether you agree or otherwise you will continue to read and be amazed as his incredible life unfolds.

Dont miss this one, a masterclass in auto biography.

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  • KT
  • UK
  • 07-04-13

A Great Listen

I love Stephen Fry and found his autobiography fascinating and funny and such a bonus that it is narrated by him. Being Dyslexic reading can be a struggle so being able to listen to books that I would have otherwise struggled to read has really open up my world.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Alan
  • HartlepoolUnited Kingdom
  • 15-01-11

The Fry Chronicles

This is an excellent self recorded account of his life. His many and varied and honest reflections and anecdotes makes this an easy book to get into. Added to the fact that one can stop and start as required makes this, for me, a must. Perhaps a guarded warning for some, due to his use of language, should be noted, but in this 'unabridged' version it seems to naturally fit into his life style and personality. His easily 'listenable' voice adds to the charm of the listening, making you feel you have a personal appointment with him. Thoroughly enjoyable!

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  • melanie
  • Saltburn by the Sea, United Kingdom
  • 06-07-12

Loved it

I am in love with Stephen Fry even more after to listening to this book. I did try to read Moab a few years ago and just could'nt get it, he went on about grammer and other rubbish that did'nt make sense, whereas this book is brilliant and he just talks about his life and friends. Really great listen.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Katie-Anne
  • Glasgow, Lanakshire, United Kingdom
  • 04-11-10

Fantastic!

This is an incredible audio book! Not only is Stephen Fry warm, funny and engaging as a narrator but the book itself is funny, touching and a wonderful listen. Though I have to say, don't listen to this on the bus, you'll get the strangest looks when you're howling with laughter!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Jamie
  • BathUnited Kingdom
  • 01-03-11

A Fantastic Listen

I must admit, I was unsure if I should try this book.. I'm so glad I did, its a fantastic read.. It kept my glued to my ipod until the book was finished.

Warning, there are a couple of bits in this book that will make you spit your coffee out.. and most likely laugh out loud.

Would recommend to anybody.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Janet
  • Knaresborough, Nth Yorks, United Kingdom
  • 15-03-11

If you didn't love Stephen before . . .

What a lovely man. And here we have him chatting about his early career and he even does some affectionate impressions (his Alan Bennett is very good).

Chatting? well yes because Stephen's tone is one of a chum telling of mutual friends. He just includes you in his life, somehow.

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  • Alban
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • 19-02-11

THEATRICALLY BRILLIANT LITERARY GENIUS

This book is an masterpiece of literary genius. Listening to it makes you feel as if you were in a theatre, having a coffee with your friend, attending a lecture, tweeting, playing a game with words and being emotionally hyper yet feeling unhappy knowing the fact that not everyone in the world has access to this work of art.

Stephen fry's every possible emotion by connecting with the young petty thief, the greatest of scholars, the most adored television big whips and everyone in between.

He makes a salad of language, time, accents, sighs and whips you with the most beautiful feeling of act, scene and spot light business. He informs the listener about the ins and outs of OxBridge competition, snobbery and the in-between shenanigans... as well as provide details about various affairs of the theatrical world while insuring that people like me and you, with no reference to what he is talking about, end this book feeling I have been on the best course.

This is not an autobiography of Stephen Fry,but a biography of an era, and of a country's perception of the world in an epoch.

A must listen.

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  • christine
  • 01-03-11

A must read

A fantastic, fascinating and brilliant book to listen to if you love Stephen Fry. He tells the story so eloquently and interestingly, very vividly so that you can sink yourself into his life and his thoughts and memories. Well worth every hour of listening enjoyment

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-12-10

Classic Fry Up

Wonderful stuff. Fry's mastery of English, interesting biographics and self-deprecating wit form an enticing amalgam. If you are a fan of Fry buy it!

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  • Tanya
  • 21-08-12

Just fantastic!

What made the experience of listening to The Fry Chronicles the most enjoyable?

Stephen Fry's wonderful voice, I could listen to him all day. Wonderful insight to a well known and interesting character.

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  • Ross
  • 05-12-11

Like making a new friend

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Having Stephen read his own stories feels like sitting in the court yard of an old pub on a warm summer day and having a chat with him. Very entertaining and funny.

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  • Simon Bowler
  • 16-10-10

Fry the young man: A life exposed and explained

An excellent autobiography of Stephen the Cambridge student and young comedian, actor, entertainer, broadcaster and chronicler of the 80's and early 90's. All delivered with honesty and his sonorous Oxbridge accent. Entertaining and informative. Wonderful.

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  • Benjamin
  • 01-10-12

Charming

Would you consider the audio edition of The Fry Chronicles to be better than the print version?

The book was amazingly funny and charming, and being read by the author only improved the experience.

Which scene was your favorite?

The section on his years at collage were amazing.

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  • Mark S. Fleeton
  • 03-09-12

Extremely entertaining

What did you love best about The Fry Chronicles?

Stephen Fry has a special talent for discussing thing in minute details in an extremely entertaining way.

What did you like best about this story?

It's both a description of an interesting person and and interesting time in British comedy.

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

Pathos, gravitas, humor, pleasant voice

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The man who would be Oscar Wilde.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dale
  • 24-06-11

Great book!

Stephens story is certainly not dull at any point and he at all times paints a very vivid picture during his chronicles. I was aware he had a shall we say a colourful past and his rise to fame is very well documented through these narrated pages. Very enlightening I shall be listening to his others with great interest.

Baah!

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  • S. R. Gibb
  • 17-05-11

A great conversation

Excellent. He writes warts and all in a relaxed flowing style that leaves you with the feeling you have been having a chat with a friend.Cant wait for the next installment. Take a bow Mr Fry

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  • Mr Yurasov-Ford
  • 27-04-17

Simply splendid!

Stephen reads this fantastically - marvellous accents and lively intonation only serve to improve his superb, witty writing.