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Fry's English Delight (Series 1)

Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Series: Fry's English Delight, Book 1
Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
Categories: Film, Radio & TV, General
4.5 out of 5 stars (555 ratings)

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Summary

National treasure and renowned wit Stephen Fry explores the highways and byways of the English language in these celebrated programmes. 

In each episode, Fry explores the oddities and celebrates the curiosities of the language we use. His love of words is indulged with infectious enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity at all times. 

From puns and metaphors to clichés and gibberish, this famously witty, incisive and engaging series explores the joys of the English language.

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Great fun...

If you could sum up Fry's English Delight (Series 1) in three words, what would they be?

as delightful as an English "Fry" on a Sunday morning... you'll need to listen to understand :-)

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

I'd listen to Steven Fry talk about paint drying... he's wonderful

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

Sea Metaphors!!!! :-)

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Charming as Ever!

Stephen Fry and the rich tapestry that is the English language; it's hard to imagine that being a bad combination and this show demonstrates just why. Fry may be a bit of a posh bloke who admits to enjoying a pee in the shower but he's a national treasure as far as I am concerned. In this series he tackles puns and cliches with equal aplomb and I definitely learned a thing or two about the English language. A thoroughly pleasant and engaging listen.

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Fascinating

Stephen Fry tells you loads of things you didn't know and never knew you needed to know till now. Wonderfully interesting.

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Wonderful commentary of the English Language

Well presented, informative, easy-listening and fascinating. Fantastic if you love philosophy of (the English) language.

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Fry delight!

Listening to Mr Fry is delight! Superb as usual. I start to suspect that even a washing mashine manual would be thrilling experience read by him.

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fabulous fry

There is nothing finer to while away a long train journey than to have the silky smooth dulcet tones of a Stephen Fry monologue quietly whispering in your ears. A relatively short but excellent production from the god among mankind himself. Worth every penny when it's free :)

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It tickles

Sheer joy hearing Stephen Fry play with the English language. The whole thing is a tickle session for the ears.

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Informative

A highly informative series on a number of things within the English language, using a number of highly credible sources. There is very little of Stephen Fry compared to the sources speaking. It is still interesting to hear about the sources of words and phrases. You need to be in a mood to listen however otherwise the subtle humor can be lost on you. Very much for those interested in words than anyone else.

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Delightful Look at our English Language

Witty, candid and informative series of chats about the English Language. Honest unaffected Fry, just being Fry. Can't go wrong, really!

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Wonderful

Wonderful and erudite. A gem cut and polished by so very polished a gem as Stephen Fry.