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Stephen Fry in America

Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
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Summary

Now with an exclusive new foreword.

Britain's best-loved comic genius Stephen Fry turns his celebrated wit and insight to unearthing the real America as he travels across the continent in his black taxicab. Stephen's account of his adventures is filled with his unique humour, insight and warmth in this audiobook that accompanies his journey for the BBC1 series.

Stephen Fry has always loved America, in fact he came very close to being born there. Here, his fascination for the country and its people sees him embark on an epic journey across America, visiting each of its 51 states to discover how such a huge diversity of people, cultures, languages, beliefs and landscapes combine to create such a remarkable nation.

Starting on the Eastern Seaboard, Stephen zigzags across the country in his London taxicab, talking to its hospitable citizens, listening to its music, visiting its landmarks, viewing small-town life and America's breath-taking landscapes, following wherever his curiosity leads him.

Stephen meets a collection of remarkable individuals, American icons and unsung local heroes alike. He drops for tea with Steven Spielberg in Ohio, talks to George Bush on his ranch in Texas, visits Maine's most famous resident, Stephen King, meets Bill Gates in Washington, samples Memphis music, courtesy of Aretha Franklin, and who better to talk about California than its governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger?

But there are also unknown mayors, sheriffs, newspaper editors, park rangers, teachers and hobos that Stephen encounters, bringing to life the oddities and splendours of each locale. He discovers Oklahoma's World Cow Pat Throwing Contest, attends Independence Day Parades and cherry-pie bake-offs, and visits the heartland of the Sioux Nation in South Dakota.

Along the way, Stephen discovers that each state has its bizarre and quaint local laws, for example, did you know that in Alaska it is illegal to push a moose out of an aircraft, and in New Hampshire, on Sundays, citizens may not relieve themselves while looking up?

A celebration of the magnificent and the eccentric, the beautiful and the strange, Stephen Fry In America is our author's homage to this extraordinary country.

©2012 Stephen Fry (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"Stephen Fry is a treasure of the British Empire." (The Guardian)

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If you enjoyed the tv series - you’ll really enjoy this

The TV series of Stephen Fry in America was great entertainment and I was pleased to stumble across this audiobook as I hadn’t realised one had been recorded. If you are already a fan of Mr Fry then you will get everything you would expect from his work and perhaps more. Eloquently written and engagingly read by the author the book moves through the states with snippets of facts you may be familiar with and includes many personal stories of ordinary Americans highlighting what their state means to them and how life goes on all across the country. Hugely enjoyable and re-listenable I thoroughly recommend this to anyone with an interest in other countries and cultures, and also to those who just love listening to Stephen Fry’s voice!

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Pleasantly easy

I’ve have been a fan of the tv series so I thought the Audible version was worth a listen and I wasn’t wrong. With more in depth description of his experiences it made for easy listening.

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Very Stephen

Was a great listen. The state by state chapters allowed bitesize listening, just right for daily walks

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A must for any Stephen Fry fan

Perfect entertainment. Witty, clever, personal and great to dip in and out. Stephen at his best.

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Perfection of story, narration and humour!

I've been reading (listening) in amazement from the first to the last word!
Not only the perfection of story, narration and humour, but also a feast for the intellect and joy for the one who loves words, philologos.
Great joy!

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A, really enjoyable listen.

The reader is very entertaining. He brings his travels to life. Very good in total

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Not as good as the TV show

I don't understand why Stephen Fry needs to shoehorn in the fact that he doesn't agree with any religion just so often. It's really weird. Who cares, I want to know about the states and your experience. He comes across as quite arrogant in the book which I didn't find in the TV show at all.

That being said he has a wonderful audio book voice and there is some enjoyable and useful info in here.

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Awesome journey

Loved the book, brilliantly written and narrated, descriptive, funny, highly recommended, informative and a thoroughly colourful listen

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Loved it!

A wonderful listen. I loved the TV show and the audio-book offers plenty of extra background and detail.

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Fry on form

a superb storyteller, with a huge yet compelling vocabulary. fry picks oral vignettes that match any picture postcard for their colour. marvellous.