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Fry's English Delight (BBC Audio) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Stephen Fry
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4 Jun 2009 BBC Audio
Stephen Fry hosts four programmes on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4. "Current Puns": Why does our language groan with the weight of puns? What exactly is a pun? And who, or what, is the Thief of Bad Gags? "Metaphor": the English language is chock-full of maritime metaphors: cock up, taken aback, chip on your shoulder and show a leg. And, with the help of a Greek removals firm, we also find the origin of the word 'metaphor'. "Quotation": the uses and misuses of quotations are revealed, and there is also a frank confession from a quotation compiler, which we cannot divulge here. "Cliche": featuring sick parrots and the cliche crisis that affected the writing of Flaubert, Joyce and Eliot, and helped shape modern language and culture. '...this four-programme set is an utter delight and quite fascinating' - "South Wales Argus".

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (4 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408409607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408409602
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Fry is one of Britain's national treasures and his television appearances include 'A Bit Of Fry and Laurie', 'Jeeves and Wooster', 'Blackadder', 'QI' and 'Kingdom'. His film roles include 'Peter's Friends' and 'Wilde'; and in the realm of television, the Emmy-award-winning 'The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive'. As a writer, he best known for his novel The Liar as well as his acclaimed autobiography Moab Is My Washpot, and his is the famous voice of the Harry Potter audio books.

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... this four-programme set is an utter delight and quite fascinating -- South Wales Argus

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Stephen Fry is a celebrated British actor, novelist, journalist, presenter, intellectual and wit. He has produced four novels and two volumes of autobiography, and has written for radio shows and TV. His TV credits include "Jeeves and Wooster" and "Blackadder, " and he hosted the BBC TV series "QI." His readings of the Harry Potter books have won him huge acclaim and several awards. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
By Magic Lemur VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I seem to be going through a 'Fry phase' at the moment, as I've just finished the entire series of Stephen Fry in America, watched many episodes of Jeeves And Wooster & have listened to his excellent Stephen Fry Presents - Short Stories by Anton Chekhov. I've even watched his videos debating alongside Christopher Hitchens & have yet to find him annoying, snobbish or arrogant, but rather the model of a renaissance man.

Starting off with a section called 'Current Puns', the English language is dissected in depth by a mixture of academics and amateurs. The comedian who holds the world record for the most jokes told in an hour (Tim Vine, at 499) is asked about how he makes puns & there is also a section on the Pun computer. Fry also analyses different types of puns & ends with one of his favourites (which I'm sorely tempted to tell you, if it weren't for the fact that it would ruin your enjoyment of the CD!)

Section 2 is 'Metaphor'. Many other reviewers have said that Section 1 is the only section worth listening to, but I disagree. This section is arguably the best one, with lots of QI-style insightful gambits. The large quantity of Naval metaphors (e.g. taken aback) are explored in this section, along with 'skeletons of metaphors'. Personally I had no idea that English was so laden with buried metaphors within individual words (e.g. 'sarcastic' meaning 'flesh tearing'). The phrase 'Deep Metaphor' takes on a whole new meaning...

Moving onto CD 2, Section 3 is 'Quotation'.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fry's English Delight - delightful 27 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is the first audio-book which I have purchased and purely an impulse buy but one that I have not been disappointed in.

This is a laugh-out-loud book and one which the whole family can enjoy (although if you are anything like me, you may need a dictionary to hand in order to explain some of the words used).

Stephen does the introductions to several topics and although these cannot really be faulted, I would have preferred to hear a little more from Stephen himself. This is the only reason I have deducted one star as the audio-book itself is interesting, informative and funny.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Calling all English lovers! 7 July 2009
By EAW
Format:Audio CD
For all those interested in the origins of metaphors, what makes a really good quotation and why we use them anyway - this is for you! Full of fascinating historical information as well as a good dose of humour as you would expect from Stephen Fry.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An treat for the English lover 21 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
This truely is an English delight. Exploring the language with a bit of humour thrown in. Stephen Fry is his usual brilliant self. Definitely good for a long car journey. The only thing I would say is that each one ended a little too abruptly for my liking. But definitely worth a listen for anyone who likes the English language or Stephen Fry (and if you like both... well even better!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not what i expected 21 Feb 2012
By c1h8e0l
Format:Audio CD
I thought this would be Steven Fry chatting about the English language in a witty and clever way. Its not. What you get is more like a boring, sound only documentary on the English language in which Fry does the introductions and the occasional voice over. Most of the speaking is done by experts and guests. If you want a verbal essay on the origins of certain English phrases etc then this is for you. It way not for me. I am a big fan of Fry but I felt let down by the CD and somewhat misled. I won't be buying anymore of the collection.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative AND amusing ;) 9 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
Stephen Fry and language pedantry at its best for anyone who ever wondered about English.
Find the origin of "freezing the balls off a brass monkey", the answer to why the English laugh at cracker jokes and many, many more tantalising and witty idiomatic conundrums.
Oh, and such a funny title, too.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fry's English Delight 1 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
The CD is exactly that a delight. It's funny, very interesting and witty.
Perfect for the family car journey.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Massive minutiae 26 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
If you, as I, adore our English language and enjoy its quirks and foibles, this is the CD for you. Four half-hour radio programs are stuffed full with odd observations about metaphors, quotes and other forms, delivered with the wry wit and tones of the masterful Stephen Fry. English seems never so enjoyable as when delivered in that so correct fashion. Frankly, I hope there are more of these waiting to be put on CD so I can enjoy them some more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars this was a great purchase
this was a great purchase, I was delighted about the delivery of this CD and hope that next purchase will be the same
Published 7 months ago by john glide
5.0 out of 5 stars Critical Overview
Excellent Story , Super sound Fantastic VFM. This CD is easy to listen to and not boring the narrator is well suited to this type of comedy
Published 16 months ago by Susy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fry's English Delight
Being enjoyed by my husband who listens to it at night to try and help him sleep - working so far.
Published 18 months ago by Trish
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Very witty and enjoyable. Stephen Fry at his best. Is not for people without an in depth interest in the English language though
Published 19 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
My husband can't see very well so i bought him this cd as he is a fan of Steven Fry and he loved it, well worth the money.
Published on 3 Feb 2012 by Sandra
4.0 out of 5 stars Great buy!
I bought this for a friend's birthday! I don't know if he really loves it but at least I do! haha
Published on 15 Jun 2011 by Bamboo connect
2.0 out of 5 stars Went on a bit...
Not what I was hoping for from Mr Fry, who is normally so funny. Perhaps it was a bit too high-brow for my tastes?
Published on 19 April 2011 by The Audio Traveller
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I'm afraid this failed to meet my expectations. The wit and humour of Fry combined with the idiosyncracies of the English language sounded like a sure fire winner...but it wasn't. Read more
Published on 10 April 2011 by Caz
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and sometimes funny
Interesting information and presentation. Fry's humour makes it worthwhile to listen to, and personally I might "have to" buy more of this radio series.
Published on 22 Nov 2010 by Nils-Fredrik Pedersen
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting
A great listen on a wet winter's day with a warm fire and a glass of red.
Published on 21 May 2010 by Dr. Michael J. Atkins
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