- Audio CD
- Publisher: BBC Physical Audio (12 Sept. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1471347524
- ISBN-13: 978-1471347528
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1 x 12.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 672,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fry's English Delight 6 (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, 19 Aug 2013
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Stephen Fry is responsible for this curious state of mind: I have long admired his wonderful pronunciation and the delicate shading of tones in his voice; his ability to explain concepts with clarity and humour is a natural gift; and he's also wonderfully soothing to cogitate to. 'English Delight' is the ideal bedtime CD for the Scrabble addict in your life. Having said that, I'd like to suggest Barry White as an alternative; Scrabble players can be sexy, too.
Then I start to listen again, and I'm instantly recaptivated; so many subjects are covered; at first, the structure and rules of rhetoric are dissected and broken down; many examples are given (including a typically blustering-but-crafty Mayor of London riding the wave of good feeling during the Olympics); many experts are interviewed very intelligently, with clarity and logic - all of them humblingly knowledgeable and reliably entertaining.
And there's two CDs here - that's nearly two hours of word nerd delight. The experts paint a wonderfully informed picture of our relationship with our language; Stephen Fry frames it for us with style. Such a profusion of delicacies to enjoy.
Great value - it'll reward repeat listening, which a lot of audio CDs don't.
For balance, I ought to add that my 17-year-old niece's response upon listening to this for a few confused seconds was "yeah, whatever".
The missing word is sophist. If Fry's view is that rhetoric is words with no real meaning. Arguments presented in an affecting manner but fundamentally flawed: a sophist approach. The word sophist is missing from the otherwise fairly interesting half hour on rhetoric.
My first dip into radio recordings. I don't listen to radio apart from Radio Stoke waking me up each morn with tales of Port Vale and Crewe. When the subject being discussed is so easy to read about I found I was given titbits to dwell on. Interesting examples of rhetoric including a General's speech given to his troops on the eve of battle in Iraq.
Stephen Fry's half hour on rhetoric suffers from being only half an hour. But my first contact with this cd of a radio show does not have me listening further. It is light entertainment about words. His voice sounds at home. Onerous. No, sonorous. Like I said.
Connectivity is often discussed on Radio Stoke in relation to proposals for new high speed rail lines. The presentation of the English language as some form of ideal place is to be resisted. Control of the language is to be resisted. Understanding how it can work helps us all along. Providing we have access to all its avenues and spits. Tabloid Fry.
Apprehensive the rest would be of similar ilk, I persevered and was glad to have done so as I thoroughly enjoyed the three remaining episodes which all gave me equal reason to ponder, argue with my hi-fi and laugh aloud at the subject matter: SPELLING - exploring how English developed into the bizarre mix we use today, so loathed by Foreign students of our beloved language (there were a few surprises in there!); WORDS WITHOUT END - discussing the new words we invent and realising the dictionary's purpose in life; WTF - all about the F word, need I say more? (WARNING: the word is used incessantly throughout the programme, so if you are of a delicate disposition, you may not wish to listen to it!)
Stephen is his usual erudite and personable self - I've always loved the fact he's not a snob and believes language is made all the better for its mutation and evolution by its users.
His guests are both knowledgeable and wholly enthusiastic about their subject... all the way through to the final episode companions - Graham Linehan and Kathy Burke - both of whom have much to say on the Nation's favourite swear word!
At less than £2 an episode, I feel this CD is good value as I will definitely be uploading it to my MP3 player to enjoy again at some point in the future (hopefully I'll understand the original and modern meanings of rhetoric on a second or third listening!). In addition, I've found myself looking at buying the other series CDs. Excellent commuter aural fodder!
The 2 CDs feature 4 episodes (each about 45 minutes long): Rhetoric; Spelling; Words without End; and WTF..? This is the sixth series of the popular Radio 4 show, no longer available on iPlayer.
Fry and his guests guide the listener through the art of rhetoric (which is, despite modern beliefs, an ancient and technical device used to influence and persuade), into the intriguing nuances and history of spelling (why is there a silent 'h' in 'ghost'? Blame Caxton, of course!), where the English lexicon is heading (seems quite a few people have been 'Bangalored' in recent years...) and finally the elusive history of the 'F' word (why it is so unconvincingly used in its proper form nowadays). Between the facts and professors and researchers, Fry sprinkles the episodes with subtle humour that could easily be missed the first time around, so a second or third listen is worthwhile!
I wish for two things: that my memory could retain all of the information in these 2 discs so that I could wow (bore) friends and family with my endless knowledge, and that there were more episodes.
I devoured Fry's English Delight and can't wait for the next series!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was never a fan of today's comedy preferring the comedians of bygone days; however, mr Fry has made a convert of me he is knowledgeable, funny, entertaining without being rude or... Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2013 by Amex Angel
Four 30 minute episodes of Stephen Fry's ever popular radio series dissecting the English language contained on 2 CDs are entertaining and informative. Read morePublished on 1 Dec. 2013 by Toast
Stephen Fry has made no secret of his love of language and we are lucky that he agrees to host these interesting examinations of English. Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2013 by S. Day
What a delight! Since I've had this CD its been in my car player most of the past few weeks.There is something of a smooth charm about Stephens voice that i would go as far as to... Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2013 by John T.
Sadly only four episodes - I wish there were more in a pack. Each episode is interesting for different reasons. Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2013 by Simon Fraser
This is another four episodes of Stephen Fry's excellent radio show examining and celebrating the quirks and vagaries of the English language. Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2013 by Sir Barnabas
If you're in anyway sensitive then perhaps by-pass at least one vignette on this DVD. The segment I mention relates to the 'F' word. Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2013 by Paul Hodgson
With Stephen Fry as a presenter, you would expect nothing less than perfectly polished prose, with a smattering of self deprecating wit. You get that and much more. Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2013 by D. Clarke
Stephen Fry, the master linguist with the clear love of language, explores the wonderful conventions, beliefs and rules of English in it's many and varied forms. Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2013 by Mr. M. E. Merritt