- Audio Download
- Listening Length: 1 hour and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 July 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQBI28
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
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Fry's English Delight: The Complete Series Audio Download – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
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...Read more ›
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.
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.
Perfect for the family car journey.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as a present, and said to be an good, enjoyable, witty read.Published 13 months ago by Mrs Eileen V Yaxley
this was a great purchase, I was delighted about the delivery of this CD and hope that next purchase will be the samePublished on 28 Dec. 2013 by john glide
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 comedyPublished on 12 Mar. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Being enjoyed by my husband who listens to it at night to try and help him sleep - working so far.Published on 21 Jan. 2013 by Trish