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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: AudioGO Limited (11 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1471339270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471339271
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 0.9 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a fascinating collection of archive interviews with the celebrated writer, presenter and polymath, you can hear - in his own words - the beliefs and aspirations that have shaped him. The archive covers his upbringing, a time when Stephen admits he was a rebellious schoolboy and behaved outrageously in order to survive school. He talks about his early love of language and Oscar Wilde. He also recalls discovering classic radio comedy and meeting Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie at Cambridge. Stephen is extraordinarily honest about some of his personal experiences, which have included imprisonment for credit card fraud, going public about his sexuality, and coping with public criticism. Stephen also comments on fame, addictions, being hard on himself and wanting to make people laugh. BBC Archive Voices: shining a light on the icons of our time

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 May 2013
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Well, at least I didn't have to pay for this, and I would advise anyone who is thinking of that to think twice. It is always a pleasure to listen to Stephen Fry, and he is as urbane, charming and articulate as ever here. However is this the BBC's idea of an anthology? Of the six interviews from which we hear extracts, five are from the period 1987-99, only the Front Row snippet is at all recent, and even that dates from 2010. Some of the information is mildly interesting, to be sure. I had no idea that Stephen had been a kleptomaniac in his schooldays still less that he had done porridge for it, and I thought that his self-assessment as a half-hearted rebel was candid and honest with himself.

However I would have expected that much from Fry. What gets little if any proper treatment is his polymath knowledge, which is sometimes little short of astounding. The official blurb tells us that he is frank about his sexuality, but don't get your hopes up - he doesn't like sex and doesn't do it, or at least he used not to. Almost everything he says here about his time at Cambridge relates to his acquaintance with Emma Thompson and Hugh Lawrie, leading thespians in their time and maybe still to this day, but an odd subject to be given so much prominence as it is here. I mean, is it not worth the trouble of telling us what Stephen so much as studied at Cambridge?

I don't feel like prolonging such a catalogue of complaints, except to say that I'm not sure whether the short playing time (45 minutes or so) of the disc is a bad thing or a good thing under the circumstances. I could not bring myself to give less than three stars to anything featuring Stephen Fry, but, honestly, pants to the BBC for this effort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BS on parade on 29 Mar. 2013
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Length: 4:08 Mins
A disc of six interviews with Stephen Fry. The recordings are from:

4/11/87
1/1/88
27/11/88
1/5/89
15/1/99
15/9/10

What is here is perfectly decent and interesting. It's just that there isn't a lot of it. It's only 44 minutes long and by its nature it doesn't go into any detail, instead it just skims the surface. If you want to know about him you are much better buying his memoir Moab Is My Washpot.

Three stars for the content, but I'm docking a point as I don't think there's enough here to justify spending any money on it. I do struggle to imagine who would buy this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Benner TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 April 2013
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I am completely mystified by this CD compilation. Given the many hours' worth of recordings of interviews with or introspective musings by Stephen Fry that the BBC must have in its archive, just why it should assemble this meagre and motley bunch of recordings for release is quite beyond me! The editing, especially of the early recordings, is really very poor too, with almost all of each interviewer's questions taken out, leaving Stephen Fry's answers as isolated bleeding chunks of conversation without a context or a framework, leaving the listener wondering just what he was asked in each case. There is also considerable repetition of material across the six disparate radio and TV appearances plundered for these recordings, making the disc a moderately irritating listen if tackled in one go.

Overall, the disc is salvaged from being relegated to the very bottom drawer solely by virtue of the fact that Stephen Fry is always a pleasure to listen to, with something fascinating or humorous to say, even when indulging in the most swingeing of self-defamation. All in all, though, there is little about this release to recommend it for purchase. Come on, AudioGo; you can do better than this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Hunter VINE VOICE on 27 Mar. 2013
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This AudioGo issue features Stephen Fry in radio and television interviews from 1987 up to 2010. While enjoying the content immensely my big gripe is that the CD only runs for 45 minutes. Surely enough recorded material could have been found to fill the disc to a more respectable 60 minutes or longer. I know the price reflects the short running time but it really does feel like the producers wanted to see how little they could get away with.
Enjoyed the content but feel a little robbed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Jun. 2013
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My this disc is short.
At just 44 minutes it really and literally sells the buyer short.
Containing six sets of interviews this is Stephen Fry Lite in all senses.

I enjoyed the listen -brief though it was but it seemed to me to have the texture of candy floss.
All too brief and not enough to satisfy the listener.
We all want and deserve more from this disc. 44 minutes is just not enough.

There are better Stephen Fry CDs out there Moab is my Washtub for one.

My advice?
Wait until you see it in Oxfam at 49p then it will be worth the price.
Audio Go have missed a really good chance of selling a much more satisfying and worthwhile 3 disc set here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Trebell TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 May 2013
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This Audio CD from AudioGo is a collection of interviews that Stephen has given over the years, from 1987 to 2010.

Much of this is available in Stephen Fry's biographical books but it's fascinating to hear his take on it in the more immediate format of an interview rather than through the written word (giving time as it does to review and refine your words). He's charming, funny and a pleasure to listen to.

I'd probably treat this as a companion piece to his books as it's short and a somewhat piecemeal collection of his thoughts and recollections.

It's always a treat to listen to Stephen but the recordings are quite short and the overall collection is too short to be great value for money. Worth a listen but be aware that it's only 45 minutes of Fry goodness.
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