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What a hotch-potch!,
This review is from: Stephen Fry in His Own Words (Audio CD)
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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!