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Stephen Fry in His Own Words Audio CD – Audiobook, 7 Mar 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
|Length: 4:08 Mins|
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.
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!
Enjoyed the content but feel a little robbed.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very very good, but all too short. A lot of stuff repeated from his autobiographies, Moab, Chronicles and More fool. If you already have these, you may feel a little short changed.Published 13 months ago by Lesley Townsend
The packaging was fine, the claxton which is part of the game doesnt work and you need that to play the game, would it be possible to get a new one sent out as the game is... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rebecca English
If you are a Stephen Fry fan then you'll probably enjoy this little medley of snatches of interviews. Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2013 by Amy Connolly
While I found this to be engaging and Mr Fry to be personable and honest, I did find it short and not as in-depth as I would have wanted. Read morePublished on 26 July 2013 by I am probably a human
I didn't become a fan of Stephen Fry until fairly recently - only in the previous few years have I come to realise what an interesting and funny man he really is. Read morePublished on 23 July 2013 by Biblioholic
I think most people will know Stephen Fry as one of the most erudite and self deprecating men to have graced our screens and airwaves for a very long time. Read morePublished on 21 July 2013 by Donald Thompson
I got this expecting more of an insight into Stephen fry's thoughts. There was some info but I felt it did not go far enough. Read morePublished on 18 July 2013 by woody_tng
I got thinking it was a book to take on holiday. But as it was a cd i decided to listen to it. Its ok but i feel it didnt tell the true story of him and his life. Read morePublished on 10 July 2013 by Sakazoke