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Stephen Fry In His Own Words Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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A unique audio portrait of the much-admired, multi-talented Stephen Fry.
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Considering the age of 5 of the interviews and the shortness of the interview clips I have been left really disappointed with this "unique portrait". To be honest it appears to have been slapped together by the minions at the BBC to make some quick cash from the fans and the editing is bad. You don't get the questions which he had been asked but just his the words and there are times that it takes a while to understand what he's talking about and in a couple of instances I still haven't a clue what he was saying or why.
It says 45 minutes to listen to the disc (though it seems much shorter), especially once you take off the introductions to the programmes and the short musical interludes which are the pointer to the end/beginning of tracks.
Surely there must have been better ways to edit these old tracks together which could have included the questions, or even included some of the more recent interviews which Mr Fry has made.
There are much better audio books about Mr Fry available including his unabridged autobiographies.
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.
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.
Well worth a look for any fans, otherwise I'd probably spend my cash elsewhere.
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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