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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 28 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 13 Sept. 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0042TKNKC
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The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography Audiobook – Unabridged
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I have read this book shortly after reading Fry's autobiography of his first twenty years:Moab Is My Washpot. That was a 5+ star read, by comparison this I rate as meriting 4 stars. If I had not read Maob I would have given The Chronicles 5 stars.
Why the difference and diminution? Well, Maob, the best autobiography I have read, contains by quick turn side splitting humour and an onion peeling baring of Fry's inner workings, feelings and motivations. I thought it logical to assume that The Chronicles would be more of the same and this was what I was expecting.
Whilst it is true to say that there are many pages that do carry on this vein, there are also many others that simply recount Fry's early career in terms of how it all began, how he obtained work, what he worked on and who he worked with, etc. Of course this is interesting and indeed necessary because the autobiography has to tell us about how he spent these pivotal ten years of his life, but for me, what set Maob apart was Fry's brave, candid lifting off of his mask and assumed persona to reveal his true self. I found this absolutely fascinating and I admire and appreciate Fry's willingness to do this. It is simply that this book contains less of that.
I also found this book to be less funny.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Here we have proof that Fry is not just past his prime, but against all mathematical reason, past ALL the primes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A logophilic, laugh-out-loud, loveliness of a book. There's plenty of interesting stuff about Oxbridge and some memorable and chucklesome showbiz anecdotes, the best ones being... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr. S. J. Wade
The book was written by a very witty and intelligent author. Very funny and informative about Fry's life. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dr. R. Wunna
This was one of the books I definitely wanted to listen to as an audiobook as Stephen is the narrator and I do so love his voice. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Wendy Unsworth
Only further cementing my admiration ( and envy ) of the genius that is Steven Fry , the "Chronicles" delight and inform in equal measure.Published 7 months ago by Ceri Evans
I'm guessing my other half liked the book however as were no longer together he may have passed it on like they do !! - I enjoyed the read - read it before I gave it to himPublished 8 months ago by Mckenzzee
An autobiography is quite a departure for me and I have been listening to this book in chunks over a long period of time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Simon
An interesting insight to one of the life of the witty, and intelligent man that is Stephen FryPublished 11 months ago by El Tigre Chinois