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I'm a fan of Stephen Fry and really enjoyed the first two volumes of his autobiography but this was a huge disappointment. He phoned it in. The majority of the book is spent bringing us up to date - OK, I understand the need to go over old ground - and reading from the diary he kept as he rushed madly around London snorting coke and hanging out with nearly every name he could possibly drop (not those he was sharing his coke with of course, that would be beyond the pale). This book doesn't advance us very far through his life and although he obviously had a serious drug habit we don't get the sense of how this was affecting his everyday life. The diary entries don't cut it. Pardon the pun.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about More Fool Me? What did you like least?
Stephen Fry's performance is good, but the book seems slightly rushed and contains lots of 'filler'.
The book is almost split in to varying thirds:
- First third: Going over details and stories from the previous 2 books.
- Second third: Some new info and anecdotes (although a lot of them I'd already heard on various tv shows and during promotional stuff for the book).
- Final third: Just reading from his diary. No newly written content. While some of the stories were interesting, I'm not too bothered about what SF had for breakfast/lunch/dinner/drinks and when he went to bed on any given day.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
More anecdotes and original writing. Less goign over old stuff and just reading from old diaries.
What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?
Excellent, as always.
Do you think More Fool Me needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Yes, but not yet, and in a format more similar to the first two books.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Three and a half stars on Audible, two and half stars on Amazon - is this really a book written by Stephen Fry? I've always enjoyed audiobooks ever since earliest childhood and long car journeys to see family made bearable (the car journeys at any rate) with the addition of a story read over the cassette player.
I liked audiobooks for two reasons, firstly the story and second the narrator. I like Stephen Fry's books on Audible for the same reasons. There is nothing worse than an autobiography or memoir read by someone else. So Moab is my Washpot and the Fry Chronicles were a delight. Stephen, having some might say, lulled me therefore into a false sense of security with these two triumphs, disgorged me of my remaining credit in an instant.
And I must say I DID enjoy 'More Fool Me'. The complaints people have with Stephen, and they are justified in many instances, is that he does hark on a little at his 'incompetence' his 'celebrity' and his 'self loathing' and general 'lack of confidence.' I'm sorry to break it to you but this IS Stephen and if you haven't learned that by now, then perhaps you should never have picked up 'More Fool Me' in the first place.
It is self-deprecating in many places, depressing in others and repetitive upon the themes mentioned above, but it is also witty and funny and well written. Perhaps not to the same degree as his previous efforts and yes the second half is all diary-fied but if you're reading this, then you have been warned and per chance you can enjoy it for what it is - a comic although often in the dark sense, insight into another chapter of Stephen's life. And I for one, will be looking forward to the next installment.
39 of 42 people found this review helpful
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The introduction, which re-hashes both Moab and the fry chronicles is far too long, taking up an hour and a half of the audiobook. Whilst the latter half of the book comprises of diary extracts from the end of 1993, which are disjointed, awkward and ultimately rather boring.
What will your next listen be?
Fortunately (or perhaps unfortunately) this has not deterred me from signing up to pre-order his next instalment.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The middle of the book see's Stephen returning to form as he recounts tales of his cocaine usage. With one particularly memorable story revolving around Blackadder, Kenneth Brannagh/Emma Thompson wedding, a condom holder, a glass or two of whiskey and the police.
Was More Fool Me worth the listening time?
For die hard fans of Mr Fry, no words of mine would dissuade them from listening to this book, after all I am a said die hard fan. Perhaps, to put things in perspective, if I was not such a propent of Mr Fry's work I would have given this audiobook only two stars overall. Stephen throughout the book worries that people will judge him harshly because of his drug use, I think this unlikely. However, I do think people will judge him harshly on the fact they have doled out their hard earned cash and been rewarded with this boring, poorly written and lazily sourced (diary extracts... Sue Townsend is rolling in her grave) memoir.
Any additional comments?
This really is only half a book. The second half are annotated extracts from his 1993 diary, that really only talk about massages, weight loss, babies and the pressure he felt to finish his book 'the hippopotamus'. I think there must have been similar parallels between that book and this. The book is read marvellously once more by Stephen, and as a little bonus for audiobook listeners, some grainy (though I suspect fake) audio snippets of Sigmund (Siggy to his friends) Freud. However, despite this, overall the book seems to have been written in a rush, poorly edited and lazily written. I am very disappointed by the whole affair and would recommend that all but the most hardened fans give it a miss.
27 of 30 people found this review helpful
Hour after hour of diary excerpts is not an autobiography. I listened to about 2 hours of it, before skipping through the rest of the chapters, thinking that, surely, the whole recording can't consist of just his diary.
Unfortunately, I was wrong.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This was such a lazy effort. Having previously enjoyed Fry's earlier autobiographies, this book was a fragmented rehash of old diary scribblings, full of pretentious name dropping and tedious luvvy chat.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful