• The Fry Chronicles

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-13-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • 4.3 (411 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Thirteen years ago, Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry’s autobiography of his early years, was published to rave reviews and was a huge best seller. In the years since, Stephen Fry has moved into a completely new stratosphere, both as a public figure, and a private man. Now he is not just a multi-award-winning comedian and actor, but also an author, director, and presenter.
In January 2010 he was awarded the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards. Much loved by the public and his peers, Stephen Fry is one of the most influential cultural forces in the country. This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of the most turbulent and least-well-known years of his life, with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you, and, above all, surprise you.
©2010 Stephen Fry (P)2010 Penguin Books Ltd
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By christine on 03-01-11

A must read

A fantastic, fascinating and brilliant book to listen to if you love Stephen Fry. He tells the story so eloquently and interestingly, very vividly so that you can sink yourself into his life and his thoughts and memories. Well worth every hour of listening enjoyment

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By Anonymous User on 12-13-10

Classic Fry Up

Wonderful stuff. Fry's mastery of English, interesting biographics and self-deprecating wit form an enticing amalgam. If you are a fan of Fry buy it!

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By Mary on 09-21-10

Hours of delighted listening

To say that an extra dimension is given by Stephen Fry's voice would be an understatement. He confides, entertains, shocks, confesses, delights, enlightens - rather than merely narrates. It makes the price of this book seem far too low.

In the course of telling the part of his story that stretches from Cambridge to the fame and fortune of his later twenties, he shares with us some of the thoughts and inner fears that he says still haunt him. None of this is solemn or toe-curling though. He always brings himself (and us) back from the brink with a throw-away line of such ludicrous self-mockery that, if most react as I did, the loudness of your own laughter comes as quite a shock.

It's also an insider's look at the way comedy changed and grew in the eighties. Nearly all the radio and television heroes of that era are there. You can hear their voices and each is treated with affectionate glee.

It's rare to find a book where every sentence is satisfying, funny or moving. In an audio book this is a special delight.

He says that it cannot be wondered at that his own rather shy hero, Alan Bennett, is so greatly loved. The self-deprecation that emerges in this book reveals the astonishing fact that Stephen Fry too lacks inner self-assurance - in spite of his cultured, funny, 'Renaissance Man' persona. It's as if he can't quite believe the enormous affection with which the nation regards him but it seems likely that this book will increase that affectionate admiration even more.

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By Julie on 10-15-10

Entertaining and Clever

Great easy listening, read by a master.

Stephen Fry's impressions of various characters are spot on and very funny.Teaching, Cambridge, Show business,writing and his own particular demons.

Will now order the earlier volume and look forward to the next.

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By Michael on 11-23-15

Okay, if pedantic

Fry's meteoric rise to fame in the early years of his life were interesting to say the least, but a lot of it was bogged down by fluffing and pointless reminiscence of classic actors and playwrights. While this is the backbone of Fry's past, it doesn't make for compelling reading. The man is apologetic about this, but it doesn't excuse the fact. Overall, I was pleased and still recommend this, even if it drags in a lot of places.

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By Matthew on 06-15-17

Loved It.

Listening to Fry talk has made my morning commute a pleasure. My only problem with it was (spoilers) he finally gets up to talking about his drug years at the very end and only teases it as part of the next book.

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