More Fool Me

  • by Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by Stephen Fry
  • 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Following on from his hugely successful books, Moab is My WashpotandThe Fry Chronicles, comes the third chapter in Stephen Fry's life. This unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of More Fool Me is performed by Stephen Fry himself.

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Audible Editor Reviews

More Fool Me is Stephen Fry's explosive third volume to his autobiography audiobooks, Moab is My Washpot and The Fry Chronicles, all brilliantly narrated by Fry himself. Following in the tradition of these best-selling books, listen as he gives an open, honest and tremendously entertaining look at his life in detail. Chronicling his life during his 30s, at the start of a sparklingly successful career in entertainment, he invites listeners into the glittering star-studded parties and exclusive members-only clubs as his career took off and he became a household name. Available now from Audible.

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What the Critics Say

Praise for The Fry Chronicles:
"Heartbreaking, a delight, a lovely, comfy book". (The Times)
"Perfect prose and excruciating honesty. A grand reminiscence of college and theatre and comedyland in the 1980s, with tone-perfect anecdotes and genuine readerly excitement. What Fry does, essentially, is tell us who he really is. Above all else, a thoughtful book. And namedroppy too, and funny, and marbled with melancholy." (Observer)

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A defense of More Fool Me

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.

Ben Waddams
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- Ben

Should ask his editor for a refund

I enjoyed The Fry Chronicles very much and so was looking forward to this, the 3rd in the series recording the life of a bona fide National Treasure. But, oh dear, what has gone wrong? Not only does Mr Fry spend at least the first hour of this book recapping the story from the previous volumes (which frankly could've been done in a one-page summary) the initial chapters of this book meander about far too much. Call me old-fashioned but to me a key concept in a biography is that the narrative should flow in chronological order. Not so here as the story jumps forward and backward in time with little idea of how this book links to the end of the previous volume.

Only near the end of Part One does Mr Fry switch to a diary-style of narrative and, despite his protests that this style is not his forte, he proves to be an excellent diarist and the story suddenly shifts a gear into a flowing, consistent and highly-engaging thread.

I have seen some other readers reviews where Mr Fry comes in for some stick over this, but to me it seems it's his editor who should shoulder the blame here. Mr Fry has written openly and candidly about the events surrounding his success, the parties, the excess, the lost nights and, especially, his cocaine addiction that ran for a number of years. To me it is the job of the editor to take these various scribblings (no offence meant), sift the wheat from the chaff, and produce a finished piece of work that is suitable for publishing.

The editor in this case did none of these things. I assume he/she was so confident in Mr Fry's popularity that they thought any such dabbling to be an unecessary intrusion upon their time.

Shame really, as the diary section of the book was rivetting. Overall a definite C-minus...
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- Colin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-09-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd