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.
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.
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
A disappointing third volume.
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.
Fortunately (or perhaps unfortunately) this has not deterred me from signing up to pre-order his next instalment.
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.
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.
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.
- David Jordan Cahill