The Stars' Tennis Balls

  • by Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by Stephen Fry
  • 10 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For Ned, 1980 seems a blissful year. Handsome, charming, popular and talented, his life is progressing smoothly, effortlessly, happily. And when he meets the lovely Portia Fendeman his personal jigsaw appears complete. But timing is everything in life, and his life is about to change for ever.
Things are going to get very bad indeed for innocent young Ned. A promise made to a dying teacher and a spiteful trick played by fellow pupils will rocket Ned from cricket captain to solitary confinement, from head boy to hell. When Ned emerges he is a man bent on just one thing - revenge; and revenge is a dish he plans to savour and serve to those who conspired against him.
Part love story, part thriller, a gloriously rich mix that only Stephen Fry can dish up to us, The Stars' Tennis Balls will leave you happy and replete.

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Customer Reviews

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Delightful and horrifying

After Stephen Fry's other books I expected a lighthearted look into upper class England but what a suprise. The delightful use of language is there, Fry's smooth narration is there but the story is something different. Great characters in an exciting and disturbing tale that is hard to stop listening to. Mourned its ending and really felt for the characters.
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- Linda

Stay with it...its going to get interesting!

Would you listen to The Stars' Tennis Balls again? Why?

Yes. The first time I listened, I was pulled in and swept along by the plot. The second time I was delighted by the plot even though I knew what was coming. The third time I began to wonder about the peripheral characters in the story.....Lovely, yummy layers.


What did you like best about this story?

I like the terrifying way in which a childish prank spirals out into so many lives, and the very real and sinister impact this has on so many people.


Which character – as performed by Stephen Fry – was your favourite?

He never fails, they are all fabulous daahlink!


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the main character "behaves well" and does what he thinks will make his captor happy with him. Rather like a child desperately seeking the approval of disinterested parent. It is a very sad moment.


Any additional comments?

Loved this book, twistier than a twisty turney thing.

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- Deirdre

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-10-2010
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks