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Frys English Delight: The Complete First Series (BBC Radio Programs) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD


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Product Details

  • Series: Fry's English Delight
  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: AudioGO; Audio Theater edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602837473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602837478
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,740,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen Fry is a celebrated British actor, novelist, journalist, presenter, intellectual and wit. He has produced four novels and two volumes of autobiography, and has written for radio shows and TV. His TV credits include Jeeves and Wooster and Blackadder, and he hosted the BBC TV series QI. His readings of the Harry Potter books have won him huge acclaim and several awards.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Magic Lemur on October 5, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I seem to be going through a 'Fry phase' at the moment, as I've just finished the entire series of Stephen Fry in America, watched many episodes of Jeeves & Wooster & have listened to his excellent 'Stephen Fry Presents - Short Stories by Anton Chekhov'*. I've even watched his videos debating alongside Christopher Hitchens and have yet to find him annoying, snobbish or arrogant, but rather the model of a renaissance man.

Starting off with a section called 'Current Puns', the English language is dissected in depth by a mixture of academics and amateurs. The comedian who holds the world record for the most jokes told in an hour (Tim Vine, at 499) is asked about how he makes puns and there is also a section on the Pun computer. Fry also analyses different types of puns and ends with one of his favourites (which I'm sorely tempted to tell you, if it weren't for the fact that it would ruin your enjoyment of the CD!)

Section 2 is 'Metaphor'. Many other reviewers have said that Section 1 is the only section worth listening to, but I disagree. This section is arguably the best one, with lots of QI-style insightful gambits. The large quantity of Naval metaphors (e.g. taken aback) are explored in this section, along with 'skeletons of metaphors'. Personally I had no idea that English was so laden with buried metaphors within individual words (e.g. 'sarcastic' meaning 'flesh tearing'). The phrase 'Deep Metaphor' takes on a whole new meaning...

Moving onto CD 2, Section 3 is 'Quotation'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Di Valentine on December 10, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Stephen Fry is very charming and quite amusing. This is a must-buy for all logophiles (lover of words) and language. The topics are very interesting and entertaining; the broadcast content was informative and fun; the experts interviewed are engaging. I especially enjoyed the discussion of puns. Very amusing! I highly recommend it!
Comes in two CDs. If you enjoy this one also check out the sequel Series Two. I'm looking forward to enjoying Series Three and hoping they release Season 4 on CD soon.
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