What a life. Stephen Fry is a phenomenal narrator and he's got quite the tale to tell as he describes part of his life. His first biography, Moab is my Washpot chronicled his childhood and getting into trouble (even imprisoned), and The Fry Chronicles picks up where the other left off. Or so I imagine, I haven't read it, but he does in quite some detail sum it up. The Fry Chronicles focus thereafter of his going to university, getting into acting/comedy and afterwards making a big career of it. The book ends somewhere around his 30th birthday where he's already very financially stable, but has just had his first snort of cocaine.
This book is all about the ups and not so much the downs. He leads a very lucky, a very blessed and very good life (though of course he works hard for it too and is extremely talented). The downs are yet to come in the next book, More Fool Me (which I'm currently, at the time of writing this, listening to.)
Half of this book's success is because of the narration. Stephen has a phenomenal talent for talking - the pronunciation, the posh accent, the melody is just sublime. I call him Stephen, because having spent more than 20 hours listening to his voice, telling me about his life, I feel I'm allowed ;)
The book is very good on it's own too, I imagine, if you are interested in Fry's life, British actors/comedians, television and comedy and such. I happen to be so, though I must confess to not knowing a third of the many people that are mentioned. I must credit Stephen for never just name-dropping. He genuinely just knows all these famous people. To him they are everyday life and old friends.
All in all, it's a jolly good book and was a pleasure to listen to.