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.
©2000 Stephen Fry (P)2000 Random House Audio
"excellent, interesting diversion"
adolescent agonies, contrasted
Fry's reading - I enjoyed his acting the different characters.
the scene on the yacht - this was where I started to get really interested in the book
hmmm - hard. I think most of the main characters were really well drawn, and I identified with parts of several of them. Ned and Portia were the two whose stories I was most interested in through the book (though others were almost as memorable).
this took a short while (45mins?) to get into, but after that I really looked forward to the next installment & finding out what happened next. I recommend this book
Its a really great story - I was a bit annoyed when I realized it was a re-write of the Count of Monte Christo, but the writing is so good and some of the twists and turns are so well disguised that I soon got over it. As ever, Stephen Fry demonstrates a great imagination in the revenge sequences. Great listen, highly recommended.
The Count of Monte Christo - it's an updated version of one of the greatest novels of all time
Very good rendition - charecterisations probably not as theatrical as (for example) The Liar or The Hippopotamus, but a great performance.
The Babe - clearly the most thoughtful of the characters, nice anagram of The Abb?? from The Count of Monte Christo
Check out the Wikipedia page, it gives you a great insight into some of the word play that Stephen Fry has hidden through the text. e.g. Mercedes from TCoMC is now called Portia (lol)
"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.
"Stay with it...its going to get interesting!"
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.
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.
He never fails, they are all fabulous daahlink!
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.
Loved this book, twistier than a twisty turney thing.
"Enjoyable but not riveting"
The narration was excellent but the plot line not as strong as the Hippopotamus
This was an excellent and enjoyable read, a good storyline. Usual Fry excellence.
"Cracking good story!"
This was a great listen. Stephen Fry is always a good story teller and an excellent narrator, and this book is no exception. It tells the story of a childish prank which has serious and long-reaching consequences, however there is much more to it than that. The characterisation and story development are deft, and the ending does not disappoint.
"a story you will remember"
A kick in the guts. I really felt for it. Fry is an excellent reader
He freely admits he heavily borrows from another famous book but to my mind this modernisation is superior in every respect except being too short!
"intriguingly not like a Fry novel
A deep, disturbing and visceral book, that is difficult to put down or pick up.
"Be careful what you do - and who you do it to"
Each action we take in life may have massive knock on effects on others. It's this concept which Stephen Fry expertly manipulates into a fantastic story of lives intertwined. Teenage angst, romance and jealousy all set off a series of events with devastating consequences for some...
"Amazing and Gripping to the end"
A most delightfully surprising book that takes so many unexpected turns. Made all the better of course in the voice of Stephen Fry.
A definite must have audio book!
Very descriptive, could have done with moving along a bit quicker. However very clever good story.
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