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Stephen Fry in America

Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
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Now with an exclusive new foreword.

Britain's best-loved comic genius Stephen Fry turns his celebrated wit and insight to unearthing the real America as he travels across the continent in his black taxicab. Stephen's account of his adventures is filled with his unique humour, insight and warmth in this audiobook that accompanies his journey for the BBC1 series.

Stephen Fry has always loved America, in fact he came very close to being born there. Here, his fascination for the country and its people sees him embark on an epic journey across America, visiting each of its 51 states to discover how such a huge diversity of people, cultures, languages, beliefs and landscapes combine to create such a remarkable nation.

Starting on the Eastern Seaboard, Stephen zigzags across the country in his London taxicab, talking to its hospitable citizens, listening to its music, visiting its landmarks, viewing small-town life and America's breath-taking landscapes, following wherever his curiosity leads him.

Stephen meets a collection of remarkable individuals, American icons and unsung local heroes alike. He drops for tea with Steven Spielberg in Ohio, talks to George Bush on his ranch in Texas, visits Maine's most famous resident, Stephen King, meets Bill Gates in Washington, samples Memphis music, courtesy of Aretha Franklin, and who better to talk about California than its governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger?

But there are also unknown mayors, sheriffs, newspaper editors, park rangers, teachers and hobos that Stephen encounters, bringing to life the oddities and splendours of each locale. He discovers Oklahoma's World Cow Pat Throwing Contest, attends Independence Day Parades and cherry-pie bake-offs, and visits the heartland of the Sioux Nation in South Dakota.

Along the way, Stephen discovers that each state has its bizarre and quaint local laws, for example, did you know that in Alaska it is illegal to push a moose out of an aircraft, and in New Hampshire, on Sundays, citizens may not relieve themselves while looking up?

A celebration of the magnificent and the eccentric, the beautiful and the strange, Stephen Fry In America is our author's homage to this extraordinary country.

©2012 Stephen Fry (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"Stephen Fry is a treasure of the British Empire." (The Guardian)

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preparing for my trip to US now!

loved it, and Stephen's narration. Planning my trip there whilst in Covid lockdown...but which states do i cull out for my budget?

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  • Abby
  • 25-04-2020

If you enjoyed the tv series - you’ll really enjoy this

The TV series of Stephen Fry in America was great entertainment and I was pleased to stumble across this audiobook as I hadn’t realised one had been recorded. If you are already a fan of Mr Fry then you will get everything you would expect from his work and perhaps more. Eloquently written and engagingly read by the author the book moves through the states with snippets of facts you may be familiar with and includes many personal stories of ordinary Americans highlighting what their state means to them and how life goes on all across the country. Hugely enjoyable and re-listenable I thoroughly recommend this to anyone with an interest in other countries and cultures, and also to those who just love listening to Stephen Fry’s voice!

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  • Gwilym Davies
  • 29-04-2020

Pleasantly easy

I’ve have been a fan of the tv series so I thought the Audible version was worth a listen and I wasn’t wrong. With more in depth description of his experiences it made for easy listening.

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  • Joanna
  • 20-04-2020

Very Stephen

Was a great listen. The state by state chapters allowed bitesize listening, just right for daily walks

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  • k pius
  • 29-05-2020

Fry's voice is a treasure

This book hasn't lost anything with time. Definitely a worthy listen. Makes my wanderlust flare up :-)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-05-2020

Never lets you down!

Excellent narration by SF, his self deprecating style always adds to the amusement. Brought back memories of the TV series, the book was a little short of info though what was there was good fun, well read and made me look forward to going back to the US despite DJT and his appalling taste in casinos!

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  • D. Copeland
  • 23-05-2020

Very Entertaining

As someone who has watched the accompanying television series more times than I will admit to, I loved this audiobook.

It expands on the series adding a lot more detail and humour.

Fantastic. highly reccomend.

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  • Eamonn Shelly
  • 15-05-2020

Fills in the gaps

Watched the TV series. The audio book fills in the gaps that made the TV programme frustrating.

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  • Mrs R
  • 10-05-2020

Another Stephen Fry Delight

A whistle stop tour of the USA felt like I was along for the ride.