The Stars' Tennis Balls (Unabridged)
by Stephen Fry
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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.
A Dish Best Served Cold
A storming tale of revenge as popular and naive schoolboy, Ned (an interesting study in entitlement and grandiosity, therapy fans) is manipulated by so-called friends and finds himself imprisoned in a mental institution. It is widely recognised, not least by Stephen Fry himself as a reworking of Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo, but if you're going to immitate why not immitate a classic?
Fry's writing scythes through comedy to the dark stuff in a graphic manner not seen in any of his earlier novels. The book oozes Fry-ness. And that's a marvellous thing. Look, you've been working hard, you deserve a treat - and what better present than a super contemporary novel, read by the rather super author.
Now how about Making History??
Audiobook + Stephen Fry = Brilliant. Nuff said.
A true delight....
Loved everything about it, have worked my way through Fry's audiobooks now and have just finished this one. I just wish he had more! Come on Fry, Get writing!
I almost wish he were able to narrate all books! He seems to be the only person I am able to listen to and find myself not being able to stop.