• England, England

  • A Novel
  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Judy Geeson
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-16-99
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.2 (30 ratings)

Regular price: $17.50

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Publisher's Summary

What would happen if a tycoon decided to turn England into a theme park? Before anyone could say "Windsor Castle," replicas of all of the kingdom's great landmarks - from the Tower of London and Westminister Abbey to the National Gallery and everything in between - all turn up in one place. And what if credit-worthy tourists could escape to this island that permits vast expense accounts and prohibits paparazzi?
Copyright ©1999 by Julian Barnes; Copyright (P)1999 NewStar Media Inc.
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Critic Reviews

Booker Prize Finalist
"A treasure chest of wordplays, ironic imagery and gemlike phrasing that's sure to amuse." (The Wall Street Journal)
"A brilliant, Swiftian fantasy: a virtual England." (The Economist)
"...an uproarious farce that mocks both our postmodernist suspicion of the authentic and our Disney-like willingness to turn that embrace of the ersatz into a money-making machine." (The New York Times)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
5 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 02-26-04

Amusing and very familiar!

This is one of the first audio books I have ever bought and, based on this, I will be buying many more. The writing is quirky and witty, the subject matter intriguing and all too familiar - it rang bells with me all the way through (but hey, maybe that's because I'm a 'Brit').

The narration was pefect and easy to listen to - ease of listening is a problem I have found with other books but not the case here.

If you are English and want a laugh, or not English and want a challenge, then this is the book for you.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Manuela Ospina on 03-28-18

Loved the narration but it skips some sections

The narration was great. But if you’re following along with the book be alert for several missing sections. It sometimes skipped two sections at a time.

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Customer Reviews

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2 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 01-02-18

Incomplete audiobook

The narrator is lovely and her voice and diction are wonderful. Overall, I had a nice experience with this audiobook. I disagree with the intonation of some of the parts, but even that I could have overlooked. However, what I cannot overlook is the fact that entire sections of the book were skipped. One time over 10 pages at once! I am glad I was listening and reading at the same time because I would have missed several important moments of the novel. You see, I read this novel to write an essay on it and the theme I chose to focus on was precisely the question of authenticity and culture as merchandise and some of the bits that were skipped had precisely to do with that. I don't understand why those parts were omitted but I do hope that this review is published and that other people will be aware of this if they decide to purchase this audiobook.

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