England, England

  • by Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by Judy Geeson
  • 6 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

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?


What the Critics Say

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

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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- Sarah

Not for the Average Yank

Unless you're a complete Anglophile, knowlegeable with Brittish slang, colloquialism, geography, culture, and comedic nuance, you will have a difficult time getting into this story. Half the time, I had no idea what they were talking about and I consider myself to be well above the literacy line. I could not force myself to hear more than two hours worth and that's rare for me since I love audiobooks. I found the narration one-dimensional and the voice of the narrator seemed to be a monotone.
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- Fran "franlrc"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books