The Queen and I : The Queen and I

  • by Sue Townsend
  • Narrated by Angela Thorne
  • Series: The Queen and I
  • 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When a Republican party wins the general election, they strip the royal family of everything and send them to live on a housing estate in the Midlands.
Exchanging caviar for boiled eggs, servants for a social worker named Trish, the queen and her family learn what it means to be poor among the great unwashed. Is their breeding sufficient to allow them to rise above their changed circumstance, or deep down are they really just like everyone else?

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What the Critics Say

"Kept me rolling about until the last page." (Daily Mail)
"Absorbing, entertaining...the funniest thing in print since Adrian Mole." (Daily Telegraph)

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Customer Reviews

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I loved it

I have read this book before and enjoyed it, but listening to the audiobook with the wonderful narration by Angela Thorne made it even more enjoyable. I think this is the best of Sue Townsend's books
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- Flint

A big letdown - even for a republican

Oh dear.

The Queen is deposed and sent to live on a council estate. It is an interesting premise with limited scope for development, so where might that lead us. The answer is absolutely nowhere at all. I only continued listening because the work is short and I was intrigued as to how this aimless nonsense would be brought to any sort of conclusion. It is no spoiler alert to bemoan that I had though "It was all a terrible dream" was an ending restricted to books for the under-8s. I found myself feeling embarrassed for the author.

Angela Thorne initially makes a brave attempt to polish the unpolishable, but even she succumbs to lazy stereotyping in accent choice.

The only saving grace is that it is short.
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- Mark Sanford-Wood

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-04-2012
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks