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Laurie

SANTAQUIN, UT, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • England My England: Anglophilia Explained

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Mark Dery
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (307)

    Downton Abbey has brought out the Anglophile in American fans of the hit TV series. But Anglophilia has a long history in America. Why are some native-born residents of our Shining City Upon a Hill, where All Men Are Created Equal, seduced by the fluting tones of manor-born privilege? At last, Anglophilia explained - in American, thank you.

    Janice says: "Failure to achieve objective."
    "Not worth it, and it was free!"
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made England My England better?

    Maybe addressing reasons Americans find England and royalty interesting rather than just ramble about a Wonder Book the author read as a youth. Also, it became obvious the author disdains anyone who does have an interest in England and its history. I believe the author sought to impress his readership with his vocabulary and his "better than you" attitude rather than provide anything positive.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Dery again?

    No way! He comes across as a pompous academic. I can't imagine him producing anything enlightening or entertaining after this short disaster.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Given the material, I think the narrator did about as well as possible.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, definitely! We thought we would hear a lighthearted look as what makes Americans love the royals and England but it was just a slam to both England and to those who love it.


    Any additional comments?

    The book started out with a little bit of humor and we actually laughed out loud but the book steadily became irritating. We didn't finish it because it just wasn't worth putting up with the author's attitude. If we could give zero stars, that would have been the score.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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