We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Penguin Island Audiobook

Penguin Island

Regular Price:$20.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

First published in 1908, and widely regraded as his masterpiece, Penguin Island is Anatole France's most searching and satirical novel. A humorous critique of customs and laws, rituals and rites, its subject is human nature, but its characters are penguins in the mythical land of Penguinia. The story of the strutting penguins and their virtues and vices is not merely a burlesque allegory of French history, it is a satire of the history of mankind. With gentle yet biting irony, France challenges the Spencerian belief in the ultimate perfectibility of man, though his irony reveals his sympathy for man's weaknesses and his need for social institutions.

(P)1999 by Blackstone Audiobooks

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.1 (25 )
5 star
 (7)
4 star
 (3)
3 star
 (5)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (5)
Overall
4.0 (3 )
5 star
 (2)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Story
2.7 (3 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Rebecca USA 10-19-09
    Rebecca USA 10-19-09 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    27
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Satire like Jonathan Swift"

    Enjoyable retelling of history using penguins instead of men - whimsical yet serious. Drags some in the middle, but good beginning and end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 04-16-06
    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 04-16-06 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    354
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    688
    77
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    9
    0
    Overall
    "The narrarator Ughhh"

    The narrarator does the nasty sounding spittle sound thing when he is reading. Maybe he had a really dry mouth and needed a drink of water, but it was terribly gross to listen to, and the guy had some weird nasal accent, it was more than I could stand to listen to. By now I have listen to hundreds of books of all different types and there are very few that I can't finish, but this book is one simply because of the narrarator.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    cuptagrafft 11-14-04
    cuptagrafft 11-14-04 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    37
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    888
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Penguin Island"

    The story is a grate book if you know history though you can still enjoy this book if you don?t. This book is a classic.

    5 of 15 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.