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England My England Audiobook

England My England: Anglophilia Explained

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why are many supposedly egalitarian Americans fascinated by the aristocratic privilege of Britain as displayed by Downton Abbey and the royal family? In this illuminating essay, cultural critic Mark Dery explores the attractions that Britain's literature, music, and style present for Americans. From a childhood fascination with the Wonder Books to an adolescent fixation on Jethro Tull and adulthood admiration for Christopher Hitchens, Dery’s take is highly personal, yet also displays larger societal insight. By turns savage and sympathetic, his prose is also wryly funny. Performer Mark Ashby does a good job capturing Dery's tone, and alternating between the British and American accents of the text.

Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Mark Dery (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    K. J. O'Donnell 04-04-14
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    "Should have looked at the reviews before I bought"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't think anyone would find it more enjoyable, unless it's the specific 55-year-old that grew up on the Wonder Books and has since been disillusioned.


    What could Mark Dery have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Many more things. First, this is clearly an essay. It should be structured like an essay, not floating about gathering stray thoughts. This feels like a well-researched diary entry. He doesn't clearly state his intentions for the essay, just overall distain, yet claims to be an Anglophile. I thought I would learn something from this essay. I didn't.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator spoke very fast. Also, every once in a while, he would slip into a faux English accent that was more distracting than helpful.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from England My England?

    The whole thing. It wasn't worth reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a horrid essay. Don't waste your time. I wish I could get my money back, even though it was free. I'm deleting it from my library instantly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    monkeypandapants Massachusetts 03-19-14
    monkeypandapants Massachusetts 03-19-14
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    Overall, I found the information in the book interesting. I just found that the information didn't come up in the most fascinating way.

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    Ann United States 03-08-14
    Ann United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you try another book from Mark Dery and/or Mark Ashby?

    No.


    What was most disappointing about Mark Dery’s story?

    I saw no overarching point to the essay. It seemed to just be an opportunity to try to impress people with needlessly flowery language and spew insults to m political opposition.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Ashby?

    N/A


    What character would you cut from England My England?

    The author.


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    Elisa Buch 03-05-14
    Elisa Buch 03-05-14
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I thought this was going to be a humorous explanation of all things British, like suet pudding, how they call potato chips, crisps etc. Maybe the history of high tea, and other things like that.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Definitely nothing by this author.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It wasn't a story per se.


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was good but I didn't like the book itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deep Reader 02-26-14
    Deep Reader 02-26-14

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "England...for Americans"

    This is supposed to be a comical view of English (British) culture for Americans who have little to no understanding of the universe beyond the American borders.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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