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.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 >   > 
Freddy and Fredericka | [Mark Helprin]

Freddy and Fredericka

Best-selling, critically acclaimed author Mark Helprin's work has drawn favorable comparisons to an elite group of literary legends, including James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Edgar Allan Poe, and Thomas Mann. Helprin's sheer comic brilliance shines in this ingenious farce.
Regular Price:$34.99
  • 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 -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Best-selling, critically acclaimed author Mark Helprin's work has drawn favorable comparisons to an elite group of literary legends, including James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Edgar Allan Poe, and Thomas Mann. Helprin's sheer comic brilliance shines in this ingenious farce.

Freddy is the bright but aloof Prince of Wales. Fredericka is his blonde, beautiful, and beloved wife. When they stumble into a public relations nightmare with no easy solution, they must make amends by serving an unusual penance. Literally dropped from a plane into a mysterious place called Hoboken, New Jersey, Freddy and Fredericka are given one task. They must reconquer America!

A thinly veiled satire of what might have happened if Princess Diana had survived, Freddy and Fredericka is an imaginative gem full of clever wordplay and wicked political jabs.

©2005 Mark Helprin; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Helprin's entertaining new novel [is] a rollicking picaresque saga that reads as though Evelyn Waugh had put the movies Roman Holiday and Duck Soup into a blender along with some old copies of People magazine and a couple of Mark Twain's travelogues, and seasoned the resulting confection with generous helpings of his own black comedy....Mr. Helprin has constructed a perfect showcase for his heretofore underused gift of humor, and in doing so he has produced a delightful romp of a book." (The New York Times)
"Irresistibly mischievous." (Booklist)
"Wildly imaginative, adventure-filled, clever." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Mark Helprin] frequently astounds with the freshness of voice and the oddly soaring majesty of this...comic call for greatness in a mediocre era." (Kirkus Reviews)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.6 (365 )
5 star
 (123)
4 star
 (100)
3 star
 (62)
2 star
 (38)
1 star
 (42)
Overall
3.6 (91 )
5 star
 (32)
4 star
 (23)
3 star
 (17)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (12)
Story
3.9 (87 )
5 star
 (35)
4 star
 (30)
3 star
 (10)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (6)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Chris Woodland Hills, CA, United States 08-15-05
    Chris Woodland Hills, CA, United States 08-15-05 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    214
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    9
    0
    Overall
    "God save Craig-Vyvyan! I liked it."

    It was weird, beautiful, and funny. I listened to much of it hiking alone through the Sierra Nevada, which is strangely appropriate. (Why I might think it strangely appropriate to listen to a comic novel about a mythical Prince and Princess of Wales while hiking through a pristine American forest will only become apparent after reading the book.) I finished it a week ago, and it still hangs on. There were times it seemed overly repetitive, overly long, overly repetitive, and overly long but that is part of what makes it so hypnotic. It feels more like a dream that I've woken from rather than something I've just listened to. Then again, maybe that was the forest. Anyway, Its really worth a try, because however overlong you may find it, it is still beautiful and strange and funny, or so says Mr. Neil (who you may look up if you have a 1911 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica) Yes, now that I think about it, I liked it quite a bit. How often do you get to dream that you are the Prince (or Princess) of Wales? God save Mark Helprin!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Annette United States 09-06-05
    Annette United States 09-06-05 Member Since 2004

    I'm trying to wean myself and learn to function without earbuds for more than ten minutes at a time. It hasn't been easy. I lose balance...

    HELPFUL VOTES
    374
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    284
    73
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    31
    1
    Overall
    "Can't rate it high enough (and I'm a tough grader)"

    I admit it, I?m easier on audio books than printed ones because I tend to use them while occupying myself ?doing something else? but I?ve never listened to one twice before. This is fabulous. I highly recommend it for humor, fun and plain old smart stupid wit. It?s a romp and a pun and a mockery of everything dull. As an aside, if you haven?t listened to ?dr. strange and mister norrel? I also recommend that. These are two books I have gone out and bought in print after the audio. That (for me, the cheapest of the cheap) is a rarity.Get it, listen to it, lighten up and enjoy a fairy tale of america.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Julie Ithaca, NY, USA 08-16-05
    Julie Ithaca, NY, USA 08-16-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Freddy and Fredericka"

    After listening to the first forty-five minutes, I thought it was just going to be subtle, boring, and looong. I gave it a bit more of a chance though, and am so glad that I did! I love the narrator and definitely think that he brings out the many nuances of the story. Albeit a bit of a fluff ending, but the body of the story switches between hilarious dialogue and nice descriptions of the surroundings and background story. All in all a great buy.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    David needham, MA, United States 08-09-05
    David needham, MA, United States 08-09-05 Member Since 2004

    Annoyed with Audible because they wouldn't print my review about Ken Follett's "Fall of Giants"

    HELPFUL VOTES
    27
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    50
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Great Farce"

    This is a wonderful book and I could not stop laughing out loud as I listened (which is a first for me). While the narrator's inability to even try an American accent is jarring, you can get used to it eventually and he does do an excellent job with the English characters. His high class "twit" (think Monty Python- the Graham Chapman and John Cleese characters) voice for the absurdist "Who's on first?" colloquys between the title characters are right on point. In fact I'm not sure they would be so humorous if I read them as opposed to listening to this narrator.
    The overall themes of the novel are somewhat forgettable (hard work and bravery are the spice of life....) but cannot overshadow the essential humor. Prepare to be entertained not edified.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alison Philadelphia, PA, United States 09-29-06
    Alison Philadelphia, PA, United States 09-29-06 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    84
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    276
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    3
    Overall
    "Love it or hate it."

    You can see from the other reviews that people either love or hate this book. I loved it. Helprin has a wonderful sense of comic timing that is drawn out to great (sometimes excruciating) effect when experienced "out loud" vs. on paper. I loved both the laugh out loud descriptions of American and British politics; well as the idiosyncracies and beauties of american life and landscape. I listened to some parts of this book multiple times. Helprin has a unique viewpoint; somehow both sorrowful and silly. Enjoy!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Christopher Jemez Springs, NM, USA 11-06-05
    Christopher Jemez Springs, NM, USA 11-06-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Argh - Can I have my credit back please?!?!?"

    After listening to another british comedy fiction (In Your Dreams) which was very funny and enjoyable to listen to, I bought Freddy and Fredericka. Okay, now imagine Monty Python only the actors aren't funny and they think they're being serious dramatic actors.

    Inane banter over ear-size, estate names, and other worthless topics dominate the story. I've got a pretty good tolerance for silly humor (I do like Monty Python) but this was just dumb...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    P. Giorgio Illinois 12-18-10
    P. Giorgio Illinois 12-18-10 Member Since 2001

    TheWriter

    HELPFUL VOTES
    429
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    308
    89
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    81
    0
    Overall
    "Couldn't finish it"

    I loved Winters Tale by Helprin and was willing to take on another 20+ hours with him. Perhaps it is my state of mind, but Freddy, Fredericka and I just didn't click. After a many minutes long exchange on the word "bosom," I had to bail. Maybe another time and place, but for now, whew, it was too much work.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jonathan Hoffman Portland, OR USA 06-03-06
    Jonathan Hoffman Portland, OR USA 06-03-06 Member Since 2004

    Shelterdog

    HELPFUL VOTES
    27
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    183
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "SIX (On a scale of 1-5)!"

    I've read other Halprin books, and he's always shown a lot of potential, and some terrific writing in places. But in this book he really put it all together: wit, satire, tenderness. My wife and I loved it. Be patient: he takes his time, but it's worth the wait. Listen to the UNabridged. Despite its length, Helprin isn't trying to get you there quickly. Rather, he's letting you savor the details of each event, so you have to be patient. But if you are, you'll be amply rewarded.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Janice Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-01-06
    Janice Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-01-06 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    193
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Laugh out loud"

    I listened to this walking through the supermarket and I was laughing so hard tears ran down my cheeks. People stared. I was helpless...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rob Prindle Erie, PA United States 04-17-09
    Rob Prindle Erie, PA United States 04-17-09 Member Since 2002

    RobPrindle

    HELPFUL VOTES
    50
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    44
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Occasionally Funny. Ultimately Tedious."

    This book seemed to have a lot going for it - good author, fresh plot, interesting characters - unfortunately Mark Helprin fell in love with comedy based on inane misunderstandings between characters and dialog repetition. It seemed as though a quarter of the book was comprised of nothing more than Freddy making a comment and Fredericka repeating it back to him - or vice versa. Add to that a weak ending and what's left is just not enough to make this novel worth while.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 51 results PREVIOUS126NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

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.