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Mrs Queen Takes the Train Audiobook
Mrs Queen Takes the Train
Written by: 
William Kuhn
Narrated by: 
Simon Prebble
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Mrs Queen Takes the Train Audiobook

Mrs Queen Takes the Train

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Publisher's Summary

An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn - author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books - Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts. Reminiscent of Alan Bennett's The Uncommon Reader, this lively, wonderfully inventive romp takes readers into the mind of the grand matriarch of Britain's Royal Family, bringing us an endearing runaway Queen Elizabeth on the town - and leading us behind the Buckingham Palace walls and into the upstairs/downstairs spaces of England's monarchy.

©2012 William Kuhn (P)2012 Dreamscape Media, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Royal watchers and students of class alike will enjoy this smart, if familiar, tale." (Publishers Weekly)

"Kuhn does a convincing job of inhabiting the heads of his characters, crowned or not. ... An affectionate, sympathetic but also unstinting look at the woman inside the sovereign." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    analyzethis USA, Europe, M.E. 03-10-13
    analyzethis USA, Europe, M.E. 03-10-13
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    "Can't believe how much I loved this story"

    This was just spectacularly amusing, well written, well read, with an unexpected depth and wealth of characters and story lines. I have no idea why I bought this, but it was my lucky day. The apparent story -- the queen of England decides to "run away" and experience one ordinary normal excursion - is only the thread that holds together the stories of several persons all associated with the palace staff in one way or another. The narrator manages to render all of them compellingly, and even the silly-seeming plot is told in a charming way. I can't think of anyone who would not enjoy this story.

    53 of 55 people found this review helpful
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    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 12-31-15
    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 12-31-15 Member Since 2008

    The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.

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    "Enjoyable with deeper meaning"

    This little book has been languishing in my audio shelf for some time. I'm not sure how I came across it, but I know I bought it on sale. Then I treated it as if I bought it on sale. So it just sat there.

    Glad I finally listened to it. I love Brit Lit, I always have. This book speaks to the Queen about ten years after Diana's death, not too long after the death of the Queen's mother and sister, and after the royal jubilee. The Queen is depressed and goes on a little jaunt.

    Fully imagined with the household characters (searching for her) as well as some great characters on the train, this is a fun little romp, until - boom - something happens that makes the book very meaningful in the now. It took me by surprise. Loved it and glad I read it right here right now. Read it and wait for it and see if you don't feel the same.

    44 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 11-30-12
    Robin 11-30-12

    Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...

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    "adorable, for american anglophiles"

    this book was so sweet. if you appreciate understated british humor and, well, shyness in a way, you will enjoy this book.

    31 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    slythrn_barnbum 01-19-16
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    "Fun!"

    A very fun story that gives a different insight to what it might be like to be royal and having your every move watched. The Queen was more like a grandmother than a monarch, making her that much more real. A cute listen that will bring along some smiles.

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    Jackie 04-08-13
    Jackie 04-08-13
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    "Sweet Story"

    This is a sweet story centered around the Queen of England and the issues that swirl around her. The story is a fanciful journey into what might be the background stories behind the real people that are the royal family and the people that serve them. Pretty predicatable, but will put a smile on your face.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 10-31-15
    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 10-31-15 Member Since 2010

    Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?

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    "A lovely little fantasy"

    I really enjoyed this book. It's a little fantasy about what might happen if QEII were to slip her bonds and head out into the world. It's charming and fun. Try it.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    ejodee 01-02-15
    ejodee 01-02-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Nice story"

    Good blend of recent events and completely made up story about the Queen. Though it is illogical to feel this way, after listening I feel both admiration and empathy for her. I wonder if she ever is able to forget her role and just be a person.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Robin United States 03-25-15
    Robin United States 03-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Charming and funny"

    While slightly predictable, this offbeat and charming story unfolded gently, focusing on the characters' stories. It reminded me quite a bit of the way Jane Austen treated her characters, with a kind ribbing towards their foibles and failings, yet never ridiculing them. The narration was superb - perfectly calibrated to give the story its full weight.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    M. Barbera 09-06-13
    M. Barbera 09-06-13
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    Where does Mrs Queen Takes the Train rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mrs Queen Takes the Train?

    When the Queen does "normal" activities that are unexpected of a queen, like cooking, washing dishes etc.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    The Queen


    If you could take any character from Mrs Queen Takes the Train out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The Queen. Who doesn't want to have dinner with the royals?


    Any additional comments?

    It was a cute story and was entertaining.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne Lauderdale, MN, United States 06-17-14
    Jeanne Lauderdale, MN, United States 06-17-14 Member Since 2011

    So many books, so little time

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    "Improbable but imaginative"
    What did you love best about Mrs Queen Takes the Train?

    Simon Prebble's narration takes a good yarn and makes it moving and memorable. He handles the various accents so as to make the characters come to life as individuals.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I suppose this couldn't really happen but while listening to the story, I believed that it could.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    I will never think of Queen Elizabeth again without thinking of her as she appeared (fictionally, of course) in this story.


    Who was the most memorable character of Mrs Queen Takes the Train and why?

    Lady Anne remains most vivid in my imagination. I really liked how she and Shirley, the Queen's dresser, made common cause to keep the Queen from coming to harm.


    14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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