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Skios | [Michael Frayn]

Skios

On the sunlit Greek island of Skios, the Fred Toppler Foundation's annual lecture is to be given by Dr Norman Wilfred, the world-famous authority on the scientific organisation of science. He turns out to be young and charming - not at all the intimidating figure they had been expecting. The Foundation's guests are soon eating out of his hand. So is Nikki, the attractive organiser. Meanwhile, in a remote villa at the other end of the island, Nikki's old friend Georgie waits for the man she rashly agreed to go on holiday with.
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On the sunlit Greek island of Skios, the Fred Toppler Foundation's annual lecture is to be given by Dr Norman Wilfred, the world-famous authority on the scientific organisation of science. He turns out to be young and charming - not at all the intimidating figure they had been expecting. The Foundation's guests are soon eating out of his hand. So is Nikki, the attractive and efficient organiser.

Meanwhile, in a remote villa at the other end of the island, Nikki's old school-friend Georgie waits for the notorious chancer she has rashly agreed to go on holiday with, who has characteristically failed to turn up. Trapped in the villa with her, by an unfortunate chain of misadventure, is a balding old gent called Dr Norman Wilfred, who has lost his whereabouts, his luggage, his temper, and his sense of reality - everything he possesses apart from the flyblown text of a well-travelled lecture on the scientific organisation of science...

©2012 Michael Frayn (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

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    Katharina South Fremantle, Australia 12-06-12
    Katharina South Fremantle, Australia 12-06-12
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    "Great!"
    What did you love best about Skios?

    Loved that book and was quite sad when it was finished, liht and entertaining story that makes you smile!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hoghei Clayton, Australia 09-18-12
    Hoghei Clayton, Australia 09-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "don't bother"
    Would you try another book from Michael Frayn and/or Martin Jarvis?

    I love Martin Jarvis and am searching for audiobooks by narrator since over a year...
    Gems are: 'Three men in a boat', 'David Copperfield', anything by PG. Wodehouse, any 'Just William' stories...


    What could Michael Frayn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write a story.


    Which character – as performed by Martin Jarvis – was your favorite?

    What characters?


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

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    just one of those nonliterature things, wrongly sold as 'book' that you get for a train ride and than throw away, annoyed..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sukemin singapore, Singapore 07-09-12
    Sukemin singapore, Singapore 07-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointing and dated"
    Would you try another book from Michael Frayn and/or Martin Jarvis?

    Yes


    What could Michael Frayn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Characters are old fashioned and of another age.


    What didn’t you like about Martin Jarvis’s performance?

    Good. It was hard for him as the main characters were very similar in their manner of talking..


    What character would you cut from Skios?

    The greek taxi driver spyros.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • chris
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    7/31/12
    Overall
    "Very enjoyable"

    Just finished listening to this very funny book brilliantly read by Martin Jarvis. A real laugh out loud experience

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Grete Buck
    Leyburn, United Kingdom
    5/5/13
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    "A clever farce written by a master of the genre."

    Despite convolutions of mistaken identities on Skios it is an easy to follow plot brilliantly written and really well read. Laughed out loud many times so watch where you listen!
    A perfect audible book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • susan
    wolverhampton, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Sunny funny warm waspish treat."

    In less skilled hands this might be dismissed as chicklit escapism, but Michael Frayn's superbly clever plotting and Martin Jarvis's pitch-perfect delivery offer delights throughout.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Very funny book!"

    I picked book because of the title as it is set on a Greek island but didn't really know what to expect. The reader Martin Jarvis is excellent and the scene was set perfectly. Whilst travelling to work by bus I often had to stop myself laughing out loud when reading this book. It cerainly brought Greek sunshine as well as laughter ito a miserable winter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
    HOGNASTON, United Kingdom
    12/30/13
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had read a few reviews with regards to this book. Martin Jarvis is an excellent narrator and one I like to follow. Alas this book does not do his talents any good. The story about a professor had arrived in Skios to make a speech. It was this man who's luggage went missing. The events that followed where to say the least bizarre. Anyone with half a wit would have it sorted in minutes.
    The person who had his luggage got away with imitating him. This really does not look good on any P.A.
    This book was very disappointing.


    What will your next listen be?

    The second book that Elizabeth Chadwick has written in the Greatest Knight series; The Red Lion?


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DubaiReader
    Rowlands Castle, United Kingdom
    6/11/13
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    "Cringeworthy"

    Having thoroughly enjoyed Spies by Michael Frayn, I have not found the other books that I've read by him to be anywhere near as good. Skios was no exception. It was full of irritatingly stupid people with no idea where they are or what they are supposed to be doing. It was better suited to a play in the genre of farce, which I would then avoid.

    The main character is Oliver Fox, who decides to take on the identity of Dr Norman Wilfred, simply because he takes a fancy to the young lady holding a placard bearing that name at Skios airport. It turns out that Dr Norman Wilfred is due to give an important speech at the Toppler Foundation and VIPs have come from all over the world to hear it. Oliver Fox is a bit of a stand-up commedian and manages to fool many of the VIPs by waffling a lot of nonsense.
    Meanwhile, the real Dr Norman Wilfred finds himself at a villa with the young lady who Oliver Fox was supposed to liaise with for an illicit weekend. Needless to say she is not impressed to find this elderly gentleman in her bed.
    After a lot of screaming and flat or lost mobile phones, some sort of a solution evolves. By this time I was so bored and frustrated that I was not in the slightest bit interested.

    I listened to this as an unabridged audiobook, if I had been reading it I would have abandoned it and given it just one star. This has been my worst read so far this year and I have no idea what it was doing in the Booker Long List.

    Also read by Michael Frayn:
    Spies (5 stars)
    Headlong (3 stars)
    Sweet Dreams (2 stars)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E
    Driffield, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Rather a let down!"

    From the synopsis I thought this sounded an interesting listen so thought it was worth a try. I felt rather let down, the narration in itself was fine, Martin Jarvis has a good storytelling style. The trouble was the story, the charaters was irritating and unbelieveable, at one point I thought it was a spoof and it may very well of turned out to be as I never bothered to listen to the end. I just got fed up with trying to believe these people would really behave that way!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
    12/17/12
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    "A complex mixture"

    As I listened to this I found myself drawn into what, at first sight, was a fairly superficial farce. However, I was reacting to what was happening to the characters; it had an unexpected depth that I cannot explain except that it is very well written and narrated, Martin Jarvis's style being an ideal match. The author switches scenes at the approach of every climactic moment and although rather predictable, by the end, I was able to sit back mentally and enjoy it It was not laugh-out-loud but was fun to listen to and, although at times I was impatient to hear what happened next, I would not want it abbreviated. .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madeline
    York, United Kingdom
    12/10/12
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    "Depends on your mood?"

    I like Michael Frayn and loved Spies but maybe I wasn't in the mood for the this. Humour is a strange and personal thing. It's a well written farce but it only made me smile a couple of times and sometimes, especially at the beginning, I found it irritating and over long. Martin Jarvis, though, can always be relied on as a great reader and is as good as usual here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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