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The Queen and I | [Sue Townsend]

The Queen and I

The monarchy has been dismantled... When a Republican party wins the General Election, their first act in power is to strip the royal family of their assets and titles and send them to live on a housing estate in the Midlands. Exchanging Buckingham Palace for a two-bedroomed semi in Hell Close (as the locals dub it), caviar for boiled eggs, servants for a social worker named Trish, the Queen and her family learn what it means to be poor among the great unwashed.
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The monarchy has been dismantled... When a Republican party wins the General Election, their first act in power is to strip the royal family of their assets and titles and send them to live on a housing estate in the Midlands. Exchanging Buckingham Palace for a two-bedroomed semi in Hell Close (as the locals dub it), caviar for boiled eggs, servants for a social worker named Trish, the Queen and her family learn what it means to be poor among the great unwashed. But is their breeding sufficient to allow them to rise above their changed circumstance? Or deep down are they really just like everyone else?

©1992 Sue Townsend (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    V. Farley USA 04-09-12
    V. Farley USA 04-09-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Fabulous!!"
    If you could sum up The Queen and I in three words, what would they be?

    Funny...absorbing....and funny!!!


    Have you listened to any of Angela Thorne???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I cannot find any other books read by Angela thorne on Audible!!
    She is one of the very best narrators and I have listened to hundreds of your books


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 02-22-14
    Amy 02-22-14

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    "Made me smile......in commuter traffic"

    Two things before I start this review:

    1. It will be biased because I ADORE Sue Townsend and everything she writes. I will read and re-read the Adrian Mole series until the day I die. It's just how it is.
    2. I commute in HEAVY traffic and am bitchy and cynical during most of this time. Light-hearted does not tend to get me through bumper-to-bumper traffic (my library speaks to this). This book made me smile....in traffic.

    Ok, I don't care about character development, plot feasibility, or anything thing else because this book made me FEEL GOOD. However, the characters ARE well-developed and the plot, while admittedly unrealistic, was an interesting concept and was done with respect to both the monarchy and the working class.

    This is a sweet, heart-warming story that doesn't over-indulge on the sugar. There is enough dry wit thrown in so the tone strikes a perfect balance. Damn it, if those Brits don't always do humor up right!

    Listen to it, laugh, maybe cry and let yourself....FEEL GOOD!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    WOKING, United Kingdom
    7/6/14
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    "mildly amusing"
    What did you like best about The Queen and I? What did you like least?

    I expected a really funny story but it was rather mundane and although I had one or two smiles,overall it was not that funny.


    Would you recommend The Queen and I to your friends? Why or why not?

    Its horses for courses, some people may find it more to their taste than I did


    What does Angela Thorne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Narration was excellent with different voices and accents for each character


    Did The Queen and I inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    Dorchester, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Laugh out loud and giggle in between!"
    If you could sum up The Queen and I in three words, what would they be?

    Funny Clever Sharp


    What does Angela Thorne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    A different slant on voice personality


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh out loud between giggling and smiling.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously funny even for a Royalist!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Longtown, United Kingdom
    4/28/13
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    "Wasn't sure what to expect"

    This had been on my list of books I should read for such a long time. I was concerned that it would be in some way disrespectful, even though I am not 'a royalist'. Saying that, it has been really funny in parts, some real laugh out loud moments at the absurdity of it all. I have found myself in the position of the residents of hell close, on benefits with little spare change and could really identify with all of the things people do to manage from day to day, the thought of the Queen and the Royal family doing the same was so funny. I will definitely be buying the sequel.

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