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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • SydSavvy
  • PARIS, TX, United States
  • 12-31-15

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.

53 of 56 people found this review helpful

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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.

59 of 63 people found this review helpful

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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.

25 of 28 people found this review helpful

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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.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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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.

34 of 39 people found this review helpful

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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.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Robin
  • United States
  • 03-25-15

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.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Charming small story

Some reviewers were disappointed that this story isn't all about the queen, and certainly not about royal affairs. It is about a group of ordinary people, including one who happens to be the Queen of England. It's a light and heartwarming story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Cute

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.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful