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The Queen and I

Narrated by: Angela Thorne
Series: The Queen and I, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
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When a Republican party wins the General Election, they strip the royal family of everything and send them to live on a housing estate in the Midlands.

Exchanging 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. 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)2012 AudioGO Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Kept me rolling about until the last page." ( Daily Mail)
"Absorbing, entertaining ... the funniest thing in print since Adrian Mole." ( Daily Telegraph)
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  • KM
  • 21-07-2019

Entertaining until the last 60sec

(No spoiler) I can’t believe the ending of this book... I was told NEVER to end a story this way in PRIMARY SCHOOL and I’m so disappointed that Sue Townsend broke this rule. Until then it was an entertaining book, performed fantastically.

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  • susan smith
  • 12-08-2016

so funny

Would you listen to The Queen and I again? Why?

would listen again, so much happening i must of missed some bits while laughing!!
great book for light hearted escapism

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  • Lucie
  • 27-07-2016

Very, very funny

A fabulous idea for a book (I wonder if any of the royals have read it? I would love to know their opinion!) and I still found it relevant and engaging despite my reading it a decade or so after the fact. Great political satire, great characters, despite many being hugely exaggerated stereotypes, this added to the humour and was just right for this book! Love Sue Townsend, no cringe-worthy cliches in her writing, and this is one of her best.

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  • Mrs
  • 28-04-2013

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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  • Lesley Goodman
  • 07-12-2018

A little disappointing

Having loved the Adrian Mole books I was looking forward to this. The feeble plot was simply a disappointing dream sequence. Angela Thorne did her best to cover all the characters voices and accents but failed miserably with most. It was in parts excruciating to listen to. All things considered I couldn't in all honesty recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-2016

Great book

I read this book when it was first released and listening to it was great. Well read very funny

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  • Robyn
  • 08-07-2013

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!

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  • Andrew
  • 30-06-2016

Finished too quickly

Not wanting to give away any spoilers, I felt really let down by the end. It was almost as if the author had reached her required word count and then tried to finish as quickly as possible.

Overall, I felt that the plot had dated quite badly.

That said, on the whole, I enjoyed listening to this book. But I wouldn't recommend it...

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  • D. Norman
  • 22-05-2020

Brilliant!

I read this many years ago and was delighted to see it as an audiobook. Sue Townsend is a great comic writer and this does not disappoint. Set in 1992, The Queen wakes up the morning after a general & finds the republicans have taken office & she & her family are shipped off to live on a council estate. The narrator is fantastic, wonderfully read & brings all the different characters to life beautifully. You may have the TV adaptation a couple of years ago - the book is far, far, far better. Listen to this & you will laugh out loud!

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  • George
  • 24-02-2018

mildly entertaining

This had a mildly entertaining storyline with very clear narration. A bit different from the ordinary.

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  • Flint
  • 18-10-2015

I loved it

I have read this book before and enjoyed it, but listening to the audiobook with the wonderful narration by Angela Thorne made it even more enjoyable. I think this is the best of Sue Townsend's books

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