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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (269 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beryl Bainbridge Narrator: Miriam Margolyes Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN:
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In 1764, the great Samuel Johnson, irascible genius and the toast of all society, is plagued by ill health and has become jaded with his bickering dependants. Suffering from a bout of melancholy, he accepts an introduction to the table of Henry Thrale, a wealthy Southwark brewer, and his vivacious wife Hester. It is left to Hester's neglected oldest daughter, named after her mother but known as Queeney, to provide her own sharp commentary on the destruction that ensues. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gill | 1/11/2014

    " Read this on holiday otherwise I may not have got through it, I feel like I must be missing something here but found it rather hard work and maybe a little bit too clever? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo Ann Hall | 12/6/2013

    " Brilliant prose, ideas. I was sorry to see this end, but luckily for me, Bainbridge is prolific. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Madelaine | 12/6/2013

    " Couldn't finish this (life is too short to read a book I don't enjoy) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rex Deverell | 12/2/2013

    " So this is everything you want to know about Samuel Johnson and more. The research is meticulous - things I thought were fictitious turned out to be based solidly in fact. The novel took me into an era I knew only in the vaguest terms. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louise | 11/9/2013

    " I didn't *dislike* this book, but then again I didn't really *like* it either. I didn't find the story very exciting, it was just the daily life of the rich and famous 200+ years ago. And the title positively irks me. The book was not really "according to Queeney"! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 9/19/2013

    " India bought me this book because if she hadn't been India, she would have been Queeney (or maybe Queenie). I read it a while ago and am left now with only one over-riding image - that of one of the children who dies of ear ache. Random, but there you are. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nina | 9/12/2013

    " Couldn't finish it. Life is to short to struggle through dull books. It's about Samuel Johnson, who appears to be an exceedingly odd man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 8/14/2013

    " Baffled by this. Generally well realised, but slightly uneven tone, and difficult to put my finger on what the point of it was... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith Miller | 5/26/2013

    " According to Queeney by Beryl Bainbridge (2002) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John A | 4/30/2013

    " Very cleverly written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ali | 3/1/2013

    " Hard work, but am glad I persevered. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julesgb | 2/20/2013

    " Garbage. A random selection if badly drawn characters to whom nothing really happens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 11/11/2012

    " Loved reading about Samuel Johnson... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 9/27/2012

    " More like a time machine than a book, you really feel that you are there. BB describes the chaos and eccentricity effortlessly. I loved it and didn't want it to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabel | 1/4/2012

    " In August 2002 I started the month in the 18th century, reading 'According to Queeney' by Beryl Bainbridge, the story of Samuel Johnson's relationship with Hester Thrale and then 'Fanny Hill' by John Cleland, which is a classic of 18th century erotica. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Frances | 11/28/2011

    " got stuck and gave up "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kori | 11/2/2011

    " Interesting idea, but too morbid for me these days, plus the writing style left much to be desired... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rhea | 10/13/2011

    " I have tried multiple times in the last 10 years to read this book. I find it unbearably boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nadine | 5/23/2011

    " I think you need to be at least a little familiar with Samuel Johnson to appreciate this book, but if you do I think it's a nice window onto him and his world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 5/13/2011

    " India bought me this book because if she hadn't been India, she would have been Queeney (or maybe Queenie). I read it a while ago and am left now with only one over-riding image - that of one of the children who dies of ear ache. Random, but there you are. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Madelaine | 9/12/2010

    " Couldn't finish this (life is too short to read a book I don't enjoy) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nadine | 7/1/2009

    " I think you need to be at least a little familiar with Samuel Johnson to appreciate this book, but if you do I think it's a nice window onto him and his world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 3/30/2009

    " According to Queeney by Beryl Bainbridge (2002) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kori | 10/19/2008

    " Interesting idea, but too morbid for me these days, plus the writing style left much to be desired... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rex | 9/22/2008

    " So this is everything you want to know about Samuel Johnson and more. The research is meticulous - things I thought were fictitious turned out to be based solidly in fact. The novel took me into an era I knew only in the vaguest terms. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nina | 6/21/2007

    " Couldn't finish it. Life is to short to struggle through dull books. It's about Samuel Johnson, who appears to be an exceedingly odd man. "

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