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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,103 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Helprin Narrator: Robert Ian MacKenzie Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2005 ISBN: 9781440743368
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Freddy, the clumsy Prince of Wales, is a less-than-perfect royal. To give him something to do, the powers that be send him and his wife to colonize a barbarous land. Naturally, they invade New Jersey, intent on reconquering the U.S. A delightful satire of Download and start listening now!

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  • [Mark Helprin] frequently astounds with the freshness of voice and the oddly soaring majesty of this … comic call for greatness in a mediocre era. Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 2/18/2014

    " Loved this book. You must suspend disbelief; it is quite a fantasy. But it is FUNNY. How easy it is to find a sad book; more difficult is to find a truly amusing book. This book made me laugh out loud. Mark Helprin is a terrific writer, but I don't recall that any of his earlier books are humorous. This book is long, so be prepared to spend some time with it. Worth the effort for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/16/2014

    " I laughed so hard, I nearly peed my pants! My mom also read and laughed herself silly. One of my favorite books ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hank | 2/5/2014

    " Eventhough I spent a good while reading this 500+ page fine print book, the time was well spent. The satire was rich because of the deeper truths revealed in the comical happenstances of the Prince and Princess of Wales. What constitutes true royalty? How easily can words be misunderstood, especially between the British and American styles of English speaking? Some parts became ponderous and detailed, but those parts set up the engaging and meaningful consequences. And the ending was very satisfying and frankly beautiful to behold. Magical in a way but earthy and real in its portayal of American and British culture. And a heartfelt love story of grand proportions. Much to enjoy. This is the first of Helprin I have read and there will be more. Take a wild ride through America from a vantage point never experienced previously. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendi Kavanaugh | 1/21/2014

    " To be honest, I struggled with this book. It has beautiful lyrical lines and at times is very funny. I feel that its about 276 pages too long. The editor should have tightened up the book. At times, I struggled with odd hard to pronounce and remember names. The American travelogue was enduring, sweet, over-the-top weird, and just plain dumb at points. I skimmed parts of the journey simply because I lost interest. With that said, I finished the the novel in time for my book club discussion. Yesterday my friend sent me a message telling me how much she loved the book. I predict a lively animated discussion tomorrow! I love that the couple stayed together when most would have given up. I appreciate their forgiveness that they shared for one another. Other than the lyrical descriptions of food my favorite part as Mr. Neil as an anagram for Merlin. I wouldn't recommend this to all my friends, but I would to avid readers who love to learn odd little things about life and history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sameeraguttikonda | 1/19/2014

    " this is my favorite book of all time and I read it every year. Its the first book to make me laugh out loud. And the chapter set in chicago is so simple and beautiful that I never want it to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Antonette Goldsmith carpenter | 1/12/2014

    " Not always easy to read but really good fun in places. You might need to be British to appreciate some of it though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AE | 1/4/2014

    " So far, so good, but it is long so it may take me awhile to finish it. Can definitely say that Mark Helprin is extremely adept at using the English language. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jullie | 10/6/2013

    " I had high hopes for this book. Could not get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxie | 9/23/2013

    " A really long read...it seemed like I had to slog through some parts but fascinating, hilarious and, at times, moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy Kling | 9/22/2013

    " Best book I'ver read in a long time! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathleen | 9/19/2013

    " rambling and very hard to read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Judy | 6/24/2013

    " Technically I didn't read this. I tried. I really, really tried. I couldn't get into the characters and there was a ton of bad language, so finally I just gave up. Sorry! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 3/17/2013

    " I can't give a book one star...but this was way too long. There were a few enjoyable moments but the beginning and end were awful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 12/16/2012

    " I read this book after A Soldier of the Great War. It is a much less serious book - two incognito English royals go on a quest through Middle America. Very Funny. Very touching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bev | 11/24/2012

    " Zany look at the royal family, the prince of wales and wife who are sent to America to win back the colonies, as punishment for misdeeds. Jolly good fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcie | 11/18/2012

    " I laughed through the whole thing, the humor was very absurdist. On the long side, it was not the fastest 500 pages I have ever read as the reviewer claimed, but a fun read interspaced with other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 8/11/2012

    " this treasure chest will literally open the treasure in your chest. full spectrum feeling: laughing and crying in depth with a luscious sensorial languaging that is simply astonishing. it is my desert island pick of The One Book to have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heathermarvell | 7/1/2012

    " I actually really liked this. It made me laugh so many times, and the main characters were good. However, it dragged on and on, and the secondary characters were often very annoying (e.g., a George W. Bush caricature) and the names of many characters were just dumb. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 6/7/2012

    " I love Helprin's quirky style in this book. A good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lua | 5/2/2012

    " I literally laughed out loud several times during this book, and I rarely do that when reading. I had a huge Cheshire car smile plastered to my face throughout and I think i might have come close to wetting myself once or twice! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Eppenstein | 2/20/2012

    " One of the best and funniest books I have ever read in my life. I recommend this book to all my friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bebe | 8/19/2011

    " Book on CD - I liked the aerly part better, it was really humourous, midway thru it turned dull. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lee | 5/5/2011

    " I love Helprin but I couldn't slog through much more than half of this endless shaggy dog story. Some great comic bits but overall not worth the time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia | 4/9/2011

    " COuldn't finish it... nothing like Winter's Tale, though I sure wanted it to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colette | 3/27/2011

    " Thought provoking and filled with slapstick humor. Helprin gets a bit long winded at times, which detracted from the story, at least for me. I'm sure I will read something else by him in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aliza | 1/11/2011

    " Laugh out loud ridiculous at times though written with such poetry. I almost took a star away because the ridiculous was so ridiculous but rarely has a book made me laugh so hard and care so much and hurt so much about such flawed characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/28/2010

    " Started out so-so, by page 250 I was hooked, by the end I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 12/4/2010

    " This is one of my favorite books of all time. Like, seriously, it is amazing. I throw that word around a lot to describe things that probably aren't as amazing as I say they are, but this is one of those things that definitely deserves it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 9/10/2010

    " Oooh, I giggled so when I read this... Guffawed really. In public. Often on the train. Anyone who enjoys puns, comical misunderstandings and dickensianly outlandish characters: read it. You will laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathie | 9/4/2010

    " Witty and enjoyable. I ended up quite fond of the crazy royals who at first were simply annoying and crazy. Last week when they were making fun of Prince Charles for talking to his plants, i just had to smile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 9/2/2010

    " This was interesting and confusing. Helprin has a lovely way with words. "

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About the Author
Author Mark Helprin

Mark Helprin is the acclaimed author of Winter’s Tale, A Soldier of the Great War, Freddy and Fredericka, In Sunlight and in Shadow, Memoir from Antproof Case, and numerous other works, including four that made the New York Times bestsellers list. His novels are translated into over twenty languages and read around the world. He was educated at Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford and served in the Israeli Army, Israeli Air Force, and British Merchant Navy.

About the Narrator

Robert Ian Mackenzie became an actor after holding a wide variety of other jobs, including everything from London policeman to water ski instructor in Greece. Since then, his acting career has encompassed straight theater, musicals, opera, films, television, voice-overs, commercials, and recorded books.