In Brief Authority

Read by Anna Simon

(4.5 stars; 21 reviews)

Satiric comedy from 1915 about a nouveau riche British family and their nanny who get whisked off to Maerchenland ('the land of Fairy Tales') one evening in a car drawn by storks. The matron of the family, a thorough snob, is crowned Queen of the country by mistake. She is quick to accept her new position and is determined to introduce British social niceties in her realm. And this really is the land of Fairy Tales, with gnomes, giants, a dragon, magic, a fairy godmother and more. Trouble quickly starts to brew as the royal couple and their son introduce things like capitalism and golf. When gradually a few people find out who should actually have been the new ruler, things get more and more complicated. A bit of romance is thrown into this mixture as well. You'll have to listen to find out whether everyone lives happily ever after.
In the preface and epilogue, the author won't let his audience forget the troubled times in the real world, in the heat of World War I. (Summary by Anna Simon)

Proof-listeners were Rapunzelina and April Gonzales. (11 hr 13 min)


01 - Chapter I. "The Skirts of Happy Chance" 29:44 Read by Anna Simon
02 - Chapter II. Rushing to Conclusions 25:53 Read by Anna Simon
03 - Chapter III. Fine Feathers 31:38 Read by Anna Simon
04 - Chapter IV. Crowned Heads 28:10 Read by Anna Simon
05 - Chapter V. Dignity under Difficulties 29:44 Read by Anna Simon
06 - Chapter VI. Cares of State 30:58 Read by Anna Simon
07 - Chapter VII. A Game they did not understand 28:28 Read by Anna Simon
08 - Chapter VIII. "A Steed that knows his Rider" 26:09 Read by Anna Simon
09 - Chapter IX. The Pleasures of the Table 30:12 Read by Anna Simon
10 - Chapter X. The Blonde Beast 29:39 Read by Anna Simon
11 - Chapter XI. A Way Out 30:46 Read by Anna Simon
12 - Chapter XII. Unwelcome Announcements 30:25 Read by Anna Simon
13 - Chapter XIII. What the Pigeon Said 24:48 Read by Anna Simon
14 - Chapter XIV. Bag and Baggage 34:51 Read by Anna Simon
15 - Chapter XV. "Riven with Vain Endeavour" 31:35 Read by Anna Simon
16 - Chapter XVI. "A Cloud that's Dragonish" 34:49 Read by Anna Simon
17 - Chapter XVII. The Reward of Valour 35:55 Read by Anna Simon
18 - Chapter XVIII. A Previous Engagement 28:21 Read by Anna Simon
19 - Chapter XIX. Servants of the Queen 19:07 Read by Anna Simon
20 - Chapter XX. At the End of her Tether 35:40 Read by Anna Simon
21 - Chapter XXI. "Whose Lights are fled, whose Garlands dead" 42:30 Read by Anna Simon
22 - Chapter XXII. Squaring Accounts 16:53 Read by Anna Simon
23 - Epilogue 17:18 Read by Anna Simon


Light Humor

(3 stars)

This was just the perfect light story for my annual summer "Hide from the Heat".

Lots of Fun!

(4 stars)

What happens when a class-conscious, socially grasping woman is mistakenly made queen of Fairyland? Well, maybe this. The epilogue brings us crashing back to reality in the form of WWI. I think the book would have been better without it, although it did show Clarence's growing up and "making good". Reader is excellent, especially doing well at the pronunciations of the Germanic Fairyland names, since she is Dutch.

(5 stars)

not my usual type of book but I enjoyed it! great reader!