A Novel
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.65 hours)
Product Number: Z100100993
Released: Aug 10, 2015
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ISBN: #9781611208757
Narrator/s: Robin Sachs
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On the private Greek island of Skios, the high-paying guests of a world-renowned foundation prepare for the annual keynote address, to be given this year by Dr. Norman Wilfred, an eminent authority on the scientific organization of science. He turns out to be surprisingly youthful, handsome, and charming-quite unlike his reputation as dry and intimidating. Everyone is soon eating out of his hands. So, even sooner, is Nikki, the foundation's attractive and efficient organizer. Meanwhile, in a remote villa at the other end of the island, Nikki's old friend Georgie has rashly agreed to spend a furtive horizontal weekend with a notorious schemer, who has characteristically failed to turn up. Trapped there with her instead is a pompous, balding individual called Dr. Norman Wilfred, who has lost his whereabouts, his luggage, his temper, and increasingly all sense of reality-indeed, everything he possesses other than the text of a well-traveled lecture on the scientific organization of science. In a spiraling farce about upright academics, gilded captains of industry, ambitious climbers, and dotty philanthropists, Michael Frayn, the farceur "by whom all others must be measured" (CurtainUp), tells a story of personal and professional disintegration, probing his eternal theme of how we know what we know even as he delivers us to the outer limits of hilarity.

Author(s): Michael Frayn
Awards:2012-Fiction-Longlist-The Man Booker Prize
Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 1900

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Author(s): Michael Frayn
Narrator(s): Robin Sachs
Product Number DD4119
Released: Jun 19, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781611208733
Author(s): Michael Frayn
Product Number EB00094569
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
ISBN: #9780805095500

Professional reviews

"Frayn pens another intelligent farce, which dus not skimp on the hilarity of misadventure and false identity. In contrast, Robin Sachs gives a witty somber tone to his performance of various clueless characters, which belies their befuddlement. He matches Frayn's spot-on pacing chapter by chapter, keeping stride with the author's parody of intellectuals, pseudo intellectuals, and imposters. Sachs's bemused delivery is especially endearing as he reveals the hypocrisy of pompous seekers of universal truth, hapless grifters, and public relations professionals. Implausible mistaken identities feature in this romantic comedy, which is reminiscent of both the Marx brothers and Shakespeare. An eminent "scientific management of science" authority arrives on the Greek island of Skios to deliver a keynote address, but the event dissolves into a mix of hi-jinks, rollicking schemes, and lust-driven fabrications. A.W. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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