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The Establishment Audiobook

The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It [Audiobook]

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Audible Editor Reviews

British journalist, author and left-wing political activist Owen Jones has written a revealing exposition of the U.K political and media systems in his best-selling new-release The Establishment, which has been narrated in this unabridged audiobook edition by Jonathan Keeble. The quality of Jones' research is profound. Find out enlightening details of the secret system behind the system, of the immensely powerful, faceless and nameless figures in control of the media. The more you listen to this incredible audio, the more you realise just how little is known about the systems governing the very fabric of the society in which we live and trust in. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. In exposing this shadowy and complex system that dominates our lives, Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the heart of our Establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms, and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City.

©2014 Owen Jones (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"This is the most important book on the real politics of the UK in my lifetime... You will be enlightened and angry." (Irvine Welsh)

"[A] fine writer, and this is a truly necessary book." (Phillip Pullman)

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    Paul Hinds Norfolk, UK 30/12/2014
    Paul Hinds Norfolk, UK 30/12/2014 Member Since 2014

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    "Q. Who really runs Britain? A. It isn't you!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Establishment the most enjoyable?

    The best book I have read on who really runs Britain. I am a middle aged, white bloke with a good job and steady income but this book inspired the revolutionary in me. The realisation of so much unnecessary injustice across the UK made me both angry and now a enthusiastic campaigner for change! Having just read Russell Brand's latest (but enjoyable) book, I decided to investigate his position further by buying this audiobook. The thinking behind this work is much better expressed and it is clear that the whole book is based on a huge amount of research and interviews with leading figures across society.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Establishment?

    Owen Jones' main premise is that a number of institutions, such as politicians, the media, police and big business collude to give the impression of a democracy whilst actually serving their own interests. The results are huge injustices and levels of ignorance and almost disenfranchisement of much of the population.

    I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in politics or society or anyone just wanting to understand the reality behind what the politicians say or what the papers print.

    I hope that, like me, you come away with a realisation that our society is unfair but that it doesn't have to be that way. Their power comes from our obedience.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any previous performances. The narration is very good although the use of accents employed during the quotes was not really necessary. That said, having tried to read the book originally in print form (and giving up after the first couple of chapters because I am not a very good reader) the narrator really brings the text to life and adds a new dimension to the text.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The book is split into separate chapters describing each of the protagonists before coming to a final conclusion on how to tackle this establishment.

    29 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    S. Roberts UK 17/02/2015
    S. Roberts UK 17/02/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "An alternative way"

    An excellent overview of the current "democratic" system and its entrenchment of power and wealth. Highly recommend for those with an open mind.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    D. Bolger UK 06/02/2015
    D. Bolger UK 06/02/2015 Member Since 2015

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    "More shocking than you expect"
    What made the experience of listening to The Establishment the most enjoyable?

    The book provides an insight into the outrageous policies of the government and previous governments and their clandestine links with powerful moguls, the media and lobbying groups and the resulting domination of thought by the establishment, leading to more and more excess and greed while others struggle to live. The UK needs a new political party, this can't go on.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Egham 11/02/2015
    Richard Egham 11/02/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "A must listen"

    An intensely interesting analysis of the economy, society, politics and big business! Open your ears!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dancedancedance 08/02/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome, a must read"

    Couldn't put it down, read in a couple of sittings, should be compulsory reading for everybody!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andy TOTNES, United Kingdom 30/12/2014
    Andy TOTNES, United Kingdom 30/12/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Unputdownable!"

    I thought I would listen to an hour or so here and there but I have been absolutely riveted by the way Owen puts across this frightening view on our society. The writing style really draws you in and I have found myself glued to it when I should have been doing other things.
    A must for anybody wishing to understand why the UK works the way it so obviously does.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    PHILLIP SKELMERSDALE, United Kingdom 25/02/2015
    PHILLIP SKELMERSDALE, United Kingdom 25/02/2015
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    "Great insight into the world of our rulers"

    loved the book. it resonates with millions of Britons. stand up and be counted.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Luke Harris 18/02/2015
    Luke Harris 18/02/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Must read"

    A superb narration of Owen Jones defining account of how todays establishment exist and who they represent, and how they came to represent them.

    The conclusions and how they would and could change the world in comparison to the "there is no alternative" of todays elite is profoundly riveting.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    H Newsam 21/01/2015
    H Newsam 21/01/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "A VERY important book... read before the election"
    What did you like most about The Establishment?

    This book is a shocking look at how the powerful run our country and how our democracy is threatened. If everyone in the UK were to stop what they are doing now and read this, it would make change the result of the general election. The most frightening thing is the realization of the power newspaper owners have to dictate policy and how politicians kowtow to them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its clarity


    What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Excellent voice and very good at saying quotes in a different voice that approximates who is being quoted.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Should be made into a documentary ... tagline "The Establishment... the threat to our democracy"


    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    J. Nickell England 17/03/2015
    J. Nickell England 17/03/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Compulsory reading for British people"

    Performance good but not amazing. The book though is stunning in scope and content, a very worthwhile listen. Good he has interviewed so many people for it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hawker, Australia
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    "Frightening on many levels"

    Well written and presented terrifying to think how much of this is real and how it can keep happening, everyone not just in the Uk needs to know about this

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  • NicholasTod
    Benowa, Australia
    10/07/15
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    "Amazing, a great eye opener"

    This book is amazing, a great cross section in how the British (and some other countries) governments work.
    The history, their views, and to be honest it's horrifying!
    Very well written, and very well performed, all in all a great experience! Would defiantly recommend to everyone.

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  • Robert
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    "Truth is Stranger than Fiction"

    With every word uttered you will be enthralled, amazed, and disgusted. The abiding sentiment though is one of "how do we let this happen?"
    Then you see how very distracted we are in what we call our daily lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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