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  • Watching the English: The International Bestseller Revised and Updated

  • By: Kate Fox
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 21 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (65 ratings)

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Summary

In this completely revised and updated edition of international best seller Watching the English, anthropologist Kate Fox takes a revealing look at the quirks, habits and foibles of the English people.

Now with new survey data to add weight to her original fieldwork findings, and more extensive field-research and experiments to back up earlier observations, Kate Fox has deciphered yet more enigmatic behaviour codes, adding new rules, new subcultures, new chapters and more than 100 updates. If you're English, this new edition of Kate Fox's acclaimed international best seller will make you stand back and re-examine everything you take for granted - and if you aren't English you'll finally understand all our peculiar little ways.

Watching the English has sold more than half a million copies and has been translated into many languages. Not only a worldwide best seller, but also a set text for university anthropology courses, Watching the English has been widely praised as a revealing and entertaining dissection of the English national character.

©2004 Kate Fox (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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mistitled - middle class guide to English classes

Somewhat funny, and genuinely interesting at points but less of a guide to Englishness as a national identity and more an antiquated guide to Middle class perceptions of the English class system. More specifically an anecdotal view of English class from the perspective of a semi-autistic highly educated, proud middle class woman with some outdated prejudices for contemporary audiences. I found it a bit dull when I thought it ironic and satirical but found it much funnier when I realised it was written seriously, if a little tongue in cheek, after a quick Google of the author.

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Awful narration

I’d read the book before and thought it reasonably entertaining so got the audiobook to listen while driving. I’m glad I did it that way round as I would not have been able to read the book with the memory of the narrator’s insufferably arch and patronising tone. Just awful. I simply cannot get past the first 30 minutes and 20 minutes of that has been through gritted teeth.

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Compulsory reading for anyone in England

This book made me laugh aloud at various points. As a foreigner living in England, this book should be required reading for anyone living here; including the natives

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narrator doesn’t suit content

love the content, very witty and would absolutely love it if only the narrator was more suitable, she completely ruins it for me.

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Nice

Not bad at all. A charming book and narration made it feel like you are sitting next to an author.

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OTT narrator

The book is entertaining and funny, but the audio version is ruined by the overly pompous and old fashioned narration style adopted by Joan Walker. I know it is meant to sound ironic, but it is plain irritating and takes away from the humour. Will go back to paper version.

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Boring

Sorry, but I found this book boring and repetitive. There are few 'funny' bits. and I gave up about a quarter of the way through.

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hard to listen to

managed to listen to a couple of chapters and couldn't stand the narration it grated so much I couldn't concentrate .

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Amazing!

Read this book three years ago. love it!!!
Find it even more enjoyable listening to it.
love Joan Walker's reading and of course the writing from Kate Fox !!!

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  • Jacqueline Lewis Wanner
  • 18-10-21

What an enjoyable book. Like crocodile Dundee but with depth and knowledge!

She is an anthropologist and great story teller. And how all the research was done makes it so realistic and easy to remember. Thank you. Please keep writing about cultures.