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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. Everyone is soon eating out of his hands. No one more than Nikki, the foundation's attractive and efficient organizer. Meanwhile, Nikki's old friend Georgie has rashly agreed to spend a furtive horizontal weekend with a notorious schemer. Trapped there with her instead is a pompous, balding individual called Dr. Norman Wilfred, who has lost his whereabouts, his luggage, his temper - indeed, everything he possesses other than the text of a lecture on the scientific organization of science.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 139 x 165 x 31mm | 186g
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 1611208734
  • 9781611208733

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""Sachs's bemused delivery is especially endearing as he reveals the hypocrisy of pompous seekers of universal truth, hapless grifters, and public relations professionals."" - AudioFile Magazine
One of the Books of the year 2012. .".". brilliantly plotted..."" - The Guardian (UK)
""A witty Rube Goldberg construction of a novel...Think Being There set to the staccato pacing of Noises Off, and hold on to your funny bones."" - Library Journal
""Entertaining...A lacerating satire."" - Publishers Weekly
Grade: A-. ""This story of mistaken identity, marked by farce and satire, is sophisticatedly written and effortlessly executed."" - Entertainment Weekly
""Frayn is such good company, you hate for the story to end..."" - The New York Times
""By page 2, readers will know without any doubt that they are in for a wonderful time."" - The Washington Post
.".".weaves in a wicked satire of the high-flying world of international philanthropists and big thinkers, their boozy conferences and soporific lectures."" - The Boston Globe
.".".perfect holiday reading...Frayn has a genius for creating believable people out of the most meagre of details."" - The Spectator (UK)
One of the 50 best summer reads. ""Nothing and no one escapes Frayn's eager satire in this wonderfully executed highbrow beach read."" - The Independent (UK)
.".".wonderfully diverting entertainment, something Wodehouse might have written if Blandings Castle had been perched on the edge of the Aegean."" - The Scotsman (UK)
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About Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn is the author of ten novels, including the bestselling Headlong, which was a New York Times Editors' Choice selection and a Booker Prize finalist, and Spies, which received the Whitbread Novel Award. He has also written a memoir, My Father's Fortune, and fifteen plays, among them Noises Off and Copenhagen, which won three Tony Awards. He lives just south of London.
Robin was born and raised in London, England, and studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). After RADA, Robin spent time performing everything from Shakespeare to Tom Stoppard and touring various parts of the known world. His British TV appearances include Brideshead Revisited, Upstairs Downstairs, and Rumpole of the Bailey. He is probably best known in America for his role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as being in several films."
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Rating details

3,184 ratings
3.08 out of 5 stars
5 8% (242)
4 26% (824)
3 40% (1,284)
2 20% (622)
1 7% (212)
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