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Marissa

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  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By AudioGO Ltd
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (247)
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    Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the fourth series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. By John Finnemore (The News Quiz, Mitchell & Webb).

    Mary says: "Laugh out loud"
    "Brilliant!"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4?

    I pretty much adored Arthur's use of the intercom at the Kilkenny airport--by the time he concluded with "love, the airport" I was practically choking on laughter. However, the cliffhanger at the end of the Yverdon episode is probably the most painful/exciting/happy/sad moments in the entire run of the show.


    Have you listened to any of AudioGO Ltd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to all four series of Cabin Pressure, and this may be might favorite so far. John Finnemore's performance as Arthur has caused me to develop a crazy love for the hapless steward. Benedict Cumberbatch is fantastic as Martin, the awkward and luckless Supreme Commander. Douglas, who is just as self-indulgent and clever as always actually seems to have learned to relate to others a little better this series--and Roger Allan delivers each line with just the perfect amount of condescension suavity .


    Any additional comments?

    Cabin Pressure has introduced me to the wonderful talent of John Finnemore, who is just a brilliant comedian. His other radio show, John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme, has a lot of the same flair for the ridiculous, so if you are looking for something similar to Cabin Pressure... (I couldn't get enough, so I pretty much HAD to go find something to help me get my fill)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Andrew Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Meet the boy who can talk to animals and the man who can see with his eyes closed. And find out about the treasure buried deep underground. A clever mix of fact and fiction, this collection also includes how master storyteller Roald Dahl became a writer. With Roald Dahl, you can never be sure where reality ends and fantasy begins.

    Marissa says: "Really fantastic!"
    "Really fantastic!"
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    Where does The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has actually been one of my favorite audio books out of the fifty or so that I have listened to.


    What other book might you compare The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar to and why?

    These short stories tend to include a bit of magic and wonder and animals. I actually felt compared to compare them to "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings," by Gabriel Garcia Marquez--part fairytale, part realistic. (I liked this better though)


    Have you listened to any of Andrew Scott’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard any of his audiobooks before, but I have seen several of his television roles. I know how much attention he has gotten for his role as Moriarty on BBC 's Sherlock, and I must admit that it was his name that attracted me to this particular recording. Despite the lack of reviews, I decided to give this a shot and I was not disappointed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire story of "The Swan" was beautiful. It made me feel sick and anxious and terrified by the cruelty of those boys, but I was on the edge of my seat listening in horrified fascination to hear how it would all play out. I sat in my driveway for ten minutes after I got home, just to finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    I was really blown away by this performance. It was engaging and well paced, the narration and the stories themselves combined to create a really great experience.

    The only thing I can think of that could have been improved would probably be the Jamaican accents from the first story, which were a little bit jarring. However, I absolutely commend the way he voiced female characters, subtly and non-ridiculous (which seems to be way difficult for a lot of male narrators, I've noticed).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By John Finnemore
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    The complete second series of BBC Radio 4's award-winning sketch show - winner of the Chortle Radio Award of the Year. In these six episodes, which make up the complete second series, you'll hear some moth-based lunacy, an awkward celestial relationship, a heart-warming tale of the days before health and safety, and how The Archers sounds to people who don't listen to The Archers - plus many other sketches featuring acute observations and wonderful wordplay.

    Marissa says: "Insomnia song."
    "Insomnia song."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and I have. I basically give it a blanket recommendation to everyone I know.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Roger Watiss, founding member of the silent majority.

    (Or the man with insomnia)

    (Or the chess royalty)

    (It is hard to choose, really)


    What about John Finnemore’s performance did you like?

    He is a genius. His voices--"normal, silly French, and TWO kinds of posh!"--are always engaging and well paced.The whole cast is really really good, they work together extremely well. Every scene showcases the well-tuned, well-played voice acting done by every member of the cast.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like quick witted comedy, with a special focus on the ridiculous nature of rhetorical flourishes, then this is the show for you. The ghost-stories-that-aren't-ghost-stories at the end of each episode may be some of the most well-crafted parodies I have ever encountered. It walks the line between the ridiculous and the absurdly clever, without losing balance or falling too far off track. The sketches are consistent AND consistently funny.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 1

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By John Finnemore
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    John Finnemore, writer and star of Cabin Pressure, returns in four episodes of his own sketches, as heard on BBC Radio. These episodes feature a tiger with a gun, reveal the truth behind the war effort, visit some documentary-makers, has a big debate and then treats itself to a little trophy. Plus, there are also some musical interludes from the zoo. John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is written by and stars John Finnemore (The Now Show, Miranda, That Mitchell and Webb Look).

    Marissa says: "So very special in every special way..."
    "So very special in every special way..."
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    If you could sum up John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Marmite-flavored toothpaste


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is basically a consistently funny sketch show. If ever there were an elusive creation, that would be it: consistently funny sketch comedy. Almost every skit is right on target, hilarious, well-acted, and well-paced.


    What does John Finnemore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice has the ability to make me instantly want to smile. It is reflexive at this point. The sound of his voice is irreversibly linked in my mind to happiness and laughter.


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

    YES! However, I love to simply relisten to favorite pieces as well--I can't refrain from sharing them with just about anybody I can get to listen (anyone who has needed a car ride from me in the last eight months is now very familiar with John Finnemore's comedy shows, both souvenir programme and cabin pressure)


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it! It will be one of the best choices you could possibly make for your time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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