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Cabin Pressure Radio/TV Program
Cabin Pressure
Written by: 
John Finnemore
Narrated by: 
Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
Cabin Pressure Radio/TV Program

Cabin Pressure

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Publisher's Summary

John Finnemore (Dead Ringers & Mitchell & Webb) has written this brilliant new sitcom starring Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam & Benedict Cumberbatch.

Cabin Pressure is set in a small airline business. The flipside of the glamorous world of international airlines.

©2008 John Finnemore; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Sara 02-21-15
    Sara 02-21-15

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    "Mad Cap Comedy Silliness By The Experts"

    I don't have much experience with radio shows like this recording -- but took a chance because of all the ravingly positive reviews on audible. I love the actors in this program and the reviews were correct--they are all fantastic in their roles. The timing of the dialogue, delivery, and sound effects really paint the picture so you can "see" the action in your mind's eye. Who would have thought? A totally entertaining and successful "try something different" from audible experience. Upbeat and fun.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Karen New York, NY, United States 04-08-13
    Karen New York, NY, United States 04-08-13
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    "BRILLIANT!"
    What did you love best about Cabin Pressure?

    Engaging and hilarious performances. Very well written, Finnemore fleshes out the characters in quick and natural way. You find yourself really caring about them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Too hard to choose just one. I love them all.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Very engaging, you can visualize the characters the narration is so colorful!


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

    I found myself laughing out loud to this on my commute.


    Any additional comments?

    This series has a high re-listen value!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gwynne O'Reagan 11-11-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Fantastic!"

    I absolutely LOVE this series. Funny, cleverly written material and terrific performers. I especially relish Roger Allam's deadpan, sardonic, quietly superb, and all-knowing "sky god" Douglas. The most fun you'll ever have in connection with air travel. Enjoy!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn SANTA CLARA, CA, United States 01-13-12
    Dawn SANTA CLARA, CA, United States 01-13-12

    Audio books and radio shows fill the hours of biking and public-transit time. If you see a woman cackling with her blue earbuds, wave hello.

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    "Fly away on MJN air with these lovable characters-"
    If you could sum up Cabin Pressure in three words, what would they be?

    If I had to sum up Cabin Pressure in three iconic words from the show it would be: Lemon In Play.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arthur is by far my favorite character- I want to say Martin, but Arthur doesn't let anything keep him down. In a group of four clot poles he's the clot pole that never lets the biting sarcasm and sideways jabs get to him.

    A great example of this is in an exchange about a cup of coffee.
    Arthur: Here you are, Skip. Nice hot cup of coffee.
    Martin: Augh. It's cold.
    Arthur: Nice cup of coffee.
    Martin: It's horrible.
    Arthur: Cup of coffee.
    Martin: Not even sure it is coffee...
    Arthur: Cup.

    I dare you to hate Arthur's enthusiasm after Season 2. It's near impossible.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    What don't I like about this performance? It's a radio play in all the beautiful and gleefully imaginative ways that made sitting and listening to the radio as a kid just as entertaining as watching the telly.

    The characters are often cheerfully perverse, boldly bad and hilariously hypocritical. John Finnemore does a beautiful job of weaving fantastical cock-ups into the every day lives of these four misfits. From the dry and sarcastically suave Douglas to the socially awkward and dweebish Martin playing a piloting version of Abbot and Costello, to Arthur playing the plucky young idiot and the counterpoint to his waspish and shrewd mother Carolyn- the owner of MJN and hostess of the tiny charter aircraft.

    The best part is that while each character is larger than life, they are all three dimensional characters. Arthur has a few moments where it is obvious that not only does he have a decent mind sometimes, but he has to force himself to choose to be cheerful, and Carolyn has many moments of humanity and heartfelt connections. So many beautiful little moments that really make everything that much better, funnier.

    The sound effects and method of recording are also delightful, and I never cease to be swept off into the clouds for a half hour when Cabin Pressure comes on.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    You can not listen to Cabin Pressure without getting at least one good chuckle. I however had never listened to it before Season 3 and was given a copy of Season 1 and 2 for listening to during my Holiday.

    Suffice it to say I got many odd looks as I broke into giggles and peals of laughter despite white knuckled grips on my own armrests during the long flight. In fact, by the third episode I was relaxed and fairly good even with the pockets of turbulence we went through at one point.

    If you hate flying, or love flying, have never flown or fly every week, the MJN crew will have you in stitches. It's just relatable and human in ways that make it an enjoyable experience no matter when you decide to listen in.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a good laugh and a ready giggle, Cabin Pressure is the purchase for you!

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret San Francisco, CA USA 03-12-15
    Margaret San Francisco, CA USA 03-12-15 Member Since 2008
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    "A delight!"

    I've been on a BBC series kick lately and rank Cabin Pressure first of all I've heard. My favorite character is Arthur, but each has grown on me in their own ways -- even Douglas. My only wish would be that there were more episodes per series. But unless the BBC fairy grants that one, I'll re-listen to the four series available. Highly reccommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Alban, Ontario Canada 01-24-13
    Amazon Customer Alban, Ontario Canada 01-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing!"
    Where does Cabin Pressure rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Cabin Pressure is the reason I started to listen to radio dramas.


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

    The actors are so distinct and clear with all their own unique quirks and personalities. I never really realized how much could be conveyed through voice alone until I listened to


    Any additional comments?

    I'm absolutely in love with this radio drama. The characters are fantastic (as Arthur would say). The stories are hilarious and, at times, heart warming and tragic. Any work that can simultaneously make me laugh out loud and then truly make me feel for a character is well worth listening to. Get Cabin Pressure! You won't regret it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Cushen Fort Payne, AL USA 01-23-13
    Jessica Cushen Fort Payne, AL USA 01-23-13

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    "I wanted to be an aeroplane."
    What did you love best about Cabin Pressure?

    So I downloaded Cabin Pressure from Audible because Benedict Cumberbatch plays the pilot, Martin Crieff, and since Ben's voice is like melted chocolate, I thought it might soothe me to sleep. But YSK: It is REALLY hard to sleep when you're laughing so hard you can't breathe. I listened to all three available seasons last week and then just started right over from the beginning! I've also taken to stalking the BBC Radio 4 website at odd hours of the day/night to catch up with series 4 as it airs.

    And as Arthur Shappey would say, "It's brilliant!"


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cabin Pressure?

    "Oh, dear. Surely we had two wings when we started?"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    (bing bong!)

    MARTIN: Good afternoon. This is your captain speaking. Just to say there is absolutely nothing to worry about.

    (bing bong!)

    MARTIN: Hello. Captain Crieff here again. Still no need to panic. I repeat, there is no need to panic. Or to look out of the windows. Everything's fine.

    (bing bong!)

    MARTIN: Actually, I wasn't being entirely straight with you just now. You see, it's this damnable sleeping sickness of mine. [Yawns.] Normally, I control it with a mysterious stimulant from South America but blast it, my supply's run out. I'm afraid our only hope now is if by some chance someone on board knows how to prepare this stimulant and could—

    CAROLYN: Yes, we get the message. Arthur, take Martin his coffee.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed so hard that I forgot how to breathe. Then I died. I am currently listening to CP from the beyond. "What fresh hell is this?"


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't mind me saying so, that question is entirely against the spirit of surprising rice!

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 04-22-15
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 04-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny Stuff!!!!!"

    This is the first season of the BBC comedy, Cabin Pressure. I found myself laughing out many times; although I listened to this on audio, I could picture the case in the various scenes. I loved the interaction between the characters, as well as the British humour. Very enjoyable!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cozy Reader Canada 02-04-15
    Cozy Reader Canada 02-04-15 Member Since 2016

    Science fiction, fantasy and mystery listener. Love anything with a good plot.

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    "Delightful!"

    Cabin Pressure is a radio play set aboard a chartered plane and it's simply delightful. I admit I did first get this one because of Benedict Cumberbatch, but as I listened I found myself really enjoying what each of the actors brings to this hilarious play.

    It was side-splitting funny as you listen and watch while they get themselves into messes and have to figure out how to get themselves out.

    I listened to this one at work and I had to pause several times to catch my breathe because I was laughing too hard.

    If you like british comedy I highly recommend this one.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Augusta 12-18-12
    Augusta 12-18-12
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    "Funny Engaging - Perfect"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I found these radio shows to be entertaining and amusing. They are about 40 minutes long each, so you can listen to one at a time (great for a commute), or just listen to them all at once.

    Great performances!


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Deborah
    Rainham, United Kingdom
    1/8/14
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    "Brilliant"
    What did you like most about Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1?

    I love the scripts. Each episode is well written and so funny. Douglas is my favourite character and he delivers his lines with very witty sarcasm.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Each flight is an hilarious 1/2 hour


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Too many to choose


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

    The funniest flight you will ever take!!


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect to listen to on that awful journey home. You'll be sitting in that traffic jam with a smile on your face and won't even mind about the queue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caro
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    "Genius..."

    The writing is great, the casting is great, the acting is great, poor old Gertie, she's not so great but a great character too. I totally love it and just want more - 5th series, please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia White
    Kendal
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    "Superb"

    I recorded this after enjoying every episode of every series on Radio 4 and I wondered what this one would sound like going back in time. Therefore for me these are "repeats" but as repeats they are timeless and still every bit as good as the first listen... if not more. John Finnemore as a writer and humorist is a genius - and performance by the cast is just superb. I'll download all the other series and listen again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    Bristol, United Kingdom
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    "far safer than Prozac (not that I've used that)"
    What made the experience of listening to Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1 the most enjoyable?

    Cabin Pressure is brilliant, always makes me laugh even though I have listened to it many times.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    Each character is so well played and compliments each other - no one is better than the other.


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

    Are they each available to make this into a film? Book?....no way would that work. Radio is a perfect medium


    Any additional comments?

    Wish they would play this in doctor's surgeries or any waiting room! Or dare I say it .....airport departure lounges.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • vladimira
    Olomouc, Czech Republic
    12/19/13
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    "Excellent British humour"
    Would you listen to Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1 again? Why?

    I would definitely listen again, it is so incredibly funny, well written and the performance of the cast is outstanding bringing their characters to life with just their voices!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1?

    Why not go to Bristol? I guess people do..


    Any additional comments?

    I think it is very difficult to create an audio sitcom, as the actors cannot rely on face expression or body language and yet they have to convey the story and make it funny. However, all the people involved in Cabin Pressure did a terrific job. The stories are perfect, the humour abundant and the performances simply divine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ISAAC
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "First Class Comedy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course, what better way to make sure they stay your friend?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oh you can't pick favourites from among this stellar cast playing such superb characters!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed.. so very much... to the point I had to pause it so I could stop laughing to breathe... and it still makes me laugh every time I listen to it... and I have listened to it a lot!


    Any additional comments?

    Get this series- I can't think of any reason why it wouldn't make you love it as much as I do it is so fantastic. One warning however: don't listen to this if you are about to something serious or if you are driving because sudden bouts of laughter are part of the package.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Henrik
    Sydenham, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Radio comedy at its best!"
    Where does Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best radio comedies on the air now. I believe the quality improves in the second series, but all the ground work is laid here.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters are wonderful but Douglas is superb. He is pompous and acerbic but also shows a vulnerable side.


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

    The cast is first rate and fans of Allam, Cumberbatch, Cole and Finnemore are all well served here.


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

    The pre-credit scenes are a true delight.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see this on stage or telly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rosie Duncan
    London
    12/7/13
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    "Radio four comedy at it's best"
    Would you listen to Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1 again? Why?

    I was vaguely aware of cabin pressure whilst it was on the radio but never switched over to listen to it. I noticed the series on audible at a very reasonable price and decided to give it a go. It is fantastic!
    The performers are superb and the episodes so funny that I had to stop listening in public as I couldn't stop laughing.


    What other book might you compare Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1 to, and why?

    If you enjoy other comedy gems from radio four orang of BBC TVs finest comedies you will love this!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Meryl
    Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Cabin Pressure"
    What did you like most about Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1?

    I loved this series. Very funny and entertaining.


    What other book might you compare Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1 to, and why?

    Not sure, but comparable with other comedy items i have previously purchased.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All were good, but you knew that when things were going well something nasty was going to happen..


    Any additional comments?

    Just brought the second series so hoping its just as funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kimberley
    THORNTON CLEVELEYS, United Kingdom
    9/3/13
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    "Sublime comedy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1 to be better than the print version?

    There is no print version, so definitely!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1?

    Douglas and Martin's first address to the passengers! Unmissably funny!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    All the voice actors are superb comedians and hilariously witty.


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

    The worst things don't happen at sea, they happen at MJN Air.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't start listening to this show unless you are ready to hurtle through 4 series of amazing writing and hilarious comedy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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