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Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 2

Series: Cabin Pressure
Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
5 out of 5 stars (1,273 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Stephanie Cole (Doc Martin), Benedict Cumberbatch, and Roger Allam (The Thick of It) star in the complete second series of the hit sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.  

Run by the forbidding divorcée Carolyn Knapp-Shappey (an unfortunate marriage, namewise, but in Carolyn's opinion, marginally better than Carolyn Shappey-Knapp), her two pilots are the smooth, experienced, and almost-certainly-fired-by-a-big-airline-for-all-around naughtiness Douglas, and struggling, almost competent Martin. All-round help is provided by Carolyn's near-idiot son, Arthur.

Written by John Finnemore, writer for The News Quiz and That Mitchell & Webb Sound.

©2008 John Finnemore & Pozzitive Television Ltd 2009 (P)2009 BBC Audio

Critic Reviews

"The more I listen to John Finnemore's Cabin Pressure, the more I think what a stonking masterpiece it is. Perfect in every department." (Philip Pullman)

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Brilliant Fun!

Cabin Pressure is the best new UK comedy series I've found on Audible. Stephanie Cole and Roger Allam are both fantastic, and the other players are fine as well. The writing is crisp and fun, as well as intelligent and largely free of coarseness. Any listener with a sense of humor will enjoy this download. Don't forget to get series 1 as well. You will be charmed, I promise you!

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MJN Air, I love you

The second series is as strong as the first. I love the second episode and the revelation about Martin. He is portrayed so fantastically by Benedict Cumberbatch. He could easily be a ridiculous and unsympathetic laughingstock but as voiced by Cumberbatch, his yearnings and frustrations are as real as his shortcomings and I just want to give him a hug! The Johannesburg and Kuala Lumpur episodes are both classics as well.

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In a word ... brilliant

Buy this audiobook. Buy it now. Buy it fast. You'll laugh until you're sore in the stomach listening to the adventures of MJN air, Britain's least competent but most endearing airline. This is British radio humour at its very best, and it has Benedict Cumberbatch in the cast (as Captain Martin Crieff)! The entire series is excellent - there's not a dud episode among them. I cannot wait for more episodes so come, and have listened to these ones many times and they just keep staying funny. This is a future classic, destined for the comedy hall of fame.

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Can't stop laughing

Where does Cabin Pressure rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best radio plays I've ever listened to.

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

Burling Day!

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

I only planned to listen to each individual episode at a time, but ended up listening to the entire series.

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Made me laugh so hard I couldn't walk!

What did you love best about Cabin Pressure?

Oh, it's hard to pick just one thing - the clever, hysterically funny writing, the performances or the way it changes the way you look at everyday life?

What did you like best about this story?

There were many stories. And they were all funny and witty and clever. I love that!

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Each narrator provided depth and nuances that broadened the characters and made them into people rather than just caricatures. The comic delivery had me staggering around the park laughing seemingly to myself on my daily walk as I listened.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"Arthur says 'it's brilliant'"

Any additional comments?

I am so jealous of the UK for getting new episodes first.

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"GENIUS COMEDY!"

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I already have! I have recommended this to a bunch of friends most of them love it, a few aren't crazy about it but still acknowledge it's funniness.

Who was your favorite character and why?

um Martin. His preeminence to failure despite his efforts creates great conflict.

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

Arthur- such a well done character

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

when it made me laugh....which was all the time

Any additional comments?

You Won't Regret Getting This!

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Just as BRILLIANT as series 1

Nothing was lost in terms of quality in series 2. This is an hilarious show with truly excellent characters and simple, but funny plot lines that are character driven. I highly recommend. You will laugh.

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Be prepared to drop a little coin

I bought the fourth series on a deal of the day special, and got hooked five minutes into it. An all together awesome series.

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Hysterical!

My cousin suggested this, my mother bought it for me as a gift, and I sincerely loved every moment of it. I hope there is/will be more!

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The puppy loves it

Not at all something I would have chosen under normal circumstances, but Tumblr said it was awesome and Audible had a sale. Now I’m in love, and the dog is getting plenty of exercise.

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  • Joan
  • 07-01-11

Even Better.....

This shows that series 1 was not a fluke. This is even better. The games the crew play to stave off boredom during flights are truly inventive and are really funny signs of how tedious life can be. If you haven't heard this or series 1 yet what are you doing? Buy this now, download it immediately and listen to it over and over again to catch all the comedic nuances. Like I said of series 1, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Carol
  • 05-06-11

First Class Comedy

Cabin Pressure is a real gem - very clever, beautifully written, wonderful characterizations, superbly voiced by a top class cast and most of all very, very funny. I have lost track of how many times I've listened to these two series, but it has never become jaded - love it every time.

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  • Emma
  • 02-15-10

Fabulous

Cabin Pressure is fabulous. John Finnemore should be locked in a room and made to write Series 3, 4 and 5.
Deep Trouble is another one of his outstanding comedies.
They lighten my dark days.

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  • A. Davies
  • 06-30-19

Full of delight and laughter

Cabin Pressure is a delight. The cast fit together perfectly: Benedict Cumberbatch as the anxious, hapless, not-yet-failed captain; Roger Allam as the older, more talented and far more distinguished co-pilot; Stephanie Cole as the fearsome airline owner, who won't tolerate the foolish men messing it all up; and John Finnemore (the writer) as her bumbling son Arthur, the steward.

I could happily listen to them for hours; I have done, and they're hours full of laughter and camaraderie. Heartily recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-16-19

Excellent. would reccommend

I love this!
it is my favourite thing ever!
It's funny, witty and incredibly clever.
would recommend to ANYBODY.

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  • Claerwyn
  • 05-30-19

This helps me to too bed at night.

I am 9 an I have nightmares of moths and spiders and when I do I put this on and it makes me go to bed!!! 😁😁😁😁😁😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😊😊😊😊☺☺☺😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-19-19

Amazing

This is the greatest book ever!!
As Douglas would say... a good book is one you can listen to, a great one is when you can listen over and over again!! (Douz)

I think this is better than great!! I love it soooooo much. You will never beat it. I highly recommend the others and Zurich to top it all off. They are all as good as each other and I could not choose the best one, although Ottery St Mary’s (Series 3), Limerick (Series 2), Molokai (Xmas special), Zurich (Series conclusion) and Wokingham are definitely up there.

Get this book it is AMAZING

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-04-19

Amazing

Just amazing and I love it because it's so funny that I was sometimes lost for words

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  • andrea ainley
  • 10-12-18

Superb and very funny

Love it - the sarcastic wit of Douglas by the esteemed roger Allam married with Carolyn - Stephanie Cole and superb bumbling John Finnemore as hapless Arthur. Benedict cumberbatch is the perfect straight man throughout

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  • Wendy Ogilvie
  • 09-19-18

Laughed my arse off!

The characters and the actors who play them are so well matched. Series two did not disappoint. Excellent stuff!