Heads Will Roll

Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
4.5 out of 5 stars (11,180 ratings)

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ABOUT THIS AUDIBLE ORIGINAL 

Please note: This content is not for kids. It is for mature audiences only. This audio comedy features sexual content, adult language and themes, and violence against peasants and hobgoblins alike. Discretion is advised.

Heads Will Roll is an Audible Original from Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon and her cocreator/costar (and real-life sister) Emily Lynne. Produced by Broadway Video, this is not an audiobook - it’s a 10-episode, star-studded audio comedy that features performances from Meryl Streep, Tim Gunn, Peter Dinklage, Queer Eye’s Fab Five, and so many more. 

Queen Mortuana of the Night Realm (McKinnon) and her ditsy raven minion JoJo (Lynne) receive a prophecy about a peasant uprising. Together, they must journey to find the “Shard of Acquiescence”, which will put down the rebellion and save the throne. Will their friendship survive sensitive generals, chatty sex slaves, whiny behemoths, princes with bird fetishes, and the notion of democracy? 

This raunchy satire also includes the wicked talents of Andrea Martin, Carol Kane, Audra McDonald, Aidy Bryant, Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd, Steve Higgins, Bob the Drag Queen, Esther Perel, and more. So, hold on to your head, and let the bad times roll. 

©2019 The Broadway Video Group, Inc. (P)2019 The Broadway Video Group, Inc.

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Probably has at least something for everyone

It’s kind of all over the place. There are surely some funny moments to suit different tastes, the songs are entertaining, and the celebrity narrators are fun.

But there are lots of volume issues. It quickly goes from too loud to barely audible in quite a few places. I think I like the idea of the production better than its execution. Kate McKinnon and Tim Gunn did a really good job, but some of the other characters are quite grating. So I enjoyed parts of it, and was disappointed in others. But I think most people who are fans of Kate McKinnon will enjoy at least some of this production, so maybe give it a try if you’re willing to go along on a bumpy ride.

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SouthPark meets The Office at Medieval Times!

You can tell the All-Star cast had a blast creating this one! In between embarrassing laugh out loud moments (elliptical neighbors at the gym were ready to commit me!) and relishing the fresh, irreverent, and witty script, you start to realize that the storyline is a satire on modern work culture — and then you can’t stop listening! Hysterical and an easy, fast listen, Heads Will Roll makes for a fun and relaxing break in the day.

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More like this please

It's like an old school radio drama for a 2019 comedy audience. Great concept. The writing is funny and the story captivating. My first experience of Emily Lynne. Does she sing professionally? She should. I'd buy that album. Can we get more celebrities doing this sort of thing? Always a delight to get new Kate and Aidy content. Cheers!

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I demand that Audible instantiate a sixth star

I knew going in that this thing would be awesome. Some comedic actors have a direct link to my funny bone: Kate McKinnon is the living embodiment of my funny bone.

But this is far from being a one woman show. Emily Lynne took me to that wow place, especially with the singing: Ah, the singing.

Clever and witty, and brought to life in vivid colours through the talented voice work of an amazing cast, and the overall audio production is superb.

Seriously Audible, I need 6 stars.

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I loved it enough to write my first review!

The first few minutes is kind of a shock, because it’s like nothing you’ve heard before, but don’t let that turn you off, keep listening!

It’s different, definitely, but that’s what makes it so fantastic. I wouldn’t expect anything different from the mind of Kate McKinnon (and it must be a family trait because The co-creator Emily Lynne is fantastic!) Heads will roll intertwines historic tyranny with our modern version. I can’t wait for more!

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Um...I guess my expectations were too high

Always love Mc Kinnon. Every other time. Listen to this book just to hear all the voices. Don't bother with story or plot or the bards. It's a show. They got together and said "Let's put on a show!" And they did. And I bought it. And now I'm done.

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Not my thing, but it might be yours!

This audiobook is an excellent reminder that humor is subjective.

I'd like to start out by saying that there's a lot to like about this book. The voice acting is largely well done, some of the jokes are genuinely funny, and a couple of characters are so well written that they shine in every scene they're in. That said though, I found the rest of this book pretty painful to get through - I'm not a huge fan of awkward, cringey humor and this book is, for the most part, full of awkward cringey humor. I was able to make it through about 75% of the audiobook before I finally threw in the towel and requested my credit to be refunded.

If you're the sort of person that's a fan of this style of humor, I think you'll absolutely love this book - save your hard earned money/credits otherwise.

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Fantastic!

I wasn’t sure how this would go over because so much of comedy is the non-verbal; facial expressions, body language, etc. that in this format, you obviously can’t see. This was amazing! Kate and Emily are incredibly talented, as was the whole cast. It was laugh out loud funny the whole time. Definitely would love more of this type of comedy from this fantastic duo!

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Highly Recommend

LOVED it! This is less like an audiobook and more like a modern, super funny, star-studded radio play. I definitely recommend this hilarious story!!

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funny

a great listen! cute story line. loved barnabas the social warrior's party in the story!

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  • Liza Lieverse
  • 05-02-19

All stars for these all stars

This show is absolutely hilarious! It combines the SNL-style humor we know from Kate McKinnon with an all-star cast of actors to create this joyous radio play! The pleasant switches from famour stars like tim Gunn and Meryl Streep to the friends & SNL co-stars like Aidy Bryant and Alex Moffat bring the story to life even more, and Emily Lynne SHINES and manages to keep up with her sister with ease, proving herself a star in her own right. The songs are a joy as well, and I’m hoping they’ll be released on Spotify at some point in the near future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-19

Absolutely Amazing!!

This is honestly so so funny! Kate McKinnon at her best and I just love the story and the characters, it's utterly entrancing and you're just hanging on for the next episode! DEFINITELY RECOMMEND! (By Charlotte Ervin)

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  • I Write in the Stars
  • 02-20-20

Brilliant!

This was incredibly performed, superbly funny and terribly entertaining. I loved the performances of Kate and Emily and so many other familiar voices. I devoured this and I'm hoping for more some day!

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  • Molly Andrews
  • 11-30-19

i cackled

Didn't know what to expect but I have been in hysterics the whole way though. The plot is weird and amazing and I love this series

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  • AnnieB
  • 08-31-19

not for me

couldn't believe I used a credit for this, I tried on a few occasions but never made it through chapter 1

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-02-19

Funny!

Love Kate McKinnon, big fan, and so to hear her with her sister in this was epic, great story, really funny, great message, and the work you can tell they put it into it was well worth it, they work really well with each other, hope there's going to be another one

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  • GloomyRuby
  • 05-04-19

Brilliantly funny

I am a big Kate Mckinnon fan and when i saw this i knew id love it and i was right very funny and creative. Its like disney with adult humor.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-27-20

Genius

I loved it. Kate McKinnon is queen. Really funny all the way through, constantly giggling.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-14-20

Heads will roll

This is a dreadful book.screeching
women and a bad script😡Save your money steer away from this tripe

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  • hartley
  • 01-12-20

Hilarious and awesome

All the characters were fantastic and the story was very interesting. It made me laugh out loud a lot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-19

Spat my coffee out laughing. RIP coffee.

Bizzare. Engaging. Hilarious. The comedic timing delivered by Kate Mckinnon is spot on. The writing is great, story bizzare and hilarious, the Queen makes me laugh every scene.

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  • Anna
  • 01-13-20

I wanted to like it

First time I’ve ever wanted to return a title. Great performances but the whole thing seems a bit self-indulgent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-24-19

Enjoyable story well put together

few cringe moments but an enjoyable good overall experience and voices match the character images.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-19-19

what a waste of my time and money.

the sound was up and down so I strained to hear or was deafened. screeching voices. unfunny.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-14-20

Brilliant!! 😂

I've never listened to an audio play like this before, but this was the perfect one to start with. It was so freaking hilarious!! Quite a bit of swearing and raunch, if you don't like SNL type humour steer clear, the rest of you will LOVE it! I went my pants laughing and I will definitely listen again. Telling all my friends about this...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-20

Funny at times.

As the heading suggests, it was funny at times, but pussy and banging jokes get a little old after a while. also I couldn't hear everything well due to very loud moments compared to the whispering. Over all it was a fun listen for a road trip.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-19-20

More like this please

This was so so fucking good. Best audio drama I've ever heard. Great cast and a really fun story. couldn't recommend it enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-17-20

Captivating and hilarious AF

One of a kind audiobook!!! LOVE the storyline, narration and humour. This had be speeding through it, forming deep admiration for Kate McKinnon and LOL-ing on all of my commutes.

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  • Tilda
  • 12-23-19

Rolled on the Floor Laughing!

What a rip-snorting, guffaw-inducing, boredom-quelling audiobook!

This original publication is a fantastic way to while away the hours with something light and delightful. A fun performance with an all-star cast (I think I practically squealed when I got to the chapter about the Sirens).

Sure, it's a pretty basic storyline, but it was peppered with wit and naughty one-liners that made up for any lack of storyline finesse. But, who am I kidding here? Those one-liners are the leading star of this audiobook (alongside the fabulous Kate and Emily).

Come for the cast, stay for the hilarious banter.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-16-19

Brilliant

I really really really enjoyed this
I hope there is another
The voices were perfect for the storytelling