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As punishment for his part in an attempted coup in heaven, the archangel Michael is banished to Earth. The holiest of the angelic host has to learn to live as a mortal - not an easy job when you’ve got Satan as a next-door neighbor.

Michael soon finds that being a good person involves more than helping out at Sunday school and attending church coffee mornings. He has to find his purpose in life, deal with earthly temptations, and solve a mystery involving some unusual monks and a jar of very dangerous jam.

Heide Goody and Iain Grant have come up with this wild comedy that features spear-wielding cub scouts, accidental transvestites, King Arthur, a super-intelligent sheepdog, hallucinogenic snacks, evil peacocks, old ladies with biscuits, naked paintball, stolen tractors, clairvoyant computers, the Women’s Institute, and way too much alcohol.

©2013 Heide Goody and Iain Grant (P)2019 Heide Goody, Iain Grant

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I Have Rarely Laughed So Often Or So Loudly

I tend not to review books, because I almost never read reviews. With this series, however, it must be done.

In the spirit of Clovenhoof, I'm going to overshare:
This series of books has made me laugh so often, so loudly, and so forcefully that negatively physical consequences have occurred that required immediate cleanup.

The material given to Matthew Lloyd Davies is phenomenal, but his rich characters and fantastic voicing for each character truly makes both Clovenhoof and Pigeonwings two of my favorite audiobooks, ever.

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Better than the 1st, which was hysterical

This smoothed out some of the bumpiness and over-the-top foul humor of the first.

The humor is edgy without being mean, blasphemous without being unkind, extremely witty with some moments of pure beauty.

Clovenhoof remains absolutely disgusting, frequently inspired, and fundamentally decent under the mess. Michael develops very believably, and Nerys reclaims some of her own messiness without becoming a slave to it this time. Actually, all the characters evolve, gaining depth and simultaneously developing anchors to their own shallowness. Like people do.

The narrator is outstanding. He smooths over choppy or slightly tedious bits. He really brings the characters to life most vividly! He uses more aspects of individual voice production, such as speed and enunciation as well as accent and timbre, so I can tell who's speaking immediately.

For those not attached to primness and who have a lively & irreverent sense of humor, very highly recommended.

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Totally love these characters!

This book was easily as good as the first. I love Clovenhoof!!
I would read endless stories with the main characters.
More Please!!
The story was pretty good and I thoroughly enjoyed this installation

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Hilarious

Loved it, laughed until I cried several times and can only hope the rest of the series is this good.

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great follow up

this is a great follow-up to the first book. The characters are well established and seem to play off each other well the vocal performance is great the accent isn't too thick but is still thick enough to make it believable highly recommend this book to anyone that read or listen to the first one.

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I love Satan!!

Funny laugh out loud! Satan as Jeremy is still living in suburbia being the anti-villain only doing good by happenstance. Now he has Archangel Micheal as a neighbor and revels in Micheal’s banishment. Micheal acclimates to suburbia life just slightly better than Jermey. What really confuses him is the function of certain body parts, actually why did God give man a penis? His is consumed with performing “good” deeds to earn his place back in the Celestial City. Doing the deeds make him insufferable to be around. The usual residents are still living in the flat adding fun to the story. This is an entertaining story with likable characters.

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  • Dan Raskoll
  • 12-26-19

Pigeonwings

A really fun listen, great story with some very funny jokes, an excellent cast of characters, and great narration 5/5 book

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  • Nicola Hayes
  • 01-14-20

Even better than Clovenhoof....!

Loved the first book but this was even better. Brilliant characters, brilliant narration and even had me giggling out loud on the tube journey home.
The satirical style and commentary on modern life reminds me of Terry Pratchett in places.

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  • Batwolf
  • 08-03-21

Still great

A great sequel to clovenhoof, I absolutely love the 'odd couple' aesthetic now that Michael has to live on Earth too. almost a great sitcom feel to it. funny and well narrated.

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  • Cptn Flashheart
  • 05-17-21

A fun second book in the series

A bit of a fun mad caper with laugh out loud moments.
A fun story with good pace. What's not to like? The devil, a fallen archangel, a sexually repressed nerd and a whole family of welsh women who are sexually liberated. An enjoyable story and just the right balance of bonkers.

Some slightly dubious accents but overall good narration.
Slightly off-putting background noises on the recording, at one point I could hear other people talking. But there's also what sounds like a hungry stomach sound, though it's surely too often to be real? If so, someone please send the narrator food!

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  • ALYSON R
  • 01-26-20

Sheer bliss!!

The second book in this series and a fantastic follow on to Clovenhoof which I massively enjoyed. Jeremy is still stuck on earth but now joined by Archangel Michael, he of the title role. It was hilarious listening to Michael learning about day to day events and bodily functions whilst Clovenhoof is up to his old tricks of causing as much madness and mayhem as possible. Seriously, would you leave this man in charge of a troupe of boy scouts, even the little horrors we encounter in this book?! Brilliant stuff, aided and abetted by a peculiar order of monks. One of the best bits and real laugh out loud moments was the addition to certain familiar faces to the renovated tapestries - I listened to this in car and people must think I'm daft, chuckling along while I'm driving! Can't wait to dive into the next book!