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Publisher's Summary

Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Roger Allam star in the first 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’, ‘That Mitchell & Webb Sound’) 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-round naughtiness Douglas, and struggling almost-competent pilot and sweaty man Martin. All-round help is provided by Carolyn’s near-idiot son, Arthur...In the first of the complete six episodes - ""Qikiqtarjuaq"" - when MJN Air flies a party of tourists near the North Pole, Arthur goes hunting for polar bears, Carolyn for a rogue lemon and Martin for a believable French accent...

Then we travel to episode 2 - ""Paris"", and when a bottle of highly-expensive whisky goes missing, Martin becomes the Miss Marple of MJN Air with Arthur assisting as his trusty Doctor Watson and Douglas hindering as his untrusty prime suspect. On to part 3, ""Newcastle"", where love is in the air, but also unfortunately in a small airport in Birmingham - and Martin has to choose between career, romance and fixing a very small tail-light. Part 4 finds us on the way to ""Ottery St Mary"". Martin is a Man With A Van, Douglas flies A Plane With An Otter and Carolyn dates A Pilot With A Problem With Sheep. And two mysteries solved - the name of Carolyn’s dog and the rules of “Yellow Car”.

Arriving at episode 5, ""Rotterdam"", it's Lifejacket, Camera, Action as stardom beckons for one of the crew of MJN Air... but who will get to blow the final whistle? And will they look good in a vest? And in the last episode of the series - ""St. Petersburg"" - some vodka and an unwary bird could spell the end of the line for MJN Air, and when Carolyn meets her ex-husband the atmosphere turns even icier.... With special series guests Timothy West, Anthony Head ('Buffy') and Mark Williams ('The Fast Show').

©2011 Pozzitive Television Limited (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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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So hilarious and amazing

So awesome I listen to it over and over and still laugh. It never gets old.

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Great laugh out loud fun!

Whether or not you're a fan of British humor, you will enjoy this program. Great fun, great characters and...it's BRILLIANT!

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Lovely and wonderful

Hilarious, delightful, charming, best radio play series ever. I can't imagine anything better to listen to to brighten your day.

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This is the best and most hilarious series!

If you like Blackadder, you'll love Cabin Pressure. Brilliantly written and performed, it is a fantastic series. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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Don't listen on the plane!

You will laugh so hard you will become an oddity - funniest !!!! Thank you for this radio show! Brilliant, as Arthur says.

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Adore this series.

Adore this series.WISH there was twenty more hours of this crew's genius. Always makes my day happier.

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  • Emily
  • Mount Macedon, Australia
  • 05-07-14

Utterly brilliant radio comedy.

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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Getting Formulaic

Would you listen to Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 3 again? Why?

Yes, but not soon; not as crisp, but that's what happens.

What did you like best about this story?

Still a great ensemble who make it shine.

Any additional comments?

Arthur is too I Love Lucy stoopid and unbelievable seeing as it is John Finnemore who plays him. His role in Elvenquest is far more rounded, even as the Dog/Chosen One.

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Love Love Love Cabin Pressure!

Where does Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 3 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I could only compare this series to other comedies - and this series is definitely the funniest (yet clean!) series I've listened to. John Finnemore's wit, writing and timing are fantastic! Benedict Cumberbatch and the other actors are amazing and work well together.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 3?

The character of "Douglas" when they find the polar bears!

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

There is no one person who narrates. All of the actors are clear, funny and obviously enjoy what they are doing!

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

Yes!

Any additional comments?

Try the other seasons of Cabin Pressure - 1 through 3 plus 1 Christmas series. Supposedly John Finnemore will be creating one more season in 2013?

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GENIUS COMEDY!

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

Oh Ya!!!! And I have!

What other book might you compare Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 3 to and why?

hmmm- Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy- it has that very British sarcastic humor about it

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

Arthur, very well done character, counterpoints the other's, and great for a laugh...at him not with him.

Any additional comments?

Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!

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  • Jennifer Random
  • 06-15-18

Brilliant!

today I went to the highland wildlife park. my excitement to see the polar bears is best described by Arthur in qikiqtarduac

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  • Ruairi
  • 06-09-18

awesome as always

genuinely can't get enough of this series. It is truly special and I can't wait for the next series!

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  • TheCritic
  • 03-26-18

so so funny !!

one of the best radio shows ever has a little bit of everything but you will always laugh.

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  • BB
  • 03-25-18

Best comedy writer on the scene

I have the full series to which I listen for light relief, frequently. Makes you chuckle no matter how often you've heard them!

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  • Susan
  • 02-20-18

hysterically funny

Brilliantly funny, as ever, perfect script, tremendous actors,was laughing out loud as I listened to it

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  • JeremyC
  • 02-02-18

Still the best

Programmes come and go but Cabin Pressure is Still the best radio sitcom. Ever. Period.

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  • John
  • 11-18-17

excellent fun

a very well written and even better performed comedy, you'll love the characters and plot lines, highly recommended

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  • H. Thomas
  • 09-24-17

Brilliant!

Wonderful cast, brilliant script, an absolute must for anyone who loves John Finnemore's writing and characterisations

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  • 09-02-17

Brilliant!!

Fabulous programme and bears repeated listens, as a family we love it and feel a sort of ownership of Benedict Cumberbatch from back in the days before he was the world famous legend of today! And Douglas is sublime, and Arthur...well, what else, but...BRILLIANT!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-23-17

As Arthur would say 'Brilliant'

So funny, and such clever writing! Have listened to it time and time again and still makes me laugh