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Imagine if Jackanory was set free from its childish shackles. What twisted, funny tales would it unleash upon the world?

Combining some of the UK's best and brightest comedy writers and performers, this exclusive to audio edition of UKTV's Dave Channel Crackanory is a master class in storytelling and features an all-star cast including Toby Jones, Katherine Parkinson, John Robins, Robert Bathurst and Simon Bird.

Episode List:

  • 'Kill Phil'
  • 'Mummy Business'
  • 'The Character Assassin'
  • 'The IT Man'
  • 'The Egg That Knew Too Much'

©2017 UKTV (P)2017 Audible Ltd

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Brilliant!

Strange, intriguing, funny and, so much more.
I loved every single performance and story and I'm sure you (yes mate you reading this) will as well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Awesome! Snarkiest of all snark.

Thanks for such an entertaining read! Witty, contemporary, brash, hilarious, and overall very very very very enjoyable.

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entertaining

If you could sum up FREE: Crackanory Too Cracked for TV - exclusive to Audible in three words, what would they be?

entertaining, cute, creative

What did you like best about this story?

all of the stories were cute and creepy and made you think. like a modern twilight zone

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

the life they bring to the stories is... extraordinary. love listening to this!

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

i laughed out loud to quite a few of these

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good

Nice one.. finished it on one go ! Narration is appreciable. Added to my liked list already

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Strange

I enjoyed this tome and will recommend it with one caveat, if you are not a fan of English humour it can be a little strange. I look forward to more.

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Great humor

Very entertaining short stories. The stories kept me interested. I had quite a few chuckles!

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LOVED THIS!!!!!!

This was great to listen to. Enjoyed the stories. I want more of these. MORE!!!!!!

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Great story telling!

most of the stories were fantastic. a few were predictable, and couple underwhelming. overall, the author's held my interest as my imagination grew more vivid.

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Great listen

I thoroughly enjoyed this listen, especially as it was free, thank you audible for a few hours of bliss.

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  • Simon
  • 02-03-17

A Decent Freebie!

Certainly as a freebie I can't complain about this one. Five varied stories, all a bit on the strange side which will appeal in different ways to different people. My personal favourite was the new take on the ancient Egyptian curse in "Mummy Business" but I found at least one wry smile in each of them. There is at one point cracking line describing Noel Edmonds which I particularly enjoyed. The "IT Man" was almost Luke Smitherd-like in its approach but very much a light version of him given its brevity.

I have only occasionally seen the TV series and obviously you miss the visuals from the experience but I think those of us that read and listen to audiobooks a lot don't need much help in that department.

I wonder if this is a pre-cursor to a series . . .

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  • Mike T.
  • 02-03-17

Five uneven short stories. Two good. Three so so.

I've never seen any Crackanory TV tales. Not broadcast in my country. So this is my review solely based on this audiobook. No comparison to the TV show. No spoilers.

1: Kill Phil - Sort of a modernized internet slanted version of "Strangers on a Train". Good story idea. Enjoyable.

2: Mummy Business - Not very enjoyable. Story that goes nowhere really. Slight chuckle at the characters trouble saying Nefertiti correctly though.

3: The Character Assassin - The best of the stories. A creepy story that could have been a good Twilight Zone episode.

4: The Egg That Knew Too Much - A story that feels like a mix between Twilight Zone and Monty Python. Not very enjoyable though.

5: The IT-man - The least enjoyable story. Had a hard time focusing on the story at first. Then it was just... bad.

Narrators for all the stories was great. Lively and eminently listenable.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan M McMillan
  • 02-01-17

Utterly brilliant

These short stories were reminiscent of Roald Dahl and Jeffrey Archer. Darkly twisted, well narrated.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Rose
  • 07-12-18

Very, very funny

The ideas for some of these stories are inconcievable and unbelievable, far fetched is how they’d be described by professionals but still the collection is very, very funny. Predictable and corny no doubt but still, funny all the same. Despite everything I liked it a lot.

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  • Revs
  • 07-08-18

So funny

good stories it is a shame there was not more of them to listen to

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  • IamRoy
  • 07-03-18

narrators are mostly male

Bought it and had high expectations due to the reviews. I can't say I fully enjoyed it. There are different stories. The narrators are mostly male. I prefer listening to female narrators. Each episodes are short but interesting to listen to. Perfect time-killer on a bus ride.

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  • J Bellis
  • 06-30-18

Mini stories are okay. The feeling is really there

This is my first audiobook. Audible was recommended to me by a friend. It is nice to listen to audible originals. The book was slow so I had to speed it up a little. The narrators voice can get boring at times but the book itself goes about almost two hours only. I like the woman's voice than the man's voice. The sound at the end of each episode is nice. Luckily I was able to almost finish it. Mini stories are okay. The feeling is really there.

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  • D. J. Craig
  • 06-19-18

Great as always

Despite each story told is one in its own and great, the title ‘Too Cracked for TV’ gives a feel of being a be but more outlandish. However, there was no particular garishness to them. Nothing especially special to these stories, just another series of cracks. Despite this, still, amazing!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-18

Best audio book ever !!!

This is one of the best audio books ever!! Really good for log car journeys and always makes you could go yourself at the end! I really really recommend this book to anyone who likes a twist in a story.

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  • Abdul Shafique
  • 04-15-18

loved it

thoroughly entertaining short stories. great voice work. in sone ways better than the tv series

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  • Sowmya
  • 11-17-17

my review

this book is again well narrated by the narrator. Recommend to listen to it anytime

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-17

Tales of the UnEGGspected.

Tales of the UnEGGspected. Cracking yokes of bad eggs, and twisted tails of porkies told, scratching the surface of the final straws in the animal farm of modern battery farmed urbane dystopia.

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  • amanda
  • 09-25-17

Funny and free.

Defined cracked. loved them all and to be so thoroughly entertained for free...just fantastic..thanks audible.

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  • Anna Spencer
  • 03-02-17

A real cracker!

I really loved these stories! They remind me of Roald Dahl's 'Tales of the Unexpected.'

The readings are excellent and the stories first rate.

I think this audio book would appeal to most people.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-13-17

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