• The Incomplete Tim Key

  • About 300 of His Poetical Gems and What-Nots
  • By: Tim Key
  • Narrated by: Tim Key
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-05-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Canongate Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

Regular price: $18.54

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Publisher's Summary

A wildly original poetry collection written and read by one of the UK’s most exciting young comics. A poet who favours dark suits, lager and long hot baths, he works on BBC Four in Charlie Brooker's Newswipe and on Radio 4, doing his late night poetry show.

In 2009 he won the Edinburgh Comedy Award for his poetical recital The Slutcracker and has filmed some of his verse in black and white to overwhelming critical approval. Billed by Time Out as “He’s a genius plain and simple” Tim’s incomplete and unabridged reading of his book is hilarious and inventive, playful and punchy, and light and dark by turn.

Contains some strong language and content.

©2011 Tim Key (P)2011 Canongate Books

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  • Jake
  • 01-24-15

Audiobook version is a must

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

Tim Key's outsider observations and highly musical timing had me laughing in bed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mario. He tolerates only so much.

What does Tim Key bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The asides

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  • Charlie Baker
  • 08-10-16

Tim's poems are a joy!

Loved it, just a shame it wasn't a bit longer. His delivery makes it well worth it the drafts near the end are hilarious. Will listen more than once!

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  • Mr A R Pearson
  • 06-26-18

Don't like poetry??

If you get tired of the the 'poetry voice' this is for you. Fucking brilliant.

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  • Kieron J. Blundell
  • 01-29-18

<br />Nonsensical Excellency

Loved it, amusing, oddly thought provoking and passionately yet caringly read. Loved the music accompaniment too.

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  • James
  • 01-22-18

Hilarious

Fairly short but worth every penny. Listen to the sample then try not to buy.

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  • Rebecca
  • 07-11-13

Tim Key - the definition of 'off the wall'...

...And more like skipping down the street with a carving knife, singing sea shanties whilst eating a cream tea.

In other words, listen to these weird and wonderful and always darkly amusing little poems and you'll see what I mean.

God bless you, Mr Key.

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  • Tim S.
  • 07-17-18

Absolutely ideal

In audiobook form, this is essentially the same format as Tim Key's radio work and album, in fact I had to check there was definitely a printed book form and that wasn't just a part of the humour. There's a lot of in-between pages dicking about and live banjo being played and scrutinised.

Although he says these are collected from his previous works, I can't recall hearing them elsewhere, although that might just be the nature of the form employed.

Jolly good fun, better than a kick in the knackers.

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  • KevFlamingo
  • 07-07-18

The Definitive Version Of This Book

I am an unashamed Key fan.
These poems will make no sense to anyone looking for meaning - there isn't any.
The joy is in the absurdity of the situations described and the feeling that these have just popped into his mind and have been committed to notebook, scraps of paper, playing cards, or whatever comes to hand, raw and unedited.
What makes the Audiobook version better than print or Kindle is Key's narration, always using the correct tone of voice, the emphasis on specific words, the occasional (deliberate) mispronunciation and the occasional piece of mid poem pontification.
The only very slight irritation is the use of Joe Auckland to provide short musical stings in between sections. As much as I enjoy Auckland's work with The Horne Section, I feel that this adds little to the listening experience, unlike the use of music in Keys' Radio 4 shows.
I don't want to finish this review on a downbeat tone. Key is a terribly unappreciated comic gem - Writer, Actor, One Man Show Performer, and from my own brief experience he is a really nice guy who clearly takes great pleasure from performing and from how much enjoyment his gives his audience.
I would love to see a collection of scripts from his radio and stage shows published one day. Soon. Please.

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  • Graham K
  • 07-23-17

Very patchy

I do quite like the odd tim key poem, but there is a lot of absolute tosh in amongst the good ones, so whilst they may be well performed it's quite dull in the main.

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  • K. Furnival
  • 08-11-17

Zero stars

But they made me put 1. Can't do litotes for a whole book you just look inept

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