Carol, Sarah, Samira and Mac were best friends at university. They were the bright young things who had the world on a string and shining futures ahead. Now, as they find themselves tipping into their 30-something lives of work, relationships and responsibilities, they meet up for a big reunion night out, ready to recapture their shared past. Because whilst things may not have worked out exactly to plan for any of them...at least they will always have the comfort of old friends whose lives are even more weird, skewed and off-centre than their own.
A razor sharp, witty character comedy with a warm heart which will appeal to anyone (female or male) who has ever had an awkward evening catching up after an age with old friends.
Please note: This audiobook contains explicit language.
©2015 Bronagh Fegan (P)2015 Audible Ltd.
The dialogue was funny without sounding forced (which is something some of the other pilots have suffered from), a lot of the humour growing organically out of the conversation between the characters (it helps that this play had one of the stronger casts, in my opinion). It didn't start all that promisingly, though, with the burning menu seeming a bit too 'trying to be funny', which didn't suit the rest of the play. That I give the 'story' a low score is not to say it's *bad*, more a reflection on the humour arising from *character* rather than *plot*.
My overall feeling is that while this is the pilot that made me laugh *loudest* out the 5 presented, I don't think it could sustain itself over the course of a series (its basic premise, the characters catching up after a long time apart having been fulfilled). So while I would be interested in hearing more from this particular writer, I have to place this as my 2nd favourite overall in this selection of pilots.
A strong cast with sensitive timing behind a powerful script helping ensure the audio edition is a winner!
For me, it was pretty powerful to be honest. Being male, I would have expected to have found it difficult to relate to the characters in the audio book; however, that was not the case.By sheer convenience, I also have three male friends from uni, with the four of us meeting up simply too seldom, not really due, as it was in this case, to georgraphic issue, but more due to life pressure and male-uselessness issues.Whenever we meet up, there are always politics doing the rounds which can be tiring. It is always an event to look forward to,
I actually had the best chuckle at the very end, when Carole stated that Sara wouln't stop talking about herself, oblivious to what had really been experiened throughout.
A reunion after five years life experence post-Uni, these girls must surely have been able to make their mark and so share their success. But have they really grown up?
The book made it clear that everthing wasn't quite as rosey in the garden at it appearedby the end of sections which is an accurate life reflection in my opinion.
No, really disappointed. Gave it a chance - made it 2 minutes to the end, it nver improved.
Weak and really not funny.
Felt like I've wasted my time.
Don't bother listening to it!
Did not find this funny at all. The story and characterisations are really annoying rather than numerous. I stopped listening after 10 minutes.
Yes, for a quick, light hearted listen.
There were a number of narrators, none were terrible, none were great.
Yes, it was only 30 mins ish
This is the second best listen out of this series. I doubt it could be extended beyond the 30 mins, unless it picked up the pace and had a better story line.
Not funny, boring story. But maybe I am not the target audience.
Sorry, not interesting or enjoyable
As a man, I don't think I am the target market for this. Maybe I didn't see the funny side despite being in similar situations when old school \ college friends get back together after some time apart. This was seemed more a drama than comedy and actually had some poignant moments but overall I don't think it knew what note to hit, getting a bit confused and relying too much on the annoying characteristics of the protagonists to elicit some form of humour which doesn't really work as it just annoyed me as the listener
There was nothing funny about this at all. Bad dialogue, dysfunctional women, no story. Truly worthless.
"Good for short car trip"
This is a 30min. story about old college friends who get together to visit and catch up. I'm not sure what the point of the whole story was, but I'm sure we could see ourselves in at least 1 of the characters and know people who are like the others. I like that there arr separate narrators for each of the characters and I like how there are background noises rather than just the narrator (background noise of the restaurant, music, ringing cell phone)...makes it sound like it was an actual tv show. I would listen to these funny ladies again in another story. I recommend to women who like Chick Lit. Thx!
"Decent enough to listen to while doing dishes"
Not my favorite story. The performances were good, particularly The Waiter, and there were some funny bits. Overall, the story was pretty dry.
This is a top notch production! Better than what I was expecting! I couldn't help but literally laugh out loud several times while listening to this! Outstanding!
"I had hoped this would be funnier"
CATCHING UP WITH THE GIRLS: This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
Author: Bronagh Fegan
Type of Book: Audiobook - Unabridged
Narrators: Louise Ford, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Carrie Quinlan, Grainne Maguire and Andy Goddard
Length: 30 minutes
Release Date: June 11, 2015
Publisher: Audible Inc.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐
Audible has created a few short pilot episodes of various serials and offered them up as free downloads. People are needed to vote for the best one and that one will continue to be produced.
Carol has been living in New York for the past five years. She has just moved back to England and her old friends have set up a get together at a local Wine Bar.
This meeting devolves into a
"bitch-fest". There were a couple mildly funny parts, but I actually found this audiobook more annoying than entertaining.
This "serial pilot" warns listeners at the beginning that they should "buckle up" because they are entering "the United States of Hilarity". This is flat out untrue. This was not funny in the least.
The only redeeming feature is that the full cast of narrators are all very talented. They do a very good job with poor material.
I cannot rate this audiobook any higher than 2 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐
There was nothing about any of the characters that made me care at all about them. The story line was dull and predictable.
All of them.
I was very glad when this came to an end. It it gets beyond the pilot stage, I won't be listening to it.
I really enjoyed this one. Very believable, very real comedy. Some of the outbursts/staning up for myself moments felt slightly forced (why is thos charactering snapping now, I would ask myself) but such is the limit of the 30 minute format. Definitetly want to hear more.
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