The Ricky Gervais Guide To...THE FUTURE
The eighth episode in this new series ruminates on the shape of things to come.
Join Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington as they engage in a speculative discourse and ponder the fate of mankind.
In this episode: The unsightly face of social evolution; vestigial destiny of the digitus minimus manus; Karl has Google on the brain; Karl's starter for 10; Karl gets disorientated; Forwards looking foreword - teeth, pants, specs, and predictive spelling; Steve's plans for the End of Days; Chaos theory reinvented; Ambitions unfulfilled; Karl takes the path less trodden; Shop Idol; and Britain's Got Chiropody.
©2009 Ricky Gervais; (P)2009 Ricky Gervais
I'll never tire of listening to these 3 talking drivel, but this one is a long way from their best and doesn't come anywhere near the heights of, say, "..guide to Philosophy". Fans of the old XFM shows will get very strong feelings of deja vu at various points - ironic that the "guide to the future" is so routed in reuse of material from the past.
The sound quality brings to mind a radio vibe too. Medium wave AM radio that is. Awful! Come on Audible, this sort of quality was unacceptable a decade ago and it's about time releases were at least 320Kbps, if not lossless.
Tied with the other "Guide to.." books, very slightly behind the original podcast series.
Karl is an amazing person, every so often something he says will almost sound profound and philosophical, until he tries to explain his point of course
This would be one of the better Guide To books, but none of these can compare to the value of the first three series of the Ricky Gervais Show, also available on audible. Get those first, and if after those and the extra couple of series you still want more, go for the guides.
Yes, this isn't a massively long book, but it would be very easy to drop in and out or play this in the background while doing something else, and have a good laugh now and again. Being able to do this is a good selling point for me.
As with all the episodes from this series, the discussion is well structured, but broken up with hilarious inputs from Karl. Ricky's and Steve's reaction to them are hilarious and there laughter is infectious. It had me and my partner wriggling with laughter all the way home. Brilliant! I would recommend these for car journeys and commuting.
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