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Working for the Big Man Performance

Working for the Big Man: This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot

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Publisher's Summary

Have you ever wondered what happens when you die? If there is a God? And did he ever have a plan for the world?

When committed rationalist and atheist, Ralph, dies on his honeymoon he discovers, much to his unhappy surprise, the answers to all of these questions.

He finds himself on a cloud and working for a God who is very unhappy that his plan for the world has all gone horribly wrong. And if Ralph is ever going to make it through the pearly gates to enjoy an afterlife with his late (but still much loved) bride, he has to go back and fix the world.

A very tongue-in-cheek satirical take on religion, belief and petty office politics, this sitcom is bursting with imaginative, fresh writing.

With added dodos....

©2015 Rob and Tom Sears (P)2015 Audible Ltd.

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    Angela C 13/08/2015
    Angela C 13/08/2015
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    "So funny!"
    If you could sum up Working for the Big Man in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious, unique and superb


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

    I laughed out loud. On a train.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great audioplay - I'd love more from these writers!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    I J Robinson 15/07/2015
    I J Robinson 15/07/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Old Jehova's Game"

    Probably the best of the lot thanks to some winning performances and a clear plotline. The cast work well, and although the gag rate's not that high every line is delivered with great comic timing. The main downside is this is basically a rehash of the superb "Old Harry's Game" that just swaps the Devil for God, and it never gets near the level of brilliance of that show.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Ramsgate, United Kingdom 08/07/2015
    Wendy Ramsgate, United Kingdom 08/07/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Great performances but not funny"

    Kevin Eldon and Felicity Montagu turn up in many of my favourite comedies so I really wanted to like this, but it wasn't for me. The cast was fine, but the episode failed to raise so much as a smile. Sorry, just not my kind of thing.

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    Mrs A 05/07/2015
    Mrs A 05/07/2015 Member Since 2016

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    "Yawn!"

    Bored after 15 mins, turned it off. Just not funny. If anything it was a little annoying!

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    Norma Miles 05/07/2015
    Norma Miles 05/07/2015
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    "listening to the Big Bore"

    The wit of Dave Allen this is not. More like Old Harry's Game, which, though I have heard is very popular, I have yet to meet anyone who listens or enjoys.. Tedious drivel executed with that over enthusiastic attack which I, personally, find so irritating. Would certainly never listen to another. Mitch Benn as God, however, was good, the very best of a poor show. He is what earned both the stars.

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    Miss 20/08/2015
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    "Witty and original"
    Would you listen to Working for the Big Man again? Why?

    Yes I would like to hear more and learn the fate of other characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    The originality and the sense of humour around the small details


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

    The matter of fact tone of dealing with the situation and God's character in general


    Any additional comments?

    A well written, funny piece and I would love to hear more

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Miss 15/08/2015
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    "Witty - would like to hear more"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! To ALL of my friends. Why? They'd enjoy it.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The opening scene where Ralph's pedantry overshadows his wife's last mortal words....this is probably how I'll go one day!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Working 9 to 5, it's more fun when you're not living.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    renato pimenta london 13/08/2015
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    "instightful take on the meaning of creativity"

    This is apart from hilarious a rather precise punch on the lack of meaning of being creative in a parallel universe where anything goes. The detachment from reality makes creativity a foolish exercise and its outcome less important than the rhetoric skills of justifying it . Very relevant in the evermore virtual world that we inhabit and also very funny.

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    richard watson 13/08/2015
    richard watson 13/08/2015
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    "Excellent pacing and original punchlines"
    What did you like best about this story?

    An excellent balance of characters and jokes with a human touch and a surreal realism perspective.


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    Tuppence UK 10/07/2015
    Tuppence UK 10/07/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Not very funny"

    I really wanted to like these but sadly I didn't find amusing at all. I couldn't recommend this or any of c the others in the series for that matter.

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    16/11/16
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    "Not my cup of tea."

    Just not my cup of tea. I enjoy comedy, but this is a different style of comedy. I didn't care too much for it.

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    Pt. Edward, ONTARIO, Canada
    09/12/15
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    "Entertaining and Silly"

    Typical British humour. It was an original idea, a humorous look at the afterlife, working for God.,yet,when it finished, I wanted more...

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  • R. Cassidy
    Missouri, USA
    16/08/15
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    "Done to death concept"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one.


    Has Working for the Big Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I'd give Audible more chances to show they can produce a funny program, but a this point I would recommend a completely new set of editors.


    Any additional comments?

    The horrible boss who really doesn't have a clue, the "I've given up" manager, and the hapless new guy - funny if handled well. However, practically every genre is littered with examples of how bad it can be when it is not and this is one of the times it is not well done.

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  • Amiesbookreviews
    Ontario, Canada
    25/07/15
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    "Funny sitcom pilot created by Audible"

    WORKING FOR THE BIG MAN

    Author: Rob Sears & Tom Sears

    Type of Book: Audiobook

    Narrators: Kevin Eldon, Felicity Montagu & Mitch Benn

    Length: 30 minutes

    Genre: Comedy, Humor

    Release Date: June 12, 2015

    Publisher: Audible Ltd.

    Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐

    Sarah and her husband have died on their honeymoon. Sarah believes in God. Ralph is an Atheist.

    When they die, Sarah goes straight to heaven while Ralph finds himself working as an intern on a small cloud with no access to heaven.

    First he needs to be convinced that he is actually dead and not just hallucinating. Then he needs to figure out how he can get to heaven to see his wife.

    Sounds easy right? Not so much! This short comedy book is pretty funny and at the same time is full of sarcastic and biting wit.

    God pays a visit to Ralph's boss. She is in charge of Earth and in reporting to him the number of believers and followers that God has on that planet. However, the last time he checked up on Earth, the dodo bird still existed and the last prayer he paid attention to was from a Roman gladiator. God has ignored Earth for close to 2000 years. Why is he so interested now?

    If Ralph is ever going to see his wife again he needs to accumulate 100 points. This episode he earns a single point. Obviously the set-up is there to make this a 100 episode sitcom on Audible.

    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.

    I rate this audiobook as 3 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐

    It was funny, but the concept of being dead and having to earn your way into heaven has been done so many times before that I believe the idea lacks true originality.

    I did enjoy it and I have not yet listened to the other "sitcom pilots" so I am not yet sure which one I will vote for.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barry Owens
    Music City, USA
    24/07/15
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    "Not worth a time it took to download it."

    All I can say is that the author, script writer and actors had thirty minutes to make me laugh as many times as possible, and I didn't even crack a smile once. What a waste of time. Two thumbs way down!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Farrell
    Colorado Springs, CO, United States
    19/07/15
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    "Boring"

    While a bit better than the other offerings is was still boring and not funny. The current rating is 3.6 and that really calls into question the Audible rating system.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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