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The Antipope: The First Part of the Brentford Trilogy | [Robert Rankin]

The Antipope: The First Part of the Brentford Trilogy

You could say it all started with the red-eyed tramp with the slimy fingers who put the wind up Neville, the part-time barman, something rotten. Or when Archroy's wife swapped his trusty Morris Minor for five magic beans while he was out at the rubber factory.
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Publisher's Summary

"Outside the sun shines. Buses rumble towards Ealing Broadway and I'm expected to do battle with the powers of darkness. It all seems a little unfair..."

You could say it all started with the red-eyed tramp with the slimy fingers who put the wind up Neville, the part-time barman, something rotten. Or when Archroy's wife swapped his trusty Morris Minor for five magic beans while he was out at the rubber factory.

On the other hand, you could say it all started a lot earlier. Like 450 years ago, when Borgias walked the earth.

Pooley and Ornally, stars of the Brentford Labour Exchange and the Flying Swan, want nothing to do with it, especially if there's a Yankee and a pint of Large in the offing. Pope Alexander VI, last of the Borgias, has other ideas.

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    John Bradford, United Kingdom 12/07/2009
    John Bradford, United Kingdom 12/07/2009
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    "The Anti-pope"

    The book is in the vein of Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett but in the occult rather than sci-fi or fantasy. A friend recommended this book a long time ago and I never got around to getting a copy. Browsing audible I saw it and thought I would give it a try. It was an excellent choice on my part, which shows I do make some occasionally. It is well written and superbly read, with wry, dry humour and characters that don't just live but are likeable, and I really wanted to see how it would pan out. I subsequently got 'Hollow chocolate bunnies of the apocalypse' which I also enjoyed. In a publishing world where clones of success swarm, Rankin and his work stand apart. You get the idea that he is a genuine story teller who wants about all to entertain, which certainly does. The only negative comment is that none of the rest of the series are available on audible. If they do become available I will be the first to buy.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    David Holmfirth, United Kingdom 06/12/2013
    David Holmfirth, United Kingdom 06/12/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Best Dressed Shaggy Dog in Show"

    I tried reading this several years ago, and got nowhere.
    But this audio version was a joy. Unusually for an Audiobook - it benefitted from being read by the author. He has a great use of language and I don't know that anyone else would do it justice.
    What's really special about this audiobook is that although it's a full and unabridged transcription, every bit of dialogue is acted out, by actors who sound fully engaged in what they are doing.
    It was a real pleasure.
    OK, some of the story is showing its age now, and some of the sound effects were a bit jarring, but it's well worth a credit to get such a well polished production.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Melbourne, Australia 13/04/2013
    Jonathan Melbourne, Australia 13/04/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliance"

    I have missed reading Roberts books, to be honest id forgotten how enjoyable and funny they are and to have the legendary Pooley and O'Mally actually talking to me was great. I am dyslexic and Roberts books were some of the only books I have read, kept me interested and wanting to keep reading no mater how hard. The antipope was the first I read 10 years ago and was overjoyed that I found it on audible and look forward to reading more, found the brentonicon so thats next .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P. J. Williams UK 29/10/2010
    P. J. Williams UK 29/10/2010 Member Since 2012

    Willxx

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    "Good conversion"

    Not perfect by any means, but manic and fun, and once I got over the characters not sounding exactly as they should have (in my head obviously) it settled down into a really good version of the better kind of lunacy that Robert Rankin offered before I gave up reading his stuff as he seemed to me to have followed Terry Pratchett into formulaic writing (for which I don't fault him in any way if he truly has, at the end of the day its what ever pays the bills and why kill off a golden goose?)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart 06/05/2015
    Stuart 06/05/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "Puzzlingly unenjoyable"

    While the sorry, on the face of it is interesting, the writing witty in places, and the narration adequate, it combines into something that just seems laboured. The narration isn't that bad, but it's too forced, as if the narrator is trying to make sentences seem more dramatic than they are. The dangers of an author doing a narrator's job I suppose.

    I cranked this one up to 1.5x speed, and it still dragged. Somehow the whole is less than the sum of the parts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N. Young 02/05/2015
    N. Young 02/05/2015 Member Since 2014

    cookiemamma

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    "Enthralling"

    The Antipope is a brilliant story of good verses evil and what a couple of ordinary blokes can do about it.

    Brought fabulously to life in this audio version which reminded me more of a radio play than a bog standard narration.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Graeme from Preston 28/03/2015 Member Since 2007
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    "Funny but slightly forced and with scattergun plot"

    I think this novel, being one of Rankin's very early works, is a bit dated. Other comic genre novels like Pratchett seem more focused to me. However I believe Rankin improves and you really need to hear where it all started.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    My Idoru Anglesey 15/03/2015
    My Idoru Anglesey 15/03/2015 Member Since 2014

    Books. Mmmmm..... delicious.

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    "Baked Beans"
    If you could sum up The Antipope in three words, what would they be?

    Irreverent, tasteless, beery.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Who could choose between Jim and John?? Though Soap Distant was fun...


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

    Authors should not be allowed to read their works. That's why they are authors, not actors. Apart from that, wonderful stuff all round! All the joys of a good book plus I can knit


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would like to have listened to it all at once but ah!! Life carries on regardless


    Any additional comments?

    Are those beans?? Hmm...... beans.......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Duncan Smith 13/03/2015
    Duncan Smith 13/03/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Robert Rankin's first book performed by cast"

    Narrated by the great man and all characters voiced by actors and backed with studio sound fx. I've done a few of his later yarns and love his work and his narration, and this was an enjoyable romp with the added dimension of a cast to back him. Comes together beautifully at the end. You can't go wrong with the man. Not as laugh out loud funny as his more modern works but is pleasantly amusing (like good omens -Pratchett/Gaiman) with a handful of moments that made me roar. Dangerous when in public!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Macfarlane 13/01/2015
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    "Great audio book, a joy to listen to."

    Loved it great performance by the cast and a captivating story throughout. Well worth listening to for all Robert Rankin fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jessica
    Northfield, MN, USA
    28/02/09
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    "Fun and silly"

    A hilarious parody of Lovecraftian horror. The humor is whimsical, over-the-top, and very British. Would've given it five stars if not for the overuse of sound effects; those got pretty irritating after a while, but certainly weren't bad enough to keep me from enjoying the rest. The voice acting was delightful.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jamie
    Leicester, United Kingdom
    30/06/09
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    "Another good Rankin."

    This was a really good listen. Strange and quite silly in parts. Particularly like the cowboy theme night.

    Clearly read, acted and so on. Very good and very funny.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LEESBURG, FL, United States
    19/04/09
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    "Laugh out loud"

    A very good book. The voices were excellent but the sound effects did get a bit irrating though not near enough to stop listening. It reminds me some what of Douglas Adams with a little Agatha Christie thrown in for good measure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jeremy
    ARLINGTON, VA, United States
    07/11/14
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    "The added soundtrack was distracting."
    Any additional comments?

    I found the added sounds distracting. Frankly if your book needs to have a soundtrack instead of just reading the book then maybe the author should work on describing the atmosphere more. After about a half an hour in I felt the plot was going nowhere and I had no attachment to any of the characters, and decided not to waste any more of my time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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