Comic writer Robert Rankin could not stop at making his Flying Swan regulars battle a demonic incarnation of Pope Alexander VI in The Antipope. In the sequel (and second book in the nine-book Brentford Trilogy), the boys at the pub must defeat an alien invasion. The setting for the series is of course Brentford, in West London, where Rankin was born and which Time Out called the British author's "Yoknapatawpha County". The author performs his own novel here, bringing an unparalleled verve and comedic timing to the fantastical chapters. Always hilarious and outlandish, this audiobook is guaranteed to liven up any long car ride or interplanetary journey.
Omally groaned. "It is the end of mankind as we know it. I should never have got up so early today," and all over Brentford electrical appliances were beginning to fail....
Could it be that Pooley and Omally, whilst engaged on a round of allotment golf, mistook laser-operated gravitational landing beams for the malignant work of Brentford Council? Does the Captain Laser Alien Attack machine in the bar of the Swan possess more sinister force than its magnetic appeal for youths with green hair? Is Brentford the first base in an alien onslaught on planet Earth?
Robert Rankin describes himself as a teller of tall tales. The Morning Star describes him as 'The Master of Silliness', and his publisher describes him as 'The Master of Far Fetched Fiction'. He is the author of more than 30 novels, of which he has sold millions of copies, and he makes people laugh around the world.
Robert loves going on tour, signing books for fans, and his appearances at signings and conventions are legendary, often including a stand-up routine, a song (accompanied by his 'air-ukulele'), and an always-entertaining question-and-answer session.
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"Stark raving genius...alarming and deformed brilliance" (Observer)
"He becomes funnier the more you read him." (Independent)
"Everybody should read at least one Robert Rankin in their life." (Daily Express)
"One of the rare guys who can always make me laugh" (Terry Pratchett)
"To the top-selling ranks of humorists such as Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, let us welcome Mr Rankin" (Tom Hutchinson, The Times)
I really enjoyed this book as the characters are so engaging with the central figures of Pooley & Omally as likeable lay abouts. The presence of Professor Slocombe and Neville the part time man.
I enjoy the whole story arc as the plot develops and as with most of Rankin's work the journey itself is part of the pleasure rather than just a means to getting to the climax.
He does all the characters well but Pooley really does come across well.
No, I did it hour to hour and a half stints. It would be possible to listen all the way through but I just don't have a block of 8 hours of peace to do it.
The works of Rankin are always something I enjoy but the Brentford sagas are the highlight for me. I think 'The Antipope' is the best of all Rankin's book with him as the narrator and some support for the individual characters as this adds a bit of texture to the whole thing. However I always find it a pleasure to listen to Rankin's narration and prefer this massively to the Brightonomican.
I absolutely loved this book. Robert Rankin as a narrator is great and the story is the delightful kind of nuts we've come to expect.
This book is a perfect example of why authors should be discouraged at every turn from reading their own books. A superb book becomes disappointingly drab from bad reading. The author can't do accents of any kind. He does not even attempt one for Omally so the Irishman sounds like everyone else. In fact all the characters sound the same. Had this book been read by a trained reader or actor it would have been amazing, and should have been. Sadly it was just self indulgence by the author and a huge disappointment.
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