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The Brightonomicon

Were you aware that there are, hidden in the streets of Brighton, 12 ancient constellations, like the Hangleton Hound and the Bevendean Bat? Well, there are, and on each one hangs a tale, a tale so strange that only The Lad himself, that inveterate spinner of tales and talker of the toot, Hugo Rune, can get to the bottom of them. And he'd better do it quickly, because if he doesn't solve the dozen mysteries before the year is out, that'll be the end of the world as we know it.
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Were you aware that there are, hidden in the streets of Brighton, 12 ancient constellations, like the Hangleton Hound and the Bevendean Bat? Well, there are, and on each one hangs a tale, a tale so strange that only The Lad himself, that inveterate spinner of tales and talker of the toot, Hugo Rune, can get to the bottom of them. And he'd better do it quickly, because if he doesn't solve the dozen mysteries before the year is out, that'll be the end of the world as we know it.

©2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Siv Elin CopenhagenDenmark 05/04/2008
    Siv Elin CopenhagenDenmark 05/04/2008 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent"

    Very entertaining, and reminiscent of a Hitchikers' Guide to the Galaxy - the radio version. And good actors!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael Thirsk, N Yorks, United Kingdom 17/11/2008
    Rachael Thirsk, N Yorks, United Kingdom 17/11/2008
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    "Good story - pity about the format"

    The storyline was excellent, however, the format - divided into episodes was very irritating. Each time it started and stopped I had to endure the opening credits and closing credits including cast list. This did spoil the enjoyment somewhat. The other two Robert Rankin titles available are just as funny, but are not divided into episodes.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jo BasingstokeUnited Kingdom 30/06/2010
    Jo BasingstokeUnited Kingdom 30/06/2010
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    "Brightonomicon"

    I love this story! It's quirky and quite different to anything I have heard previously. I am a big fan of dramatisations of books. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys Terry Pratchett books or the Steampunk genre or who enjoys BBC Radio 7's 'Seventh Dimension'.
    Rankin falls into a category entirely of his own. The randomness and humour in this story work so well that it makes all the nonsense seem to make sense. The actors are brilliant and I feel they play the parts excellently.
    There is probably only a very small target audience for this kind of writing, but I urge everyone to give it a listen. You'll fall in love with it!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MR Bristol, United Kingdom 04/05/2013
    MR Bristol, United Kingdom 04/05/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliantly funny"

    So well narrated that you can picture the scenes as you listen. Haven't laughed out loud until now when listening to my books. Will certainly listen to it again - just in case I missed anything.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter MEIFOD, United Kingdom 15/04/2013
    Peter MEIFOD, United Kingdom 15/04/2013 Listener Since 2008
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    "The cult should be a lot bigger than this..."

    Rankin is what is often called a cult author, but often it feels more like a small cabal, of which it's members are unsure of who else may be a member. An underground fraternity, recognizing each other only by veiled hints at the depravity of sprouts, or the willfulness of the common or garden bicycle.



    And it shouldn't be like this. There is no good reason why Rankin shouldn't be in the firmament of far fetched authors like Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams. Perhaps we guard him too jealously, fearful of him becoming mainstream. Perhaps, like the music of Tom Waits, you have to find him yourself at the right time.



    The Brightonomicon is a jewel at the heart of Rankin's increasingly unreliable and inconsistent world. Focussing on the most remarkable man who ever lived, Hugo Rune (played with more relish than any number of hot dogs by David Warner), accompanied by the gormless Rizla (Rupert Degas), and featuring a truly unhinged Andy Serkis as Count Otto Black, the Yang to Rune's Ying. Or vice versa.



    Rune is a brilliant creation, simultaneously a true magus and charlatan of the worst sort, and the plot is little more than an excuse to showcase him and make some truly epically bad puns. And why not?



    The ending and revelations will mean little to anyone unfamiliar with the rest of the Rankinverse, so it may seem to to recommend this as a starting point. So what, listen to this, then get everything else he's written, then listen again to get the in jokes.



    You'll thank me later. TAXI! Now where's my stout stick for dealing with the driver...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thursday Week Bruton, United Kingdom 19/03/2013
    Thursday Week Bruton, United Kingdom 19/03/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "A Glorious Listen"

    Yet another fabulous BBC audiobook serialisation! In this case it is a truly British story of amnesia, spaniels, free cab rides(!), aliens, conspiracy theory and (quite rightly) correct tailoring. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact it was split into episodes (gave me chance to draw breath!). Great fun and fabulously silly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Bruton, United Kingdom 24/06/2011
    Sarah Bruton, United Kingdom 24/06/2011 Member Since 2011
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    "Toot of the highest quality!!!"

    Sit down, relax and enjoy!! This is one of the most glorious displays of British humour I have ever had the pleasure of listening to - and I am a die hard Hancock fan!! It is wonderfully mad and surreal - PLEASE people buy this because the sooner that Rankin, Warner, Degas, Serkis (good luck in NZ ) et al can be brought back together again the better!!! I am not your typical sci fi fan so, go on, give it a try!!!

    Beware the Spaniels!!!!!!!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eleanor Banwell Tokyo 27/11/2009
    Eleanor Banwell Tokyo 27/11/2009 Member Since 2013

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    "Rankin awful"

    If you enjoy Radio 4 plays you will probably enjoy this. I don't and the format came as a shock. Enduring more than 3 minutes of credits and theme tune every half an hour was painful but not as painful as listening to some of the dreadful accents from the actors. I finally made it to the end by switching to double speed playback.

    That said, if you can get past (or even enjoy, as some seem able to) this adaptation, the two lead actors are actually quite good and the story is entertaining.

    I would have vastly preferred to have had the book just read by David Warner.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Lincoln, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom 20/11/2010
    Sam Lincoln, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom 20/11/2010
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    "The eye is definitely in the triangle!"

    This is the first time i have listened to an audio adaptation prior to reading the book. Both are works of genius.
    The Brightonomicon is off the wall humour from start to finish, one of those rare occasions when you are whisked to another dimension from which there is no desire to return. Hero's, heroics, heroism and wit abound with leading characters you wish would ocarina their way through the forbidden zones to your local watering hole and partake in the talking of some much desired toot.
    Thank you Mr Rune!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    14/11/2009
    14/11/2009 Member Since 2009
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    "Toot On This"

    If you are a Rankin fan then prepare to immerse yourself in a well dramatised and stirring story of Hugo Rune's and his assistant Rizla's chase through Brighton to save the world from the Dastardly Count Otto Black. There will be a spaniel in the works and you will be confused, amused, and buffeted through time to the revelation that not much really happened but that it happened very entertainingly and with much toot chatted upon along the way. Pour yourself a pint of large and enjoy the ride.
    If you have never tried Rankin before and you enjoy a good session of talking toot with your friends down the pub, if your imagination embraces the silly and surreal with open cab doors then go ahead and download... then come back for The Anti pope which is a very good place to continue your journey into the parallel world of Robert Rankin's characters. Give them time and they will feel like old friends.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Jamie
    Leicester, United Kingdom
    30/06/09
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    "A good car listen."

    I agree with the other comment about dougless adams - he's very similar and probably more "pythonesque". Off the wall fun with good repeat gags. I am glad this is published as I missed the radio series. Thanks Audible - a good selection.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica
    Northfield, MN, USA
    15/01/09
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    "Delightfully silly!"

    Well-written, well-acted, and laugh-out-loud funny! I loved every minute of it. Take one part 'Nero Wolfe and Archie', one part 'Monty Python', and one part 'golden age adventure comic', mix well, and garnish with dry British sarcasm. Delicious!

    Be aware that the last 40 minutes are outtakes and interviews, which are also quite entertaining if you know to expect them; no, there isn't a secret 'nother episode, it's the Director's Cut extras.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David Eggerschwiler
    Switzerland
    24/03/08
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    "Great Fun"

    The radio adaption of Robert Rankin's Brightonomicon is simply brilliant. In 13 episodes Hugo Rune and his trusted acolyte Rizla, who can't remember his past, try to solve mindbogglingly difficult conundrums to prevent the end of the world. But be warned, there is Spaniel involvement.
    Fans of Robert Rankin's work shouldn't miss this adaption as it works perfectly as a play.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jeffrey
    bern, Switzerland
    23/03/14
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    "Absolutely wonderful"
    What made the experience of listening to The Brightonomicon the most enjoyable?

    The surprise,
    I first heard it on the radio. Radio SciFi and Fantasy comedy is usually pretty dire. There are a (very) few notable exceptions and this is one of the best.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Hugo Rune - David Warner is brilliant, but then the whole cast is.


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

    I have done (I listen to it about once a year)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly
    Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
    11/08/12
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    "Great Performance, but the story was a little flat"

    I love Rankin, no doubt. However, the story here was a bit lacking. He didn't have the humor in this one that I'm accustomed to from him. It was entertaining, but somewhat repetitive in places. What got me to finish this was the performances - fantastic! I love David Warner, so that was a definite plus. I wish he'd done more, though. Rupert Degas was fantastic, too. If you get this, just don't expect a gripping story, but it's worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    16/01/09
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    "Nonsensical amusement"

    Similar to Douglas Adams, except that Douglas Adams's books mostly had plots hidden away under the jokes and bizarre characters. If you remove the jokes and characters from this, there's nothing left. But the jokes are good, and the radio production (with a cast of several skilled voice actors, music, &c.) is outstanding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    PUEBLO, CO, USA
    07/04/08
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    "Rainkin"

    Its a Rankin Audio file!!! nuff' said

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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