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Very disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I was very excited when I saw this was coming and pre-ordered it as soon as I saw it. when it was released I listened to it in one sitting on a long car journey. Sadly my levels of anticipation beforehand were only to be matched by my level of disappointment afterwards.

I love the book and I loved the unabridged audiobook of it, but this dramatised version changes the story so much it was barely recognisable. The character subtleties and developments that are such a key feature of Sir Terry's work are gone, to be replaced with 2D characters and storyline. All the subtle wit is gone.

If you've not read the book and / or are not a huge Sir Terry Pratchett fan then you may well enjoy this, but otherwise steer clear, you WILL be disappointed ☹️

75 people found this helpful

An old favourite better than ever

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-15

What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

Phil Gigante has done an absolutely perfect job for this audiobook. His characterisation of the infamous Slippery Jim DiGriz is wonderful and engaging, he really manages to bring the story to life.

Any additional comments?

The Stainless Steel Rat books were favourites of mine when I was younger. When they were released as ebooks recently I bought them and re-read the series and enjoyed them just as much as I used to. When I came across them on Audible I thought I'd give them a try.

Some old favourites haven't done well as audiobooks (the lacklustre reading of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan for example) but that is most certainly NOT the case with the Stainless Steel Rat. I would heartily recommend this series of audiobooks, whether you've previously read the books or not.

John Finnemore rocks

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-14

What did you like most about John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme?

I absolutely love John Finnemore and this did not disappoint. It's radio silliness at its best. This will have you literally laughing out loud.

What was one of the most memorable moments of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme?

There are far too many to pick a single one

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've listened to all of Cabin Pressure and the previous two series of Souvenir Programme and this is just as good as any of the rest of his work.

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

It made me laugh... a LOT, to the point where I've got funny looks from other drivers if I've been sitting in traffic at the time!

Any additional comments?

Buy it now, you won't regret it

6 people found this helpful

Fantastic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

Many’s the time I’ve been walking to work listening to this and got odd looks, because no matter how hard I try I just can’t help but laugh out loud. Cabin Pressure is one of the best Radio 4 comedies I’ve come across. If you’ve never listened to it then this is the best place to start as you’ll get more of the jokes (you could pick up with the later series, but the beginning is the very best place to start). I guarantee you'll be laughing yourself silly within a few minutes of pressing play.

Utterly Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

Many’s the time I’ve been walking to work listening to this and got odd looks, because no matter how hard I try I just can’t help but laugh out loud. Cabin Pressure is one of the best Radio 4 comedies I’ve come across. If you’ve never listened to it then it’s good to start at series 1 as you’ll get more of the jokes, but even if you just picked up here at series 2 you would still be laughing yourself silly within a few minutes of pressing play, I guarantee it.

Laugh Out Loud Funny

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

Many’s the time I’ve been walking to work listening to this and got odd looks, because no matter how hard I try I just can’t help but laugh out loud. Cabin Pressure is one of the best Radio 4 comedies I’ve come across. If you’ve never listened to it then it’s good to start at series 1 as you’ll get more of the jokes, but even if you just picked up here at series 3 you would still be laughing yourself silly within a few minutes of pressing play, I guarantee it.