This is just one of our Audio Shows...

Discover more free podcasts and short listens only available from Audible here.

Try an audiobook on us

Bedtime Stories for Cynics

Length: 2 hrs
4 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)
Regular price: £23.49
£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

The closest you'll get to having Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson read you a bedtime story, this sharp and silly series features inappropriate children's stories for adults only – performed by masters of the comedic arts. 

As an Audio Show - free for members - when you add Bedtime Stories for Cynics to your library, you'll get all 12 episodes, each with a runtime of about ten minutes. 

©2016 Bedtime Stories for Cynics (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    29
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    8

Performance

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    28
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    4

Story

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    24
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    11
Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Sclerosis of the Ears?

I took a very scientific approach to reviewing this:

Episodes 1-4 Bored, uninterested, Americans trying very hard to be funny but totally failing to resonate much with my Anglo ears. That said, although I didn't like the material some of the vocal performances were pretty impressive.

Shared a couple of bottles of wine with friends.

Episodes 5-8 Experienced little in the way of change.

A couple more beers watching the wonderful Leslie Nielsen in Police Squad, the perfect antidote to what I had heard so far.

Episode 9 My Lord why am I doing this after Leslie nearly split my sides open for the umpteenth time?

Episodes 10-12 I'll grumpily admit that I did have the odd chuckle and maybe some of it wasn't so bad after all. I've been wrong before, all too often!

So for this rare drinker it seems the ideal treatment is to apply a bottle of Chablis, two bottles of IPA and allow the subject to breathe gently for about 30 minutes before listening.

There is much better stuff within these Audible shows but this might raise the odd laugh or two if approached with the right mindset.

Please consume Audible Shows responsibly.

43 of 50 people found this review helpful

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

great spin on bedtime stories for adults.

humorous, easy listening, enjoyable bedtime chuckle! The Cynics will love this i did. it's free too

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • SUSAN
  • UK/SPAIN
  • 31-03-19

Appalling language!

I had to stop listening. There were far too many profanities . This was not enjoyable to listen to!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Not for kids, and No need for adults.

I found this podcast in the name of "bedtime stories", and I have finished the listening nowadays. As an English learner, it's quite difficult for me to understand it. In a word, it is not the kind that made for kids. As for adults, there is no need to listen this type of audio shows.
It tells stories in the tone of adults opinion.

There are three faults in my opinion:
1. Some words are not suitable for kids.
2. As a bedtime show, the length of 10 minutes is a little short to comfort you fall asleep.
3. Maybe this show could make you awake other than sleep.

I think this show is a little boring instead of interesting.

6 of 28 people found this review helpful

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

Spoilt by unnecessary bad language

Why do folk think it makes an impression to swear for no reason. These stories might have been good but if the author must resort to bad language then he has my attention on the delete key.

My advice to him .... grow up, get a life! You are not funny.

1 of 10 people found this review helpful

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

Offensive distasteful...

Unable to review could not finish and wonder why who could publish this audio ,sorry

1 of 10 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kevin Rush
  • 20-06-18

Very interesting and entertaining stories.

Story telling, bedtime stories by comedians. The stories are engaging and worth listening to more than once.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Deborah Layton
  • 23-04-19

OK

Not really my cup of sleepy time tea-- but a few really funny pieces. Depends on your point of view..

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lama
  • 23-04-19

Tried to like it. But alas, not for me

Started out well. Good reading. Clever adaptions of classic stories. Then went down hill from there. The last few stories are terrible. Find dark humor elsewhere.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Floren Dinwieddie
  • 31-03-19

freaking HILARIOUS!!😆

definitely can't listen to this at bedtime, it had me laughing from beginning to end!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Matthew Cook
  • 24-03-19

Delightful

Some of these made me laugh out loud. You won’t regret this one. God I love Nick Offerman.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Leech13
  • 08-02-19

Please do more!

Love everything about it. Perfect way to end a day. It’s captivating but also helps turn my brain off so I can fall asleep.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • sheeneez
  • 03-02-19

refreshing

The stories versions were refreshing, the narration was awsome, couldnt stop without finishing the entire thing, loved it

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • vered
  • 16-01-19

love it!! so funny!

Loved this book. great funny stories. made me laugh- when I really needed it. tnx audible!

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Olivia
  • 03-01-19

Meh

Just not my sense of humor. Got a few laughs, but overall just not for me.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-18

This is rad, I mean really sick and sarcastic

This stuff will leave you dumbstruck and saying: "Just what am I listening to?!". I would not say that it is for the cynics because it has such a dark sense of sarcasm that it corners horror.

But in the end you will have some good laughs and you will also want to hear the next episode. Nick Offerman is brilliant as always and so are the readers of the stories. So if you are in for some sarcastic, rad, juicy stuff and foul language doesn't bother you too much then I do certainly recommend it.