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Have you ever wondered what happens when you die? If there is a God? And did he ever have a plan for the world?

When committed rationalist and atheist, Ralph, dies on his honeymoon he discovers, much to his unhappy surprise, the answers to all of these questions.

He finds himself on a cloud and working for a God who is very unhappy that his plan for the world has all gone horribly wrong. And if Ralph is ever going to make it through the pearly gates to enjoy an afterlife with his late (but still much loved) bride, he has to go back and fix the world.

A very tongue-in-cheek satirical take on religion, belief and petty office politics, this sitcom is bursting with imaginative, fresh writing.

With added dodos....

©2015 Rob and Tom Sears (P)2015 Audible Ltd.

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So funny!

If you could sum up Working for the Big Man in three words, what would they be?

Hilarious, unique and superb

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

I laughed out loud. On a train.

Any additional comments?

This is a great audioplay - I'd love more from these writers!

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Old Jehova's Game

Probably the best of the lot thanks to some winning performances and a clear plotline. The cast work well, and although the gag rate's not that high every line is delivered with great comic timing. The main downside is this is basically a rehash of the superb "Old Harry's Game" that just swaps the Devil for God, and it never gets near the level of brilliance of that show.

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  • United Kingdom
  • 08-07-15

Great performances but not funny

Kevin Eldon and Felicity Montagu turn up in many of my favourite comedies so I really wanted to like this, but it wasn't for me. The cast was fine, but the episode failed to raise so much as a smile. Sorry, just not my kind of thing.

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Yawn!

Bored after 15 mins, turned it off. Just not funny. If anything it was a little annoying!

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listening to the Big Bore

The wit of Dave Allen this is not. More like Old Harry's Game, which, though I have heard is very popular, I have yet to meet anyone who listens or enjoys.. Tedious drivel executed with that over enthusiastic attack which I, personally, find so irritating. Would certainly never listen to another. Mitch Benn as God, however, was good, the very best of a poor show. He is what earned both the stars.

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Witty and original

Would you listen to Working for the Big Man again? Why?

Yes I would like to hear more and learn the fate of other characters

What did you like best about this story?

The originality and the sense of humour around the small details

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

The matter of fact tone of dealing with the situation and God's character in general

Any additional comments?

A well written, funny piece and I would love to hear more

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Witty - would like to hear more

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! To ALL of my friends. Why? They'd enjoy it.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The opening scene where Ralph's pedantry overshadows his wife's last mortal words....this is probably how I'll go one day!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Working 9 to 5, it's more fun when you're not living.

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instightful take on the meaning of creativity

This is apart from hilarious a rather precise punch on the lack of meaning of being creative in a parallel universe where anything goes. The detachment from reality makes creativity a foolish exercise and its outcome less important than the rhetoric skills of justifying it . Very relevant in the evermore virtual world that we inhabit and also very funny.

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Excellent pacing and original punchlines

What did you like best about this story?

An excellent balance of characters and jokes with a human touch and a surreal realism perspective.

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Not very funny

I really wanted to like these but sadly I didn't find amusing at all. I couldn't recommend this or any of c the others in the series for that matter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-11-16

Not my cup of tea.

Just not my cup of tea. I enjoy comedy, but this is a different style of comedy. I didn't care too much for it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-15

Entertaining and Silly

Typical British humour. It was an original idea, a humorous look at the afterlife, working for God.,yet,when it finished, I wanted more...

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  • R. Cassidy
  • 16-08-15

Done to death concept

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one.

Has Working for the Big Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I'd give Audible more chances to show they can produce a funny program, but a this point I would recommend a completely new set of editors.

Any additional comments?

The horrible boss who really doesn't have a clue, the "I've given up" manager, and the hapless new guy - funny if handled well. However, practically every genre is littered with examples of how bad it can be when it is not and this is one of the times it is not well done.

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  • Amiesbookreviews
  • 25-07-15

Funny sitcom pilot created by Audible

WORKING FOR THE BIG MAN

Author: Rob Sears & Tom Sears

Type of Book: Audiobook

Narrators: Kevin Eldon, Felicity Montagu & Mitch Benn

Length: 30 minutes

Genre: Comedy, Humor

Release Date: June 12, 2015

Publisher: Audible Ltd.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐

Sarah and her husband have died on their honeymoon. Sarah believes in God. Ralph is an Atheist.

When they die, Sarah goes straight to heaven while Ralph finds himself working as an intern on a small cloud with no access to heaven.

First he needs to be convinced that he is actually dead and not just hallucinating. Then he needs to figure out how he can get to heaven to see his wife.

Sounds easy right? Not so much! This short comedy book is pretty funny and at the same time is full of sarcastic and biting wit.

God pays a visit to Ralph's boss. She is in charge of Earth and in reporting to him the number of believers and followers that God has on that planet. However, the last time he checked up on Earth, the dodo bird still existed and the last prayer he paid attention to was from a Roman gladiator. God has ignored Earth for close to 2000 years. Why is he so interested now?

If Ralph is ever going to see his wife again he needs to accumulate 100 points. This episode he earns a single point. Obviously the set-up is there to make this a 100 episode sitcom on Audible.

Audible has created a few short pilot episodes of various serials and offered them up as free downloads. People are needed to vote for the best one and that one will continue to be produced.

I rate this audiobook as 3 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐

It was funny, but the concept of being dead and having to earn your way into heaven has been done so many times before that I believe the idea lacks true originality.

I did enjoy it and I have not yet listened to the other "sitcom pilots" so I am not yet sure which one I will vote for.


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  • Barry Owens
  • 24-07-15

Not worth a time it took to download it.

All I can say is that the author, script writer and actors had thirty minutes to make me laugh as many times as possible, and I didn't even crack a smile once. What a waste of time. Two thumbs way down!

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  • Farrell
  • 19-07-15

Boring

While a bit better than the other offerings is was still boring and not funny. The current rating is 3.6 and that really calls into question the Audible rating system.

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