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Imagine if Jackanory was set free from its childish shackles. What twisted, funny tales would it unleash upon the world?

Combining some of the UK's best and brightest comedy writers and performers, this exclusive to audio edition of UKTV's Dave Channel Crackanory is a master class in storytelling and features an all-star cast including Toby Jones, Katherine Parkinson, John Robins, Robert Bathurst and Simon Bird.

Episode List:

  • 'Kill Phil'
  • 'Mummy Business'
  • 'The Character Assassin'
  • 'The IT Man'
  • 'The Egg That Knew Too Much'

©2017 UKTV (P)2017 Audible Ltd

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A Decent Freebie!

Certainly as a freebie I can't complain about this one. Five varied stories, all a bit on the strange side which will appeal in different ways to different people. My personal favourite was the new take on the ancient Egyptian curse in "Mummy Business" but I found at least one wry smile in each of them. There is at one point cracking line describing Noel Edmonds which I particularly enjoyed. The "IT Man" was almost Luke Smitherd-like in its approach but very much a light version of him given its brevity.

I have only occasionally seen the TV series and obviously you miss the visuals from the experience but I think those of us that read and listen to audiobooks a lot don't need much help in that department.

I wonder if this is a pre-cursor to a series . . .

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Five uneven short stories. Two good. Three so so.

I've never seen any Crackanory TV tales. Not broadcast in my country. So this is my review solely based on this audiobook. No comparison to the TV show. No spoilers.

1: Kill Phil - Sort of a modernized internet slanted version of "Strangers on a Train". Good story idea. Enjoyable.

2: Mummy Business - Not very enjoyable. Story that goes nowhere really. Slight chuckle at the characters trouble saying Nefertiti correctly though.

3: The Character Assassin - The best of the stories. A creepy story that could have been a good Twilight Zone episode.

4: The Egg That Knew Too Much - A story that feels like a mix between Twilight Zone and Monty Python. Not very enjoyable though.

5: The IT-man - The least enjoyable story. Had a hard time focusing on the story at first. Then it was just... bad.

Narrators for all the stories was great. Lively and eminently listenable.

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Utterly brilliant

These short stories were reminiscent of Roald Dahl and Jeffrey Archer. Darkly twisted, well narrated.

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loved it

thoroughly entertaining short stories. great voice work. in sone ways better than the tv series

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Great load of stories

This is a brilliant collection of stories for adults read by celebrities, which I thoroughly enjoyed

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  • Jo
  • 27-03-18

Hilarious

Absolutely hilarious. This has transformed my dog walks for the better. I’m now walking further and further, and getting funny looks as I’m crying with laughter at times.

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Absolutely fantastic

What amazing stories, they are just the right length to listen to whilst I do my jobs.

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Mr unexpected

In some ways it reminds me of the Mr men, with an adult theme. With a touch of tales of unexpected. Great fun to listen too. Not so much as laugh out loud. But amusing anyhow.

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  • Ramo82
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • 15-03-18

5 good but short stories

I like listening to the short stories as I'm drifting off to sleep. And I'm never to far from a chapter

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one good story out of five

First story is excellent the rest distinctly ordinary. All well read but storylines lacking a bit.

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  • testbadge
  • 19-01-18

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  • Poeticies
  • 24-05-17

Brilliant!

Strange, intriguing, funny and, so much more.
I loved every single performance and story and I'm sure you (yes mate you reading this) will as well.

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  • Igglefan
  • 04-05-17

Awesome! Snarkiest of all snark.

Thanks for such an entertaining read! Witty, contemporary, brash, hilarious, and overall very very very very enjoyable.

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  • Jessica walters
  • 03-04-17

entertaining

If you could sum up FREE: Crackanory Too Cracked for TV - exclusive to Audible in three words, what would they be?

entertaining, cute, creative

What did you like best about this story?

all of the stories were cute and creepy and made you think. like a modern twilight zone

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

the life they bring to the stories is... extraordinary. love listening to this!

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

i laughed out loud to quite a few of these

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  • prabu
  • 24-03-17

Good

Nice one.. finished it on one go ! Narration is appreciable. Added to my liked list already

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  • W. Fogle
  • 21-03-17

Strange

I enjoyed this tome and will recommend it with one caveat, if you are not a fan of English humour it can be a little strange. I look forward to more.

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  • amanda
  • 14-03-17

Great humor

Very entertaining short stories. The stories kept me interested. I had quite a few chuckles!

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  • Anubyss
  • 24-02-17

LOVED THIS!!!!!!

This was great to listen to. Enjoyed the stories. I want more of these. MORE!!!!!!

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  • Trell
  • 20-02-17

Great story telling!

most of the stories were fantastic. a few were predictable, and couple underwhelming. overall, the author's held my interest as my imagination grew more vivid.

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  • Bev
  • 18-04-18

Great little stories

I could listen to some of them over and over again. Loved the narrators as well. Always a surprise!