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  • By: Daniel Rigby
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  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,861 ratings)

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Isaac Steele and the Forever Man

By: Daniel Rigby
Narrated by: Daniel Rigby
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Summary

Brought to you by Its Majesty’s Government. Greatest Britain: For a Global Universe.

Agent Isaac Steele has problems. He spends all his splibs on drink and drugs. He has some deep-seated and very much unresolved issues with his parents. And his robotic partner at Greatest Britain’s Department of Clarification, Dr Timothy Stephens, is ruled more by his heart than his hard drive. 

But all these issues take a back seat when Isaac stumbles upon a case involving the most sensitive information in the cosmos - a Never File, inaccessible to all except those with the highest clearance. He is expressly forbidden to involve himself. So naturally he does.  

So begins an investigation that will take him across the Discovered Universe, into the path of the mysterious Forever Man, and eventually to answers about his past. Along the way, he will have to contend with aliens, robots, monsters, bureaucrats and, perhaps most deadly of all, his own numerous flaws. 

Written and narrated by BAFTA award winner Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie, Flowers, Black Mirror), not since The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy have listeners been offered such a joyful, anarchic and insightful universe. 

Contains strong language

©2019 Daniel Rigby (P)2021 Audible Ltd.

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  • JL
  • 10-09-21

Fantastic narration and fantastical story!

Binged this in 2 days. Had me laughing throughout. A grubby and funny space romp with a great storyline, brilliant soundscape, (recommend listening with earphones in) and lovely little cliff-hanger at the end - when's the next one?

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Hitch hickers guide for new age.

"Make my eye go big" I said, and my eye went big

Loved this book. Zany romp through an amazingly vivid and colourful universe. The writing is witty and engrossing from the start. Anyone who has enjoyed authors such as Douglas Adams and yahtzee crowshaw will be well at home here. Only downside is this appears to be the authors only offering so far. More please and make it snappy!

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More of this please!

Refreshingly different, enjoyable, humorous and someone finally got sound effects, music and character voices right.

An absurd twist on the future and other worlds. Half way through and hoping we get to hear more!

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Definitely recommend

Brilliantly written, funny and amazingly read… really really really enjoyed this one. Would definitely recommend.

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"Everything is going to be probably alright."

There have been numerous claims for science fiction books to be following in the footsteps of The Hitchhikers Guide. Few succeed. This book does. Isaac Steele is an obnoctious, self obsessed, deliberately rude drink and narcotics user, but with a gift: he knows and can speak any language in the universe. And since he's the only one with this ability, he is employed by the Office of Clarification in the Government of Greatest Britain, the centre of the known Universe. When ripped apart bodies start emerging, he is tasked with finding, and stopping, the perpetrator soon to be known as the Forever Man.

Told in first person through the eyes of Steele, so the reader gets every nuance of his thoughts, not only is the story one of incredible characters, delicious names such as Wagwazzle, Vilderchat, splatterblobs, Barnabus Shattershaff, and Patrick, the inoffensive building, and with frequent action, it actually has a decent plot line, too. The narrator, also author, Daniel Rigby, interprets Steele to perfection with just the right amount of sarcastic nuance, as well as giving excellent voicing to all the other weird and wonderful protagonists. An excellent performance which is further backed up with occasional background sound effects and music.

Isaac Steele and the Forever Man is an enjoyable, lighthearted S.F. Audible Original offered free to subscribers of Audible UK. Thank you, Audible: a most enjoyable romp. I hope there will be a follow-up. Recommended.

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“By the five” that was good!

..drop everything and write the next one please Mr Rigby.

I enjoyed this book so much I immediately listened to it again ..that’s twice in 4 days! I have listened to well over 100 titles on audible and this is a favourite.
Brilliantly written, narrated and a wonderful sound design.
..Is this why god gave me ears?

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Douglas Adams meets Phillip K Dick

Absolutely fantastic from start to finish, funny, engaging and entertaining. Made both of my ears go big!

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Great debut!!

Really enjoyed this book! Funny, silly and well performed. Similar to Yahtzee crowshaw in style, but with a better plot in my opinion. Enjoyed the light sound effects in the background - they didn’t distract from the performance. Was genuinely a little sad to finish it and fingers crossed for a second book!!

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Brilliant just Brilliant

Can only echo what other people have said, a superb and engrossing story had me laughing all the way through, special note to the pigeons. Daniel Rigby's narration is spot on and the production is top class as well. looking forward for more in the series.

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Absolutely amazing

Drawn in from the start and couldn’t stop listening! Brilliant story with a fantastic production, loved it!

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  • Hillary
  • 14-09-21

Bombastic comedic rollercoster

For those wondering if this novel is good for you: If you've listened to podcasts like Stellar Firma, Penumbra Podcast, and enjoy the wild humor of the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the galaxy, but sped up by maybe 3x, you'll enjoy this. The sample alone did a great job setting the stage for what to expect through this novel.

Daniel Rigby's narration was immensely wonderful and fun to listen to. (along with the fantastic editing, this is a really good quality audio book!) It is fast paced, timed like a seasoned comedian, and humor as dry as the desert.
I am so glad to have come across this when trying to find a comedic sci-fi audio book with themes of humanism, autonomy and satire.
The only thing I truly wished for was a little more detail on the absurd aliens and landscapes mentioned in this work. It may have been the intention though since the story hits the ground running following a childishly film noir inspired 'detective' that is perpetually on some kind of substance. There is barely a hair of exposition or world building to ride on (that gets fed to you naturally through the story) but despite this, it was still a fantastic listen.

I genuinely hope to see more of Daniel Rigby's work out there.

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  • Mischief
  • 02-10-21

Hilarious!! When’s the sequel due

I enjoyed this title from start to finish. Creative story, great performance. Only disappointment is there isn’t another to listen to.

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  • Nicholas
  • 09-11-21

Fast paced fun adventure

This is my new favourite discovery in the plus catalog, definitely worth the listen. At no point did I feel like the story was dragging on and it never lost my complete attention. Isaac steel is a great sci-fi mystery filled with witty dialogue and a fun fresh adventure. Hitchhiker’s Guide meets Dead Jack

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  • tvjames
  • 07-12-21

Why is this free?

I don't know why Audible is giving this away for free. Good story, amazing production and sound design. I'm not usually a fan of radio plays (sound effects, background noise) but this was really well done, even more impressive when you find the narrator is also the author. Quite a few funny bits, a very imaginative world. The ending felt rushed, but it was still a good read. Looking forward to inevitable sequels.

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  • pondo
  • 04-02-22

Click on my name, I don't just hand out 5 stars

This book is exceptional in many ways;
1st Great story! Well thought out plot that holds interest.
2nd Characters are fantastic! They make you want to get back to the book and see what they are up to now..
3rd The humor is clever and has an understated air that makes it that much funnier (if you have ever been told you have a dry sense of humor, you will love this book).
4th The narration is unbelievably good, obviously the guy who created the characters should know their personalities, but the delivery is top notch. Daniel is right up there with the best talent on audible! Amazing job!
5th The production is one of the best I've heard, it is never distracting, gives the just right amount of ambiance.
Thanks Daniel, I really appreciate all your hard work!

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  • Martha
  • 22-12-21

This is a lot of fun

One of the most unusual books I've listened to on Audible. Absolute blast and silly as hell, highly recommend.

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  • Lee
  • 25-08-22

Fabulously bizarre quirky- science fiction

I loved everything about this book. The characterisations, especially Isaac who just doesn’t give a f*** and is happy to let everyone know it. The world building, the different take on political correctness, the action, the technology. Daniel Digby does a great job reading this, and his reading is supported by sound effects which are unobtrusive but create an atmosphere. I can’t wait for the next one!

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  • HailZoidberg
  • 21-06-22

Fantastic new sci-fi with lots of comedy

So much to love here, I’ll just list it out

1. Enjoyable new sci fi world in which great britain is once again colonizing everything, this time in space

2. Author/reader is a comedian and peformer, so the book is legitimately funny, easily as good as any britcom in recent memory

3. Normally a book narrated by its author is a red flag but in this case it really works well, due to his credentials as a performer. The comic timing is dead on

4. Sound effects and background noise is a divisive issue. I was a little concerned at first but it’s very well done for the most part here, mostly fading into the background and doesn’t pull focus from the reading. There are a few points where it really helps too

5. I’ll just mention again that it’s very funny

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  • ronnito
  • 15-03-22

So Funny... So Good!

This is one of the best and funny "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" type books I've listened to since "ever". I finished listening to this book months ago and I'm still randomly thinking about some of the situations and character - laughing for no reason, as I mutter to myself "Yum Yums".

Please - Please listen to this story. It will continue to bring a smile to your face long after you finished. Why I care - I really want this author to continue this series - and the best motivation is success!

Best of the best! So lucky I got to find this absolute gem. Jump in.

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  • N
  • 12-02-22

A great romp - Douglas Adams meets Charles Stross

A great romp - Douglas Adams meets Charles Stross (or maybe Monte Python -- there were some Brazil moments here ;^)

And the fine performance was by the author himself, something that doesn't always work.

Robots, cops, robot cops. Hard core detective fiction.

"You shouldn't talk to him that way, even if he is a robot".

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