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Not QUITE The Classics

Narrated by: Colin Mochrie
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
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Where the art of improvisation meets the art of literature.

Based on the improv game First Line, Last Line, Colin Mochrie of Whose Line Is It Anyway? fame, puts a unique spin on works of classic literature. Taking the first line and last line from classic books and poems, Colin recasts these familiar stories in his own trademark offbeat style:

  • A verbose coyote becomes the star of A Tale of Two Critters
  • Ishmael is a struggling actor hunting for a good hair day in Moby
  • A rainy day at home becomes a zombie-killing adventure in The Cat and My Dad
  • Mighty Casey strikes out again in Casey at the Bar

These stories, and many more, prove that no literary masterpiece is too big, or too small, for the improvisational comedy treatment.

©2013 Colin Mochrie (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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is this supposed to be a biography?

I really admire Colin s hilarious work on the whose line show. He is definitely one of the funniest of not THE funniest guy on the show. but I was expecting a bio. This is just Colin acting out various characters, probably narrating the story in an unconventional manner. But I just don't "get it".

for what seems to be hours long, he narrates like Sherlock Holmes, then this ismail character comes in in the next chapter. As I said,i really don't get it.

Colin is funny, this book... not so muxh

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  • 26-06-16

Thank you, Colin

thank you for not putting out yet another weak comedian memoir. this is so creative, brilliant and laugh out loud funny. the first audio book that had me actually laugh out loud. l hope you have another one in you!

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  • Nikon
  • 02-12-15

Saw the author and knew id love it

With Colin you can't go wrong, love the comedy and creativeness he brings to everything he does

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-05-20

Revisit the Classics

What a fun way to get new ideas and perspective on the Classis. Some were very funny. I liked Colin as narrator.

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  • Eric Paul Wilson
  • 15-04-19

An absolute treat

It is rare to get something like this from such a brilliant and hilarious mind like Colin Mochrie. Not what I had expected and truly enjoyed almost every story.

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  • Healer.Nicole
  • 24-01-19

If you enjoy a good story, and Colin.

You're in the right place. His retellings were not only surprising but thoroughly intended. I really enjoyed these and have shared one or two in particular in a pushy 'I'm going to make you enjoy this, and watch you enjoy it too' sort of way.

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  • Jo. Ackerman
  • 21-06-16

A Canadian classic of surreal literature

This is a brilliant piece of surreal literature and a hilarious practice at improve. I've listened to it twice and it holds up.

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  • Stefanie Nagorka
  • 07-08-14

Brilliant entertainment!

What made the experience of listening to Not QUITE The Classics the most enjoyable?

Colin Mochrie has a most enjoyable twisted sense of humor.

What other book might you compare Not QUITE The Classics to and why?

Fractured Fairy tales meets the Twilight Zone.

What about Colin Mochrie’s performance did you like?

He has a wonderful voice that expresses well the humor in his stories.

Any additional comments?

A series of short stories that are quite imaginative, enjoyable and engaging. Can be listened to at one sitting or in short spurts, story by story.

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  • Todd S
  • 02-06-14

Colin- I'm sorry but you have work to do

What did you love best about Not QUITE The Classics?

Fresh originality, stories coming from "left field" (sorry Col, don't know the hockey term). Not all stories were equally hilarious, but enough were that I couldn't stop laughing on some of them. My favorite- the take-off on Emily Bronte: "A Tale of Two Critters." As the new reality started dawning as to who the protagonist is, all of the pieces previously presented feel neatly into place- a full laugh with each detail. Sorry can't tell you about it; it would spoil the revelation.

What about Colin Mochrie’s performance did you like?

He brings life to all of the characters, even himself in the forward.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I couldn't wait to get to the next story.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for the --- sequel??? Actually, anywhere Colin wants to take his WORK, I will follow. If you know his real work, you will enjoy this. If you have never heard of him, you are in for a real treat.