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Oddjobs

Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Series: Oddjobs, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humour
4.5 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Summary

It's the end of the world as we know it, but someone still needs to do the paperwork.

Incomprehensible horrors from beyond are going to devour our world, but that’s no excuse to get all emotional about it. 

Morag Murray works for the secret government organization responsible for making sure the apocalypse goes as smoothly and as quietly as possible. In her first week on the job, Morag has to hunt down a man-eating starfish, solve a supernatural murder, and, if she's got time, prevent her own inevitable death. 

Oddjobs is a sideswipe at the world of work and a fantastical adventure featuring amphibian wannabe gangstas, mad old cat ladies, ancient gods, apocalyptic scrabble, fish porn, telepathic curry, and, possibly, the end of the world before the weekend.

©2016 Heide Goody and Iain Grant (P)2018 Heide Goody and Iain Grant

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My kind of quirky dark humour!

I stumbled upon this audio book by complete accident, but so happy I did! It is an entertaining story, with great one-liners and believable characters. The dark humour might not be to everyone's tastes but I certainly enjoyed it and found it highly entertaining. Matthew Lloyd Davies does a fantastic array of character voices and accents, and I thoroughly enjoyed his style of narration. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

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Hilarious and well-performed

I sped through it. The voice actor handled a variety of accents (and languages!) well.

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Excellent, funny and clever

Other reviews compare this to the stories of Douglas Adams but in reality any similarity is incidental. This is a well written and clever story that is funny simply because of the characters and the situations. I really enjoyed the narration and the characters. The story (set over a few days) is well paced the necessity of explaining the back story well handled so that it isn't obviously a narrative avalanche.

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An excellent new series for me to get into.

Having been caught up with the Rivers of London, Dresden Files and MHI I needed a new story to follow. This is great, it has a great narrator, amusingly characters and that excellent geographic detail. Its like a mix of Rivers of London and Neverwhere. Well done Heide and Iain and I hope this turns into a long series.

Bren

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Fantastic!

I was so glad to find my favourite authors are now on Audible - can't wait for the next installments! Matthew Lloyd Davies deserves some sort of award for his performance!!

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An incredibly British apocalypse.

There's nothing more British than making sure the incoming Apocalypse runs on time and with as little fuss as possible. This is where we find our bunch of 'Secret' Civil Servants, each with a particular skillset in making sure our incoming fate doesn't happen off-schedule.

Our authors have done an impressive job of making these team members grounded, true-to-life and not superhuman trained demon assassins, though it was the excellent narration of Matthew Lloyd Davies that I have to say that really brought each and everyone of the players to life here. Midway through I begun to wonder if our narrator was bringing in other voice artists, due to his rather brilliant range of characters delivered.

Where however Oddjobs falters is in two places. The major one is when anything of the Venislarn tongue is being spoken, it's barked at us, the listeners. So if you're listening to the book with headphones on, like I'd say 95% of us are, this becomes somewhat uncomfortable. The second issue is, if there's an apocalypse coming why - at any point - do they need to interfere?

Yes I know that's the point of the book and I understand that, but honestly when the threat level increases all that ticked over in my head was, 'Well the apocalypse is coming so why worry?'.

Letting these issues drift aside, though the Venislarn shouting is a total headache, Oddjobs is an enjoyable audiobook to listen too. If you like your Dirk Gently from Douglas Adams or you've listened to Differently Morphous by Yahtzee Croshaw then I'd honestly recommend giving this a listen.

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Something a bit different

I'm not sure how to describe this book. Amusing, surreal, different. It took me a bit of time to really grasp what was going on but I really enjoyed it. Loved the characters of Morag, Rob, Nina and Vivien, they were all totally different, slightly odd and mad in their own way but came together to make a great team. A few laugh out loud chuckle moments and the narrator did an amazing job.

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Out-of-this-world funny

I’ve been a fan of Heide Goody and Iain Grant since I discovered their Clovenhoof series a few years ago. They’re brilliant at writing comedy laced with dark, out-of-this-world humour and characters. The fantasy-comedy Oddjobs is a brilliant example of it: it’s full of comic figures and scenes, sarcasm, mishaps and secret agencies. I’m looking forward to listening to Oddjobs 2 next.
The story is made even more enjoyable by the excellent narration of Matthew Lloyd Davies.

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Great story

This is another brilliant book by Heide and Iain. This one follows a lovely Scottish lady called Morag as she tries to save the world from being destroyed and all our souls being sent to something worse than hell.

Overall it was a brilliantly funny story, which was very well narrated by Matthew. The only slightly negative thing I would say is that Matthew shouts the names of all the demons and Gods, which does get a bit annoying at times.

The story is very well written and I loved how in depth everything was

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Brilliantly narrated - great fun!

Having previously read and loved ‘The Only Wizard In Town’ by this author couple I was very much looking forward to ‘Oddjobs’ - and I was not disappointed. The witty humour, clever plotting, original world building and engaging writing are just as good - elevated even further by Matthew Lloyd Davies’ absolutely fantastic audio performance. Doing all the accents, including supernatural languages, can’t have been easy!
Great fun - highly recommended!

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  • Georgy
  • 10-03-19

The end is nigh! Ish.

Take Lovecraft. Remove the despair, the horror, and dreadful atmosphere. Add strong characters, lots of bureaucracy, good humor (not Pratchett by any means, but at least Asprin). Multiply by satiric denigration of government machines, police procedures, monster hunting, etc.
What you get is a highly enjoyable, tongue-in-cheek (and sometimes half-a-meter-out-of-mouth) book about... us.

A word of caution about the performance. The deep English (Scottish?) accent of one or two characters required a lot of rewinding on my part, at least at first. And the author's insistence in pronouncing the demon names properly left his throat and my ears properly, nay, demonically raw.

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  • tara E Jordan
  • 09-07-19

Fun and exciting!

This book was a fun romp of thought provoking ideas, twists and turns, great characters and wonderful humor. I hope a continuation of all the excitement is coming soon. Keeping my eyes open for the next book.

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  • PatriciaG
  • 06-07-19

I was prepared to not like this book...

Unfortunately I've purchased a string of books that sounded good, started good, but then fell apart and disappointed. I had pretty much prepared myself that this book would probably be the same. But nope! I enjoyed the entire book. It had an absurdity that I loved. In a way it reminded me of Yahtzee Crowshaw books. It held my interest and made me laugh out loud several times.

I will definitely purchase the follow on book, and hope there will be more to come.

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  • The Altinutt
  • 01-07-19

I have no mouth, Matt Davies's screams

Funny, sardonic. Enjoyable to sci-fi horror comedy fans.
The narrator chooses to pronounce the names of the cosmic horrors in a jarring way that can only be intentionally unpleasant. It suits to emphasize the "otherness" of the Elder Things, but can also be pretty startling. I appreciate his dedication to his (Love)craft, as I'm sure the effort was just as painful to his throat as it is to our ears. In any case, be forewarned that this is not a soothing bed time listen.

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  • scott
  • 10-04-19

Just not my thing

Sorry the story just didn’t do it for me. It’s just to slow and hardly any action/comedy/anything happening.

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  • Zipper
  • 10-06-19

Don't bother

This story was confusing and I had to force myself to finish it. The narrator was great but the fact that the writer made them yell crazy names for otherworldly beings every other sentence ruined it.

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  • Sires
  • 02-06-19

Lovecraft Meets Jasper fforde

The apocalyse is coming and a government group is trying to make sure it happens as smoothly as possible. The Elder Gods have set up Court in Birmingham UK. One of the human agents has died and a new agent has been sent from Scotland. The problem is though that the new agent has killed the Sacred Handmaid of one of the Elder Gods so it is likely they are going to want to kill her. Meanwhile a human incursion into the Birmingham Library has the team wandering exactly if something was stolen or added to the collection. Representatives of human religions are squabbling with one another . And the Elder Gods are suitably squamous, rugulose and horrific.

I'm not sure how the narrator managed to make the sounds of the language of the Elder Gods, but it is an extremely impressive piece of narratiion.

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  • Christian A. Falde
  • 27-03-19

Frighteningly good fun

This was, without a doubt, one of the best buys I have made all year.

The cosmic horror is real funny. The characters are deliciously phenomenal. Jokes orbit with aliens in a graceful dance that manages to never eclipse each other.

And the storyteller. Amazing. His ability to nail the characters shone beautifully.

You can't go wrong with this one.

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  • michael pentecost
  • 19-12-18

Different

like a Terry Pratchett rewrite of the Laundry Files. I hope the narrator's throat recovers quickly.

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  • thomas dye
  • 13-08-19

Campy fun

if you read the editors forward and liked the sample you will like the book. It has some problems, but nothing that you can't ignore and still have a fun ride. Solid four star book and performance by the narrator. The new other world language was overdone, but worked I guess within the confines of the story. Overall, it was fun.