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Oddjobs

Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Series: Oddjobs, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
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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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Bit of fun

Bit of fun, laughed at points (although most of the time the humour was only smirk-worthy). A little bit pantomime-like, but quite a fun idea for a setting for a story. Not sure I'm convinced that the whole series will be worth my time so this might be the first and last one I listen to, but you never know.

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Ruined by shouty "Alien" in narration.

Excellent story but, I'm finding it very difficult going. The flow of the book is totally ruined for me by the interspersion of shouty names and phrases in the "Alien language" introduced in the book. Will not be buying any follow ups because of this.... real shame as otherwise the narration is too notch.

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Workplace comedy meets Lovecraftian horror

Throughly enjoyed both the story and performance - a workplace comedy set in world edging towards a Lovecraft apocalypse.

Matthew Lloyd Davies gives a great performance bringing a real charm to an ensemble of well written characters.

The fictional universe has great potential for exploration and I’m looking forward to the next instalments.

I regret having left this book languishing on my wishlist for so long.

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Disappointed

Nowhere near as good as the other books written by Heide and Ian, story hard to follow not joined up.

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really, really funny

So, I don't write many reviews - but I'm feeling generous and this was really, really funny. Mash up of (sort of) Cthulhu mythos, Men in Black, Shaun of the Dead, Who Dares Wins and lots of other stuff delivered with tongue in cheek panache. Great performance from the narrator. Just a caution - you may be offended if you live in Birmingham. Or any adjacent inter dimensional space.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • T. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Joan
  • 19-02-20

Quirky and fun

This was a quirky and fun read with quite a few quotable one liners. I'm so glad I listened to the audiobook as I wouldn't have been able to imagine the pronunciation of some of the names and words. This was a very refreshing take on the end of the world.

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