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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
I don't think this is salvageable in that way. I got to 3:48/10:15 and had to quit. And I have listened to some crap all the way to the end out of my compulsion to completionism.
What could Robert Rankin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I'm American, and while I listen to a decent number of British audiobooks and watch a smattering of British television, the amount of British colloquialisms and slang (as well as their narrated delivery) was off-putting to me with its unfamiliarity. I may be too ignorant of whatever dialect Rankin was using, and possibly a British audience would respond better to it. It was like fingernails on a chalkboard over here.
The plot was... nonsense. Not fun Terry Pratchett-heartwarming-nonsense. Not zany everything's-game-Douglas Adams nonsense. Just ridiculous. It was a running commentary on TV viewing for fun and profit and the decline of humanity. It got old, and I didn't even make it to the end. Of course, this is a bigger issue than the dialect choice. The dialect just turned me off first.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
He's terrible with the female characters. I'm pretty sure there were two female characters. In the narrator's defense, they were pretty poorly written to begin with... oh, wait...
What character would you cut from Armageddon: The Musical?
They seemed to be cutting themselves efficiently enough... Geez... Elvis. I'd cut Elvis. What the hell was Elvis doing in there in the first place? I will certainly never know--I'm not going back to find out. Also, Elvis was an actual human being. Something about putting a real human into your nonsense alien apocalypse cannibal television story doesn't sit well.
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This is a somewhat strange book but for all
The right reasons. If your perfectly happy reading a story about a time traveling Brussel sprout called "Barry" then this is for you. Hilariously funny, darkly comical and somewhat twisting timelines plot makes this a laugh along book. Read by the author and with district voices it really engages you to listen on. I'm moving on to the other 2 titles in the Armageddon trilogy. Fantastic stuff
Recommend trying "the Antipope" or others from the bentford triangle series. Somehow the full cast audio makes a great introduction to Robert Rankin.
Whereas, There's a lot of dead air in Armageddon: the musical. It's like Roberts waiting for the laugh that never comes on every line. Occasionally, there's even lots of air between the words themselves. Sure, I feel like I laughed like that as a teen reading this, but it's lacking something here in the reading, or maybe my sense of humour has changed.
Suggestion for those determined to start here, use the speed setting to compress the reading a little. It may be what saves your attention and allows you to have a chuckle and move on without feeling the need to start talking to yourself