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The Uncynical Cannibal

By: Dewi Llywelyn
Narrated by: Richard Glover,Simon Kane,Daniel Lawrence Taylor,Bobby Mair,Sophie Henderson

Summary

A gloriously mad desert island romp - complete with zombies, walrus pirates and a talking goldfish called Albie.

Like Robinson Crusoe on acid, it follows the adventures of Isaac, a shipwrecked sailor whose boat is sunk by a excess of radio sound effects and is then washed up in a tropical paradise where warring tribes compete to pay homage to a giant Sea beast called Gary.

A fast-paced gag fest which is a splendid mix of music hall and surreal nonsense, which is fresh, intriguing and laugh-out-loud funny.

©2015 Dewi Llywelyn (P)2015 Audible Ltd.

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Beautifully executed...pun intended.

Loved the characterisation, the asides, the absurdity, Cuppy.
Didn't go in for the gruesome stuff much....as we all know, what you imagine is waaaaay worse than what you see and so some of the descriptions were quite hard to listen to. I'm a wimp, yes....but I would have loved to go with you on this swashbuckling journey AND still be able to eat my lunch.
Please make more but this time, hold the disembowelling:)

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Cynical deployment of tasteless tricks

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Adolescents

Would you ever listen to anything by Dewi Llywelyn again?

it could not be worse

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

I had no interest in the fortunes of any of them

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

The trouble with fantasy is that any plot twist or character development is possible but it should never be as random as this

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confusing

What would have made The Uncynical Cannibal better?

confusing sub goons humour without the jokes,waited for the laughs but they didn't come

Would you ever listen to anything by Dewi Llywelyn again?

Possibly

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

stilted performances.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Uncynical Cannibal?

all of it and inserted some humour.

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Trying to be HHGTTG... I think... Not even close

This did not hold my attention AT ALL.
I gave up about 15 mins in... "fast-paced gag-fest" it is NOT!

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A fun set of characters, but I just didn't laugh

What would have made The Uncynical Cannibal better?

There was a bit too much going on I think, and I just couldn't find the humour in the surreal settings.

What was most disappointing about Dewi Llywelyn’s story?

I just couldn't get a picture of what was happening.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The Narrator - some very good lines, but felt like a few of them were directly lifted from Douglas Adams. However, there were a lot more that were just really nice inserts.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Uncynical Cannibal?

The zombie...seemed a bit pointless.

Any additional comments?

Nice performances from everyone, but just didn't laugh.

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Not really funny, dialled in performances

Sadly not a good effort here, it felt disjointed and unfinished. A series of sketch ideas strung together with little characterisation for the actors to get their teeth into and actually carry the story forward. No idea how this might become a series. It shot its small bolt of misaimed jokes.

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Dreadful

Was this written in the early hours of the morning while under the influence? A loaded of unfunny tosh.

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bizarre

kept me amused on the morning commute. some funny parts but mostly odd, wondering what would happen next

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Shows potential, but it's not quite there yet

What did you like best about The Uncynical Cannibal? What did you like least?

At its best it felt like it was reaching for a cross between The Goon Show and Bleak Expectations. Unfortunately it doesn't feel like it hangs together very well, and the whole self-cannibalising tribes (I think that was the idea...?) thing just wasn't as funny as it thought it was, and not worth building as much of the script around as it did.

Any additional comments?

I think the main thing holding this back is simply that the writer isn't very experienced. However, I think there is the germ of something quite funny (in a over-the-top daft kind of way) here, and it might be worth revisiting once the writer has a bit more experience behind them.

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Yawn

Would you try another book written by Dewi Llywelyn or narrated by the narrators?

Nope

Has The Uncynical Cannibal put you off other books in this genre?

Yes it has

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

Narrator was ok but just couldn't get any life into this dead donkey

What character would you cut from The Uncynical Cannibal?

All of them

Any additional comments?

Sorry, just not for me!

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