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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (10 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1445873397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445873398
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 14.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Bookseller said: 'A wickedly entertaining story for young readers... very funny and made me giggle out loud'; The Sunday Times said: 'Andy Stanton accumulates silliness and jokes in an irresistible, laughter-inducing romp'; Philip Ardagh for the Guardian said: 'Worryingly splendid'; Danny Baker from LBC Radio said: 'This is a riot, it is hilarious, it is brilliant... best book I've read in a long time.'"

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Andy Stanton Andy Stanton lives in North London. He studied English at Oxford but they kicked him out. He has been a stand-up comedian, a film script reader, a cartoonist, an NHS lackey and lots of other things. He has many interests, but best of all he likes Radio 4, books and music (even jazz). One day he’d like to live in New York or Berlin or one of those places because he’s got fantasies of bohemia. His favourite expression is ‘Good evening’ and his favourite word is ‘captain’.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By leftfooter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Aug. 2011
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Here is the (3 star) review I wrote a year ago after first listening:
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Based on other reviews I had high hopes for this CD, but was left distinctly underwhelmed.

I guess it depends on your sense of humour. I am not averse to silliness, but I like there to be something more to it than just daft voices and nonsensical wordplay. The silliness of the Pythons or Douglas Adams is usually enhanced by sly cultural references or satirical observations. This CD is just plain silly.

My girls are 6 and 13. I think the market for this CD falls somewhere in between, and possibly more aimed at boys or fans of the likes of Dick and Dom.

I cannot say there were no chuckles, but no-where near as many as I think the author was aiming for.
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Now I need to eat a huge portion of humble pie. After the above review, the CD stayed in the car, and got listened to a few more times. With repetition, it grew on me enormously. I have concluded that it shares these characteristics with programmes like The Fast Show and The Young Ones. With repetition you get to know what's coming, and somehow the stupidity, the non sequiturs, the puns and the silly voices all WORK. They become hilarious.

I am now raising this to a 5-star review, because I and my daughters absolutely LOVE this CD. We even quote bits in conversation, just like Monty Python in my youth...

One note of caution: they seem to be re-releasing these stories in a new version narrated by Kate Winslet. I have heard a couple and I do not think they are anywhere near as good as Andy Stanton's own version. This review applies to his version alone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Jan. 2013
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NOTE THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE AUDIO BOOK READ BY KATE WINSLET.

This is the third in Andy Stanton's series with 3 so far released in an audio version.

You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum
Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire (BBC Childrens Audio)

But a quick look on Amazon and you will see there are a whole slew of Mr. Gum books.
The fact that there are a series of books generally indicates that the books are a success with their readership and indeed this is the case Andy Stanton writes great children's books with good characters.

If you read few of the reviews you will see not only do the parents sing the praises of the books but the children actually get to write reviews and that is a wonderful testament to the power of the books and characters!

Is this one any good I would say a resounding YES

but read on.

To the reading.

Once again Kate Winslet reads this third fine book by Andy Stanton and she has done an adequate job.
Now that surprised me.
The word adequate for in the previous two she did really well but there is just something about her reading here that is not up to the standard of the previous two.

Ever the professional actress, we know that she has a great voice but moreover she really manages to get the characterizations to convey the characters from her previous readings which was no mean feat with such a weird and strange plotted books.

But in this one she does not seem to be on such top form which is a disappointment for this listener.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joan Keating on 2 Aug. 2007
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Well the long wait is over. Now we only have to wait until February for the next Gummy instalment. My kids were overjoyed to get their hands on this. To save the inevitable fighting over who would get to read it first I hid Mr Gum and the Goblins until we could read it as a family. Well all three of mine (boys aged 9 and 7 and a girl aged 6) just loved this to bits - as much as the earlier two books. I'd suggest a visit to the Mr Gum website to download the Lamonic Bibber songbook so that the true delights of the tunnel song and the radish ode can be yours. Oh and the bonus story about Granny's cardigan is an especial treat, even more so for those of us in our 40s who remember punk. No Saul Bellow jokes in this one though!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Dec. 2012
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I raved about the Kate Winslet audiobooks for the previous two in the series - You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum!: Mr Gum, Book 1 (Unabridged) and Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire. This one however was a slight disappointment- it's still very funny, but not nearly as funny.

Partly that's down to the text. There just aren't enough good jokes in it. The story relies too heavily on funny characters from the previous stories, and their catchphrases, and doesn't introduce enough new material, sadly. It's a bit of a re-hash.

To a lesser extent, Kate Winslet's performance has started going a bit over-the-top and pantomimey. Her performance of the first book was utterly brilliant, I was amazed at how unselfconscious and versatile and packed with energy it was, but this time round Winslet's lacking a little bit of control and it all gets a bit too shouty rather than dynamic.

That said, this is still far and away the best and funniest set of kids stories I've either read or listened to for some time, and still definitely worthy of four stars, so I'm probably being a bit too critical. This is definitely worth a listen, but whatever you do, make sure you listen to the books in order- don't start with this one.
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