Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire Audio CD – Audiobook, 6 Sep 2012
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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’.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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There are two audiobook versions of Book 2, The Biscuit Billionaire: the original, read by the author, Andy Stanton, and this new one read by Kate Winslet. But which is better?
Well, Stanton's original version benefits from some appropriate sound effects, whereas Winslet's version relies on her virtuosity to create her own sound effects. Stanton's version sounds is less polished, and a good deal more manic; Winslet's version has better characterisations and a good range of accents, but she does get a bit shrill at one point in the middle. My son far prefers Stanton's version of the Famous and Utterly Terrifying Robbers' Song, complete with sound effects; Winslet's version is not quite as gorgeously silly.
The answer is not at all clear-cut: both audiobook versions are very good, and it's really down to whether you prefer your stories read by someone who sounds like a manic English teacher who doesn't sound too professional but knows the books inside out because he wrote them and who is very funny to listen to, or by a storyteller with a wider range of voices, who can make the story come to life rather better.Read more ›
Which should bring us nicely to the Mr Gum books. Great Dickensian characters (disgusting Billy William The Third, fatso Jonathan Ripples, etc), bizarre turns of phrase ("like bad dreams into a postman's head") and very funny. I'd struggle to think of any other book where I've tripped up mid-sentence with a giggle or guffaw.
Highly recommended for your uninterested-in-books male offspring.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I Loved the all comedy and the play on words would I would say that it's for the younger yearsPublished 5 months ago by Madeleine beauvoisin
Andy Stanton is so funny. This is meant for kids but I'm 66 and love his audio CDs although I do buy them for my grandson. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I liked the book because there's a lot of adventure. My favourite character is Mr Gum because he is lazy, smelly and unhygienic. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sir Lemon
What can I say ..... Mr Gum ...... if you have a child of any age (including Adults) ... buy this series of books .... it's the ,most fun you will have together :-)Published 8 months ago by Chris Davis
LOVE it,Why did Anthony Stanton not record all of his books?This has been played and played and played and played by both of my sons.A firm family favourite.VERY funny.Published 9 months ago by s.adams
great book from a great series. Our grandchildren love all of themPublished 11 months ago by MR AA DUNBAR