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Heads Will Roll

(10 customer reviews)

by Kate McKinnon (Author, Narrator), Emily Lynne (Author, Narrator), Tim Gunn (Narrator), Meryl Streep (Narrator), Peter Dinklage(Narrator), full cast  (Narrator)

ABOUT THIS AUDIBLE ORIGINAL

Please note: This content is not for kids. It is for mature audiences only. This audio comedy features sexual content, adult language and themes, and violence against peasants and hobgoblins alike. Discretion is advised.

Heads Will Roll is an Audible Original from Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon and her co-creator/costar (and real-life sister) Emily Lynne. Produced by Broadway Video, this is not an audiobook – it’s a 10-episode, star-studded audio comedy that features performances from Meryl Streep, Tim Gunn, Peter Dinklage, Queer Eye’s Fab Five, and so many more.

Queen Mortuana of the Night Realm (McKinnon) and her ditsy raven minion JoJo (Lynne) receive a prophecy about a peasant uprising. Together, they must journey to find the “Shard of Acquiescence”, which will put down the rebellion and save the throne. Will their friendship survive sensitive generals, chatty sex slaves, whiny behemoths, princes with bird fetishes, and the notion of democracy?

This raunchy satire also includes the wicked talents of Andrea Martin, Carol Kane, Audra McDonald, Aidy Bryant, Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd, Steve Higgins, Bob the Drag Queen, Esther Perel, and more. So, hold on to your head, and let the bad times roll.

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Audio Format
4 - 5 Hours
Unabridged Version

Description

ABOUT THIS AUDIBLE ORIGINAL

Please note: This content is not for kids. It is for mature audiences only. This audio comedy features sexual content, adult language and themes, and violence against peasants and hobgoblins alike. Discretion is advised.

Heads Will Roll is an Audible Original from Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon and her co-creator/costar (and real-life sister) Emily Lynne. Produced by Broadway Video, this is not an audiobook – it’s a 10-episode, star-studded audio comedy that features performances from Meryl Streep, Tim Gunn, Peter Dinklage, Queer Eye’s Fab Five, and so many more.

Queen Mortuana of the Night Realm (McKinnon) and her ditsy raven minion JoJo (Lynne) receive a prophecy about a peasant uprising. Together, they must journey to find the “Shard of Acquiescence”, which will put down the rebellion and save the throne. Will their friendship survive sensitive generals, chatty sex slaves, whiny behemoths, princes with bird fetishes, and the notion of democracy?

This raunchy satire also includes the wicked talents of Andrea Martin, Carol Kane, Audra McDonald, Aidy Bryant, Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd, Steve Higgins, Bob the Drag Queen, Esther Perel, and more. So, hold on to your head, and let the bad times roll.

10 reviews for Heads Will Roll

  1. Emily Woods

    I downloaded this as soon as it became available because of its creators and its amazing cast. I’ve been following its production for a long time and was excited to listen. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a disappointment. In the early half, it has a tendency to lean on the crutches of cursing for shock value and being sexual for no reason. I am currently on the final episode and can tell you that I have only laughed once.By the last two episodes, I will say that it seems to get better, but a large part of that was due to the fact that bar had been slowly dropping in the first few episodes.I am not trying to be rude or bitter or anything like that. I simply want to weigh in what I experienced when listening to it.The storytelling (while it is a good idea and boasts a powerhouse of talent in the voice cast, not to mention its creators) is not centered or grounded. Characters are introduced with little fanfare and disappear just as quickly, existing only to provide something that’s meant to be funny or to share a bit of particularly crude humor. Forget about the A through C plot of every show that’s ever existed (I bring this up because “Heads Will Roll” has been boasted as a “sitcom for your ears”). Instead, you have B through F plot and no actual A plot because nothing is pushed to the front of narrative importance.The world itself in the story lacks that same center. It somehow manages to include both satirical plays on the names of political and popular culture figures as well as straight-up naming things from our world (such as Costco, among so many others). There are cell phones, but salt and chocolate aren’t things they know about. Modern slang is used incorrectly, and the overall impression of the humor it’s reaching for came across to me the same way the past 4 seasons of SNL (ironically) have: out of touch with the audience it intends to appeal to. It somehow alienates you from the story as you scramble to follow.Most of the voices are done by the sisters when it’s not an important character. The problem with this is that McKinnon can do exactly four voices: her normal voice, an Australian accent, another accent that ends up a little butchered, and her normal voice but slightly altered (either to sound deeper, or to sound goofy). This is wonderfully funny when watching her perform visually, but it makes for a confusing listen at times when you hear someone that isn’t meant to be a character you just listened to, but just so happens to sound a heck of a lot like them.Again, I apologize if this comes off as attacking or rude. I really don’t mean it to be. I’m simply disappointed in something that every chance to be the funniest thing I’ve enjoyed in a while, and fell flat of every expectation.Kate McKinnon and Emily Lynne are wildly talented, both musically and comedically. They’re the reason I have given it 3 stars rather than 1. It’s just a shame their talent couldn’t make “Heads Will Roll” better than it is.

  2. Star Wand

    I loved this so much! Kate Mckinnon and Emily Lynne are so brilliant in this. I laughed so much during the ten chapters. I sincerely hope this will become a sitcom and / or we get another book with these two geniuses! I say, well done!

  3. Dan

    Huge Kate McKinnon fan, but this was just juvenile and kind of dumb. Expected more. Not really worth the $$

  4. F. Day

    I was intrigued when I heard Kate McKinnon was attached, but the whole cast is a joy and delight! I laughed from start to finish.

  5. Kat

    The sound effects are a bit loud – but after a few minutes you are used to it. The story and characters are hilarious! Big win – great for a giggle while doing chores or riding in the car. NSFW – which made it that much better. The guest characters – too funny! Loved it, and hope there is another soon.

  6. Rachel Walls

    Entertaining

  7. Noreen

    Hilarious!

  8. Bookworm1986

    I had a lot of fun listening to this while traveling. If you’re looking to laugh, you will be disappointed; this is a wry comedy, and students of Greek plays, medieval history, medieval fantasy and modern day feminism will get a kick out this. Without that contextual understanding, this won’t be enjoyable. There were two disappointing subplots about farting, but aside from those, I thought the other lowbrow points in the comedy were in line with the medieval setting of the plot; and in that light, what I normally find lowbrow and unacceptable was shake-your-head acceptable. I grew up listening to radio shows with multiple characters and voices, so I thought the way they wove the various storylines and character transitions made sense.

  9. meredithmic

    Extremely clever….very funny. It was ear porn for this SNL and GoT fan. A lady clutched her purse and crossed the street to avoid me b/c I was laughing out loud so hard. Kate McKinnon’s delivery and style is woven all through this well produced project. IMHO: the power of audio’s “theatre of the mind” PLUS well written comedy is a 1-2 knockout punch. They crushed it in this one.If you’re looking for a deep storyline and thought provoking complexity…..keep searching. Bill Shakespeare this is not. It is, however, a brilliant combination of pop culture and medieval times and I’m listening for a second time now.WELL DONE. Hear, hear. Literally.

  10. Chris Talcott

    Heads Will Roll is brilliant. Simply brilliant. Sisters Kate McKinnon and Emily Lynne have created a medieval-meets-modern world world full of hilariously ridiculous characters and situations. I found myself gobbling this series up, and yet longing to savor it, desperately hoping it would last beyond its 4-hour run.The 70-something “definitely-not-virgin” narrators (played by Kate and Emily) who kick off the show, and appear periodically, are both silly and smart. They constantly belie their crazy cat lady sisterdom, which just gets even sillier as the series progresses. It’s a fabulous way to begin, and harkens back to the days of old radio shows, with some Princess Bride sprinkled in there (and a ton of irreverence with mentions of things like “wrecked hymens” – ha!).From there, the story of Queen Mo and her ditsy minion Jojo unfolds marvelously. Emily and Kate play a slew of characters, and it’s often difficult to distinguish if it’s really them: their talent for accents and voices is quite remarkable. And the characters they’ve concocted are wildly funny. With Meryl Streep, Tim Gunn, Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd, Peter Dinklage, the cast of Queer Eye, among others, the genius cast helps weave this wacky Olde Timeee tale, complete with epic songs, fake commercials for medieval goods/concepts, and modern foibles.Heads Will Roll has been clearly quite carefully crafted for your listening pleasure, and it had me laughing to the point where I just might have peed my pants a little (a bunch of times). Five enthusiastic stars, and I can’t wait for whatever the next project these two funny lasses release. I’ll be first in line, man.

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