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Brought to you by Its Majesty’s Government. Greatest Britain: For a Global Universe.

Agent Isaac Steele has problems. He spends all his splibs on drink and drugs. He has some deep-seated and very much unresolved issues with his parents. And his robotic partner at Greatest Britain’s Department of Clarification, Dr Timothy Stephens, is ruled more by his heart than his hard drive. 

But all these issues take a back seat when Isaac stumbles upon a case involving the most sensitive information in the cosmos - a Never File, inaccessible to all except those with the highest clearance. He is expressly forbidden to involve himself. So naturally he does.  

So begins an investigation that will take him across the Discovered Universe, into the path of the mysterious Forever Man, and eventually to answers about his past. Along the way, he will have to contend with aliens, robots, monsters, bureaucrats and, perhaps most deadly of all, his own numerous flaws. 

Written and narrated by BAFTA award winner Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie, Flowers, Black Mirror), not since The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy have listeners been offered such a joyful, anarchic and insightful universe. 

Contains strong language

©2019 Daniel Rigby (P)2021 Audible Ltd.

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Bombastic comedic rollercoster

For those wondering if this novel is good for you: If you've listened to podcasts like Stellar Firma, Penumbra Podcast, and enjoy the wild humor of the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the galaxy, but sped up by maybe 3x, you'll enjoy this. The sample alone did a great job setting the stage for what to expect through this novel.

Daniel Rigby's narration was immensely wonderful and fun to listen to. (along with the fantastic editing, this is a really good quality audio book!) It is fast paced, timed like a seasoned comedian, and humor as dry as the desert.
I am so glad to have come across this when trying to find a comedic sci-fi audio book with themes of humanism, autonomy and satire.
The only thing I truly wished for was a little more detail on the absurd aliens and landscapes mentioned in this work. It may have been the intention though since the story hits the ground running following a childishly film noir inspired 'detective' that is perpetually on some kind of substance. There is barely a hair of exposition or world building to ride on (that gets fed to you naturally through the story) but despite this, it was still a fantastic listen.

I genuinely hope to see more of Daniel Rigby's work out there.

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Hilarious!! When’s the sequel due

I enjoyed this title from start to finish. Creative story, great performance. Only disappointment is there isn’t another to listen to.

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  • jeanie
  • 09-10-21

Fantastic narration and fantastical story!

Binged this in 2 days. Had me laughing throughout. A grubby and funny space romp with a great storyline, brilliant soundscape, (recommend listening with earphones in) and lovely little cliff-hanger at the end - when's the next one?

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  • Webbo
  • 09-13-21

Definitely recommend

Brilliantly written, funny and amazingly read… really really really enjoyed this one. Would definitely recommend.

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  • Andrew Dodd
  • 09-12-21

More of this please!

Refreshingly different, enjoyable, humorous and someone finally got sound effects, music and character voices right.

An absurd twist on the future and other worlds. Half way through and hoping we get to hear more!

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  • rodney m.
  • 09-14-21

Hitch hickers guide for new age.

"Make my eye go big" I said, and my eye went big

Loved this book. Zany romp through an amazingly vivid and colourful universe. The writing is witty and engrossing from the start. Anyone who has enjoyed authors such as Douglas Adams and yahtzee crowshaw will be well at home here. Only downside is this appears to be the authors only offering so far. More please and make it snappy!

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  • Norma Miles
  • 09-14-21

"Everything is going to be probably alright."

There have been numerous claims for science fiction books to be following in the footsteps of The Hitchhikers Guide. Few succeed. This book does. Isaac Steele is an obnoctious, self obsessed, deliberately rude drink and narcotics user, but with a gift: he knows and can speak any language in the universe. And since he's the only one with this ability, he is employed by the Office of Clarification in the Government of Greatest Britain, the centre of the known Universe. When ripped apart bodies start emerging, he is tasked with finding, and stopping, the perpetrator soon to be known as the Forever Man.

Told in first person through the eyes of Steele, so the reader gets every nuance of his thoughts, not only is the story one of incredible characters, delicious names such as Wagwazzle, Vilderchat, splatterblobs, Barnabus Shattershaff, and Patrick, the inoffensive building, and with frequent action, it actually has a decent plot line, too. The narrator, also author, Daniel Rigby, interprets Steele to perfection with just the right amount of sarcastic nuance, as well as giving excellent voicing to all the other weird and wonderful protagonists. An excellent performance which is further backed up with occasional background sound effects and music.

Isaac Steele and the Forever Man is an enjoyable, lighthearted S.F. Audible Original offered free to subscribers of Audible UK. Thank you, Audible: a most enjoyable romp. I hope there will be a follow-up. Recommended.

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  • 88andyb88
  • 09-16-21

“By the five” that was good!

..drop everything and write the next one please Mr Rigby.

I enjoyed this book so much I immediately listened to it again ..that’s twice in 4 days! I have listened to well over 100 titles on audible and this is a favourite.
Brilliantly written, narrated and a wonderful sound design.
..Is this why god gave me ears?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-21

Great debut!!

Really enjoyed this book! Funny, silly and well performed. Similar to Yahtzee crowshaw in style, but with a better plot in my opinion. Enjoyed the light sound effects in the background - they didn’t distract from the performance. Was genuinely a little sad to finish it and fingers crossed for a second book!!

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  • Tim
  • 09-13-21

Douglas Adams meets Phillip K Dick

Absolutely fantastic from start to finish, funny, engaging and entertaining. Made both of my ears go big!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-21

Absolutely amazing

Drawn in from the start and couldn’t stop listening! Brilliant story with a fantastic production, loved it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-17-21

Definitely listen to this book!

I absolutely LOVED this audiobook; a hilarious, silly, bonkers adventure through space, set in the distant future…

This book made me laugh out loud (in public) and the performance, by the author, was done brilliantly. I’m sad it’s over actually, can’t wait for more!

Highly recommend.

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