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Publisher's Summary

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 cocreator/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. 

©2019 The Broadway Video Group, Inc. (P)2019 The Broadway Video Group, Inc.

Credits

Created and written by Kate McKinnon and Emily Lynne

Executive produced by Britta von Schoeler and produced by Austin Breslow for Broadway Video.

Executive produced by Will Rogers and Ian Stearns for Audible

Directed by Eric Jason Martin

Sound designed and mixed by Ryan Billia

Sound editing by Ryan Billia and Beau Emory

Original songs written by Kate McKinnon and Emily Lynne.

Music and score composed, arranged and produced by Benny Reiner

Featuring Kate McKinnon, Emily Lynne, Meryl Streep, Tim Gunn, Audra McDonald, Andrea Martin, Carol Kane, Peter Dinklage, Aidy Bryant, Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd, Steve Higgins, Esther Perel, Bob the Drag Queen, Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Becky Abrams, Anna Drezen, Alon Elian, Sudi Green, Sam Jay, Huck Milner, Randy Rice, Gary Richardson, Jim Santangeli, Morgan Smith, Jen Spyra, Alexandra Carillo Vaccino, Thomas Whittington

Executives in Charge for Audible: Keith O’Connell and Najen Naylor

Special thanks to Brian Steinberg, Dave Blum and Mark Valdez

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It was ok

I love all of the voice actors, but I think they were writing film humour for an audio story and it didn’t translate very well.

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awesome!

I love Kate McKinnon and this was no exception. finished it in one day, enjoyed it a lot! if you're a fan of SNL and Kate McKinnon, definitely worth the listen.

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The Best

This was amazing. Kate MacKinnon is a comedic genius. She always makes me laugh but this was full belly laughs from beginning to end. I love how she can make you root for an unloveable tyrannical Queen. JoJo and Galafar really take this story to the next level. Their characters are everything. JoJo has so many amazing one liners if you listen carefully. The Best.

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Bloody Hilarious.

However, definitely not for children! LOL...Ok now I am trying to get to 15 words so this ting will let me post!

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Raunchy but fun

This book was more of a play than a narrative but very much the better for it. The cast was perfect right down to stereotypes. I particularly loved the two old maids that made up the minstrels who filled in the details. They were 'definitely not virgins' and 'only had three cats, not fifth-seven.' Every inch old maid spinsters. The language warning and adult rating is warranted. Definitely NOT for a younger audience.

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Absolutely Hilarious and Witty

I loved every minute of this. it's hilarious, it's cleverly written and just the right amount of vulgar. Mckinnon does a spectacular job if incorporating pop culture reference and humour.

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Good Production and Effort

A lot of thought went into the audio experience in the form of sound effects and transitional music, but it is clear this is the writers' first audiobook. Unlike SNL, the absence of facial expressions means there is an emphasis joke quality and delivery. Unfortunately, they try to achieve this by having the whole cast talk with exaggerated voices which becomes more distracting than funny.

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Mint

Loved this quirky performance! The voice actors really nailed their characters and the story flowed at a lovely rate.

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Absolutely wonderful

I truly loved it! listened to it straight from start to finish. Highly recommended!

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so good!!

Some of the singing was hard to understand but otherwise it was hilarious and fast-paced. Fantastic!

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  • PygmyOcelot
  • 2019-11-06

Must live in a green friendly place for this

Seriously. This is neither a statement for or against this particular title, just a straight fact. I started listening to this at first without my medication and was just kind of "meh" about it-- lots of pop culture references I don't particularly care about or find amusing for a variety of reasons. I found it a tad disappointing given all the talent involved. But then I had a high pain day and decided to listen to more after medication. OMG, what a difference! I was dying-- I literally have not laughed that hard in years! I particularly enjoyed a lot of the bird-related jokes. So take that for what you will. Definitely an adult title. A bit trite, but hilarious given the right circumstances.

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  • Lili
  • 2019-05-04

Probably has at least something for everyone

It’s kind of all over the place. There are surely some funny moments to suit different tastes, the songs are entertaining, and the celebrity narrators are fun. But there are lots of volume issues. It quickly goes from too loud to barely audible in quite a few places. I think I like the idea of the production better than its execution. Kate McKinnon and Tim Gunn did a really good job, but some of the other characters are quite grating. So I enjoyed parts of it, and was disappointed in others. But I think most people who are fans of Kate McKinnon will enjoy at least some of this production, so maybe give it a try if you’re willing to go along on a bumpy ride.

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  • John
  • 2019-05-02

SouthPark meets The Office at Medieval Times!

You can tell the All-Star cast had a blast creating this one! In between embarrassing laugh out loud moments (elliptical neighbors at the gym were ready to commit me!) and relishing the fresh, irreverent, and witty script, you start to realize that the storyline is a satire on modern work culture — and then you can’t stop listening! Hysterical and an easy, fast listen, Heads Will Roll makes for a fun and relaxing break in the day.

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  • Anon893
  • 2019-05-03

More like this please

It's like an old school radio drama for a 2019 comedy audience. Great concept. The writing is funny and the story captivating. My first experience of Emily Lynne. Does she sing professionally? She should. I'd buy that album. Can we get more celebrities doing this sort of thing? Always a delight to get new Kate and Aidy content. Cheers!

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  • E. Cejvan
  • 2019-05-07

I demand that Audible instantiate a sixth star

I knew going in that this thing would be awesome. Some comedic actors have a direct link to my funny bone: Kate McKinnon is the living embodiment of my funny bone. But this is far from being a one woman show. Emily Lynne took me to that wow place, especially with the singing: Ah, the singing. Clever and witty, and brought to life in vivid colours through the talented voice work of an amazing cast, and the overall audio production is superb. Seriously Audible, I need 6 stars.

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  • Abilash P. Pulicken
  • 2019-05-25

Not my thing, but it might be yours!

This audiobook is an excellent reminder that humor is subjective. I'd like to start out by saying that there's a lot to like about this book. The voice acting is largely well done, some of the jokes are genuinely funny, and a couple of characters are so well written that they shine in every scene they're in. That said though, I found the rest of this book pretty painful to get through - I'm not a huge fan of awkward, cringey humor and this book is, for the most part, full of awkward cringey humor. I was able to make it through about 75% of the audiobook before I finally threw in the towel and requested my credit to be refunded. If you're the sort of person that's a fan of this style of humor, I think you'll absolutely love this book - save your hard earned money/credits otherwise.

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  • Deb Anderson
  • 2019-05-16

Um...I guess my expectations were too high

Always love Mc Kinnon. Every other time. Listen to this book just to hear all the voices. Don't bother with story or plot or the bards. It's a show. They got together and said "Let's put on a show!" And they did. And I bought it. And now I'm done.

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  • Katie
  • 2019-05-02

I loved it enough to write my first review!

The first few minutes is kind of a shock, because it’s like nothing you’ve heard before, but don’t let that turn you off, keep listening! It’s different, definitely, but that’s what makes it so fantastic. I wouldn’t expect anything different from the mind of Kate McKinnon (and it must be a family trait because The co-creator Emily Lynne is fantastic!) Heads will roll intertwines historic tyranny with our modern version. I can’t wait for more!

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  • Charlotte
  • 2019-12-06

Highly Recommend

LOVED it! This is less like an audiobook and more like a modern, super funny, star-studded radio play. I definitely recommend this hilarious story!!

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  • Paulina Crawford-Gerber
  • 2019-12-03

funny

a great listen! cute story line. loved barnabas the social warrior's party in the story!

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