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Publisher's Summary

The complete finale of the hit BBC Radio 4 sitcom- 2 episodes.

Cabin Pressure is set in the wing and prayer world of a tiny, one-plane airline, staffed by two pilots, one on his way down, and one who was never up to start with. In this, the finale of the whole series, we discover that for MJN Air, whether it's choosing an ice-cream flavour, putting a princess in a van or remembering your grandmother's name, no job is too small, but, many, many jobs are too difficult.

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey, MJN Air's formidable boss, has employed two of the very cheapest pilots money can buy. Captain Martin Crieff, who's always wanted to fly and won't let a little thing like lack of ability stop him, and First Officer Douglas Richardson, smooth-voiced old sky-god and eternal schemer. Passenger service is provided by the relentlessly cheerful Arthur, proud inventor of both Surprising Rice and his own hat.

©2015 BBC Worldwide (P)2015 BBC Worldwide

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"The more I listen to John Finnemore's Cabin Pressure, the more I think what a stonking masterpiece it is. Perfect in every department." (Philip Pullman)

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  • Tom
  • Lower Hutt, New Zealand
  • 11-05-2016

Brilliant!

Fast pace, witty, with some truly genius moments of comedy. I only wish there was more to listen to.

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  • Rosanne Limoncelli
  • 02-03-2015

Brilliant!

Best comedy series of all time!
Touching and hilarious, wish it never ended. Once you start it you won't be able to stop till you've heard them all.

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  • Janna Wong Healy
  • 08-02-2015

MORE, PLEASE!!

I was so excited to see this final episode arrive on Audible, I quickly downloaded and listened to it...and I was not disappointed. This episode is an hour long; the first part sets up the scenario (and, to be fair, it's a little long and sometimes confusing), but without it, the payoff in the second half would not occur! It's a great episode and completes the series in a satisfactory and extremely funny and appropriate way.

I don't know what I will do without the crew of MJN Air...they have entertained me for hours on my commute and I will miss them terribly.

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  • DMc
  • 27-04-2015

it's a sad fairy tale ending...BRILLIANT!

I am sad that this is the last episode. I have so enjoyed Carolyn, Martin, Douglas, and Arthur and all the rest of the madcap characters. Excellent fun.

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  • Mina Virk
  • 27-02-2015

Just hilarious!

Such fun! Absolutely love the characters and the humor, I listen to it again and again! So sorry there aren't more.

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  • Joanie
  • 24-02-2015

wonderful conclusion

Great wrap up to a series I was sad to see end. But the end was satisfactory in wrapping up all the stories in the same way the series was. Goofy fun. A nice change of pace. will be looking for more by Finnemoore. He is good.

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  • Frances
  • 05-02-2015

Funny, clever, flawlessly performed

I came for Benedict Cumberbatch's voice, left completely in love with John Finnemore's brain. He's ridiculously clever and Arthur is the funniest, most entertaining character I have come across. His delivery is perfect.

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  • KindleCrazy
  • 03-02-2015

Wish there were more like this!!!

Wonderful end to a wonderful series. I will forever purchase anything written by James Finnemore! Just good clean fun genius! In a word "BRILLIANT!" ;)

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  • Emily
  • 14-04-2015

Such an incredible show

I drive 50 minutes each way to work every day, and it's always so boring. Nothing brightens up my day more than this piece of brilliance by John Finnemore. Just so incredible. Highly recommend!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-2015

Delightful.

Wonderful writing, true character development, jokes you must be smart enough to understand. Loved it. Have listened to it over and over.

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  • Shopper Mom
  • 23-03-2015

Brilliant!

Cabin pressure is really funny and so clever. I loved it all from series 1 to 4 and then the final episode "Zurich". The most entertaining audio books I have bought.

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  • SARA JANE RATHBONE
  • 01-02-2015

Brilliant!!!!!!

What did you like most about Cabin Pressure?

Everything is Brilliant!!!!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Everyone is Brilliant!!!!!!

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Brilliant!!!!!!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Some lovely nuances from each character over the series and a great way to end a truly brilliant series. I have listened to all the episodes many times. It's become a treasured friend, particularly when I need a lift. I think it should be held up as an absolute classic.

Any additional comments?

BRILLIANT !!!!!!

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  • B. Whitnell
  • 27-01-2015

Best series ever

I was going to say radio comedy series, then dropped the radio. Then comedy had to go. from start to genius end I have listened and loved every second of Cabin Pressure and shall continue to do so until I drop. Perfect blend of actors, scripting and delivery make this nothing short of brilliant. Yellow car.

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  • janet
  • 16-01-2015

a brilliant end

Who was your favorite character and why?

no favourites - the skill of the writing is that they all compliment each other

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I loved the moment when Authur tells the police officer what he has in the back of his van

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

absolutely brilliant!

Any additional comments?

I would recommend listening to all previous episodes from beginning to end - this way you understand about the characters, their history and of course all the in jokes for this final episode. Cabin Pressure is one of the series I listen to again and again and it still makes me laugh even though I know what's coming.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-02-2015

'Brilliant'

worth listening to from series one just do you get the 'in' jokes.
yellow car!!!

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  • Lyro8
  • 25-02-2015

Perfection

Zurich is a masterclass in how to bring to an end a much loved series. Lots of references for fans who have followed for years and know the other episodes inside- out. It also features a cracking race-against- time plot and a satisfying conclusion (literally flying into the sunset). Outstanding performances from the cast - my favourite is Carolyn/Stephanie but they are all tremendous. 5 stars barely cover it.

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  • Fred
  • 28-02-2015

Cabin Pressure - Zurich!

Great ending to a fantastic series - who doesn't like a happy ending?! Arthur is a great character and all the narrators were superb.

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  • Daisychick
  • 21-02-2015

So sad to see it go :-(

I've loved every second of cabin pressure and have listened to each series about 3 times now. I can highly recommend it to everyone, it is funny, clever and even makes me laugh the third time around. I will miss not having more series to add to the collection.

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  • Martin
  • 18-02-2015

The lemon is in play

It seems as if cabin pressure has become part of the family. My children bring various story lines into everyday conversation, yellow car has become the game of choice while travelling in my car and the "bear polar" speech in a French accent has become my nine year old sons party piece. Good clean comedy for all ages. Simply "brilliant"

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  • Ross Ferguson
  • 15-01-2015

Absolutely brilliant!!

Yet another masterpiece but so sad that it's the final series. So superbly acted from a stellar cast that you will not get tired of repeating each episode. worth every penny, five star.

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  • Miss
  • 11-02-2015

Farewell friends

Such mixed feelings. A delight to hear another show from the amazing writer and cast, sorrow that it's the last.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful