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Heads Will Roll

Written by: Kate McKinnon, Emily Lynne
Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Comedy, Satire
4 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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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.

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Hilarious

Loved it. Incredibly funny from the first scene to the last.
The performances by the actors is spot on. It's a real laugh fest!
The music in between is really catchy too! I'd be lying if I said I didn't catch myself humming it way too many times!

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  • John
  • 02-05-19

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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  • Lili
  • 04-05-19

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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  • Abilash P. Pulicken
  • 25-05-19

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
  • 16-05-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-19

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
  • 07-05-19

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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  • Katie
  • 02-05-19

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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  • Sarah A. Finnegan
  • 04-05-19

Fantastic!

I wasn’t sure how this would go over because so much of comedy is the non-verbal; facial expressions, body language, etc. that in this format, you obviously can’t see. This was amazing! Kate and Emily are incredibly talented, as was the whole cast. It was laugh out loud funny the whole time. Definitely would love more of this type of comedy from this fantastic duo!

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  • Kylie
  • 16-05-19

Disappointingly bad and never funny

I love Kate McKinnon and I was really hoping this would be as funny and satirical as it was promoted to be.
Spoiler - it wasn’t. I’ll admit, it probably isn’t my kind of humour, but even so I thought Heads Will Roll was poor.
The humour throughout was entirely based on two things: toilet humour (ie fart jokes) and anachronisms (isn’t it so hilarious that this is set in the Middle Ages but we’re talking about memory foam mattresses!!!).
There was no sophistication about the humour - most people grew out of toilet humour after second grade. And the anachronistic humour is an obvious gag that can get a laugh once or twice but doesn’t sustain over 10 episodes. It’s just the same joke over and over again. The humour is never clever, and the language was irritatingly tacky throughout. The characters, like, totally talked, like, you know, the most stereotypical, you know, and annoying, like, teenagers ever, you know, you guys?
I was so disappointed with this - it was immature, it constantly took the easy and obvious way out and never tried to live up to its potential.

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  • Melynda
  • 24-05-19

Not impressed

Lots of gibberish, not impressed at all. Had a hard time listening to the book, gave it a good faith effort, tried till chapter 9 and gave up.

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  • Liza Lieverse
  • 02-05-19

All stars for these all stars

This show is absolutely hilarious! It combines the SNL-style humor we know from Kate McKinnon with an all-star cast of actors to create this joyous radio play! The pleasant switches from famour stars like tim Gunn and Meryl Streep to the friends & SNL co-stars like Aidy Bryant and Alex Moffat bring the story to life even more, and Emily Lynne SHINES and manages to keep up with her sister with ease, proving herself a star in her own right. The songs are a joy as well, and I’m hoping they’ll be released on Spotify at some point in the near future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-19

Absolutely Amazing!!

This is honestly so so funny! Kate McKinnon at her best and I just love the story and the characters, it's utterly entrancing and you're just hanging on for the next episode! DEFINITELY RECOMMEND! (By Charlotte Ervin)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-06-19

Funny!

Love Kate McKinnon, big fan, and so to hear her with her sister in this was epic, great story, really funny, great message, and the work you can tell they put it into it was well worth it, they work really well with each other, hope there's going to be another one

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  • GloomyRuby
  • 04-05-19

Brilliantly funny

I am a big Kate Mckinnon fan and when i saw this i knew id love it and i was right very funny and creative. Its like disney with adult humor.

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  • Tammy G
  • 23-09-19

Definitely Must listen

Such creativity, imagination and so much fun! Had me laughing and cringing throughout. I would highly recommend this. So out of the box!

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  • Finewine
  • 21-09-19

not my cup of tea

I should have gone with my first instinct on the sample...but always willing to give something new a go. Couldn't even stand one complete episode of this rubbish ☹

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  • AnnieB
  • 31-08-19

not for me

couldn't believe I used a credit for this, I tried on a few occasions but never made it through chapter 1

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-08-19

Great Laugh when feeling Low

Downloaded this on a whim, so glad that I did. It's done in episodes with humourous adverts in between.
I ended up wishing that it went on a little longer

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  • Gourley S.
  • 24-07-19

Absolutely hilarious!

Full of all kinds of silliness, such a great production. I'm hoping for a season two to this audio drama!!!

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  • Olivia gibson
  • 21-07-19

Hilarious

Honestly I absolutely love this , every episode is brilliant written and performed. No other way to describe it than excellent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-19

Spat my coffee out laughing. RIP coffee.

Bizzare. Engaging. Hilarious. The comedic timing delivered by Kate Mckinnon is spot on. The writing is great, story bizzare and hilarious, the Queen makes me laugh every scene.

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  • Fi He
  • 08-11-19

Loved this

So so good. Better than expected! Veep meets game of thrones with a sprinkle of Portlandia!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-10-19

Enjoyable story well put together

few cringe moments but an enjoyable good overall experience and voices match the character images.

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  • Sonja
  • 04-08-19

Hilarious

Brilliant and hilarious from start to finish. I don’t know how this hasn’t been more widely publicised. Kate McKinnon and her sister are incredible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-06-19

It's ok

Look, I love Kate McKinnon as much as the next lesbian. But this just fell so flat on me.

I give one star because I managed to finish it, one because I laughed out loud once or twice, and one solely because Esther Perel's in it and she is an incredible pool of wisdom that I can not get enough of.

If you do not like the preview, like me, don't listen to it. It stays exactly the same all the way throughout and does not get any cleverer along the way.

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  • Vanessa
  • 13-06-19

So Funny !!!!!

Love this story and if you don’t laugh out loud you clearly have NO sense of humour !

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  • Simone
  • 12-06-19

Light fun with lots of laughs

Worth a binge listen- lots of fun. The character voices are great. Very entertaining so listen!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-19

So funny

I laughed out loud many times. I loved the bards and the raven so all the characters were brilliant. The cast was fanatic and the story was very fun.

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  • Kerri-Ann
  • 05-06-19

Laugh out loud funny

Loved this! So funny, clever and a great production overall. Great guest narrators too, which really made this a standout listen.

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  • Krissy J
  • 04-06-19

Hilarious

This was really well done. The story was so funny and guest voices were hilarious.