REVIEW CATCH UP: Cabin Pressure [Complete Series]

Somehow I wrote this review towards the end of 2020, but never posted it so let’s have it now:

I’m going to start this review off by saying that Cabin Pressure was actually a radio show on the BBC and doesn’t technically count as an audiobook, but the entire series is listed as an audiobook on Goodreads and is also available in its entirety on Audible so I’m counting this as reading.

John Finnemore’s Cabin Pressure is a radio series following the misadventures of a small airline with an all-star cast of Stephanie Cole as Carolyn, Roger Allam as Douglas, Benedict Cumberbatch as Martin, and John Finnemore as Arthur. It even has Anthony Stewart Head as a guest star on several episodes as Herc and it’s, in a word for fans, brilliant.

I’ve listened to Cabin Pressure about a hundred times over the years and it always makes me laugh because of how silly it is (and yet “Zurich” always makes me cry). Given how upsetting the entire world is at the moment, I wanted a laugh and was so excited to see the complete series available on Audible. I downloaded it right away and have been listening to it over the last few days, especially when anxiety starts to seriously act up. It’s not a long series and I can definitely see myself having it on repeat when I go back to my day job (something I am not looking forward to at the moment given that it’s far too early to reopen non-essential businesses, but that’s another story).

The banter of the show is really what gets me every time. Douglas is so quick and witty, I aspire to his level of sarcasm one day. His back and forth with Martin (especially in the episodes where Martin just gets more and more annoyed) is always so funny, it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve listened to this show, I always laugh. But it’s also really sweet. When bits tease out regarding Martin’s or Douglas’s personal lives outside of flying, it can get sad but they’re there for each other like best mates are, even if Douglas is always teasing Martin. They’re my favourite parts of the show, but Arthur’s cluelessness and Carolyn being just as sharp as Douglas are also wonderful.

In these times of unrest and upsetting news smacking you over the head every thirty seconds, I highly recommend this ridiculously pleasant and funny series. You won’t regret it.

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