The Minister of Chance

  • by Dan Freeman
  • Narrated by Sylvester McCoy, Jenny Agutter, Jed Brophy, Paul McGann, Paul Darrow, Philip Glenister, Tamsin Greig
  • 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Winner of Best Audio Drama, BBC Audio Drama Awards, 2013. Winner of Speculative Fiction, Parsec Award, 2013.
The Minister of Chance is a wildly exciting, picaresque fantasy adventure and a brilliant, Swiftian satire on politics and religion. It boasts Hollywood production values, an orchestral score and a staggeringly accomplished cast: Jenny Agutter, Jed Brophy, Lauren Crace, Paul Darrow, Philip Glenister, Tamsin Greig, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, and the beautifully inflected Julian Wadham as the titular minister.
Originally made on an overdraft, the remaining episodes were funded by fans who turned this groundbreaking radiophonic masterpiece into a multiaward-winning cult phenomenon.
A world not our own: Ambassador Durian of the technologically advanced nation of Sezuan is sent to talk peace with the King of the medieval backwater nation of Tanto. However, the King rebuffs Durian's overtures of friendship, and things take a turn for the very, very sinister.
At a nearby inn, barmaid Kitty's routine of fighting, abusing customers, and avoiding personal hygiene is disrupted by the arrival of a cloaked stranger. Her routine is further disrupted when she follows him into the forest, through a ghostly doorway, over the frost bridge between worlds, and into an adventure encompassing invasions, machiavellian political scheming and conversations with frog gods at the entrance to the Underworld.
Put on your headphones, and spend your next commute in another world. You won't want to leave.

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What the Critics Say

"...ambitious and innovative...excellent production that creates vivid, evocative soundscapes that drive forward the mood and suspense...gripping." (The Guardian)
"...startling...a joy to listen to...world-class...magic...superb...haunting...intricate...sucks you in and holds you...so poetic that you’re happy to go along with every twist...fascinating...a gorgeous audio experience." (Entertainment Focus)
"...truly breath-taking...seldom have I heard such an imaginative use of music and effects.... I urge any listener who enjoys a rattling good story to download it as soon as they can." (Radio Drama Reviews)

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SPOILT BY LOUD AMATEUR ACTING BY THE MAIN CHILD ACTRESS WHO SHOUTS HER WAY THROUGH

Forced myself to listen to this good production which is utterly spoiled and almost unlistenable due to the immature acting of the main child actress who does not act she SHOUTS all the way through. Very off putting and makes what would be a good storyline very painful to listen to.

The is child needs to go back to drama school. The first thing I and my colleagues learnt at drama school was NOT TO SHOUT but ACT. I blame the producers and the director for hiring such an amateur.
Will not be recommending this awful production to my friends, they would be insulted.
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Like watching a movie with your ears

Like my headline says it's literally like watching a movie... But with your ears. Dan Freeman, the voice actors and rest of a team did an amazing job taking us into a world where science is outlawed and magic rules. Highly recommended.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-01-2016
  • Publisher: Radio Static