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Heads Will Roll

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,693 ratings  ·  485 reviews
Heads Will Roll is an Audible Original from Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon and her co-creator/co-star (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
Audible Audio, 4 pages
Published May 2nd 2019 by Audible Studios
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Megan (ReadingRover)
This book was amaz-balls! It was ridiculously over the top and hysterically funny. I don’t know why people are bitching about how crass it is or how they can’t take the raunchy sex jokes. What were they expecting? A well manicured period piece, eloquently told about a queen’s majestic rule over her kingdom? Off with those peoples’ heads! It was meant to be over the top and it was. It was full of cliched jokes, overly used stereotypes and awkward puns. That’s what made it so funny. It was pretty ...more
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
“I am a psychopathic tyrant with the kingdom on my shoulders”
Immature story for mature audiences.
Loved this! If you need to laugh and just forget the rest of the world this was great!
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, fantasy
Very hilarious comedy audio play, and it seems like part of a new genre that is forming. What can Heads Will Roll be compared it to? Kind of like the classic Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide radio series, but medieval comedy like Monty Python. But, like modernly updated.

A stellar cast with Kate McKinnon as the evil queen, and the bird girl is a treat, not to mention fellow SNLer Alex Moffat as Odin. There are skits with Peter Dinklage, the Fab Five, and more! And, amazingly, Meryl Streep.

The wo
Nisha Menon
Apr 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Ok, if this is already on your TBR, you need to get to it ASAP if you're craving some laughs.

I'm still new to the audiobook world and I find that I have to wrestle with my head to make it stop talking over the book at certain points. But know this, by the end, my head shut up and gave in to the world and it was wild and fun.

I always knew deep down that I was just waiting for the right evil queen to pledge my allegiance to. Ladies and gentlemen, we found her.

Also, fair warning, this book embra
May 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Not a Soul
Recommended to Gidg by: Audible
Shelves: humor
Total Disappointment. I pre-ordered the audibook due to the list of A-List cast members involved and the reputation of that of Kate McKinnon as a comedic superstar. When you pre-order you are not given a sample to listen to before purchase and therefore I had no idea what a mess this book was going to be. I was confident in the many talented people that were involved to deliver a very amusing and entertaining production. That wasn't the case.

I read a few positive reviews that praised the audiobo
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, nbtr, audio-books
This was a great listen, funny, raunchy and balls-out funny. Did I say funny? The performance was so wonderful and funny though the story brings the rating a bit down it was more about the performance. Heads did indeed roll and in 10 chapters wonderful Kate McKinnon brought so many wonderful people together for a wonderful performance which isn't a book but a recorded play. Maybe someday I would get to see it I heard Broadway Video so where's the video of this performance?

People who don't read g
Inkish Kingdoms
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is a certain appeal to the absurd and the nonsensical elements in writing, TV shows, and audiobooks. I am excited to see that Audible has hopped on the wagon of this genre with this Audible Original. As I listened and laughed out loud regardless of my location, I couldn’t stop thinking about how absurd this title is.

Kate Mckinnon makes fun and entertains the audience with uncensored dark humor and satirical comments. Some of the “victims” that are worth mentioning are the beloved “Cather
Lauren Bell
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m a pretty big Kate McKinnon fan so I really enjoyed seeing the vastness of her creativity. She literally oozes it. When I wasn’t listening, I was thinking about it, so that’s a plus in my book. It gets raaaaaather raunchy so that’s why I’m only giving it 3 stars. I liked all of the satirical humor about our current world/politics and the SNL and GOT spoofs. I loved hearing some of my favorite people voice these characters. The sirens were hilarious, thanks FAB 5. Overall, I enjoyed it and kep ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I rated this three stars because the performance was excellent—what a talented cast! The story itself? Meh. I guess I’m too old for sex and fart jokes (but I do find “My dad wrote a porno” hilarious!). Maybe in a different mood it would be funnier? Ah well.
Mridu  aka Storypals
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Funny but something you can live without.
andrea caro
Queer Eye boys as cannibal sirens and Kate McKinnon? Yes.
May 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
I gave up after 20 minutes and for the first time ever, I went back to Audible and requested a refund. I wish there was a way to give this -1 stars. It's like a really, really bad SNL sketch that just wouldn't end.
The affected accents are awful, the language is "totally" valley girl, the attempts at political satire are weak, and the humor never rises above the second grade level.
Makes me seriously question ever picking up an Audible Original again.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This is pretty bad. I really wanted to like it as some light fare to simply turn the brain off to. Really. It just didn't work. Besides the weak plot, the anachronisms are just too off-putting. You are allowed to take some liberties in a fictionalized comedy world. However, if you want to build a medieval-like world, you might want to research a bit about how it worked - even for a comedic take on it. But it's also like they have no clue about how our own society works either. Compare this to Mo ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Rating 5 Stars of Acquiescence!!!! *wink wink*

Kate McKinnon's comedy just seems to always trigger the giggles for me. Right off the bat I was already guffawing as Queen Mortuana beheads a dude for no reason really and two people lose their heads after that with dramatic sound effects. With the help of her raven sidekick JoJo they get into all more sorts of shenanigans to keep the kingdom. There is more characters voiced by fabulous actors and actresses that made this as delightful as Kate's evil
Stacy GeekRemixALot
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, humor
Oh boy this was pretty enjoyable! the cameos were especially fun haha, and i loved all the little interstitials that were like medieval ads throughout. i love kate mckinnon which probably helps too!
Courtney Wynn
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was so much fun! It’s just a funny, satirical episodic tale about an evil queen and her cursed raven minion. I had a great time and really I enjoyed every minute of this Audible read. It was a little short, but it was filled with a great cast of voice actors. Can’t say enough about how much I really enjoyed this.
Vera Perez
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
What to say about this project? I don't even know how to denominate it, but calling it a musical, a soap-opera, a short story written in parts/chapters, all sound more accurate than calling it a book. Ah, just read the GR description and it writes "this is not an audiobook -it's a 10-episode, star-studded, audio comedy."
Well, there you have it, that's what it is.

I jumped into Heads Will Roll with just one thought in mind: "This will be a trip!" and it did not disappoint. Who doesn't love Kate M
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Freaking hilarious audible original. It’s filthy fun and just joyful to listen to all the characters voices. I was stuck in Houston Airport IAH for almost 24 hours headed out on an amazing vacation. This kept me laughing, upbeat and ready for any curve balls United scheduling & thunderstorms threw at my group & I. Kate McKinnon & all the cast are full of raunchy good fun. I want to listen to it again when I’m not having to stop to hear the latest gate change or additional flight delay every 30-4 ...more
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
Super funny—an extra long Saturday Night Live sketch. Definitely worth listening to.
Caly ☯ Crazy Book Lady
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not a "book" really but an audio comedy that if you like Kate Mckinnon or SNL you will love it. At least I did.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
So I actually kind of loved this. It was not so much as book, it was more like a show with only the audio. It had a full cast, sound effects, songs, etc. My favorite was the "commercials" between scenes that were just plain "too many muses taking up space on your lawn, waiting to inspire artists? Try Musinex!" So many more that were both silly and clever. I laughed SO MUCH with this book, not just little chuckles but out loud cracking up laughing. My favorite character was proba ...more
Andy Schneider
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun little series - I'm down for pretty much anything Kate McKinnon makes. Turns out she's a really terrific voice actress. This series was a great introduction to her sister, too. She actually had the more laugh-out-loud funny character, I thought, as she savaged millennials with her upspeak and identity-struggle parody.

The writing was witty, and it did a great job setting up little moments of hilarity. But that was pretty much all you got from this - it felt like it had its roots in sketch com
May 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
Listen to three chapters and called it quits. I just found it stupid, not funny.
Clare Grové
May 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks-2019, 2019
Gratuitous profanity never appeals to me. Curse for a purpose, ffs!

Not for me.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ummm... yep, I might be listening for the third time, but see... when you have something that makes you laugh every single time you get back to it, you'll just want to use every chance you get, right :D

Not virgins. Very well-adjusted!


Yes, please, tell us more about your Whole30 program, you haven’t talked about it for like 10 whole minutes.

Five hilarious stars! I feel like I want to replay it right away. And I just might. This audiobook is perfect. It’s so f***ing funny.

I loved Kate to
May 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2019
I was really really looking forward to this. I preordered it because i couldn’t wait to listen, but life got in the way and I started later than I had hoped. I wanted to love it but I really hated it. It was just over 4 hours - very short - and it took me over a week of forcing myself to listen to it. It had potential for satire and mirth but it was so blisteringly unfunny. I made notes. I laughed exactly two times. Andrea Martin defeating the Sirens was the heartiest laugh of the two. It was th ...more
Kylie Westaway
May 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
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
Joshua Van Dereck
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heads Will Roll is great stuff. I see everyone is commenting on its raunchiness, but I didn't find it to be offensive at all. The story is frolicsome and ridiculous. The voice acting and musical numbers are magnificent. The piece really shines in the commercials and the deep snark of some of the side stories. There is latent political commentary too. Anyone who appreciates Kate McKinnon's humor will simply love listening to this.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Oh, I was really excited about this one, especially with the amazing cast! At the beginning, I actually did find myself literally laughing out loud. However, the humor very quickly became grating. While I expected this to be a ridiculous story, I did still expect there to be enough of a plot point for me to care. Unfortunately, that was lost on me. Additionally, while I'm not a prude, I found the endless raunchy humor not necessary, and actually detracted from what could have been funny scenes. ...more
Mac Daly
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, comedy, magic
Fans of Christopher Moore will love this irreverent and sometimes vulgar tale of Mortuana, an evil queen with an enchanted crow for a best friend. All she wants to do is enjoy her life of decadent overindulgence and an occasional troll massacre. When the peasants decide to revolt, she is totally clueless of what she has done wrong, after all her intentions are good, aren't they? The cast of this Auidible original is spot on from Kate McKinnon's evil queen to Tim Gunn's faithful? sidekick. Throw ...more
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