Author: Vic Neal
Narrator: Jack Hardman
Length: 8 hours 32 minutes
Series: Oxford Uni Corridor Series, Book 1
Publisher: Nice Cake Publishing Ltd
Released: Feb. 14, 2020
The Corridor is a documentary-style comedy which follows the lives of a group of Oxford students through their conversations, tweets, emails, video diaries, and text messages. Rather than attending lectures and writing essays, the students are more interested in their bizarre clubs, secret dining societies, and organizing rebellions. Based loosely on the experiences of an Oxford student, The Corridor exposes the famous seat of learning which has continued to excrete our most reprehensible leaders for hundreds of years. A must-listen book for anyone thinking of becoming a prime minister/anarchist.
Vic studied at Oxford for four years, and now lives and works in the West Midlands in the United Kingdom. The Corridor is her debut novel, which she boldly claims is “a bit funny in parts”. Vic has just published the sequel to The Corridor and is now working on a number of new titles – including a historical fiction based on a chance encounter between Lord Byron, King George III and Frankenstein (working title: “Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Sew”). Her aim is to become somebody somewhere’s favourite author.
Jack is an actor from the East Midlands. He trained at Millennium Performing Arts college and has been acting most of his life.
Set in a single corridor in the fictional Oxford Uni college of Goodfitz, this story relays the daily goings-on for students as a new term starts.
There is a wide mix of characters – the posh Bullington Club president, Ben, who’s entire world is ruined by the fact he no longer has an en-suite bathroom! His vice-president, Rupert, a ‘leftie’, intent on exposing the favouritism and elitism of the college and university in general (who, ironically does have an en-suite). New girl, Poppy, who gained a place on the accessibility for all programme, is thrown in at the deep end and finds the rules baffling and, to be honest, out of step with the real world. She starts an online diary, which perfectly expresses the insanity and sheer inanity of the protocols she’s obliged to follow. Added to this motley crew, there’s an avid rower, Lexi, Albert, the eternal student, still writing his thesis, and The Master whose job it is to keep order.
The interactions between the characters are both funny and irritating (though not at the same time!) Student politics plays a large role – the pettiness of the issues raised highlight the differences in expectations of Tory Ben and Socialist Rupert, and will instantly remind any reader or listener of the shenanigans in Westminster. Their hugely combative relationship is told through snarky emails, and their attempts to get others onside. Poppy’s diary keeps the passage of time in check.
There are moments to make you laugh out loud, and others to make you despair: If these stereotypes are the future leaders of Britain, then things – I’m sorry to say – ain’t gonna get better 😉
The narration is well done; I had no problem following the story, and indeed the tone of voice really suits the characters and their personalities. As far as observational comedy goes, this is a great example. Showing warts and all with what is clearly insider knowledge, it is a comedy, but it sure does explain a lot about some people currently in power in Britain – and not in a good way.
Recommended to fans of satire with both feet firmly fixed in reality. I’ll definitely read (listen to) the sequel.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Vic Neal. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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