The Incomplete Tim Key: About 300 of his poetical gems and what-nots
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd.
Date: August 2011
Duration: 2 hours 52 minutes
Key's audiobook represents the most comprehensive collection of poeticals put together to date, some with some strong language and content. Whichever way you care to look at this, it is pretty much a wall of poems. There are lots of them. Too many maybe. If there's such a thing as too many poems, which in all likelihood there is. These poems (by award-winning Key) are primarily about love, sex, dreams, death and fruit (strawberries, beans etc). This audiobook download has come out as a sort of accompaniment to the actual book. The two are quite similar, except this one's got snippets of music and the actual book is heavier and can be burned in an emergency. The release of the book, audiobook and ebook in no way tie in with things like 'demand' or 'clamour' but are more a result of Key having a full English breakfast with the right person at the right time. You shouldn't feel like you're taking the easy option by getting the audiobook download rather than fronting up and buying the hard copy - some people like to enjoy and hear poetry on the move or in the car and Key isn't the kind of person to suggest you jam the actual book against the steering wheel with your elbow and divide your attention between reading the lovely verse and narrowly avoiding a Prius. No, get the audiobook download. By all means, ideally in addition to the actual book, and get it blaring out whilst you're doing other things. A poet who favours dark suits, lager and long hot baths, Tim works on BBC Four in Charlie Brooker's Newswipe and on Radio 4, doing his late night poetry show. In 2009 he won the Edinburgh Comedy Award for his poetical recital The Slutcracker and has filmed some of his verse in lack and white to overwhelming critical approval. Billed by Time Out as "He's a genius plain and simple" Tim's incomplete and unabridged reading of his book is hilarious and inventive, playful and punchy, and light and dark by turn.