Tim and his friends find out the hard way that you shouldn't question the game master, and you shouldn't make fun of his cape.
One minute, they're drinking away the dreariness of their lives, escaping into a fantasy game and laughing their asses off. The next minute, they're in a horse-drawn cart surrounded by soldiers pointing crossbows at them.
Tim now has the voice and physique of a prepubescent girl. Dave finds that while he lost a foot or two in height, he somehow acquired a suit of armor and a badass beard. Julian's ears have grown ridiculously long and pointy. And Cooper... well Cooper has gotten himself a set of tusks, a pair of clawed hands, and a bad case of the shits. He also finds that he's carrying a bag with a human head in it - a head that he had chopped off when they were still just playing a game.
Shit just got real, and if they want to survive, these four friends are going to have to tap into some baser instincts they didn't even know existed in their fast-food and pizza delivery world.
It's fight, flight, or try to convince the people who are trying to kill them that they don't really exist.
©2012 Robert Bevan (P)2014 Robert Bevan
"Audible Studio...More Please!"
If you have a problem with base humor, you will want to pass this book up.
I played Dungeons & Dragons when I was young, which is where Caverns & Creatures comes in without bothering a trademark. I would say all folks that enjoy MMORPGs would like the book but younger readers may not realize D & D is the predecessor of online fantasy gaming and will not find the humor of 20-sided dice and the pains of a dungeon master as funny as the older folks that played games before the Internet; however, C & C shares enough MMORPGs characteristics, especially since the characters are sucked inside the game, that fantasy gamers would enjoy this book almost as much.
I emailed a request for the rest of the series to be put on audio. I don't think the audio version exists but there are a number of books. Maybe if I get enough votes here, audible will raise an eyebrow at how many people like it.
I thought this book was very entertaining. Shakespeare it was not, but there was a nice coherent story with good character development. This will obviously appeal to people who have played games like D&D. I mean it references character sheets, charisma, random encounters, and rolling a 1, so there you go. It is not a 'gritty' book. There is much joking and bumbling along with the action. It goes pretty much how you would expect it to go if a bunch of casual gamers had to actually become their characters. Some of the content was kinda stereotypical, but I still think it was handled in a funny way. I enjoyed it. If you like gaming and don't take yourself too seriously, I think you will enjoy it too.
The narrator was awesome. He did great with the different voices and characters and their expression.
I didn't expect to like such a concept for a novel. While I consider myself a big fan of the tabletop RPGs, I thought the initial characterizations, many of which I have met, would mean a novel closer to viscous mockery that anything interesting.
I'm glad I kept listening. After a slightly jarring start, the novel easily finds its feet. Its a combination of a fish-out-of-water story along with a surprisingly gentle parody that I don't want to spoil.
In a novel that features a person with one voice who then changes tremendously in tone, it was great the way that the audiobook traded enough voices to keep immersion while kept the simpler characters with the same voice. The result made it easy to track the cast of characters, which would be something tricky given the subject.
No, but that isn't a bad thing with this type of story. The occasional shift in focus was a mental change that is easier to track with a break.
"Really Funny if you are a Nerd who played RPGs"
I was listening to the book while working on the bench in the lab and I had to laugh out loud. People thought I am crazy and I actually had to stop listening for a while to get myself under control. The characters are carbon copies of my old RPG group from 20 years ago. I would tell you why but I don't want to spoil the moment.
Incredible range of voices that are never annoying
"F-ing awesome and hilarious"
I'm a big role player fan, and this brings the reality an fantasy together beautifully. I've wondered what would happen if you dropped real players into their characters and thus is an amazing answer. And a great beginning to a series. And the voice acting and narration makes it all more believable.
"Quite possibly the funniest book I have read this year."
The only negative things I can say about this book are that the narration takes a bit to grow on you, and the humor is in no way high brow. With that out of the way, dear lord this book made me laugh. It is to date the only book which made me laugh so hard at one point I had to rewind the book a minute or two to figure out what had happened.
If you ever played any tabletop games this book is an absolute must read.
"ATTENTION AUDIBLE: GET THE SEQUELS RECORDED--NOW!"
It was different, engaging, and the characters were hysterically funny.
The horse in the jail.
Constantly laugh-out-loud. No crying. It was delightful.
I'm not now, nor even have been, a teenaged boy. I am a 60 yr old female. I have never played Dungeons and Dragons, had only a vague idea what was involved in that game. This book was a great introduction to that world, especially as one character was being introduced to it himself, and the story was fun, funny and a great listen with an excellent narrator. I immediately went to download the sequel, only to find it is NOT ON AUDIBLE. GRR. I will listen to/buy whatever else this guy writes, and I have already sent this book to a relative in hard copy, who also greatly enjoyed it.
"Please get the rest..."
I have over 1200 audible books (hundreds of which are history) so this question is a bit odd for me to try to answer, I'll just say it's one of the most fun novels I've heard in a long while.
Look I really liked the whole flow. All of the characters are unique and entertaining.
Nope but I will...
I actually laughed out loud... I was wearing a Bluetooth headset so people stared at me... It was worth it.
Seriously, audible needs Bevan's whole catelogue.
"AMAZING!!! COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!!!!!"
The best book so far and the narrator bring the story to life!!!!!
none this is one of a kind and its amazing!!
Cooper he makes me laugh
YES!!! AND I DID!!!!!!!
GET THIS BOOK!!!! hopefully they do books 2 and 3 with the same narrator
"Such a hard review to write..."
I wanted to love this story. After devouring the four Alter World novels by D. Rus and becoming a true fan of the lit-MMORPG genre, I went right into this novel with high expectations and a readiness to enjoy a good story. What I got was fart jokes and characters that did not seem concerned at all that they were somehow transported into a DnD world. The premise of this book is fantastic. Where my review goes off track is how the stoner geniuses that are our characters in this story somehow hijacked the excellent writing and dropped the entire IQ of the narrative and storyline by 100 points. Again, the writing is well done and well delivered. However, the characters seemed to take over where the story went and made it all about in-fighting and commenting/describing snot consistently coming out of one of the characters orifaces.
Great premise, NO SUBSTANCE. 3 stars for good writing and high marks for a narrator that did an amazing job switching between the voices of many different characters. 0 stars to the characters that allowed the story to go nowhere.
Propper laugh out loud stuff. Need the other books in the series
Come on audible get them
"Occasionally funny and very uneventful"
The humor consisted mostly of "your mom" jokes and profanity.
Almost nothing happens in the story and its mostly just the characters being confused and angry with each other.
"good but issues"
enjoyed it, only down side is the gap between chapters. they're too long and if I'm doing something whilst listening I keep thinking it's stopped or I've had a message arrive. if the gaps where smaller it would have flowed better too
this is a fantastic audio book! The characters and voice overs are fantastic! As someone who hasn't played D&D (C&C) all I want to do now is play it! can't wait for the next book!
"ever played d&d"
if you have you gota read this it's a blast
just like we used to play lol
Bad jokes, poorly written and terribly unsatisfying conclusion. It seems to have been written by a 14-year-old with a need to constantly sweat and make sexual innuendo. Concept was interesting, and the characters, for the most part, were endearing. Still, I am requesting a refund on this.
"crass base and full of swearing but fun regardless"
this book is full of base humour, Insults, swearing, ludeness and general I'll taste humour. so it's not for those of a weak disposition. That said it is pretty funny and only a basic knowledge of table top RPG is needed to understand what is going on.
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