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Adventurers Wanted, Book 1: Slathbog's Gold | [M. L. Forman]

Adventurers Wanted, Book 1: Slathbog's Gold

Do you have the courage, the wits, and the skill to claim a dragon's hoard? If so, apply within . . . The sign is small, tucked into the corner of Mr. Clutter's bookshop window: “Adventurers Wanted. Apply Within.” No one but fifteen-year-old Alex Taylor even seems to notice it is there. And for Alex, who has wished for a change in his life, it is an irresistible invitation.Upon entering Mr. Clutter's shop, Alex is swept away on an incredible adventure to a faraway land filled with heroic warriors, mysterious elves, and hard-working dwarves.
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Publisher's Summary

Do you have the courage, the wits, and the skill to claim a dragon's hoard? If so, apply within . . . The sign is small, tucked into the corner of Mr. Clutter's bookshop window: “Adventurers Wanted. Apply Within.” No one but fifteen-year-old Alex Taylor even seems to notice it is there. And for Alex, who has wished for a change in his life, it is an irresistible invitation.Upon entering Mr. Clutter's shop, Alex is swept away on an incredible adventure to a faraway land filled with heroic warriors, mysterious elves, and hard-working dwarves. Alex becomes the eighth man in a band of adventurers seeking the lair of Slathbog the Red - an evil dragon with a legendary treasure. Along the way, Alex and his new friends must battle dangerous trolls and bandits, face undead wraiths, and seek the wisdom of the Oracle in her White Tower. Alex's adventure takes him to distant and exotic lands where he learns about courage, integrity, honor, and, most importantly, friendship.

©2009 M. L. Forman (P)2009 Shadow Mountain

What the Critics Say

"The beginning of an epic fantasy series." (Library Journal)

"Entertaining ... The series potential is limitless." (Booklist)

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    A United States 01-24-14
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    "Great Story!"

    We picked this book up in a bookstore for my 11 year old son and after he read this one and the next in the series, I asked how he liked them...his faced lit up and he went on and on about magic and elves, swords and wizards. I love a good fantasy novel, so I decided to give it a try on Audible. Wow! Great story, great performance! EB Stevens did a fantastic job of mixing different accents, octaves, and tones to make each character their own. Well done and highly recommend it to anyone!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 08-13-13
    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 08-13-13 Listener Since 2005

    I am a person that tries and get through 1 book a week if possible. I am Dyslexic so this is really the only way I can get through a book. I have listened to more book in a year than I read my first 20 years of my life. I found the joy of audio books in the early 2000 and have been a audible customer since 2000 or 2001. I have over 490 books in 2 different accounts and listened to 90%.

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    "Great book for all ages. Hard to put down"
    Where does Adventurers Wanted, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a book that is great for kids and adults. I really enjoyed it and it was very well put together. Already 3/4 down with book 2 and it is as good as the first one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alex Taylor is a must for the best characters. He has honor without measure.


    Have you listened to any of E. B. Stevens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No first time I have listened to E.B. Steven's but will keep listening to him going forward.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes the way the world was built with the limits on magic and adventures was great.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Kelly Little river sc 08-07-14
    Daniel Kelly Little river sc 08-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "This was one great book very fun and upbeat"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Adventurers Wanted, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    Yes the narrator did a spot on job he was great loved the audiobook was just wonderful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Adventurers Wanted, Book 1?

    The whole book was good can't pick just one


    What does E. B. Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brings it to life


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    ckbolander Boise, ID United States 07-25-14
    ckbolander Boise, ID United States 07-25-14
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    "A Most Excellent Adventure"
    Where does Adventurers Wanted, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was an outstand start for M. L. Forman. I bought this book for my kids, 8-16, and when I saw their enthusiam for the story, decided to give it a try. I was very impressed with the pace of the book, a great blend of action, suspense, learning, and all the time character building. This is right up there with some of my favorite teenage fantasies. I liked it much better than the Wheel of Time series. Call me crazy.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking to start a series, this is a great choice. After just finishing book 4 I find myself hoping the adventure does not end with book 5. Great characters and plots. Full of magic. Now if I could just get one of those magic bags.

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    Pen Name 06-04-14
    Pen Name 06-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator not my favorite but love the story"
    If you could sum up Adventurers Wanted, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Attention keeping original.


    Any additional comments?

    We love Brandon Mull in our household. That being said, E.B. Stevens narrates the Fablehaven series which we love. Somehow his narration of this book seems off kilter. Maybe a little too dramatic for the series? The characters voices are on par, its the in between that took a while to get use to. The story line is good, although I feel like they drive home the fact that the main character is young an inexperienced waaayy too much...but it is a children's book so that's forgivable. I still very much like the book. Hopefully since this is the baseline, the next story won't focus on that aspect as much. Overall a winner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    pdarnold WA. state 03-06-14
    pdarnold WA. state 03-06-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Almost as fun & adventurous as the written book -"
    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story as narrated by E. B. Stevens. He did a very good job with the many different voices. However, as the narrator in-between the different characters his voice became almost hypnotically soft spoken. This caused me to drift off, think of other things, etc. I am happy I had "read" this book before listening to the audio version. I only wish it were Simon Vance who narrated this series.

    The tale is still just as fun, adventurous and epic as before. Honor, friendship, camaraderie, choosing between right and wrong, seeking truth, endangering one's self to rescue another, taking responsibility, enjoying fellowship, learning to overcome fears and learning a good book is always a good friend!

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  • alan
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    "Trouble getting to sleep? Listen to this"
    If you could sum up Adventurers Wanted, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Awful plots and irksome characters. The character's are made so unbelievable by the poor performance of the narrator. All the characters voices sounded so identical I had a hard time guessing who was who.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None... All the characters may well have had the same name, because they all sounded the alike. Maybe they were all related, who knows!


    What does E. B. Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    An annoying attempt at an Irish accent, that sounds more like a Swedish Jamaican Scott.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh and cry... Cried when I punched myself in the eye when I got past the first chapter; and laughed when I got my credit back.


    Any additional comments?

    As I used my iPad I was unable to listen to a sample of the audiobook, as Audible had taken this function away from their mobile site- something which they have reinstated now, so I thought I would give it a go, how surprised I was. The story is a particularly bad take on the hobbit. The characters were flat and lifeless and uninteresting, and the story is sluggish and moves slowly to its unexciting conclusion.

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  • Gwen Townsend
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    ""Questioned" is not a synonym for "asked"!"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    R2D2


    What could M. L. Forman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not used the word "questioned" instead of "asked", or better yet, "said", at every possible opportunity!

    Not been so gratuitously derivative of Tolkien that I daren't allow my kids to read it in case they think Tolkien copied Forman (assuming I’m prepared to run the risk of them catching the "questioned" disease, which I'm not).

    Not used adjectives instead of adverbs, or better yet, dialogue - rather than writing "he said (questioned!) in an angry tone", write "he said angrily", or preferably have him say something that lets the reader know he's angry!

    And finally, the totally flat characters - the protagonist who rapidly develops virtually godlike powers, to the apparent total lack of surprise or envy of any of the other characters, all of whom are wholly interchangeable.


    Would you be willing to try another one of E. B. Stevens’s performances?

    Yes, but it would be despite, and not because of, being a Stevens performance.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book was mildly entertaining and there were a couple of original and imaginative ideas. I'd try one more in the hope that, having exhausted most of Tolkien's major themes, Forman might find his own voice.


    Any additional comments?

    The wooden delivery and entirely gratuitous French, Russian and German accents deserve a special mention - although it strikes me that the narrator was desperately looking for a way to differentiate the many featureless characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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