Stephen Mangan and Alistair McGowan star in the fantastical BBC Radio 4 comedy by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto.When fantasy novelist Sam is whisked off to Lower Earth by a band of noble warriors, his dog Amis goes with them. Transformed into human form, Amis turns out to be The Chosen One, whom the warriors need to help find the Sword of Asnagar. Only with the sword can they save Lower Earth from the evil rule of Lord Darkness.As their perilous adventure unfolds Sam, Amis and their new friends encounter many perils, put in their way by Lord Darkness and his evil assistant Kreech.With a supporting cast featuring Darren Boyd, Kevin Eldon, Sophie Winkleman, Ingrid Oliver, Dave Lamb and Chris Pavlo, Elvenquest is a clever and funny pastiche of the fantasy fiction genre. All 28 episodes from the first four series are presented here together.
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Graduate student in medieval history.
I love the premise of a spoof fantasy series along the lines of what Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy does to science fiction. This is solid British comedy with its mixture of intelligent wit and utter insanity. That being said, the series gets very repetitive quite quickly. Most of the characters seem to have one joke to them, which they do over and over again. Yes, Dean is gay, Vidar is an idiot and Penthiselea is clueless about sex. Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, however over the top their stories could get, were very good at grounding themselves with complex believable characters, who were interesting in their own right.
Kreech, Lord Darkness' minion (voiced by Kevin Eldon). He is Pinky to Lord Darkness' Brain or Baldrick to Lord Darkness' Black Adder.
Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule
A wonderfully funny radio program... Imagine if you took Monty Python, Lord of the Rings, and Red Dwarf and squished it all together... Bingo, this is it... Delightful bad punning and innuendo, not to mention the superb digs at pop culture and current events... Fabulous performances throughout... Absolutely worth the credit and you're welcome...
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
I didn't know what to expect from this dramatization. I expected fantasy set in an alternate universe as it was written. But.. the synopsis doesn't do it justice. This is very funny with a lot of tongue in cheek humor. I started listening and had to back up several times for the jokes and funny happenings. Most of this is due to the background music and sounds blocking out softer voices. The humor is adult but not graphic. There should be more about the villain and about the dog. It is omitted in the synopsis that the dog is changed into a human. But he remains the faithful canine companion. He behaves as I would expect my dog to behave if he became human. His values are that of the loyal canine who doesn't really understand why he is now human. But he goes along with it because of his master. The villain and his side kick are funny too. The supporting cast is great. I am glad that I browsed and got the entire series on one audiobook. Anyone who enjoys radio type dramatizations and humor should give this a try. My only complaint is that the background music and sounds made the voices hard to hear at times.
"Enjoyable but not particularly engaging"
I listened to a random episode of Elven Quest on radio 4 extra a while ago, and I remember thinking that it might be worth buying a whole series to get the full experience. Which is why I was so pleased to find this bumper audiobook that includes all 4 series!
On the plus side, you don't need to be a fan of Dungeons and Dragons to enjoy this programme as most of the jokes are based on relationships, gender stereotypes and a typically English changing-room humour. The relationship between Lord Darkness and his hideous sidekick Kreech is particularly well-imagined, and involves some of the funniest moments.
On the down side, most of the jokes are so familiar and well-worn that they're not particularly funny, just mildly amusing, and some of the performances feel a bit lacklustre.
In general, it never really lived up to my expectations and I came away feeling that if the writing had been a bit tighter, then this could have been an extremely funny and successful series. I think I was spoilt by listening to the hilariously funny, anarchic and surreal Bleak Expectations before I moved onto Elven Quest. If you're looking for a good laugh from an audiobook then I suggest you try that instead.
Having said all that, I was pleasantly surprised that this audiobook includes all 4 series in one go. Not only does it make it a lot easier to listen to, as you don't have to keep chopping and changing between files, but it's also a heck of a lot cheaper!
"A gem of a series. Very funny and very clever."
Great acting, great scripts and very funny. All are brilliant but Kevin Eldon as Kreech and Dean deserves a special mention. Buy this and you won't be disappointed.
"Loved this, hours of laughs"
Looking forward to every episode, I listened to these in the gym, made me look forward to going!
Great performances, well written episodes every time, lots of laughs, I could go on and on.
Hmm, a tough one, Stephen Mangan was great in this, it was a good ensemble cast, perhaps Alastair McGowan edged it as Lord Darkness.
I'm not sure about being moved, but I laughed in every episode.
I've already recommended this to a few people, great series, good value (24 episodes, 4 series in one collection), and won't disappoint.
Well acted and great writing has produced a superb series. The compilation of the series allows us to follow the quest in as larger chunks as we wish
Nice to hear the whole series together rather than me forgetting it's on the radio and missing some
Loved the characters and has a great story.
One liners and recurring jokes are v good.
Where is series 5?!
"One of the best comedy series I've ever heard"
If you like Lord of the rings
but imagined what it would be like if it was funny
look no further. This audiobook actually has a better plot and storyline than most new films
I give this 10/10
it never failed to bore me in all 24 chapters
yes 24 chapters.
It is a long listen but so glad it was. I never wanted it to end
"Into the vortex with one man and his dog"
The greatest adventure a dog and his best friend ever had! Enjoyed the journey but may be should have been one series shorter to avoid the feeling of déjà vu . Great buy.
Brilliant in every way I can think of, would recommend to anyone! Great cast, performance and storyline.
Fantastic. I have it on almost a continual loop and bought the cd box set for the car. Very funny, fabulous cast - complete nonsense from start to finish!
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