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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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!
Brilliant in every way I can think of, would recommend to anyone! Great cast, performance and storyline.
Apart from being very funny, it has such a feel good atmosphere.
Hard to be specific.
Stephen Mangan is class.
The end. I didn't want it to get there.
Listening to all the episodes lets you hear the characters and their relationships develop, particularly the two Kevin Eldon characters.
The Fat Hog
The scene with the Night Demon and Creech.
This should be available on prescription. Very very funny. Highly recommended. Lord darkness must be my favourite
"Very funny and compelling listening"
I first heard this bbc comedy on radio 4 extra and had to hear the entire series. The characters are not clichés of fantasy tropes but still retain the standard fantasy races. For me the real highlight are the villains though. Lord darkness and creatch are fantastic creations, as having the lord of all evil struggle with day to day life while trying to defeat the questers is a constant side story that can have you laughing whenever he turns up and having Alistair McGowan play him is a stroke of genius. Saying that the entire cast is fantastic and this would be amazing on the small screen. It seems that all the best comedy is on the radio these days.
I have already listened to it twice through. It has tickled me beyond belief, I absolutely adore Lord Darkness and his apathy towards being a successful dark lord.
The whole thing is a fantastic ride through a bizarre world full of innuendo and ridiculous characters.
Probably the scene with Lord Darkness and his first created son who keeps calling him mummy.
Why would they do bother? It's perfect as it is.
Please make more.
"Thomas Morley's review!
Brilliant acting and a brilliant performance by all. great fantasy comedy well written. 5 stars.
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