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Orconomics: A Satire Audiobook

Orconomics: A Satire: The Dark Profit Saga, Book 1

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Professional heroes kill and loot deadly monsters every day, but Gorm Ingerson's latest quest will be anything but business as usual.

The adventuring industry drives the economy of Arth, a world much like our own but with more magic and fewer vowels. Monsters' hoards are claimed, bought by corporate interests, and sold off to plunder funds long before the Heroes' Guild actually kills the beasts. Of course, that's a terrible arrangement for the Shadowkin; orcs, goblins, kobolds, and their ilk must apply for to become Noncombatant Paper Carriers (or NPCs) to avoid being killed and looted by heroes.

When Gorm Ingerson, a Dwarven ex-hero with a checkered past, stands up for an undocumented goblin, he inadvertently singles himself out for recruitment by a prophet of the mad goddess to undertake a suicidal quest. But there's more to Gorm's new job than an insane prophecy: powerful corporations and governments have shown an unusual interest in the quest. If his party of eccentric misfits can stop fighting each other long enough to recover the Elven Marbles, Gorm might be able to turn a bad deal into a golden opportunity.

©2014 John Zachary Pike (P)2016 John Zachary Pike

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    James Caulfield South Hampton, NH USA 01-02-17
    James Caulfield South Hampton, NH USA 01-02-17 Member Since 2016

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    "High Fantasy meets Economics- hilarity ensues"
    Would you listen to Orconomics: A Satire again? Why?

    Yes, I absolutely would. I really enjoyed the Pratchett-like mash-up of high fantasy, personal story development, humor and meticulous world-building. Replay value will be high on this, as a) it is genuinely funny without being "comedy haha." b) The economics check out. Orconomics isn't just pithy titling- it's the underpinning and motivating force in this world (and in truth, in every world). c) Despite the fact that the characters are ostensibly D&D player characters rendered into literature, they all delightfully both display and break every trope in the book. They are also refreshingly multidimensional and unpredictable. I can't break down specifics about how and why without giving away major plot points you truly want to have unfold in proper order- so I'll just stop here and endorse with a much vaunted "5 out of 5 elephants."


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

    made me laugh out loud numerous times. Had to set down the stuff I was doing while I was listening 'til I could continue.


    Any additional comments?

    As a card carrying fantasy nerd and classically trained economist, this book scratches multiple sweet spots for me. Bravo sirrah.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    John Williams Charlotte, NC 12-24-16
    John Williams Charlotte, NC 12-24-16 Member Since 2005
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    "A fun romp"

    There have been a number of this humorous takes on the D&D / Warcraft type universe. Many that focus on the world as a game and others that simple borrow game mechanics but give them a logical consistency in the world of the story. This is one that keeps it own logical consistency. Characters get XP and level up but its done through membership in a guild etc. for example.

    I have read quite a few of this general theme, and quite like J. Zachary Pike's take on the sub genre. The story is interesting, the humor is pleasing. There is one seen about "Aggressive sales tactics" that had me laughing loud enough to get funny looks from my wife.

    Overall I quite enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun ride.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 01-22-17
    Ann 01-22-17
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    "Dwarves and orcs and elves and more, OH My!"

    Disclaimer: I am not a gamer, but I have a great appreciation for satire and fantasy. I am sure the gamers get more of the inside jokes. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this saga, and was disappointed that because the author has a separate work life, the sequel is not available. I read a lot of fantasy and science fiction, and listen to more. This was one the the more enjoyable. I didn't necessarily laugh out loud, but I did snicker often. I appreciated the gentle life lessons along the adventure road; the flaws of the Heroes; and the amoral economics of the Questing nation. Buy and listen, you won't regret it.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing!"

    Best book I've listened to in a long time. Incredible performance. I loved the voice of the goblin. Can't wait for the next one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Eric delaine Currin 01-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "nice change of adventuring views"

    (spoiler free review) this book had me chuckling and there are some pokes at modern terms mixed in that I did not see coming, only to chuckle once I was in on the joke. there are many little jokes hidden behind the more obvious jabs, all wrapped up in well written humor and a great story to boot.

    The story - which I was honestly figuring to be a throw away story initially - turned out to be one of my more engrossing reads of the last few years. It had a solid plot, a decent set of twists, and a likable cast of characters.

    It was funny when it needed to be, and yet surprisingly serious when the story called for it.

    what threw me off the most was how sensible the story flowed. Characters did things with a reason and had reasons for everything they did, which is something that is actually pretty hard to accomplish in writing. It can be even harder when trying to work around lingo, something the author has done masterfully here.

    The audio was performed by a reader who really felt invested in the story, who cared about making each character memorable without overshadowing the others in any scene. And of making even the most garbled of dialects understandable and fun.

    in short, I will be picking up any of this series I can find and I eagerly await the next audiobook ! I would recommend to anyone who likes the fantasy genre, whether for a laugh or for a good story. No doubt this has both!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sage Jorgenson 01-08-17 Member Since 2012
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    "A book for those who love pen and paper rpgs."

    This book had me either laughing or at the very least smiling to myself as I listened to it. Here is a book that will make you root for the little guys while making you chuckle with humor that brings to mind Discworld.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marlene 01-18-17
    Marlene 01-18-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable and funny"

    I had a really good time listening to this book. I only wish audible had more of J. Zachary Pike and narrator Doug Tisdale, Jr. I would probably buy them all.

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    Matthew Little Rock, AR, United States 01-02-17
    Matthew Little Rock, AR, United States 01-02-17 Member Since 2013

    1 Star -- Terrible 2 Stars -- Bad 3 Stars -- Mediocre 4 Stars -- Great to the right person. 5 Stars -- Superb, you must pick this up.

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    "Flim Flam Fun"
    Any additional comments?

    After a ragged but brief start, this book was actually, surprisingly quite good.

    Normally I pick these kinds of books up as a way to kill time and then promptly forget everything about the book. This one, however, was different and compelling enough that I will remember it and continue the series.

    It is chuckle under your breath funny. The story is the lovechild blend of your archetypal fantasy adventure quest and what happens when the bankers and businessmen get ahold of it. It's a satire, yes, but loosely so -- more just a business and fantasy spoof.

    So yes, there are unique and memorably flawed characters, a story of laughs and betrayal, and your fantasy fun time. So if that sounds like your bit, I recommend this book to you.

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    Martin 02-24-17
    Martin 02-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "So good. I wish I could describe it"

    So if you wanted to know what would happen if Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, Weis and Hickman had a love child. You would be a bit of a perv. Ewww.That aside the works produced by that most unholy amalgamation would be most enjoyable. Enter John Zachary Pike. You will love his writing unless you are deficient in imagination. Sorry that's just the only way I can understand it. Read it listen to it beg for the movie. I will be doing the same. Keep them coming John.

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    The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem 01-18-17

    Loves a good adventure with heart and lots of laughs.

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    "A look at heroes,  villains, and their wallets."


    In every fantasy movie or videogame we have seen it before;  Someone needs saving, a hero arrives, they kill the bad guy, save somebody, raid the evil fortress for loot, then sell the loot, and it's off to the next adventure. But where does loot come from? Where does it go? Why is it worth killing over?

    "Orconomics" is a humorous look at money and the job market problems in a fantasy adventure world where earning a living means making a killing. How exactly is it possible to function normally in such a fantastically conflict filled universe? Was being a hero even a calling anymore or merely a job title? Garm, the dwarven ex-berserker, begins to question the logic behind everything he knows when is dragged unwillingly into a new quest. Other unwilling heroes down on their luck are dragged along, of course, including a silent weapon master, two squabbling mages, a bard who doesn't sing, an elven alcoholic, a goblin that no one can understand, a lovesick troll, and a religious scribe that serves a mad goddess.

    The book is recommended to those who spend way to many hours enjoying  online videogames (Yes, World of Warcraft people, I mean you) , watching movies that involve elves and dwarves, and have a healthy awareness of how ridiculous both those things can seem when viewed at a different angle.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Absolutely loved this book!"

    As a roleplayed I fully appreciated the characters & their higinks. A great story and well narrated, can't wait for book 2 to be released!!!

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