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The Reluctant Swordsman | [Dave Duncan]

The Reluctant Swordsman

Wallie Smith can feel the pain. He goes to the hospital, remembers the doctors and the commotion, but when he wakes up it all seems like a dream. However, if that was a dream how do you explain waking up in another body and in another world? Little Wallie finds himself in the physique of a barbarian swordsman, accompanied by both an eccentric priest babbling about the Goddess and a voluptuous slave girl. Is this a rude awakening or a dream come true?
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Publisher's Summary

Wallie Smith can feel the pain. He goes to the hospital, remembers the doctors and the commotion, but when he wakes up it all seems like a dream. However, if that was a dream how do you explain waking up in another body and in another world? Little Wallie finds himself in the physique of a barbarian swordsman, accompanied by both an eccentric priest babbling about the Goddess and a voluptuous slave girl. Is this a rude awakening or a dream come true?

What in the world will Wallie do now that he's found himself stranded in a strange realm? Well it just so happens that the Goddess is in need of a swordsman. It won't be easy but if he succeeds he will have everything he wants. If he doesn't, things could get ugly.

Wallie is reluctant but sees his chance. If only he had the faintest clue as to the adventure he is about to unleash! If only he could imagine the forces that will be out to vanquish him!

©1988 D.J. Duncan (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Joe Modesto, CA 10-21-12
    Joe Modesto, CA 10-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "An enjoyable listen"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was straight-forward, easy to follow, and was enjoyable to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for an enjoyable story, you might like this one. It is not full of intrigue, or complicated, or full of politics. It is a simply story, simply told. Having said that, I would say that I enjoyed listening, both to this book, and to the following two books in the series. The story isn't complicated; It doesn't arrive at the end you would think it will come to from the beginning, but the ending was not terrible either. All in all, I enjoyed listening to it.

    Before you decide, though, please find out what other reviewers think. All things aren't for everyone. I always like recommending that the reader considers other reviews before deciding.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 07-02-13
    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2011

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "Mediocre book depending on taste"

    I say its mediocre depending on taste because I tend to lean toward more graphic novels with gritty characters. This book has a character with scruples & that plays a part in the overall book. I don't think I will end up reading the other 3 books after this because I'm in the Cornwell, Martin, Ambercrombie type of violence & character depiction. I will give KUDOS to the author writing a enjoyable book while avoiding mass violence (considering everyone is running around with swords) & the language is not vulgar at all... from a literary standpoint Duncan didn't need to add any of that extra descriptions to make the book better, although I think that most books that take place during the time when archaic weapons were used (swords, axes, etc....) should be relatively graphic is coarse because before the invention of guns, pulling a trigger is much different than taking a battle axe to someones head or a sword causing real life problems during large battles... like bodies & blood lol

    The book was not bad, not necessarily in my category of more than medicore but like I said before, it could be great for those readers who appreciate the ability to write an interesting story without needing to use the 'extra's' I mentioned above

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Armidale, Australia 10-07-12
    Joel Armidale, Australia 10-07-12 Member Since 2003

    Hardcore scifi fan from a galaxy far far away.

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    "Book of jobe"

    I strongly suspect that this is a rewrite of some ancient Incan story, mixed with the book of jobe,with a pinch of fantasy soul translocation. Well written and a whole lot of fun. I have to get up tomorrow at 5.30am, it is now 11pm and I am downloading the next book. Don't you just hate those sort of authors. Elol

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    James Vista, CA, USA 07-21-13
    James Vista, CA, USA 07-21-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Engaging story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the first book in a series that takes you through a world of swords and sorcerers that is well thought out, with characters that grow on you. Overall, I enjoyed the story, but felt the pace moved a bit slow.

    Without giving away any spoilers, by the start of the second book I was seeing some obvious plot points that took the characters in the story the entire volume to recognize as important. I am not sure I have the patience to wade through the third volume to see how it all ends.

    Donald Corren does a great job with the narration.

    If you are a fan of the "swords and sorcerers" genera, you will probably enjoy this series of books.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 04-30-13
    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Idea That Leaves A Lot To Be Desired"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I thought that the basic idea for the story was a good one and fairly original. I just felt that there was a lot more that could be done with that idea. I'll not put any spoilers in here, but I have to say that with Wally's old memories and talents, he should have figured things out much faster. I'm speaking of the entire series here, but even in the first book there weree things a person from our world should have been able to sort out on their own. In the second boook, I figured out what was going on and I don't even have the chemical background that Wally does. There seemed to be some plot holes that Duncan could have filled in with a little more thought and effort.


    Was The Reluctant Swordsman worth the listening time?

    I think so. Despite it's flaws it is still a good story. It is fun and fresh and exciting. If you have a credit you're looking o burn, go ahead and pick it up.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Salem, OR, United States 09-10-13
    Scott Salem, OR, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2007
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    "OK, but it could be better"
    Would you try another book from Dave Duncan and/or Donald Corren?

    I'd only get another if I heard good things, read a good book in that series. But I'd only get another book in this series if it was on special discount.


    What could Dave Duncan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Actually have the adventure begin. The whole first book is the action I would expect in the first act of any adventure book. The whole thing was all about the hero preparing to leave and ended with him finally leaving.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was actually pretty good, I just don't think this particular book was good enough material.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Only if they combined it with the other books inn the series.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Arlington, TN, United States 10-15-12
    Keith Arlington, TN, United States 10-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Will Leave You Wanting"

    I read the reviews on this book and I got a good feeling for the series. I am always reluctant to speak against some of the reviewers I follow. After all I follow them because they seem to like the same book choices I do. I have to say though this time the reviews were wrong.

    Dave Duncan did not build the characters or the world at all. The opening goes like this, in todays time a man named Smith dies. Three chapters later you find out that the dead guy was sharing the body of a Swordsman. There is very little character building for Mr. Smith/Swordsman. The swordsman had also died so that Mr. Smith could take over his body. A small god then gave Mr. Smith all the knowledge he needed to be a master swordsman. Poof there you go. I am a big believer in knowledge about the characters. Part of my enjoyment is deciding if a character would make a certian decision or not. If the author fails to develop the characters personality, I do not know enough to make that call. I love the story line itself but I did not like where the author went with the story.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    jonathan porirua, New Zealand 03-31-14
    jonathan porirua, New Zealand 03-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story."
    If you could sum up The Reluctant Swordsman in three words, what would they be?

    Great story. When I finished this book I immediately ordered and began to listen to the next book in the series


    What about Donald Corren’s performance did you like?

    Great Narrator. Really got into the story


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 07-06-13
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't waste your time"

    I should have returned this one but I just had to see what happened; that will teach me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Greene Richmond, VA 05-17-14
    J. Greene Richmond, VA 05-17-14

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    "Awesome narrator - good story."
    What did you love best about The Reluctant Swordsman?

    The narrator is terrific! The story itself is pretty good, but the narrator truly brings the story and its characters to life in a compelling way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the character portrayals best - each voice was totally different and full of life.


    Which character – as performed by Donald Corren – was your favorite?

    So many! Wally Smith/Shonsu's voice is simply captivating.


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

    Mostly - the story started off a little slowly, but I kept coming back because the narration was so good. After the story picked up, I wanted to listen as often as possible.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great narration match for this book - Donald Corren does a commendable job. I will keep a look out for other books with this narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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