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  • Slathbog's Gold

  • Adventurers Wanted, Book 1
  • By: M. L. Forman
  • Narrated by: E. B. Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,295

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story!

  • By A on 01-24-14

Most likely derived from a D&D campaign

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book might be satisfying to the most novice of readers. The story does not maintain tension for more than a few paragraphs at a time. All the characters in the party are affable and forgiving.

What was most disappointing about M. L. Forman’s story?

I sampled the story on the basis of its premise: Getting hired out of our world to join an adventuring party. But from the opening scene, the story undermined any chance of suspense or threat to the main characters, and the rest of the story repeatedly failed to provide any tension among them either.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of E. B. Stevens?

Mr. Stevens did a decent job maintaining identifiable accents for the primary cast. But within minutes of starting the story I had to turn up the playback speed to partially smooth out the constant hitches in his diction. Is this a problem in all his readings? I don't know, but I'm not ready to completely dump him either.

What character would you cut from Adventurers Wanted, Book 1?

I have no problem with the basic natures of any of the characters. There was a good bit of banter, and I like noble personalities. I just kept wishing that one of the many clever jabs would have provoked a stronger reaction. Something to show that these people have just begun to work together.

If I had to rewrite anyone, it would be the viewpoint character, with the aim of making him the square peg in the round hole.

Any additional comments?

Everything just goes too well. This book suffers more than anything from an absence of challenge.

And in full disclosure, I only made it through half the book, and that much only due to my listening environment. Even if there was a big twist to come near the end, it is too little, too late.

Sorry, Mr. Forman. I hope these are things you've already improved in the rest of your books.

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