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Caverns and Creatures: Volume I (Books 1-4)

Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
Series: Caverns and Creatures, Book 1-4
Length: 32 hrs and 43 mins
4 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What if you and your friends got to live the game for real? What if you and your friends were assholes?

©2016 Robert Bevan (P)2019 Robert Bevan

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Amaze balls of a listen

If you like game night with friends and they happen to be crude and childish and make d;(k jokes that are funny and make you pee your pants a little this book is for you! Be careful about listening in public or around other people. Funny and a great value! Spend your monthly credit on this now! Why are you still reading? Just click it and enjoy.

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A great listen, but don't listen while in public!

No really, laughing like the Joker in the grocery aisle makes people weird out

As a Canadian comedian Rick Blue puts it: "The trick is being able to speak the unspeakable and somehow get away with it." Mister Bevan is a master of this skill and if you have any appreciation for well-crafted lowbrow humor, then this book is for you.

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Lots of yikes

Facebook advertised the audiobook for Critical Failures/Caverns & Creatures 1-4 for me on Audible. I've had floating credits so I picked it up because it had high reviews for the basic "players enter the game" "but they curse and talk like me" thing.

I'm less than an hour in and so far 'Jew' and 'gay' have been used disparagingly, and 'f--' used casually, along with this gem:

Female character: "What's the difference between a halfling and a gnome?"
Male character: "An inch or two; your vagina will be the same size no matter which one you choose."
(this was three minutes in)

I cuss like a sailor, fuck is one of my favorite words, and I am not shy on vulgarity. This book tries to make backward language seem casual though. Fuck that.

Also the whole 'being put into the game for real' thing is because they (D&D players) are only put into the game as a punishment because they mercilessly bully the DM that they "put an ad out in the paper" for.

I'm also pretty sure there is some casual racism about one D&D race or another being inherently black but I had already started zoning out on the book that I didn't catch it.

This seems like weird fantasy-adjacent bro fulfillment. I'm not far in, but have seen so many instances of gross that 'giving it a chance' seems just really awful.

These are observations from just the first 40 minutes of a 32-hour listen. If it gets better, that would be surprising. I returned my copy.

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REALLY funny!

I found myself literally laughing out loud throughout this book. If you like crass, nerdy humor, this will please you.

On a side note, as a POC, I found the author had a clunky handling of race. Characters are all we assumed to be white. otherwise they were awkwardly called out and used as stereotypes. Again though, not too terrible.

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Amazing! Must Have!!

Great Deal for an amazing series! Funny and engrossing from start to finish. Twists and unexpected hallirous turns.

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Very good up until the beginning of book 3

There is a huge discrepancy in the beginning of book 3. If you and your friends were trapped in another world and needed dice to get back, wouldn't grabbing the dice be the 1st thing you do if you ever got back?

Other than that it's been a very good series and very funny.

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  • matt
  • 06-22-19

Fantastic Escapism. Highly recommended!

What a fun and immersive audible adventure.
Perfectly narrated to a very high quality.
An overall great escapism adventure that was both funny and well written.
Great character and a good story arc.
Highly recommended.