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Many view "hitting rock bottom" as a foundation on which to rebuild one's life, a place from which one can only ascend. Gamers know to search for a secret door leading down to the sewer.

©2017 Robert Bevan (P)2017 Robert Bevan

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Don't leave me hanging

Great performance but, is this half a book?
You shouldn't use cliffhangers if you don't know what...

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Not the best book in the series by a long shot

Dont split the party. These are words to live by, and for good reason. CF lacks a lot when the main characters dont get a chance to interact with each other as a general party.

Also the ending was super disappointing. I am growing tired of these books ending on cliff hangers. It wouldn't kill you to write a ending that closes out a story rather than making me feel like I just bought a half completed story. I am starting to feel like RB is taking his writing model from EA and Ubisofts video games. Sell the consumer a half finished product so they have to keep buying more if they want to get closure.

Never the less, S5S saved this for me. Another amazingly produced audiobook, in a series that I will continue to buy.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Story was flushed into the dire rat sewer!

What disappointed you about Critical Failures V?

I loved the other books in the series but this was really disappointing. There was no real story here. The party was all separated and to top it off it ends when it gets to the first interesting predicament. This is a half completed book and I hope Mr. Bevan knows it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Bevan again?

I will continue with the series but honestly it is getting thin. If the next story is not better than this I'm out.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Sleep – was your favorite?

Jonathan Sleep has done a great job with making these books more enjoyable. His characters are obnoxious and fun! I can't pick a favorite character.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Half a Book

What did you like best about Critical Failures V? What did you like least?

The performance, as usual, was stellar. Saturn Five Sound is amazing.

However, the story never really went anywhere. Just as it was starting to get to a place where I thought to myself, "finally, we've gone through what we needed to do to get to the good stuff," the story ended without getting to the good stuff.

I do not consider this a classic cliffhanger. CF 1,2,3 and 4 all teased you with more cool/important/dark stuff to come, but they also finished a complete story in the process. There was no complete story here.

Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Bevan? Why or why not?

Heck yes! Bevan is the bomb. He writes great stories, and I always want to buy his next book. I'v purchased everything he's ever written that's gotten to Audible, and I'll definitely buy the next one in the CF series. This one was just disappointing.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Sleep’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This one was awesome, as have been all of his performances. Awesome!

Was Critical Failures V worth the listening time?

I'm sure it will be, as part of a bigger story yet to come, but now it feels like I walked half way up the block and forgot where I was going. If I could do it over again, I'd wait to read it until I already had CFVI in hand to read immediately afterward.

Any additional comments?

I continue to think of Bevan as a master of his dark art. I have tremendous faith in what's yet to come. I just think he made a poor choice this one time in determining where to put the "end" of his story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Bevan needs to reel this thing in

I'm bored of this series and am only continuing to see how it ends. The novelty had worn off around book 3 and the concept is getting a bit tired. This one in particular was a non-story. Nobody did anything the entire book. I really like Randy's story arc going from a deplorable human to a Paladin unable to do anything other than make the most noble choice in any scenario, but Denise is just a terrible character that exists only to be disgusting and obnoxious. Kill her off already. I think readers all hate her and as of this book, she has done nothing to advance the story. I'd like to see the crew get home in book 6 before I get bored and stop caring.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Such a let down, I'm just not having fun anymore.

A lot of people hate on the cliffhanger ending, I'm not disatisfied with that. The true let down for me is the nonsense filler "informational world building" dialoge used to pad the overall runtime of the book. It doesn't enrich the world, just comes off as lazy to me. This series was my first real dive into fantasy literature, maybe I've just grown out of it. Like the majority of characters in the book, I'm just not having fun anymore.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Worst of the series!

The entire book could not exist with maybe the exception of the last page or two and the next book would make sense. I really enjoyed all the other books however this felt like something the publisher made him put out on a deadline. It just feels like an entire filler book with no real meaning to the collection as a whole. Still love the entire series but if lacking cash i would wait until he writes 6 and see if there is a deal for this one. Jokes are good. Great dark humor as we have come to love just no real story line here.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Dick Jokes with Emotion...

Beven has upped his game. His prose gets more intricate in this instalment. The jokes are still there, but this story is very well crafted. After the last book I felt that even though it was fun I wasn’t sensing much growth from our characters or intrigue in the overall story and simply deemed it a “sticking to a formula”; enjoyable but ultimately simple brand entertainment. Don’t get me wrong, Bevan’s brand is loads of fun and will continue to bring me back every time. But this one really evolved. Very good. higher stakes, more supporting character exploration, satisfying emotional arc. Good job Mr. Bevan!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The brilliance of Bevan

This series of books changed my life; “V is for Five” continues the trend of each book getting better. You can see Bevan’s growth as a writer and story teller in each book. The whole series has been laugh out loud hilarious even as a real and compelling story began to emerge.

“Critical Failures” led me to listen to “Authors and Dragons” the real play, Dungeons and Dragons podcast in which Robert Bevan and several other authors (if you haven’t read anything from Steve Wetherell, do yourself the favor of doing it today) play characters in a game with Drew Hayes as a DM. While the podcast has its difficulties, it also has some great, laugh out loud moments. “Authors and Dragons” led me to “The Adventure Zone” (Wetherell mentions it as the best D&D podcast) and “TAZ” led me to the “Drunks and Dragons” podcast. “Geekly inc.” (the group in charge of “Drunks and Dragons”) gave me a way to make some D&D friends which, literally, saved my life.

I wish the Geekly folks (Tim Lanning and Michael DiMauro) would find a way to join forces with Bevan, Wetherell, and Hayes to make a super podcast of real play D&D.

Anyway, this edition of “Critical Failures” is just as, if not MORE hilarious then the prior episodes. Johnathan Sleep is absolutely brilliant and my only complaint is that he doesn’t do more narration of other books and series. The poop and balls humor of Critical Failures isn’t for those who are easily offended but, if you’ve one of those type, how the hell did you get this far in the series?

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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V is for Viller (filler)

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Continuing the story from book 4 would have been good. At the end of the last book, we are told that there are 5 versions of the antagonist to find. It makes sense that book 5 would be about finding the 5. No, let's stretch things out and separate the characters and have them pursue non-quests over misunderstandings and remove the characters that could put everything straight by chapter 2. if the next book doesn't start providing answers I am not throwing any more money Mr. Bevan's way.

Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Bevan again?

I am going to give him one more chance. I feel he owes me a refund for this rambling mess.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Sleep’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The performance was as good as ever. It had the same drift out of accents as all of the others so I am used to it. If the book makes a point that you have to speak to one character in an English accent, you should really do an English accent whenever speaking to that character.

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

This book would never be a movie, a webisode maybe.

Any additional comments?

I feel cheated by this addition to the series. It does nothing to advance the plot of the other books in the series. A wheel spinning money grab. Really unfair to do this to loyal fans.

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  • Sindri Á.
  • 01-10-18

great book, awesome series. cant wait for the next

i cant wait for the next book. johnathan sleep i a great and talented narrator. and robert bevan is god

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  • steven
  • 02-03-18

bit disappointed

love the series but this felt like a preamble to the beginning of storyline content.