Roger Gordon's life was dull until a Captain Crusader Decoder Ring unlocked a door to the world of B-movies. Now his life is filled with adventure as he frolics through the silver screen's weirdest westerns, thrillers, and romances.
Where does Slaves of the Volcano God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It was better then average for being creative not for its literary value.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Our man of the Movie magic hour Roger.
Which character – as performed by Thomas Machin – was your favorite?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes it was fun in a juvenile sort of way.
Any additional comments?
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
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I have fond memories of Craig Shaw Gardner. I read and enjoyed quite a few of his in middle school and high school. I remembered laughing and enjoying this very series. Now all these years later I got a chance to revisit it. While still enjoyable, it doesn't quite live up to my memories of it. Or perhaps it's just that my tastes have changed/mature a bit. I still love the silliness of the story, but I can't help notice things that things that didn't bother me back then, do bother me now. What sort of things? Not the story, but rather the writing itself. The book suffers from an excess of adverbs and a deluge of diverse dialogue tags. As I said, this wasn't something I noticed when I was in the 8th or 9th grade, but I see (or in this case hear) it all too clearly these days. The story itself is enjoyable. Roger Gordon's girlfriend is kidnapped into the world of B-movies and, using an old Captain Crusader decoder ring, he rushes off to save her. Yes, it is as silly as it sounds, but it's also enjoyable, and it was a fun trip down memory lane for me. Would I listen to the rest of the series if it got recorded? I might, but that would be mainly because of the narration.
The book is narrated by Thomas Machin and he does a fantastic job. The book features a large cast and Thomas makes sure that not only does each character have their own unique voice, but their own unique speech pattern. Will definitely keep my eye out for more work by him in the future.
I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.
Craig Shaw Gardner and Thomas Machin have done it again. I really loved Temporary Monsters and was eager to listen to another installment of the former's excellent parody writing combined with Thomas Machin's gifts for voices. This is really a book that benefits from both and it was gut-bustingly hilarious throughout. Yes, the humor is sometimes a bit dumb but it's just plain fun. You won't regret purchasing this.