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Publisher's Summary

Deeming the Whore's Head Inn no longer safe to hide in, the gang decide to take a more proactive role in their pursuit to get back to reality, or at least to keep Mordred from doing so.

©2019 Robert Bevan (P)2019 Robert Bevan

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A good story that needs a conclusion

I have been a big fan of this series since I discovered it around the publishing of book 2. It is an enjoyable experience with sophomoric humor and an amazing voice talent. I am even a big fan of the short stories and look forward to many more anthologies. One more thing before I get to my primary concern. This series and the short stories are some of my default go to when it comes to audiobooks. If I am between books or just need to have something on, I listen to theses. Between the writing and the outstanding voice talents of Jonathan Sleep, having these playing makes me feel like I have friends talking in what ever room I am in. So here is the problem. This fun series needs a conclusion and it needs it soon. I am not saying we can't still have fun in this world created by Robert Bevan, but this main story needs to find a resolution. This particular book took me longer than the others to get through and I was just not enthralled as the previous stories. It is starting to get tired and feels like there is no real conclusion in sight. As someone else said, I have the interest in about one more book in this series if there isn't either a conclusion or something that significantly moves the plot forward. Again I want to say, I am not done enjoying Bevan's world, I am just getting tired of this main storyline not really moving towards a conclusion.

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Loved this series....BUT.....

I really loved this series, but this last book (7) seemed liked 16 hours of aimless wandering by characters with no definitive conclusion or good transition at the end of the book. I almost put it down several times but there was JUST enough to keep me engaged. Please....finish strong Bevan!

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disappointed

I've really liked all of the books in this series up until this one, but this volume just fell short for me. I found myself laughing absurdly while listening to the others at times, and this book didn't make me do that. I also didn't find myself as interested in the characters as much as I was before, and it didn't really seem like much happened this entire story... hopefully the next one will be better, although I am a bit less excited for it than I was for this one now.

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again the author teases us

there are too many of these books that have a lot of filler but no meat. yes it ends on another "cliffhanger" but it's just unsatisfying up until then.

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It shows up in my library just fine...

They are all great books. I've loved this series for years. Critical Failures is an amazing series. I force all my friends to listen to it any time we're in the car.

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I Finally Hit My Limit

First, let me say that I am not yet done with the series. I will read more. I'm just full to capacity with vileness and vulgarity. For those of you who have read and enjoyed all the Critical Falures books to date (short stories inluded) as I have, you will understand that I am clearly no prude. The difference here is directly related to the events of books six and seven, so stop here if you want to avoid the SPOILERS AHEAD. Just be aware that the grossness briefly jumps up a notch in this book, and it isn't meant to be funny. First, know that I love the irreverent potty humor as long as it is either remotely clever or well timed, and the rest of the time I am not particularly bothered by it, at least I wasn't until I read this book. More importantly, I love the concept upon which these books are based. I've DM'd 3rd ed (or, more recently, Pathfinder) since the day it released, and I know the rules pretty well. I love that these books follow the rules so closely, and the way they play with the mechanics. (SPOILERS NOW) So, when we got the opportunity to look inside the head of a character who had been forced to change alignment I was pretty excited. The mechanic always seemed fun and fascinating in game, and Mr. Bevan is the best around at making the game mechanics an important part of the story, so I figured it would be pretty neat. I got most of what I was looking for and a few things I wasn't. One of the characters got so graphic in their mental imagery that I was genuinely disgusted. The thing is, I still felt that is was a powerful tool for this story. It was the repetition that made me wince and worry for the future of these books. We're in full on spoiler mode now, and there have been two bold faced warnings so I'm going all in. Dave's...mental state during...arousal is absolutly vile. I know why the author chose to include his initial thoughts regarding the object of his fantasy, and I even agree with the concept, though I think it could have been handled better. The problem is that he went back to that awful place. Once was enough. He's evil now. We get it. I don't need to hear what he is going to do with, to, or in all of the... recepticles he was thinking about more than once to get the picture, and I don't want to be associated with people who actually enjoy revisiting that imagery. I have shared the series with a number of friends, and the impossible has finally happened. I am embarrased for suggesting it. After the first time, Dave's repeated fantasies weren't funny, illuminating, or useful to the story. They were vile, disgusting overkill. I have to assume that Mr. Bevan went back to drive the point home with repetition rather than for the enjoyment of the reader because I can't support the work of anybody who actually enjoys reading or writing what I heard. I'm willing to look past it for this book, but If this keeps up in sunsequent volumes I may give up on the author altogether. Mr. Bevan, I respect your right to write how you like, but I'd really apreciate it if you'd tone down the, ahem, overly descriptive chaotic evil mental images so I can continue supporting your work. For the rest of you, if you can look past the parts I'm talking about, great. You do you. If you actualy enjoy them, I advise you to seek therapy.

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Good not Great

Voice acting was amazing, loved the sound effects. No real progression in the story, sadly. I still enjoy the characters and interactions but its starting to feel like the author is really dragging the plot out. The books are short as it is, at least move the plot along. We have the side books for short stories and such.

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Great performance as always but this story wanders

Time to wrap this up. It feels mostly silly at this point, vulgarity has lost its charm, and dragging on for the sake of doing so.

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Great job Bevan. Loved the series... That's gone..

It's starting to feel like you just hate your characters, and it seems like you are just tired of writing about them as of late. Good luck in your future endeavors but I probably won't buy the next one you put out...

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Don’t

This series degenerated from fart jokes to hard porn. I do not recommend at all.

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  • Night owl
  • 03-11-20

Same great stuff

Enjoyable as always. Look if you here at chapter 7 you know the drill, and it's more of the same but to me that's no bad thing. Laughing throughout the whole way. looking forward to the next one.

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  • Jon
  • 10-11-20

still funny still entertaining

loved it, can't wait to start listen to book VIII, definately worth a listen, 5 stars

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  • PIERRE
  • 12-07-19

Mordrid needs to suffer more

I loved this book and listened to it in two days. It’s funny and stupid and rude an all round good time. I’d like to hear Mordrid suffer a bit more, take a big hit or something.

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  • Jon V
  • 11-10-19

Bigger. Longer. Still uncut.

I love this series, and this seventh installment is the best yet. I’m so glad there’s a d20 on the cover. Jonathan Sleep is excellent, his contribution is as important as the author’s. His voice voice acting adds much comedy, especially his Captain Longfellow really makes me laugh.

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  • Mr JB
  • 11-06-19

Just as good as book 1

I was hooked from the minute I heard the first a few years ago, and the series has been consistently excellent, unlike many series' that die out after one or two books. Love it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-19

Noooo I want more!!!

Loved it had a lot of character development which was great 👍 this series is truly messed up but I love it 😻 lol