Critical Failures VII

Caverns and Creatures
Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
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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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The Good, Bad, and Overall...

The Good: The story is coming into full fruition with all the decisions of the previous books having their impact. It has motivated me to re-read the previous books looking for those indicators. You can tell Robert Brevan had a plan from the beginning and not just a method to deliver dick and poop jokes.

The Bad: I like dramatization, but in this case it takes you out of the moment. Robert Bevan created a vivid world and my imagination can see it just fine without the foley sound bin being tossed in. Jonathan Sleep is good as always.

Overall: I'm glad I stuck with it (though the junior high humor is fun) to see the story fleshing out fully. There is a lot of depth added in this installment. I look forward to the next book.

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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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Needing a fun laugh

Taking a good poke at the Fantasy world with dick and fart jokes. This is not Shakespeare, but it is a terribly fun read.

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Fun for the whole family!

Another stellar example of modern American literature by the esteemed Robert Bevan. And go buy merch. https://www.teepublic.com/user/robertbevan

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As wonderfully inappropriate as ever

If you've made it this far in the series, you know what you're getting: wildly inappropriate jokes, a lot of old friends, few new faces, no conclusion, great narration, and don't forget the racism and blasphemy!

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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