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Publisher's Summary

Stephen Mangan and Alistair McGowan star in the fantastical BBC Radio 4 comedy by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto.When fantasy novelist Sam is whisked off to Lower Earth by a band of noble warriors, his dog Amis goes with them. Transformed into human form, Amis turns out to be The Chosen One, whom the warriors need to help find the Sword of Asnagar. Only with the sword can they save Lower Earth from the evil rule of Lord Darkness.As their perilous adventure unfolds Sam, Amis and their new friends encounter many perils, put in their way by Lord Darkness and his evil assistant Kreech.With a supporting cast featuring Darren Boyd, Kevin Eldon, Sophie Winkleman, Ingrid Oliver, Dave Lamb and Chris Pavlo, Elvenquest is a clever and funny pastiche of the fantasy fiction genre. All 28 episodes from the first four series are presented here together.

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Phenomenal

Far better than I expected! A masterpiece of comedic gold! My wife and I highly recommend ElvenQuest.

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amazing performance!!!!! hope to see much more

excellently written and performed I hope to see more episodes of this air in the future

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Hilarious

A wonderfully funny radio program... Imagine if you took Monty Python, Lord of the Rings, and Red Dwarf and squished it all together... Bingo, this is it... Delightful bad punning and innuendo, not to mention the superb digs at pop culture and current events... Fabulous performances throughout... Absolutely worth the credit and you're welcome...

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good stuff. great voice acting. British Comedy :)

good stuff. great voice acting. British Comedy what's not to love. word word word word word word word word word word word word word word

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Hilarious, Irreverent, and utterly Captivating

Simply put, I adored it. Definitely an Encore in order! The sound effects signaling the change of scene to the Evil Lord of Darkness brought a chuckle before the actors spoke. The actors voices perfectly portrayed the characters to a T!

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Not what I expected

I didn't know what to expect from this dramatization. I expected fantasy set in an alternate universe as it was written. But.. the synopsis doesn't do it justice. This is very funny with a lot of tongue in cheek humor. I started listening and had to back up several times for the jokes and funny happenings. Most of this is due to the background music and sounds blocking out softer voices. The humor is adult but not graphic. There should be more about the villain and about the dog. It is omitted in the synopsis that the dog is changed into a human. But he remains the faithful canine companion. He behaves as I would expect my dog to behave if he became human. His values are that of the loyal canine who doesn't really understand why he is now human. But he goes along with it because of his master. The villain and his side kick are funny too. The supporting cast is great. I am glad that I browsed and got the entire series on one audiobook. Anyone who enjoys radio type dramatizations and humor should give this a try. My only complaint is that the background music and sounds made the voices hard to hear at times.

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I love it! Please, please make more!!

This comedy series is a perfect blend of three of my favorite kinds of entertainment: radio "drama", fantasy tropes. and british sitcom humour. Elvenquest worked amazingly well for me as a series, and I would love to see more of it or more like it. A pity that it ended right around the time Game of Thrones was gaining purchase in the cultural zeitgeist, as it could have given this show a boost that led to additional series. Series 1 took a bit of time to find its voice and balance of tone, but series 2 improved on the format and characters and by midway through I was beginning to really enjoy the journey. Series 3 and 4 were pure bliss.

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Flawed Comedic Fantasy Radio Series

The first series is brilliant but then it becomes far too episodic and dragged out. During series 4 I struggled because I couldn't wait for it just to be over.

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Silly and laughable

Great performance by the cast. Writing was witty and funny. A nod to Monty-python. Enjoyable enough for a repeat listen.

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Funny and Enjoyable

Just a quick heads up. This is the complete series unlike what the “story so far” would leave you to believe and it does not have an “ending”, not that it really needs one, just something I was wondering the entire time I listened.

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  • 07-19-17

Brilliant.

Love this story. Just my sort of humour. If you like Terry Pratchett or Blackadder or Yonderland, you may like to try this too.

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  • 06-19-16

A gem of a series. Very funny and very clever.

Great acting, great scripts and very funny. All are brilliant but Kevin Eldon as Kreech and Dean deserves a special mention. Buy this and you won't be disappointed.

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  • 04-08-16

Loved this, hours of laughs

What made the experience of listening to Elvenquest the most enjoyable?

Looking forward to every episode, I listened to these in the gym, made me look forward to going!

What did you like best about this story?

Great performances, well written episodes every time, lots of laughs, I could go on and on.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Hmm, a tough one, Stephen Mangan was great in this, it was a good ensemble cast, perhaps Alastair McGowan edged it as Lord Darkness.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I'm not sure about being moved, but I laughed in every episode.

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I've already recommended this to a few people, great series, good value (24 episodes, 4 series in one collection), and won't disappoint.

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  • 03-11-16

Very funny

Well acted and great writing has produced a superb series. The compilation of the series allows us to follow the quest in as larger chunks as we wish

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  • Anna
  • 12-12-15

Brilliant!

Loved the characters and has a great story.
One liners and recurring jokes are v good.
Where is series 5?!

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  • sam bridgeman
  • 11-14-15

One of the best comedy series I've ever heard

If you like Lord of the rings
but imagined what it would be like if it was funny
look no further. This audiobook actually has a better plot and storyline than most new films
I give this 10/10
it never failed to bore me in all 24 chapters
yes 24 chapters.
It is a long listen but so glad it was. I never wanted it to end

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  • jonathan lacy
  • 01-26-16

Excellent

Nice to hear the whole series together rather than me forgetting it's on the radio and missing some

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  • Gaelic Hare
  • 10-13-15

Into the vortex with one man and his dog

The greatest adventure a dog and his best friend ever had! Enjoyed the journey but may be should have been one series shorter to avoid the feeling of déjà vu . Great buy.

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  • Dawn
  • 11-30-14

Enjoyable but not particularly engaging

I listened to a random episode of Elven Quest on radio 4 extra a while ago, and I remember thinking that it might be worth buying a whole series to get the full experience. Which is why I was so pleased to find this bumper audiobook that includes all 4 series!

On the plus side, you don't need to be a fan of Dungeons and Dragons to enjoy this programme as most of the jokes are based on relationships, gender stereotypes and a typically English changing-room humour. The relationship between Lord Darkness and his hideous sidekick Kreech is particularly well-imagined, and involves some of the funniest moments.

On the down side, most of the jokes are so familiar and well-worn that they're not particularly funny, just mildly amusing, and some of the performances feel a bit lacklustre.

In general, it never really lived up to my expectations and I came away feeling that if the writing had been a bit tighter, then this could have been an extremely funny and successful series. I think I was spoilt by listening to the hilariously funny, anarchic and surreal Bleak Expectations before I moved onto Elven Quest. If you're looking for a good laugh from an audiobook then I suggest you try that instead.

Having said all that, I was pleasantly surprised that this audiobook includes all 4 series in one go. Not only does it make it a lot easier to listen to, as you don't have to keep chopping and changing between files, but it's also a heck of a lot cheaper!

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  • Mrs V Schilbach
  • 09-14-15

Brilliant!

Brilliant in every way I can think of, would recommend to anyone! Great cast, performance and storyline.

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  • Vanessa
  • 11-07-18

Join the quest for the sword of Asnagar!!

I loved listening to this to go to bed! Definitely an adult bedtime story. I stumbled upon this gem after searching for Stephen Mangan and this did not disappoint!!!