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Escape from Samsara: A Dark Comedy Fantasy Adventure

Prophecy Allocation, Book 1
Narrated by: David Morley Hale
Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A comedy about a time-travelling gardener, guaranteed to make you wet your plants!

Barry's been patient, but after 27 years of trimming hedges for people he hates, he's had enough. All he wants to do is to find his missing father and to discover his inner ninja. But life’s not done with throwing him curveballs. A fatal mistake catapults Barry into the adventure of a lifetime. 

With talking hedges, samurai ghosts, meddling psychotherapists, and an inexplicably non-linear time pattern conspiring against him, Barry must do battle to save his hide, unleash the ninja within, and rescue his father from an ancient army, a dark sorcerer, and a raging inferno. 

Perfect listening for fans of Tom Holt, Terry Pratchett, Robert Rankin, Christopher Moore, or Douglas Adams.

What is the mysterious Prophecy Allocation Department? 

Where is The Before and After?

Even more importantly, Will Barry’s underwear hold out until he has saved the day?

©2017 Nicky Blue (P)2019 Nicky Blue

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A would be ninja with british accent

This is quite a surreal story, about a gardner, would be ninja, and his adventures.
The fun of the story is the british humor (sarcasm for some) and the british accent of the narrator telling us all about it. Hillarious!, in a very serious manner, of course! He (the narrator) makes a fantastic job (even if some words can be a bit difficult for non english listeners).
As for the story, though I like a bit of surreal, this one can be a bit of too lost sometimes (not exactly a bad thing, because it goes with the humor of it, but still...). In the end, even though this particular story fail to really grab my desire to read more of it (sorry), I still got the feeling the author is a good writer with the ability to express the kind of humor that goes in your head in secret.

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Not for me

Not sure if it's the other world, dark comedy, fantasy, prophecy or all tossed together. I just wasn't able to get into this audible.

The narrator did a wonderful job.

I was provided a free copy, at my request, of this audible. This is my review.

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Escape from Samsara

This story is a fun and entertaining listen. When Barry's father and sister disappeared his life took a tailspin. Gardening is what Barry does now but it seems that there is evil out to get him and Barry must rely on the ninja training that his father gave him so many years ago. Barry and his mother have always wondered what happened to his father and sister and are soon in for a big surprise. Barry is taken on an adventure of a lifetime and must find and decipher the clues that will save his father and sister.

There are so many interesting characters in this story. From a heavy metal loving grandma to an evil wizard masquerading as a hippie hairdresser and so many more. The humor reminds me of Monty Python and Beetlejuice yet has a style all its own. If you enjoy British humor and many toilet and bowel jokes than you will enjoy this book. It moves along quickly and keeps your attention. The author has written a silly and strange fantasy that will make you laugh and enjoy this tall tale. This is a book for adults as it does contain some material that is not suitable for young ones. Narrator David Morley Hale does a good job of keeping this story flowing and pulling the listener into this eccentric and outlandish world.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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English overweight time traveling ninja with IBS

The title for the review says it all. Like hitchhikers guide to the galaxy? Terry pratchet? Mel brooks? Shaun is the dead? Bruce lee? Then this is for you. If not steer clear. If you don’t mind taking a twisty turn through insanity to get to a very weird place with weird happening this is for you. Me I enjoyed the hell out of it. Weird and wonderful. Ridiculous and hilarious. All I can say is beware the underwear! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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Unique, surreal and bag loads of fun!

This is the story of a British middle aged gardener who still lives with his mom. We are unsure if he has delusions of grandeur or if he is indeed a trained ninja. The opportunity to prove it comes when he finds a lead about his missing father. This sets him off on a weird and wonderful adventure to reclaim his family and identity. This has elements of Monty Python and Douglas Adams but with a unique and funny perspective. The highlight character for me was Terry the Hedge! Great fun!

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Escape from Samsara

Not quite what I was expecting... in general I found the story interesting, but there were a few parts that just didn’t sit well with me (the BDSM scene being one of them).

The narration was very well done, and definitely enhanced the story.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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British Ninja Gardener Looking for His Father

Barry had a Japanese father who disappeared...who had a metal head mother and a sister who wanted to play in a band and didn’t get along with him.
I had to laugh out loud when Barry went to work at a house with a maniacal boy and parents with a father with a sex change surgery.
British humor, bizarre and funny dialogue...if you have a quirky sense of humor this will work for you. The narrator had a great accent, emotion, timing and pacing...fantastic job!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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Hilariously Dark Comedy

I absolutely loved this. It was totally different to anything I've read before and very funny. I've just bought the next in the series to read.

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I don't know what to say

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. I've never read anything quite like it.
A lot of poo jokes, time traveling Ninja's. Its interesting.

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Not what I expected from the blurb

Based on the publisher's summary I expected a wild adventure with lots of humor and also mainly a fantasy genre story. For me personally, these expectations were not met. Instead, I got a mildly interesting story with hints of Hitchhiker's Guide and a few droplets of Terry Pratchett, but not by any stretch of the imagination as coherent a story as those. Which made it quite difficult to follow, at several points. Also, I didn't like the main character and couldn't bring myself to root for him, which also made it more difficult to keep my focus while listening. I didn't care for the almost explicit bdsm scene, nor the potty humor, at all. It makes this book suitable only to 18+.

I guess the publisher's summary raised the wrong expectations, for as I said, to me this was not a humorous fantasy genre adventure at all (although it was indeed dark). However, if you're into a specific brand of British humor, mixed with some nihilism and the absurd, then this might be just the story for you.

Narration is great, there's some voice acting, and the British accent adds a lot to the atmosphere. I would listen to this narrator again.

~ I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I was not required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

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