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Tim and his friends find out the hard way that you shouldn't question the game master, and you shouldn't make fun of his cape.

One minute, they're drinking away the dreariness of their lives, escaping into a fantasy game and laughing their asses off. The next minute, they're in a horse-drawn cart surrounded by soldiers pointing crossbows at them.

Tim now has the voice and physique of a prepubescent girl. Dave finds that while he lost a foot or two in height, he somehow acquired a suit of armor and a badass beard. Julian's ears have grown ridiculously long and pointy. And Cooper... well Cooper has gotten himself a set of tusks, a pair of clawed hands, and a bad case of the shits. He also finds that he's carrying a bag with a human head in it - a head that he had chopped off when they were still just playing a game.

Shit just got real, and if they want to survive, these four friends are going to have to tap into some baser instincts they didn't even know existed in their fast-food and pizza delivery world.

It's fight, flight, or try to convince the people who are trying to kill them that they don't really exist.

©2012 Robert Bevan (P)2014 Robert Bevan

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Audible Studio...More Please!

If you have a problem with base humor, you will want to pass this book up.

I played Dungeons & Dragons when I was young, which is where Caverns & Creatures comes in without bothering a trademark. I would say all folks that enjoy MMORPGs would like the book but younger readers may not realize D & D is the predecessor of online fantasy gaming and will not find the humor of 20-sided dice and the pains of a dungeon master as funny as the older folks that played games before the Internet; however, C & C shares enough MMORPGs characteristics, especially since the characters are sucked inside the game, that fantasy gamers would enjoy this book almost as much.

I emailed a request for the rest of the series to be put on audio. I don't think the audio version exists but there are a number of books. Maybe if I get enough votes here, audible will raise an eyebrow at how many people like it.

234 of 240 people found this review helpful

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Very Entertaining

I thought this book was very entertaining. Shakespeare it was not, but there was a nice coherent story with good character development. This will obviously appeal to people who have played games like D&D. I mean it references character sheets, charisma, random encounters, and rolling a 1, so there you go. It is not a 'gritty' book. There is much joking and bumbling along with the action. It goes pretty much how you would expect it to go if a bunch of casual gamers had to actually become their characters. Some of the content was kinda stereotypical, but I still think it was handled in a funny way. I enjoyed it. If you like gaming and don't take yourself too seriously, I think you will enjoy it too.

The narrator was awesome. He did great with the different voices and characters and their expression.

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  • Brent
  • Redmond, WA, United States
  • 06-07-15

Fun, but...

I enjoyed this book. I kept going back to it and finished it in a few days. That said, this has to be the dumbest group of people to ever get stuck in an alternate universe. They also swear, a lot. Nearly every other sentence has the f-word. If you can forgive those two things it's an entertaining book.

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  • TnA
  • Cambridge, MA, United States
  • 06-02-15

Really Funny if you are a Nerd who played RPGs

Where does Critical Failures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10

What was one of the most memorable moments of Critical Failures?

I was listening to the book while working on the bench in the lab and I had to laugh out loud. People thought I am crazy and I actually had to stop listening for a while to get myself under control. The characters are carbon copies of my old RPG group from 20 years ago. I would tell you why but I don't want to spoil the moment.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Sleep’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Incredible range of voices that are never annoying

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Bought the second book 30 sec after finishing this one

Yup. I liked it. Played on a car trip with the fam (older kids). Lots of cursing, and hilarious. Be prepared for a barrage of F-bombs.

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ATTENTION AUDIBLE: GET THE SEQUELS RECORDED--NOW!

What did you love best about Critical Failures?

It was different, engaging, and the characters were hysterically funny.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Critical Failures?

The horse in the jail.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Constantly laugh-out-loud. No crying. It was delightful.

Any additional comments?

I'm not now, nor even have been, a teenaged boy. I am a 60 yr old female. I have never played Dungeons and Dragons, had only a vague idea what was involved in that game. This book was a great introduction to that world, especially as one character was being introduced to it himself, and the story was fun, funny and a great listen with an excellent narrator. I immediately went to download the sequel, only to find it is NOT ON AUDIBLE. GRR. I will listen to/buy whatever else this guy writes, and I have already sent this book to a relative in hard copy, who also greatly enjoyed it.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

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F-ing awesome and hilarious

I'm a big role player fan, and this brings the reality an fantasy together beautifully. I've wondered what would happen if you dropped real players into their characters and thus is an amazing answer. And a great beginning to a series. And the voice acting and narration makes it all more believable.

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Please get the rest...

Where does Critical Failures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have over 1200 audible books (hundreds of which are history) so this question is a bit odd for me to try to answer, I'll just say it's one of the most fun novels I've heard in a long while.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Critical Failures?

Look I really liked the whole flow. All of the characters are unique and entertaining.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Sleep’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nope but I will...

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I actually laughed out loud... I was wearing a Bluetooth headset so people stared at me... It was worth it.

Any additional comments?

Seriously, audible needs Bevan's whole catelogue.

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A fantastic, funny break from reality.

Would you consider the audio edition of Critical Failures to be better than the print version?

I thoroughly enjoyed Jonathan Sleep's performance in reading this audiobook, so much in fact, that I contacted the author to find out if he had plans to add the subsequent books to audible's collection (to which he quickly responded that it's already under works). I'm sure I would enjoy reading the book, but I have no doubt that it was made more enjoyable by Jonathan Sleep's performance. His voices were very entertaining, bringing so much color to the characters.

What did you like best about this story?

I probably enjoyed the humor the most, with the bantering back and forth between the characters, made even funnier by the voices the narrator added.

Which scene was your favorite?

Pretty much any scene in which Cooper made a sarcastic comment.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

For these four tabletop adventurers, shit is about to get real...

Any additional comments?

What a great way to break away from reality, and just enjoy a good story with colorful characters. Can't wait to listen to the next one!

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  • JJ
  • 01-04-18

Unsatisfying

Shallow and annoying characters, a very weak story line, stilted dialogue, and a really unsatisfying ending. Three of the main characters are completely indistinguishable except for height and strength. None of them are likable. There are a few funny moments in the book, but not enough to actually make the book worth it. If it wasn’t free, I would ask for my money back.

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  • rasmus
  • 12-22-16

Occasionally funny and very uneventful

The humor consisted mostly of "your mom" jokes and profanity.
Almost nothing happens in the story and its mostly just the characters being confused and angry with each other.

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  • robert brooks
  • 06-21-16

ever played d&d

if you have you gota read this it's a blast
just like we used to play lol

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  • legeon
  • 08-16-15

D20

Propper laugh out loud stuff. Need the other books in the series
Come on audible get them

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  • Upgrade 279
  • 07-24-17

Interesting start to a series

I came here from Authors and Dragons. Robert Bevan creates an interesting view into a role-playing game where the characters are put into the game. The characters aren't afraid to be dicks, are the type of players who want to have a relaxed session and are forced into a serious game of life and death, and react as most people might: by panic and threats to a higher power.
An enjoyable read, the narrator does a good variety of voices, though it feels a bit unfinished towards the end... But that's what sequels are for!
I will be getting the next issue in the series, of course, as I want to find out more about how the weird world works, what's in store and if a freezer can be opened by a vindictive weirdy-beard.

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  • ScallN20
  • 06-22-17

Good start but was missing something

I enjoyed this but feels like the first half of a book. Hopefully the second will push the story forward at a more satisfying pace. Overall though I'd recommend it.

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  • Slug
  • 06-02-17

Great!

Brilliant characters with a great plot. They really have CRIT FAILED and on to book 2

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  • kingsys
  • 09-02-16

good but issues

enjoyed it, only down side is the gap between chapters. they're too long and if I'm doing something whilst listening I keep thinking it's stopped or I've had a message arrive. if the gaps where smaller it would have flowed better too

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-02-17

Unpleasant banter, interesting situations

'Gay' repeatedly used as an insult reduced the joy I got from reading this book.

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  • James Hannam
  • 07-04-16

in.bloody.credible!

this is a fantastic audio book! The characters and voice overs are fantastic! As someone who hasn't played D&D (C&C) all I want to do now is play it! can't wait for the next book!

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  • Oliver
  • 05-19-16

Tosh

Bad jokes, poorly written and terribly unsatisfying conclusion. It seems to have been written by a 14-year-old with a need to constantly sweat and make sexual innuendo. Concept was interesting, and the characters, for the most part, were endearing. Still, I am requesting a refund on this.

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  • Kerri
  • 02-08-17

funny as

a laugh out loud story. narrator is interesting enough. similar idea to "off to be the wizard"
didn't want the story to end. hope theres a sequel!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-17

Great fantasy read for teens and young adults.

The story built very quickly. It was exciting for people who have never role played and quite easy to follow. Would definitely recommend for the fantasy lovers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-17-17

Really good book

great, like the book 'off to be the wizard' only a little more crass but after you look passed that it's a great story

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