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Malaise Falchion Audiobook

Malaise Falchion: The Spade Case Files

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Publisher's Summary

Disgraced during the Demon War, Dwarf investigator Snazdaggin Kundarik (Spade to his friends) wants nothing more than a desk to sleep on, a bottle of grog to drink, and the occasional easy case for quick pay.

Then a mysterious female Elf from the posh side of town shows up and offers him exoneration for his past sins and lots of gold. All he has to do is follow her brother and report his activities. Simple, right?

He should have known better. The simple job soon spirals out of control. Spade finds himself sucked into intrigue, powerful magic, and the hunt for a weapon powerful enough to end the world. Ill-prepared, Spade forges on with the aid of his hapless sidekick and a reluctant female warrior.

Will he survive long enough to save the world and get his grog?

©2016 Paul Barrett (P)2017 Paul Barrett

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    Tyler U. 05-11-17
    Tyler U. 05-11-17
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    "Wish I could give more stars! Great Book!"

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

    So, this was a great combination of detective noir with fantasy. The story was fun,interesting and exceedingly entertaining.

    The narrator, though, truly made this audio book for me. He has become one of my favorites. I will look for more from him!

    If you like either noir (think Dick Tracy) or high fantasy (Lord of the Rings), you should definitely check this one out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron F. 05-10-17
    Cameron F. 05-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantasy detective noir - voiced tough & hardboiled"

    If you like your fantasy hardboiled and gritty this audiobook may be for you. Paul Barrett's tale of Dwarf investigator Snazdaggin Kundarik (or Spade) skillfully employs much-loved tropes from the tradition of hardboiled crime literature and film noir. If readers enjoy the 'Garrett, P.I.' and 'Black Company' stories by Glen Cook then they are in the right place here.

    'Malaise Falchion' is driven by the first-person narrative viewpoint of central protagonist Spade. Jack Wayne's performance fills out Spade's personality. If descriptors such as grizzled, tough and smooth-talkin' were in the brief for the job of narrator, Jack Wayne nailed it.

    I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Myztikal On the Edge of Glory 05-09-17
    Myztikal On the Edge of Glory 05-09-17

    Discovering Audiobooks increase my number of reviews :)

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    "Best Noir Comedic Fantasy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend it, I'd play it during a dinner party, or I'd convince them to listen and review as my birthday prezzie this year.


    What did you like best about this story?

    "Instead of dying in a hot fire, why don't you shave a blazing porker up your **** and parboil your innards."

    Omfgoddess ... this book was filled with the funniest dialogues. Idk how the narrator kept a straight face as he read it!


    What does Jack Wayne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything. The accent and ability to make the bad asses bad and the double crossers hated.
    Had I read the book, some of the humour would have gone over my head, actually.


    Any additional comments?

    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-05-17
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    "Dwarves, Elves, and Demons. What's not to like?"
    If you could sum up Malaise Falchion in three words, what would they be?

    Fantasy, Action, Magic


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The story keeps you enthralled as you constantly try to figure out in this battle of good vs evil, which side is good and which is evil. Betrayal, twists, and constant action throughout.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is a large build up to the final battle at the end, which is well written and excellently narrated. Much better than the huge build up and then nothing that you get at the end of a popular vampire series that I won't mention the name of. Yeesh!


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

    There is one scene where a main character has to go through a pretty major self sacrifice in order to help their side and the author describes it in a way so that the reader can almost feel the character's misery.


    Any additional comments?

    All around well-written and narrated book. At 8 1/2 hours, it's the perfect length for a long car ride or to help pass the time during a dull day of busy-work. An action/mystery with elves, wizards, dwarves, orcs, hobgoblins, demons etc.... It's kind of a Tolkien meets Dick Tracy story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T.J. Phillisp 05-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic"

    a new twist on the life of a private detective. not my favorite genre but an enjoyable read

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tiasdolls 05-22-17
    Tiasdolls 05-22-17 Member Since 2015

    I love books...I love storytelling. Audiobooks allow me to enjoy a great story while still being able to do my daily routine. Thanks Audible

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    "Witty and fun!"
    Would you listen to Malaise Falchion again? Why?

    Absolutely! It was a joy to listen to. So many wonderfully colorful characters and the adventure was a ride too.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Malaise Falchion?

    So many little ones. I very much enjoyed the relationship between Spade and Archer. The dialogue was a riot! AND...it had a great storyline.


    What about Jack Wayne’s performance did you like?

    Perfect. I enjoyed Mr. Wayne's approach and style to this particular production. His ability to give the characters life made this a fantastic production. I've already recommended this audiobook to friends and family.


    Any additional comments?

    I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you for the great listening experience. I look forward to the next adventure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Bergquist 05-22-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Review Malaise Falchion"

    Paul Barrett has given us a classic gum shoe detective novel with some major twists. The dry humor is great. Our private eye is short ( a dwarf ) .
    His cohorts are , well, special. The bad guys are confused with the good guys on occasion, they range from zombies to elves and , with things you've never heard of. Jack Wayne gives us a performance that keeps you listening. Enjoy.
    “This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 05-17-17
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 05-17-17 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "Imaginative and well-constructed"

    This is an awesome read.  It through me at the beginning, this was so not what I was expecting.  When I heard that Spade was a Dwarf and it takes place in a world of elf’s, demons, goblins, and magicians, I thought WOW!  It started off as a 1930’s style private eye type novel but evolved into so much more!

    Spade, also known as Snazdaggin Kundarik loves to drink – mainly grog but anything with alcohol in it; he drags two of his friends into the search for a magic sword his friends are two very awesome lizard-like creatures.

    Of course, there are lies, deceit, and the limelight hogging wizard, but this is a great listen!  Paul Barrett took a wonderful favorite and turned it into something more!  Crafting a new story altogether, he crosses over genres to combine thriller with sci-fi and make an incredible story.

    Imaginative and well-constructed, the story flowed well.  Character development was clear and well done.  I found myself enjoying this book more than I did any other private-eye based story.  The humor was above reproach and entertaining.

    Jack Wayne does an excellent job of narrating.  Wayne allowed the narrative to stand on its own, voicing characters without unnecessary dramatic flair. His calming smooth voice was relaxing.

    The quality of the audiobook was without issue as was the production.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the publisher.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

    [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dee LA 05-11-17
    Dee LA 05-11-17

    I download over 100 books a year. I don't even know how to go about my day without listening to a title. It's my happy place!

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    "Don't let the cover fool you, this book was good!"
    Any additional comments?

    I love audible! This portal has introduced me to books that I never would have discovered in a book store. That is certainly the case with this listen.

    This was a good story even if it did involve lizards, fairies and dwarfs. There were some seriously humorous moments and a rather nice adventure. The story is not the reason why I kept listening though. The narrator made this listen so enjoyable. It was like a listening to a radio drama! He. Was. So. Good.

    If you don't like fantasy reads, don't let that deter you. The narrator will keep you in the story!!

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    William Simon 05-14-17
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    "A true dwarf noire"

    I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.
    I enjoyed the sword and sorcery take of a hard nosed private eye in a almost real world setting. Narration is spot on. Fun.

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