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Kings of the Wyld Audiobook

Kings of the Wyld

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Publisher's Summary

Glory never gets old.

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best, the most feared and renowned crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.

Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk, or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help - the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.

It's time to get the band back together.

©2017 Nicholas Eames (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Brilliant debut novel.... Eames has cranked the thrills of epic fantasy up to 11.... Moreover, the plot is emotionally rewarding, original, and hilarious. Eames clearly set out to write something fun to read, and he has succeeded spectacularly." (Publishers Weekly)

"An outstanding debut which will make you laugh and cry and hold your breath. This is a book that has it all." (K. J. Parker)

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    Matthew Little Rock, AR, United States 03-07-17
    Matthew Little Rock, AR, United States 03-07-17 Member Since 2013

    1 Star -- Terrible 2 Stars -- Bad 3 Stars -- Mediocre 4 Stars -- Great to the right person. 5 Stars -- Superb, you must pick this up.

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    "Locke Lamora Meets the Blues Brothers"
    Any additional comments?

    Like a world class chef took my comfort food and turned it into a thousand dollar a plate meal.

    A TL;DR: After 200+ books, this is the first one that is truly like Lies of Locke Lamora, except I like this one more.

    This is a tale of a group of buddies that were great back in the day, nay, the greatest group of mercenary heroes in the land. Now, however, families and middle age have set in with the group having gone their separate ways. This was likely how it would end if not for the band's (oh yes, that is the pun and joke that drives this whole tale) frontman showing up on the doorstep of the protagonist of this tale, Slow-hand Clay. Of course, to get the band back together, they have to convince the Crazy wizard, the murderous thief turned king, the stone cold killer that was imprisoned, and maybe a bard that won't die first. Oh and if they do get the band back together, they have to avoid old enemies, old friends, a forest where dang near everything wants to kill you, and up and coming new bands!

    Are you sold yet? No? There are bunny rabbit eared elves that are total jerks, a vicious fascinating world, and cunning (crazy) plans (dumb luck) to get them out of all those things when the greatest enemy is they are just getting too old for this [crap].

    Do you like adventures? Humor? Wonderful tales? Interesting worlds? The Blues Brothers? Gentlemen Bastards? Silly wizards? Terrible odds that are defeated in actual believable ways? Then I recommend this book to you.

    PS: It says this is part of a series, and I hope it is, but this book is effectively stand-alone.

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Drew Pearson 03-02-17 Member Since 2012
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    "My First Review! Kings of the Wyld"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kings of the Wyld to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the audio version enough to go back and reread in print or ebook.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kings of the Wyld?

    No spoilers, but any scene with Moog, the wizard of the band. He was equal parts brilliant and teetering on the edge of insanity.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favorite?

    Clay Cooper was the central figure. I become thoroughly engaged as his past, present, and future unfolded.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I found myself staying in my car to finish a chapter. I rushed home to plug into the wifi speakers to listen as I cooked in the kitchen. I even gave up watching (*GASP*) TV to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    It has a fantastic mix of humor, fantasy, and adventure. Potential listeners should be advised that it contains adult language.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jake Thompson 03-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "THIS BOOK LITERALLY ROCKS TO THE METAL GODS!"

    Love the play on metal bands versus war bands. great book kept my interest with good story line and an underlying comedy of words in comparison to metal rock bands. Coolest and uniquely plotted book I've heard in quite a while. great book Mr Eames, I'll be looking fur more if your work in future. Well narrated also, the voice and accent were spot on perfect for these protagonist "Saga" worthy heroes!!!!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sabrina Miranda 05-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great audiobook"

    If you like gritty dark fantasy, with a bit of trolls and dragons etc. this is for you. They make mercenaries seem like rock bands. Very fresh idea.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    EzBake TX 04-21-17
    EzBake TX 04-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Incredible. Read it."

    The book is utterly incredible. All the whimsy of a glorious fantasy adventure mixed with all the grumpiness of old men. The action scenes were engaging, the characters were wonderful, and the banter was on point. Even better - the entire book built up to one glorious ending and that payoff... Best ending I've read since way of kings!
    Get this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Huntington Beach, CA, United States 03-27-17
    Joshua Huntington Beach, CA, United States 03-27-17 Member Since 2010

    fiction monster

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    "More country for old men"

    We start with an aging rock star, whose best friend comes at him with a proposal to get the old band back together. Except that instead of music, they are legends of fantasy adventure who won the game long ago, hung up their swords, and settled down. Fatter, older, and creaky in places, they're given an impossible task and the best possible motivation. But first, they have to get the band back together.
    High entertainment , philosophy in action, and unexpected humor make this novel unmissable!
    I have over 200 books in my audiobook collection and this one stacks with the best!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    E.Savage 08-10-17
    E.Savage 08-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Real characters"

    An unusual fantasy adventure in that the characters are well developed and each is allowed to tell their own story within the telling of the overall adventure. Even with bloody battles and freakiest death it also presents the dilemma this creates for each character and their own conscience. One could even say there are even several love stories within the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Juarez 07-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Could not stop listening!"

    Even though the narrator made most of the voices sound like they were from the southern states of America, the story more than made up for it.

    Exciting and breathtaking while at the same time, enchanting and heart warming.
    I fully endorse and recommend this book.
    Definitely will be listening to this again soon!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Flora 07-29-17
    Josh Flora 07-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Most D&D Book Ever"

    I've read a LOT of actual D&D books (Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, etc.) and this is probably the first time a book gave me the feeling that it could have been a real game.

    The humor, references, and character interactions all served to give me the feeling that these were characters in a real game. This feels like a group of buddies getting back together with their high-level characters and giving their old game one more go.

    The ending was a little rushed and confusing, but it ended with a good amount of emotion. Overall, I loved this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angela El Dorado Hills, CA, United States 07-29-17
    Angela El Dorado Hills, CA, United States 07-29-17
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    "Good the bad and the ugly and don't call me Shirle"

    A very good listen. I really liked the D&D aspect of the world and the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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