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The Reluctant Swordsman Audiobook

The Reluctant Swordsman

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Wallie Smith can feel the pain. He goes to the hospital, remembers the doctors and the commotion, but when he wakes up it all seems like a dream. However, if that was a dream how do you explain waking up in another body and in another world? Little Wallie finds himself in the physique of a barbarian swordsman, accompanied by both an eccentric priest babbling about the Goddess and a voluptuous slave girl. Is this a rude awakening or a dream come true?

What in the world will Wallie do now that he's found himself stranded in a strange realm? Well it just so happens that the Goddess is in need of a swordsman. It won't be easy but if he succeeds he will have everything he wants. If he doesn't, things could get ugly.

Wallie is reluctant but sees his chance. If only he had the faintest clue as to the adventure he is about to unleash! If only he could imagine the forces that will be out to vanquish him!

©1988 D.J. Duncan (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Skipper 10-05-16
    Skipper 10-05-16

    I prefer 3rd person point-of-view, and books with fewer than 500 pages.

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    "I enjoyed this entire series"

    Superb narration. This is a fun series, told in 3rd person, with 4 books total. I usually avoid stories with time-portals and/or world-jumping, but the author fit that trope so neatly into the plot that it is often almost unnoticeable.

    The books are classified as fantasy, but I'd called it off-world fiction or fantasy-light. There are no elves, giants, dwarves, etc. Just humans, and odd animals, like the camel-dog-horse. And a river that has no source apparently, and appears to loop around, reconfiguring itself like Chutes and Ladders.

    This series is set on another planet, called simply "The World" — a place the goddess watches over. Her people are stuck in the medieval Age of Legends, without writing. Stuck in the age of sagas and sutras and storytellers, where mankind makes the most of speech through minstrels and heralds, and where a good memory is a huge advantage.

    The goddess, who is the River, transplants the soul and memories of Wallie Smith, a dying young petrochemical engineer on Earth, into the body of the dying Lord Shonsu, master swordsman here on The River. She gives Wallie a task to accomplish, encapsulated in a riddle he must unravel. It's a difficult task, but he's not alone, as the goddess sends him six helpers. Wonderful cast of characters! Together, they must interpret the vague riddle and accomplish the mission.

    Fun series. I was constantly guessing the riddle, too. Surprising twists.

    Seven ranks of swordsmen and the color of their kilt:
    Level 1 is called a novice, wearing a white kilt.
    Level 2 is called apprentice, wearing a yellow kilt.
    Level 3 is called swordsman, wearing brown. (At this level, you can own things.)
    Level 4 is called adept, wearing orange.
    Level 5 is called master, wearing red.
    Level 6 is called "honorable" wearing green.
    Level 7 is called "lord" wearing blue.

    Slaves, beggars, and the nameless wear black.

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    S. Williams 06-18-16
    S. Williams 06-18-16
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    "What would I have done?"
    If you could sum up The Reluctant Swordsman in three words, what would they be?

    Definitely Not Amish.


    What other book might you compare The Reluctant Swordsman to and why?

    This has some of the same flavor as David Brin's "The Practice Effect" - for being placed in a world where everything is different. Your instincts aren't necessarily right. Everything you've learned betrays you. And that "what's right" is not a constant.


    Which character – as performed by Donald Corren – was your favorite?

    Donald Corren has a deceptively mild voice to start with. He was *very* good at different voices, and the strong voices that predominated in the swordsmen were done extremely well. He nailed Walliesmith.


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

    Too long for one sitting. And not a comfortablre story. It's challenging morally. And painful ethically. It needs some thinking.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done - This is a book I read decades ago, and have come back to several times. I wasn't sure how the Audible version would be. Better than I'd hoped!

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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-17-14
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-17-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    A fun entertaining fantasy story that was a bit different than the normal formula one encounters.

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    J. Greene Richmond, VA 05-17-14
    J. Greene Richmond, VA 05-17-14

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    "Awesome narrator - good story."
    What did you love best about The Reluctant Swordsman?

    The narrator is terrific! The story itself is pretty good, but the narrator truly brings the story and its characters to life in a compelling way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the character portrayals best - each voice was totally different and full of life.


    Which character – as performed by Donald Corren – was your favorite?

    So many! Wally Smith/Shonsu's voice is simply captivating.


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

    Mostly - the story started off a little slowly, but I kept coming back because the narration was so good. After the story picked up, I wanted to listen as often as possible.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great narration match for this book - Donald Corren does a commendable job. I will keep a look out for other books with this narrator!

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    Shane 03-27-14
    Shane 03-27-14
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    "Surprisingly good. I had no predilictions"
    Where does The Reluctant Swordsman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a very good book. I was surprised simply because I purchased it on sale as a 'first in the series' book only. I thought both the writing and the narration was very well done. So much so, that I purchased the next three books.


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    Suzy Q 03-19-14
    Suzy Q 03-19-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Good alternate world story"

    I really enjoyed this book. I like alternate reality stories and especially stories where people from our world are put into a very different reality. I thought the main character adapted a little to easily, but for the most part it was as realistic as fantasy stories usually get.

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