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Publisher's Summary

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned. They are Jack, the seemingly unkillable leader whose ever-present grin belies a dark past; Marie, who fights with fury but battles more fiercely to control the beast within; and Frank, the master of logistics, whose cloak hides horrific scars that are far more than skin-deep. As they slash and scheme through kingdom and village alike, the Bastard Champions uncover tantalizing clues to their ultimate quarry: the powerful Blue Fairy, who has made each of their lives a living hell.

Second Hand Curses adds a dash of sly wit and a heaping portion of action to the fairy tales you thought you knew.

©2017 Andrew Hayes (P)2017 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Second Hand Curses is First Rate Storytelling!

This book is Drew Hayes' telling of the corrupted view of the fairy tale world. It starts out with a bang with the familiar Cinderella story with a huge twist that is interesting, engaging, and funny. Our anti-heroes, Jack, Frank, and Marie, work behind the scenes to get through the Grimmest of messed up stories to fix happily ever after for a price. Like the Swords, Spells, and Sorcery stories, the Super Powered Universe, and the stories of Fred the Vampire Accountant, Drew once again nails the character development that he is best known for. It is fun to follow this story and see all the connections that Drew makes in this genre as well as the surprises that follow.
In all of his previous work, one narrator has told the story with multiple voices. In this one, three narrators perform this more as a readers theater, one for each of our protagonists. One of them, I think it is the guy who plays Jack, also works as the narrator. Following the action is that much easier because of this. The three work together very well, intertwining their narrative in a natural flow. I am especially drawn in by the guy who does the voice of Frank as this is a powerful, calm, meticulous character who could be ruined by the wrong inflections but is done with all the grace and skill this character needs. Please forgive me for not knowing which narrator was which. I am fairly certain that Tavia Gilbert is Marie though.
I love that Drew Hayes is not afraid to go into a bunch of genres and tell stories worth telling. Whether it is super hero, fantasy, supernatural, or now fairy tale, his worlds are complex, the stories are compelling, and the storyteller never takes himself too seriously. This is another fun read - albeit way too short at 9 hours compared to his normal 30+ hour fare. Good thing there is that we will hopefully have the sequel coming soon, maybe Third Times A Curse or something like that. I can't wait!

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Another fantastic addition to Drew's arsenal

in the few months since I've discovered his works, Drew Hayes has without a doubt surprised me at every corner wrapping me with tails of superheroes, vampire, and magical pears. with each book I read of his I fall more and more in love with the author and his creativity.

with the coming finale of super powereds, this book offers a fantastic opportunity to begin a series a new. taking everyday fairy tales in a magical world and injecting these three scoundrels, I'm surprised I even found an opportunity to take a break. this is of course another must-read for fans of the author or lovers of fairy tales you'll love this unique and creative take.

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Awesome!

Very interesting story with great characters in a dangerous world full of fairies tricking (sometime) innocent people. Great and refreshing twist to all of those tales. Outstanding audio performance!

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Fantastic

Three people who call themselves the “Bastard Champions” live in a world of fairy tales, and help those in need - for a price, of course.
Every time I find out Drew Hayes is writing a new story; I feel giddy with anticipation. His books are filled with characters who live in the grey and change over the course of his story. Those are my two favourite parts of any novel, and he does it so well that it’s no wonder I devour everything he writes. The thing that always strikes me though is that they are so entertaining, so filled with adventure and playfulness, that instead of savouring them, I read them in a frenzy, in one sitting until I’m done and have a massive grin on my face. Second Hand Curses is no exception to this rule. This book was such a delight to listen to - all I hope is that it becomes a series so we can continue to follow the characters.

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Definitely worth a listen if you like Drew Hayes

Interesting retelling of fantasy stories we all grew up hearing. Much more interesting version of them as well. Great performance by the cast, and great for killing time in the car as it’s a greater story composed of different tales, giving you clean sections to turn off the book and pick it up later.

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A great point of view from the other side.

I really love this book couldn't put it down. great narration ,top notch storytelling and great character build up.

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great

As I patiently (sarcasm) wait for super powereds year 4 I thought I'd give drew a shot in another world.

I loved it.

it's light, suspenseful, adventurous and entertaining !!

now I have two drew series I'm waiting on..... 😤

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Jack the Nimble, Jack the Quick, Jack did what?!

Fairy tale re-imaginings can be quite dull but this one isn't.
I was really impressed by the narrators, all 3 did really excellent.
Definitely worth picking up, Drew Hayes is a great author and as another reviewer pointed out he really rocks at character development. Drew does say the book is a one-off however, don't expect a series! We can dream though!

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Fun Take on the Fairy Tale Concept

First off I would like to say that I am so glad that Scott Aiello, and Mark Vietor voice this story. I greatly enjoy their work and this is no exception. I am unfamiliar with Tavia Gilbert, but she also gave an exceptional performance. A pleasure to Listen to.

That being said without the story to perform there would be no audio book. As usual Drew Hayes prevails, and provides a great fun ride though a fantasy world with unusual and interesting characters. A world where our "heroes" are all to aware that they are at the mercy of the narrative. A fun take on the fairy tale and fantasy genera. If you enjoy Drew Hayes Swords Spells and Stealth series you will want to give this a listen, and if you haven't read it... Go get NPC's right now! (esp. any Roleplayers)

Overall a lot of fun, good pacing and the excitement keeps up. I found myself rooting for the characters at every turn, wondering where the story was taking me and what references I would catch next, and loving it at every turn. Definitely a worth checking out. I hope you enjoy it as well.





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  • Deon R.
  • North California
  • 01-15-18

Wow. This made-for-audiobook is awesome

Where does Second Hand Curses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It would make my top 20 list. That may sound bad but I've listened to a LOT of audiobooks and there are amazing ones out there and a lot of mediocre and a even bad ones. To make my top 20 list means this book is very very good.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Wow. Each of the 3 main characters is awesome in their own unique way it's actually quite hard to pick a favorite. I guess I'd have to go with Frank. I like how he's calm/cool/collected and logical. He's very smart, immune to a lot of magical influence, and he's a big softy when it comes to saving or protecting children. But honestly Jack is awesome and Marie is to.

Which scene was your favorite?

Funniest was when Jack's Mom was telling Marie she should dress up a little better and do her hair better if she wanted to try and win Jack's heart. That was hilarious. But I think overall I liked the scene in the forest, going through the 3 trials. It was cool to see each character handle a different test.

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

Sometimes you get what you bargain for

Any additional comments?

This book is like a television series. I imagine it's more like those old radio shows before television, where each radio broadcast was an "episode". I love how each chapter is "self contained" but the 3 main characters move from one chapter to the next. It made for a great listen on the way to work or home from work, being able to get the beginning to end of a particular adventure so that all day at work I wasn't left wondering what would happen next. heh. This book is very much like Grimm or Once Upon a Time, a twist on the stories and characters we heard as a kid. I love it.

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  • Frosty_Wolf94
  • 11-27-17

I really hope thear it a second book

As usual Drew Hayes writes a magnificent, unique and enthralling tale. I am all ready I love with theas characters.

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  • Sheryl Mason
  • 01-14-18

How to stop curses

Rather to my surprise, I adored this book. It gallops along at a fair pace and some of the background of the characters is filled in, if only lightly.

Although I don't really like multiple narrators, this was handled with panache and style. Also not at a speed to detract from the book.

It's funny and lighthearted, regardless of some of the situations the characters find themselves in.

Highly recommended.

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  • Mr CG Pearson
  • 08-25-18

Great fun!

As the father of a 4 year old daughter, who is just getting into her fables/princesses etc this was a fun alternative ‘reality’ after reading Disney’s Beauty and Beast for the 463rd bedtime!

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  • Stephen
  • 12-20-17

Second Hand Curses

Interesting story line, Drew Hayes delivers again. The performances are very well done and distinct, I heartily recommend this book, it’s subtle comedy and solid flow leaves you smiling throughout.

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  • Katharine Alice
  • 09-21-18

Most amazing story ever!!!!

Absolutely love it! One of the best books I’ve ever listened to or read. Love the character development and how bits are hinted at and all the misdirects. There absolutely needs to be a sequel!

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  • dragonlady
  • 09-17-18

great story

excellent excellent hope there's others story's. funny and well entertaining the narrators were great . GREAT

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  • Theodore
  • 09-04-18

Pure Awesomeness

This book has been a wonderful read; a masterful spin on the old tales. The writer constructed his storyline well and the narrators delivered expertly

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  • Norma
  • 07-05-18

Loved it

I simply loved this book. The concept and characters draw you in. Lots of dark humour and enough pathos to really want the three main characters to win and I am left wondering what will happen to them next.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-21-18

lovely and enjoyable

truly a diffrent tale of a group of adventures and there romp across the land. well written well spoke and throughly enjoyed. i look forward to many more

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  • Damage Magnet
  • 03-27-18

Practical curse breakers touting for business

Where does Second Hand Curses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High, in terms of just being a fun listen I struggle to think of anything more enjoyable recently.

What did you like best about this story?

firstly this is not one story - its a chain of connected stories following a group of people who seem to be just tired of putting up with the weirdness of a fairy tale world. Despite this you learn a lot about the characters and end up wanting to know more - personally I would love to hear more about where jack trained for example.

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

Laugh - the central joke of treating a ludicrous situation seriously is one that's been done before but this is a good example of it.

Any additional comments?

Drew Hayes is an entertaining author. His work will not improve your life it will just cheer you up for the day.

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