The Dragon Lords: Fool's Gold

Narrated by: John Banks
Series: The Dragon Lords (Hollins), Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (176 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Guardians of the Galaxy meets The Hobbit in this rollicking fantasy adventure.

It's not easy to live in a world ruled by dragons. The taxes are high, and their control is complete. But for one group of bold misfits, it's time to band together and steal back some of that wealth.

No one said they were smart.

©2016 Jon Hollins (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Ideal for fans of humorous capers and heist stories - such as Ocean's 11, Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard Sequence series, and Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga." ( Booklist)

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Chaotic, violent, and funny in a dark way.

"The Dragon Lords: Fool's Gold" is a humorously dark misadventure featuring five misfits; An unlucky farmer, a crazy drunk old man, two mercenaries; a psychotic lizardman and his sociopathic teammate (though she is trying to be better), and a scholar trying to overcome dark impulses triggered by magic.

By bizarre coincidence these five unhappy characters bump into each other one day and decide to risk everything and attempt to rob an evil dragon that rules the region. It's crazy, suicidal even, but greed and revenge trump common sense and they actually follow through. Of course, nothing goes right and bloody chaos happens in a horrifying / amusing domino effect that leaves a listener guessing what will happen next.

There is a lot of gallows humor, cursing, and descriptively gory bloodshed in this book, so if you were expecting some lighthearted quarky adventure story where a bunch of characters with a few quarks slowly learn to become better people by working together then, well, this is mostly not that. While it is funny in a dark way, lots of characters die in this book in horrible ways and the featured party of characters are comprised mostly of selfish rogues with obvious mental instability that pretty much stay that way throughout the story. Still, the over all effect is oddly entertaining.

The narrator, John Banks, does a good job bringing out the characters, their voices as individuals, and emotional attitudes for this audiobook. He also has a good range. The lizardman and crazy drunk old man voices are particularly impressive.

This book is recommended for those listeners who enjoy dark yet goofy humor as much as action packed gore in their fantasy stories. This book also ends on a satisfying conclusive note even though it has a sequel.

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Great story,Great performance

Do yourself a favor and pick this one up! This story renewed my faith in modern fantasy. Funny,great character development and most of all a great performance!

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Great story!

The combination of humor and character development (and I emphasize - what characters they are) made this book seem like a great wild ride. John Banks gave each character a most unique and memorable voice- his vocal range must be astounding. I listen about 3 books a week and this one is in my top 5. A fantasy that doesn’t take itself so (blip) seriously.

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STOP AFTER BOOK 1

Trust me, book one is great. It is hilarious, twisted, and entertaining. But i made the mistake of reading book 2 and couldnt bring myself to read book 3. Stop at book 1 and take the ending for what it is and continue your audible career with the joyous memories of a wonderfully told story, instead of mild anger at the author for ruining a series.

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Couldnt Put it Down

THE PROPHET IS HERE!!!! Loved this book, painting the scene as an oppressed ppl rules by dragons with dire circumstances humor and struggle. 10/10 would love more!

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Ehh...

Story didn't capture me, characters didn't stand out, villains were lackluster... I finished it out of boredom more than a desire to read the ending. Middle of the road. Not Terrible, Not Great.

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great book!

I like the fact that they literally have no idea what to do and I works out great

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fantastic!!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read 40 book last year and I this is my 2nd favorite..so good..I would definitely recommend.

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Love the narorrator, the book was good.

John Banks was amazing as the narorrator, the story was nothing to special, but entertaining.

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Hilarious fantasy adventure

The writer is amazingly funny, had me laughing half the time. and the narrator did a fantastic job with all the different characters. Definitely worth listening too.