The Wandering Inn

Volume 1
Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
Series: The Wandering Inn, Book 1
Length: 43 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (4,792 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"No killing Goblins."

So reads the sign outside of the Wandering Inn, a small building run by a young woman named Erin Solstice. She serves pasta with sausage, blue fruit juice, and dead acid flies on request. And she comes from another world. Ours.

It’s a bad day when Erin finds herself transported to a fantastical world and nearly gets eaten by a dragon. She doesn’t belong in a place where monster attacks are a fact of life, and where humans are one species among many. But she must adapt to her new life. Or die.

In a dangerous world where magic is real and people can level up and gain classes, Erin Solstice must battle somewhat evil goblins, deadly rock crabs, and hungry [necromancers]. She is no warrior, no mage. Erin Solstice runs an inn.

She’s an [innkeeper].

©2018 Pirate Aba (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Just... terrible

Do you want to hear an exciting adventure about a woman transported to a fantasy world and having to adapt and overcome monsters and dangerous environments, all while running an inn? Too bad. You get to hear a girl whining about being stuck there. Whining about the people that help her. Whining about the situations she gets herself into either by dumb decisions or by just being dumb. She supposedly runs an inn but she literally complains about the effort of having to move her pillows and blankets to the second floor of the inn and just sleeps in the kitchen. Then you get roped into thinking a new, better protagonist is emerging. A strong, silent protagonist but surely better than a whiney "innkeeper", yes? Nope, instead of whining this one just lashes out. She hates everyone and everything for no good reason. She gets into a fight with one woman just because she is pretty. It's like the characters know they are in a horrible book and are trying to scare the reader off. But of course all the secondary characters love them and go out of there way to help them. Other than feeding them food, there is no likable quality to the innkeeper and the other main character is just an arrogant prat. No one would go out of their way for these people. You do get to hear so man-hating and prejiduce for no apparant reason though. For two main characters that constantly judge people and comment on everyones appearance, they sure do get judgey and preachy on one anyone that does the same. Oh, and chess. You get to hear a lot about chess. Don't care about chess? Too bad, here is some more freaking chess. I choose to read litrpg because I want to immerse myself in the world and people but you are constantly yanked out of the fantasy by hearing the main characters complain about how terrible it is. Do yourself a favor and find another way to spend 40 hours.

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I should have heeded the other negative reviews

I have never been so thankful for a book to be finished. Like so many other readers, for the first three quarters of the book, I kept wishing the main character would be put out of my misery. Why did everyone keep saving her? I never could understand the reason. There were moments I got interested in the plot and that kept me listening. However, I truly do not know how the book ended despite having "listened" to the last chapters 3 times. My mind wandered every single time. I have never experienced that before. I can only say that after struggling through my dislike of characters and confusion caused by decisions and overreactions, I finally lost all interest in their fates.

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Only bought because of size and looked ok. Boy was I wrong

Wow, so after the long title I’m not sure what else to say. I got this just because of the size and it looked ok. I am so glad I did. This book rocks. It is an excellent listen. This is one of the few five star books I have ever really heard. A true 5 star is the best of the best. And the story here is.

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Repetitive, Exhausting.... Quit at Ch17

Good grief. The main character is such a moron.... cant even make fire??? gets to a new world and first thing she does is clean an old inn?? Feels bad about the death of Goblins? I just cannot suspend my belief enough to stop rolling my eyes. Mid-way through Ch 17 I quit. Im 17 chapters in and still have no idea what the actual plot might be. Like... WHAT IS THE STORY??? Who knows. Can't stick with it to find out.

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Garbage.

Do you enjoy Racism towards white people, from your mc's? Do you want to listen to man hating feminist commentary throughout a story? Do you enjoy listening to retarded mc's who you probably wish would die, and can't take responsibility for any of the horrible, or stupid actions they make? Then then this book is for you. My suggestion, don't waste your money on this garbage.

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Endless whining and painfully slow

I managed to listen 7h of this book, hoping for it to grip me but no. Main lead keeps whining like entitled teen and cannot do anything at all without long monologues how unfair everything is. I see all the reviews saying that it gets good but 7 hours and listening feels like homework that you are forced to slog through so i simply cannot continue anymore.

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amazing writing but....

the two characters continuously have emotional breakdowns but no real breakthrough. they appear to have emotional breakthroughs and then they do the exact same thing over and over again I don't understand the writing style from that standpoint. the writer makes you think that they're going to overcome creates a amazing moment and then they don't and this continues to happen throughout the whole book, these are two amazingly strong women that the author continues to make them look weak and vulnerable all the time with random outbursts of anger.

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Beyond brilliant, so glad I decided on this one!

Never thought I'd make a review on an E-book, but I just HAVE to give back a little of what this book has given to me, it feels like the price I paid for it was not enough. I can see that the majority of bad reviews bash the main character, and while the story is still GREAT early on, I can see why they might dislike Erin for the very first few chapters. But this story just picks up and quickly turns from great to amazing, Erin too, I use E-books as listening material while I draw, and this book made me impatient to get to my daily drawing just so I can keep listening to it, The world is alive and filled with loveable characters and concepts, parts to make you laugh, parts to make you cry, parts to make you genuinely horrified, an incredible world you quickly become a part of! The narrator is everything a narrator could and should be, she portrays the voices of different characters so well that you can completely forget you're listening to an e-book narrator rather than a conversation between two characters - until more Volumes come out I might just have to pick my next E-book according to what else she narrated. If I have any complaints it all, it would just be that there's only one Volume on Audible at the date of this review, which is torture, as I can see it was only rather recently released, but if all Volumes were available as E-books, there's not a single doubt in my mind I would listen to all of them in succession!

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needs an editor

"hesitated" you will hear that word almost every sentence. The author has a bad habit of over explaining and getting repetitive. story is great, characters are good. worth listening to.

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interesting take on isekai adventure books

It seems like ever since SAO came out, isekai style books, Manga, and anime have been everywhere. Don't get me wrong, I love a "transported to another world" genre, but it starts to get stale after a while. Not this book though. This follows a girl who is, in all presented aspects, normal. She's not an OP SUPER GOD like the usual isekai fair. She's a lost girl who found an inn, and whoops, she's now an innkeeper in a world of animal-people and magic. I won't go into more detail because I want you to follow her story yourself, it's worth the trip. The characters have depth, emotion, growth, the world is well structured and makes sense, and the progression of the story is never halting, nor does it drag on. Oh, and there's chess. I'm a sucker for chess. Pirate Aba, if you ever read this and want to play, give me a holler, cus it sounds like you'd be a fun opponent. I was itching to listen to more and more of this book, and when it ended (about 1 minute ago from the time of writing this) I was actually pretty upset it was over. 43 hours over the course of about a week, and I want more, more, MORE. In fact, as soon as this review is done, I'm off to start reading Volume 2, so I'm now in a hurry. Andrea Parsenau is, as usual, a wonderful narrator. She is among the small list of people who's narrations I will listen to, even if the book they're narrating seems strange, simply because their work is that good. Give this book a listen, even if you're tired of isekai adventures. I promise you won't regret it.

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  • Wolf
  • 09-10-19

Worth the wait

I've been waiting for this to come out for ages! I love the complexity of the world Pirateaba creates, and the emotions they invoke. Oh dear god, no other author can make me cry over the fate of goblins like they can. It's amazingly long (just what I like) with clear character development. The video game aspect is a tiny fraction of the story, so if like me, you hate reading/listening to endless number crunching of stats and point allocation, there's absolutely nothing to worry about here. Better yet, this is one story where the mechanics of the level-up system are questioned and are actually plot relevant. The real focus here is plot plot plot. The detail is astounding and no plot thread is ever forgotten, it may not come up for hours, but it does circle back around. I can't compliment the world-building enough. My one niggle is that I don't like Erin's voice. It just doesn't fit the character I have in my mind. Can't complain about the narration otherwise.

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  • Chris
  • 10-24-19

great book

Ignore the people who say the main character is whiney, especially as she's know for being up beat through the book and it's a more realistic take on how someone would behave in her situation and it really picks up towards the end! Diverse range of species, some you'll recognise and some you won't and some awkward stereotype mishaps with the main character. a real easy listen especially as it's 40+ hours.

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  • Dave
  • 10-25-19

Gutted !!

I'm absolutely gutted this brilliant story has come to an end. Why? Please please please hurry up and do volume two on audiobook. I am at a loss now what to do with my self!! What will happen to Erin? Will she meet Ryoka??? What an amazing story. Pirate you are a genius. Mesmerising from start to end.

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  • Kamil Naumczyk
  • 06-08-20

Western Isekai at its best #NotLitRPG

In my opinion this is not a book for everyone. Neither it is a LitRPG book. Instead what you get is a Western bite at so currently popular Isekai trope light novels. And like all good light novels this one too starts with a web novel. It has everything required in the droves. Transported into another world. Check. Game-like elements like skills and levels. Check. All sorts of weird humanoid races. Check. Grand story in the background while the MC deals with her everyday life in new world (aka slice of life). Check. Indeed the only thing that hints this is a Western novel and not Japanese Isekai is that kobolds aren't noble samurai dogs. And don't let me started with the excellent narration of Andrea. It made the world of Wandering Inn so much livelier with her wide range of voices and characters. It's a must have for any Isekai lover, though I'd recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy, as this book is an excellent gateway into the fantastic universe of otherworldly adventures.

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  • P Barker
  • 02-19-20

not what i had expected

This might be just me but after listening to 16 chapters have had to give up . The narrator is ok but the voice she adopts for the main character is just too irritating for me , yes she is meant to be early 20 s but sounds very young whinning . maybe the story develops later but havnt the stamina to get there. perhaps its best if people make their own mind up , can only give my preferences not often I give up on a book .

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  • Reid
  • 11-27-19

Interesting premise

I enjoyed the world building but the narrator's voice grated, it was tough to get through, and the main character is useless. Just whiney and irritating. I really wanted to like this novel as I enjoyed the interesting concepts it explores.

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  • Paul
  • 10-24-19

Good story but lots of issues

It is a good story however the two main characters are incredibly annoying, particularly in the first half of the book. Whinging and pretty thick. There are also several errors in the plot and the story probably could have been told in about half of the time. I guess it’s good value for one credit and overall it was enjoyable despite having shouted out loud at the annoying characters several times!

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  • MK
  • 03-26-20

Pretty awfull

First of all not a litrpg at all. Going to sleep and inserting random skills and numbers barely related to what the mc did Is just lazy and bad writing. The inconsistency in the mc is bad like plain "bee sting" infuriating. How someone this stupid survived is beyond me she should be shot and put out of her misery. In fact it's pretty good fundamental understanding of a less "mentally capable" person if that was the authors intention... obviously it's not. you first meet new characters like 5 hours in and nothing really happens untill then except for the mc demonstrating that survival of the fittest does not apply in this story or mc would be dead faster than you can say "bad writing". it might be cruel to real mentally disable people to put some one like mc in the same category as them but no word or categorisation currently existed that can describe the mind boggling infuriating stupidity that main character displays therefore accept my apology. I dont know what else to say really. no other redeeming qualities I wouldn't continue listening to this authors work if you paid me. So bad it's funny, except not funny at all. wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole. A child with a crayon has concocted better story's. This is why we cant have nice things. If I was Amazon I would ban the author of this drivel for life from all amazon services also his family, friends anyone who's ever spoken to him. if you have read the review one thing should be clear I really hate this book it's so bad it made me dislike the author as a person. DO NOT BUY

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-29-20

So FRUSTRATED!

So after 28 hours of listening... I have never been so frustrated by an audiobook. It has such good potential. but nothing ever really happens and it's got crazy slow pacing. Both main characters are rude, slow witted, void of creativity or adaptability & stubborn beyond belief. Also, Erin is completely useless....

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  • john
  • 04-05-20

main characters are really annoyed

the main characters are stupid annoying incredibly frustrating couldn't get through the book had to return it

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  • Rebecca Truman
  • 09-16-19

Story had promise, narration was horrendous.

The story had me interested and wanting to figure out what was going on find out what was going on. Unfortunately I could not get past the narrators aggravating “Erin Voice”. The narrators third person voice was fine, however every time she spoke as Erin she turned into a whiney three year old child and after a few chapters I couldn’t listen anymore. Her impression of Erin made Erin unlikeable and annoying.

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  • Tessa
  • 10-14-19

best performance on audible

i loved this book ans i loved the bang for my buck being over 43 hours the narration is by far the best isve heard on audible to date cant wait for the necxt book to be released

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-13-19

A superior read

I love good fantasy and this rates with the best. It has all the intrigue and characters that keeps you living the story yourself. Fantasy does not always need to have heroes with awesome powers or weapons and this is a brilliant example.

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  • JenB
  • 10-06-19

Brilliant

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The absolute fantasy of the storyline and how the main characters coped (or not) with their circumstances had me hooked. The narrator brings each character to life and I thought she did an exceptional job.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-19

Excellent story!

At first, I wasn't sure if I could continue listening as the narration of the character Erin is quite annoying, however, you do get used to this as her character. The narrator does an excellent job of so many different voices and characters! The story is long, but because it's a fantasy world I feel it needed to be so that everything about the world could be set up for more volumes to come. I am dying for the next audio installations of this series!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-14-20

Man people don't understand shock and trauma

So many negative reviews on this book about whiny characters. Probably from people who dont understand the way character development works. Most seem to think a 20 year old sheltered person suddenly transported to another world with no warning, immediately being placed in massive danger would just grin and be alright? Character development is a thing people and boy do these characters develop. And people stopping the 40+ hour book after 3 hours then leaving a negative review is like looking at a regular books cover art and foreword then complaining it had no plot. Ah well guess you can miss out on one of the best fantasy series in the last 20 years with truly insane amounts of world building and a plot we are running toward but still can't fully realise. Up to book 7 at the moment and each book is massive in scope and length. Truly fantastic series and can't wait to enjoy them all on audible

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  • Jennifer Westall
  • 02-09-20

Let me kill this stupid woman

Oh god that was a painful first 2 chapters, but I’m sorry I give up! I can’t listen to this anymore! I feel so dang sorry for this poor voice actress, she tried so hard to make this book interesting. Maybe it gets better later but I’m sorry I really can’t stand main characters that start out this stupid and stay that way. It’s like watching a crapy horror movie where some dumb blond actress spends the whole movie screaming and running straight into every trap in the house.

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  • nicola Dobson
  • 11-17-19

Rubbish!

One reviewer said it started out as a one star and ended as a five star, so I gave it a chance, then skipped ahead, honestly, the narrator was very annoying, and the story was utter rubbish! To top it off I tried to return it and couldn’t. I hope audible doesn’t start recommending me books like this one, it was the worst rubbish ever!

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  • Ellen Johnston
  • 10-15-20

What an amazing story!

I loved this story. It is so different from anything else I have read before. And the performance is one of the best I have listened to on Audible. I can't wait to buy the second part and then to see what else Pirate Aba comes up with in the future.

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  • Emma Lambert
  • 10-11-20

the best fiction ever.

some of species voices are similar so can be hard to differentiate, but the story is absolutely magnificent.