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The Wizard and the Frog

Narrated by: Jarret Lemaster
Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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An incompetent wizard turned my girlfriend into a frog, and that’s just the beginning.

The name’s Jack, and I hunt monsters for a living. I’ve been doing this for a while, but my associate is new. Dormuris is an elf I rescued from a troll, and he's a wizard. Sort of. He’s not the best with magic, and he accidentally turned my girlfriend into a frog.

In order to reverse the spell, we have to seek out a real wizard. The guy who offers to help is an oddball, but so long as he can turn my girlfriend back into a human, I can deal with it. He wants a golden egg and a unicorn. Say what now?

I thought my life as a monster hunter was chaos, but I was about to see just how crazy things could get.

Minotaurs, goblins, a singing sword...yeah, you read that right.

If we don’t get the items the wizard needs quickly enough, my girlfriend will end up being a frog permanently. And that wouldn’t be good for anyone, especially me.

©2019 Richard Fierce (P)2019 Richard Fierce

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Great fun. I wish it was longer

The Wizard and The Frog is a great, rollicking adventure of a quick witted warrior and his incompetent wizard companion. After saving the wizards life, the warrior Jack is stuck with him. Unfortunately the wizard isn't so much a wizard and more a dropout from wizard college - expelled due to continually screwing up spells and causing major damage.

For a short book there is a whole lot of well built characters. Even the ones that are only there for a short while feel realistic. The story is very quick paced, cramming a lot of things into a short time. Possibly too much, considering it includes the setup, two quests and a conclusion. The humour is good, the action engaging. There is enough standard 'D&D' type tropes and short hand in there that you don't have to have the world explained in detail, but it is varied enough that it doesn't feel like a straight knock off. I would love to have spent more time with these characters and wish the story was longer or there was more stories in a series.

Narration by Jarret Lemaster is great, although not perfect. He does wonderful characters, really bringing everyone - even the small bit parts - to life. Engaging, interesting, energetic.There are times I didn't think he quite landed the comedic timing, but generally he gets it right. certainly a narrator I will be keeping my eye out for again.

There is one small piece of acoustic music late in the story, but it works with the story, rather than being background music, so I didnt have an issue with it.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this review voluntarily.

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  • Backlash
  • Princeton, NC United States
  • 04-23-19

The beginning of a terrible friendship

Ever had a day when nothing goes right? Help someone you shouldn't? Jack may hunt monsters for a living but he can't seem to stay out of trouble at home either. When his girl is turned into a frog by the wizard he saved he must go on an epic quest to return her to her natural state and see if even that is good enough for her to forgive him. My son and I loved the story and the narration was excellent. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Quick, fun, and enjoyable

I really enjoyed this quick listen. It's funny, quirky, tongue in cheek, and snarky. I really enjoyed the humor and fantasy.

The narrator really did a good job emoting the story and especially hitting the snarky high points.

I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request. This is my honest, voluntary review.

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Good short, want more!

Well done, I like the short, albeit it took me a few tries to get started and by the end I wanted the next segment in the saga. Basically Jack is a monster hunter, and a boyfriend. He leaves his girl lost in the woods to go on a job, she will turn up anyway. On this job he kills the troll and finds himself with an indebted somewhat wizard elf who swears to return the favor of life for a life. As Jack is stuck with him he figures what the heck, why not. As he arrives home his girl found her way, but is seething with rage at Jack. His new buddy steps in to cast a protection spell and turns her into a frog instead. Apparently he isn't a very good wizard. And the quest begins. They need to collect a few priceless rare objects for the real wizard in order to change her back before it is too late. Along with this story there is another curious plot that develops and leaves you hanging for the next. I will read it. Excellent story with an excellent narrator. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Interesting

I was very unsure when I started this book but was pleasantly surprised. It is deffinity meant for a younger audience but was still enjoyable in a light hearted goofy kind of way. The only reason I got this book was because I was given this book free of charge in return for an unbiased review but it was well worth it.

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Very much... okay

This story left a lot to be desired. It felt like the plot was just jumping along with the characters as devices. It easily could have been a full-length story, which would have given insight into who the main character actually was. There were several times I didn't even remember his name.

The writing is quite good, but at times it felt like Dungeons and Dragons "There's a table in the corner, a worn backpack upon it." kind of thing.

I think it was worth the listen, but it doesn't make me leap for the next book by the author.

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Short, a little violent and crazily funny:)

It's a very short book - only about two hours of listening, but it's definitely action-packed:) There's a troll, there's a search for minotaurs' gold, there are goblins and unicorns, and there's a damsel in distress - changed into a frog, but still a damsel...:) and there's an ending that turns everything upside down:)

I love the story (though there's a bit too much violence for younger kids - fights against the magical creatures are quite bloody:)) and I love its crazy sense of humour: a bit bitter, a bit ironic, a bit satirical... think Monty Python at their best and you'll get it:)

Narration by Mr Lemaster is great; the voices match the characters' personalities, and the singing... well, that's a nice surprise - Mr Lemaster has a great singing voice (I love it when you suddenly hear a narrator sing to you when there are songs in the story...:)) He is equally good both in narrative parts and in dialogues and the pace of his reading is just perfect.

I can't wait to listen to the next parts of Jack's adventures:)

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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The Wizard and the Frog

A cute and funny read! I loved the comical characters in this book and will definitely be looking for the next to come out.
Narration was very well done.

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Fantasy Fun

I started listening to this one with my middle schoolers but quickly decided that I would finish it on my own. Overall, I found the story to be a fun one and liked that it was a quicker read and could be done in a day. The story had a great pace to it, a good plot and well developed characters. I do feel it is geared towards a young adult crowd due to some cussing and some more mature content without sex scenes. The narrator was a lot of fun to listen to (loved his accent) and did a great job with the voices.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • TU
  • 05-01-19

a lot of fun

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This is a short, fun (and funny) fantasy adventure. It was a very easy listen with good world building for such a short book. The characters had surprising depth as well. The narration is done well. All in all, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to any fantasy fan.

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  • ScottishJay
  • 04-17-19

I wish there was more!

Loved this audiobook so much, i just with there was more of it!

Loved the book from start to finish. It had 'that hook' that just grabs you and keeps you wanting to listen to more and more... But then it finishes and I still want more!!!

Fantastic narration too

This audiobook was received for free in exchange for an unbiased review

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  • Taylor
  • 04-10-19

Fun fantasy if not a little too short

This has all the familiar elements of nice fantasy book. It’s quite a light hearted fun story which I really enjoyed. The narrator did a good job making the story flow and gave a good performance. My only grip is there wasn't much complexity in the story and development in the characters but there is only so much you can fit in just over 2 hours. I might have enjoyed it more if there was a second half, maybe involving the hints of a vampire hunt. If this is a taster for what Richard Fierce can do I would be tempted in another book which had a bit more meat to it. I will keep an eye out for anymore adventures with Jack and Dormuris.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]