Villains by Necessity

Narrated by: Daniel Nicolai
Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A twist on the classic fantasy novel.

©1996 Eve Forward (P)2018 Eve Forward

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26 years ago.....

When I was 16 years old my local library had a new release section displayed at the front door.

I spent many years walking by this stand and never looking at it (I was more interested in the comic books and CDs). One day I looked at the stand and saw a book that intrigued me. There was a knight running down a dragon with a lance. Out of sheer curiosity I grabbed it and checked it out of the library. As I sat at my parents dining room table I read the prologue and the first 130 pages without stopping. I eventually finished the book 2 days later, since I still had 12 days left on the check out, I read it again.
Then again.
Then again.

I finally had to return the book and In about 2 months the library was selling it in their used section. I was so happy I bought the book and I can say I read it over 70 times and it still entertains me.

I have not been able to read it over the last few years only because I and afraid the binding may go. I have been waiting for the digital and audio versions for a while now and I am happy to see they are available.

I have bought them and I am planning on wearing out my IPad with this book.

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When good goes to far, villians must become heroes

The tale of a time when the scales of goodness and evil tipped so much that villians were needed in order to shift the balance back and stop the light from destroying everything. A group of six villians team up and use their unique gifts to save the world from the unwitting good guys! This is the story of their quest to collect the pieces of the key and open a portal to darkness and save everything! I couldnt get enough of this book! The writting brought the images in my head to life and brought me on the journey of a lifetime! It was a beautiful mix reminiscent of lord of the rings and dungeon and dragons! I loved the twist in the plot making the villians the good guys and the heroes the bad guys! And yet... they were still villians in every sense of the word! And Daniel Nicolai did an amazing job narrating, truly bringing this book to life! Truly a marvolous experience and tale!

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Wow!

this book is incredibly unique and wonderfully written. If you've ever played Dungeons & Dragons or intend to run an evil campaign, it is a must-read. it is imaginative and exciting.

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Great story, poor performance

I think this is one of those rare books that I will eventually pick up in a different format and reread it. The world, characters, and overall story were great. I enjoyed the conflict, the resolution, and the ending. I do feel that this could be done better presented as a light vs dark conflict instead of good vs evil. Most of the villains were more dark than evil, and the actions of some of the heros are not what I would consider good.

The performance of the narrator was sub-par. It felt as though I was being read to, poorly. I was never able to slip into the story and forget I was listening to an audiobook. Concentrating on the story was difficult between mispronounced words, microphone interference, and lack of tone.

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Excellent story.

Excellent story. Narrator is dry at times. Story moves nicely. Intriguing characters and fun story.

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Classic fantasy ruined by delivery

This book was out of print and availability, so I was excited to finally get a version of it again. It's a nice parody of overdone fantasy tropes, with plenty of easter eggs and nods for genre fans. Unfortunately, the narrator is trying hard to be overly dramatic, which made it almost painful to listen to.

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Great!

Unique voices and enthralling characters make this book a joy to listen to. I've had my eye on it for a while, and it didn't disappoint!

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stands up to the test of time.

first fantasy genre book I ever read. story is still great. been out of print for a long time, lost my copy and was glad to find this.

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Love this book!!!

So glad I’ve found this on audible now as well. Countless reads and listens await me I’m sure.

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great story, terrible narration

I love the book, I read it several times and was thrilled to find it here. sadly the narration is the worst I've ever encountered. very distracting.

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Decent story, ATROCIOUS narration

Poor narration completely ruined this book, I've never heard a worse voice actor. Struggling to comprehend why he was chosen.