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What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters?In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry. Once the dust settles, these four find themselves faced with an impossible choice: pretend to be adventurers undertaking a task of near-certain death or see their town and loved ones destroyed. Armed only with salvaged equipment, second-hand knowledge, and a secret that could get them killed, it will take all manner of miracles if they hope to pull off their charade. And even if they succeed, the deadliest part of their journey may well be what awaits them at its end.
©2014 Andrew Hayes (P)2014 Tantor
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By Miachi on 01-23-15

Enjoyable if you manage your expectations

This book is written for a fairly narrow audience.

1) You must be fond of old school RPGs. Table top dice rolling is best, but something like a text-based MUD would be good, too. Me, I loved Gemstone III.

2) You must be able to laugh at yourself and your fellow players.

3) You must embrace the awkward phrasing that lots of players liked to use to create "character." Aye, 'tis true.

4) You must not be looking for anything deep or meaningful. This is a romp, and the author's tongue never comes fully out of his cheek.

If meet these criteria, then enjoy! This book is for you!

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By Cody Konior on 05-12-17

So so

I'm a really big fan of Drew Hayes Fred the Vampire Accountant series.

This book though failed to hit the mark for me. It was a bit shorter than I'm used to but the story felt like it was dragging - and when the viewpoint switches it's extremely hard to follow. This happens a lot. I often found myself losing track of what was going on.

The narrator performance was pretty good. I can't tell though if there are contextual clues he missed out on passing on.

It has some interesting ideas, some cool characters, and such. But I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who didn't really really really like his style.

I'm tempted to get the 2nd book in this series (it seems to be a trilogy) but I'm a bit on the fence. My time would probably be better spent on a different series.

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By Alex Kite on 05-11-17

Struggled a little with the narrator.

Was still a good book with am interesting idea at the heart of the story. Was short enough that got through it in 2 or 3 days just didn't find myself caring for the characters didn't buy in and feel invested in the outcome. Would give the author and his books another chance maybe it was my mood at the time I started.

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By DAVID EELES on 01-31-16

great listen

loved it great listen, nice story will be getting the next in the series, brilliant

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By Amazon Customer on 01-27-16

D&D Love.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is every adventure you ever had with a hero who isn't a hero.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters.

Which character – as performed by Roger Wayne – was your favourite?

Thistle

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

For the D&D adventurer you aren't!

Any additional comments?

This book tugs at the heartstrings and the corners of your mouth.

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By Mira on 04-24-17

Entertaining and Fun

This was a humorous, clever and exciting book. As a gamer, I could appreciate every aspect. may not be for those unfamiliar with gaming or d&d.
would love a other book like This one!

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