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We picked this book up in a bookstore for my 11 year old son and after he read this one and the next in the series, I asked how he liked them...his faced lit up and he went on and on about magic and elves, swords and wizards. I love a good fantasy novel, so I decided to give it a try on Audible. Wow! Great story, great performance! EB Stevens did a fantastic job of mixing different accents, octaves, and tones to make each character their own. Well done and highly recommend it to anyone!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about Adventurers Wanted, Book 1?
Overall the series was entertaining and fun. It was well performed and easy to follow.
Any additional comments?
I did not realize when I bought the series that it was tagged for teens. I bought it under the Fantasy Genre and it was obvious fairly quickly that the book was not going to be thrilling and challenging. It was entertaining. But there were some very big mechanical problems with the Adventurer's Bags in particular. They were extremely overpowered and underutilized. Plus there would have been some great opportunities to use the bags that were never realized. Plus, Alex gained far too much power too quickly and then obvious magical solutions were overlooked in lieu of mundane plots.
I know that some of this is just trying to keep it simple for the teen market, but some was just bad planning and plotting on the Author's part.
Overall it was fun and upbeat and I don't regret giving it a listen, but it is no WoT or GoT.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
who loves adventure stories or dreams of going on adventures. I have never come across these books before, (perhaps they're only available in America or on audible), but don't let that put you off. if you were brought up on & enjoyed the Enid blyton adventure stories & enjoy the the more recent books of Harry potter & Artimas Fowl books or similar then you will love these books, though best listened or read in order.
this is the 2nd time I listened to this story & enjoyed it just has much the 2nd time around.
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
What could M. L. Forman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Not used the word "questioned" instead of "asked", or better yet, "said", at every possible opportunity!
Not been so gratuitously derivative of Tolkien that I daren't allow my kids to read it in case they think Tolkien copied Forman (assuming I’m prepared to run the risk of them catching the "questioned" disease, which I'm not).
Not used adjectives instead of adverbs, or better yet, dialogue - rather than writing "he said (questioned!) in an angry tone", write "he said angrily", or preferably have him say something that lets the reader know he's angry!
And finally, the totally flat characters - the protagonist who rapidly develops virtually godlike powers, to the apparent total lack of surprise or envy of any of the other characters, all of whom are wholly interchangeable.
Would you be willing to try another one of E. B. Stevens’s performances?
Yes, but it would be despite, and not because of, being a Stevens performance.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The book was mildly entertaining and there were a couple of original and imaginative ideas. I'd try one more in the hope that, having exhausted most of Tolkien's major themes, Forman might find his own voice.
Any additional comments?
The wooden delivery and entirely gratuitous French, Russian and German accents deserve a special mention - although it strikes me that the narrator was desperately looking for a way to differentiate the many featureless characters.