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I liked this prologue to “The 8th God” a lot. It is a fantasy novel with some elements of other genres, like horror (zombie children!), and an underlying wit that makes it a fun listen. The narration by Damien Brunetto is very clear and easy to follow. I am interested to see what kind of shenanigans that the brothers, Pock and Cock, get up to in future installments.
Loved the short stories. Can't wait to hear the books that they are a prelude to.
The narration was done quite well helping to enhance the world that the author has created.
This collection of short stories had me laughing aloud one minute and gripped the next. Top notch. The narrator is very good - not so much that he overshadows the writing (as some of the top ones do) but a good range of voices that don’t detract from the great narrative.
So this is the first audiobook I've listened to since I was a kid that wasn't a Postman Pat adventure. Gotta say, I'm extremely impressed, I'm not really one for audiobooks (probably the Postman Pat association) but Lavender's stories kept me gripped throughout. Although I would describe his writing primarily as epic fantasy, I found Lavender's writing to be heavy on the black comedy end of things, and considering the kind of setting for this collection of stories it works awesomely. Humour is extremely difficult to pull off in fantasy, or in any book really, but Lavender does a brilliant job with Tales from Ashen Falls, and I found myself skipping back to listen to certain lines. My favourite was 'The Dove's Head Inn', purely for the banter and dialogue between two characters. In short, this is a collection of grimly hilarious little fairy tale-esque stories that, if you're like me, will have you giggling as you listen to them unfold. The quality of Lavender's humour and writing is astounding, and does a solid job of hinting at the wider world of his work. Also worthy of note is Damien Brunetto, the narrator - very professional reading from him, and it contributes to a well rounded product. So, overall? 5/5, couldn't be anything else, it's been far too long since a book has made me laugh so much.