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Publisher's Summary

New Evil. Same as the Old Evil, but with better PR.
Mordak isn't bad as far as goblin kings go, but when someone or something starts pumping gold into the human kingdoms, it puts his rule into serious jeopardy. Suddenly he's locked in an arms race with a species whose arms he once considered merely part of a healthy breakfast.
He goes looking for the truth behind these sudden riches, accompanied by an elf with a background in journalism (she'll get the hang of 'truth' eventually), but the two will discover that the difference between human and goblin, and between good and evil itself, is far more complicated than it appears.
©2015 One Reluctant Lemming Company Ltd (P)2015 Isis Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"Uniquely twisted...cracking gags." ( Guardian)
"Gratifying, clever, and very amusing." ( Mail on Sunday)
"Witty and eccentric." ( Time Out)
"Wacky humour bubbles through the polished narrative.... Holt doesn't skimp on the flashes of brilliance." ( SFX)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lauren on 09-26-15

Still heads above the rest

Would you consider the audio edition of The Good, the Bad and the Smug to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version. I love the narrator, so I don't bother with print.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The old man and nephew. Always funny and slightly foreboding.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the old man is a scene it's always worthy of a rewind to me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really. The book is interesting through and through. It didn't move me, it it makes e laugh a lot.

Any additional comments?

I think that Tom Holt's books are always deeply interesting and funny. By interesting I mean they keep my attention the whole time, and I often take twice as long to get through them because I rewind a lot just to hear parts again. It is hard to measure his books in terms of story or plot because the meat of his novels are the process of storytelling itself and character development. I think that in a way his novels border on the experimental in terms of narrative in general. There are other worlds, carry overs from other novels, imported characters, and the like. I would say that his writing is similar to terry pratchett's in this way but with more real-world references.

I disagree with the negative reviews here. Rather, I would suggest that this novel is best appreciated for its playfulness and humor as well as the fresh approach he brings to writing. It is, at times, demanding, but always worth it. Also, he is one of the few writers whose novels are rich enough to make a second and third reading just as enjoyable as the first.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By DParker on 07-29-16

funny and a little scary

was an excelent accomanyment to long drives. had me laughing out loud in traffic. fun throughout

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5 out of 5 stars
By EGR on 08-14-15

Probably Tom Holt's Best Book

I've often enjoyed books by Tom Holt, but the quality of his work can be wildly variable. This is probably his best to date. It's far more complex in terms of both the background and the plot than many of his books. It also has some hilariously funny moments (I really did find myself laughing out loud at some points).

The reading is also excellent, with brilliant characterisation.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Fin on 12-01-15

Wearing the mantle of Pratchetts crown

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

If you have ever enjoyed any of Terry Pratchetts stories and have not encountered Tom Holt yet, you are in for a surprising treat. His writing style is similar and he also has that light touch of multi-level comedy that enables many people to find humour across is tales without bombarding you with 'jokes'

Who was your favorite character and why?

Without spoiling the tale, 'The little man' plays the other characters like a Stradivarius violin. he is a master of manipulation, which is kinda the point really.

What does Ray Sawyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ray Sawyers characterisation is subtle and yet simultaneously brilliant, he slips seamlessly into the accents that he has chosen for the protagonists. His relaxed and unhurried pace of narration is exactly right for this tale and due to this you are drawn into the story in a way that I haven't experienced since I was at primary school in the seventies. Mr Sawyer actually tells you the story, rather than reading a book, that is the true magic of a beautifully crafted audiobook.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

At 13 hours and change in length, you need a good excuse to be able to listen to this tale in one sitting, however it is most definitely something that I would make the effort to plan. I took it night fishing, and as there is nothing more boring than night fishing when your not catching much I was astounded to look up an notice that the first light of day was creeping over the sea on the horizon. I was enjoying it so much that I actually delayed going for breakfast so that I could finish. Seriously, if you are delayed at the airport, or stuck in a hospital bed (although these are most certainly not eh only conditions that may apply) and you have the time to spare, This is one story that will certainly make the time passing feel a lot less 'geological'.

Any additional comments?

Tom Sawyer narrates another fantastically fantastic tall tale from Tom Holt. If you enjoyed previous rambles through the mind of Mr Holt like 'The Portable Door' and Doughnut then you will will love this. Not so much 'more of the same' as a favourite uncle telling tall tales, this the very same knack that may well see Mr Holt becoming as successful as Sir Terry. Tom copies no one, and indeed has is own voice, but wait.. pause in your frenetic step.. and have a listen. I really enjoyed it, and hope that you will too.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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