I listen rather than read on train journeys as I can't stand being jostled by other travelers, and walking & listening is so easy
I haven't laughed as hard for AGES as I did while listening to this - not only is the script incredibly well written, but the performances are brilliant, and the actors who are doing the voice work are all great
The concept is amusing in itself, but add in the comedy stars who acted this and you have comedy GOLD! One of the best things is having Sophie Winkleman playing the Elven princess, because imagining her in the role will make any red blooded man smile
I'm buying the second and third series as soon as I can to continue listening to the adventures, and hope that they're as brilliant as the first one is, or even hope that they're better - I will certainly look forward to the work of these writers on any radio broadcasts or audio books I find
Giving this anything less than 5 stars would be impossible for me as this was the funniest listen I've had in AGES - long live ElvenQuest!
While I love the ElvenQuest series, you can tell that this has lost one of it's writers, because there is no real cohesive story between the episodes in the 3rd series, while the previous 2 seasons had a running story, with the characters actually following a "path", and the ending of this series leaves you "wanting more", where the previous series had a firm ending point.
The characters in this are fabulous, and the actors really know each other at this point, so the way they interact is fantastic, it's just a pity that the writing isn't as good as it was - the jokes are as good, and the delivery is still brilliant, but this feels like several unrelated episodes rather than a real story.
One great example of the "average" writing is that Lord Darkness needs to find a bride in one episode, approaches Penthiselea and is (obviously) turned away, but the following episode there is no mention of him needing a bride - clearly it was only setup for the jokes that could arise from the situation, with no thought of where it fits within the overall storyline... Anil Gupta is good at the jokes, but not so good at a story...
It's great when you find a radio show that is so engaging, interesting and educational that you just HAVE to listen to it again and again, and this is such an example
The show goes from strength to strength, with Stephen Fry giving the overview and experts in the fields along with comedians - this is just a complete and utter joy to listen to
If you love the English language, this radio show in an audio book is a MUST buy - I'm only dropping to 4 stars because it's so short, if it was longer I could enjoy more of the information that the show imparts, and give it all 5 stars