Colin Farnsworth was a loser. Eking an existence from writing cheap sci-fi novels and the few dollars he makes at Fantasy Underworld card game tournaments, he lives in the house where he grew up. His only companion is Heimdall, a three pound Yorkie with big plans. Until, that is, The Brothers Four arrive on his doorstep looking for rooms to rent and with a giant troll in pursuit.
Colin's life is turned upside as he finds himself in a real world that is much stranger than the fiction he writes or the fantasy games he plays.
Leprechauns, Trolls, Faerie Folk, talking animals, and crazed municipal building inspectors galore: Welcome to the other side of Anchorage!
In a style reminiscent of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, The Four Brothers series is relatively safe for all ages, at least those who know how to giggle.
©2015 Basil Sands (P)2015 Basil Sands
I've listened to Basil narrator other books and he's great. So yes!
Great dialogue, a good view of society and our foibles and a great geeky and funny lead/main character. It's brilliant. As a Terry Pratchett fan I thought it compared.
Yes and this was just as good. Good enough that I will be searching for other works narrated by Basil.
It made me laugh and smile from start to finish.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
"SUPER CUTE!!!! LOVED IT!!!!"
YEP...ITS QUICK, AND HILARIOUS!!!!
I CANT COMPARE THIS CREATIVE LITTLE STORY....ITS UNIQUE AND I WILL DEFINITELY CONTINUE THIS SERIES!
THIS WOULD MAKE A CUTE MOVIE!!
**I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
This is a super cute and funny story about Colin a computer geek/syfy writer, who finds 4 leprechauns at his door one day...well a story unfolds and a hidden destiny....I laughed out loud and found all the characters to be lively and fun! Definitely want more! Wonderfully Written and Narrated!!!!
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"Really Good Story and Great Narrator"
Yes. Short and entertaining.
I thought it was funny and really liked the characters.
No I have not.
It did make me laugh in spots.
This is a great short story about 2 and 1/2 hours long. I really liked the characters. The best thing about all of it is the narrator. The way he does the different voices sometimes makes you wonder if there is more than one person narrating this book. He does a great job.
"Appetizers of the Gods"
Colin writes sci fi books and fantasy games.One day he notices a giant bird grab a tiny dog from the street.Pretty soon this is an epidemic. He's a bit of a loser.He lives alone w/his dog Heimdal. Suddenly he is drawn into a world of trolls,leprecauns,etc. The Brothers 4 take up residence in his house,making him food he has not purchased and cleaning up after themselves. He thinks this is odd. As it turns out,he is STILL in the 'real world'. What IS real and will he catch the dog theif?Basil Sands wrote and narrates this wonderfully!I enjoyed it!
This audiobook was provided to me at no cost for a fair and honest review
"The four brothers made this book enjoyable"
I was given this book by the author through AudiobookBlast dot com in exchange for my honest review.
This book went kind of slow at the beginning and I found myself questioning where it was even going. After the four leprechaun brothers arrived at Colin's home, the story picked up pace and I found myself laughing and enjoying the book.
This book is uniquely original and can get through it pretty quick. I found each of the 4 brothers to be enjoyable and I loved when they were interacting in the story. I liked how each character brought something to the overall plot.
"Fun enjoyable listen!"
There are many things to like about this book. It’s got adventure, humour, action, fantasy all melted into an entertaining story that you want to hear more of. There is some snappy dialogue and poking fun at various aspects of society. The story keeps you engaged and wanting more. I’m happy that there will be more (at least the last line of the book promises there will be…eventually).
If you’re like me and you always raise a skeptical eyebrow and give a repeated listen to the sample when you see a book narrated by the author, and that book that isn’t a biography or written by a stand-up comedian, don’t worry. This is a case where the author is a capable narrator and not just reading their book at you. If I had to complain about anything, it would be that I had to turn my volume noticeably up compared to other books in my library, but other than that it was clear sound.
Basil Sands can do accents, gets across the humour and wit in the lines, and has distinct voices for the characters. This makes for a pleasant listening experience. It is icing on the cake that he wrote the book and therefore you are getting the full effect of what was in the author’s head for the story.
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If you want an entertaining listen in the light-hearted fantasy / humour category that isn’t too long (it’s 2.5 hrs), this is for you. Warning: Sense of humour required.
"Funny and endearing"
Yes, it's only a few hours long, good for a cross-state drive with the family. Hints of Douglas Adams buried in there, good for some chuckles and brilliantly performed by Mr. Sands.
It's light-hearted, and family-friendly, but by no means a children's story. Absurdly mirrors aspects of our society and marries them to fantastical themes.
I must admit I was captivated by the online auction bit, (though it ran a bit too long maybe) and the introduction of the little fellas.
The strangest things can happen... sometime, right under your nose.
Written and performed by Basil Sands, this experience was very thoughtfully crafted. I recommend Basil's work in both the narration and writing worlds.
Colin Farnsworth is a 30-something divorce SFF nerd writing questionable SF by day and playing in Fantasy Underworld card games at night. His life is small until the Brothers Four arrive and do their best to convince him he isn’t dreaming. This leads to public nudity and a chat with the local law enforcement. Pretty soon Colin’s life is filled with trolls, talking animals, and various other faerie folk. Luckily, he has Anne, a lovely neighbor, to bake him cupcakes and see him through this adventure.
This book starts off with Colin doing some online bidding on some Fantasy Underworld cards. He’s in competition with another and the two are going neck and neck for these cards. It’s a little slow at first, but there is some humor, especially with Heimdall the dog letting the reader/listener in on his thoughts. But once the Brothers Four (leprechauns) arrive, being pursued by a loud, whomping troll, things pick right up.
I really enjoyed the humor in this book. Sure, there’s plenty of action. The main characters are always in motion. Yet it was the humor that really carried the story for me. There’s plenty of the one character or another poking fun at themselves in an offhand manner. Plus there is the snappy comments back and forth between characters at times. Like the book’s description says, it reminded me of some of Terry Pratchett’s works (specifically the Nac Mac Feegles in the Tiffany Aching Discworld books).
Anne was also of interest, being a character that knows something about what is going on. This puts poor Colin as the last man in the race for figuring out what is up with these leprechauns and trolls and such. Also, she is a dog person and bakes cupcakes; who wouldn’t like her?
This story starts off with a little mystery – dogs are going missing. So in the second half of this book, we finally figure out how and why. I won’t spoil it, but it is rife with humor and the chastisement of hungry, lazy creatures. All in all, this is a highly enjoyable book and had me chuckling out loud more than once.
I received this audiobook from the author (via the Audiobook Blast Facebook) at no cost in exchange for an honest review.
The Narration: I was very pleasantly surprised to learn that Basil Sands can not only write awesome stories, he can also narrate. And narrate he does! There’s plenty of accents flying around, all of which he does quite well. He also has distinct voices for all the characters, including believable female voices. Occasionally he tosses in some interesting noises, like a leprechaun hiccoughing. It was a thoroughly entertaining performance.
"Very like Douglas Adams"
The tone of this novella reminded me very much of the quirky humor of Douglas Adams.
Basil has an amazing skill set when it comes to voices and accents. Very funny guy.
If you're looking for a couple of hours of entertainment and hillarity, definitely give this a try.
"An Introduction to the inner workings of a genius!"
Yes. Very much so. Basil, as writer, is very creative. He's taken these 'brothers', that he's introduced via is YouTube podcast and really let listeners know who they are and where they come from. VERY entertaining.
I would compare Appetizers to things written by Terri Pratchett or maybe even Douglas Adams, it has that sort of wit and humor about it.
Laughing...a lot of laughing! A well written laugh fest.
Basil Sands has written an amazingly entertaining story, and equally impressive is that he also NARRATES this story! Basil, as narrator, nails perfectly all the accents he delivers in the book. In fact, if I didn't know he was American, I would swear he was British. His delivery and pacing are of course perfection in audio. I highly recommend Appetizers of the Gods to everyone who enjoys a great story, told by a master storyteller.
"Fun & Whimsical"
A fun and whimsical short story. A nice diverse for a ride home or to work.
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