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Days Gone Bad Audiobook

Days Gone Bad: Vesik, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We've vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I've faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and...damn, I need a vacation.

©2013 Eric R. Asher (P)2014 Eric R. Asher

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  • D. Antonio
    Georgia, United States
    09/02/15
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    "Great Urban Fantasy"

    I received a free copy of this audio book from the author when I met him at Coastal Magic Con. My husband and I listened to it on the way home and were enthralled. This story grabbed us from the start. Mr. Asher has built a vivid picture of a world where vampires, fairies, witches, ghosts, Watchers, and others exist side by side with common folk. His is a world filled with magic and mayhem, humor and love. William Dufris did a fantastic job of bringing the story to life. This story is not for the weak of heart. It is often violent and is graphic in its depiction of the violence. But the story is well worth it and would be diminished without the horror of the violence. I will most certainly be checking out the further adventures of Damian Valdis Vesik.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Aziz
    VA
    08/10/14
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    "Couldn't finish it"

    The author attempted to make the main character funny and witty but his continuous stream of sarcastic and snide comments quickly become annoying and we never get a clear explanation as to how magic works in his universe.
    Another source of confusion stems from the fact that Vesik is supposed to be a necromancer and yet he comes off more as a mage and more akin to Harry Dresden's abilities than someone who deals with the dead.
    Furthermore we never get a good sense of the large cast of characters that get introduced far too quickly to the point where it starts to become a little confusing. Indeed, the faeries and the various vampires that Vesik meets aren't given enough of a backstory to begin to care about them and lack any real substance to them.
    I will say this though, the narrator's voicing of Vesik's century-old teacher is phenomenal as he gives her a rough southern drawl that is a surprising joy to listen to.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    15/06/14
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    "Phenomenal Start to an AMAZING series!"

    "Days Gone Bad," had me sucked in at chapter one. There is a wealth of characters with depth and mystery and wit that make you want to delve into each one of them to see how they tick! Mr. Eric Asher, took a genre that has been written and rewritten so many times and made it new and intriguing. For me the testament of an outstanding book is if when I put it down I'm ready to pick it back up again, well this audio version brought me to whole new level of fandom. The narrator has a way of bringing these outstanding characters to life and I certainly cannot wait for the second book in the series to be ready for consumption.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Kim
    Plainfield, IL, United States
    11/08/14
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    "Narrator hurts the story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is a trend in this book with the author making a statement, followed in the same sentence with a "but" or"though" which leads to an attempt at humor. About one in every 5 sentences show this pattern. Only after listening for a while does it take on an aspect of being contrived as well as a habitual pattern of communicating. This process is emphasized by the vocal inflections of Mr. Dufris. Can't change the author. I would strongly encourage a different narrator. I am very close to losing all interest in this piece. I would NEVER consider another book in this series if the same narrator is used. Interestingly, he does a very good job with other character voices.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Eric Asher? Why or why not?

    Yes, with a different narrator.


    Did William Dufris do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Good with all but the main character, Vesik (who, wouldn't you know it, has to talk throughout the book, or else there would be no story), comes across with a sarcastic or snide quality to his humor. This quickly becomes painful to listen to.


    Do you think Days Gone Bad needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Why not? Very similar in subject material to the Dresden series.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Erik H.
    22/10/16
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    "Even better the second time!"

    I had already read this first book some time ago but since using Audible I decided to start the series over... wow! The narrator did a fantastic job and you can easily tell who is speaking at any given time. The story is more "told" rather than "read". Overall I'm very pleased and looking forward to downloading the next book momentarily!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Viv
    30/09/16
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    "great imagery and in depth characters and humor!"

    the characters all have believable characteristics and motives. The descriptions of events characters etc help to portray an amazing story. I could see this being made into a movie or TV mini series. The narrator also does a fantastic job of changing his voice (some of which is with the help of special effects) to give the characters life. I'm definitely getting the next in this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shelley Reif
    San Diego, CA
    03/06/16
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    "If you like the Iron Druid series"

    Like the headline says, if you like the Iron Druid series, you'll like this too. It's not about gods & druids, but the writing style is similar and the narrator reminds me or Luke Daniels. Funny & lots of paranormal action. I actually bought this on sale & had it in my library as a backup book for a few months. Needless to say, I was way more than pleasantly surprised when I finally listened. Definitely worth the credit or money. Will definitely buy more from this author & narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C
    06/05/16
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    "Like Dresden, but definitely hold's its own."
    What made the experience of listening to Days Gone Bad the most enjoyable?

    William Dufris. He brought the perfect voices, cadence, etc to the characters.


    What other book might you compare Days Gone Bad to and why?

    Dresden Files, Alex Verus, Iron Druid Chronicles.
    Same type of genre, modern day supernatural.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    Holy crap William was the perfect narrator for this series. I liked him in the Old Man's War series and I wasn't sure how I'd like him in this series, until I finished the first chapter and realized that not even Luke Daniels would be as good as William is for this series.


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

    yes, definitely yes. I am big fan of this type of story, but the combo of Eric and William, holy rusted metal Batman!


    Any additional comments?

    Eric does a great job of creating a world for Vesik and his band of buddies, and he has a great banter between characters that William really brought to life. Looking forward to the next 4 books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kerry's Corner
    18/03/16
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    "breathless"

    A snarky necromancer, a Vampire sister, giant fairy warrior living in his clock, zombies, ghosts including a panda who acts like a puppy... so much happens with so many characters but this is beautifully written and the narrator voices each character perfectly. The intense action interspersed with tension releasing wise cracks left me alternating between holding my breath and laughing out loud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    Oro Valley, AZ, United States
    13/03/16
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    "Great book!"

    I really enjoyed the story line and humor associated with the main character. Enjoy the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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