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Escape from Samsara: A Dark Comedy Fantasy Adventure

Prophecy Allocation, Book 1
Narrated by: David Morley Hale
Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
4 out of 5 stars (1 rating)
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Summary

A comedy about a time-travelling gardener, guaranteed to make you wet your plants!

Barry's been patient, but after 27 years of trimming hedges for people he hates, he's had enough. All he wants to do is to find his missing father and to discover his inner ninja. But life’s not done with throwing him curveballs. A fatal mistake catapults Barry into the adventure of a lifetime. 

With talking hedges, samurai ghosts, meddling psychotherapists, and an inexplicably non-linear time pattern conspiring against him, Barry must do battle to save his hide, unleash the ninja within, and rescue his father from an ancient army, a dark sorcerer, and a raging inferno. 

Perfect listening for fans of Tom Holt, Terry Pratchett, Robert Rankin, Christopher Moore, or Douglas Adams.

What is the mysterious Prophecy Allocation Department? 

Where is The Before and After?

Even more importantly, Will Barry’s underwear hold out until he has saved the day?

©2017 Nicky Blue (P)2019 Nicky Blue

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Sitting duck for a twisted wizard.

Ever thought of moving to the environs of Brighton, on the South coast of Englan? Or of becoming a professional gardener? Or believe you might one day be a Ninja master? Or thought there was something odd about your hairdresser? Then read this book now.

Barry Harris is a middle aged man who lives with his 82 years old head banger mother in Portslade, near Brighton, in the apartment over an hairdresser salon. His sister and father both went missing on the same day 26 years before and Barry, after a series of unfortunate events, decides that now is the time to go find him.

With deliciously exaggerated stereotype satirical figures and others that are just plain crazy, this is an, at times, laugh out loud story, redolent with British lavatory humour as well as some Pythonesque experiences. For this reader, a little less I.B.S. references would have been preferred but then everyone's funny bone is different, and there are enough crazy characters to make this book great fun for almost everyone.
Read with pizzazz by the Julian Clary-like voiced David Marley Hale, the whole cast of characters springs further into life, each with an individual voicing, and the action is fast paced in the telling. - a great performance.

Not for those with a prurient attitude or those who like their stories to follow a straight forward time line (or even make sense), but for a fun fantasy with great characters and some really.funny incidents, Escape from Samsara is highly recommended.

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  • Susana Duarte
  • 02-02-19

A would be ninja with british accent

This is quite a surreal story, about a gardner, would be ninja, and his adventures.
The fun of the story is the british humor (sarcasm for some) and the british accent of the narrator telling us all about it. Hillarious!, in a very serious manner, of course! He (the narrator) makes a fantastic job (even if some words can be a bit difficult for non english listeners).
As for the story, though I like a bit of surreal, this one can be a bit of too lost sometimes (not exactly a bad thing, because it goes with the humor of it, but still...). In the end, even though this particular story fail to really grab my desire to read more of it (sorry), I still got the feeling the author is a good writer with the ability to express the kind of humor that goes in your head in secret.

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  • Deedra
  • 19-03-19

Samsara

Hmmn..It is an absurd,sometimes fun,gross, and always weird story.David Morley Hales excellent narration is the best thing about it. It is very hard to rate. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • noneya
  • 12-03-19

British Absurdity at its best

Really enjoyed this book. A bit of knowledge of British slang is required. Other than that it was a roller coaster of a ride. Gardners becoming Ninjas, IBS withstanding. Never be a murderous Hair stylist to little old ladies they will have there revenge. If the shrubbery starts talking to you for god sakes answer it because its alot more fun in this world than in ours here.

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  • PattyH
  • 17-02-19

Not for me

Not sure if it's the other world, dark comedy, fantasy, prophecy or all tossed together. I just wasn't able to get into this audible.

The narrator did a wonderful job.

I was provided a free copy, at my request, of this audible. This is my review.

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  • Gabrielle
  • 12-02-19

Escape from Samsara

This story is a fun and entertaining listen. When Barry's father and sister disappeared his life took a tailspin. Gardening is what Barry does now but it seems that there is evil out to get him and Barry must rely on the ninja training that his father gave him so many years ago. Barry and his mother have always wondered what happened to his father and sister and are soon in for a big surprise. Barry is taken on an adventure of a lifetime and must find and decipher the clues that will save his father and sister.

There are so many interesting characters in this story. From a heavy metal loving grandma to an evil wizard masquerading as a hippie hairdresser and so many more. The humor reminds me of Monty Python and Beetlejuice yet has a style all its own. If you enjoy British humor and many toilet and bowel jokes than you will enjoy this book. It moves along quickly and keeps your attention. The author has written a silly and strange fantasy that will make you laugh and enjoy this tall tale. This is a book for adults as it does contain some material that is not suitable for young ones. Narrator David Morley Hale does a good job of keeping this story flowing and pulling the listener into this eccentric and outlandish world.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 12-02-19

English overweight time traveling ninja with IBS

The title for the review says it all. Like hitchhikers guide to the galaxy? Terry pratchet? Mel brooks? Shaun is the dead? Bruce lee? Then this is for you. If not steer clear. If you don’t mind taking a twisty turn through insanity to get to a very weird place with weird happening this is for you. Me I enjoyed the hell out of it. Weird and wonderful. Ridiculous and hilarious. All I can say is beware the underwear! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • Jenni Wiseman
  • 07-02-19

Unique, surreal and bag loads of fun!

This is the story of a British middle aged gardener who still lives with his mom. We are unsure if he has delusions of grandeur or if he is indeed a trained ninja. The opportunity to prove it comes when he finds a lead about his missing father. This sets him off on a weird and wonderful adventure to reclaim his family and identity. This has elements of Monty Python and Douglas Adams but with a unique and funny perspective. The highlight character for me was Terry the Hedge! Great fun!

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  • Catrina P
  • 07-02-19

Escape from Samsara

Not quite what I was expecting... in general I found the story interesting, but there were a few parts that just didn’t sit well with me (the BDSM scene being one of them).

The narration was very well done, and definitely enhanced the story.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Romance junkie
  • 04-02-19

British Ninja Gardener Looking for His Father

Barry had a Japanese father who disappeared...who had a metal head mother and a sister who wanted to play in a band and didn’t get along with him.
I had to laugh out loud when Barry went to work at a house with a maniacal boy and parents with a father with a sex change surgery.
British humor, bizarre and funny dialogue...if you have a quirky sense of humor this will work for you. The narrator had a great accent, emotion, timing and pacing...fantastic job!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-19

Hilariously Dark Comedy

I absolutely loved this. It was totally different to anything I've read before and very funny. I've just bought the next in the series to read.