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The Novices Audiobook

The Novices: Last Reaches, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Sure, dragonslaying is heroic business. But some poor bastards have to handle the dirty work of cleaning up the god-awful mess the heroes leave behind. Gwill, the grizzled second-in-command of the fabled Iron Line, saw things go a little sideways at the end of their last adventure. After a successful dragonslaying, they, uh, might have forgotten to burn the dragon's body. Now maybe it was her fault and maybe it wasn't, but she's on the hook for it regardless. Now Gwill needs a few warm bodies to take care of it. They don't need to be smart or talented or much of anything, really. All they have to do is burn the body of the dragon and all's well that ends well. This is where the Novices come in....

©2017 David Goldfarb (P)2017 Travis Baldree

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    C. Rowlands 14/08/2017
    C. Rowlands 14/08/2017
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    "A somewhat disjointed start to the series"

    I found this book a little on the slow side to start with, it spent a bit too much time trying to get us to care about characters that are not the focus of the series going forwards and the story suffered somewhat because of that.

    The book picked up quite well and finished strongly once the focus shifted onto the main cast of the series, so that bodes well for subsequent books.

    I enjoyed the narration overall, but it could stand to make the main characters more distinctive in subsequent books.

    Overall, this was a decent enough listen and finished strongly enough that I would be interested in future releases.

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Myztikal
    On the Edge of Glory
    06/08/17
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    "The Like able Unlikely Heroes"
    Would you listen to The Novices again? Why?

    I've listen to it at least twice - it was so quirky and I thought I missed something from laughing so hard at times, and reminiscing about previous scenes at other times!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I LOVED how these novices were true novices. They weren't destined to save the world. They didn't come into hidden powers. They didn't emerge as heroics, able bodied or mentally articulate gods by the end of the story. Too many authors fall into the cookie cutter 'average Joe' who turned into an immaculate, handsome, savvy character before the quest ends. These characters are incompetent with a finesse and use little to common sense or logic, wich made them endearing and clearly stamps this book in my fave top 10%


    Have you listened to any of Travis Baldree’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am not familiar with Travis Baldree. But I have added several of the books he has narrated to my Wish List. He did an excellent job with this book and I'm looking forward to him reading to me again!


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

    This book moved me to laughter many times over. The Novices was a comic relief that liberated the stress of a work day and kept me company as I cleaned the house. I went out and bought speakers to add to my amusement and entertainment!


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who wants a fun adventure with deep characters who have dense and simpleton thoughts would enjoy this. Dragons were real dragons. No one is trying to train, ride, or shift into them. The characters don't make the best decisions. Heck, they don't even make good decisions! They fly -or run - by the seat of their pants, without thinking ahead five minutes. Each stay true to character and don't strive to be more. They are who they are - and they're adorable! Think about those sweet kids who you just smile and shake your heads at, because they try to make or do something, but alway come up a deck short ... As a southerner would say, "Bless their hearts!" "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."Thank you for allowing me the pleasure!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heather North
    Indiana
    27/08/17
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    "Great fantasy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It's funny, has plenty of action, and is entertaining.


    What about Travis Baldree’s performance did you like?

    He gave each character a unique voice and captured the emotions expressed.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was frequently laughing while listening to this.


    Any additional comments?

    I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Karowski
    24/08/17
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    "The end of a storied company and the beginning of a new"

    We fantasy lovers relish reading about our favorite band of adventurers. What happens when they get old? What happens when they retire? Who takes their place? How does the old group end? The new one form? Welcome to "The Novices" all this and more will be revealed through a hilarious madcap adventure that twists and turns and will leave you amazed. Really enjoyed this one. Highly recommend. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christine Newton
    16/08/17
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    "3.5* - good introduction to series"
    Any additional comments?

    As the favourable reviews from others indicate, this story is a good introduction to a series about dragon hunters. The characters were well-described and the story ended with pieces in place to carry forward to the next installment. I wouldn't call it a stand-alone book, since we were left with unanswered questions and a band of companions that haven't yet become cohesive.

    There were two main reasons why I didn't give the story a higher rating. First, I found that the first third of the book dragged action-wise. I understand that in a multi-part series, the author has latitude to provide rich context and character development. However, part of me kept wondering who the 'novices' were and when we'd be introduced to them - so I was starting to get restless as the book progressed. Second, I didn't particularly like or empathize with any of the characters in the story. Well, I started to like them but then they'd do something or say something that would make them less likeable to me. By the end of the book, I didn't like the heroine at all. I wouldn't be surprised if this is the beginning of a longer character-development arc that spans the entire series, though. By the time the series ends, I'll become quite attached to the characters (the ones who are still alive, anyway!). The likeability of characters is purely a subjective thing, however. The other reviewers seemed to like the characters just fine, and I can understand why - Goldfarb writes great dialogue and all of the characters have good points as well as flaws. I'd certainly be willing and interested to read the next books in the series, so I can find out what happens to them!

    This is the first time I've heard Travis Baldree narrate and I think he did a great job! I generally didn't have any difficulties distinguishing the characters as the story progressed and I think that his pacing and many of his voice characterizations were particularly excellent. I'm always appreciative of male narrators who don't exaggerate falsetto voices for female characters, so I'm glad that Travis didn't do this.

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tyler U.
    08/08/17
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    "A fun new fantasy series"

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

    This book was surprisingly good. It is epic fantasy, but not your typical hero tale. The main characters are quite literally novices. The story has a lot of action and wit. The narrator too, was really good. I'll definitely look for more in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    Missouri, USA
    30/07/17
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    "A Wonderfully different dragon book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Novices the most enjoyable?

    The narration was perfect for this book!


    What about Travis Baldree’s performance did you like?

    SPOT ON!!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The subtle undertones of what makes a 'hero' is in there, it is subtle...


    Any additional comments?

    The Novices (Last Reaches, #1) by David Goldfarb, Joakim Hellstedt (Illustrator), narrated by Travis Baldree is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. This is not your ordinary dragon tale for sure. The 'heroes' are forgetful and lacking morals and need to send someone out to finish the work they should have finished. They pick three of the least of the lowest of low and send them out to burn the corpse of the dragon they slew, which the "heroes'" forgot to do. But things get very complicated and the 'low' may not have money but have more than the highborn in many ways. It is a fun, action packed, creature filled, adventure book with humor and heart. Great book. The narration is perfect for this story! Spot on!!! I enjoyed the clever wit and fun dialogue, the crazy plot and antics and the subtle undertones of who the heroes really were.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kyle Hempel
    Batavia, IL
    30/07/17
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    "Real world problems in the land of fantasy."

    The dragon has been slain, now the triumphant crew marches back to the town with the head to claim their victory. However, they did not read their contract fully and there is still one more thing they need to do to fulfill its terms. With no time and little patience Gwill decides the best way to handle this situation is to hire some just starting out adventurers. How hard could it be? Turns out quite hard. Gwill is over her head with this adventure, and with her own personal business. Her secret from the past is starting to come back around and bite her.

    David Goldfarb paints an interesting picture of a world which is growing past the age of dragons and into one with contracts and responsibilities. Not only are the heroes held to the letter of their contract in this world their actions do have consequences. What will a team of adventurers think when they find out what this new life is truly like? This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kimberly Smith
    Oklahoma City
    28/07/17
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    "Good book..."

    I really enjoyed this book. It's very well written and the narrator did an excellent job!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    Denver, CO, United States
    31/08/17
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    "Unique fantasy tale about dragon slaying"
    If you could sum up The Novices in three words, what would they be?

    Dragons are deadly!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gwill because she was strong and capable, yet flawed and troubled.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where the creature came after Gwill to send her a message while she was trying to escape the dragon.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "They were sent to finish a job"


    Any additional comments?

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talondc
    02/08/17
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    "A Fresh Look!"

    The Novices takes a fresh approach to fantasy heroics, starting with the characters being, well, Novices. Goldfarb doesn't take the easy approach of making them fated or the best of the bunch. It's just a group of people starting from the very beginning and looking for an opportunity. On their journey, they'll have to figure out how to get along, how to make better choices and how to do what's best for the party.

    Goldfarb does an admirable job keeping it exciting and heroic when dealing with characters who are not yet and might never survive to be heroes. The ending left me wondering what will happen next.

    The narration on this fits in very well and keeps the story smooth.

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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