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The Wandering Inn

Volume 1
Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
Series: The Wandering Inn Series, Book 1
Length: 43 hrs and 10 mins
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Summary

"No killing Goblins."

So reads the sign outside of the Wandering Inn, a small building run by a young woman named Erin Solstice. She serves pasta with sausage, blue fruit juice, and dead acid flies on request. And she comes from another world. Ours.

It’s a bad day when Erin finds herself transported to a fantastical world and nearly gets eaten by a dragon. She doesn’t belong in a place where monster attacks are a fact of life, and where humans are one species among many. But she must adapt to her new life. Or die.

In a dangerous world where magic is real and people can level up and gain classes, Erin Solstice must battle somewhat evil goblins, deadly rock crabs, and hungry [necromancers]. She is no warrior, no mage. Erin Solstice runs an inn.

She’s an [innkeeper].

©2018 Pirate Aba (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Worth the wait

I've been waiting for this to come out for ages!

I love the complexity of the world Pirateaba creates, and the emotions they invoke. Oh dear god, no other author can make me cry over the fate of goblins like they can. It's amazingly long (just what I like) with clear character development. The video game aspect is a tiny fraction of the story, so if like me, you hate reading/listening to endless number crunching of stats and point allocation, there's absolutely nothing to worry about here. Better yet, this is one story where the mechanics of the level-up system are questioned and are actually plot relevant. The real focus here is plot plot plot. The detail is astounding and no plot thread is ever forgotten, it may not come up for hours, but it does circle back around. I can't compliment the world-building enough.

My one niggle is that I don't like Erin's voice. It just doesn't fit the character I have in my mind. Can't complain about the narration otherwise.

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great book

Ignore the people who say the main character is whiney, especially as she's know for being up beat through the book and it's a more realistic take on how someone would behave in her situation and it really picks up towards the end!
Diverse range of species, some you'll recognise and some you won't and some awkward stereotype mishaps with the main character.
a real easy listen especially as it's 40+ hours.

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Gutted !!

I'm absolutely gutted this brilliant story has come to an end. Why? Please please please hurry up and do volume two on audiobook. I am at a loss now what to do with my self!! What will happen to Erin? Will she meet Ryoka???
What an amazing story. Pirate you are a genius. Mesmerising from start to end.

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Good story but lots of issues

It is a good story however the two main characters are incredibly annoying, particularly in the first half of the book. Whinging and pretty thick. There are also several errors in the plot and the story probably could have been told in about half of the time. I guess it’s good value for one credit and overall it was enjoyable despite having shouted out loud at the annoying characters several times!

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Excellent when is the next out. Highly addicted

Excellent I'm hooked can't wait for the next. Fabulous narrative highly recommended. Didn't think I'd like it but really good.

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good stuff

OK as people have said the first 5 hours of this book are hard to listen to, but once you get over that it's pure gold. I can't wait for volume 2 to be released

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bit slow to start

slow to start but great once it got going . worth a try and value for money 43 hrs well worth it

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So FRUSTRATED!

So after 28 hours of listening...

I have never been so frustrated by an audiobook.

It has such good potential. but nothing ever really happens and it's got crazy slow pacing.

Both main characters are rude, slow witted, void of creativity or adaptability & stubborn beyond belief.

Also, Erin is completely useless....

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Wonderful story.

This was a wonderful story with deep characters and believable locations, the narration is top quality and Andrea really brings the whole book to life. Can't wait for the next one.

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Fantastic!

I can't get over how much I love this audiobook. I didn't want it to end. I'm not a huge LitRPG fan but thought I'd give this a try. I LOVED it! The narrator is fantastic and really brought the story to life. I admit that I cried several times listening to this - luckily at home not at work where I usually listen to audiobooks! You get swept along by the narrator, and it's been a while since I felt like that. I know the next audiobook isn't out until late next year so I kept trying to put off listening to make it last longer.
I loved every character and have bought book two on Kindle to tide me over. I can't wait to see how the story progresses

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  • Adam Dintelman
  • 30-09-19

amazing writing but....

the two characters continuously have emotional breakdowns but no real breakthrough. they appear to have emotional breakthroughs and then they do the exact same thing over and over again I don't understand the writing style from that standpoint. the writer makes you think that they're going to overcome creates a amazing moment and then they don't and this continues to happen throughout the whole book, these are two amazingly strong women that the author continues to make them look weak and vulnerable all the time with random outbursts of anger.

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  • Darrin Mahlum
  • 18-09-19

Worth it in the end!

The first half of the book was great and annoying off and on, but the author improves steadily making the second half 5 stars. I just finished reading volume 2 on her website and it’s 6 stars with no annoyances! It was so worth getting this far and there is a ton of story already written to keep going.

The characters are so unique and believable. It has LOL comedy, drama, battle, politics, tragedy to some extent, small every day cute stories, and a complex world.

The narrator did a fantastic job as usual!

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  • Felix
  • 24-10-19

interesting take on isekai adventure books

It seems like ever since SAO came out, isekai style books, Manga, and anime have been everywhere. Don't get me wrong, I love a "transported to another world" genre, but it starts to get stale after a while.

Not this book though. This follows a girl who is, in all presented aspects, normal. She's not an OP SUPER GOD like the usual isekai fair. She's a lost girl who found an inn, and whoops, she's now an innkeeper in a world of animal-people and magic. I won't go into more detail because I want you to follow her story yourself, it's worth the trip. The characters have depth, emotion, growth, the world is well structured and makes sense, and the progression of the story is never halting, nor does it drag on.
Oh, and there's chess. I'm a sucker for chess. Pirate Aba, if you ever read this and want to play, give me a holler, cus it sounds like you'd be a fun opponent.

I was itching to listen to more and more of this book, and when it ended (about 1 minute ago from the time of writing this) I was actually pretty upset it was over. 43 hours over the course of about a week, and I want more, more, MORE. In fact, as soon as this review is done, I'm off to start reading Volume 2, so I'm now in a hurry.

Andrea Parsenau is, as usual, a wonderful narrator. She is among the small list of people who's narrations I will listen to, even if the book they're narrating seems strange, simply because their work is that good.

Give this book a listen, even if you're tired of isekai adventures. I promise you won't regret it.

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  • jane mcneil
  • 02-10-19

Darker Expression of Despair than I normally enjoy.

I wanted a awesomely fulfilling adventure quest. And so my expectations perhaps got in the way of my enjoying this story more. That said overall, I found this writing expressive of mostly dark feelings of the characters combined with long dialogue of a “beat a dead horse” nature at times. The performance was good and the well done accents the most enjoyable aspect of this book for me. I didn’t find myself wandering what was in store for our characters at the end. Just wanting to pet some puppies.
You will enjoy this if you love the dark side of adventure type tales. I need mine a bit less expressive of despair.

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  • Jwiz
  • 25-09-19

A Truly Wandering Story

I do not typically write good reviews. It is easy to write bad ones criticizing the book and pointing out major plot holes. I don't remember the last positive review I left. I will say that I only starting liking the story about 2 or 3 hours in. Slow burn does not cover it. It starts at a snails pace. Nothing is going on Erin for example does not leave 500 feet from the inn for the first 5ish hours. At one point she rushes past a stream and then right afterwards completely forgets she has done so. But then she plays CHESS. And the music and culture references start coming in.
EVERY character gets so much depth and attention to detail! Anyone of them can die. There would be one happy chapter, followed by a blissful moment and then a full on bass drop exploring the depths of pure HELL. Comical and unimportant moments that led to a catastrophic and very logical outcomes. One simple comment you didn't pay any mind to three seconds ago dumps you into the gutting and then pulls you into the sewer....("I'll keep them from bothering you Erin")
Nothing is typical. Your typical hero wants to be an adventurer, a hero, someone bad-ass and powerful. But what if they just were angry at the world or hated killing. Not just someone who has anger problem or just gets over killing at the start but really truly stays angry and truly does not like violence.There are no characters to fall in love with or be devoted to. No perfection or heroism is demonstrated in this book by the main characters. It's real though, real and dirty.

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  • Matthew
  • 15-09-19

This.. this is an immortal start.

I have read all my life. loved books, loved characters. felt heartbreak, and been awed by fantastic worlds. I've cheered hundreds of protagonists, hated more than thousands of villains.

The Wayward Inn is right at the forefront. I sit here, feeling. living. churning with so many emotions I can't JUST give a simple review.
I'll preface with the cons though:
some plotholes, mostly minor.
Erin is a little aloof.
Rioka takes getting used to.
depending how you feel about pacing can be a slow burn.
From what I've come to find out about This story though is it's the weakest of the volumes.
Calling this the weakest? I can barely fathom how much better the rest of the series is then.

Every character is a person. the world is realized. Not a single moment is filler and everything matters. Things seem to come out of nowhere only to make sense when you think about it. Moments happen that even if you foresee then you hold your breath for HOURS wondering. This is not a child's book. it's not vulgur or explicit. It is hard though. it's as hard as real life.

Good. Erin and Rioka.. and even the ancillary characters go through LIFE. life in a harsh world. Even the secondary and tertiary characters matter. every thread has points of importance and connect in the massive web that many high fantasy authors can't even make well. Aba is beyond most in their class. something special is in this story. and it's spoke to me. I LIVED and BREATHED this book. I hated this book,
and I loved it because it made me hate it.
I love this book. I truly love it.
And I wish I had the energy to even TOUCH upon Andrea's amazing performance. it's a masterclass. But I'm just wiped. I'm exhausted in the best way possible because I experianced my own immortal moment. one that lasted 43 hours that to me will never fade away even when I'm old and grey. Try this book. return it if you don't like it.. But try this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-19

needs an editor

"hesitated" you will hear that word almost every sentence. The author has a bad habit of over explaining and getting repetitive. story is great, characters are good. worth listening to.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-09-19

Enjoyable pulls you in

really enjoyed this, it is serial style so easy to listen and break at chapters ends. The narrator gives differences for each race speaking which
h I enjoyed.
looking forward to next book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-09-19

Just Wandered Inn

Loved every second of it! Don't miss this beautiful world and excellent story. It builds slowly but surely into an intense and gripping story of humanity, magic, learning to persevere in an unfamiliar place, until you begin to belong.

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  • MsPeaches
  • 24-10-19

A surprise

At first this story, seemed like it was slow. But it didn’t take long for it to grab me and pull me in. I could’ve wait to the next chapter. Loved it. When is the second volume gonna be on audible?

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