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The Wizard and the Frog

Narrated by: Jarret Lemaster
Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humour
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Summary

An incompetent wizard turned my girlfriend into a frog, and that’s just the beginning.

The name’s Jack, and I hunt monsters for a living. I’ve been doing this for a while, but my associate is new. Dormuris is an elf I rescued from a troll, and he's a wizard. Sort of. He’s not the best with magic, and he accidentally turned my girlfriend into a frog.

In order to reverse the spell, we have to seek out a real wizard. The guy who offers to help is an oddball, but so long as he can turn my girlfriend back into a human, I can deal with it. He wants a golden egg and a unicorn. Say what now?

I thought my life as a monster hunter was chaos, but I was about to see just how crazy things could get.

Minotaurs, goblins, a singing sword...yeah, you read that right.

If we don’t get the items the wizard needs quickly enough, my girlfriend will end up being a frog permanently. And that wouldn’t be good for anyone, especially me.

©2019 Richard Fierce (P)2019 Richard Fierce

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  • Audiobook Blogger @MLHearingThings
  • 19-10-19

Monster hunters, minotaurs, elves, & golden eggs..

The Wizard and the Frog by Richard Fierce is a short fantasy adventure following a rather hapless hero and an equally inept elf as they pursue their quest to return the heroine to human form. The biggest obstacle to fulfillment of their goal is their own talent for finding trouble wherever they go. If something can go wrong, then it will go wrong for Jack and Dormuris...

Whilst not listed on Audible as a YA novella, this audiobook felt like it would be best suited to a slightly older audience than I first anticipated. There are a few moments of graphic violence, but they are balanced with a lot of humour.

I enjoyed the world building and getting to know the characters, but there were a few too many inexplicable-but-convenient twists. Suspension of disbelief has to be earned, and it often takes far too long for Jack to ponder these odd occurrences.

This audiobook felt like a prequel-novella before a series, whose raison d'etre is to introduce the characters and the world more than to tell a standalone story, which is a shame because I think the characters deserved a quest with a bit more purpose. They don't really evolve in the manner that is customary to a hero's journey, and the plot of their next adventure is dangled like a carrot throughout, which only left me wondering why the author didn't write that book instead.

Overall this audiobook was entertaining and I hope the author pursues the series, but that the characters' next outing has a tighter edit and a more satisfactory conclusion.

Jarret Lemaster's performance as the narrator is energetic and enthusiastic. His delivery was sometimes a tad stilted and he would benefit from slowing his overall pace a touch, but Audible's app allows for incremental adjustments to speed and a little tweaking (to 0.95x) made all the difference. He was still fun to listen to and handled the characters' voices well - in speech and song!

I would recommend this audiobook to anyone looking for a quick, fun, fantasy adventure, providing they don't mind that it ends on something of a cliffhanger.

*I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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Decent

Decent enough story, disappointing end. Hopefully more to come. Narration was ok but at times lacked something, emotion/variation not quite sure. Overall, fine if you want a quick listen with no complicated storyline to follow.
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I wish there was more!

Loved this audiobook so much, i just with there was more of it!

Loved the book from start to finish. It had 'that hook' that just grabs you and keeps you wanting to listen to more and more... But then it finishes and I still want more!!!

Fantastic narration too

This audiobook was received for free in exchange for an unbiased review

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Fun fantasy if not a little too short

This has all the familiar elements of nice fantasy book. It’s quite a light hearted fun story which I really enjoyed. The narrator did a good job making the story flow and gave a good performance. My only grip is there wasn't much complexity in the story and development in the characters but there is only so much you can fit in just over 2 hours. I might have enjoyed it more if there was a second half, maybe involving the hints of a vampire hunt. If this is a taster for what Richard Fierce can do I would be tempted in another book which had a bit more meat to it. I will keep an eye out for anymore adventures with Jack and Dormuris.

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

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  • Kingsley
  • 05-04-19

Great fun. I wish it was longer

The Wizard and The Frog is a great, rollicking adventure of a quick witted warrior and his incompetent wizard companion. After saving the wizards life, the warrior Jack is stuck with him. Unfortunately the wizard isn't so much a wizard and more a dropout from wizard college - expelled due to continually screwing up spells and causing major damage.

For a short book there is a whole lot of well built characters. Even the ones that are only there for a short while feel realistic. The story is very quick paced, cramming a lot of things into a short time. Possibly too much, considering it includes the setup, two quests and a conclusion. The humour is good, the action engaging. There is enough standard 'D&D' type tropes and short hand in there that you don't have to have the world explained in detail, but it is varied enough that it doesn't feel like a straight knock off. I would love to have spent more time with these characters and wish the story was longer or there was more stories in a series.

Narration by Jarret Lemaster is great, although not perfect. He does wonderful characters, really bringing everyone - even the small bit parts - to life. Engaging, interesting, energetic.There are times I didn't think he quite landed the comedic timing, but generally he gets it right. certainly a narrator I will be keeping my eye out for again.

There is one small piece of acoustic music late in the story, but it works with the story, rather than being background music, so I didnt have an issue with it.

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

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  • Karl hill
  • 03-12-19

Nice Twist on a Fairytale

This listen is perfect for anyone who likes fairytales or fantasy. At the beginning, I thought it would be pretty straight forward, but at halfway through it went a different direction then what I was expecting. The elf was my favourite character and was great comic relief.

Jarret Lemaster has an amazing voice. I loved all the different voices he did.

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

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  • Backlash
  • 23-04-19

The beginning of a terrible friendship

Ever had a day when nothing goes right? Help someone you shouldn't? Jack may hunt monsters for a living but he can't seem to stay out of trouble at home either. When his girl is turned into a frog by the wizard he saved he must go on an epic quest to return her to her natural state and see if even that is good enough for her to forgive him. My son and I loved the story and the narration was excellent. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • James Nance
  • 23-09-19

5 star

Excellent book and loved the characters. Well worth the listen. Would like to hear future adventures!

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  • Daniel Lane
  • 06-08-19

Amazing!

Great book! Well written and great choice for reader. Worth checking out

Check it out!!!

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  • Keith LaDue
  • 06-08-19

This is a great fantasy book.

This is a very fine audio-book. I found it to be fast paced and funny. Who, on occasion, would not like to turn their wives into a frog? The only down side I experienced was that it was too short. I wanted more. I highly recommend this book. Now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review." "I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.”

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  • alias11
  • 11-06-19

Quick, fun, and enjoyable

I really enjoyed this quick listen. It's funny, quirky, tongue in cheek, and snarky. I really enjoyed the humor and fantasy.

The narrator really did a good job emoting the story and especially hitting the snarky high points.

I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request. This is my honest, voluntary review.

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  • Amanda
  • 04-06-19

Good short, want more!

Well done, I like the short, albeit it took me a few tries to get started and by the end I wanted the next segment in the saga. Basically Jack is a monster hunter, and a boyfriend. He leaves his girl lost in the woods to go on a job, she will turn up anyway. On this job he kills the troll and finds himself with an indebted somewhat wizard elf who swears to return the favor of life for a life. As Jack is stuck with him he figures what the heck, why not. As he arrives home his girl found her way, but is seething with rage at Jack. His new buddy steps in to cast a protection spell and turns her into a frog instead. Apparently he isn't a very good wizard. And the quest begins. They need to collect a few priceless rare objects for the real wizard in order to change her back before it is too late. Along with this story there is another curious plot that develops and leaves you hanging for the next. I will read it. Excellent story with an excellent narrator. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-05-19

Interesting

I was very unsure when I started this book but was pleasantly surprised. It is deffinity meant for a younger audience but was still enjoyable in a light hearted goofy kind of way. The only reason I got this book was because I was given this book free of charge in return for an unbiased review but it was well worth it.

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  • Willis Burns
  • 13-05-19

Very much... okay

This story left a lot to be desired. It felt like the plot was just jumping along with the characters as devices. It easily could have been a full-length story, which would have given insight into who the main character actually was. There were several times I didn't even remember his name.

The writing is quite good, but at times it felt like Dungeons and Dragons "There's a table in the corner, a worn backpack upon it." kind of thing.

I think it was worth the listen, but it doesn't make me leap for the next book by the author.