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Two Necromancers, a Bureaucrat, and an Army of Golems

An Unconventional Heroes Publisher's Pack
Narrated by: Fred Berman
Series: Unconventional Heroes, Book 1-2
Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
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Contains Books 1 and 2 of the Unconventional Heroes series.

Two Necromancers, a Bureaucrat, and an Elf, Book 1:

Two necromancers, a bureaucrat, and an elf - it sounds like the start of a bad joke, only the joke is on Timmy.

Timothy Walter Bolton - better known as Timmy - has spent most of his life as a necromancer. When he isn't terrorising his enemies, he's plotting inside his castle, which is built on top of lightless chasms filled with nameless horrors and beings of a generally malevolent and megalomaniacal nature. But after one of his latest creations, a zombie hydra-dragon-bear, tries to eat him, he decides that maybe it's time to find a new, less dangerous, career.

But that's easier said than done. He's a wanted criminal with no shortage of powerful (and crazy) enemies, and he has a bone or two to pick with the Everton Council of Mages.

It's a good thing that he's got some help: an obnoxious 10-year-old apprentice who thinks that pink glasses are appropriate for a budding necromancer and a bumbling bureaucrat who may or may not make it through their first real fight without puking his guts up. Wonderful.

Two Necromancers, an Army of Golems, and a Demon Lord, Book 2:

Two necromancers, an army of golems, and a demon lord - it sounds like a recipe for trouble, and for Timmy, it definitely is.

To earn his pardon and avoid horrible torture and/or gruesome execution, Timmy has to complete every mission the Council throws his way, most of which seem to involve extremely scary things trying to kill him. At least he’s got help - sort of. His help consists of an apprentice with designs on his castle (and her plans may or may not involve overthrowing him), a bureaucrat whose two greatest skills are fainting in the face of trouble and using people (usually Timmy) as human shields, and an elf with the world's worst case of pyromania and enough magic to level a mountain.

Somehow, Timmy's got to get this bunch of unconventional heroes to work together. Trouble is coming, and it's trouble of the kind that only a necromancer like Timmy could possibly find himself in the middle of.

©2014 L.G. Estrella (P)2020 Podium Audio

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  • VJG
  • 14-06-20

Love these 2 Necromancers

This is a fun listen. The quotidian comes to a fantasy world led by Timmy and his apprentice, Katie. Because Necromancers also have to deal with the town council and open bank accounts. Fred Berman's becoming one of my favorite narrators - brings out the humor and the drama perfectly and his Katie is particularly good. I didn't experience any issue with repetition mentioned in a review here - download of the audio was fine.

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  • Robert
  • 29-05-20

Sound Editing Needed

Good story. Great narration. But there are several areas in the narration when it repeats the same short segment 2 or 3 times. At first I though I had pressed the rewind button, but after 3 or 4 episodes of this, when it would repeat a segment twice, a few minutes repeat a different segment 3 times, and so on, over several segments, I realized it was just lazy post production editing. if anyone had cared enough they would have fixed it before releasing the book. The book itself was very good, maybe 4.5 stars if that were an option. Good story. Funny. Quirky. Very enjoyable. Narration was great. Definetky worth the time. And I am very picky about liking audio books.

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  • Noman
  • 03-07-20

Another pleasing funny fantasy

This is what I was looking for. It's a simple story. The characters are fun and charming and the situations are funny. It's exactly what I was looking for. It's in the same vein as Yahtzee Crowshaw.

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  • bert
  • 05-06-20

loved it

what i was looking for. fantasy, humor and a story with a Nice flow, not to fast not to slow. great size not to short but doesn t over stay it's welcome.

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  • David Young
  • 05-10-20

Entertaining

This was a very entertaining book. The narrator does an amazing job at conveying each character definitely give it a read/listen

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  • The Krueger
  • 26-09-20

great. but get used to the word "zombie"

that was my review. its making me write more words. so here are more words.

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  • BikeVON
  • 10-08-20

Timmy's world

This is a delightful story about Timmy the necromancer and his 10-year-old assistant Katie. After a few creations tried to eat him, Timmy yearns for a quite life. He petitions the council who offer him amnesty if he does a few jobs for him. His adventures are harrowing, and he wins more with his wits than might. This is a funny story of unconventional heroes is a fantasy world.

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  • Andrew
  • 12-07-20

Excellent Compilation: Publisher's Pack Done Right

Normally I don't tend to like publisher's pack audiobooks because they are indicative of a story that couldn't stand by itself, a disorganized collection of stories or short stories I might find unsatisfying. That is why I was so pleasantly surprised when I listened to this publisher's pack. It artfully takes two short stories and two books and combines them into a relatively streamlined product. The combination is perfect because otherwise I would have never encountered a quality story. A large part of what makes the story entertaining is the parental/humorous tone, off beat world, and interesting characterization. It has a slice of life feel which I found to be a good change of pace from similar stories. Also there is a decent amount of meat on the bone as book 3 is ~15 hours and is quality as well. The main gripes I had with the book are that the dialogue and character behavior can be repetitive. For instance, there seems to be a reference to how awful Timmy's old master was about every hour. Also the voice of Katie by Fred Berman I found grating. Despite these criticisms, I highly recommend this book. A publisher's pack done right!

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  • Kari Hamric
  • 11-10-20

Very well done

Extremely enjoyable. Well written. laugh out loud funny. I never thought I would find a necromancer endearing ...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-10-20

An amusing and compelling Read!

This is a series for the moments where you need a laugh. Fun for the whole family! An excellent voice performance brings the characters to life. Worth all the credits.