Elvenquest

  • by Anil Gupta, Richard Pinto
  • Narrated by Stephen Mangan, Alistair McGowan, Darren Boyd, Kevin Eldon, Sophie Winkleman, Dave Lamb
  • 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Stephen Mangan and Alistair McGowan star in the fantastical BBC Radio 4 comedy by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto.When fantasy novelist Sam is whisked off to Lower Earth by a band of noble warriors, his dog Amis goes with them. Transformed into human form, Amis turns out to be The Chosen One, whom the warriors need to help find the Sword of Asnagar. Only with the sword can they save Lower Earth from the evil rule of Lord Darkness.As their perilous adventure unfolds Sam, Amis and their new friends encounter many perils, put in their way by Lord Darkness and his evil assistant Kreech.With a supporting cast featuring Darren Boyd, Kevin Eldon, Sophie Winkleman, Ingrid Oliver, Dave Lamb and Chris Pavlo, Elvenquest is a clever and funny pastiche of the fantasy fiction genre. All 28 episodes from the first four series are presented here together.

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Enjoyable but not particularly engaging

I listened to a random episode of Elven Quest on radio 4 extra a while ago, and I remember thinking that it might be worth buying a whole series to get the full experience. Which is why I was so pleased to find this bumper audiobook that includes all 4 series!

On the plus side, you don't need to be a fan of Dungeons and Dragons to enjoy this programme as most of the jokes are based on relationships, gender stereotypes and a typically English changing-room humour. The relationship between Lord Darkness and his hideous sidekick Kreech is particularly well-imagined, and involves some of the funniest moments.

On the down side, most of the jokes are so familiar and well-worn that they're not particularly funny, just mildly amusing, and some of the performances feel a bit lacklustre.

In general, it never really lived up to my expectations and I came away feeling that if the writing had been a bit tighter, then this could have been an extremely funny and successful series. I think I was spoilt by listening to the hilariously funny, anarchic and surreal Bleak Expectations before I moved onto Elven Quest. If you're looking for a good laugh from an audiobook then I suggest you try that instead.

Having said all that, I was pleasantly surprised that this audiobook includes all 4 series in one go. Not only does it make it a lot easier to listen to, as you don't have to keep chopping and changing between files, but it's also a heck of a lot cheaper!
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- Dawn

Brilliant.

Love this story. Just my sort of humour. If you like Terry Pratchett or Blackadder or Yonderland, you may like to try this too.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-08-2014
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd