The Dark Lord's Handbook

  • by Paul Dale
  • Narrated by Gildart Jackson
  • 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

To become a Dark Lord is no easy thing. The simple ambition to hold dominion over the world and bend all to your will sounds straightforward, but it's not. There are armies to raise, fortresses to build, heroes to defeat, and battles to be fought. After many spectacular failures, Evil decided to lend more than inspiration to these would-be tyrants. He wrote an easy-to-follow Dark Lord's Handbook. And yet the next Dark Lord that came along screwed up like all the others. It had been hundreds of years, and the Handbook was lost in the annals of time, along with all that was mythic and exciting in the world. Then one day, a randy dragon had a chance encounter. Nine months later a Dark Lord was born. In time, the Handbook found its way to this new contender: Morden.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

An unexpectedly good read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The book grows from the same ground as Terry Pratchett, Tom Holt and Robert Asprin and balances dry humour with a solid story.

What does Gildart Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The reading is superlative and complements the text well.

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- Owen

Really rather boring...

Very disappointing
It sets itself up as a tongue in cheek look at the whole fantasy 'hero vs villain' thing, but quicky loses the plot.

The titular Dark Lord in training doesnt have much of the charisma or eccentricities you'd expect of someone going into the world domination buisiness. In fact he doesnt seem to make very many decisions on his own at all, spending most of his time being pushed around by plot devices rather than any motivation of his own.
The bloodthirsty hero is a joke that sorely needed a punchline
Much of the supporting cast seem to be irrelevant to the plot completely, Chancellor Penbury in particular didnt seem to do much of anything for the amount of time the story wastes on him.

Also, they travel east to discover "yellow orcs with slanty eyes"
Really? For shame Paul Dale

Though this is far from the worst Fantasy I've ever read (Talking to you Ben Hale), I would not suggest this book to others. Instead, try Pratchett and Gaiman's "Good Omens"
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- C. Ferguson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-11-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio