The Good, the Bad and the Smug

  • by Tom Holt
  • Narrated by Ray Sawyer
  • 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New Evil. Same as the Old Evil but with better PR.
Mordak isn't bad as far as goblin kings go, but when someone or something starts pumping gold into the human kingdoms, it puts his rule into serious jeopardy. Suddenly he's locked in an arms race with a species whose arms he once considered merely part of a healthy breakfast.
He goes looking for the truth behind these sudden riches, accompanied by an elf with a background in journalism (she'll get the hang of 'truth' eventually), but the two will discover that the difference between human and goblin, and between good and evil itself, is far more complicated than it appears.

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What the Critics Say

"Uniquely twisted...cracking gags." (Guardian)
"Gratifying, clever, and very amusing." (Mail on Sunday)
"Witty and eccentric." (Time Out)
"Wacky humour bubbles through the polished narrative.... Holt doesn't skimp on the flashes of brilliance." (SFX)

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Probably Tom Holt's Best Book

I've often enjoyed books by Tom Holt, but the quality of his work can be wildly variable. This is probably his best to date. It's far more complex in terms of both the background and the plot than many of his books. It also has some hilariously funny moments (I really did find myself laughing out loud at some points).

The reading is also excellent, with brilliant characterisation.
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Wearing the mantle of Pratchetts crown

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

If you have ever enjoyed any of Terry Pratchetts stories and have not encountered Tom Holt yet, you are in for a surprising treat. His writing style is similar and he also has that light touch of multi-level comedy that enables many people to find humour across is tales without bombarding you with 'jokes'


Who was your favorite character and why?

Without spoiling the tale, 'The little man' plays the other characters like a Stradivarius violin. he is a master of manipulation, which is kinda the point really.


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

Ray Sawyers characterisation is subtle and yet simultaneously brilliant, he slips seamlessly into the accents that he has chosen for the protagonists. His relaxed and unhurried pace of narration is exactly right for this tale and due to this you are drawn into the story in a way that I haven't experienced since I was at primary school in the seventies. Mr Sawyer actually tells you the story, rather than reading a book, that is the true magic of a beautifully crafted audiobook.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

At 13 hours and change in length, you need a good excuse to be able to listen to this tale in one sitting, however it is most definitely something that I would make the effort to plan. I took it night fishing, and as there is nothing more boring than night fishing when your not catching much I was astounded to look up an notice that the first light of day was creeping over the sea on the horizon. I was enjoying it so much that I actually delayed going for breakfast so that I could finish. Seriously, if you are delayed at the airport, or stuck in a hospital bed (although these are most certainly not eh only conditions that may apply) and you have the time to spare, This is one story that will certainly make the time passing feel a lot less 'geological'.


Any additional comments?

Tom Sawyer narrates another fantastically fantastic tall tale from Tom Holt. If you enjoyed previous rambles through the mind of Mr Holt like 'The Portable Door' and Doughnut then you will will love this. Not so much 'more of the same' as a favourite uncle telling tall tales, this the very same knack that may well see Mr Holt becoming as successful as Sir Terry. Tom copies no one, and indeed has is own voice, but wait.. pause in your frenetic step.. and have a listen. I really enjoyed it, and hope that you will too.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-07-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK