Elvenquest: The Journey So Far: Series 1,2,3 and 4 (AUDIOBOOK) – Anil Gupta, Richard Pinto – Narrated by: Stephen Mangan, Alistair McGowan, Darren Boyd, Kevin Eldon, Sophie Winkleman, Dave Lamb – 22.11.20

I was quite annoyed by this audiobook, because it was the first full production/radio play audiobook I’ve listened to that I really haven’t loved, plus, I used my monthly credit to buy it whereas many of the audible productions are available free to members. It’s a farcical take on the fantasy hero quest genre, recorded in serial form as a radio show and ongoing (the plot didn’t resolve at the end). It’s a comedy, and it did make me laugh quite a few times, my problem with it thought, was that it was so blatantly misogynistic and the humour was mostly at the schoolboy toilet level. There was literally no opportunity to make genitalia jokes, innuendo or sexist comments that was not leapt on. This is not highbrow, subtle or clever. It’s a pity, because when it’s done well, I love comedy fantasy satire type things. I was also annoyed by all the main ‘good’ characters having such incredibly posh English accents, which, being a northern lass instantly puts me off something (I know, that makes me a bigot – they can’t help being post etc, but it’s the centuries of being looked down on by the upper ruling classes that still grates). Not for me.

Published by sarahrwray

I'm an erstwhile writer and forever reader and book reviewer.

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