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Protect all monster girls.

I've devoted my entire life to safe-guarding exotic animals. When a group of poachers invade the Komplot Toestel big game preserve, I'll take a bullet to the chest in the line of duty. 

For most people, that would mark the end. For me, it's only the beginning. 

As I laid dying, a mysterious goddess appeared by my side. Her offer was simple: teleport to a new world where I would be a game warden of a different sort. 

You see, there are no animals that need protecting in the land of Jadu. Instead, I've been tasked with protecting a tribe of lost monster girls. My job is simple. 

Help the girls build and fortify their village. Check. 

Help the girls develop their technology. Check. 

Help the girls keep their population from going extinct. Check and check. 

Being the only male in an all female society has its perks. But it's not all fun and games. With the warlike Rakhasa battering down our front door, I'll have to draw on every ounce of experience that I've accumulated in my long career fighting poachers. 

It's a tough job, and I'm just the man for it.

Not everyone gets a second chance. I intend to make mine count.

©2022 Roland Carlsson (P)2022 Royal Guard Publishing LLC

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Great ideas, poor execution

This book has some good ideas, but the writing leaves a lot to be desired. I honestly don't get how this was published in this state, especially since I've read previous books by Roland Carlsson and they were at least decent. Maybe the book would have turned a lot better with some editing and some betareaders.

First of all the narration was quite good, Luke and the other male characters have quite good voices and accents, and felt appropriate and different to each other. The female voices were also done very well, and you could feel the emotions during their scenes, but on the other hand they felt quite similar to one another. Overall good narration that did not distract from the story.

The story starts in our own world with the MC, Luke as a game warden / ranger in Africa, a background which in the end proves to have no meaning at all. During a poacher encounter he gets killed but a lion goddess gives him the choice between dying and being sent to another world to care for a tribe of her people. Not really much of a choice to be honest, just a trope choice to get the story moving. Then the books starts to slowly make no sense. The tribe is a mix between humans and animals, basically humans with animal ears and tail. Unfortunately, is just that, nothing else, no traits or personalities related to them, and the features aren’t even included in the descriptions or storytelling except for when introducing a character. It proceeds with him proposing various improvements to the village, but nothing really goes in depth enough for the story to be considered a kingdom builder. They have some enemies, which seem to have a reason to attack, but the battles between them are just meh. There are some small expeditions, either for foraging or hunting, to break the monotony from time to time. These things would work out quite well, but the text skims a lot on what’s happening.
Now for the weirdest part. We get some kind of hints that there might be more behind this world, like either a far post-apocalyptic Earth future or maybe something like a parallel world after an alien invasion. But we don’t get to find out in this book since there are a lot of plot holes. They make a mention how most of the population doesn’t know how to read or want to learn to read, only for each character to say they like to go to the library to read or make mentions about it later on. The level of technology seems to be somewhere before the bronze age, but they don’t behave at all like primitives, but more like a civilization with a rich culture. They make an expedition to an ancient location to find stuff out, but they came back empty handed just because they leave??? Other examples can be stuff like them asking if it’s ok to kill the people who are trying to murder them, or a tribe that considers it’s ok and quite normal and desirable to be eaten by the wildlife, like WTF!? And many more events like these.
One good thing I like about the story and the dialogue was when the use of expressions came into the conversation. Said expressions causing multiple misunderstandings or very funny scenarios. On these occasions the other characters did not know how to react to his words or felt they were very strange to hear. I quite liked seeing this especially since it was an aspect that’s mostly neglected by most of the other novels in the genre.

Now about the main character, because there’s honestly no point to talk about the female ones who have no personality or traits. The only thing they have are some roles or jobs in the tribe and that’s about it, there is no depth at all with them, their only role is to swoon over or be fakefully against the protagonist. Especially Alice and Scarlet who seem, at times, to be the same archetype, their only point being to yell at the mc, only to end up madly in love to him later on. The author paints a picture of him being a leader and a specialist, but we are never shown that. We only get to see a brash man with temper problems, ready to snap at anyone for the slightest thing. Whenever he makes a speech he sounds cringe and self-righteous. I’m just sad because his backstory and the way he was presented, as well as his qualities, never come out during the rest of the story at all. He gets an easy mode being the only male in the area, and the only man that’s not a jerk or a complete murdering psychopath.

Another thing we need to talk about in these books is the sex scenes, which are usually present and desired in these types of books. In Monster Girl Safari the nighttime action was one of the weakest I have ever seen. Like there’s barely any description, complete lack of use of the features of the women, it all feels passionless and stale, not to mention short, so so so short. It leaves off the impression the author just did not care and was going around ticking items of a checklist.

In the end I’d like to say the following books seem to be better from the reviews I have seen and hope to see some improvements. The ideas present in the book are very good and interesting, but the whole story line feels badly written and filled with plot holes. Although despite of all I have written so far, I still want to find out how this story develops, what the whole mystery is, and how the relationships will progress across the series.

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Terrific story, characters, humor and narration

“Monster Girl Safari 1” is a very entertaining story with terrific characters and wonderful narration.

I always appreciate humor mixed in with monster battles and erotic episodes, and the author gives us plenty of all three! “For the second time in as many days, Alice and her loincloth had parted ways under unforeseeable circumstances”, “do you like me? What is that pointy thing?”, and the phrase “it’s just nippy, I mean cold” are just three examples of favorite quotes.

WRT narration, Erin Bateman is one of my favorite VAs, but often works solo; it’s a real pleasure to have her partnered with a male VA. Adam Stubbs does a terrific job, but it does take me awhile to get used to his British accent.

The story includes lots of characters with distinct personalities, and the author isn’t afraid to kill off one of the supporting characters to advance the plot. Characters include a catgirl, foxgirl, bunnygirl, a nasty lion man, a tribe of violent Rakhasa, friendly flying creatures, and the spirit world communing Lucy, and we have an old village straight out of “Planet of the Apes”.

So yes, this is a detailed story! I heartily recommended “Monster Girl Safari” - it’s easily a 5* listen!


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Receiving a review copy did not influence my rating or my review.

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Pretty good storyline but the execution fell flat in the later half

Overall I liked the concept and the Mc. The Mc is intelligent and relatable. The problem comes with the actual execution of the story. It feels like things move forward too fast with too little details. Both the fights and the sex scenes seemed glossed over.

Overall the book was enjoyable.

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Steve Irwin

I would like to think this is what happened to Steve Irwin. Great Book, fun adventure, and it seems like it is just the begging

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I recommend this series

I tend to take it easy on the first book of any new series. I am familiar with some of this author’s pass works and this series is in line with what I've come to expect from him. If you're looking for light and fluffy with a hint of darkness, then you've come to the right place. Our hero appears to be some sort of South African game warden. Him and his partner come across a butchered elephant and track the poachers only to be ambushed. His partner dies almost immediately, and our hero gets away for a little bit kills his killer before dying himself. He's given two options by a lion goddess. Die or serve. Transported to a new world where's monster girls and demons he finds himself essentially the chief of the local tribe and determined to see them safe. The narration team did a fantastic job. I'm not familiar with the gentleman narrator but the lady narrator I have enjoyed her work aren't quite a number of occasions. She's never delivered less than an amazing performance. Well done to everybody who had a hand in bringing this story to us the audible listeners and I can't wait to see what comes next

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Another great Isekai series by Roland Carlsson!

Roland Carlsson continues to get better with every book and every series. This book 1 is no exception! The story has a fun and unique safari setting, is well written, the MC is unique and relatable, and the world is well fleshed out. The supporting characters do a great job involving themselves and not just props in the bedroom. I look forward to book 2 and Roland's next series already! Audio Version: Adam Stubbs and Erin Bateman do a fantastic job with their characters and work well together. This is the first time I have heard Adam narrate and he did a good job. And of course, Erin Bateman is amazing as always.

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Hero sent to another world to save it.

Lion goddess sends a poacher hunter to another world to save it.
Of course there are 30 women to every man and our hero needs to handle a tribe of women and not only protect them from the pig men but help them develop their technology that has been lost to time and death.
Carlsson delivers another good one and Stubbs and Bateman perform on point.
If you like heram LitRPG this series is one you're going to want in your library.

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This is so amazing

This is one epic tale of a man who gets transported magically to a different place and it has all kinds of emotions and you will find yourself cheering the characters on and hoping for them to win

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Surprising hidden mystery and lore

Wasn’t sure what to expect with this one and the info given in the blurb but I enjoyed it. Both narrators are great at what they do and easy to understand. Honestly, if it wasn’t for Travis Baldree, Stubbs might have been my new favorite.

The background hidden secrets and mysteries that are hinted at leave wanting to learn more in the following books.

I like the MC quite a bit. His heart to defend and protect. It’s nice to not have just a “Chad!”

So I’m looking forward to the next book and recommend this series.

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ummm what?

I'm not sure what to say except starts of strong, but midway through it feels like it starts skipping important plot points chapter by chapter, then in the middle of chapters there's no details

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  • Robert Knight
  • 08-21-22

A feel good book

This is one of those books that you just enjoy. It was so easy to listen to. The narrators did a wonderful job bringing it to life.
5****"

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  • James glazier
  • 08-08-22

Great book

love this book funny great start to a series looking forward to the next one

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  • n j plumridge
  • 07-20-22

enjoyable journey

This was the first book I have listened to by Roland Carlsson, and it has left me wanting more. The characters and story were fun and easy to like, while the choice of narrators brought the book alive.

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  • Alex
  • 07-18-22

A steamy and entertaining listen.

A good story with a surprisingly deep world and characters. Look forwards to more!

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  • Mansoor786
  • 07-15-22

A good start

A good start to the story with a lot more to explore from the world, the narrators did their job well as the story flowed without any confusion.
The only problem I have is the ego of the MC, he gets too emotional too quickly.

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  • Daryl peter lambrou
  • 07-10-22

Great book

Very well done book really enjoyed this one great story and characters can’t wait for more