• My Name Is Nelson: Pretty Much the Best Novel Ever

  • By: Dylan Fairchild
  • Narrated by: Erik Johnson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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From The Indie View: “A brilliant and unique novel…in terms of sheer storytelling mastery, it's one of the best books we've seen in awhile. We give My Name Is Nelson five-plus stars and look forward to an equally well-written sequel...it's a tremendously entertaining storyline with rich characterization and cinematic action scenes. It's safe to say the author's crafted a potential bestseller - and, possibly, a hit movie." (Don Sloan) 

President Andrew MacIntyre was having a pretty good first year in the Oval Office. Suddenly, during what should have been a peaceful Christmas season, he's facing one of the worst national security crises in American history. And, it's being masterminded out of a sleazy New Mexico strip joint? What the hell? 

Is this a political thriller? Is it science fiction? A zany comedy? Perhaps it's a love story. Whatever it is, it's a riveting listen with a little sex appeal and a lot of laughter. It's little wonder White House National Security Advisor Chet Addington* said this was, "Pretty much the best novel ever."**  

* Absolutely, positively, not a real person
** He's been known to be wrong about stuff

©2018 James W. George (P)2018 James W. George

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A great Book for the Trump era.

In a time that truth is stranger then Fiction we are presented with a work that is a perfect fit for the
current insanity in Washington.

With humor and a quirky cast of characters you have an entertaining experience brought to you with
a wonderful performance by the Narrator.

Just imagine the great works that this period will bring us this work is a glimpse of what is to come.




This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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Just Hilarious!

A really fun debut novel by Fairchild! I highly recommend if you just want absurd situations with weird characters that make you laugh out loud. The plot flows very well and I felt instantly sucked into the novel! I give the story a 5/5 for making me laugh so much :)

I also loved the narration by Johnson. He did an excellent job with comedic timing. The audio definitely added to the story as I felt transported by hearing Nelson and his antics. The production seems to be awesome as well! I give it a 5/5 stars. 

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Dylan Fairchild. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Humor, Politics and Crazy Antics

This book was many first for me, first time listening to this narrator, first time reading/hearing the author and my first Comedic Political Thriller. A favorite moment in the book a hungover American President in the Oval Office, LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY!! My Name Is Nelson: Pretty Much the Best Novel Ever is really the best novel ever, I loved every minute of it.

Author Dylan Fairchild gives you an amazing read My Name Is Nelson is a VERY well-written story. Great characters, with an amusing story bringing his own brand of justice to the world’s elite. Narrator Eric Johnson performed perfectly, he made the story come to life both the writing and the narrator worked hard together to have such a successful audible. My Name Is Nelson has so many great moments throughout the book humor, politics, crazy antics and on top of that it was a thriller. Erik Johnson is absolutely spot-on, accents, even singing, creating the illusion of having several different people.

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FUNNY AS HELL, GREAT WRITING!!

This was something that took me by surprise, I loved it!! I love this kind of humor, and I thought, as did a lot of other reviewers, that this is a VERY well-written story. Great characters, great narration, really make this into something special. A thrill ride that takes no prisoners. It's not what I expected, but definitely pleasantly surprised. Very compelling work, and I'd definitely like to read/listen to more from this author, and narrator as well. There's definite talent here, and I'd recommend it, great stuff :)
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Hilarious and endearing.

Nelson Troutman han one of the most brilliant minds in the scientific community, but he is also quite damaged due to an episode in his life where he was heavily bullied. In his mature years he is in charge of an important investigation, but one day he totally flips out and seeks refuge in a strip club, and from there he will try to make the world right again without caring about the casualties left behind.

This is, at the same time, a hilarious and endearing story. On one hand, we have Nelson, a brilliant scientist but so dysfunctional that he isn't able to have a normal conversation. He's one of those remarkable characters like Forrest Gump, that will make himself a place in our heart. He has great scientific knowledge, but has a very simplistic view about life: the good and the bad people, black or white. I enjoyed the characters in the book, and also how the story switches between different point of view. There's a little twist tying some parts of the story that I quite enjoyed.

I wonder why the author says this is a thriller, when it doesn't feel like it. I would place it between humor, drama, and fiction. Someone may say that it could also be catalogued under science-fiction, but I wouldn't dare to say so, since the science in the book was really far fetched, and it's not even a central aspect in the book.

The story was very good, but I am unable to give it five starts, because it didn't completely click with me. I think it was because I found very hard to connect to Nelson, and even though we get some background story, there is still something missing to make him human. I also found his talk very repetitive, and I know that it was intentional, but I would have liked that his quirkiness would have been shown in a more sophisticated way.

Erick Johnson delivered an excellent narration, switching voices and styles in an amazing way, creating the illusion of having several different people. He also inflected the exact dose of humor to his speech at the right moments, providing a colorful narration, and adding real value to the audiobook.

All in all it was a very enjoyable listen, and I would like to know what other adventures Dylan Fairchild has in store for us.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Dylan Fairchild. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Great Audiobook!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Dylan Fairchild. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Firstly, I think this is possibly the best opening for a boo that I have read in a while – a hungover American President sitting at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office? Genius!

The book is really very engaging – I felt a part of the story right away and feel that both the writing and the narrator worked hard to achieve this.

The characters are wonderful – well written, well acted and instantly likeable, even the ones that you later find out are ‘the baddies’. Nelson in particular is a wonderfully written character and must have been a tricky one to get right, but Fairchild did!

I hate spoiling things on this blog and have resulted made a promise never to do so and because of that, there is a lot of the plot that I can’t tell you about but let em assure you, it’s worth a few hours of your time to have a listen!

Comedic Thriller, US politics, genius antics, weapons of mass destruction, exotic dancers, silliness and a .. well.. harrowing ending all adds up to being a bloomin’ good book and I recommend you having a listen as Erik’s performance really is GREAT!

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Just Plain Fun!

Story is highly amusing and the narrator's performance is exceptional. This contemporary tale about a brilliant megalomaniac bent on bringing his own brand of justice to the world's elite is exceptionally entertaining and made me smirk throughout. I actually read this novel deciding to listen to the audiobook as well. Not often do I find a narrator that tells the story better than my own inner voice, but Erik Johnson is absolutely spot-on. The inflections, accents, even singing, make for pretty much the best audiobook ever.

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  • 08-01-22

Sooo fun!!

I loved this book. Well written. Extraordinarily read. Absolutely delightful. I haven’t checked yet but I do so hope there is more.

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Came for the narrator, stayed for the story

I loved Erik Johnson in the Apocalypse Crusade, and after finishing that series, I wondered what else he had done.
Previous reviews mention how funny this book is. While it has moments, it's not a comedy throughout. That does not mean I didn't enjoy it, however. The ending sums up my feelings for the book in general, we could all stand to be a little more kind, but I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it to anyone looking for a story of Perseverance.

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Not sure it's the BEST but it is pretty good

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was an interesting listen. The narration is brilliantly done and that is ultimately what kept me listening throughout. The story was good, if a bit politically slanted. That being said, it wasn't so much that it became tiresome. Apart from that, it is actually pretty funny at times and has a good plot. I don't know if I'd call it the best book ever, but it is pretty good.