• The Fantastically Underwhelming Epic

  • By: Kian N. Ardalan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kemp
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

George is a legendary hero...wait, no. George is an incredibly powerful sorcerer...also no?

Okay, fine. George is an unremarkable human bard who made a promise a long time ago. A promise that set him on a path to find the remains of Simantiar, the greatest wizard who ever lived. Though all that was left were bones, Simantiar was still very much alive and quite...underwhelming.

This is their story: The Fantastically Underwhelming Epic of a dead wizard and an average bard.

©2021 Kian N. Ardalan (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Fantastic? Yes! Underwhelming? Nope!

This story drew me into it's world, a wholly realized world with fully fleshed out characters (pun intended)! I found myself entranced with the magical aspects and laughing at the banter between the main characters as they journeyed through the dangerous forest together.


I loved how the characters' back stories were woven into the main story, it felt natural and not like a large jump or abrupt insertion of information.

The narration was phenomenal in my opinion, giving life to each character while maintaining a smooth and and comfortable narration throughout.

I hope the author allows us more opportunities to visit this world, with or without returning characters!

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Impressive debut!

I really enjoyed this debut by Kian N. Ardalan.
The world felt rich and lived in, the characters fleshed out and it had compelling prose!
I would love to see more stories in this world!

The narrator did a great job keeping me engaged and all the characters had a distinct voice.

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Fantastic work

The story has so much life, the performance is absolutely fantastic with never not knowing who’s speaking at any time. The voices are great!

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Slow paced

If you like a LOT of backstory, you'll love this. I found the pacing extremely slow due to constantly returning to backstory. For a while, we couldn't even get through a chapter before heading back in time.

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Fantastically Awesome!!

I love fantasy, this was my first audible fantasy book, oh I am so glad this is the one I picked! The Narrator was delightful, such a great performance. The story was indeed fantastic, (so cheesy but) I laughed, cried, and truly cheered for the characters. I was dealing with a lot and this book really cheered me up and help me get through.

I highly recommend this book.

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ok

it was an ok story i liked it but it did have dome twists i did not like. The narrator was on point very good. i can say give it a read or listen. it is worth it.

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FLAWLESS

This is a must-listen for any fantasy fan. It is beautifully written and the narrator is incredible! The story is joyful and yet realistic in a unique way. I don't want to spoil anything, simply give it a listen because this was the first listen in years that I was sad to have end.

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  • Arlena_reads
  • 03-18-22

Don't believe the title...

...this story is everything but underwhelming!
This book does a great job at weaving a story by alternating between past and current events. It has interesting characters and balances humour and drama impeccably well.

Initially I really liked the pacing but ultimately it ended up feeling too long. This was only a minor issue and all in all the book is very enjoyable.

The narrator does an excellent job with this story, his character voices are unique and he is able to express the characters' emotions very well.

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  • Kaylia
  • 07-12-21

Not even half way through this book, but its great

Had to write this review even tho I haven't finished the book yet. But its already sucked me in, good story and funny in parts