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  • Escape from Samsara: A Dark Comedy Fantasy Adventure

  • Prophecy Allocation, Book 1
  • By: Nicky Blue
  • Narrated by: David Morley Hale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Summary

A comedy about a time-travelling gardener, guaranteed to make you wet your plants!

Barry's been patient, but after 27 years of trimming hedges for people he hates, he's had enough. All he wants to do is to find his missing father and to discover his inner ninja. But life’s not done with throwing him curveballs. A fatal mistake catapults Barry into the adventure of a lifetime. 

With talking hedges, samurai ghosts, meddling psychotherapists, and an inexplicably non-linear time pattern conspiring against him, Barry must do battle to save his hide, unleash the ninja within, and rescue his father from an ancient army, a dark sorcerer, and a raging inferno. 

Perfect listening for fans of Tom Holt, Terry Pratchett, Robert Rankin, Christopher Moore, or Douglas Adams.

What is the mysterious Prophecy Allocation Department? 

Where is The Before and After?

Even more importantly, Will Barry’s underwear hold out until he has saved the day?

©2017 Nicky Blue (P)2019 Nicky Blue

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A world that will expand your mind like it or not!

Super fun story, action packed, great characters, laugh out loud moments and a protagonist that is totally loveable. Nicky Blue has built a world that will expand your mind whether you like it or not! You will be rooting for Barry during his adventures and misdemeanours. A welcome break from reality!

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Right back to the good old days !




It’s beside me to understand how or where does an author finds the idea for this kind of a story?
Even so that this is not even close to my favorite genre of books I have promised to the author Nicky Blue an honest review and to my surprise this audiobook is so great, so funny, reminding me of the movie “ the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy ‘ for some reason that I’ve actually listened to it about 5 times ( never counted ) with a difficultly of taking a break every one of those times.
Perfectly written and together with David Morley Hale narration a great masterpiece was created.
Beside being short I truly can’t find anything to complain about and just noticing that this is part one, that there will be more all I can say is I CANT WAIT !!!


Absolutely full heartedly recommend to all.

This is a great audiobook to relax, unwind from life itself.





In exchange for an honest review I’ve received this audiobook.

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Sitting duck for a twisted wizard.

Ever thought of moving to the environs of Brighton, on the South coast of Englan? Or of becoming a professional gardener? Or believe you might one day be a Ninja master? Or thought there was something odd about your hairdresser? Then read this book now.

Barry Harris is a middle aged man who lives with his 82 years old head banger mother in Portslade, near Brighton, in the apartment over an hairdresser salon. His sister and father both went missing on the same day 26 years before and Barry, after a series of unfortunate events, decides that now is the time to go find him.

With deliciously exaggerated stereotype satirical figures and others that are just plain crazy, this is an, at times, laugh out loud story, redolent with British lavatory humour as well as some Pythonesque experiences. For this reader, a little less I.B.S. references would have been preferred but then everyone's funny bone is different, and there are enough crazy characters to make this book great fun for almost everyone.
Read with pizzazz by the Julian Clary-like voiced David Marley Hale, the whole cast of characters springs further into life, each with an individual voicing, and the action is fast paced in the telling. - a great performance.

Not for those with a prurient attitude or those who like their stories to follow a straight forward time line (or even make sense), but for a fun fantasy with great characters and some really.funny incidents, Escape from Samsara is highly recommended.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 12-02-19

English overweight time traveling ninja with IBS

The title for the review says it all. Like hitchhikers guide to the galaxy? Terry pratchet? Mel brooks? Shaun is the dead? Bruce lee? Then this is for you. If not steer clear. If you don’t mind taking a twisty turn through insanity to get to a very weird place with weird happening this is for you. Me I enjoyed the hell out of it. Weird and wonderful. Ridiculous and hilarious. All I can say is beware the underwear! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • Katarina
  • 02-02-19

Not what I expected from the blurb

Based on the publisher's summary I expected a wild adventure with lots of humor and also mainly a fantasy genre story. For me personally, these expectations were not met. Instead, I got a mildly interesting story with hints of Hitchhiker's Guide and a few droplets of Terry Pratchett, but not by any stretch of the imagination as coherent a story as those. Which made it quite difficult to follow, at several points. Also, I didn't like the main character and couldn't bring myself to root for him, which also made it more difficult to keep my focus while listening. I didn't care for the almost explicit bdsm scene, nor the potty humor, at all. It makes this book suitable only to 18+.

I guess the publisher's summary raised the wrong expectations, for as I said, to me this was not a humorous fantasy genre adventure at all (although it was indeed dark). However, if you're into a specific brand of British humor, mixed with some nihilism and the absurd, then this might be just the story for you.

Narration is great, there's some voice acting, and the British accent adds a lot to the atmosphere. I would listen to this narrator again.

~ I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I was not required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

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  • SD
  • 02-02-19

A would be ninja with british accent

This is quite a surreal story, about a gardner, would be ninja, and his adventures.
The fun of the story is the british humor (sarcasm for some) and the british accent of the narrator telling us all about it. Hillarious!, in a very serious manner, of course! He (the narrator) makes a fantastic job (even if some words can be a bit difficult for non english listeners).
As for the story, though I like a bit of surreal, this one can be a bit of too lost sometimes (not exactly a bad thing, because it goes with the humor of it, but still...). In the end, even though this particular story fail to really grab my desire to read more of it (sorry), I still got the feeling the author is a good writer with the ability to express the kind of humor that goes in your head in secret.

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  • DT Books
  • 01-02-19

Good narration

I have to be honest and say I did not enjoy this story that much. I felt it was a bit choppy and hard to follow. I did enjoy the reader and felt he delivered the story well and made it enjoyable to follow along. I think I would have enjoyed this less if I had been reading it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-08-22

fun and adventures

i quite like this story it was well written witty and fun and you didn't find a moment of being bored it kept moving forward the narrator did a wonderful job I definitely think it's worth the credit give it a try you might be surprised just like I was

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  • Virgil Perryman
  • 09-01-20

wackey story but a fun listen

enjoyed this mad tale of a rather late coming of age story with some very different twist and very happy ending

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  • Customer R
  • 14-06-19

One-of-a-kind humor

Fans of slap-stick comedy will love this story. I couldn’t stop laughing out loud while listening to this on the train. People were giving me strange looks. I’ve never had this reaction to a book or audiobook.

Barry is a gardener who talks to the hedge and has delusions that he’s a ninja because his father, who left him as a child years ago, taught him some ninja moves. If that isn’t crazeballs enough, he lives with his mom who is in her 80s and listens to heavy metal music. His friend is into GILFs (yes, G stands for Granny).

I had some difficulty with the British humor (I am American) but there are many universal one-liners, such as Barry’s relationship with incontinence underwear.

If you are offended by poop jokes or cats in blenders, this audiobook not for you. But if you are looking for something originally funny and off-the-wall, this is something truly unique.

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  • Bluphoenyx
  • 30-05-19

Scifi humor and sarcastic wit with a British slant

This book was the perfect break from serious scifi stories. Understanding British humor is required.

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  • Camila Brianna Belbin
  • 17-04-19

Very Imaginative

This a a quirky and hilarious book! I found myself laughing so much on Barry’s crazy adventure. Escape From Samsara is definitely the book to pick up if you don’t mind an extremely out of the ordinary and off the walls book. The author has an amazing imagination to write this book and I’m excited and scared at the same time to see what happens next!
David did a great job narrating this book. He brought all of the characters to life, especially Barry, with his accent and sense of humor. I don’t know if any other voice actor could pull off this book!
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Deedra
  • 19-03-19

Samsara

Hmmn..It is an absurd,sometimes fun,gross, and always weird story.David Morley Hales excellent narration is the best thing about it. It is very hard to rate. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.