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Summary

New York Times best-selling author Alan Dean Foster delivers the eagerly awaited new Pip and Flinx novel featuring a certain twenty-four-year-old with red hair, growing powers, and a loyal sidekick who just happens to be a flying mini-dragon. Sure to delight longtime fans and win new ones, Flinx's Folly follows Flinx on a thrilling quest to unravel the mysteries of his mind and body. It is a quest that forces him to confront a horror almost beyond human comprehension concealed somewhere in the universe...and coming closer.

Against such a quintessence of colossal evil what can one puny human and a formidable mini-drag protector do? Flinx must tell someone or go out of his already addled mind. Choosing a confidant is easy: Clarity Held, a crush he hasn't seen in six years. She is a young woman who has clearly gone on with her life in ways that (he soon learns) don't necessarily include Flinx.

Flinx makes up his mind to act quickly, and his decision is the beginning of a terrifying, high-stakes adventure through perilous new realms that will rocket him into the very heart of danger, and into the arms of the only woman he's ever loved. As he and Pip bravely travel to a place where no man or mini-drag has gone before, Flinx discovers he has a few more friends than he thought, and far more enemies than he ever imagined.

©2003 Alan Dean Foster (P)2004 Skyboat Audio Production

Critic reviews

"Foster offers brisk, lightweight SF entertainment." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A fast, light, adventurous afternoon read." ( Booklist)

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Sneezes?

I like the Flinx series. It's fun and does not take itself too seriously. Intelligent literature it is not. I did find the rather naive characterisation of Clarity's boyfriend a little grating in this one, as well as some of the overly obvious narrative tools employed but in general a good listen.

I was disappointed that the frequent sneezes/coughs/snorts, or whatever they were, had not been edited out - hence the lower score for the performance. The narrator himself is good if a little lacking in pace.

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Now a Flinx fan

Stumbled onto this one last year - it is a gem! Great to see that there are more in the series released now.
If you like science fantasy with a light touch of humour, you will enjoy this book

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  • Ms. Jade Melendez
  • 16-08-04

More Pip & Flinx please!!!

After listening to this audio book, I got hooked on the whole series. It doesn't matter if you've read any of the wonderful Pip & Flinx books, this audio will click. It fills you in on the characters in general, although it made more sense after I read a couple of the books. Either way, I've enjoyed listening to this audio book several times and definitely recommend it.

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  • Lori
  • 30-04-04

Flinx and Pip are Back

At last The first Flinx and pip novel to make it to Audio! Foster begins to tie up the varous plots of the previous books and bring back many old frends to help. From all parts of the Commonwelth friends come to Flinx's aid. The Book was great the only dissapointment was the non-apperance of Skua September. You will love it if you like any of Fosters other "Commonwelth" Novels.

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  • L. Frasier
  • 06-05-06

Run of the Mill

A run of the mill character in a run of the mill sci-fi setting read by a run of the mill reader with a too-deep, lacklustre voice. It lacked wit and sparkle in my opinion. I was also pretty irked by hearing the non-word "irregardless" twice.

The story just seemed to go from event A to B to C without any point to it all. It's like a comic book story. Nothing is really resolved, the story just stops. I'm disappointed, because it sounded like something I'd like more.

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  • lozzylooloo
  • 03-12-12

Enjoyable .... And I don't think they were sneezes

Would you consider the audio edition of Flinx's Folly to be better than the print version?

I bought the audio because no e-version is available and I haven't read the paper version, so I can't compare.

What did you like best about this story?

The continuation of the larger story arc.

What three words best describe Stefan Rudnicki’s performance?

Accurate, relaxed, acted

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some of the dialogue made me smile in appreciation.

Any additional comments?

I have very little prior experience with audio books and find it very different but still enjoyable. Having said that, I can't be certain but would respectfully suggest to previous reviewers that what they have perceived as sneezing in the recording is actually dialogue. The noises in question only seem to happen when Tru, the thranx, speaks. Without a print version to compare to, I can't be sure, but I think those are just meant to be some of his 'clicks'.

I considered this an enjoyable story overall, and appreciated the advancement of the greater story arc. However, I don't know if it is due to the 'intimacy' of an audio book or if it is the same in the print version, but Clarity got on my nerves a bit.

Would recommend to fans of series and I am looking forward to the next.

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  • Scheibe
  • 21-10-10

Disappointed

This is my eighth purchase in the Pip and Flinx series. Up till now I have enjoyed the books and the narrator. I think Rudnicki has done a great job, but this book was terribly produced. I though other reviewer comments about the sneezing and sniffing were perhaps exaggerated, but no, they were exactly right. The narrator would be moving right along and then out of nowhere this LOUD noise would burst through my headset. This should have been caught and corrected in post production. How difficult would it have been to mute the sneezes or sniffs? This is something I would have expected from a source like librivox, but for a commercial audio book. I am very disappointed.

Secondly, and this is more of a pet peeve, an author such as Foster with a demonstrated command of the English language should know better then to use "irregardless" in his book. Moreover, the publisher should have never let that through, unless they are taking a linguistic approach and are attempting to validate a new word through its use.

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  • Robin
  • 30-03-22

Great Adventure

Flinx finds his love again, finds new enemies, old friends, and new purpose. It's a roller coaster ride...on to the next one!

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  • Icelady
  • 29-09-21

Great Series.

I've read this book several times and enjoyed it each time. well written, relatable and a timeless read. A series that all ages can enjoy.

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  • Tim
  • 19-06-21

Good story..and definitely not sneezes

Though this book may not be one of Alan Dean Foster’s best in the series, I’ve enjoyed all of the Pip and Flinx books so far. This is one of those books that prepare the series for more exciting things to come, Stefan Rudnicki does a good job narrating, as usual, and is easy to listen to. Those “sneezes” that everyone is complaining about are actually written into the text. If you have the printed book, you will see they are written as something like “scc!lk” (page 252 from 1st ed HC). What I did find odd is that apparently Foster revised the text since the first edition. There were numerous additions and changes made to the text, usually for the better, which clarified the dialog or narrative found in the printed 1st edition I have.

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  • Captain Awesome
  • 28-12-17

good book

great as usual except for all the sneezing and nasal noises in chap 7 at various time stamps 38:33-38:35ish, 46:44, and 1:03:30ish. hope they feel better lol.

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  • June Moore
  • 14-02-16

Too much of the same blah, blah, blah

I find the overdoses of Flinx's angst exceedingly tedious, especially when combined with excess rehashing of the same background information.

Too little time is devoted to the actual plot.