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The Court Bard

By: Lars Machmüller
Narrated by: Justin Thomas James,Jeff Hays,Laurie Catherine Winkel
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Summary

Go to the big city. Hang out with the bigwigs. Have fun.

That was the plan, right? Right! Except, our hero was supposed to be the guest of honor and the mob was not supposed to be invited.

Daniel was running out of places to lay low, however. Something needed to be done, or he’d be caught in the ever-tightening net of his pursuers.

Good thing the capital was right there, beckoning with a promising and permanent solution to his predicaments. Now, things would start looking up. The place surely wasn’t called the Cradle of Hope for nothing.

©2022 Lars Machmuller (P)2022 Soundbooth Theater (Production) and Lars Machmuller (Audio)

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You can jump in on this!

It's not like me, but I've jumped into this series midway with this book and it's totally fine tobdo so. The book has a great indirect way of introducing the main characters and I feel like I understand their relationship well (without spoiling the books, I will now go back and listen too).

The story itself is fun, the author plays the Bard dynamic well and the performances really help everything be extra clear. Jump on in.

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Ok so... I may be a little biased...

I have a soft spot for the violin, I adore it.

Throughout the whole series the sound editing putting in the violin pieces really adds to the entire theme of following a bard through his exploits.

As for the story, we continue Archangelo's time in the world of chains, our morally gray protagonist really pushes to new heights along with his companions. New and old characters add interesting mixes throughout the whole series as well as this book.

SoundBooth Theater knock it out of the park once more. Justin, Jeff and Laurie are a delight to listen to, Justin's deep tones during the narration punctuated with Laurie's rendition of the Kobold Arok never fails to put a smile on my face. Likewise the ever present bromance between Archangelo and Gilliam which is heightened by the skill and chemistry of both Justin and Jeff respectively.

I highly reccomend this book and the rest of the series. I cant wait for the last two books to be released.

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  • Nickleous
  • 18-01-23
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Fun audiobook

Great listen!!! This was another good book in the series, I’m looking forward to the next book to come out.

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  • misspinkeye
  • 31-12-22

Yes!

I really loved this addition to the series! It's still got all the elements from the first 3 books. The story's very well-written, witty, exciting, and funny. I enjoyed it from start to end. I can't wait what's going to happen next.

Again, the narration and production were just simply amazing!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-12-22
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Quality Storyline Fantastic performance

To start this series is a gem, you have suspense thriller LitRpg and intrigue. The cast of characters are amazing, personalized and keeps growing
the story progresses slowly at times but will pull you back in immediately small action interspersed to keep you entertained
the performance here is beyond stellar the little cinematic flourishes make this book come to life!!
Also hats off to the musicians your touches make this a fantastic listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-12-22

To cool

I loved the music the male and female voice actors. Overall the story and performance was awesome

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  • Gary Simmons
  • 13-12-22
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Music, Malarky, and Moose-Taming

Justin and Laurie knock this book out of the park. Laurie is not only expressive in distinguishing her characters; she excels at voicing an AI or system. These two vocal powerhouses pair well, just as they did in James Osiris Baldwin's Archemi Online series.

I received this audiobook for free on promise of a review, and it’s my first exposure to this series. As such, I have no idea why the main character never logs out, and a few other plot elements are unclear to me. That said, the book’s title says it all, really: the MC becomes not only a bard, but one that does the dance of politics well.

Bards are often a joke class, and very few have portrayed them as competent, in my experience. (Mel Odom’s Threat From the Sea trilogy and Richard Lee Byers’ Haunted Lands trilogy being other exceptions.) Here we have a person who can make rhymes for rap battles, play the violin well, and has spellcasting that has “doesn’t suck” poured all over it! Not only that, he has an awesome chameleon animal companion, which I find the most interesting mechanic of all.

Michelle’s recording of the violin parts is a treat to the ears, and I’d never heard Justin’s singing voice before. He has some pipes!

Anyway, if you enjoy LitRPG wherein a bard may thrive specifically by being a bard, with good voicing and music, then this is a good series to pick up.

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  • Victoria Coursey
  • 11-12-22

Keeps getting better

Both the story and the performance gets better with every book. This one left me laughing, crying, and on the edge of my seat.

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  • Nate
  • 08-12-22
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Awesome addition

This was an awesome addition to the series, I really enjoyed what Lars wrote in this book. I really enjoyed the prior series, and I knew this wasn't gonna let me down.


The narration was just as good as the other books.
i think this book is just another book in an awesome series. I recommend this book if you've read the prior books and you've liked them.

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  • Benjamin Sorgman
  • 08-12-22
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Another RPG book

The Court Bard is a fine addition to this series. I enjoy video game literature. This one, like many, is Isekai flavor. Very standard character archetypes with standard races and classes in the Tolkien approach to fantasy. Those things are standard for a reason though and if that's what you're looking for this is the book for you.

The narration for this book is top notch. Soundbooth Theater has never let me down. These narrators bring books to life in a fantastic way that elevates the experience significantly. With this book in particular they've gone a step further and added actual violin segments to enhance the bard's playing in a way that truly makes this the best way to experience these books.

This is not the first book in this series. I occasionally like to begin some series in the middle and some series don't really matter where you begin, but I recommend beginning this series from book one. A lot of the key moments of this book pay off character interactions that will only really be meaningful to those who come in from the beginning. So if you're new to this series I recommend picking up the early books first.

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  • Danny Moody
  • 06-12-22
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Another great addition

I love the atypical MC classing represented here. You could tell the author had a lot of fun writing about a bard. Like its predecessors, this book is full of humor and an interesting plot. The narration was top notch with some of the best narrators in the business.

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  • Baz
  • 03-12-22

fantastic

everything I wanted from the next book in this series. it was just perfect for me.