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  • The Trickster's Tale

  • Is That a Lute in Your Pocket? A LitRPG Adventure (The Tricksters Tale, Book 1)
  • By: J Pal
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong, Annie Ellicott, Jeff Hays
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Summary

Everyone wants to be the chosen one.

The job's perks often involve overpowered abilities, world-breaking equipment, and an eager line of bodacious partners.

But due to a goddess' clumsy meddling, a struggling musician named Perry ends up accidentally transmigrated alongside her true chosen one with none of the above.

Demanding a portal home or reparations for his bereaved family doesn't win him respect either. Instead, he finds himself thrust into a world of magic, monsters, and a wisecracking System. His courage wins him nothing but severely diminished proportions and a brand that severely limits his combat potential.

Little does the goddess know that nothing can stand in the way of Perry's sheer will. If brute strength and arcane powers won't get him the justice he desires, bardic wit, musical talent, and creativity will.

Perry's first target? A goblin shaman. Then, the world.

The next LitRPG series from the hit author of They Called Me Mad and The Houndsman is here! Trickster's Tale has everything you love from the genre and more laughs than you can shake a lute at.

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““Your actions, including headbutting goats and serenading shrikes”

Thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. Love the characters, story and the narration.
There’s some good character voices, but it’s the energy that’s been put into it that really makes it fun!
Really looking forward to hearing more from this series!
This is my honest opinion on a free review copy.

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Fun Start

Interesting start to the series, its not my usual type of story but was fun to listen to. can't wait for book 2

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  • John
  • 16-05-22

Not much

The book started off ok, then the tropes kicked in. Like a random Goddess showing up and basically nerfing the MC because he talked back to her and they author letting her do this because apparently this universe has ZERO oversight in the God's and Goddesses doing whatever the hell they feel like with repercussions. Most of this story took place, as him being a slave to Goblins and in a single town. You get no world explanation, no world outside of it. The characters are pretty much one dimensional, because if one died you wouldn't really care.

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  • Nate
  • 15-05-22

J pal did wonders

Like the title said J pal did wonders for this book. this was such a good litrpg is astonishing.The narrators did so good, Gary, Jeff and elli did wonders. it's one of the best narrated books I have. The mcs powers are unique and you don't usually get bard mcs. That's what makes the book so good, it's different. The mc is a Cunning funny bard that has some beast taming abilities. I loved the fighting and the way he uses his mind to defeat his enemies. I also want to say RIP for the friends that died in this story.

the world building and the system were so awesome, the character progression was also really good. The mcs friends are likeable, and I relate to the Mc alot. He also doesn't let people walk all over him which I love. Also the traits given to him by God's reminds me of the game hades. I also love books where they use movies/animes from earth which j pal does throughout the book. I do feel like there's not enough humor in this book, the mcs a bard I feel like there should be more puns and corny pickup lines like dungeon crawler carl or tokens and towers.

( Spoilers ) I did hate how the goddess makes a mistake then since the mc actually has a backbone and is asking questions and isn't gonna take any crap she gives him a coward blessing. that really irked me. But who wants to be Tracy's champion anyway? Other than that I have no complaints, I really liked this book and it was one of the best I've heard in a while. There are also alot more pros to this book and more stuff I want too talk about.


The skills he has are super cool also, he's a musician and cook. it almost reminded me of actus author or cleaners edge. The mcs bad ability to pick names is also funny. I feel like this book shows what it's like to be a support characters and still rule. it shows the wit you need when you don't have the abilities to punch a mountain and demolish it.
I have too say I can't wait for book 2. This book had everything I wanted and more. anyone who says otherwise either didn't finish the book or is...

I hope you'll enjoy this book as much as I did.

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  • Ed Pegg Jr
  • 10-05-22

Solid fun. I like this one.

The action to get from Earth to a fantasy world pretty much happens immediately, so it's a fast start.
Main character becomes a hobbit bard with a lute and some sort of coward's mark, then he's tossed into a maze to survive.
Amazingly, he's still alive half an hour into the story, and he starts meeting people instead of monsters. That's when the conniving gets started. Also, he has access to playing music from Earth. He even gives credit.

Fun stuff. The main character is likable and smart. The adversaries are likable in their own ways. The LitRPG game system is fun. If there's any cursing, I messed it. In other words, hours of light-hearted fantasy fun from a novice tricky bard.

Soundbooth does a great job. All three voice actors are wonderful. (Though the ending part of Jeff Hays' initial scene had a curious extreme echo effect for ten seconds that didn't make sense.)

Highly recommended.

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  • The Chrisenberry's
  • 14-09-22

New approach to game system

Not heavily focused on battle which is a nice change for lit rpg. Feels warm and nice like a cozy blanket.

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  • Erik
  • 07-09-22

So so boring

This book is produced very well and the narration is exceptional.

Having said that - the story is just so dull. There is a generic system in place and it’s used in a generic way. There is no real progression here in the characters, world or even plot. It’s just meandering toward the goal that was set out as soon as the mc (I can’t even remember the name, honestly) gets thrown in the goblin village.

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  • Nathan Parker
  • 28-08-22

Kinda boring

The book isn't quite as fun as the reviews suggest. Most of the humor is of the "sarcastic system" type, which seldom works well and there's not much of it anyway. The MC is represented as moving forward based on his wits and charisma, but he doesn't come across to the reader as being especially endowed with either. He succeeds because the mechanics of the world he lives in decides that that something is clever or that someone else is charmed by him. And, to be frank, he really doesn't move forward very much; there's a distinct lack of progression in this progression novel.

A lot of the prose is internal monologuing, often of the very boring kind. He relates to the reader a story from his former life where he accidentally walked out of a restaurant without paying his check. It's not funny and not really related to anything going on and the reader is left wondering why words were wasted on this. Much of the dialog isn't much better.

There's 5 hours left on the audiobook and I'm wishing it would be over sooner. If the story turns itself around before the end, I'll update this review.

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  • Customer
  • 27-07-22

Great story, fun characters

I look forward to more books in the series. I was a little apprehensive at first to have an MC without combat skills, but it was great and maybe even more relatable.

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  • John Stringham
  • 21-07-22

very original

I really enjoyed this story. I can't wait for more in this series. very humorous

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  • Illya Allman
  • 11-07-22

a fun romp

definitely a good book I had fun to the point of laughter and in quite a few spots. I will definitely be looking forward to the second book in this new series.

great writing and well worth the credit

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  • George Kirk
  • 07-07-22

Mid at best

The story, plot, characters and setting are just lazy. No new ground is tread here and there are no real interesting takes on existing troupes. A very paint by numbers experience.