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Orconomics: A Satire

 

Written by: J. Zachary Pike
Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr
Series: The Dark Profit Saga #1
Genres: Satire | Humorous | Contemporary
Published: 21st of December, 2016
Length: 11 Hours 46 Minutes

 

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Description
Professional heroes kill and loot deadly monsters every day, but Gorm Ingerson's latest quest will be anything but business as usual.

The adventuring industry drives the economy of Arth, a world much like our own but with more magic and fewer vowels. Monsters' hoards are claimed, bought by corporate interests, and sold off to plunder funds long before the Heroes' Guild actually kills the beasts. Of course, that's a terrible arrangement for the Shadowkin; orcs, goblins, kobolds, and their ilk must apply for to become Noncombatant Paper Carriers (or NPCs) to avoid being killed and looted by heroes.

When Gorm Ingerson, a Dwarven ex-hero with a checkered past, stands up for an undocumented goblin, he inadvertently singles himself out for recruitment by a prophet of the mad goddess to undertake a suicidal quest. But there's more to Gorm's new job than an insane prophecy: powerful corporations and governments have shown an unusual interest in the quest. If his party of eccentric misfits can stop fighting each other long enough to recover the Elven Marbles, Gorm might be able to turn a bad deal into a golden opportunity.

 

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Reviewed: 2021-08-25

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If Wall Street Took Over a DnD Setting
Orconomics: A Satire, written by J. Zachary Pike, lives up to its title! A humorous satire of orc, dwarves, elves and other fantasy folks in a world where the world of heroes and monsters is being run into the ground by large corporations.

I struggled, initially, to get into this book, but the longer I listened, the more it sucked me in, to the point I was fully engrossed by the end. Seriously, this was a bit of a slog to get started, and early on started to consider if the credit I spent was the best choice.

The story is solid though, and the satire is everywhere. From the investment firm Goldman Sachs...er Goldman Bags, running plunder funds and generally doing under-handed dealings, to the poking good-natured fun at the hero archetypes and tropes common to this style of fantasy world.

There are some... odd production choices. A piece in particular where orcs are talking to a goblin, not in English. Their made-up language is played behind the narrator's translation, making a good few minutes of infuriatingly annoying narration. I found that hard to listen to and follow what is being said because half the time, all I could hear was the gobbledegook in the background.

Doug Tisdale Jr's narration was decent, with plenty of accents and characterisations to keep everyone separate. Some minor background noises but nothing too bad that it pulled me out of the moment.



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The inclusion of a glossary at the end was a weird choice to keep in for an audiobook. I can see how it works in a printed book, but it ends up like someone reading a dictionary. Fortunately, it was after the story had finished because I lost interest at this point.

Ultimately, I will continue to book 2 in the series, since even though I had a hard time getting into it, by the end, I was fully invested in the characters and where their story was heading next.

 

 

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