When Elves Attack [Audiobook Review]

Title: When Elves Attack
Author: Tim Dorsey
Narrators: Oliver Wyman
Genre: Fiction; Comedy
Pages: 208
Audio: 5.1 hours
Year: 2011
Publisher: Harper Audio
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4/5


When kindhearted, psychopathic Serge Storms and his sidekick, Coleman, decide to spend Christmas in Tampa, Jim and Martha Davenport are in for quite the surprise. Serge takes his role in the war on Christmas seriously by punishing those criminals taking advantage of the season. At the same time, he decides to settle down like his “good friend” Jim. Jim just wants to survive the holiday season and Serge seems to be doing everything he can to ruin it. In short, hilarity ensues.

My Thoughts:

I am new to Tim Dorsey so I am necessarily new to Serge Storms. Most reviews I read discussed how newcomers would be lost. But I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Serge and I’m looking forward to going back and reading the books I missed.

When Elves Attack is a comedy of errors. Good intentions go wrong, coincidences abound, and Christmas appears to be quickly derailing. It was a fun read, even in January when I was all Christmas-ed out.

It was especially entertaining to me as a local Tampa Bay resident. It’s always fun to read about places you know, but Dorsey tackles Florida’s quirkiness like only a true native can. Anyone who has spent some time here would enjoy this aspect.

Audiobook Thoughts:

Oliver Wyman was a great narrator for this story. He transitioned through the various characters with ease. I am hoping he narrates the other Serge books, too.


4 thoughts on “When Elves Attack [Audiobook Review]

  1. Bob February 13, 2012 / 2:23 pm

    This is one of my favorite audiobook series. I read the first 8 Books in the series, but listened to the 9th, Hurricane Punch which is the first of the series narrated by Oliver Wyman, and fell in love with his narration.

    Reading writers like Dorsey and Hiaasen has made me both want to take a trip to Florida, and fear taking a trip to Florida.

    I’m glad you liked this audiobook!


  2. zibilee February 13, 2012 / 3:11 pm

    I have never read this author before, but I do admit that this sounds like a really funny and light read that would be good for me when I’m feeling down. It sounds like you enjoyed it, and that you weren’t lost at all, even though it wasn’t the first in the series. Very cool post today. I will be looking for this one!


  3. suziqoregon February 15, 2012 / 12:10 am

    Serge is great! We love this series. I’ve only read the first few so far but they’re such bizarre fun.


  4. Jen - Devourer of Books February 17, 2012 / 9:50 am

    I haven’t read Dorsey (or really any of the authors in this Florida genre), but this does sound like something fun to listen to next holiday season.


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