King Boric the Implacable knows death comes to all great warriors. He just didn't expect it to be so damn fickle. Felled by an assassin's blade, he should be spending eternity carousing in the Hall of Avandoor. Instead, his spirit is bound to his decaying body by the enchanted sword of Brakslaagt. And unless he can hunt down the mysterious Lord Brand, who gave him the weapon so long ago, he is cursed to wander the earth forever as an undead wraith. So begins Boric's extraordinary journey across the Six Kingdoms of Dis as a walking corpse who wants nothing more than to be disenchanted and left in peace. His is not an easy quest: along the way he is burned, riddled with arrows, and nearly blown to bits. But when he finally comes face-to-face with Lord Brand, Boric will discover that nothing - in life, in death, or in between - is exactly what it seems.
©2012 Robert Kroese (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Great narrator, I often find when a male narrator has to do a female voice when the story requires it, that it sounds ridiculous and overdone. But not in this reading.
I enjoyed the lighthearted fantasy aspect of the story too. Not too heavy or any feeling of self importance.
The only fault I have to mention is that the story sometimes jumps in a really strange way. Almost like a cd skipping forward a song.
"Warning, do not listen in public"
Two words Phil Gigante!
Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy meets Lord of the Rings, writing with a Monty Python flare.
This writer is wonderful and so funny!! Having Phil read it was magic, and I couldn't imagine it any other way. He read it with such seriousness and I can't think how someone else could pull it off. Just don't read it in public or while running. The first will get you really weird looks, the latter will make it hard to breath through all the giggling! What a great fun book! I would recomend to any age, any gender. My 15 year old son loved it too!
"Will Bad Timing Doom Boric's Power Rankings?"
never read the book, so.......
The Itrith. She is key to the story. She drops a bunch of super funny lines and has no qualms about putting Boric the Implacable in his place. I totally agree with her scorekeeping for Boric's deeds. If this book ever went hollywood whoever played the Itrith would have to be a no excuses rocket. She deserves nothing less.
Wide range of unique character voices and good timing. He does a solid job.
Yes. Bought it last night and finished it today. Story keeps a nice pace and doesn't wander.
Get this book. You will laugh many a time. Totally worth the price.
"Monty Python fans will laugh hardest!"
Is this story a back-door Lord of the Rings parody? Perhaps not, but LOTR fans will identify with kings made wraiths, and Monty Python fans will love the scene with the traveling Knights. This story amused me, but kept me guessing too. I didn't see the end coming and it was a nice surprise. If you love fantasy stories but don't take them too seriously, this is the book for you.
fun story with good humor and characters. its a story that doesn't take its self serious. definitely read it.
"Fun read, and worth a listen, too."
I really enjoyed this book. It was the first I'd read by Kroese, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I also tend to be pretty skeptical of farcical books, but I found this one to be well done, and actually funny.
The characters are interesting, and the story twists are surprising, especially toward the end. There was one fairly cliché sexist moment in the plot, and it kind of pissed me off. However, the female character involved was pretty well represented in the rest of the book as an intelligent, caring, and important person. This compared to the much-less-intelligent lead male character.
I read most of the book on Kindle, but it came with free audio narration by Phil Gigante, and I listened to the last quarter. I wish I'd listened to the whole thing because he's one of the best audiobook narrators I've heard and made the story even more fun.
"Entertaining, Not Epic. Funny and Interesting."
This book is good stuff. It's a quest/finding-yourself type fantasy but it it not the long epic kind. Its is the entertaining and interesting kind. The plot was just complex enough to be interesting without that epic fantasy feel that can bog you down sometimes if you are not in the mood for it. The entire book was funny, but it was also surprisingly thought provoking. I had read the book previously and liked it so much I decided to add on the narration and give it a go. A very enjoyable listen. The narrator was great.
"Dead man walking."
This fantasy is the adventure of King Boris trying to separate his spirit from his body so he can go to heaven. I was expecting the story to be funny and it was mildly amusing at parts but in no way as funny as Christopher Moore whom this book was compared to. Overall the writing is very vivid and I can picture the events that take place very clearly. Unfortunately I'm a character driven reader and I did not like King Boris. Yes he has the typical Middle Ages mentality but I thought he was an Ass, but admittedly a very well written one. The writing itself was good and I liked the adventure behind the man so I finished the book. I purchased this with Whispersync and for a few bucks it wasn't too bad. Phil Gigante was good, I have always enjoyed his voice.
"Impulse On-Sale Buy, Exceeds Expectations"
It was definitely entertaining and humorous, especially if you get past the first 5-10 minutes.
I had never heard of this book until browsing a large selection of books on-sale. Since I'm a sucker for fantasy, I bought it. Most of the time I find I have wasted my time, but not with this one. The introduction of the book was odd at least and thought I had wasted my money already, but I'm glad I kept it going.
"just what I expected!"
Funny. Gratifying. Enjoyable.
"Her voice sounded like a goat with bronchitis." lol
The main character.
When Boric kept getting shot in the back with arrows.
Light, easy going story with a good moral to it.
"Fun story, funny, and excellently narrated"
Very entertaining story, imaginative and fun characters, and excellently narrated. Would listen to this again and have already recommended it to friends!
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