Marco's life as a messenger isn't great, but the work is easy, and he gets retirement pay in 30 years. Little does he know his life teeters on the cusp of change.
When an unusual assignment sends him overseas, he finds himself stranded in foreign lands. Even that wouldn't be so bad if he weren't constantly outrunning pirates, embroiled in international intrigue, and attacked by a hummingbird with an appetite for human brains - that's just the start of his misadventures.
But lurking in the wings is a much greater threat than getting sacked from his job. The fate of an entire civilization may rest upon his scrawny shoulders. In spite of himself and quite by accident, Marco may become the hero he strives not to be.
©2013 Antonio Simon, Jr. (P)2015 Antonio Simon, Jr.
I sure would. Marco's journey is fun, fantastic, and funny. It's a adventure full of pirates and dragons. I highly recommend it.
The humor of this book is like what you would find in the "Shrek" movies.
I've never heard any other performances by Elliott, but I'd like to. He does an outstanding job at bringing the story to life by giving every character his unique voice. And his comedic timing is great!
A young man goes on the journey of a lifetime by accident, and becomes the hero he strove not to be.
I can't wait to read more from this author, and hear more from this narrator!
As the author of this work, I'm a little hesitant to review it, but I must give credit where it is due: Dr. Elliott Walsh's narration is exceptional.
"The Gullwing Odyssey" is a very funny book, and one with substance. The titular character, Marco Gullwing, is a young man who learns that sometimes the life you seek isn't the life you ought to lead. The moral of the story is to be the best "you" that you can be. Of course, he learns this the hard way while dodging pirates and narrowly escaping with his life.
Dr. Walsh's narration makes the written word come alive. His vocal style is nuanced, crisp, engaging, and enjoyable. It shows that he has a passion for storytelling - he doesn't narrate books, he performs them. The end result is a hilarious, insightful work that is sure to please. Bravo!
Absolutely! The plot is witty and fun, and the humor is PG-rated. This is a romp of an adventure for all ages, full of pirates, wizards, dragons, flying ships, and many more surprises.
The narration is amazing! The narrator, Elliott Walsh, is a natural storyteller. He gives each character his own voice. His easygoing style brings a casual, breeze vibe to the story. When the action gets intense, he delivers a nail-biting performance.
The humor is similar to "The Princess Bride," "Discworld," and "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy".
I haven't heard any others of Elliott Walsh's performances, but I am certain they are great, judging by his performance in "The Gullwing Odyssey."
The book is extremely funny, very tense in the action sequences, and many memorable moments.
Bravo to the author for having written this amazing book. Bravo to the narrator for this amazing performance.
Mr. Walsh's narration, hands down. He is an excellent narrator with wonderful comedic timing. He did an exceptional job at voicing each character individually and giving each his or her own personalty.
I liked that it was a well-written fantasy comedy. It has something for everyone.
This is the first I have heard by Mr. Walsh, and it was great.
This book will make you cry with laughter, but it also has substance. It has action, suspense, and heartfelt moments you won't soon forget.
This is a wonderful audiobook.
This book was a riot. I actually listened to it on audio book, which I think really made the characters for me. Nominally it is a (young adult?) humor fantasy novel following the adventures of Marco Gullwing. He is a messenger boy, who in the course of a mission accidentally boards the wrong boat and ends up in places doing things he never expected. Its a classic coming of age tale as Marco really starts out as a bit of an ass, but starts coming into his own through various trials and tribulations.
I would call humor the main genre this book fits into. There's also magic, and dragon people, hence the fantasy. And I assume it is mostly aimed at a young adult audience, as most books with an adolescent main character are, but I waver on that, as the sense of humor is definitely adult. The word-play is fantastic, the satire is delicious, and farce of it all is definitely fun for adults too.
All the characters in the Gullwing Odyssey are parodies of themselves. And yet, the exaggerated characteristics don't make them any less enjoyable to read about, or imagine in your head. Quite the reverse really. As I said, I listened to this book in audio form, and the narration was just perfect. He does all the voices. And if there's one thing that makes an exaggerated character even better, its an exaggerated silly accent voice. Oh yes.
The characters come alive in your head, you can practically see the over-the-top costumes they're wearing as they stride across the back of your eyelids in a vivid colorful world full of snarky dragon princesses, furious pirate queens, and slacker messenger boys.
Antonio Simon, Jr's fantasy adventure conjures memories of Alice's Adventures through the Looking Glass where nothing is as it seems, where magic and trickery combine with satire, love and reluctant heroism. Did I mention the dragons, wizards and pirates? A thoroughly enjoyable tale.
Aside from the entertaining and imaginative storyline, Dr. Elliott Walsh's audio performance was spot on and captured the spirit of Simon's narrative.
I'll be honest, I had bought the kindle book on a friend's recommendation, and I started the book, but like many other books, I set it aside until I'm not as busy. I saw the other day that it was on audiobook and I started listening to this in the morning. I finished this evening. It had a story that was fun and interesting and was interspersed with humor that had me laughing throughout the day.
The narrator was also great. Great pacing, tone, and character. Made it easy to fall into the story.
I eagerly look forward to the next book in this series. I'll probably get the audiobook as well.
Love reading, prefferably books about mysteries, something to figure out.. Have read since I started, will stop when I do. B^)
For some reason, I did struggle to get the details and finer parts of the story - and then it ended. I think I'll have to listen to it once more..
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