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Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures: A Novel in Two Books | [Walter Moers]

Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures: A Novel in Two Books

Set in the land of Zamonia, this exuberant, highly original fantasy from Walter Moers features an unlikely hero. Rumo is a little Wolperting—a domesticated creature somewhere between a deer and a dog—who will one day become the greatest hero in the history of Zamonia. Armed with Dandelion, his talking sword, he fights his way through the Overworld and the Netherworld.
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Publisher's Summary

Set in the land of Zamonia, this exuberant, highly original fantasy from Walter Moers features an unlikely hero. Rumo is a little Wolperting—a domesticated creature somewhere between a deer and a dog—who will one day become the greatest hero in the history of Zamonia. Armed with Dandelion, his talking sword, he fights his way through the Overworld and the Netherworld. He meets Rala, a beautiful Wolperting female; Urs of the Snows, who thinks more of cooking than of fighting; Gornab the Ninety-Ninth, the demented king of Netherworld; Professor Ostafan Kolibri, who goes in search of the Non-Existent Teenies; Professor Abdullah Nightingale, inventor of the chest-of-drawers oracle; and, worst luck, the deadly Metal Maiden.

Astonishingly inventive, amusing, and engrossing, Rumo is a captivating story from the unique imagination of Walter Moers. Filled with humor, this novel puts a new spin on the usual epic fantasy. The comparisons are many—Douglas Adams, Lewis Carrol, J. K. Rowling, Dr. Seuss, and R. Crumb—but Moers is clearly an original. Long live Zamonia!

©2003 Piper Verlag GmbH, München; translation 2004 by John Brownjohn (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Equal parts J. K. Rowling, Douglas Adams, and Shel Silverstein…a work of monumental silliness.” (Washington Post)

“Exuberant…Full of sly humor, this rambunctious novel will appeal to fans tired of the usual epic fantasy.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A brilliantly imagined, well-executed jaunt through strange lands full of wild characters.” (Booklist)

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    Mackenzie huntington, WV, United States 03-14-11
    Mackenzie huntington, WV, United States 03-14-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Miraculous Indeed"

    It took me a couple hours of listening to get into it, but once I did I was hooked. It reminded me of a show on cartoon network "ADVENTURE TIME!" If after you read this book, and you dearly love it. You should truely look up this program. Anyways, The characters were inventive and animated. The narration should win an award for sure. The voices portrayed fit the characters like a glove. The book was 24hrs long; but when it was over, it felt too short.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    PG Pug Pacific Grove California 04-12-12
    PG Pug Pacific Grove California 04-12-12 Member Since 2007

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    "A book for Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams Fans"

    A whacky witty read. Not for those with irony poor blood. The narration and performance were well suited to this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 02-11-11
    Robert 02-11-11
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    "Read it"

    be warned if alvin and the chipmunk specials make your ears ache, this reading is not for you. The writing is clever and inventive, the reading well done but the voice characterizations are weak and the electronic voice manipulation just oh so grating. A book to be read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Allen Minneapolis, MN 02-28-14
    Michael Allen Minneapolis, MN 02-28-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Hard to Listen to in Spots"

    The story is quite good, and even though this is apparently part of a series, I feel that the story stands by itself. The narration, however, varied from exceptionally good to exceptionally bad. The characters of Dandelion & Gornab were almost impossible for me to listen to. They were read in such a screeching voice that I often had to turn the volume down so far that I missed subsequent lines by characters who were read in almost a whisper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea BROOKLYN, NY, United States 01-02-14
    Andrea BROOKLYN, NY, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Headphones NOT recommended!"
    Any additional comments?


    First of all, let me say I never write reviews, but have been driven to do so by the sheer awfulness of this book's sound-editing.

    This was the usual Moers' listen. The story is full of tangents and is completely zany, but really a blast once you get in the groove. And quite a bit of Pinchot's narration is really quite good - the voices are definitely distinct characters and he paces things well.

    HOWEVER. Whoever did the sound editing on this should be shot in both knees...twice. I was using earbuds when the character Dandelion was introduced, and I think my hearing has been permanently damaged. Whatever computer effects have been used on that voice are absolutely terrible: it sounds like a shrill, sing-song chipmunk on helium and is, if you're using any type of headphone, quite literally painful. I've switched to external speakers to finish the book to prevent hearing loss, but am now at risk of boyfriend loss as he's threatening to leave me if I don't make the "chipmunk from hell" stop.

    So. Great book, but I think I'll finish it in print.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee 03-24-13
    Aimee 03-24-13
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    "loved this fun book & the reader was awesome!"

    This is a funny, creative and exciting adventure story - the author's drawings are an important part of the book (mainly portraits of the characters and a couple of maps), so it helps to have a hard copy of the book - my husband and son (11) both read it previously and loved it, so I referred to the book occasionally to see what the author imagined his wild and crazy characters looked like. There are also different fonts to express how the different voices sound, and here the reader did an incredible job. In fact, I mainly wanted to write a review to say that Bronson Pinchot now tops my list of amazing readers. He literally created a vastly different voice for each character (and this is a whole world of crazy personalities). And his own (narrator voice) is so normal and soothing. He should definitely win an award for his narration. I am eager to hear more of both this author and narrator! My son listened occasionally and though he had read the book already, he was completely taken with Bronson's voices. Not always the voices he imagined - often way better. We especially loved Dandelion and the Non-Existent Teeeeeee---nies!

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    Jessica 01-20-13
    Jessica 01-20-13
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    "Dandelion and Gornab's Character Voice Issues"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really like the story itself, but I may have enjoyed it as much as I did Bluebear because of drawings. I'll still have to buy the book for those. The narrator does a good job doing all the different voices but I'd say Dandelion and Gornab's I found issues with. I listen in the car during my commute and the high pitch/screeching/screaming nature of their character voices are extremely distracting/irritating. Maybe if it were compressed a little bit it would've taken the harshness out.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the whimsical epic aspect, of course!


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Smeik.


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    Daisy Delano Taunton, MA United States 12-19-12
    Daisy Delano Taunton, MA United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loving this series"
    Where does Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20


    What other book might you compare Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures to and why?

    It had elements of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Dandelion confesses to Rumo he is actually a Troll.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I could have listened to all 18 hours in one sitting I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second in a series, the first being "The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear". Though this is totally enjoyable I loved the character of Bluebear more than Rumo. Both books are narrated by Bronson Pinchot and he is absolutely dynamite!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DocGlabella 09-11-12
    DocGlabella 09-11-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Oh, Lord, the voice on this man..."
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    I have been an audible customer for five years and listened to hundreds of books. Usually, when readers say that a narrator is bad, I give it a shot anyway, as I have found I am just not particularly picky about narrators.

    This narrator's voice is so bad I couldn't listen to the whole book, in spite of the fact that I was actually enjoying the story. He does some characters in a high pitched whine that hurts your head! Like Alvin and the Chimpmunks on helium. I couldn't take it anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 08-23-12
    Adam LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2006
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    "I just couldn't make it."

    I thought my headphones were trying to kill me. The is something so very wrong about parts of the narration in this book. Its high pitched, computer enhanced, pure annoyance. They actually went out of their way to make the voice of Daisy painful, actually painful, physically painful. Its far, far too loud, far to squeaky and I just couldn't take it anymore.

    He/she/it doesnt appear until a ways into the book, and honestly I really enjoyed the over the top style of the rest of the narration/effects leading up to it. But after two thirds of the way in, I just couldn't keep going. It made me hate every second of it.

    Do I blame the narrator? No. The author? Of course not. I blame the production engineer. What ever effects he put on here just crossed a line when it came to Daisy. I really think the problem is he may be deaf. I don't blame the man, just he really needs a new line of work.

    tl;dr: Refund.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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