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.
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!
Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.
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.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
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.
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.
Very entertaining story, imaginative and fun characters, and excellently narrated. Would listen to this again and have already recommended it to friends!
I listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.
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.
This book was actually pretty alright, it's not "literature" but if you're looking for a sarcastic fantasy that quite actually might make you laugh out loud at a few points, this will do it.
Give me a good audiobook over TV anyday :)
Sure I would, gonna do just that soon :)
Laughed so hard at the "bored guards - desperate sheep" part, but cant say much more without spoiling it for new readers.
Much much better than the Mercury serie!! This book is actually funny :D
I am not sure I will try another book by Robert Kroese. He has some interesting high concept ideas and some of the dialog is quite entertaining but the plot just does not hold together and the ending is both dreadfully dull and rather nonsensical. Robert Kroese had some potentially good material to work with but just fell flat in doing it justice.
Phil Gigante is a good narrator. No complaints about his performance. He varies his voice enough to keep characters straight and has a good sense of comic timing.
Oh god, ending. The book turns from and interesting inversion of the Lord of the ring mythos to Mordor's Mary-Sue adventure at the end. Character's suddenly acquire near omnipotent knowledge of one another and suddenly develop rivalries and relationship that are unjustified by events in the text. Their are chapters of people telling us about things instead of the things actually happening. The true villain turns out to be a person that we have never seen and only heard about in a few off hand comments. There's a long pedantic speech about how capitalism is better than monarchy that, while I don't disagree with it, there is no point to it over all. The "twist' is not justified by the action of the characters earlier in the book
Oh and there is a word for word lifting of a Monty Python sketch in the middle for no good reason. It's not so much the coping that bothered but is was so shoehorned in to the story that it didn't make much sense.
Boric was entertainingly read and well paced
I don't know. The first 4 hours were entertaining but the last 2 were such a slog it sort of undermined the enjoyment I got out of the first 2/3rds of the book.
This book could have really done with some major editing and rewrites. I don't think Robert Kroese is a bad writer but the book has a disjointed feel as if the begining doesn't know what the end it going to be. The ending is a big letdown and feels rushed and uninspired.
As far as books that made me laugh, it was up there. "Fool" by Christopher Moore and the "Jane Jameson series by Molly Harper Also several others by Christopher Moore "Lamb" "Blood Sucking Fiends" "You Suck" and "Bite Me" These I've listened to several times each and always made me laugh. I put this one up there and I know I'll listen to several times as when
All the characters but Boric our main man can not be denied, has some of the best delivery lines in this story. Some came so unexpectedly I found my family just staring at me at times.
Phil Gigante is one of my favorite narrators. When I see him as a narrator I always make sure I read as much about the book as possible. I find if you have a great narrator, even if the story is only a 3 1/2 star the narrator can pull it up to at least a 4 to 4 1/2. I think many would agree with me on that.
I so wanted to, but finally had to get some sleep......but I did finish in a 36 hour period. :)
What I loved about this it was a single book not a series. So many authors are writing series. and by the time you get to the 5 or 6th book the story line is played out. There are a few where that didn't happen but in most cases I feel like it's a run-on sentence. Also many books start out as a trilogy and next thing you know there are 8 books.....WHY? What ever happened to a beginning a middle and an end. Let me just throw something out there "WHEEL OF TIME" I stopped when Mr Jordan died. I hope George R. R. Martin will call it quits in a while. I'm just glad this was a single book. I totally enjoyed all of it. Well worth the price.
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