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The mystical green planet of Rendaz is home to devout goddess worshiper and university professor, middle-aged Beautimus Potamus - who also happens to be a hippo plagued by hot flashes and poor self-esteem. Beautimus forms an alliance with Samuel S. Goodwings, a younger womanizing, atheist praying mantis. When these two are together, life morphs from the mundane into the fantastic. Our unlikely duo solve mysteries, bring a murderer to justice, and even help end a war, while experiencing their own trials, triumphs, and tragedies. Often with humor, their situations and adventures parody Earth culture.

During their exploits, the two interact with a host of characters, including a pair of New Age flamingos, an ADHD afflicted trout, an orangutan detective, and a 310-year-old blue crane High Priestess. All of these creatures are more "human" in surprising ways than the citizens of the blue planet, Earth, we discover was once a Rendazian Colony.

Beautimus Potamus' tongue-in-cheek story is a magical fable-stew made with the ingredients of satire, drama, social commentary, and comedy, with jests, puns and wordplay sprinkled throughout. For good measure, a generous pinch of romantic flavoring is thrown into the pot.

©2017 Peggy A. Wheeler (P)2017 Peggy A. Wheeler

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A BOOK FOR THE FUTURE

What a remarkable book. A story that is freshing and imaginative. A fantasy that is truly something unique and tongue-in-cheek and literary. A cast of character-animal-citizens that are imbued with attributes that are truly 'human' - flaws and funnies and all. Heroes and villains. An hilarious, self-aware, menopausal woman/hippo is the star. Her world, Rendaz, the superior planet and race of animals that 'discovered' Earth and its inhabitants. This story encourages us all to take a look at our world and our choices in a gentle and fairy-tale way. Fantasy, creativity, humor, pathos, great performances.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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We need this book right now and always!

Amazing performance of a very special story full of wisdom and hope. Please read or listen and share it with those you love.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Pegois
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 11-19-17

Extraordinary world

It was a fantastical experience listening to this book. Ms. Hazen created a completely different, rich and colorful world. All the different voices were beautiful - hilarious at times, dark and poignant at others. So beautifully done. A wonderful piece taken to another level with the narrator's voice. Thank you.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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An Awesome Listen

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the narrator and found it very enjoyable. The main character is a middle aged underachiever, at least in her own opinion, who struggles through her life to change the lives of those around her. Sometimes you laugh, and other times you cry, as you listen to this suspenseful tale. The author's use of animals for the characters and the narrator's interpretation of each character creates a wonderful listening experience.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Fun Quirky Tale

You’re never to old for a great fairy tale and this was one heck of a ride.

Peggy A Wheeler has created a fun and entertaining world that was the perfect break from reality.

Kelley Hazen did an amazing performance bringing Beautimus and her quirky sidekicks to life.

“AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

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  • dbk
  • Kansas
  • 11-10-17

BRAVO! WHAT A TREAT!!!

This book is so different. Some might think its childish as you first start to listen but then you get into the meat of the story and the humor and the political references and this is a really tight, right on, today's issues kind of story. The spirituality is deeply touching. I love the real world consideration of magic. The relationships among these civilized animal characters are exactly like what we might face in the world. We are asked to examine how we are handling our own aging parents and our own jealousies, etc. in comparison to these 'civilized' animals. There is so much here that makes us take a look at how we Human Beings, are living our lives, where we are allowing our society to go - and yet it is presented in this charming fairy tale. It's Harry Potter with a brain. The worst thing I can say is that it's long. And I think the author at times may have gotten caught up in their own sense of poking fun. This is book I will listen to again, its dense and I'm sure I missed stuff the first time around. It is also one I will share with others. This is perfect for a book club! Great listen. SOmething new. Thanks you!

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Rendaz is... Earth in disguise...?

It's one of those books that are really difficult for me to review. On the one hand, I liked many of the books' characters - funny, intriguing, complex, with messed-up pasts; on the other hand, there was so much put in the book that it felt overflowed with themes sometimes: murder, gangs, teenage pregnancies, even war... Also, the pace of the story seemed to me uneven - there were some really fast parts with events almost overlapping and some parts I felt I'd gladly skip....
Having said all that, I have to admit that I really liked the world created by Ms Wheeler - the green planet of Rendaz, whose inhabitants remind human beings to such an extent that you quickly forget they are animals; their behaviour mirrors ours with all our faults and all our good qualities. To tell you the truth, I had to remind myself several times they are not human at all:) Also, as the title suggests, it is a story of the main character's life - no wonder, then, that there aro so many different issues touched upon in the book.
And yes, as the blurb says, there is a lot of humour in the book, but there is also romance, there's heartache and hope... there is drama and there is comedy, all in the right proportions.
But, even though the book in general was good, as there were moments I felt a little bored and moments of confusion, I give the story itself 3.5 stars (which means I liked it but found faults in it or I liked it but it wasn't a book I felt I had to read cover to cover without taking any breaks).

Ms Hazen's interpretation was very good, as usual. She had an extremely tough job this time, both in terms of the sheer numbers of the characters she had to read as well as in terms of their personalities:) But she managed to give each and every one of them a distinctive voice, so it's even 6 stars for her with this book:)

So to sum it up, it's 3.5 for the story, 5 for the performance - and that makes it 4.5 for the book overall:)

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Better than a Disney Movie

Just shut up and get out of here. This book is great. I've never heard anything like it. The story is really simple and the comparisons are obvious but that's part of what makes it so great. Rendaz - Earth. Earth- Rendaz - maybe we should be doing things differently. I love all the animals - its all animals. It's long book. I usually listen to much shorter books but I loved the cover and it made me buy it. And I'm really glad. It made me happy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful