Going Mutant: The Bat Boy Exposed

  • by Neil McGinness, Barry Leed, The Editors of the Weekly World News
  • Narrated by Patrick Lawlor
  • 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Weekly World News team uncovers the definitive and faux-tastic story of Bat Boy, from his hardscrabble origins in the caves of West Virginia to his global influence in the 21st century.
Going Mutant reveals how Bat Boy has heeded a call to service that has embarrassed less forthcoming mutants. During the Gulf War, he deployed with the Special Forces. In the Bush years, he earned a special commendation from the government for his use of sonar, which led troops to the spider hole housing Saddam Hussein. And now, Bat Boy joins forces with an unlikely crew of soldiers, scientists, and swamp mamas to battle a global pandemic that threatens to destroy our planet.
This is an intimate look at the half bat/half boy, who has until now been shrouded in mystery (despite countless sightings and a megahit musical). Here, Bat Boy’s life is illuminated through a series of public and private documents obtained by the equally mysterious Dr. Barry Leed of the University of Indianapolis and through Weekly World News clippings. All this information comes together in this new Bitingsroman that reveals an archetypal American trickster who has risen from his lowly origins to become America’s favorite freedom fighter.

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What the Critics Say

"More than Jay Gatsby, more than Huckleberry Finn, more than even Diane Sawyer, Bat Boy stands alone as this country's emblem of our resplendent yet ineluctable American dream." (Mike Nichols)

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Customer Reviews

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Even Worse Than Christopher Moore

So, if possible, this book is actually *worse* than a Christopher Moore novel. Only not as dated (possibly because it was written more recently) but that will change in a few years, so, if dated books turn you off, I would highly suggest *not* reading this. I'm glad I only spent $5 on this. Had I paid anything more, I'd probably want to slam my head against my desk, for wasting my money. Not even worth a star.
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- Jessica M. Merbler

Ed Anger would have been pig-biting mad.

Mainly because he wasn't mentioned at all.

This book was about the rise and fall and eventual apotheosis of Bat-Boy, alternately demon and saviour of America. For those who loved the over-the-topness of the supermarket tabloid Weekly World News, the audio book format adds a new dimension to the matter-of-fact absurdity, presented in a documentary style.

It's not for everyone, but the style of humor worked well for me. I'd recommend it to some, but not all, of my friends. Namely those who understood why Ed Anger was pig-biting mad.
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- Montie Davis "Just a guy who is often too lazy to read for himself."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-28-2010
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio