Badass: The Birth of a Legend

  • by Ben Thompson
  • Narrated by Darren Todd
  • 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From sex-crazed gods to ravenous monsters, Ben Thompson brings legendary titans to life in tales of adventure, bloodlust, and unrelenting badassitude.
Since the beginning of human history people have created myths, tall tales, superheroes, and arch-villains - men and women who embarked on insane adventures, performed extraordinary feats of unparalleled awesomeness, and overcame all odds to violently smite their foes into bloody pulp. In Badass: The Birth of a Legend, Ben Thompson compiles these fantastical tales from the beginning of time to today and tells them in the completely over-the-top manner in which they were intended, including:

Rama: The Indian god-king who led an army of monkeys against the King of All Demons
Thor: The Viking god of thunder and awesome hair, who crushed the skulls of giants with a ridiculously huge hammer
Beowulf: An Anglo-Saxon hero so hardcore he could arm-wrestle monsters' joints out of their sockets
Moby-Dick: The hate-filled literary behemoth who obliterated ship hulls with his face
Skuld: The Norse necromancer queen who summoned a horde of zombie berserkers
Dirty Harry Callahan: The prototypical modern-day antihero and very embodiment of badass


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Customer Reviews

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Not as good as the other books in the series, but still paints very amusing images about some very important characters in mythology and fiction.
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- Deep Reader

A gateway book to finer literature.

Because of this book, I have been inspired to read more books about the bad-asses in this book. I will probably be reading Beowulf and learning more about the Egyptians. I like how he gave props to Joseph Campbell who came up with the hero's journey and figured out the recipe for every great story ever written.

This book is very entertaining and is a great way for the average man's man to learn a little about culture.
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- Lance Armour

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-12-2012
  • Publisher: Ben Thompson