• Badass

  • By: Ben Thompson
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-10-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.6 (330 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

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Publisher's Summary

A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live
Throughout history - from the bone-crushing age of antiquity to the sack-tearing modern era - there have been larger-than-life ass-kickers with a natural talent for unleashing their epic bloodlust on anyone who crossed them. They built empires, smashed armies, and ravaged civilizations for wealth, glory, and ultimate supremacy. Sometimes villains, sometimes heroes, sometimes criminally insane, they had one thing in common: They were all Badass!
Chandragupta Maurya
An Indian warlord who commanded an army of drunken war elephants and employed an elite detachment of highly trained female bodyguards

Peter Francisco
An unsung hero of the American Revolution, this powerful giant battled the British with a massive five-foot-long broadsword

Wolf the Quarrelsome
A mysterious barbarian leader who only appears in history twice - and both times he's kicking someone's ass

Bhanbhagta Gurung
A fearless Gurkha who won the Victoria Cross by clearing out six Japanese foxholes with nothing more than grenades, a bayonet, and a knife

From Alexander the Great to George S. Patton, from Genghis Khan to Bruce Lee, this pantheon of ass-kicking awesomeness should inspire you to quit your stupid job and dive headfirst into a new career as a professional badass.
©2009 Ben Thompson (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Scott on 12-07-09

The name says it all

With a name like "Badass", you really don't go into this with high literary expectations. To be fair, low overall expectations are more likely. However, if you make the mistake of judging this book by its title, you're making a very non-badass mistake. Broken up into short, very "Spike-TV" style sections, this book keeps your interest--sometimes just to hear what the next euphemism for being hit in the scrotum will be (which does wear a bit thin after the first 100 or so). This book is not for the faint of heart. This book is for those who are comfortable with Clint Eastwood and John Wayne style solutions.

Aside from the normal cast of characters in any retelling of the most dominant men of history, there are a few genuine surprises for the student of badassery. Freed slaves, woman ninjas and samurai, and even a mad scientist are included in this rollercoaster through historical toughness. Nevermind that the history involved tends to take on a convenient interpretation to match the theme. It's still fun.

So, sit back and enjoy this instant classic of micro-history focusing on the universal church of badassness. Just remember to wear a cup.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Vicky on 02-12-10

accurate but hilarious history!

This had me laughing so hard that I kept having to rewind so my husband could hear it; yet the history is accurate. I LOVE this book!

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5 out of 5 stars
By GCW on 07-07-13

Tongue firmly in cheek

Would you consider the audio edition of Badass to be better than the print version?

This is something different from the usual stories on Audible. It takes a rather irreverent look at warrior characters from history and illustrates how hard they were. It's a bit like reading/listening to a comic book but it is none the worse for that. My only gripe about this (and some other books) is that it says "sidebar for.... " when it could just be read out without telling us it was a sidebar.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Kevin Magee on 05-08-18

Love or hate how it’s told, it’s a Helluva good story

This audio book will generally fall into the love it or loath it category. I think only a few people will like me fall into the categories inbetween.

Why you may love it... It shares over 40 rich tales of some of the most fascinating, inspiring, worth knowing yet often unknown feats of inspiring personal heroism and (uninspiring) villainy in history. The told in very rich in language that paints vivid pictures and make each story into a blockbuster action movie or superhero comic book. Exciting, engaging, FUN and educational all at the same time.

Why you may loath it... “Some of the facts, historic detail and dare I say, empathy for the very real human beings killed or maimed by the protagonists in the stories (this last comment in particular goes against the whole theme of the authors narrative and using a pale version of the type of description you might find in the book he may call me something along the lines of a ‘soft, dough eyed, flaccid, fluffy bunny fearing, snot dripping snowflake) . Overall I liked but didn’t love this book. I suggest if your not easily triggered, offended, have a good sense of humour, can let go of your adult self, and political correctness and just want to enjoy fun like when you were a teenage - then you’ll probably love this book. Either way you’ll know after listing to the first 15 minutes of the first story (don’t judge it on the intro section only) .

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