Board Stiff : Xanth

  • by Piers Anthony
  • Narrated by Matthew Josdal
  • Series: Xanth
  • 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Be careful what you wish for... "I'm actually a smart girl who would make any man an excellent wife. But no man sees that. No man is interested in my mind or personality, just my whatevers. So here is my wish: I'm board stiff. I want Adventure, Excitement, and Romance."
So begins Piers Anthony's 38th Xanth novel, in which Irrelevant Candy looks at her reflection in the water of the shallow well and sees luxuriant midnight-black hair reaching down to her breathtakingly slender waist, matching the dark eyes in her lovely face. A torso that comes close to absolute perfection. She is man's desire. That is part of the problem. In the shallow magic of the well, she asks that her wish be granted. Something happens. A sudden whirlwind surrounds her, lifting her up and ripping off her clothing. She is changing somehow. Then she falls flat on the ground. Literally. She has been transformed into a flat, stiff board with two knotholes for eyes.

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Takes me back to the good ole' days...

I stumbled upon Piers Anthony in my early teens when a PC game for Xanth was released with a full copy of a Xanth tale (back in the early 90's when anything digital was a thing of the future). I was immediately hooked and from that day on swooped up every Land of Xanth book I could get my hands on. So seeing these on audible brought up many a good memory.

Some of the puns get lost between the written word and audio versions simply because it's all in the spelling of things... (ie: "Isle of View" vs. "I Love You") but I would still gladly use a plethora of credits (there are around 40 novels altogether) if audible would produce more than just the 3 works they currently offer. Especially if done in the hands of expert narrators such as Simon Vance or Nick Podehl. I could see either of them, or a small handful of others, carrying off the witty prose and numerous array of characters in a manner that would please us listeners. Don't get me wrong, Matthew Josdal was a decent narrator, however it would fare better to have someone with a broader range of voice acting for the many characters.

In any event, I was rather pleased with this title overall and will continue with the other two books offered at the moment. If you've never read a Xanth novel before you may want to read a physical copy of one of the beginning novels to familiarize yourself with the fantastic world Anthony has created. Believe me, you won't be sorry.
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- Bree Salyer "Looking for the next best horror, ghost, paranormal, apocalyptic book out there. Especially if it has a full cast."

great read

it was nice to get back into the Xanth stories. Up to usual quality.
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- Dale

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-14-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios