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I'm not going to summarise the story, because in all honesty, it's way better to go into this with no prior knowledge!!
This was such a fun and entertaining read!! Gustav was absolutely hilarious. He thinks of himself as the best at everything and he thinks everyone knows him or has at least heard of him and his greatness. Despite him being so cocky, he is still a very likable character because it isn't a brashy cockiness, it's more that he is so sure of his abilities and himself and doesn't care what anyone else thinks.
This was also packed with adventure and different creatures. Gustav even manages to find himself in the midst of naked giants, being put into a fight to the death and also facing a dragon, all of which is no problem for the majestic Gustav!!
In all, this was an easy book to listen to and one that had me smiling the whole way through. I really really hope we get more adventures from Gustav!
The story may have been great, but the performance by Basil Sands was phenomena! He nailed Gustav and his innocent attitude. His tones and accents were brilliant and made for effortless listening. He brought this book to life!! It sounded like he had fun with this book too because you could hear the humour in his voice.
I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Dear god. I had to stop listening to this at work because I burst out laughing so hard that I was annoying people, and I work at a funeral home. That came at the very beginning when the Great Gustav started naming his titles, and he got to Gustav the Hyperbolist. From there I was just wrecked. This book is better than most comedies I have ever seen. It never lets up and you will be sucked into it.
It reminded me a little of the movie Eric the Viking (in a good way) way more than the tv show Vikings. Hobbes just absolutely comes out all of his guns blazing, and each one of them has a flag that pops out and says "BANG!" on it. His writing style is brilliant, and one must wonder who his comedic inspirations are.
The real star of this show, however, is Basil Sands. Dear Lord, that man IS Gustav. His accent, intonations, and cadence just nail the character. His accent is brilliant, and the way he emphasizes certain words only makes the punchlines even funnier.
Whether it is possible or not, I would love to get more of Gustav's adventures. This is one of those books you'll need to relisten to, just to catch all the jokes you missed the first time through because you laughed too hard.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
They say that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but from the cartoonish design of the cover alone you would suspect that this is not going to be your typical Viking epic and you would be right. This book recounts the strange adventures of the titular viking Gustav after he is shipwrecked on an unknown island, an island that actually contains the usual range of fantasy archetypes from orcs to elves and even a dragon, much to the surprise of Gustav.
The style of the book is somewhat in the style of the subject recounting his adventures to a biographer and on the whole it does work pretty well, but some of the nods to the audience are a little overdone at times, but the light-hearted tone of the book doesn't come at the expense of the plot, it mostly helps to give it a bit more character.
While the narrator generally did a good job, I was not entirely convinced by his choice of accent for the main character, it was a little jarring at first and never really seemed like a perfect fit even once I had got used to it.
Overall, this was a fun listen and given the way that the author has left himself enough threads to continue, I would be happy to return for more adventures of Gustav at a later date.
[Note - 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
At first I didn't like this one. The narrator is boastful to the point of tediousness.
If you can move past the initial, painful plot, the story actually gets quite good!
It wasn't all that funny, but it grew to be quite an entertaining fantasy story.
So much so, I will definitely get the next in the series!