Experience the awesomeness of my unexpected voyage to an undiscovered land where I survive shipwrecks, arena death match spectacles, rampaging rhinoceraptors, naked and rather surly giants, and even dragons! Well, a dragon... all in my pursuit of fame and glory.
Every word of it is true. Totally true. How do I know? Because it's all about me. Gustav Gustavson - Legendary Viking Warrior.
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.
The Totally True Adventures of Gustav Gustavson: Legendary Viking Warrior was written by Morgan Hobbes. The narration is provided by Basil Sands. The audiobook is produced by Morgan Hobbs with a running time of 5 hours and 46 minutes. During that time you will get to hear the Amazing True Adventures of Gustav Gustavson. For me, this was a laugh out loud good time.
Gustav gives nods in the opening to other Great Viking Warriors that the listeners would be familiar with including Ragnar Lothbrook from History Channels Viking’s. Yet he insists his deeds are still the greatest. Losing his ship he ends up in a strange land where he is unknown. This is a shock for poor Gustav as he is sure his deeds are known far and wide. Things turn crazy and the fun really starts for the listener as the story really begins.
This audiobook held my attention thru the entire production. This is one of those rare productions that will have an effect on the audience where they either love or loathe the audiobook. For me, I was hooked. This book just grabbed me and I was thinking of the greatest elements of Monty Python and Mel Brooks in their prime. Politically correctness was not a valve to censor humor. Gustav is just one of those rare characters that is some much fun to follow on his adventures as he travels with this friends on their quest.
The narration by Basil Sands was interesting. Some people have really seemed to dislike his performance of Gustav. I really enjoyed. I think many people expect the Nordic Accent to be what is seen on television and movies. As someone who grew up in Minnesota and stayed until I was 30, the people with the last name of Gustavson sounded like the character. So that is my normalcy bias showing thru. The narrator did an excellent job with all the characters in the story. Each was given a unique voice. This was the first performance that I have heard from Mr. Sands but I truly enjoyed the work he did throughout the entire production. The publisher for this audiobook is Morgan Hobbs. The production value of this audiobook is excellent. The production value is of the highest quality. I heard no problems during the entire performance. There were not any detectable flaws that I was able to hear during the entire performance. I did not hear any loops, breaks, or buzzing. The production was crisp and clear.
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5つ星のうち4.0Very entertaining audiobook, but not for the younger readers.
2018年2月16日 - (Amazon.com)
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. The language got a bit on the crass side and I'm not a fan of authors dropping the F bomb (only used a few times). Then there were several times in the story that it made me laugh to the point that it brought tears to my eyes. Gustav is such a comical and colorful story telling narcissist that he really makes it a very entertaining story. Without giving the story away it does look like they have set it up for a sequel. Basil Sands does a wonderful job reading the book and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him as he played the different characters. I will be looking to see what other books he reads for my future audiobooks.
I would warn that although there aren't any sex scenes in this book, there is violence- after all he is a viking warrior - and content of a more mature nature (lots of immature body part humor and language along with repetitive gas related jokes). It is not a book I would let my middle school aged child or younger children listen to.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
"I was given a copy of this book through Audible in exchange for a honest review" The following is to"totally true" review...
Joking aside, ;) I totally enjoyed this!
Silly, funny, fun, entertaining, adventure, sweet, comical... these are all words I could use to explain this book... "LOL" is what I did more times than I have fingers.. AND I still have all my fingers! I like silly things. I like things that are well done but don't take themselves too seriously. This falls in that category. I would absolutely listen to / read more stories from this author, and more stories of Gustav and his merry band of miscreants! A couple "bad word" bombs, sure. A couple mentions of boobs or of morning wood? Sure. Comically and well done though? Yes. Over the top or uncomfortable? Not in the slightest!