Extended Audio Sample

Download Badass: The Birth of a Legend: Spine-Crushing Tales of the Most Merciless Gods, Monsters, Heroes, Villains, and Mythical Creatures Ever Envisioned Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Badass: The Birth of a Legend: Spine-Crushing Tales of the Most Merciless Gods, Monsters, Heroes, Villains, and Mythical Creatures Ever Envisioned (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Ben Thompson
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (213 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Thompson Narrator: Darren Todd Publisher: Ben Thompson Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 0 votes

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
Download and start listening now!

BK_ACX0_002452

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelle Turner | 1/30/2014

    " THis book was so funny I enjoyed all the passages in it and I loved the way it was written. It was a very profecional was to right about people kicking other peoples' asses all through out history. My favorit part was the parts about B.A. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gothicbunny Groves | 1/19/2014

    " Ben Thompson has never failed to educate and make one laugh with his brilliant use of metaphors and slangy writing style. I want to go read Ariosto's Orlando Furioso now because of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 1/18/2014

    " Captain Kirk alone is worth the read.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nichol | 12/31/2013

    " Entertaining stories but his writing style, which I initially enjoyed and found amusing, irritated the hell out of me halfway through. I will keep this one in the bathroom book pile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 12/23/2013

    " I liked the first one a lot better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 12/15/2013

    " I think the title of this book really is all that is needed to serve as my "review". It's simply amazing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brent | 11/18/2013

    " This was an amusing book but overall not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/3/2013

    " Super fun and fast read. The author writes like he is talking to you, which is usually entertaining, sometimes eye-roll inducing, but overall very enjoyable. Great way to indulge in geek-dom! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mcfritzl | 10/19/2013

    " Loved it! Full of awesome stuff, and I like that the sections are only a few pages long each so I can just read one and then start later. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Justin | 9/20/2013

    " Well written and funny, but I like my mythology to be epic...couldn't get past the "too familiar" tone used by the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monk | 7/27/2013

    " Even more crass than the original, but I still laughed my head off. The literary equivalent of "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madeline | 7/2/2013

    " A very creative, interesting, and hilarious way to get information about mythical beings and creatures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jorge Rodriguez | 6/9/2013

    " More badassery from Ben Thompson. Enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liandyr | 6/5/2013

    " Not a bad book but it gets repetitive. There are a few entries that I really didn't care for and having gone to the website for a long time, there were a few other people and things that could have been used. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsa | 4/26/2013

    " A ha ha ha! Myths and legends told in colloquial english. OMG this is hysterical. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 12/9/2012

    " It's like have a frat guy or stereotypical college guy explain a legend to you at a kegger. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kurt Olausen | 11/29/2012

    " You have to love a book that starts with Anubis (Chapter 1) and ends with the Daleks (Chapter 40). An overview of a plethora of awesome figures from mythology, literature, and pop culture, all of whom are "badass." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regina Hunter | 11/14/2012

    " Lol Red Dwarf of Detroit - EPIC! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aloysius | 11/10/2012

    " So many badass characters to write movies about... so LITTLE TIME!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Cazzaly | 10/15/2012

    " This book will improve your vulgarity vocabulary. But with a title like Badass, you have to expect the book to be vulgar. Most of the characters are the popular ones learned in school. The book is great if you want to get your teenage son into reading. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson is the author of Guts & Glory: The American Civil War, Guts & Glory: The Vikings, and Guts & Glory: World War II. For more than ten years, he has been producing humorous, history-related material, including articles for publications such as Military Times and for organizations like the American Mustache Institute. He is the author of Badass and Badass: The Birth of a Legend.