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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,850 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Moers Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Zamonia Series Release Date:
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Set in the land of Zamonia, this exuberant, highly original fantasy from Walter Moers features an unlikely hero. Rumo is a little Wolperting—a domesticated creature somewhere between a deer and a dog—who will one day become the greatest hero in the history of Zamonia. Armed with Dandelion, his talking sword, he fights his way through the Overworld and the Netherworld. He meets Rala, a beautiful Wolperting female; Urs of the Snows, who thinks more of cooking than of fighting; Gornab the Ninety-Ninth, the demented king of Netherworld; Professor Ostafan Kolibri, who goes in search of the Non-Existent Teenies; Professor Abdullah Nightingale, inventor of the chest-of-drawers oracle; and, worst luck, the deadly Metal Maiden.

Astonishingly inventive, amusing, and engrossing, Rumo is a captivating story from the unique imagination of Walter Moers. Filled with humor, this novel puts a new spin on the usual epic fantasy. The comparisons are many—Douglas Adams, Lewis Carroll, J. K. Rowling, Dr. Seuss, and R. Crumb—but Moers is clearly an original. Long live Zamonia!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Equal parts J. K. Rowling, Douglas Adams, and Shel Silverstein…a work of monumental silliness.

    Washington Post

  • Exuberant…Full of sly humor, this rambunctious novel will appeal to fans tired of the usual epic fantasy.

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A brilliantly imagined, well-executed jaunt through strange lands full of wild characters.

    Booklist

  • “Cross Lord of the Rings with Yellow Submarine, throw in...Monty Python, Douglas Adams, Shrek, and The Princess Bride.”

    Kirkus

  • “Parodic and sincere, slapstick and heart-tugging by turns, Moers's novel has fresh things to say on the nature of heroism and nobility. As if Tom Robbins had been inspired to rewrite Tolkien, Moers manages to imbue classic sword-and-sorcery motifs with his off-kilter worldview.”

    Washington Post

  • “Narrator Bronson Pinchot is remarkable. This audiobook contains a marathon twenty-four hours of story, and his performance keep listeners engaged throughout. Rumo is classic Moers—a riotously inventive fantasy with liberal doses of humor. Rumo is a sentient dog-deer hybrid who travels on a classic hero’s journey. Pinchot creates unique voices for dozens of characters, including robots, animals, humanoids, and demons, and he changes voices with whiplash speed. Even his delivery of narrative is infused with lively personality. Moers’ prose often includes long lists, and Pinchot imbues them with humor and not a small amount of snark. It’s a wild ride, but listeners will be anchored by Pinchot’s tour-de-force performance. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kupie | 2/2/2014

    " Fantastic! Fun, intricate, well-thought out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Adam Kranz | 1/29/2014

    " Rumo was a fun read, but it lacked the magic that made City of Dreaming Books so excellent and special. The ideas and language and characters are far less compelling - they're just "imaginative" and "quirky" without being truly creative, which makes it feel its childishness felt more strongly. It also reveals the weaknesses of the plot, which, as in all Moers books, is pretty tropy and predictable. The world feels strangely small in this book, because Moers essentially writes every piece of lore he mentions into the main plot line - the things that are presented as old, big, world-spanning become Rumo-scaled and completely lose any mystery they may have had. Still a fun read, escapist stuff for a stressful day, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nico | 1/25/2014

    " my favourite book. (i could explain why, but that would spoil) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by J | 1/20/2014

    " Both Rumo and Captain Bluebear are good. my son turned me on to these books. Can drag a little bit, but then picks up steam again. "

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About the Author
Author Walter Moers

Walter Moers was born in 1957 and is a writer, cartoonist, painter, and sculptor. The world of Zamonia that he created is currently being adapted for the screen. He lives in Hamburg, Germany.