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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (148 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee Battersby Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781469209142
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Marius dos Hellespont and his apprentice, Gerd, are professional looters of battlefields. When they stumble upon the corpse of the King of Scorby and Gerd is killed, Marius is mistaken for the monarch by one of the dead soldiers and is transported down to the Kingdom of the Dead.

Just like the living citizens, the dead need a King—after all, the King is God’s representative, and someone needs to remind God where they are.

And so it comes to pass that Marius is banished to the surface with one message: if he wants to recover his life he must find the dead a King. Which he fully intends to do.

Just as soon as he stops running away.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily S. | 2/13/2014

    " Cool! Bought this one based on the title. When I started reading, I wasn't prepared to like Marius. "Oh, great," I thought, "another charming, inveterate rogue." Marius turned out to be a little more interesting than that, and it was a pleasure to follow him on his oddball adventures as he tried to find a King for the Dead. The tongue-in-cheek tone didn't hurt this book a bit. Recommend to lovers of dark humor, as well as those who enjoy stories that stretch the bounds of life and death. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Mills | 2/9/2014

    " This was fun - different idea - not great but fun to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Slmstanley | 2/5/2014

    " I really tried to like this, as it had an interesting premise, but between the juvenile repartee between Marius and Gerd and the apparent lack of female characters who weren't prostitutes (at least in the first part of the book), I lost interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 1/19/2014

    " This was fun. Somewhat blackadderish in its humour it started off slowly but had me laughing out loud by the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael O'Donnell | 1/17/2014

    " A boys own ripping yarn. Unbelievable at times but then the whole thing is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent Wise | 12/12/2013

    " cool mix of christopher moore and jesse bullington. very funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miguelito | 5/16/2013

    " It reminded me a lot of "The Lies of Locke Lamora", its main character a true rascal, but with fewer redeeming qualities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike O'Brien | 1/27/2013

    " Really interesting, different take on a fantasy novel. It was intriguing to see the main character twist and turn to deny his fate. There was humor, pathos and character development. If you like fantasy, but don't need Elves, Dwarves or rings or swords then this might just be up your alley. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 12/31/2012

    " Great idea. But the execution was very much all over the place. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark Smith-Briggs | 12/18/2012

    " I've long been a fan of battersby's work but struggled to connect with his debut novel. Highly imaginative and told with a twisted humour, I couldn't help but feel that that too much time was spent on the absurdist nature of the prose at the expense of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina at Death Books and Tea | 9/30/2012

    " Started off good, then just got slower and more confusing as it went on. "

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About the Author

Lee Battersby was born in Nottingham, UK, in 1970 and moved to Australia at the age of 5, bringing his parents with him for protection. A multiple award-winning author of over seventy short stories in Australia, the US, and Europe, he writes across a wide range of forms, including poetry, reviews, stand-up comedy and film, and has taught writing for both Clarion South and the Australian Writers Marketplace. He lives in Mandurah, Western Australia, with his wife, writer Lyn Battersby, and a brood of increasingly weird children. His long-running weblog, the Battersblog, is archived by Australia’s National Library as an electronic source of long-term research value, which amuses him greatly.

About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.