The Splendid and Extraordinary Life of Beautimus Potamus by Peggy A Wheeler
Narrator: Kelley Hazen
Published by Self Published / Indie on 25 October 2017
Length: 12 hours 47 minutes
Genres: Fantasy, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction
Source: Narrator, Submitted
The mystical green planet of Rendaz is home to devout goddess worshiper and university professor, middle-aged Beautimus Potamus - who also happens to be a hippo plagued by hot flashes and poor self-esteem. Beautimus forms an alliance with Samuel S. Goodwings, a younger womanizing, atheist praying mantis. When these two are together, life morphs from the mundane into the fantastic. Our unlikely duo solve mysteries, bring a murderer to justice, and even help end a war, while experiencing their own trials, triumphs, and tragedies. Often with humor, their situations and adventures parody Earth culture.
During their exploits, the two interact with a host of characters, including a pair of New Age flamingos, an ADHD afflicted trout, an orangutan detective, and a 310-year-old blue crane High Priestess. All of these creatures are more "human" in surprising ways than the citizens of the blue planet, Earth, we discover was once a Rendazian Colony.
Beautimus Potamus' tongue-in-cheek story is a magical fable-stew made with the ingredients of satire, drama, social commentary, and comedy, with jests, puns and wordplay sprinkled throughout. For good measure, a generous pinch of romantic flavoring is thrown into the pot.
©2017 Peggy A. Wheeler (P)2017 Peggy A. Wheeler
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Petty Wheeler identifies herself as an author of fantastical fiction and she most definitely is! I listened to The Splendid and Extraordinary Life of Beautimus Potamus and was captivated right away. It is a story about a 300-year-old hippo who lives on the planet Rendaz and moves through life teaching earth history and interacting with others such as her good friend Sam, the praying mantis, her mentor and high priestess who is a blue crane, a gorilla named Rufus who tells bad fart jokes and a host of other fantastical creatures who live and interact as humans. In one history class, she shares how the Egyptians and other cultures came to worship animal gods – yes, coincidentally, animals who visited earth from Rendaz!
Beautimus is lacking in the self-confidence area but when she finds love – watch out! In her gaining confidence, she manages to unintentionally set off a revenge-fueled hatred that will leave the listener on the edge of their chair.
Wheeler creates a world, much like earth where her characters mirror humans in actions and beliefs. I found the audiobook interesting and couldn’t stop listening. Between the wordplay, satire, social situations that are political and religious peppered with puns and other jests and the excellently developed plot and characters, this book is awesome. When I began listening to the book I thought, “OMG really? A hippo as the main character???” But then Wheeler sucked me in and I fell in love with Beautimus, Sam, Lucas and all the other delightful characters.
Kelley Hazen deserves an A+++ for her narration. She did a fantastic job of keeping up with the voices and tempo of the book. She was just amazing! I would love to hear more of her. I cannot imagine anyone else doing as magnificent a job as she did.
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