Audiobook Review: Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler

9 12 2011

Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler

Read by Scott Sowers

Recorded Books

Length: 8 Hrs 49 Mins

Genre: Post Apocalyptic Adventure

Quick Thoughts: If you are looking for a fun, fast Post Apocalyptic adventure that never takes itself too seriously, Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse is for you. It is the perfect escapist novel and a welcome change from the bleak visions that seem to permeate the subgenre

Grade: B+

OK, I get it. The Apocalypse is here. Civilization has broken down. Millions are dead from plagues, violence and starvation. Your cousin has been eaten by cannibals and your Uncle is now working as a slaver. Things are bleak. No, really, I understand, but I do have a bit of a question to ask, do you really have to be so  darn serious? Can’t we have some fun with our global crisis? Can’t we put our worries about the roaming bandits aside or a bit, and laugh a little? We are a nation of multitaskers, so why can’t we find some way to enjoy ourselves while looting the local pharmacy for antibiotics? So many Post Apocalyptic novels are just full up on bleak. The devastated lands stripped of their beauty by ecological catastrophe. Vibrant people now wallow in the overwhelming darkness of nuclear winter. A father and son walk down a desolate road while the ashes of civilization fall around them in some sort of poetic metaphor. These are not cheery images at all and these novels offer no laugh out loud moments. I recently listened to a very dry, uber-serious Apocalyptic novel, and I just wanted something different, full of adventure and humor. Luckily, I had Victor Gischler’s Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse ready and waiting for me on my portable listening device.

Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse follows the adventures of Mortimer Tate, which is an awesome name for a Post Apocalyptic name, as he becomes reacquainted with the world after holing up in the Tennessee Mountains for 9 years after the supposed end of the world. What he discovers is a brutal world full of desperate people who will resort to violence without much provocation. He also discovers that two main entities are controlling the region, a cannibalistic organization called the Red Stripes which is run by a megalomaniac named The Red Czar and a man named Joey Armageddon and his clubs, Joey Armageddon’s Sassy A-Go-Go. What follows is an outrageous rollercoaster ride through an apocalyptic landscape as Mortimer tries to find his ex-wife, while making friends and fighting off enemies. Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse moves at a frantic pace, as Mortimer and his friends get into one sticky situation after another. Now, if you are worried that this novel may be a bit demeaning towards women, you shouldn’t be. The irony of Gischler’s world is that the strongest characters were women, who decided to shuck off the stench of victimization and embrace the new world order. In many ways, Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse reminded me of great quest comedies, like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, full of hilarious moments, but never really becoming cheesy as many comic adventures seem to become. Mortimer Tate is truly a character you can cheer for, and it was great seeing this world through his eyes. If you are looking for a fun, fast Post Apocalyptic adventure that never takes itself too seriously, Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse is for you. It is the perfect escapist novel and a welcome change from the bleak visions that seem to permeate the subgenre. 

I was quite interested when I found out that Scott Sowers was narrating this novel. I have listened to a bunch of Sower’s narrations, but they were all Mysteries or Thrillers and all quite serious ones at that. I was interested in how he would take on such a mad capped, fast past comic adventure such as this. Well, I think Sowers did an excellent job. He gave Mortimer a rich, consistent Southern drawl that perfectly captures the elements of his personality as well as his shocked state as he attempts to adjust to the new world. I like that Sowers allowed Mortimer’s voice to grow with the character picking up more confidence and determination as he progresses through the novel. Sowers also handled the many action scenes with a quick precise style that worked well allowing the listener to visualize the action and never leaving the listener behind.  Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse is a fun, adventure filled audiobook which should thrill listeners while making them laugh as well.

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