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Audiobook Review

Nether Regions

Beforelife, Book 3
Randal Graham
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average rating is 5 out of 5
average rating is 5 out of 5

Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects


Delightful Hilarity From Aristotle to Zeus


🧡 Quick note: this is the third in a series and the first I heard. You can do this. I was able to follow the plot just fine. BUT, it’s a bit like being the outsider in a group of friends, where you don’t get the in-jokes. So, my recommendation is to start at the very beginning. Which, I am reliably told, is a very good place to start. Speaking of which…

💚 So, we have an all-knowing narrator with a penchant for hyperbolic similes and snarky asides. His tone is a mix of bemusement, circumspection and alarm with a good dose of stiff upper lip. Basically somewhere between Dr Gregory House and Arthur Dent. Then we have a whole cast of historic and mythical characters as seen through a funhouse mirrorscape. For example, Socrates is an assassin.

💜 I cannot express how much I love this. Except I can and I will. I love the Monty-Python-esque smart silliness, the themes both underlying and face-smackingly overt, the performance (see below) and the characters. I enjoyed every devastating destruction of the fourth wall and every moment of artistic licence with historic characters.

Big thanks to NetGalley and ECW Press Audio for providing me with an ALC in return for an honest review.


🎧 This audiobook got the highest of praise from me in the form of not one, but several snort-laughs. Narrator Raoul Bhaneja nails the tone throughout, mixing the deadpan with the dramatic effortlessly. It was my first time listening to him via audiobook, but wasn’t surprised to find his IMDB page crammed full of well-known franchises.

🎧 I found this very easy to follow, which is saying something given the density of historic allusions and the fact that I was new to this (after)world.


Angry toddler. Still haven't stopped laughing.
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Nether Regions


What do you get when a narcissistic megalomaniac plagued by daddy issues leads a horde of angry zealots, xenophobes, and ornery incels on a crusade to Make the Afterlife Great Again? You get an out-of-this-world adventure in which history’s greatest minds face an apocalypse that could make Armageddon look like a cotillion.

You also get Nether Regions, the third installment of Randal Graham’s Beforelife Series. Picking up the threads of Beforelife and Afterlife Crisis, Nether Regions reveals what happens when two of the afterlife’s best-known residents have a baby: the first one born in the hereafter. That baby holds a secret — one that sets off an adventure featuring Socrates, Albert Einstein, Nostradamus, Elizabeth I, Sigmund Freud, Neferneferuaten, and at least 200 Napoleons, all doing their level best to keep the afterlife from turning into hell.
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