Customer Reviews


13 Reviews
5 star:
 (12)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
‹ Previous | 1 2 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By Belenos!, 15 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Asterix Omnibus 2: Asterix the Gladiator, Asterix and the Banquet, Asterix and Cleopatra (Paperback)
Asterix's adventures continue in the second installment of the Omnibus re-issues. These stories include Asterix and the Gladiator - where Asterix first travels to Rome to rescue a friend; Asterix and the Banquet - where we are taken on a race across Gaul to raid every delicatessen; and finally one of the best Asterix adventures of all: Asterix and Cleopatra - where the indomitable Gaul travels to the court of the Egyptian Queen to help her win a bet against Caesar.

Each story is beautifully illustrated by Uderzo; while Goscinny provides some interesting twist and turns to the tales, as well including the old running jokes - Cacofonix's awful singing (which plays an integral part in Asterix and the Gladiator), the pirates, and so on.

Fun reading for children and young adults -not to mention those a bit older- alike!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Asterix, 31 May 2014
By 
Tim Roast (UK) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Asterix Omnibus 2: Asterix the Gladiator, Asterix and the Banquet, Asterix and Cleopatra (Paperback)
This book combines the fourth to sixth Asterix adventures into one volume. 

The fourth Asterix adventure is Asterix the Gladiator. Odius Asparagus, the Prefect of Gaul, is going on leave to Rome and wants to take a present for Caesar. "I have a brilliant idea! Why not take Caesar one of the invincible Gauls?"

The least intimidating of the indomitable Gauls is Cacofonix the bard so he is the one kidnapped and taken to Rome. Asterix and Obelix are hot on their heels though to tryand get their bard back. While in Rome they find out that Caesar wants to throw him to the lions at the next games in Circus Maximus, and "only condemned men, lions andgladiators get into the circus," so they train to be gladiators.

The book features fights galore, at which Obelix collects helmets of the people (mainly Romans) he beats as part of a competition with Asterix. The pirates also feature for the first time in the Asterix series.

The story involves a kidnapping, just like the previous adventure (the third Asterix) Asterix and the Goths did, but this doesn't detract from the story here. The strong, well-defined characters make for some really good jokes, including plenty at the expense of the bard and his bad singing. This is another excellent Asterix story.

Then it is Asterix and the Banquet. Roman General Overanxious is on a special mission from Caesar. "All Gaul is at peace with the liberating Roman Army, except this one little village of dissidents."

After he fails to battle them into submission he has another idea. "We shall isolate the Gaulish village from the outside world. You'll have to be self-sufficient and live on theproduce of your own village! The outside world will forget you."

Asterix has other ideas though and makes a bet that he and Obelix will be able to escape, go on a tour of Gaul and return with all the local food specialties from all over Gaul as prove, serving them in a big banquet.

"And this is the start of the famous tour of Gaul."

The plot is a bit busy, I feel, and it would be most appreciated if you knew France and the stereotypes of its people. However there are still some good jokes in here, mainlyrelating to Obelix's weight and some of the character names, such as a guy they meet who betrays them called Unpatriotix, and two highwaymen they encounter, Villanus and Unscrupulus. The pirates feature again, and Dogmatix is introduced, although not by name.

Overall maybe not the best Asterix but that is because of the high standards of the other ones, including the next one: Asterix and Cleopatra which is one of the best.

Cleopatra makes a bet with Caesar to prove that Egypt is a great nation. “In three months’ time I’ll have a magnificent palace built for you in Alexandria!”

Cleopatra gets local architect Edifis to build it but three months is not enough time, although he has an idea. He can use the magic powers of his friend the druid Getafix.

So Asterix, Obelix and Getafix, or as Caesar describes them, “an old druid with a white beard, a cunning little one and a stupid great oaf” go to Egypt to help build the temple.

Of course things aren’t plain sailing with Edifis’s rival architect Artifis doing his best to scupper their efforts, and Caesar himself interfering, but in the end the job is done. 

There are lots of jokes in this one with clever use of hieroglyphics in speech bubbles for example. All-in-all this is one of the best Asterix stories. Trouble now is you'll want to read the others. 
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Omnibus or individual stories..., 2 May 2012
By 
H. Jones - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Asterix Omnibus 2: Asterix the Gladiator, Asterix and the Banquet, Asterix and Cleopatra (Paperback)
... that was the question vexing me when deciding to purchase Asterix for my 8 year old. He has read quite a few already and i was very unsure whether 3 books in one would be too unwieldy to read easily.

However I was very pleased with the first two volumes I decided to buy having seen the price of individual stories and despite having read one of the 3 books in the omnibus he was delighted to have some new ones - also like the picture on the spine that really makes you want to buy the rest of the set. Marketing ploy maybe but fun...

Of course Asterix and Obelix are classic and through them my 8 year old is now learning a bit of "Latin" and has even got the Minimus book as a start. Plus he is an expert on Romans - so history is (for him) just fun, fun, fun!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, 20 Mar. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Asterix Omnibus 2: Asterix the Gladiator, Asterix and the Banquet, Asterix and Cleopatra (Paperback)
Had a complete set back in the 70's unfortunately they disappeared during a move and have been promising myself to replace them. Recently stayed with some friends in Stonehaven and they had some omnibus editions so have started collecting again. Just as much fun as ever.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars rating for asterix omnibus, 7 Nov. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Asterix Omnibus 2: Asterix the Gladiator, Asterix and the Banquet, Asterix and Cleopatra (Paperback)
I bought this by request as a birthday present for my grandson, aged 12. He specially wanted Asterix the Gladiator, one of his favourite stories and was thrilled to get 3 in 1.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars love, 24 Sept. 2013
By 
Ms. Paula Macgregor (uk) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Asterix Omnibus 2: Asterix the Gladiator, Asterix and the Banquet, Asterix and Cleopatra (Paperback)
My son loves Asterix stories. so do I. Such fun and great sense of humour with the 2 stalwart characters and an increasing list of fantastic names
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Asterix is fab, 29 Dec. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Asterix Omnibus 2: Asterix the Gladiator, Asterix and the Banquet, Asterix and Cleopatra (Paperback)
I loved Asterix when I was a kid, and now my seven year old son likes it "because of all of the drama in it"!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining & amusing read., 24 Jan. 2015
By 
maryjan (King's Lynn, England) - See all my reviews
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Asterix Omnibus 2: Asterix the Gladiator, Asterix and the Banquet, Asterix and Cleopatra (Paperback)
I love Asterix books and I hope my great nephews (aged 7&8) will too, but they wont get them until I've read them!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars great to pass on something from my childhood to her ..., 2 Sept. 2014
By 
Karen Green - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Asterix Omnibus 2: Asterix the Gladiator, Asterix and the Banquet, Asterix and Cleopatra (Paperback)
Bought as xmas present for niece, great to pass on something from my childhood to her she loves them
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Oct. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Asterix Omnibus 2: Asterix the Gladiator, Asterix and the Banquet, Asterix and Cleopatra (Paperback)
all very nice I am very happy about amazon service too. thank you
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 2 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Asterix Omnibus 2: Asterix the Gladiator, Asterix and the Banquet, Asterix and Cleopatra
£11.99
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews