This is a wonder! Forget all your troubles and just sit back and live in the wonderful world of Dr. Impossible Evil genius and possibly the smartest looser in the universe. I found this book highly entertaining and lots of fun to listen too. Don't enter into this story expecting anything but fun for it is a ride on the wild side. The narrators do an excellent job and hold the tension at just the right level of anticipation. Once again this is just a fun book so sit back and enjoy the show!
Okay, we live in an age where Superhero movies are taken seriously, so it's no surprise that superhero novels-- other than the ones based on the movies, or based on the comics-- can exist now.
But what's really great is that there is a real story here, with, y'know, plot, character, backstory, suspense, and whatnot.... while at the same time there's a lot of great jabs at the clich?s of superhero stories.
This book was fun. Grossman does a great job humanizing the superheroes and villains. It's great getting the characters inner thoughts as they're getting thrown through walls or trying to impress the others (usually to no avail). The narrators do a great job as well.
What a great listen. The character development is superb. The use of dual narrators is an excellent touch for this book. Sarcasm, wit, and mutterings of total disdain are often hard to convey through written words. That makes this audiobook such a treat. The narrators convey the feelings of the characters and they keep the sarcasm biting and the wit sharp.
I don't write many reviews but I do listen to a lot of audio books and I think this was one of the best I've ever listened to. Both narrators were excellent, one telling the story from a new heroine's perspective and the other from the villan's. The main characters had real depth despite the stereotypical superhero environment of the book.
The actual plot was short. The book could have been 75% shorter than what it was. The main story was spectacular. I, however, was not entertained by the expository style. Present tense action was submerged in volumes of what has gone before. Including several repeated facts. I found myself not caring for them. Who are they now? What motivates them now? I enjoyed hearing Dr. Impossible’s story. The long version of a villian’s origin story. That alone would have been great (the fact I thought Dr. Impossible was a whiney punk aside), but the real story, the one that was being told was the actual caper. I didn’t need to know every single hero’s origin story in excruciating detail. Just tell me the story. Or change the story to be the biography of Dr. Impossible. The performances were okay. And the story was okay. I’ve read a few Hero Stories and heard “Hero” and so far this is my least favorite. By far.
I have been a reader since grade school. So glad I have discovered audiobooks since as an adult I don't have as much time to sit to read.
Really enjoyed this Audible book. Told in alternating chapters of the likable evil genius and new cyborg superhero; by the end you want good and evil to both win.
The performances were good, although they stumbled occasionally (Doctor Impossible's menacing laugh was more silly than anything else). The characters were ok, though pretty much stock superheroes, but that's kind of the point in a meta-commentary like this. Where the book really lost ground, though is in the writing. It's packed with interminable monologues about past events and internal thoughts, and the few times things actually happen they are hard to follow. Some of the fights just kind of peter out like the author forgot they were happening, and locations and times change with no warning. The "Surprise Ending" can be seen coming from halfway through the book, even for someone like me who never manages to guess plot twists ahead of time.
If you're looking for a something to put on while driving you can do worse, but don't expect anything too impressive. There are much better superhero commentaries out there, like Watchmen, Kick Ass, or even Mystery Men. Unfortunately this may be the best one available as an audiobook.
Overall pretty average.
I couldn't get into it. It was just so lackluster. You can tell that, to a certain degree, Soon I will Be Invincible was meant to be tongue-in-cheek. After all, it is part of the super hero genre, which is probably one of the goofiest genres to consume. However, the book always seemed to take itself so freakin seriously. This would be fine if the book had a strong enough cast and interesting enough plot and enough originality to carry that tone. But, in my opinion, it didn't and thus was never goofy enough. By trying so hard for realism, the book fails at being very entertaining satire and ends up falling into the unhappy medium of just sort of being... well, a little boring.
The characters and storytelling methods also suffer from this sort of problem. The author seems to want the entire cast to be fully fleshed out characters, complete with interpersonal relationships and interesting backstory. This is a noble goal, of course. But then we are stuck listening to crap tons of long-winded backstory that is fleshed out too thin for me to feel like I really got to know any of the cast other than Impossible and Fatale. (and maybe Elphin and Damsel. Though, they could have still been fleshed out so much better. And Elphin in particular felt so out of place in a serious story so set on trying for realism, at least to me. That's another story though.) Nevertheless, the copious amounts of backstory rarely bothered to advance the plot, even when the backstory was for one of our POV characters. Large sections just felt like nothing was happening in present time because we had to spend so much time with this backtracking. It simply didn't work for me.
That's not to say it was terrible. It was just mildly interesting at best. So no regrets, but I'll never re-listen to it or purposely go out of my way to purchase another book by this author.