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.
This was a fun audiobook to listen to the story moves along at a fast pace and has many humorous moments throughout.Authur Grossman's story revolves around supervillian Dr.Impossible who starts the story imprisioned and he dosen't like it at all as he calls himself the smartest man in the world he can't wait to enact his next plan on taking over the world. The good guys who work to catch and stop Dr.Impossible in his plot are the champions with new member Fatale who has a fascinating story of her own .The narrators Paul Boehmer as the voice of Dr. Impossible brings to life the arrogance ,wittiness and evilness of the character . I especially enjoyed his narration of the final battle. Colleen Marlo does a good job also as the voice of Fatale she perfectly captures the alienation and outsider feel of Fatale . This story has an old style feel to it like the old radio Superman shows there is even musicalal introductions to each chapter a neat touch to me . Give this a listen you don't need to necessarily have any knowledge of comic book history or characters even though there are lots of comic references .
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 liked reading it the first time much more than listening to it the second time. But I thoroughly enjoyed the main character's funny and self depricating first-hand point of view. And I would definitely buy the sequel were it written in a similar fashion
And I would definitely buy the sequel if one were available
How was this not the moving love story of a m2f transgender cyborg and an inept supervillan?! Why else the repeated details about her being 6'4", having a gender reassignment surgeon from Thailand, and always asking Lily about dating Dr. Impossible?!
The coffee shop napkin. If you've read it you know what I mean and if you've not I won't spoil it.
In one part it was hard to tell the difference between two characters but on the whole it was a fun ride.
If you like comic books or superheros you'll like this. Especially if you love villains.
If you are at all a fan of the classic superhero vs. supervillain motif from the good ol' days of comic books and superhero cartoons, this is a great book to pickup and listen to. Told from two opposing perspectives of a superhero and a supervillain, it's a great revisit to the classic motif of the supervillain who wants to take over the world versus the superheroes who ALWAYS manage to defeat him. The chapters that follow the villain, Doctor Impossible, are by far the best parts of the book allowing you to really get inside the head of the bad guy, where he came from, what his motives are, how he feels when he gets punched by the hero, etc. It's a rarity to get such a well-written and well-rounded view into the mind of the archcriminal with enough humor and all-out fun to keep it light and interesting. Boehmer's voice was perfectly chosen for Doctor Impossible and his performance is superb, reminding me time and again of Will Farrell in "Mastermind," a close parallel to this story. Grossman has created a world of heroes with flaws (as they all should have) that is as much fun to explore as listening to the villain explore why he does what he does, what he thinks of all these crazy people in tights, and just how he'll win this time as opposed to the 100 other times he lost. To me, it's amazing these flawed heroes manage to win as often as they do in Grossman's world, just as much as it surprises me that someone as brilliant as Doctor Impossible has lost in some of the battles he did. Even still, the world, the story and the insights you get into the heroic and villain minds is a fun and enjoyable ride that makes the book a great read.
Absolutely. I have a number of friends who grew up on superhero stories, and Soon I Will Be Invincible does a great job of paying homage to the genre while poking at some of the tropes, as well. A smart, sharply-written love letter to the idiom
Not a book, but SIWBI has a lot in common with Joss Whedon's "Doctor Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog" (sans the singing). Both came out around the same time, so it's definitely a case of parallel development.
Paul Boehmer was terrific. Coleen Marlo's take was a bit over the top for my taste. However, that's merely a preference issue, I'm sure.