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.
I enjoyed "confessions of a d-list supervillain" so much i went looking for similar books. I found this one and wasn't disappointed. The only thing i didn't quite enjoy was the cyclical nature of some of the characters.
Yes, if you liked the movie Megamind, you'll love this book.
Wonderful performance by both narrators.
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.
Elementary/middle school teacher. Lived in Japan for a few years. Avid listener to music, books, and the like. All this to say I have a wide appreciation for all types of literature from books for young adults and kids to sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction, world literature, etc.
I was very excited about reading this book. The idea of super heroes and villains battling it out has always been exciting to me. I've read all sorts of super hero stories including the big ones (Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, etc.) as well as non-Marvel/DC. That said, I enjoyed making my way through this book.
It wasn't perfect, however. I had a few issues with the transition from page to voice. Not all of it was from production or actors. There's quite a bit of internal dialogue going on her, but it isn't separated very well from the actual dialogue. I had trouble knowing when someone was thinking something and when they were saying it out loud. Also, the two actors, though both doing a very good job during their respective parts, didn't pronounce things the same. This could be forgivable, if it weren't key characters from the story being pronounced differently. It just really took away from the immersion.
My biggest problem with the book though was in the seemingly lazy writing at parts. I needed to re-listen to a few parts because it just didn't make sense. The villain is loosing to a magician and then he just leaves and declares that he knew they were illusions all along? It just felt like the author didn't know how to end scenes such as this so he just cut his losses.
Again, I enjoyed the book overall. I would definitely listen to a sequel, but it has a lot of room for improvement.
This is the first book I have gotten lately from Audible that left me very disappointed. It is a highly rated book, but it didn’t work for me.
Paul Boehmer does a good job with Doctor Impossible’s portion of the story but Coleen Marlo comes across as flat and lifeless, just dull and a little bored.
I got really tired of hearing "origin" stories over and over again which make up the majority of the story. Maybe I just don’t like superhero stories very much and maybe this story is a stereotypical superhero story with the only twist being that it is presented in both a superhero and supervillain’s viewpoint.
Anyway, it did not work for me at all.
This is my first audiobook (unless you count the Star Wars books-on-tape I checked out at the library in middle school) and I have to say I'm impressed. There are 2 narrators in this book, one for the "Dr Impossible" chapters, and another for the "Fatale" chapters, and it really gives the characters a lot of depth.
During one of the later chapters, the narrators cross-over, and you hear Dr Impossible's voice in one of Fatale's chapters. It was a great moment that really pulled everything together well.
Villain ain't easy.
The multiple narrator format was really great. It stops just shy of becoming a radio drama, which was very interesting.
I'm a truck driver. Audible is a Godsend on long trips. I listen to all sorts of stories.
This is a straightforward comic book superhero tale, told from the pov of the villain and one of the heroes. Every character is a standard comic book archetype. I kept hoping for a twist, something that would make this more than your standard Selfless Hero Versus Maniacal Villain tale. For example, why not make the villain's motives a desire to save the world by taking over, rather than the trite "soon they'll all see, I'll make them pay" reasoning we've seen in every four color rag printed since they started pulping wood. Maybe the supposed villain could turn out to be the hero. Why not explore the idea of godlike beings using their powers to enforce law and order? Where does their control end? What if they have no moral compass? What if they blindly enforce the laws of a totalitarian regime? I know these ideas have been explored before, but I expect a novel of this sort to be more than a simple good versus evil story. At least make it funny.
Wow. What a great book! If you haven't heard of this yet, are you in for a treat. This was one of the first of the Watchmen-type superhero books, funny and smart and well-written. The readers are first-rate, as well, and it's a pleasure to spend the time listening to this. My only regret is that his new book isn't available yet!