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.
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.
This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.
What a nice premise does the book start with: let's start a super-hero story from the mind of the super-villain, and let's assume that it is the villain that is overpowered by a battalion - rephrase - an army, of heroes with powers that defy the imagination. To boot, put this villain in prison. Top this with an incredible male narrator: I had to check multiple times if it wasn't Anthony Hopkins putting in one of his finest performances. It's just such a pleasure to hear the book that I have to give it no less than four star and strongly recommend it for anyone who is looking for something entertaining.
The greatness is, so unfortunately, wasted by the author's complete lack of imagination beyond the starting point. There is no storyline to speak of, except bits and pieces that have been taken here and there, like the disappearance of a main hero (watchmen), the lost memory (amber), the imprisoned villain (the silence of the lambs). Like a game of Jenga, it seems that one could remove entire parts of the book without this being noticed in any manner by the reader.
A final personal thing: this may seem contradictory in a way, but I like and enjoy how authors can bring the realism into a super-hero story, and given it's not always easy to do. Here, many of the events do not ring true. Like, how can an ordinary man defeat superman in hand-to-hand combat? Why would a character on whom we are revealed information later on has acted in a particular manner earlier in the book? Why is the villain supposedly so intelligent and yet so repeatedly clueless? And, finally, is it still acceptable given the bar for good literature that we have now to use deus ex machina whenever the author wants it.
Very very disappointing.. see it for yourself, you will enjoy the ride anyways.
Haven't read the book, so I can't say. But the audio version is one of my favorite narrations ever! I listen to audiobooks constantly, so I have a strong appreciation for good narration. Not only was the narration superb, but the writing was such that the story kept moving at a good pace, the plot was immersive, and character development was awesome. I really enjoyed learning about the characters and experiencing their personalities come out. The main character is one of my all-time faves!
The Devil You Know, by Mike Carey. The stories are nothing alike, but the character traits of he main characters (i.e. cynicism, their type of humor, strength of personality, etc).
There are so many.
Nothing extreme. I did thoroughly enjoy it. And I laughed quite a bit.
If you're on the fence, get it. You'll enjoy it!
Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.
A lot of people say that if you like comic book hero stuff then you'll like this book. I think it's good for a broader audience. I like comic character live-action movies and this book was right down my alley. It is very readable and uses completely made up heroes and villains, so you don't have to worry about not knowing comics. It does draw upon the classic elements of comics. I loved that there is no clear bias towards the villains or the heroes and they are all portrayed as both super-human but still have vulnerabilities (both physical and emotional). The writing is very good and you can tell the writer has a literature background. My only complaint is that when Dr. Impossible was narrating he moved back and forth in time which I found confusing at times.
The story was fun. Good world building and I liked the main characters. I found the secondary characters pretty boring. What really put this book in the great category was the performance, especially for Dr. Impossible. He was fantastic without being hammy. Just thinking of the way he said "Impossible-opolis" still makes me laugh.