As an old-school comic book junkie, I loved this book. Anyone who has ever wondered what it's like to live in a universe filled with super-powered beings, a universe of aliens and magic and time-travel and alternate dimensions, where the bad guys always want to take over the world and the good guys always somehow win in the end, must give this a listen.
The narrators do a fantastic job with the voices (though I did have to overlook a few blatantly mispronounced words), and the story itself is pure comic-book mayhem. The characters all stand out as real and alive, while still somehow being carbon copies of the classic superhero/supervillain stereotypes.
No, this is not on a literary level with 'The Sandman', nor does it contain the brutal realism and moral philosophy of 'Watchmen' - but that doesn't detract from the enjoyment. Once you start this book, it's hard to stop. Check it out!
... oh wait, was I listening to an audiobook? Because it was so boring and LONG WINDED I completely tuned it out. Why did this book get such good reviews? Funny? I think I was amused once.
The idea is pretty good - evil genius and noobie superhero. I like it. It should be right up my alley, I am a nerd who reads comic books. Nope. The problem is with the evil genius. He has these long, boring, rambling descriptions of what he is thinking. And I found that I just couldn't care.
The narration for Dr. Impossible is excellent but no one could make all of that boring back story interesting. The narration for the female superhero was terrible. Stilted, with strange an inexplicable changes of emphasis and accent. One second she is reading in a normal voice and then she shifts from a drag-queen to some kind of Mae West accent - and these shifts have no apparent relationship to the book.
Derivative and poorly narrated. The plot is muddled and the characters are unsympathetic. Read the Watchmen instead.
Definitely is the top one third.
Dr. Impossible, the supervillain.
The narrators do excellent voice characterization and inflection.
It had plenty of funny moments.
Check it out if you like superhero stuff.
Seriously though, this is a well-read and well-written work. Perfect for anyone that fancies themselves a comics aficionado to anyone wondering
Dr. Impossible's reactions to his finding of The Pharaoh and his big reveal to Core Fire were both just what I was hoping for.
Our two main characters, Dr, Impossible and the cyborg merc turned-heroine Fatale feel perfect.
Elven telling her origin story, and Fatale's telling of her suspicion about her own.
This was a great listen. If your interested in Super Heroes in any capacity, I'd highly recommend
Everything here has been done better in X-Men and Watchmen (and others). I did not find the story or the characters interesting enough to keep me listening. Got bored with it about 1/2 way through (a little way into part 2).
I felt pretty much the same way about Austin's brother's book "The Magicians" (Lev Grossman). It's like all the parts are there: interesting premise, characters that I ought to like, action, dialog, etc., but it's all kind of stale and dry.
Very well done. Here's an author who clearly realizes that the best superhero stories are origin stories, so he found a structure that allowed him to give us about 20 of them in one novel. The book is told in first-person from the point of view of two characters, and both of them find plenty of time to relate to us tales of their earlier exploits and those of their colleagues. It's a clever conceit that only occasionally wears thin. But the main story itself is highly entertaining and suitably grand as well.
The audio narration is superb. Coleen Marlo does a good job with the less exciting Hero role, but Paul Boehmer's rendition of Dr. Impossible is positively a tour de force. He completely inhabits the role, and his just-this-side-of-hammy performance is note perfect and adds a huge amount of enjoyment. In terms of narration not only supporting but actively enhancing the author's words, this is right up there with James Marsters' take on the Dresden novels.
To the reviewer who noted several botched pronunciations: there were a few. For instance, I can only assume that Ms. Marlo is from Boston given how she says "Celtic". However, regarding Dr. Impossible's phrase that you mentioned: he was actually saying "coup de theatre", and as far as I can tell it was pronounced correctly.
Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.
I finished this book because I wanted to know how it ended, but it was not a riveting story. The chapters alternate between 2 characters, and I enjoyed the one character, but the other, the "evil genius", spent so much time being evil that he forgot to be interesting. I think if I was a huge fan of comic books, the story line might have appealed to me, but I'm not, and I would have done better to pass this one by. I could not get into the story, and feel I missed half the story because I didn't understand references to what seemed to be other comic book characters.
Cranky old man Lived in 5 countries
I was very surprised at how fast the author "hooked" me and how loathe I was to put it down and get back to work. A novel of Super Heroes and Vilians with a human & humorous twist. The Super Heros are interesting but it's the life of the Super Vilians, as glimpsed through the mind of Dr. Impossible, that caught my imagination. What does it feel like to loose, again, in a super fight? What drives a genius to viliany and where does he get the money for his fancy lairs? What do villians do in ther spare time? I found myself laughing out loud in several places and sounding like an idiot trying to explain some of the funnier bits to my ever-patient wife.
I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. The characters were wonderful, the setting was great and the humor was top notch. The story however was just run of the mill. And while the writer clearly stretched his writing muscles with the characters, he really did not give them a different direction to go. Which for me lead to a story conclusion that did not come close to matching all the other great elements of this book.