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've been on a major superhero novel kick of late, and this one just did not stand up. The characters were flat, with nonsense motivations. They felt cartoony, presumably because that's what the author thinks it means to be a hero or villain in this type of world. While there were some concepts that could have worked, it just didn't.
On top of that, the readers both were just boring. The only real inflections were in a similar manner to the writing, about how devious or shocking things were- maybe they just didn't have much to work with. In that same vein, it was almost impossible to follow at times as they shifted in and out of flashbacks without pause.
The originality of the book lies in having two narrators of opposing sides telling the story - the newbie superhero and the old supervillain. I guess this is why you could never have them interacting with each other, which left me disappointed.
I honestly could not bring myself to care about either one of the narrators, and their contempt/inferiority complex about the other characters made anyone else in the story fairly unrelatable. The villain is a villain because that's what villains do; the hero is a hero because she's been given abilities and has amnesia so what else can she do but use them? Both characters' motivations are basically stereotypical and lack depth, to the point of getting cheesy.
This book left me with a general sense of meh, and no desire to learn what happens next. I think the performances were what kept me listening, especially that of Paul Boehmer, giving Dr Impossible enough maniacal megalomania to entertain me.
It's not as deep as you'd like, but it does offer a strange look at superheroes and villains. The take is a lot like Watchmen, but without the interesting twists. The make actor had more character in his reading, but the female was the superior reader, so it evened out.
It was so predictable that it was unpredictable, if that makes any sense. I kept expecting more from it, and at the end, I'm not sure why we followed Fatale and not someone more interesting.
It's fun, and it fills a niche.
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.