Maybe. I'm not feeling eager for more at the moment
The narrator obviously has a gift for portraying different voices and reading in an engaging way. However he amplifies the book’s overall sense of sexism and misogyny with the horrible, caricature voices he applies to women characters. His character voice portrayals, alone, render the majority of them wholly unsympathetic. They fall short of being human beings. Additionally, the books escalates in such a way that he begins reading in a style that is greatly overused in this genre. A sort of pat reading style lacking originality or distinction from so many other books.
I appreciate the author’s attempt at portraying the feelings of despair and shame that so many (young) LGBQ people experience when coming to terms with their sexual orientation, and trying to face themselves and the world around them. The heteronormativity, widespread heterosexism, and internalized homophobia.
I had high expectations of this book, and found myself very disappointed. While I really appreciated the main character’s wit and dry humor in the opening sequence of events, this sensation devolved into disdain. While the book explores some important aspects of internalized heterosexism/homophobia woven into a somewhat interesting take on the superhero world of the Justice League (with aliases), it also has all too many of the faults found in this genre. The main character is constantly in crisis, feeling one thing then another in unbelievable, overwhelming extremes. “Never before” and “more than ever” appear at every turn as there is no part of the world he has the ability to take in or processes. He is in constant agony over everything. His lack of self-reflection and observation/awareness of anything outside of himself became more and more wearing, and a once sympathetic character struggling to come to terms with himself and oppression in the world ultimately comes off as wholly self-obsessed and self-absorbed – greatly as a result of his own self hatred and dissociation. The main character cannot, even in the end, see more than two feet ahead of him. Additionally, the author becomes increasingly misogynistic as the book continues. Every single woman character is duplicitous and betrays various male characters due to their inability to manage their feelings with the exception of one – Wonder Woman (who is known by a different alias in the book). Wonder Woman, however, is overtly labeled a “bitch” and the author shows outright disdain for her character at every turn. The narrator amplifies this general sense of sexism with the horrible, caricature voices he applies to women characters, rendering the majority wholly unsympathetic. There is also a profound reliance on the idea of the “strong male” archetype which emphasizes a kind of heroism that is only embodied by male characters. Invulnerability, a brotherhood based upon an overwhelming sense of “bros before hoes,” and masculinity that is built in stark and complete contrast to anything feminine and therefore “weak.” The book ultimately became painful to listen to, and I think it’s truly a shame that a book with so much potential had to rely so heavily on misogyny, saturated/exaggerating misery, and pockets of racism to propel itself forward – all wrapped up with a neat and implausible bow as an ending.
I wasn't sure what to expect but I'm glad I gave it a try because I love it! I laughed, I gasped, I teared up, and I was hooked. Tom is a wonderful protagonist. I loved how normal they made powers and heroes and the League tryouts. There are so many gems in this book like when Ruth blew her rape whistle!!! I hope everyone enjoys this book like I do and did.
Surprising, engaging, and intricate
The ending of the story wraps up everything neatly and gives you a good story with no cliff hangers.
If I were to read this book, then I would not have experienced Michael Urie's amazing ability to perfectly match the character with a voice.
It was hard to put this book down losing because I wanted to know how everything would end. As I read I would loose track of time.
This is a great book that is well written and narrated.
Amazing! Best novel I've listened to in years. The universe and it denizens is nothing short of astonishing. Ruth will live in my memory forever.
Artfully covers the burden gay superheros must endure. Great airplane listening! Quality writing and character development.
I have read this book at least 10 times since it came out, it never gets old. I decided to try it out as an audio book and was excited to see it was narrated by Michael Urie one of my favorite actors. His performance of the story was perfect! I'm so glad to be able to hear someone else give this story the reading it deserves.
Loved the book and I hope more follow it's example.
To me it represented the struggle of life's circumstances and the ability to defy being defined by them.
The most memorable moment was near the end, when the the reader gets to catch a glimpse of what made the father such a great character.
[Couldn't buy the eBook, so this was the next best way to honor the author] No review for the narrator to offer.
I liked it. I had been a super hero fan since youth. My favorite being Wonder Woman, but if I had read the latest than superman would do. So wanting something fun I picked this to listen to and it was as good as the dear heroes of yesteryear. I loved the young Dario coming into his powers. I liked the part about coming into ones own and accepting the truth. Bravo! They are still fighting the evils of our world. Loved it!