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The Rules of Supervillainy Audiobook

The Rules of Supervillainy: The Supervillainy Saga Volume 1

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Gary Karkofsky is an ordinary guy with an ordinary life living in an extraordinary world. Supervillains, heroes, and monsters are a common part of the world he inhabits. Yet, after the death of his hometown's resident superhero, he gains the amazing gift of the late champion's magical cloak. Deciding he prefers to be rich rather than good, Gary embarks on a career as Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy. But is he evil enough to be a villain in America's most crime-ridden city? Gary soon finds himself surrounded by a host of the worst of Falconcrest City's toughest criminals. Supported by his long-suffering wife, his ex-girlfriend turned professional henchwoman, and a has-been evil mastermind, Gary may end up being not the hero they want but the villain they need.

©2015 C. T. Phipps (P)2015 Amber Cove Publishing and C.T. Phipps

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    Rain 11-14-15
    Rain 11-14-15
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    "Amazing - Get it!"

    This is honestly one of the best books I have ever read/listened to in my entire life, and I have read a lot of books. The cover and blurb did not catch my attention. I passed over it the first time I saw it, but a friend mentioned it, so I listened to the audiobook. Within a few minutes, I downloaded it on Kindle Unlimited to enjoy it twice. I will reread and re-listen to it many, many times.

    The humor is very unique and exactly in my taste. I could not ask for anything better than this book. The plot is very silly, but the humor is threaded into it brilliantly. If this author had a hundred books like these, I would buy a new bookshelf and fill it with them. I have never gushed over a book before, except for one book series that is still my favorite. My friends can't get me to shut up. I can't believe I almost missed out on this treasure.

    I want to include quotes from the book, but I'll leave the surprise for the readers/listeners.

    The narrator did this book justice. He brought an amazing book to life. I loved the performance and his dry tone was perfect for Gary. I did have some trouble confusing Gary with the cloak's voices, but it wasn't distracting.

    Overall, Jeffrey Kafer did a great job and I would be happy to listen to more audiobooks by him. C.T. Phipps did an absolutely amazing, fantastic, exceptional, brilliant job and I WILL read anything he publishes. I want the second book in this series yesterday.

    I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

    25 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Charles USA 07-27-16
    Charles USA 07-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining"

    Certainly not a deep or meaningful listen, but entertaining and engaging in a brain candy type of way. I thought it picked up steam as the story progressed, though there were a number of instances where the narrative flow was interrupted for me. There were also a number of logic jumps which were... out of place. However, the overarching story and silly nature of the listen compensated nicely. I enjoyed it enough to spend a credit on book two.

    Worth a listen if your queue is short.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa 07-24-16
    Teresa 07-24-16

    It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.

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    "Supervillianiscious Fun"

    The Rules of Supervilliany was a lot of fun to listen to. I took a siesta after finishing this audio and I found myself in a world of costume laden friends and carrying around two boxes of also safely and happily costume laden Superdogs. ??? I really enjoyed the characters as well as the humor and the narration was exceptional. C.T. Phipps has a knack for penning this type of funness. I'm anxious to see where Volume Two takes listeners.

    Jeffrey Kafer's narration was nothing short of amazing. I've listened to his work in the past and it's always top notch.

    Audiobook gifted in exchange for an honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jenn 11-07-15
    Jenn 11-07-15
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    "Use My Powers for Wha???"

    Thank you so much for sharing this precautionary tale. Since obtaining my powers I've had quite a lot of peer pressure to use them for good. I attribute some of this to the fact that I still haven't officially "come out of the lair." But I also may have been a bit hasty in choosing my first sidekick. You see, I believed I would be able to use my villainess wiles to seduce my young apprentice to the benefits of working on the dark side. But so far all attempts to overpower his goody two shoe conscience, whom he refers to as "Mod" (morals on duty,) have failed miserably.
    Until listening to this supervillainy rules guide, I had begun to question my decisions. And I now believe I was actually under some sort of Mod mind control!! Never fear, I have now designed my own hat, which blocks any attempt to access my brain or thought patterns. It's perfectly stylish but will cause sudden death to any trespasser.
    And I am continuing forward in my studies to be the next criminal mastermind of the South.
    I look forward to the next lesson and eagerly await its arrival. Until then...
    Supervillains Unite!

    ~Miss Hospitality

    27 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Ellis Skagit County, WA 11-04-15
    Tara Ellis Skagit County, WA 11-04-15

    Tara Ellis

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    "A Prime Example of A Professional Audiobook!"

    I read the book, and enjoyed it enough to also listen to the audiobook. When I saw that Kafer was the narrator, I knew I couldn't go wrong. I was NOT disappointed. A well-written book, it is further translated into an even greater experience by a flawless narration. I highly recommend it, and I'm looking forward to Charles Phipps next book!

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    Melisa 07-19-16
    Melisa 07-19-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Amusing Summer Fun"

    An inept super villain wannabe bumbles his way toward infamy. You certainly couldn't call him one of the good guys but he's not exactly evil, either. Will he become the super villain he wants to be? You'll have fun watching him try. I enjoyed it right up to the VERY abrupt ending. And I'm only calling it an ending because the book stops, but nothing really ends. Loses a star for that, I'm afraid. The narrator is perfect for the story and probably makes this more interesting than the print version would be.

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    Jennifer Mulder 06-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!! Kept me laughing"
    What made the experience of listening to The Rules of Supervillainy the most enjoyable?

    I laughed through the whole book and really enjoyed the whole story. I loved all the "as long as it's ok with my wife" stuff :)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Merciless and Red Riding Hood are my favorites. Merciless because of his "This is me, because i am evil... hahahaha"... and then the next sentence is something good he did. Red Riding Hood because she is just hillarious


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    I liked his whole performance. Couldn't have chosen better


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed all the way through this book


    Any additional comments?

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Powderly, KY, United States 06-25-16
    James Powderly, KY, United States 06-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun and Entertaining"
    Any additional comments?

    Lots of snarky humor as our caped villain (sort of) bungles his way through mad adventures. Narrator does a great job, well worth the listen.

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brody 06-23-16
    Brody 06-23-16
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    this was great to listen to on the drive to work. downloading the next one. I liked the characters and it was an easy book to listen to.

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    Tabb 06-21-16
    Tabb 06-21-16
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    "I received this in exchange for an honest review"

    this was a fun book. looking forward to the next one's in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone, it's a fun and well written book. and the narration is fabulous.

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    "Great Listen"

    At times laugh out loud listen. The story of the world's newest Super Crook, Gary aka Merciless. Fun, exciting and at times poignant. The story falls in two parts, the first his 'rise' as he takes to a life of crime, the second his 'fall' as he is incarcerated and seeks escape. Perhaps stronger in the narrative as his rise is set out, the book sets the scene for hopefully more adventures. I would definitely get more of this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • nicole
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    "Well it made me laugh"

    The combination of a great story with a brilliant narrator made this really worth recommending, as there are so few genuinely funny fantasy books for geeks. While not quite up there with the greats like Terry Pratchett this is fun with just enough darkness to draw you into the plot. Fun with numerous comic book and film references to make you laugh. While it's not a literary game changer, the fact that it doesn't try too hard is part of it's charm. Despite my concerns when reading the description, it's actually one that should appeal to both male and female listeners. I would have liked it to be longer but I'll definitely be buying the rest of the series. Probably not for those who only get through one book a month as there are probably enough 5 star books to keep you busy but for those of us who are frequent listeners, know far too much about comic book law and 80's movies, i'd give this a try.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
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    "anti villains are great"

    excellent take on a subject that is overly saturated in comics. absolutely brilliant and funny.

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  • Alex
    6/15/16
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    "A wild, but sometimes confusing romp"
    What made the experience of listening to The Rules of Supervillainy the most enjoyable?

    Jeffery Kafer does a really good job of performing a snarky super villain.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The world is a bit confusing, at times I didn't know what to make of it, supers (both good and bad) seem to run roughshod over national government. At times there are floods of exposition, and then things are causally tossed in and then not mentioned again (such as Atlantis).
    Gary Karkofsky (aka Merciless) is a very odd character, at times he is extremely moral (he is outraged when some anti-heroes cause collateral damage to get to him), but feels no remorse when he casually murders someone who gets in his way; he hates authority and has somewhat anarchist/socialist view points, but at the same time wants to rule the world and get rich, the character doesn't seem to make a lot of sense (at least to me)


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    No one scene particularly stood out.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was decent enough that I could have done, had my schedule allowed for it.


    Any additional comments?

    Other books have covered the same ground, and done so better (D-list supervillain series, for example), but it not a terrible book by any stretch of the imagination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G. P. Brown
    4/6/16
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    "Fantastic!"

    This superhero/supervillain novel turned out to be just the sort of fun romp it promised from its synopsis.

    Gary Karkofsky is just a normal guy living in a world filled with all sorts of people with superpowers. He lives with his wife in the suburbs and used to work as a bank teller before he lost his job. Opportunity knocks for Gary when the magical cloak of his home towns greatest superhero gets delivered to him in the mail. Rather than take up the selfless mantle of the heroic Nightwalker Gary instead decides to indulge in his life long dream of becoming Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy!

    The whole story was as crazy and as fun as it sounds. Gary was an easy to root for guy. He loved his wife, cared for his friends, and was not quite as evil as he wished he was. Though he did have his villainous moments!

    The world was pretty fun. It was the sort of over the top type of superhero world that you get while watching a movie like Marvel's Avengers. Which is great. This actually had a similar tone to the Avengers movies with plenty of humor and crazy action mixed in with likeable characters who were never short of a witty bit of banter.

    The only real flaw I can spot is that this was such a short story. With the open ending I hope we do not have to wait long for the sequel.

    Jeffrey Kafer did a fantastic job with the narration. He really got the tone of the story and has the perfect sort of voice for narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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