Exploding from the pages of Horror, Humor, and Heroes, Volume One - it’s the full length adventures of the one and only Mechani-Cal! So grab your battlesuit and prepare to get a little nasty.
"Being a supervillain means never having to say you’re sorry - unless it’s to the judge or the parole board. Even then, you don’t really have to. It’s not like it’s going to change the outcome or anything." Those are the words of Calvin Matthew Stringel, better known as Mechani-Cal. He’s a down-on-his-luck armored villain. Follow his exploits as he gets swept up in a world domination scheme gone wrong and ends up working for these weak willed, mercy loving heroes. Immerse yourself in epic battles and see what it’s like to be an outsider looking in at a world that few have ever experienced. Climb into Cal’s battlesuit and join him on his journey. Will he avoid selling out his principles for a paycheck and a pardon? Can he resist the camaraderie of being on a super team? Does he fall prey to the ample charms of the beautiful Olympian Aphrodite? How will he survive the jealous schemes of Ultraweapon, who wears armor so powerful it makes Cal’s look like a museum piece?
See the world of “righteous do-gooders” through the eyes of someone who doesn’t particularly care for them. Revel in his sarcasm and hang on for one wild ride! Just remember: losing an argument with a group of rioters isn’t a good excuse to start lobbing tear gas indiscriminately at them. You’ve only got so many rounds and it’s going to be a long day, so make sure you get as many as possible with each one.
©2011 Jim Bernheimer (P)2011 Jeffrey Kafer
On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through
This was a fun, fast (and cheap!) take on the superhero genre - and, if that is your expectation, you are going to have a guaranteed good time. The book wastes no time dumping you right into the action: introducing you to the sardonic anti-hero-turned-hero that is the main character and immediately launching into a whirlwind of action. While the universe itself is about as well-justified as most in comic books, and many aspects are played for laughs, Bernheimer can actually make you feel like there are real stakes, and you care about the characters enough to make any inconsistencies in tone or plot seem inconsequential. Ultimately, this is a fun light novel, that is both a send-up and a homage to comic books, and it works really well as these things.
Two minor issues mar the book. The first is that there is a slightly off tone towards the way the author treats female superheroes, which, while never overt, makes a few scenes feel creepy instead of charming. That being said, there is nothing overtly upsetting in the book, which is PG-13 at most, and the author manages to hit the right notes to keep his central romance going most of the time. The second minor issue is the second reader, who is pretty bad, in contrast to the reader for the vast majority of the book (Mr. Kaffer), who is excellent.
If you are looking for something very entertaining, you enjoy the superhero genre, and you aren't going to take Bernheimer's universe too seriously, this is a really winning choice.
This audio book is a perfect marriage between a clever, witty author and a spot-on performance by narrator Jeffrey Kafer. Jeff NAILS it, and you get an excellent feel for the attitude of the main character. From the first chapter, I found my self grinning uncontrollably at the brilliant quips and humorous style of the author, Jim Bernheimer. I often feel like I am "outthinking" authors of books that I read, which is a disappointing feeling. But with "Confessions", I was constantly surprised with the memorable quotations and come-backs that fill this amusing title to the brim!
Jeff is the real star here... Talmadge only reads the last 45 minutes or so of the story, and although her performance is fine, she just can't compete with Jeff. I would probably give her 3.5 stars, but Jeff was so great that it would be a crime to rank this anything below 5 stars. The main character has a very unique, smug attitude that Jeff pulls off so well... it makes me wonder if there might have been some typecasting here! Haha! I can't emphasize enough how much more fun this book is because of the way Jeff performs it.
This book is certainly worth a full credit! I picked it up on sale and it is one of the best books I've read since I started listening to Audible a few months ago. You won't regret it!
I laughed out loud as I listened to this story. It was like an old fashioned comic book with super heroes fighting super villains. It is well worth the money or the credit.
i like books. i like reading and i like audio books also. I wish they could be combined. i want to see the words lit up as they are read
I don't have print copy
I'm not going to say, read it yourself
I'm not going to say, read it yourself
Ask Jim, he is great with words
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Totally - The main character is down on his luck and never gives up, punching at his fate with continuous snark and the super power of common sense.
The main character and the way he seemed to be the only sane person in a world of super hero cliches.
No I haven't - But thanks to this one, I'll be out chasing more of their stuff down.
There is a moment in the book where the main character steps up in a bad situation, and does what he knows no one else would do.. A villain in the good guys camp. as He says, his moral compass is as twisty as a gymnast, but in the situation, it is the thing you want him to do, something we all wish we could do in such a situation.
This book is worth the time, I gave up counting the number of times I've listened to this. It makes me laugh and smile every time, and I just keep cheering the main character on.
Super heroes be damned, the villains do the job better!
This was a fantastic book I would definatly listen again.
In a way this was very similar to Soon I Will Be Invincable. Both take a hero universe unknown to us. It's Not DC. It's Not Marvel. It's unique and a great story.
I hope the author writes more like this.
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As the title says, this book was surprisingly entertaining. I mean it is only about 5+ hours long and it you expect a literary masterpiece you are in for a disappointment. That being said it delivers exactly what the description says; a witty and humorous glimpse into the life of a “super” villain stuck on the right (or should that be wrong) side of the fence.
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I haven't read the print version. The audio edition is excellent though.
Mechani-Cal, of course. He's the main character. His voice and style is so humorous and dark, you can cannot help but like him. A brilliant mind, a good soul, but has suffered a lot bad luck to sour him. His attempts to be the boy-scout Superhero fail him, however, when push comes to shove, that's when Mechani-Cal does his best.
Not a scene, but my favorite part of the book was the first part when Mechani-Cal tries to figure out how to save the world from the mind-controlling bugs enslaving the human race. But it's all great stuff from beginning to the end.
The scene where so-called superhero and jealous ex-boyfriend mind-wipes Aphrodite, Mechani-Cal's new girlfriend, thereby forgetting her special sweet relationship she had with Cal.
I truly enjoyed Confessions of a D-List Super-villain from beginning to end. The narrator did an incredible performance as Mechani-Cal. The story has a great mix of action, humor, sarcasm, and romance. For those who enjoy comics and superheroes, this is a great audiobook to listen too.
It's high on my list of fun books.
The story is full of wit and fun. I loved the underdog. His attitude towards life just makes you laugh out loud.
Cal was awesome
I really hope to see more of the same from this author. Combine with the narrators makes it magic.
I enjoyed most of the story. I personally have enjoyed many of the super hero\ villain stories I have read\listened to. This was no exception. The narrator does a good job for much of the story never getting in the way of the author.
The writing of the book is pretty good except at times things seem to skip ahead a bit and I did not like the ending, specifically the second epilogue. The change in narrator while making sense is a bit jarring as their voices and style are very different.
While I would normally prefer a longer book for this story the length seemed to fit. Overall I would recommend this.
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