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Mutation Audiobook

Mutation: Kid Sensation, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Kid Sensation is back! The intrepid teen super with the plethora of powers returns in a new adventure.

Having saved the planet and earned a place with the world's premiere superhero team, Jim (aka Kid Sensation) is preparing to attend the prestigious Academy, where teen supers from every corner of the globe learn to master their abilities. At the same time, however, he is approached by a mysterious government organization that wants Jim to work for them - and they won't take "No" for an answer.

Moreover, at the Academy itself, an insidious and highly contagious virus is running amok through the student population, striking at the heart of their abilities. Students are losing control of their powers, with lethal consequences.

Now, in addition to evading the machinations of government agents, Jim must solve the mystery behind the virus - and how to stop it - before every super everywhere becomes fatally infected.

©2013 Kevin Hardman (P)2016 Kevin Hardman

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    The Anime Adict 08-13-16

    I love audio books and have listened to about 400 of them. My main interest are in Fantasy and Urban Fantasy.

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    "A fun Read"

    So after listening to the first book I'll admit I was hooked. A note before we get down to the review, this is a YA novel only in the sense that the main characters are teens and that there isn't a lot of depth or complications to the plot. With that said if you come into this expecting Shakespeare you will be disappointed. If you just want a fun read with super heroes, then you might have found what you've been looking for.

    Pros:
    1. the powers are well thought out, with the real world issues some scientists have actually look into. Fortunately the fixes this with other powers to off set these issues.
    2. The characters are usually rather well developed and make sense.
    3. There is humor that is actually funny, and not just in an adolescence manner either.
    4. The romantic subplot is exactly that the subplot, not the plot, and is done in a rather realistic manner, it's sweet but not overwhelming.
    5. the plot while not overly original is solid, without any real 'wait that wouldn't happen' moments.
    6. everything makes sense within the context of the book, while some reviewers have questioned people not using their super powers, they clearly weren't listening about the risks.

    Cons:
    1. Lack of depth, this is where the book earns the YA status. It goes into some really heavy stuff like national sovereignty, legal checks and balances, moral and immoral science and so on. Yet rather than doing anything with them the book slowly retreats from them or outright runs away.
    2. The plot 'twists' or big reveals are far from unexpected or surprising. I don't know if this is because they are a bit cliché or because there are so many hints and nudges about what is going on.
    3. because there are no real surprise twists and because the main is so powerful there isn't really any suspense and so the last bit of the book is kind of boring.
    4. while it is hinted at what the adult super heroes are doing, they're actions are never stated or even brought to light.
    5. Sadly there is a lot of exposition, and I mean a lot even when it wasn't necessary. It doesn't get too much in the way but the book could have been much better without it.

    Finally the narration. Honestly I can't remember it too well it must have been neither bad or spectacular.

    In the end I would recommend buying this book. It's not a masterful work of literature but it is fun. If you want a YA that isn't drowning in angst, or just a fun listen this is a good book to pick up and I'll continue the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Powderly, KY, United States 11-30-16
    James Powderly, KY, United States 11-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I wish my high school woulda blown up"
    Any additional comments?

    Pretty good 2nd book in the series. The story seemed a little short, which kept the character development limited, also felt the fight scenes were the main story. Narrator does a really good job with all the different voices. I did enjoy the main character and the overall story line, just wish there could have been more.

    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsey Choi 11-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Yay!"
    What did you love best about Mutation?

    I actually really liked that we got to know more super powered kids that aren't all acting as bad guys. That was a great change of pace from what I thought to expect based on the first book.


    Have you listened to any of Mikael Naramore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He has an awesome similarity to Malcolm McDowell's voice, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000532/. But he does go a bit gruff on Mouse's voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    My that is a very spoilery question!


    Any additional comments?

    2nd book was as enjoyable as the first and longer, thank goodness! I didn't feel the need to over explore his relationships formed in the first book, and we didn't yay! There was some repetition in the language of the book but it might have been on purpose. A couple of times I felt like maybe things were either accidentally skipped in description in the first book or there were some slight changes. I can absolutely accept that Jim is a kid, he's going to forget stuff or not be fully confident in himself/not believe others will believe him even if it isn't stated in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    b.baker 08-18-16
    b.baker 08-18-16

    atgowt

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    "Not leaving a good thing alone"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think it could have been made 4 or 5. The plot, protagonist and just about everything needed work.


    What could Kevin Hardman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Jim is a spoiled brat in this one. And stupid. In the last book he seemed intelligent and a little rambunctious but no more than an average 16 year old. This one he flies into a rage because he can. I don't like this jim at all.


    What about Mikael Naramore’s performance did you like?

    he had a soothing voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It ended. I know that sounds bad but it was short and that is all that got me through it. Other than that I can't think of anything that made this anything I'd recommend to others.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed book one. It held together and most of the reactions made sense. Jim was smart/clever a bit naive but still a strong young man. This one he became a clueless little brat who didn't deserve the good that came to him, at all.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steven 10-25-16
    Steven 10-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "the story is fine but lots annoying little bits"

    kid is too powerful, twists are obvious, kid is stupid and acts like the simplest revelation are earth shattering. The worst for this book is THAT'S NOT HOW STARS WORK. So much misinformation about stars and there life cycle.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-12-16
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    "fun story, light novel"

    lots of good teen moments, but the main character is almost a little too smart

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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