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Meta | [Tom Reynolds]

Meta

It’s been ten years since Connor Connolly lost his parents in ‘The Battle’; a fight between The Governor and Jones, two of the world’s strongest metas. Before ‘The Battle’ the world had been full of metas, super-powered humans whose amazing abilities came from mysterious wristbands. Since that day one has never been seen again.
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Publisher's Summary

It’s been ten years since Connor Connolly lost his parents in ‘The Battle’; a fight between The Governor and Jones, two of the world’s strongest metas. Before ‘The Battle’ the world had been full of metas, super-powered humans whose amazing abilities came from mysterious wristbands. Since that day one has never been seen again.

Now 16-years-old, Connor lives in Bay View City with his older brother Derrick, a meta-obsessed blogger, where he’s just trying to keep his head down long enough to survive high school. All of that changes the night he attempts to save a girl's life and wakes up to find the first new pair of metabands anyone has seen wrapped around his wrists.

Connor soon finds an unlikely ally in Midnight, a masked vigilante who helps him learn how to harness his new abilities, while also trying to balance his summer job at the lake. As a meta, Connor becomes known as Omni, potentially the most powerful meta the world has ever seen, but it isn’t long before he finds out he's no longer alone...

©2013 Tom Reynolds (P)2014 Tom Reynolds

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    Blaine Moore Maine 03-20-15
    Blaine Moore Maine 03-20-15
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    "Skip the Audible Version, Go For Kindle"
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    The story was okay; there were some general flaws with the pacing and what not, but it was still a fine diversion. The author should not have tried to narrate it himself, however. Every character had the same voice, and there were many times when I couldn't tell if another character had started speaking or it was still the original one, nor could I tell when the hero was thinking to himself or speaking out loud. There was also a lack of gravity during the action scenes, it was just being read out of the book flat. I might consider reading the second book, but unless there's a new narrator I wouldn't get the audible version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bree 06-19-14
    Bree 06-19-14
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    "Loved it"
    What did you love best about Meta?

    Loved the story, kept me engaged through the whole story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was fairly easy to follow, and not completely obvious as to what would happen next.


    What does Tom Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well spoken and brought more of the writers expression on how the story was meant to be told.


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

    Yes, because it kept my interest throughout the whole story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a fan of the podcast The Complete Guide To Everything, and so I thought I'd give Tom's book a try and it was pretty good. Great job Tom :) hope you have a second one in progress.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "It was really a fun book."
    What made the experience of listening to Meta the most enjoyable?

    The fact that it was totally scifi


    What other book might you compare Meta to and why?

    Nothing realy


    Which character – as performed by Tom Reynolds – was your favorite?

    Midnight


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

    Interesting idea


    Any additional comments?

    How the heck did the bands get on his wrist. Somewhere in the story I hoped there would be
    an explanation. Otherwise it crosses over to fantasy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karl G. 06-11-15
    Karl G. 06-11-15 Member Since 2013

    Audio books balance my life. I commute 2 hours a day and audio books save my mind from exploding in traffic.

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    "Story is great but listening to it is painful."
    What did you like best about Meta? What did you like least?

    The story is a great super hero coming of age story but the author reading his own work is like listening to a high school chemistry teacher give a lecture while running his finger nails down a chalk board.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Read by anyone who is trained to read audio books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim K. 05-09-15
    Jim K. 05-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Quick but fun"
    Where does Meta rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Meta is definitely not my longest book, but it doesn't waste time with pointless details either. It may be over quickly but you will end the ride.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters have fleshed out personalities. Even if a character is only a main focus briefly for the reader there is more substance to them, well at least most of them.


    What about Tom Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    His voice acting was great as was his pacing. Not the best female voices though.


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

    I laughed out loud several times during this book. My co-workers looked at me funny.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!"

    Tom, I really enjoyed your book, and kudos on the self done audio book, it came out way better than I would have accepted. Overall, I loved your book and would love to listen to another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "the book is fantastic.... but...."

    OK the book itself is awesome. I love this book and the author is great at writing this. That said.... well this is another example of good book gone bad by the author wanting to narrate it.... the lisp and lip licking is killing me!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Sweeney 01-04-15 Listener Since 2005
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    "terrible narration, decent story"

    The narrator is a total mush-mouth. Kind of sounds like Walt Jr. from Breaking Bad. Story was mediocre, unoriginal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chris 05-05-14
    chris 05-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story bad hero"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, its a good book with a great story. My only gripe is I hate the main hero, he is unlikable, literally unlikeable. He is unrelatable, he is given a great gift and is too scared to use them. He over thinks every little bit. What action there is, is very good, when the hero is too scared to move that is.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tom Reynolds? Why or why not?

    definitly


    What about Tom Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    very soothing voice


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The reluctant hero


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    2/17/14
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    "New kid on the block writes like an old pro."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Meta to be better than the print version?

    Yes Mr Reynolds performance was top notch and brought the characters to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Meta?

    The equine Easter egg towards the end of the book had me grinning from ear to ear.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I felt the final showdown was really well done and had me rooting for Connor without wishing to give spoilers all I can say is it was an intelligent and exciting climax.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It ain't easy being super.


    Any additional comments?

    I would normally have never picked a book with this subject matter up however being a huge fan of Tom's other audio work on the complete guide to everything I thought what the hell lets give it a whirl.I was shocked to discover a wonderfully engaging barnstorming tale of daring do.While paying homage to other comic book greats Tom also innovates and brings a raft of fresh ideas of his own to the party,with Connor we have a hero that we can relate to as he struggles to find his place in the world.

    I have friends who enjoy comics or graphic novels if you prefer and one of their great woes is that once they finish one the urge to consume for is overwhelming.This is how I felt after finishing this wonderful romp if there were already more books in this series to buy I would have done so.I feel sorry for anyone discovering Tom's work in 20 years from now when he has a huge body of work behind him because they will be spending a fortune in a very short space of time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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