I did have fantastic hearing, mostly by virtue of being blind.But that couldn't actually mean that he's trying to tell me I have super powers, right? Because that would be ridiculous.
It wasn't the sex talk he expected. Phillip Sallinger's dad has told him he's a custodian - a guardian - and his genetically inherited power is telekinesis. He'll learn to move objects with his mind. Excited to begin superhero high school until he discovers he's assigned to a special-ed class for disabled empowered kids, he suddenly feels like an outsider. Bullied, threatened, and betrayed, Phillip struggles even as he and his friends - calling themselves the Ables - find ways to maximize their powers to overcome their disabilities and are the first to identify the growing evil threatening humanity. As vital custodians disappear and the custodian leadership is mired in indecision, a mysterious and powerful figure taunts Phillip, and the enemy is poised to strike. But what if the next "one who does all", the multigifted custodian predicted to come, is one of the Ables?
The Ables is a fast-paced, captivating debut novel from Jeremy Scott, a bold new voice in fantasy and sci fi and already a widely popular storyteller as cocreator and narrator of CinemaSins, a YouTube channel that has amassed more than 3.8 million subscribers in under two years.
©2015 Jeremy Scott (P)2015 Jeremy Scott
The reading was way too fast! I love this book. Figured out the ending pretty quick, but great plot development. Key word: development, because this is a book that gets better over time.
I don't read a lot of fiction, but I'm a fan of the author's CinemaSins YouTube channel so I decided to give this one a try. And I'm glad I did - The Ables is a thoroughly entertaining adventure tale reminiscent of childhood favourites like The Goonies.
Jeremy is a capable story teller with a visual style that shines through even in a novel written from a blind person's point of view. His experience with film is evident in the structure and story beats, which would translate almost one-to-one into a film script if ever this story were picked up by a studio.
The author also proves to be a capable narrator, which is not surprising given his background in entertainment. It took me a few minutes to settle in to his fast rhythm of speech, but once I did I found it brought the scenes to life more vividly than if a slower speaker had been running the show.
I did see some of the plot twists coming a fair way in advance. I imagine it's hard to fine tune a story like this to the point where everything is sufficiently foreshadowed so the twists make sense when they come, without giving the game away too early for most readers. For me personally, some were a bit too obvious, but I don't know if that means they really are too obvious or if I'm just smarter than average (if I had to choose, I'd say it's definitely the second one). I think there were also a couple of consistency problems (I know I'm taking a leap suggesting consistency problems in a story by the guy who does CinemaSins, so I may be wrong about this), mostly to do with the main character Phillip's blindness and his actions at times that didn't always seem to fit with the restrictions of the various ways he and his friends negate the disability throughout the story.
I could be wrong, and even if I'm right, these minor inconsistencies don't detract from the genuinely entertaining story. In fact the story is probably better for not getting bogged down in the semantics of blindness workarounds - for the purposes of a story about people with super-human abilities, it's probably enough that we just accept Phillip has a workaround that allows him to act like a sighted person despite his physical blindness.
Overall, The Ables is a genuinely entertaining adventure story, a great read that would also make a great movie. I'm looking forward to seeing Jeremy continue the story in a sequel and then round out the trilogy with a third book that will inevitably be split into two films in the big screen adaptation.
My only complaint is that sometimes the audio would change levels and sound like different takes were cut together instead of it sounding like one big take. Overall I still liked it, it's a definite re listen and I would love to see an animated series or a movie based of it.
Jeremy Scott took care to make a story about a boy overcoming his shortcomings, that feels like a real boy, with legitimate reactions to triumphs and hardships.
It holds both your attention, and your imagination, by sticking to the core need of any good story; relatable characters, who's motivations though different from your own, is still understood as honest behavior by the character.
I would say, the only issue I had is, every character seems to curse identically, which is a mild complaint at worst. it neither overwhelms the book, nor does appear in inappropriate portions of the text.
Flowed nicely, but the narrator/author made no attempt to differentiate between the characters. A professional narrator would have been better.
Thrilling original concept following truly likable characters. Listening to some of his background come through with critiquing common clichés in story telling was quite amusing as well. I hope he continues writing and will read anything he releases in the future.
This is one of the absolute best books I've listened to in a damned long time! I would recommend this to anyone!
"From Cinema Sins to Audiobook"
The style of writing really makes it seem quite mature even if the age group is quite young in the story. It has this rich theme to it even though it's been used before, the genre I mean. However I can see opinions you have expressed in youtube videos and such really being played into your work. I like that. I wanted to listen to you because you did it. You have such a rich style that is very refreshing - you are my lemonade in the Summer. I'm only half way through the audiobook as I just had to write this before I forget. Whatever the outcome I know it's going to be well written and done.
From the very beginning it was the characters, how simple yet balanced they were. I love Super-powered people to have some downside and playing off that really is cool. It's almost like Heroes the TV - you know Hiro Nakamora that could control time but in the end the more he used it he began to develop brain traumas. I like the realness to the characters for me I could listen to this a thousand times and will still feel these characters are more real, more fleshed out than some large global books..*cough*Twilight*cough.* With their tofu-farting-melodramatic-sparkling characters that just were boring.
For teen drama - I like this. I like this alot.
His voice was smooth, calm but changed with the scene. I am glad that he did not change his voice to make it sound more feminine by keeping this neutrality to the characters voices I was able to create my own mental image of what they are.
Not sure I could answer this question actually, it's not my place to create a tag line. How would I be able to do that really? I'm no director, I am if anything a person that wants to become an author but has no real education to make that happen. This is one of those things I don't think it should have a tag-line - not really - just let me movie or book speak for itself. The more we give away of a movie or book the less it becomes if I was to say anything just keep it simple, nothing over the top. Perhaps - "Pardon me, donde esta la biblioteca?"
Though I am not an official reviewer nor educated enough to really break this book apart into small amount of details - which I won't. But I only gave it four stars across the board because it's as goes everything has sins be it a movie or book though I do want to make it clear I am judging this as a reader not a viewer. I expect there are things that could be fixed, could be changed or small things wrong but that doesn't matter not to me. I did it out of principle and I hope Jeremy - though I doubt he would read this or see it - would respect my decision.
I love your work, chap. Write more. The world needs to see your creations.
"Fascinating superhero origin story"
I had seen The Ables advertised a while ago, but never gave it much thought. I liked the CinemaSins videos on YouTube, but would that same level of entertainment extend to a book? Let alone one about disabled superhero kids?
There are few moments when I have chosen against my gut feeling and have been glad to say my gut was wrong. My gut was deliriously wrong in this case. The Ables is a wonderful story, crafted with such loveable well-rounded characters. The audiobook is narrated by the author and I wouldn't have it any other way. Each joke is delivered perfectly, and when tragedy strikes, the emotional weight is carried well. If I were to offer constructive feedback (not that it matters; The Ables doesn't need my meddling), there are only two female characters who have any impact and they aren't there for long. That is not to say every niche, gender, race or creed needs to be catered to, but I can only imagine how much I would love to read this story to my daughter and give her a character with whom to bond.
But I don't have a daughter; in fact I have two sons and so their needs are covered!
Ten years or so ago, a generation of kids discovered the Harry Potter series. I hope ten years or so from now, I can grin with the knowledge that I was one of the first to consume this treasure.
"I am in love with this Universe!"
I cannot believe, that I have recorder a video-review, but completely forgot to actually write one. To put it bluntly this is by far, my most favorite book of 2015. I own it in all available formats to date, and even played the test-drive of the newly in-testing video game from the story's expanded universe (by the way the game was great on PC, so looking forward to the full version!).
If you follow my YouTube review's you already know my spoiler free-talk on it. However Gooodreads is special, so I will say with full bias - this story is simply put GREAT. I re-read it so many times I lost count, and re-listened to it too, the Audiobook version is a great story companion.
If you are looking for a light-hearted read, this is probably not it, but it is realistic, as realistic as super-hero pre-teen sci-fi in a small town America, can be. There are great characters in the story, seeing disability represented in such humanistic way is refreshing.
I am in line for the series continuation, and hope more books in the story will be written. But for now will go play the tie-in video game to pass the time!
Narration was quite fast, so I needed to slow the speed slightly. A neat concept for a story
"amazing characters "
everyone in the book is great to hang out with and the story is very engrossing with enough twist to keep you guessing
it was fun to listen to but I did make a prediction about the ending pretty early on
"A(n) (dis)abled recommendation"
While Jeremy reads at topspeed, this is an amazing story to listen to. Well done!
Ready, wilful & dis-abled
the story is written by someone who has read and watched A LOT of Sci-Fi and Super Hero, there is a number of familiar concepts but taken with a twist that offers an insight previously not addressed, this does not make it unique but does take the Super-Hero story on a different direction in a similar vain to Rob Grant's Colony or Red Shirts.
This story is a POV but owing to the story being told by a blind person, the POV is actually everyone else, you are at the same time the protagonist and the reader
A Great Book we're totally going to ruin by miscasting and completely not getting the subversive message.
this band of very unlikely heroes are the special-ed of Sky High, the squibs of Hogwarts, they are subject to all the prejudices and pains of any teenager facing life changing issues, problems and changes in world view. This is summed up in super-powers that are inhibited by different disabilities, a sense any former teenager can relate to... it would have been really boring though if that was the only thing though. The great thing is that it takes time to world-build whilst developing characters without drowning out the story. It as a clear progressive story line that will splinter off in unexpected directions - with the world established like all the dreams of every comic book (graphic novel) reader it is then subverted into a dark but intriguing reality
"Unable to put it down"
I have sympathy on the people who do not get to read this, or better yet, listen to it. I applaud Jeremy and his tenacity to entertain people, and rid them of their sins. Heres hoping we hear more from Phillip in the future.
As a disabled person it was really good to listen to a story where he characters were disabled but we're neither an object of pity nor unexpected heroes who overcame their disabilities. They tried and failed in a realistic way and when they managed to do things it was by realistically finding ways around their disabilities and by accepting help from eachother rather than overcoming their disabilities somehow.
I also loved that the hero in the end was not the expected one (although I had guessed who it would be) and he didn't do the impossible - cheating death or whatever, but simply did something selfless. The only reason it was incredible what he did was that everyone had assumed he was completely incapable of anything (as people often do with people with disabilities...especially those with mental disabilities)
I've never read a story before that handled disability in a way that, as a severely disabled person with the sort of disability that cannot be 'overcome', I found so affirming and uplifting.
I think for me it was actually the 'let down' points - when the main character felt despondent because his disability limited his ability to use his power and also when the able team failed spectacularly and seemed to prove right the people who had said it would be dangerous to let them compete. These points struck home for me in a very real way.
It did make me cry at the end.
I'd recommend this book to anyone with a disability who is fed up of all the inspiration porn (the whole 'look at this disabled person valiantly doing something we didn't think disabled people could do...if they can do this then nobody every has an excuse to not be able to achieve absolutely everything' trend).
This story showed that sometimes disabled people actually can't 'overcome' their disabilities but that sometimes what enables us to do things is accepting help from others. Also that someone can still have their disability but still do something great by their personality (as the character with downs syndrome did by being caring and willing to help people).
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