Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

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About This Audible Original

Think superheroes are tough? Try having one for a boss, or co-worker. That’s the predicament Andrea Vernon finds herself in as the heroine of Alexander C. Kane’s debut audio. Drowning in debt, and forced to move back into her parents’ Queens apartment, Andrea starts looking for a job. Luckily for her, she finds herself recruited—well, really kidnapped—by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection (C.U.P.), an organization that deploys superheroes. Suddenly Andrea must contend with co-workers who can shoot lightning from their fingertips, face the imminent destruction of humanity, and juggle a fledgling romance with a giant lumberjack. It’s all in a day’s work for the would-be novelist turned superstar secretary.

Audible Hall of Fame narrator Bahni Turpin is perfectly cast as a normal person finding herself in abnormal circumstances. Turpin brings to life an entire cast of quirky characters, along with their heroically funny antics in the cubicle next door. If you’ve ever wondered what a genetically altered rhinoceros sounds like, or needed to take a break from your own office drudgery, this is the comedy for you.

© 2017 Alexander C. Kane (P) 2017 Audible Originals, LLC.

Our favorite moments from Andrea Vernon: an ultra-human day at the office

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  • A very hard job interview
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"The author does a great job of blending the alternate world with real places (some of which are my favorites in NYC) to make this hilarious story really draw you in. The characters have those great quirks that speak to the real person underneath."

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About the Author

Alexander C. Kane first got the idea for Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection while sitting through one of his company’s end-of-the-year sales meetings. Listening to his coworkers rattle off their accomplishments, he thought to himself, “It’s not like we’re saving the world.” Inspiration soon struck in the form of Andrea Vernon. Kane is hard at work on an original space opera, as well as more adventures for Andrea.

About the Performer

Bahni Turpin was Audible’s Narrator of the Year in 2016, and inducted into Audible’s Narrator Hall of Fame in 2017. She is a multiple Audie Award winner and nominee, with numerous credits on stage and screen. Among the groundbreaking works she’s narrated are The Feminist Fight Club, The Help, Zora Neale Hurston’s Dust Tracks on a Road, The Underground Railroad, and Angie Thomas’s debut novel, The Hate U Give. When not acting or narrating, Bahni is a yoga instructor and tries to be a good listener.

Recommended by the Audible Experts

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A Normal Life in an Abnormal World

Andrea Vernon is an amusing spin on the super-hero genre. The humorous tale explores a perfectly normal office worker who must navigate the mundane world of her bureaucratic job in a company of super-powered government contractors. The story feels like The Incredibles or The Tick meets Office Space or Arrested Development. I found Andrea to be a strangely relatable character as I too have found myself thrown into a job I was ill-prepared for and forced to rise to the occasion. I would gladly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good laugh and and an enjoyable story.

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“Men In Black” meets “Parks and Recreation”

'Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for Ultrahuman Protection' is your typical workplace satire. Typical, that is, if your workplace includes superheroes. You'll meet great characters like Rabbi Diamond (a diamond-skinned alien who crash landed on Earth as an infant and was adopted by an Orthodox Jewish couple), King Tiger (body of a man, head of a tiger, loves three-piece suits), and Inspector Well Actually (his super power is correcting people). It's equal parts corporate comedy, silly superhero puns, and an exciting adventure involving a giant glowing egg. I guarantee you will laugh out loud while listening!

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I AM SO OVER SUPERHEROS....however

I am done with superheros and zombies, but I got this book due to one reviewer saying it was similar to Good Omens. Well, Good Omens it's not. I will shout for joy when I find another book like Good Omens. But it is a good book. The business side of superhero industry is very funny. I even LOL'd which is super rare for me. I have been on the hunt for books like this and Good Omens for a long time. I'm glad I found it, it's good.

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  • Kenia
  • Miami, FL, USA
  • 09-19-17

Great Narration!

This was a really funny book & the narrator is everything! The end of the book would have been funny regardless of who was reading, but her voices just made the laughter bubble out of me.

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Fun for the grown up comic fan.

Would you listen to Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection again? Why?

Yes. To try to memorize all of Ms. Oh's colloquialisms.

What other book might you compare Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection to and why?

Neil Gaimen's "Good Omens"
It takes a genre that we are familiar with and pokes holes in it's self seriousness by adding the mundane details and indignities of navigating everyday professional life.

Which character – as performed by Bahni Turpin – was your favorite?

Inspector Well Actually was awful and hilarious.

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

The scene with Scott on his way to make the pitch to the Bronx public service commission was hilarious.

Any additional comments?

If your on the fence whether or not this book is worth your credit, just burn the credit. If it seems like something you would be interested in, you will like it.

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Great Story

2 things that stand out for me.

1. I am not a sci-fi fan but the cover of this book caught my attention and I had to read it. I am so glad I did. Very funny story and it kept my interest. I cannot tell you how many times I was laughing out loud!

2. I was worried my attention span would not be good with an audible book. I am very happy to say this was not the case. Bahni Turpin does such a great job drawing you in to the characters and the story. She brought them all to life and that was so enjoyable! I feel like I know them all too well.

I look forward to getting this book in hardcopy and will tell others about this good read.

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Independence Day meets Office Space...

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Surprise of the summer - laugh-out-loud funny. Whether navigating the off-kilter aphorisms of Ms. Persephone Oh or the the raw masculinity of the Big Axe or the sheer radiance of Rabbi Diamond, Andrea Vernon makes the best of an unusual post-college office job — and may just help to save the world along the way. A delightful debut novel deserving of a sequel.

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Witty and totally entertaining!

What an excellent find! As a devout fan of quirky fiction, I am super excited to add another author to my library - right next to Christopher Moore and Jasper Fforde.

I wasn't sure about the narrator at first, but her range was incredible - dozens of unique voices for a genuinely crazy cast of characters. I mean, if you'd asked me yesterday what a scientifically enhanced rhinoceros with super human intelligence sounded like, I'd have had no idea, but this narrator nailed it.

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Great Book!

This book is a great read from start to finish! The humor is relatable, the characters flushed out and full, and the wit superb! I could easily see an entire book written about any main or supporting character in the novel and hope the author expands the world he's so delightfully created!

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you said the heading was optional!

I really really times infinity loved this book. It's "super" funny! ha ha puns! seriously it's smart and sarcastic and the characters are really Well written. the narrator was Amazeballs. this book is funny as is but the narrator just nails it so hard. so good!

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  • BJShalts
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A real gem!

I'd never heard of the author, or the reader, I just took a chance. And what a great find this was! It's a warm hearted, funny and cleverly written book, and Bahni Turpin's rich, versatile voice really enhances the fun. There's literally a cast of thousands in this, including feisty latino superheroes, a mechanical kitchen sink, alien invaders and an evil not-quite-genius. In the wrong hands this story could have been a train wreck, but this is a well choreographed comedy dance piece that will have your toes tapping.

Most of the comedy is character based, so it's good that the characters are so clearly defined, and easy to separate from their voices.
It takes a couple of minutes to pick up pace at the start, while all the unusual circumstances and characters are introduced, but then the plot is up and running, twisting and turning to eventually concludes with a breathless and bubbling climax. Great fun!