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Andrea Vernon and the Superhero-Industrial Complex

Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Series: Andrea Vernon, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (589 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Back by popular demand! The further, fearsome, and funny adventures of Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection - written by Alexander C. Kane and performed by Bahni Turpin, 2018 Audie Award winner for Best Female Narrator.

More than a year after she helped save the world from the Sparnaxian invasion, Andrea Vernon is in a good place. Her boss is giving her greater responsibility and she’s getting to travel a lot (although her fill-in is hopeless at making coffee); things could be getting even more serious with her 8’ 4” superhero boyfriend, The Big Axe; and she has a really fun new BFF, Never More. 

Small issue, though, with that last item - Never More is a supervillain bent on world domination, and it looks as if nothing can stop her. Especially since Congress is determined to bring the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection and all of “Big Supe” under government control. 

Even with mankind’s greatest heroes fighting back, will it fall on Andrea to save the day - again?

©2019 Alexander C. Kane (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

April 2019 Staff Pick

Like being in a hilarious group chat with your pub trivia team

In this superhero workplace comedy performed by Bahni Turpin, the juxtaposition of the fantastical and the mundane is pure delight. There are pop cultural references galore (a Third Eye Blind joke had me laughing out loud), punny superhero names (Great Gory Samsa), real-life locations (shout-out to Hoboken Terminal!), and tiny throwaway jokes that come satisfyingly full circle. If you love The Princess Bride and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, this Audible Original is for you. —Robyn F., Audible Editor

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Like being in a group chat with your trivia team

I absolutely loved 'Andrea Vernon and The Corporation for Ultrahuman Protection,' so when I learned there would be a sequel, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. In this superhero workplace comedy performed by Bahni Turpin, the juxtaposition of the fantastical and the mundane never fails to delight–like the time Andrea and her supervillain frenemy go out drinking and get into a heated argument about the correct way to get dressed (it’s obviously sock sock, shoe shoe, NOT sock shoe, sock shoe!). There are pop culture references galore (Jessica Alba’s Honest Company, the TV show Arrested Development, and a well-timed Third Eye Blind joke that had me laughing out loud on my morning commute) and you almost forget you’re listening to a story about bureaucratic red tape. There are punny superhero names (Great Gory Samsa), real-life locations (shout-out to Hoboken Terminal!), and tiny throwaway jokes that come satisfyingly full circle in the penultimate scenes. If you love ‘The Princess Bride’ and ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy,’ don’t miss ‘Andrea Vernon and the Superhero Industrial Complex.’

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Team Sock Sock Shoe Shoe

Alexander C. Kane and Bahni Turpin did it again. They have to be one of the best author/narrator combinations I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. I seriously laughed and smiled so much listening to much loved characters from the first book returning (Inspector Well Actually is still in rare form), as well getting to know some new ones (Nevermore is an excellent super villain/best friend). The only thing I wish I'd known before buying was that it has a cliffhangery-ish ending. I don't normally do cliffhangers, but that's on me for downloading before any other reviews were out. So I'll sit here, not so patiently waiting for a third book, hoping that it's in the works. Can't wait to read about you again soon AV!

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imaginative and funny

As soon as I finished the 1st book in this series I rushed to this 1. They are unlike anything else I usually read. They are funny and The stories move quickly along. I enjoyed the voices more in this book that in the 1st And I highly recommend

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absolute brilliance; again!

Alexander Kane and Bahni Turpin are the Audible dynamic duo! This, much like the first book, are MUST listens!

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Very funny / Excellent narration

This is an excellent 2nd installment. The superpowers are brilliant and the narration is pitch perfect.

Well actually, I can't wait until the next book!

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fun one

Another in the series and just as fun as the first. Do start at the beginning though, as the backgrounds of the characters are important.

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  • Shelia
  • Kentucky, USA
  • 05-11-19

Well actually, it's even better than the first one

Incredibly entertaining. No sophomore slump here - I thought the second book was even better than the first entry in the series. Some of the returning characters were more fully fleshed out (who knew Ms. O had such an interesting personal life?) and the introduction of Never More was a fantastic addition to the cast of characters.

Bahni Turpin's narration was, once again, beyond exceptional. She uses very distinct voices which beautifully suit each individual character. She has a huge range of inflections and accents - she's absolutely amazing.

Normally I hate cliff-hanger endings, but even though this book has them on multiple levels, I would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun listen. I'm positive it wouldn't be your biggest regret.

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SO MUCH FUN!!!!

So many things I loved about this, and I was worried it wouldn't live up to the first one! I want everyone to read this so they will understand why I keep saying GLLLLLAAAARRREEEEE!!! Bahni Turpin is hysterical and all the character voices are dead on. I can't recommend this highly enough.

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The best narrator out there!!

Bahni has to be the absolute best narrator I’ve ever heard. She brings so much life and depth to these already great stories.

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Second verse, same as the first

This book was just as good (if not better) than the first. Multiple laugh out loud jokes.

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  • RobE
  • 05-04-19

Brilliant blend of action and comedy

This is the second book by Alexander C Kane about Executive Assistant Andrea Vernon - a woman trying to maintain order in a world of chaotic superheroes and supervillains.

The first book, ‘Andrea Vernon and the Corporation of UltraHuman Protection’, set up the characters and saw them battling space invaders. The ‘Superhero Industrial Complex’ sees supervillain Nevermore trying to take over the world by subverting the political system that governs the superheroes.

***The Good***
- Kane is an exceptionally creative writer. He manages to combine satire on national and office politics, engaging battle sequences, careful plotting, and brilliantly imagined superheroes and villains.
- Bahni Turpin really understands the humour of the book, and does an excellent job of making the characters come alive.
- Rather than rehashing the plot of the first book, this one develops the universe in interesting ways and includes some very funny new situations and characters. GLARE was brilliant.

***The Bad***
- Turpin’s performance for some characters is very loud and harsh on the ears. This worked for me, but probably wouldn’t if you listen to books to go to sleep.
- I would strongly recommend listening to the first Andrea Vernon book before this one. The story is standalone, but it’s more rewarding if you know the background to the characters.

Overall, a great listen which sets things up nicely for Book 3.

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  • Nighteyes
  • 05-06-19

I can haz more??

oh god! The puns! They burnses! So many!!!

I don't recall the last time I laughed this hard or this long...
This is a true masterpiece of humour, puns and jokes...
If you didn't enjoy the humour of the first one, you should avoid this like the plague.
The actual story is nothing special, but Mr. Kane' telling of it is something else all together, and Ms. Turpin raises it to a whole new level.
So many wonderful voices with those little extra touches like Nevermore's crowing... Truly impressive <3

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  • elly gausden
  • 04-12-19

Not as good as the first book

Still funny, and super well read, but the plot's not as tightly written and it just drags a bit.

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