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Goon Squad

Year One
Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (132 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An ongoing, episodic "prose comic" from which the pictures are summoned by the magic of words, Goon Squad is set in an alternate version of modern-day Manchester. Its biggest divergence from the real city is that it - along with most other large urban centers - has a team of superheroes to protect it against unusual threats with which the conventional forces of law and order would have problems.

Goon Squad: Year One offers three action-packed volumes in a single collection:

Goon Squad, Vol. 1: Special Talents

  • "The New Girl"
  • "Nightclubbing"
  • "By the Water, by the Grave"
  • "Changes"
  • "No-No Dojo"
  • "Exterminating Angel"

Goon Squad, Vol. 2: Without Sin

  • "A Star in Strange Ways"
  • "Holy Fool"
  • "Dead Man Tells Tale"
  • "A Brief History of the Goon Squad"
  • "Tale of Terror"
  • "Pomona Island"

Goon Squad, Vol. 3: Old Enemies

  • "Life During Wartime"
  • "Red Wolf, Red Wolf, Does Whatever a Red Wolf Can"
  • "Shadow of the Vivisector"
  • "The Man from Switzerland"
  • "The End of the Year Show"

©2016 Jonathan L. Howard (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Skyboat Media, Inc.

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Buy this book. Buy it now.

Wow. This audiobook hits all the hallmarks of a classic comic book hero team, plus some detective noir mixed in. There are loads of adventures, plot twists, and character development. The best part? This is 3 books in one! Every time I thought it was over I would look down to discover there were HOURS more!

I hate cliffhanger endings as a rule, but I don’t even mind the cliffhanger here because so much of the main story was resolved. I can’t wait to listen to the next installment.

For those of you into fantasy and sci-fi, listen for the references and homages that are slipped in. They aren’t super obvious, in fact, they’re pretty damn subtle, but that’s what I like best about them.

While my American ear can’t geographically identify one British accent versus another, there was enough inconsistency that I could sometimes only tell the difference between characters based on the dialogue context. When reading text, you have the advantage of page layout/formatting to help distinguish between characters in a conversation. In an audiobook, we are reliant on the narrator to provide a consistent voice for each character instead. It doesn’t bother me enough to dock a star, but it it’s there.

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Manchester's Premiere Super Team

I like the Goon Squad series and I hope to see more of it. I like the characters, I like the stories, especially the last one, and I hope Howard continues with it. My one problem is that the narrator wasn't very good when it came to the male voices in the stories. I like her Nadia, but her voices of Ian and Gilbert became grating to me. Especially Ian. I hope that the next stories have more varied narration. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes superheroes.

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I hated the music!

Seriously, I almost ditched the whole thing because the interlude music is so distractingly needless and terrible. I didn’t love the female reader’s version of Ian. The higher register made him sound whiny, crass, and just constantly abrupt.
I really enjoyed the story itself, but have to say again, why the hell did they use the reject “Saved by the Bell” intro music. Really bad choice. Especially when the chapter ended on something poignant or deep. Ruined the effect immediately.

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Fun... until it just ends

Great characters and imaginative scenarios. Good writing, especially the dialogue. I'm not a big fan of ensemble cast reading-- it just seems distracting--but this one is not too jumpy. The primary readers when they get going are excellent. Sound effects are used sparingly, almost without purpose, though. BUT... the book just ends, waiting for the next comic book installment. And there is no promise of further episodes. So watch out!

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Five Stars and I'll explain why.

This collection delivers as promised. it was presented by summery and forward as a comic book series expressed in words and the writing & narration both hit that right on the mark.

As icing on the cake there are several unique avenues and twists of plot that make the tales as a whole a fun and original narrative.

It's fun and inventive and gives what it promises. Looking forward to more tales of the Goon Squad.

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Good stories but...

Excellent stories but the narrator’s attempt at accents is poor particularly ‘Ian’ whose accent varies massively from Birmingham to Merseyside to London to Americanish, very distracting...the others’ accents too vary making it most odd.

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As brilliant as it is refreshing

Not much to say beyond this: you will enjoy these books! Some of the audio effects are a bit cheesy, though at times they add to the overall theme.

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fun but brief

overall a great story with Wonderful World building but the way the stories are written you only get a glimpse as to who everyone is. much like the comic books they were based off of this collection of stories are short enough to get you interested in the characters but not too long as to developed the world.

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Good odd fun

Jonathan L. Howard is an entertaining, versatile, often witty writer with a dark, eccentric sense of humor. This is at the opposite end from his Johannes Cabal stories, light and airy rather than packed with ideas. He's doing this because he likes the genre, and he doesn't make a big deal of it or elbow you in the ribs every other page to show you he's too hip for the material.

It's a lot of fun. At one point he describes one giant robot crashing into another in mid-air "like one of those special flying bulls necessary to make this simile work."

As for Gabrielle de Cuir's narration, yeah, she does make a mess of the accents, and if I came from Manchester it would probably bother me a lot, but I don't, and it didn't. She's got a terrific voice and an infectious pleasure in her performance, as well as a huge track record in the profession. I began to have daydreams in which we were on a desert island and I'd ask her to do Nadia's voice again.

Every now and then, when a male character had a long stretch of narration, a male actor would take over for a while. There were probably good reasons for that, and while it's hardly seamless, it works well enough. But it's one of a number of things that makes this production enjoyably odd. For example, when Nadia unexpectedly says something drastic and the book ends abruptly with a bar room rock outro completely at odds with what she'd just said, I was pretty sure I'd never been in that particular place before.

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that was awesome. loved the production.

the story was great too. good read for a rainy October. I was a bit sceptical of the premise, not it works great

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Why not use a UK voice actor?

Stories were very entertaining but I was constantly struggling to enjoy them despite the narration. She has a great voice and I’d like to listen to her narrate almost ANYTHING else. However, she does appalling Brit accents. Who’s idea was it to employ a North American-sounding voice actor to perform a set of stories in which regional differences in the UK are frequently made reference to!? Ian’s first person segments (different actor) were a blessed relief.

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