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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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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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GOON SQUAD-GOON SQUAD-GOON-SQUAD! AMAZING Narrator

This is for all 3 books:
I want MORE! Jonathan, you left a cliffhanger...3 YEARS ago!! Please, say more is coming & soon!

Review on what I'd call a Noir Comedy: Too much fun! With appropriate sad or touching points. But, continuous creative, imaginative characters & story made the fun, the funny, the heartache, & even the most gruesome scenes fabulous! I stayed up all night listening. And, I've listened again. Except for the "Exterminating Angel." Great story, but a little to sad to repeat so soon.

I can't say which character I liked the best. They each had their own amusing idiosyncrasies &, even Ian, at least one soft place in their hearts. Each has, appropriately since they are human, an array of emotions, attitudes, etc. Not just the "Ta-da! I'm here to save the day!"

The between chapter retro super-hero music was perfect. Pumped you up & added to the feel of the story. The narrator was the most amazing I've heard yet. Her range makes it hard to believe she is all these character!. Not just a lower, husky voice for a man or soft falsetto for a child, her voices are as different as the characters themselves. I've already bought 2 of her other works.

Warning: There are extremely gruesome scenes. In detail. And other disturbing scenes. There are many comedic moments, especially in the first book, but some downright depressing ones, too. In fact, if it weren't for the amazingly superb majority, I'd have taken a star off for the declining comedy & increasing depressing scenes, especially in the second book. But, like I said, the majority is amazingly superb & makes up for it. I know it's not a Disney tale, but I would really like more of the 1st book's comedy to come back. Those opposing extremes are what made me say:
Goon Squad! Goon Squad! Goon Squad!

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Extremely Well Written and Engrossing

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Interesting alternate reality, good plotting and likeable and distinct characters. Good narration. A good listen.

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not bad. seriously, it doesn't suck.

black and decker blood filled stools and rotten plastic that requires the use of young virgo s.

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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.