• Memoirs of a Supervillain

  • By: Stuart Grosse
  • Narrated by: David Quimby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (163 ratings)

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In a world where "human" is only the beginning, and people can become something more, some will rise above, and become superheroes. But for every hero, there must be a villain. What drives someone to become a supervillain, and take on the heroes of the world? What would the life of someone who has accepted that they are no longer part of "normal" society and devotes themselves to their own dreams and goals be like? What if a supervillain decided to write his memoirs, and speak about all these things?

This is the memoir of the Supervillain known to the world as Iceblade. It chronicles his achievements and his failures, his loves and his losses. Learn about the theft of the Mona Lisa, the subjugation of Lady Victory, and the slaughter of the Holy Order of the Word. Hear for the first time about the death of Bytegeist. All from the point of view of the man himself. 

The setting is a world of superheroes and sci-fi, and our main character, who may not be the most powerful out there, but is willing to do whatever it takes to win. No matter the cost. He is not a hero. He is not an anti-hero. He is not a vigilante. He is a villain, and knows what he is. He is amoral but ethical.

Rated R: Definite language, violence, gore, sex, and all the horrible things that can happen in the world. If you have triggers, consider this your warning.

©2019 Stuart R Grosse (P)2019 Stuart R Grosse

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Loved it! Loved it!! Loved it!!!

I love a little super-hero in my fantasy/science-fiction listens so this book hit on all levels with me. I loved it!!

The story is told from the perspective of the supervillain and we get the joy of discovering how he came to be. I seriously need to tip my hat to the author for this. The genesis of this supervillain was very inventive and it made his villainy ways, well, understandable.

The narrator has a certain grit to his voice that absolutely endeared me to this performance. It was pretty special.

This book did have one flaw though and that was the last chapter. Stop before that one. You can thank me later.

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Not Even Finished and I Want To Review It!

I am more than halfway through this book and I don't want it to end. I cannot say enough great things about the story and the narrator. I would be willing to watch a movie or tv show of this story. The narrator provides enough distinction between each character and gives life to the character Ice Blade.

This book is such a unique take on the superhero/supervillain story and shows how a person's path can lead them to either good or bad, they aren't just born one way or another. I liked that the story included superheroes who were actually really bad people despite the label of "hero". The same as our main villain isn't always a bad person.

Please, Please, Please, PLEASE!! Read this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have and I will be truly sad when I get to the end. I hope that the author has more stories out there that I can hunt down.

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Great book!

Engaging story and solid narration!

The story of a young man who gains powers and how he copes, adjusts, and grows with them.

This is the story of an unapologetic villain - well written and narrated, but villainous.

The negative reviews have more to do with people being offended by the MC's choices than quality of writing and narration. If you can't handle villainous choices don't read a book about a villain - and don't smear it because you didn't like it. (you can tell some of them were reviews from people who don't care for the genera, but got the book for free)

This is an interesting look into the behind the scenes world of supers.


fun and well worth a credit

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Promissing until the halfway mark!

Yeah so the headline says it all really. At about half way through this story it just starts building up speed on a downward spiralling trajectory. Even the quality of the writing starts to degrade. The author at times seeming to forget that he is writing a memoir type tale. On the whole this story feels like its been half finished by the author and put aside for a while and then taken up again. Problem being that the latter part doesn't come across as meshing with the first half of the story.

Went from a solid +3.X rating to a 2/5 rating. Its a quality question really. I think the author can do better.

The narration is average, no real negativs nor any memorable positives.

I rather enjoyed the authors Rules Free VRMMO series while his Dungeon series was a dud for me. Then again I really enjoy his Into The Black series.
So hit and miss I guess. Adding this author to my coin toss list.

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good story with a few problematic issues

while this story was overall quite enjoyable, the unnecessarily graphic sex scenes in an otherwise good story were quite jarring and didn't fit the tone of the rest of the piece.

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Good Start Horrible Follow Through

I am a huge fan of Dark Fantasy and am equally a fan of Evil Main Characters. However such an MC must have a code of conduct that sets them apart from true evil. And in my opinion such a code must include a strong dislike of rape for any such character to be a legitimate MC. That or the MC was raised in a society where rape is acceptable, but this such MC must come to see the error of such actions to work. Otherwise they are just plain Evil and deserve no sympathy. From the actions of This MC in regards to being a rapist and a slaver I must conclude that he is just plain Evil and undeserving of having his story told any further. I can forgive much but not the rape of innocents as is the case of the mob bosses daughter.

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Should change the title to Memoirs of a Rapist

Don't waste your time or money with this, for lack of better word, crap.

Almost quit listening, I barely finished it. I did, however enjoy this book at the start, but as it progressed it became boring and predictable.

I doubt I'll be purchasing other books by this author.

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Don't expect an anit-hero

This book was interesting and it was for sure following the life of a villain. There are some dark moments that are true to the character however it would have been nice for a bit more development of his sister. She seemed a bit too lax with some of the stuff he did. I received a free copy for review.

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Amateurish Attempt

I really, REALLY wanted to like this book. I recieved it in exchange for an honest review and am a big fan of not just anti-heroes, but outright "bad guys" so I began it with high hopes.
The first 10mins were ok, not special but not bad. Unfortunately it went downhill from there. A few of the most obvious and deserved criticisms:
1. In a superhero story, one can expect a story to center on the use and management of the various powers, or at least expound on them every now and then. Ridiculously, the story barely mentions employing superpowers, oftentimes just saying "I beat him/her then I..."
2. Everything just goes his way. A couple of keystrokes and he transfers a billion rubles from a Russian mobster's acct to his banking acct from the Russians desktop pc (this is done many times). He suddenly and for no apparent reason gets a magical ring and is able to use it to make any woman his sex slave (several detailed and very gratuitous sexcapades <ie, rapes> are documented). For no commonsense reason, the protagonist's cold/ice powers allows him to turn into mist, thereby making him un-injurable and able to infiltrate any place, any time. A magic sword that can store things in a pocket dimension and can cut anything. Examples could go on and on...
3. Absolutely NO character development. There was less than 5mins of dialogue in the entire book. The narrator had a very distinctive voice and was adequate considering what he was working with. He had one or two sentences as a German speaking English and did it very well. 99% of the time he could only narrate becuz thats what the material was. I think the narrator would excel in an "Old West" situation (he had the voice that I could imagine belonging to a Sam Elliott/cattleman) but judging him on Memoirs is kinda unfair to the narrator.
4. Very disjointed plot. i think the author self-published this. I congratulate any author who is able to do that and pull it off successfully. Unfortunately, this one didnt. I truly think a good editor could have corrected many, if not all, of the issues. I completely understand that a story is the author's "baby", his/her "labor of love", and an author can view constuctive criticism as a hostile attack on his very soul... To this author I would say this: experienced authors (Jim Butcher, Larry Correia, et al) SWEAR by their editors openly and often. I would recommend you at least consider using one and not taking their advice as a personal attack.
Anyone looking for a superior supervillain book, I can HIGHLY recommend "Forging Hephaestus " by Drew Hayes. I regretfully recommend skipping "Memoirs".
Note: I have only written one negative review prior to this one. I normally believe "if u can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" but with all of the 5 star "I love Iceblade" reviews, I felt somone should be honest and let you know what you are getting with your hard-earned credit...

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Not really one of my favorites

I was hoping for a fun schlocky/underdog story with maybe a redemption arc like Confessions of a D-List Supervillain.

Instead this Mary Sue protagonist walks into a series of free power ups and becomes the most feared villain in the world because of how he murders the families of those who wrong him.
He also gets a ring of sexual mind control and spends the rest of the book raping and mind controlling his way to victory.

Not really my thing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Nathan
  • 10-22-20

Great Story

The story is well-written and well-delivered. Iceblade's personality is also pretty cool. I just wish he was a bit more... Villainous.

Oh, he certantly do Villainous things. But only ever to people who richly deserves it. (Casualties aside)

Which makes him closer to an anti-hero than a real Villain at times. (Even the people who goes against him that he kills is somehow evil, rather than rightious. And he clearly HAS morals.)

I also love the back-story and logically slow build-up. He's not overpowered like many protagonists in this type stories is, and has to struggle to overcome hardships. (Tho at times it feels like things are going a bit TOO smooth for him, but at least the author makes it seem logical.)

That aside, the story IS truly brilliant. And I will be checking out the sequels.

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  • Ryan Pascall
  • 02-20-20

Too much sex.

Just to get it out there, there's far too much sex in this book. It feels like a harem book at times and I feel it detracts from the book.
That aside is enjoyed this book. Good action and an interesting character, plus it's nice to James e Super Villain who is actually evil and not a 'good guy who made bad choices'.
Sex aside I'd recommend this to fans of Super Hero stories.

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  • S
  • 01-18-20

Basically how to be a supervillain

Basically how to be a supervillain. There were a lot of lists and explanations at the start so it took too long to get into the story, but there wasn't much plot anyway. Mostly quite dull but also graphic in a few places.
The main character has no redeeming qualities, he says not all villains are evil but he actually is pretty awful.
Narrator is ok but I had to listen on a much higher speed.

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  • Zackattack
  • 01-02-20

An interesting thing.

usually, with this kind of story (from the villians perspective) the audience is shown a redeemable bad guy who doesn't really do anything bad. that way nobody is offended and hollywood doesn't have to get creative.
THIS IS NOT THIS BOOK.
in this truly unique and new piece of literature. the villian is a villian and yet you find yourself rooting for him. he makes sense and doesn't pretend to moral superiority. he's a survivor and is good at what he does. he is more human than any hero and thus, more relatable(isn't that just something to consider?!).
i won't pretend I didn't cringe a little at some pf the choices he made and what he did when he got (justafiably) angry. but overall it was a fantastic story with interesting characters, twisty turny plot, a kick-ass set of powers and a katana anybody would want.

looking forward to the next one. hopefully it will be more of the same!

p.s. I was given a free copy of this book at my request and have left this honest review of my own accord and volition.

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  • ScottishJay
  • 08-01-19

Great listen!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator really enhanced the story - his voice was perfect for this.

Really enjoyed the fact that this was lots of bite-sized stories. Enjoyed the majority of the memoirs, but please do take note that this is NSFW (Not Safe For Work) ... Unless like me you wear headphones and can be discreet about it ;D

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-20

I like this book but hate the rating on it

I write this review so people might give this book a fair go. This is a good book with a good story and good performance about a villain. An actual bad guy and not just some misunderstood person with a different view. As a result of this I feel as though people are taking offence and unfairly giving it a bad review.

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  • Rob
  • 01-06-20

Bad villain, and I don't mean evil.

Okay first off if you make your MC a rapist I'm giving you one star, that's all there is to it. It's one thing making him evil but that's just, gross. Normally I'd leave it at that but the author plainly misunderstands what makes a good villain protagonist.

We read villains because they're magnificent bastards, because we're waiting to see them fail, or because they have an interesting perspective or code.

Iceblade is not magnificent, he's a petty thug that the author overpowered enough to make him win every fight. He never struggles, never has to outthink, or outfox, every victory is handed to him.

He receives no comeuppance or karmic payback, pays no price for his power.

And the code. Oh, gods the code. He likes to preach about he only does things for one of two reasons 'they paid me' or 'revenge'. Unless he suddenly decides to just do the right thing, or because he wants to fuck the person he's doing it to. The attempt to make him a 'villain with a code' is paper-thin.