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Memoirs of a Supervillain

Narrated by: David Quimby
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (59 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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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 07-29-19

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 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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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 a 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 writhing 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 would of supers.


fun and well worth a credit

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  • James
  • Colorado
  • 07-28-19

Good Narration, story is not for everyone

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

The initial premise of the story is fun! Join the adventures of a super villain from his origin and graduating to full on evil maniac. The humor and explanation of the super villain/comic book troupes is interesting at times. The narration is also decent and enjoyable to listen to. Beware the content in this story is not for everyone. If you like the journey of an over the top powerful character, don't mind immoral extremes depicted (including rape) along with erotica and comic book tropes than you may really enjoy this. This isn't for the majority of those who enjoy your typical super powered stories.

The warning in the description is too tame and I didn't know what I was getting myself into. It isn't clear this story involves several variants of rape and makes excuses to this behavior several times. The main character really has that nice guy attitude of justifying why the way he treats others is perfectly OK and even enjoyable to his targets. Personally I don't like that at all, and there was no counter balance to those view points that provide in my opinion a moral lesson and correction. There are also several scenes that are closer to porn than to the implied R rating. This sorta thing didn't add to the story and could have been done much more tastefully and less in your face without glorifying it for the reader. I understand though that this is the kind of content the author intended and well, the main character is suppose to be a to tier super villain, I just wished it was a bit clearer from the start how murky this story was going to be. So beware if you're sensitive to this sorta thing.

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Decent story, narrator wasn't quite the right fit.

Interesting take on the super-powered human genre, coming from the perspective of a villain. There were time I felt the story may have been written by a guy who hadn't gotten laid in a while or by a horny teenage boy.

The character is supposed to be in his late 20s but the narrator sounded like he was in his late 40s to early 50s, and because of this I found the sex scenes kind of disgusting, like someone's uncle sharing an unwanted tale of his conquests.

The way the narrator pronounced automaton bugged me for some reason.

I never really felt the main character was ever in any danger during any of the fight scenes. Just like he was rehashing the story out of boredom or bragging that he was just too smart or too quick to ever really be in danger.

I liked that he was a villain with a bit of a heart and a shred of a conscious.

Overall a decent story, funny in parts with decent humor sprinkled throughout. I hope further installments include a more appropriate voice for the age of the character.

I received a free copy of this audiobook for an honest review.

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An autobiography of a super villain?!? Awesome!

What a great way to do an origin story. This was truly an awesome listen. It does for super villains what D&D did years back when they ran a series that was told from the point of view of the villains and what made them the way they are. This is a great story well written and well told...I’d be asking to leave six stars but for one thing....there is a certain incubus ring and it takes the story for a exhale harem romp that has it been left out would have made for a story fit for any and all ages. Even still it is great and I can’t wait for the next installment. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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Major Mary Sue Problems

As much fun as this story could have been, it was ultimately a fairly weak showing of a Mary Sue MC who randomly keeps having magic artifacts and major power ups dropped into his lap.

One of these magic items is a ring inhabited by an Incubus, which has two settings, Setting 1 magically roofy your target making them incredibly attracted to you and exceptionally horny, setting 2 complete mind control. After getting this item the main character spend a lot of time explaining how using the first mode to take women who are objectively his enemies and turning them into his lovers isn't rape.

The main character was fairly bland, aside from his predilection for apologist rape he is neither particularly likable of unlikable he doesn't really have much of a personality at all. He's inconsistent as well, his first major act of villainy was killing a "superhero" who was rapist, then one of his later acts of villainy was retributive rape against a crime bosses wife and daughter before selling them and their maids into sexually slavery. But I have spent enough time on the MCs and probably the author's obsession with rape, and nonconsensual sexual dominance.

Most of the other characters don't exist long enough in the narrative to leave any real impression, this is just the story of a mostly bland badguy, who's powers grow but has no character growth for good or bad. If he had been shown having an internal dilemma at some point, or having actively changed views. As it is after a dozen or so years as a supervillain he's essentially the same 15 year old kid who hopped on a train just with more powers.

The heists and adventures were pretty formulaic the amount of coincidental and favorable stuff that just drops into the characters path is unbelievable. this is so obviously an author/reader insert powerfantasy that it is almost painful. Really the only thing that made this worth listening to is that the narrator is topnotch. Keep an eye out for David Quimby in the future he's excellent

I give it a 3/10

** I received a free copy of this book for review purposes and have left this review voluntarily, my review has not been coerced or biased in anyway**

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  • Backlash
  • Princeton, NC United States
  • 08-14-19

being the bad man

If you ever wondered why Lex Luthor does what he does, or what makes Doctor Doom tick you might get an idea from Iceblade. Great story that I enjoyed from beginning to end. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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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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  • Larry
  • groveport, OH, United States
  • 08-07-19

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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  • 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.