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"Everyone gets mad at hustlers, especially if you're on the victim side of the hustle. And Miles knew hustling was in his veins."

Miles Morales is just your average teenager. Dinner every Sunday with his parents, chilling out playing old-school video games with his best friend, Ganke, crushing on brainy, beautiful poet Alicia. He's even got a scholarship spot at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he's Spider-Man.

But lately Miles' Spidey sense has been on the fritz. When a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, Miles begins to question his abilities. After all, his dad and uncle were Brooklyn jack-boys with criminal records. Maybe kids like Miles aren't meant to be superheroes. Maybe Miles should take his dad's advice and focus on saving himself.

As Miles tries to get his school life back on track, he can't shake the vivid nightmares that continue to haunt him. Nor can he avoid the relentless buzz of his Spidey sense every day in history class, amid his teacher's lectures on the historical benefits of slavery and the importance of the modern-day prison system. But after his scholarship is threatened, Miles uncovers a chilling plot, one that puts his friends, his neighborhood, and himself at risk.

It's time for Miles to suit up.

©2017 Jason Reynolds (P)2017 Listening Library

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"You Are Just Like Me"

A haunting line that resonates through the book, resulting in expertly crafted and truly intimate tension. Reynolds managed to capture Miles's psyche and struggles, bringing social issues into the personal world of a super hero. Very relevant in today's America, the book presents antagonists that reflect a real and looming threat in contemporary society.

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It had a good plot and It also had a deep story. I like the charecters because they felt real. Overall really good book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Brooklyn then The Planet

This was a great listen. The writing brilliantly drops us into Miles’s world, painting a familiar picture of the socially awkward teenaged genius web-slinger but with cultural awareness of being a minority in current day Brooklyn and all the weight that comes with it.

I can’t wait for more of Brooklyn’s Spider-man.

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More Miles than Spidey...

This book definitely focuses more on Miles Morales's civilian background than it does on him being Spider-Man, so if you're looking forward to a ton of web-slinging action, you're gonna have a bad time. But, if that's inconsequential to you, this book will give you a great insight on the environment that Miles grew up in, and his motivations for doing what he does.

Reynolds does an excellent job of depicting the attitude of a teenager in the process of discovering himself and his role in society. This book has plenty of humor, but it also tackles serious topics like racism, and the school-to-prison pipeline well.

Furthermore, Lockard's voice acting brought the characters to life, and it was difficult to stop listening. I couldn't recommend this book more to both current fans of Miles Morales and people who are just discovering him. Whether you're a kid or an adult, it's a good read.

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On the Nose!

I always thought the "School to Prison Pipeline" was a metaphor. But apparently they took it very literal.

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It was great!. However…

I would have liked a more conclusive ending with the relationships between everybody. At the end of the book it made me feel like there should have been at least another few pages. But over all the best superhero novel that I've read And the voice acting and reading was unmatched by anything else I've heard. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is even remotely a superhero fan or not a superhero fan and just likes a really good book.

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Instant Classic

I rate fiction books and movies the same way: 1) Would I watch/read again 2)Would I spend money to watch/read again 3) Would I own a personal copy to keep. This a is one of the few books that have received YES to questions 1-3. Spider-Man has been and will always be in my top 5 superheroes. I love how aurthor Jason Reynolds created this story is such a different way and brought a depth of meaning that keeps adult readers like myself engaged. The performance from Guy Lockard made me feel as though I was in Brooklyn. Awesome Job and Inloom forward to listening/reading about Miles Morales: Spider-Man.

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  • Shannon
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 05-30-18

Awesome read

This is an amazing remake on the Spider-Man story. Lovely visuals with descriptive language, I can’t wait till my nieces and nephews are old enough to read Jason Reynolds books.

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Not a good Spider-man book

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who like stories that have a lot of school work in them and no action

Has Miles Morales: Spider-Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

I love super hero books but Miles barely does anything interesting in this book and the villain is a joke

Have you listened to any of Guy Lockard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Miles Morales: Spider-Man?

All of the school work and poems that the book mentions over and over literally 60% of the book

Any additional comments?

Read something better. If you like superhero books listen to
Steelheart

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Great Commute Distraction!

I absolutely enjoyed the storyline. The narrator had me fully engaged for the entire book. great commute listen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful