• Origins of a D-List Supervillain

  • By: Jim Bernheimer
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,784 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Even D-list supervillains have to start somewhere.

Follow Cal Stringel's misadventures as he climbs to the lowest levels of supervillany in the prequel to the smash hit, Confessions of a D-List Supervillain. Angry that he wouldn't be known as the engineer who made Ultraweapon's force blasters, Cal resigns to chase after a bigger, better paycheck.

However, the Promethia Corporation isn't going to let him go that easily and sets out to make his life a living hell. Fed up at being pushed around by a company with an endless supply of lawyers and litigation, Cal sets out to build his own version of Ultraweapon's powered armor and take his revenge!

What Cal doesn't count on is just how hard this is going to be.

Along the way, he will make both friends and enemies and discover how hard hitting rock bottom can feel. Whether Cal is trying to smooth talk his way out of the prison for supervillains, haggle with nefarious employers over the price of his inventions, or battle with the Gulf Coast Guardians, he's in for one wild ride!

He'll need to learn that when money is tight that everything has a price - from the cost of making weapons for a psychotic speedster to how much to charge for taking the blame for a drunken rampage through Las Vegas.

©2014 James Steven Bernheimer (P)2014 James Steven Bernheimer

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BEING A VILLIAN IS NOT ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW,

BUT ABOUT WHO KNOWS YOU
There was a lot I liked about this. It is entertaining from start to finish. It is intelligently written. The main characters are not handsome or beautiful, The main character falls in love with a girl more because of her brain and personality than her looks. I especially like the fact that the main character has no powers that he was born with. His powers come from a suit he invented. He has to have a side job to get money to make his suit. Not everything goes as planned. Some might get bored with the details in what it takes to make a suit, but other than that it is all good. I liked this aspect of the story as it made it seem more real.

Kafer is a professional whose star is rising.

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Anti-hero beginnings.

I like how Cal thinks, he is devious and sarcastic, makes me laugh. While this book has funny parts the main emphasis is showing how Cal managed to have his life trashed so much that he became a D list supervillain. This book leaves you right where the Confessions of a D list Supervillain starts off. I had read Confessions quite some time ago and after listening to this book I went ahead and listened to it again. It was just as fun the second time around. If you’re a fan of the internet show of Dr. Horrible's Sing Along, you will like this. Narrator is perfect for the character Cal, shows his dry sense of humor.

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A lot of fun!

Luckily I cam across this book after finding confessions (the book after this in the story) so I got to read this first then go onto the second. I loved it, was a lot of fun. If you like this then you will def like the next one too.

I do usually go for longer books for a credit but in this case I think it was worth it.

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Absolute page turner.

I couldn't put this one down. Great story and performance. I loved rooting for the anti-hero Cal Stringle.

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Everything the first book was and more!

Would you listen to Origins of a D-List Supervillain again? Why?

After the first book in the series finished I was really sad there wasn't a sequel. When I found Origins came out I was super excited! I loved every minute of it! I can't wait for the next book in the series. I wonder if Jim will abandon all other tasks in his life, so that we can get more of this series faster?

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I am normally not a fan of prequels, but this book changed my mind. I loved every bit of foreshadowing, and extra bit of details this book offered. I wish there was a way to give the author more of my money because he deserves it!

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super heroes & villains & everything in between

Origins and Confessions should have been combined as one book. Instead Confessions was released first making you start at the middle of the story. Lucky I started with Origins and it gave me a good flow of the story and it is a good one. This superhero origin story told from the point of Cal is witty, humorous and sarcastic. The plot does not surprise but the characters are well crafted and grow with the story. A must have for every super hero and comic book fan.

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Shades of a stainless syeel rat

There are some similarities to the Harry Harrison "Stainless Steel Rat" series, but the characters have their own identities. Well written, humorous and at times tongue in cheek, this book stands out from the crowd.

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MechaniCal's Bittersweet Backstory

Would you consider the audio edition of Origins of a D-List Supervillain to be better than the print version?

Absolutely. In every way imaginable. And when I get around to actually buying the book I will be even more convinced of the audiobook's superiority.

What other book might you compare Origins of a D-List Supervillain to and why?

Does anyone really care what I compare anything to? Hell, I'm the one typing this and couldn't give a rodent's rectum about what book I might compare with this one. For the sake of nothing in particular, how about - Confessions of a D-List Supervillain. Why? Same author, main character and narrator.

Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

Cal gets the vast majority of the time in this audiobook - as it is about him. I dig his sarcasm and jaded outlook on the lot people find themselves in through almost no fault of their own. I also liked that supervillain chick that blew around super fast and talked 1000 mph when excited. I forget her name, but I got a kick out of her part in the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I got kind of choked up when an important character met an extremely undeserved spot of terminal bad timing. Cal's reaction to having that backstabbing son of a bitch known as Fate reach down his throat, yank his heart out of his gullet and then chop it into tiny bite sized pieces and what he did in commemoration for the loss of the best thing that ever happened in his life bucked him up several steps on the ladder of respect. He had something really special going, something clean and totally positive that was ripped from his life that could never be replaced.

Oh, other than the above mentioned heart wrenching event that destroyed what was left of Cal's belief in the promise of a better tomorrow and all of that bullshit, there are tons of laughs throughout this audiobook. I never knew there could be so many flavors of superhero / villain. The guy who was connected with moss really made me squirm when he talked about his carnal adventures.

Any additional comments?

I wish this audiobook was available before Confessions..... came out. I don't know if it was purposely timed in this fashion, but when I listened to Confessions a couple of years ago there was a bunch of scenes that I thought needed some backstory. Well, now I know.

Good book. Worth your time and your dime. MechaniCal is a supervillain you can root for. Now I am going to press play on Confessions to keep the saga going.

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Los of fun.

Had a great time listening to the entire series. This narrator is great. Gives you a feeling of film noir. Listened to all three of them. Highly recommended.

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The first of a thoroughly entertaining series!

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Superb!
I came across this book by searching audible for books rated four stars and higher. The storyline is entertaining involving the story of an engineer who is wronged by his employer and in pursuit of revenge follows the road into a super villain.

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I like the technology and superhero storyline, but the style of the story in the voice of the main character with his irreverence, sarcasm and engineer thought is irresistible!

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Outstanding performance! I quickly forgot that I was listening to a book read to me by someone and was fully submerged into the story. I listened to this book within a week and purchase the rest of the series before I finished this prequel.

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  • Helen
  • 07-11-17

Anti-hero/supervillain

I quite enjoyed this. it's nothing particularly original, nor will it win any literature awards, but it's a fun romp in a broadly painted world of heroes and super villains. Entertaining was definitely the word I'd use :)

The narration wasn't too bad - a bit flat for some of the secondary cast, but as this is predominately a first person story, it didn't really matter. I'd listen to Kafer again

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  • Ryan
  • 09-26-20

Great Story, Not worth the money

Coming back to this review after getting 4 books into the series.
I can say the series is fun, humorous and engaging but it is very much not worth the money. The author has taken the idea of ending Inna cliffhanger and taken the idea to its most mercurial.
Each of the books in the series seems to end just BEFORE the epic conclusion and the story is only resolved at the start of the next book.
You need to pay for 2 books to find the end of 1 then get dragged into the start of the next story only to have to pay for the next book to find out how it ends.
The overall stories are great but I cant help feeling that I'm being force to spend several credits on only 2 or 3 books worth of content.

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  • Lee Redwood. Gorin
  • 07-09-16

prequel blues

if you have not gone though the other 2 books, you won't be held by this one, and even then it tells you next to nothing new.