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Forging Hephaestus Audiobook

Forging Hephaestus: Villains' Code Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Gifted with meta-human powers in a world full of capes and villains, Tori Rivas kept away from the limelight, preferring to work as a thief in the shadows. But when she's captured trying to rob a vault that belongs to a secret guild of villains, she's offered a hard choice: prove she has what it takes to join them or be eliminated.

Apprenticed to one of the world's most powerful (and supposedly dead) villains, she is thrust into a strange world where the lines that divide superheroes and criminals are more complex than they seem. The education of a villain is not an easy one, and Tori will have to learn quickly if she wants to survive. On top of the peril she faces from her own teacher, there are also the capes and fellow apprentices to worry about, to say nothing of having to keep up a civilian cover.

Most dangerous of all, though, are those who loathe the guild's very existence. Old grudges mean some are willing to go to any length to see the guild turned to ash, along with each one of its members. Even the lowly apprentices.

©2016 Andrew Hayes (P)2017 Tantor

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    A L BLAIR 04-08-17
    A L BLAIR 04-08-17
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    "Good story, but not the best fit for the narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Forging Hephaestus the most enjoyable?

    It is a fun story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the play on the villains being heroic and the heroes being somewhat villainous, the grey area between moralities.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amy Landon’s performances?

    Here's the thing, Amy is a good narrator, but she's not good for this kind of book. The problem is that there are so many strong characters in this book and the perspective changes often. Sometimes this causes confusion as to who is talking or who is having what thought. Given the large amount of disparate characters in this book I would have loved for it to follow the style of say "Ex-Heroes" and have multiple narrators, it would have lessened the perspective confusion and allowed someone like Amy to do a great job on the strong female characters while not having most of the male characters sounding essentially the same.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a really fun story that has many great moments.

    I wish the author would do less perspective hopping and stay in one frame longer. I also don't like the "Later she would realize .." type thing that he often does in his novels.

    The grey areas of morality are always fun to explore.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry POWDER SPRINGS, GA, United States 04-16-17
    Jerry POWDER SPRINGS, GA, United States 04-16-17 Member Since 2001
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    "Would a Guild of Han Solos be so bad?"

    Unlike his Super Powered series, which leans toward the optimistic side, this is more realistic (as much as a book of super heroes CAN be). The "Capes" get caught up in the glitz and glamor while the "Villians" end up doing the good (but not for noble reasons, just because "chaos" is not profitable). I love the characters and the back stories are awesome! Zealous is a personal favorite!

    Keep it up and I look forward to Ivan's tiptoe on a razor's edge of power and sanity! Well done!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "marathon it! trust me!"

    an awesome new series by Drew Hayes.
    Amy Landon narrates spectacularly. I turned on the audible and didn't turn it off until it was finished. I wish there would have been more jobs and even though the book was a great length as the chapters ticked away I kept wishing it would not end, as I feel about every Drew Hayes novel.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Hill 02-27-17
    Greg Hill 02-27-17
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    "Another Amazing Super Hero Universe!"

    It's becoming really difficult to figure out which of Drew's fictional universes is my favorite now. Villians' Code is pretty amazing. Amy Landon's narration is great.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua 02-28-17
    Joshua 02-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A whole new world to play in"

    New heros, new villains, and one named Johnny Three Dicks.
    Well performed, and engaging. I will definitely be relistening.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Tessa Indianapolis, India 06-20-17
    Tessa Indianapolis, India 06-20-17

    Long time read and audiobook addict. I spend several hours a day listening at work and love to hear new stories.

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    "Well written and engaging anti-hero story"
    Would you listen to Forging Hephaestus again? Why?

    When the sequel eventually drops I'll likely give this book another listen. I listen to enough books that a refresher is usually necessary. It would be fun listening again, the book was well written enough to be entertaining even with knowledge of the plot.


    What other book might you compare Forging Hephaestus to and why?

    Super Powereds, also by Drew Hayes. It's a similar story of anti-heroes gaining acceptance and overcoming adversity. They're both well paced and entertaining.


    What does Amy Landon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator did a great job. The voices were all distinct and memorable. She brought them to life very well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It didn't quite grab me enough to keep me from doing other things, but it was definitely one I looked forward to hitting play on in the morning.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 06-07-17
    Ben 06-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing book of super hero's and Villains"

    What a great book! Such a unique and awesome world. Drew managed to write a book about meta humans and include just the perfect amount of humor while still creating an interesting, and very exciting story. I can't recommend this book enough, I loved the range of meta humans. It was far more than your standard, some had some truly awesome powers that I have yet to see in other books or comics which was awesome and refreshing. All I can say is if you don't listen or read this book you're missing out, so many times I found myself actually laughing out loud as well as other times pacing around my living room excited and nervous at tense moments in what was truly an awesome story. Between listening while at work and reading while at home I just couldn't put this thing down.

    Amy also does a really good job narrating, there are a TON of characters in this book but you could always tell who was talking as she has a different voice and tone for all of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jason west bloomfield, MI, United States 03-01-17
    jason west bloomfield, MI, United States 03-01-17 Member Since 2013
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    "another home run from Hayes"

    took me a bit longer to get hooked, compared to super powereds at least, but once it hit it's stride, I knew I was going to be in for a ride, that and I already want a sequel. As for the narrator Amy did a decent job with the material, but I would have really liked her to switch off with a male narrator at certain points, this may be chauvinistic, but most female narrators have a harder time with male voices and end up sounding alike, the better male narrators have less of that problem, in no way am I saying that I did not like the narration, only wish listing a bit.
    As I have come to expect from this author, the deeper you get in to the story, the more it draws you in and his endings are worth every penny, even though I hate when a good story ends.
    this was my 1st listen thru and I went almost nonstop, so I will probably update this or throw up another on goodreads, since I WILL listen to this again in the near future...
    Drew Hayes, Thank you for sharing another great story.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Sacramento, CA United States 03-01-17
    Amazon Customer Sacramento, CA United States 03-01-17
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    "Perfect for the long work day"

    Loved the story and the length of the book. Readers was solid. I prefer when they bring in a male to do the male voices but she did a good job.

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    Amazon Customer 02-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Another home run for Drew"

    I've been anxiously waiting for this book to come out since Drew announced it and released the cover art (which I love!). I have been a huge Drew Hayes fan since I discovered his Superpowereds series here on Audible. The style of writing is so captivating. It really draws you in and its so easy to picture the characters. I have been listening to this book for 6 hours already and I don't see putting it down any time soon. The last time I have every been this hooked in a book was when the Harry Potter series was being released. Congrats Drew on another home run. Can't wait for the next book in the series all ready.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    "Excellent! Enjoyed much more than expected!"

    Great listen, very interesting to hear from a villains' viewpoint. Loved the humor twined through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tamzin
    6/17/17
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    "Fantastic anti heroes"

    Still unsure whether this book is targeting at children or adults but that is testament in itself to a broad appeal! So much fun

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Henry Tesei
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    6/11/17
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    "Brilliant"

    I enjoyed the super powered series by the same. author this is set in a similar but different universe and is even better. Great characters and we'll paced story.

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  • Amic
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    "If powereds was avengers then this is daredevil :)"
    Any additional comments?

    after listening to drew hays other books (which where quite good) i was expecting the modula and episodic writing from his web series powereds, but i was happily surprised. this felt a lot more cohesive than his other works.

    the story is excellent the characters relatable and the powers unique and interesting. for me it hits the perfect mix of light heartedness and large epic superheroes/villains both with dark motives.

    the performances was well done and very immersive and i hope if the series is continued that Amy Landon will continue to narrate.

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  • M J Gurden
    4/4/17
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    "Awesome story"

    Great job narrator and author. Story is very interesting and would like to know if there is a second book

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  • marcus
    3/27/17
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    "a truly entertaining story"

    I've become an increasing fan of Drew Hayes since I discovered his NPC trilogy. being geeky I enjoyed it greatly and finding he had a new book about the world of heroes and villains from the villains perspective. I wasted no time in scooping it up and I've got to say I'm glad I did as I was as entertained and found myself laughing at points.

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  • Amazon Customer
    3/22/17
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    "Another great book from Drew Hayes"

    It's not surprising that he can do super powers well after reading Super Powereds, even in a separate universe with a different system entirely. This is a series I will be looking out for, I can't wait for the next installment!

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  • Andrew
    3/22/17
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    "Difficult to put down - great new series"

    Drew Hayes cements his reputation as he heads in a different direction full of super heroes and lovable super powered villains. He pulls it off in spades, thoroughly entertaining and sets up a great storytelling universe. Can't wait for the next instalment.

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  • Matt C.
    3/16/17
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    "I did like the book, unsure about the narrator"

    I did enjoy this book but the only I didn't like was the narrator. She tried to voice acting different characters and after a while a lot of the characters sound the same. I know I am probably not picking but when you are trying to keep up with the story, this one is a fairly long one, it just seems hard and confusing when the characters sound the same.

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  • Matt
    3/13/17
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    "Another amazing adventure"

    A great listen all around, I'm a fan of drews and even I was shocked how much I enjoyed part one of this new series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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