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Mutation Audiobook

Mutation: Kid Sensation, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Kid Sensation is back! The intrepid teen super with the plethora of powers returns in a new adventure.

Having saved the planet and earned a place with the world's premiere superhero team, Jim (aka Kid Sensation) is preparing to attend the prestigious Academy, where teen supers from every corner of the globe learn to master their abilities. At the same time, however, he is approached by a mysterious government organization that wants Jim to work for them - and they won't take "No" for an answer.

Moreover, at the Academy itself, an insidious and highly contagious virus is running amok through the student population, striking at the heart of their abilities. Students are losing control of their powers, with lethal consequences.

Now, in addition to evading the machinations of government agents, Jim must solve the mystery behind the virus - and how to stop it - before every super everywhere becomes fatally infected.

©2013 Kevin Hardman (P)2016 Kevin Hardman

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    The Anime Adict 08-13-16
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    "A fun Read"

    So after listening to the first book I'll admit I was hooked. A note before we get down to the review, this is a YA novel only in the sense that the main characters are teens and that there isn't a lot of depth or complications to the plot. With that said if you come into this expecting Shakespeare you will be disappointed. If you just want a fun read with super heroes, then you might have found what you've been looking for.

    Pros:
    1. the powers are well thought out, with the real world issues some scientists have actually look into. Fortunately the fixes this with other powers to off set these issues.
    2. The characters are usually rather well developed and make sense.
    3. There is humor that is actually funny, and not just in an adolescence manner either.
    4. The romantic subplot is exactly that the subplot, not the plot, and is done in a rather realistic manner, it's sweet but not overwhelming.
    5. the plot while not overly original is solid, without any real 'wait that wouldn't happen' moments.
    6. everything makes sense within the context of the book, while some reviewers have questioned people not using their super powers, they clearly weren't listening about the risks.

    Cons:
    1. Lack of depth, this is where the book earns the YA status. It goes into some really heavy stuff like national sovereignty, legal checks and balances, moral and immoral science and so on. Yet rather than doing anything with them the book slowly retreats from them or outright runs away.
    2. The plot 'twists' or big reveals are far from unexpected or surprising. I don't know if this is because they are a bit cliché or because there are so many hints and nudges about what is going on.
    3. because there are no real surprise twists and because the main is so powerful there isn't really any suspense and so the last bit of the book is kind of boring.
    4. while it is hinted at what the adult super heroes are doing, they're actions are never stated or even brought to light.
    5. Sadly there is a lot of exposition, and I mean a lot even when it wasn't necessary. It doesn't get too much in the way but the book could have been much better without it.

    Finally the narration. Honestly I can't remember it too well it must have been neither bad or spectacular.

    In the end I would recommend buying this book. It's not a masterful work of literature but it is fun. If you want a YA that isn't drowning in angst, or just a fun listen this is a good book to pick up and I'll continue the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany 04-14-17
    Tiffany 04-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Mutation"
    Any additional comments?

    No second book let down here. I would definitely like to see more growth in the father/son dynamic. I received this audobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jason young utah 11-20-17
    jason young utah 11-20-17 Member Since 2006
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    "Sensational !"

    I am a big fan of Kevin Hardman and Michael Naramore, this book is no different. I really like watching the development of Jim and how he navigates the pitfalls of youth. one of my favorite things about this series is the lack of tween angst, that may not seem like a big thing but it makes or breaks an author for me. I am looking forward to the next book to be sure.
    I requested this review copy and agreed to post a review.

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    Marvin 08-17-17
    Marvin 08-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Not my favorite in the series"

    I really wish it was possible to rate a book with 3.5 stars. I thought book 2 Mutation was a little predictable but still good enough that I will go forward with the book 3

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    phillip 08-13-17
    phillip 08-13-17
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    "spoilers"

    the main character internally killed a woman and tortured a man, and the book just glosses over it, then the book ends ends with him getting diplomatic immunity from all of earth's laws, meaning that can not be held accountable for any of his actions. a super hero who can kill and torture with impunity it's stuff like this that let to the events in watchmen

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    Elizabeth Robb 06-08-17
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    "Outstanding!"

    A great continuation of Jim's entry into the world of superheroes. Action, adventure, good friends, and saving the world...what more could you want?

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    Donna Wiebe 02-18-17
    Donna Wiebe 02-18-17 Member Since 2014
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    "a great book continuing in a new genre for me"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not only would die recommend it to a friend but I have. This book is so enjoyable, great escape reading and really makes you laugh so of course I would tell my friends.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mutation?

    There are many memorable moments as kid sensation learns about his family and his history. Great character development.


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

    The first book in this series and I really enjoyed the narration. Really made the listening experience good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were a lot of moments that really made you laugh. Really provoked the emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    A great second book that makes you want to continue following the series.

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    Dwayne 02-14-17
    Dwayne 02-14-17
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    "My new favorite series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mutation to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version but it can't be as exciting as the audiobook version.


    Would you recommend Mutation to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes I would recommend and I have recommended to many of my friends and family


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

    Yes and no I hate finishing a book really fast


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 01-02-17
    Lori 01-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun and entertaining"
    Any additional comments?

    An all around fun, engaging, entertaining and enjoyable YA story. Even though I did not read the first book in the series I had no problem following this installment. Enough background and details are given throughout the story to bring you up to date in the series so far. Enjoyable enough to continue with the series? Yes, definitely.

    Super heroes, MIB agency, alternate dimensions, humor, action, suspense, magic mystery and more are woven into the story.

    An interesting mix of family history/ancestry. Great cast of characters. A little bit of a cross between X-men, Hogwarts and Heroes. There were elements in the story that reminded me of each. That's not a bad thing, just giving a way to describe the feel of the story.

    Mikael Naramore did a great job with the narration. Nice voice. Really good character voices. Clearly spoken. Great delivery and tone. His narration just added to the overall enjoyment of the book. Very enjoyable.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.

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    Mary Karowski 12-19-16
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    "A cross between sky high and Harry Potter"

    A school for super teens, MIB like government agency, mercenary supers, alternate dimensions, magic users, a virus that could destroy it
    All. The author and the narrator deliver an action packed story that will keep you riveted and leave you wanting more. Love this series! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Scott R
    Falkirk,Scotland, UK
    11/18/17
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    "Great Follow Up Story"

    In this second adventure Kid soon finds enemies at his door as things heat up and it seems all teen supers are in the crosshairs of nefarious government forces. Kid is foeced to lead the chargw for survival and with wit, charm our author makes sure that we arw soon emotionally invested in this happening. Narration is as expected professionally done as you woukd expect from such a talent as Narrmore.
    Overall a worthy successor to the first book and one i will continue to look forward to.
    This audio was gifted to me and i choose to leave a review and as such is my own honest opinion.

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  • Norma Miles
    11/12/17
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    "Think of me as a modern J.Edgar Hoover"

    A lightweight but enjoyable super hero novel in which teenage Kid Sensation, known to his family and friends as Jim, is off to the Academy to develope his already formidable skills which include shape shifting, invisibility, the power to fly, teleport, speed running as well as being both telepathic and empathic. But still he is nervous of failure, especially since secret government organisation is threatening to throw him off planet if he doesn't become their spy. But even worse things are ahead ...

    Written in the first person, narrator Mikael Naramore fits snuggly into the persona of Jim, his pleasant voice reading clearly and his interpretations of the other protagonists also good. He certainly adds enjoyment to the book. With plenty of superpower fights, teenage awkwardness in the face of romantic attraction and conspiracies overlapping, this is a great book to brighten a dreary afternoon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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