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Soon I Will Be Invincible Audiobook

Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Doctor Impossible, evil genius, diabolical scientist, wannabe world dominator, languishes in a federal detention facility. He's lost his freedom, his girlfriend, and his hidden island fortress.

Over the years, he's tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, using doomsday devices of all varieties (nuclear, thermonuclear, nanotechnological) and mass mind control. He's traveled backwards in time to change history, forward in time to escape it. He's commanded robot armies, insect armies, and dinosaur armies. A fungus army. An army of fish. Of rodents. Aliens. All failures. But not this time. This time it's going to be different.

Fatale is a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare. Filling the void left by a slain former member, we watch as Fatale joins a team struggling with a damaged past, having to come together in the face of unthinkable evil.

Soon I Will Be Invincible is a thrilling first novel, a fantastical adventure that gives new meaning to notions of power, glory, responsibility, and (of course) good and evil.

©2007 Austin Grossman; (P)2007 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"The realm of comic book heroes and villains gets a dose of realism in this whimsical debut....Grossman dabbles in a host of themes - power, greed, fame, the pitfalls of ego...broadening the appeal of an already inviting scenario." (Publishers Weekly)

"Austin Grossman has a superpower himself - it's called writing. This book is a new, winning, smart and funny way of interpreting our world. It's terrific." (Douglas Coupland)

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    Rylan 03-17-15
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    "Fantastic"

    As someone who aspires to be an evil genius one day I can say this book is fantastic resource material. If only I could get my mind control device working again...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Xeon Bothell, WA 12-02-14
    Xeon Bothell, WA 12-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Cool story, wish there was a sequel"
    What did you love best about Soon I Will Be Invincible?

    Story was very original in the way it is written (well to me, I have not read any like it). Rare you almost (but not quite) want to root for the bad guy.


    What about Coleen Marlo and Paul Boehmer ’s performance did you like?

    Very well done! voices were great and consistent. Easy to tell who was talking.


    Any additional comments?

    Good Work,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 08-26-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Supervillans rule."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Soon I Will Be Invincible to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version I will say that the narrators do an excellent job on this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. Impossible because it gives you a chance to see inside a evil mastermind and understand why so many of the common comic book tropes take place.


    What does Coleen Marlo and Paul Boehmer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It gives you a better feel for the characters than you might get reading the book. Mr. Boehmer captures the angst and feelings of insecurity that drives the main character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Dr. Doom.. The movie..


    Any additional comments?

    A very different and enjoyable book. I hope to see more.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander granite bay, CA, United States 07-26-13
    Alexander granite bay, CA, United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2017
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    "very entertaining"

    I enjoyed "confessions of a d-list supervillain" so much i went looking for similar books. I found this one and wasn't disappointed. The only thing i didn't quite enjoy was the cyclical nature of some of the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Torah Cottrill Seattle, WA 01-14-13
    Torah Cottrill Seattle, WA 01-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it!"

    Wow. What a great book! If you haven't heard of this yet, are you in for a treat. This was one of the first of the Watchmen-type superhero books, funny and smart and well-written. The readers are first-rate, as well, and it's a pleasure to spend the time listening to this. My only regret is that his new book isn't available yet!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C.M. 12-21-12
    C.M. 12-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Reminicent of Watchmen...."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    There was a lot of potential, but the story seemed a little flat. I was waiting for something more, and it never materialized.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Jupiter, FL, United States 12-06-12
    Erik Jupiter, FL, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Root for the supervillian...I like it!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    Humours book based on a supervillian's rise to the top. If you've watched the movie Megamind you can relate this book to what Megamind was going through. Lots of humor, super hero battles, revenge plotting and evil genius abound! Definately worth the read if you are into the not-so super hero genre. No graphic deaths or mayhem, just good clean family oriented evil :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New Orleans, LA 10-04-12
    Michael New Orleans, LA 10-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Avengers, Be Warned - Tongue In Cheek Action Ahead"

    I've always loved epic stories of superheroes and villains struggling with their powers, their weaknesses, their loneliness, their victories, and their defeats. From comic books to movies, I love the genre.

    This is more of a tongue in cheek take on the genre, and a WELL-WRITTEN one, at that. We see this epic battle for global domination from the viewpoint of the anti-hero, a pompous, yet brilliant super genius who uses his superior intellect to create fantastic plans toward world domination, and to foil the superheroes that cause him jealousy and frustration to no end. Mix science fiction with magic and the otherworldly, and throw in a bit of jealousy to boot. This is a story about faults as much as strengths. We ALSO see the story from the perspective of a newly born heroine who is still finding her way in earth's ultimate super team.

    The audiobook is fun, fun, fun. Did I say fun? Sure did. It's witty, engaging storytelling at its heart. The writing is fast-paced and very descriptive. You'll also want the sequel to get to the shelf quickly, and rightfully so - It seems to be built for further adventures.

    Some books are deep, meaningful works that will spark debates and arguments for decades - This audiobook will not do that. It WILL, however, be a memorable and unusually fun work of enjoyable listening that challenges the superhero genre in a fresh way that makes it an easy and solid recommendation.

    So, don your cape, take to the skies, and get this audiobook as you do so!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    S 04-28-12
    S 04-28-12
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    "Plodding and repetitive"

    I didn't think a story about superheroes could be dull, but this audiobook manages. It is interesting as character studies of the two narrators, but I can't help thinking it should have been much shorter. Anything interesting in the story happens in the past, so the narrator just relays the information to you, and anything interesting that happens in the 'present' is slowed down by flashbacks, and tangential thoughts that go running through the mind of the narrator. The narrators repeat themselves a lot, which is realistic I suppose, but boring to sit through.

    The voice acting isn't bad, but the pace is painfully slow, and there are a ton of mispronounced words and weird choices for emphasis; any issues there I chalk up to either lazy directing or a crazy short schedule.

    I guess it says something that I listened to the whole thing, there are parts of the story I found compelling. Maybe it would have worked better for me in print.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    b.baker 03-16-12
    b.baker 03-16-12
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    "Evil is expository hell."
    Any additional comments?

    The actual plot was short. The book could have been 75% shorter than what it was. The main story was spectacular. I, however, was not entertained by the expository style. Present tense action was submerged in volumes of what has gone before. Including several repeated facts. I found myself not caring for them. Who are they now? What motivates them now? I enjoyed hearing Dr. Impossible’s story. The long version of a villian’s origin story. That alone would have been great (the fact I thought Dr. Impossible was a whiney punk aside), but the real story, the one that was being told was the actual caper. I didn’t need to know every single hero’s origin story in excruciating detail. Just tell me the story. Or change the story to be the biography of Dr. Impossible. The performances were okay. And the story was okay. I’ve read a few Hero Stories and heard “Hero” and so far this is my least favorite. By far.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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