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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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    Vicky 04-23-12
    Vicky 04-23-12 Member Since 2015

    I love a good fantasy, science-fiction, historical fiction or thriller novel - but I don't discriminate.

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    "Cliche but Fun Superhero Adventure"
    Any additional comments?

    Soon I Will Be Invincible was mildly cliche, but humorous and definitely enjoyable. <br/><br/>The novel focuses on the villain Doctor Impossible and the Champions, a previously disbanded group of superheroes who reconvene with some new members to find out what happened to a member of their team who has disappeared and take down Doctor Impossible.<br/><br/>The team is pretty cliche in terms of superheroes - an invincible woman, a gadget guy, an energetic child hero, a mythic fairy, a cyborg, a half-human half-cat mutant, a magician and an invisible girl. But Grossman does a good job of giving them all personalities with faults included. <br/><br/>Doctor Impossible was a great villain, not the villain that you love to hate, but the villain you can connect with and, to an extent, feel sorry for. <br/><br/>The story jumps back and forth from one narrator to the next as the point of view shifts from Doctor Impossible to Fatale (one of the new Champions recruits). When I first began listening to the audiobook I wasn't completely sold on Marlo's Fatale, but it definitely grew on me. Boehmer's Doctor Impossible was fantastic from the get go - an evil twinge, but with the sad (pathetic?) undertones that mirror his life story.<br/><br/>My only complaint is in the pacing of the story. It took me quite a bit of time to get to the "don't-want-to-put-it-down moment. There was a lot of build-up to the end that could have been evened out a bit more.

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    Valerie 04-20-12
    Valerie 04-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Soon I Will be Listening to Austin's Next Book"
    Would you listen to Soon I Will Be Invincible again? Why?

    Maybe, but I have to wait a few years before reading books again. My time is limited and I am way behind on listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. Invincible was my favorite character. Loved his demeaner. Loved his high IQ and his secret hide outs.


    Have you listened to any of Coleen Marlo and Paul Boehmer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    This book was fun and entertaining, not moving.


    Any additional comments?

    As I listened, I started to wonder when the "show" part of the story would begin and the "tell" part would be finished. As I got into it, this thought dropped from my mind, so it must not have been too far into the book. I looked forward to the drive to and from work every day, when I could hear a little more of the story. Loved the narrators. I think they both did a great job. I especially liked Paul Boehmer's interpretation of Dr Invincible.If you're looking for something fun and lighthearted to listen to that's sort of a send up of superheroes and supervillains, I can highly recommend this audiobook.

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    Loki Liesmith Elmwood Park, IL, United States 03-24-12
    Loki Liesmith Elmwood Park, IL, United States 03-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Invincibly entertaining!"

    As an old-school comic book junkie, I loved this book. Anyone who has ever wondered what it's like to live in a universe filled with super-powered beings, a universe of aliens and magic and time-travel and alternate dimensions, where the bad guys always want to take over the world and the good guys always somehow win in the end, must give this a listen.

    The narrators do a fantastic job with the voices (though I did have to overlook a few blatantly mispronounced words), and the story itself is pure comic-book mayhem. The characters all stand out as real and alive, while still somehow being carbon copies of the classic superhero/supervillain stereotypes.

    No, this is not on a literary level with 'The Sandman', nor does it contain the brutal realism and moral philosophy of 'Watchmen' - but that doesn't detract from the enjoyment. Once you start this book, it's hard to stop. Check it out!

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    L. Stapleton Los Angeles 03-17-12
    L. Stapleton Los Angeles 03-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Snooooore..."

    ... oh wait, was I listening to an audiobook? Because it was so boring and LONG WINDED I completely tuned it out. Why did this book get such good reviews? Funny? I think I was amused once.

    The idea is pretty good - evil genius and noobie superhero. I like it. It should be right up my alley, I am a nerd who reads comic books. Nope. The problem is with the evil genius. He has these long, boring, rambling descriptions of what he is thinking. And I found that I just couldn't care.

    The narration for Dr. Impossible is excellent but no one could make all of that boring back story interesting. The narration for the female superhero was terrible. Stilted, with strange an inexplicable changes of emphasis and accent. One second she is reading in a normal voice and then she shifts from a drag-queen to some kind of Mae West accent - and these shifts have no apparent relationship to the book.

    Oh well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Ypsilanti, MI, United States 03-14-12
    Kimberly Ypsilanti, MI, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Don't Waste Your Time"

    Derivative and poorly narrated. The plot is muddled and the characters are unsympathetic. Read the Watchmen instead.

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    Slothflyer 02-04-12
    Slothflyer 02-04-12 Member Since 2016

    audioreader

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    "Superheroes! Super villains! Super awesome!"
    Where does Soon I Will Be Invincible rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Definitely is the top one third.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. Impossible, the supervillain.


    What does Coleen Marlo and Paul Boehmer bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrators do excellent voice characterization and inflection.


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

    It had plenty of funny moments.


    Any additional comments?

    Check it out if you like superhero stuff.

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    Face North Tazewell, VA, United States 12-16-11
    Face North Tazewell, VA, United States 12-16-11

    Face

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    "I'm a comic nerd, and this was like Porn for me."
    Where does Soon I Will Be Invincible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ha! Gotcha.<br/><br/>Seriously though, this is a well-read and well-written work. Perfect for anyone that fancies themselves a comics aficionado to anyone wondering


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Soon I Will Be Invincible?

    Dr. Impossible's reactions to his finding of The Pharaoh and his big reveal to Core Fire were both just what I was hoping for.


    Which character – as performed by Coleen Marlo and Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

    Our two main characters, Dr, Impossible and the cyborg merc turned-heroine Fatale feel perfect.


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

    Elven telling her origin story, and Fatale's telling of her suspicion about her own.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great listen. If your interested in Super Heroes in any capacity, I'd highly recommend

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    Chris Sacramento, CA, United States 08-31-11
    Chris Sacramento, CA, United States 08-31-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Soon You Will Be Entertained"

    Very well done. Here's an author who clearly realizes that the best superhero stories are origin stories, so he found a structure that allowed him to give us about 20 of them in one novel. The book is told in first-person from the point of view of two characters, and both of them find plenty of time to relate to us tales of their earlier exploits and those of their colleagues. It's a clever conceit that only occasionally wears thin. But the main story itself is highly entertaining and suitably grand as well.

    The audio narration is superb. Coleen Marlo does a good job with the less exciting Hero role, but Paul Boehmer's rendition of Dr. Impossible is positively a tour de force. He completely inhabits the role, and his just-this-side-of-hammy performance is note perfect and adds a huge amount of enjoyment. In terms of narration not only supporting but actively enhancing the author's words, this is right up there with James Marsters' take on the Dresden novels.

    To the reviewer who noted several botched pronunciations: there were a few. For instance, I can only assume that Ms. Marlo is from Boston given how she says "Celtic". However, regarding Dr. Impossible's phrase that you mentioned: he was actually saying "coup de theatre", and as far as I can tell it was pronounced correctly.

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    Amazon Customer 07-07-11 Member Since 2008

    Cranky old man Lived in 5 countries

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    "Great fun and well narrated"

    I was very surprised at how fast the author "hooked" me and how loathe I was to put it down and get back to work. A novel of Super Heroes and Vilians with a human & humorous twist. The Super Heros are interesting but it's the life of the Super Vilians, as glimpsed through the mind of Dr. Impossible, that caught my imagination. What does it feel like to loose, again, in a super fight? What drives a genius to viliany and where does he get the money for his fancy lairs? What do villians do in ther spare time? I found myself laughing out loud in several places and sounding like an idiot trying to explain some of the funnier bits to my ever-patient wife.

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    D. A. Lewis 06-25-11
    D. A. Lewis 06-25-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Unique but pedestrian"

    I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. The characters were wonderful, the setting was great and the humor was top notch. The story however was just run of the mill. And while the writer clearly stretched his writing muscles with the characters, he really did not give them a different direction to go. Which for me lead to a story conclusion that did not come close to matching all the other great elements of this book.

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