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At the gates between worlds...

In a war outside of time...

He fights for us.

Reclusive college student Jonathan Tibbs wakes in a pool of blood, not a scratch on him. His life is about to undergo a massive shift. A violent and merciless otherworldly enemy unleashes slaughter in the streets, calling out in a language only he understands.

And it is seeking its challenger.

In order to defeat the threat, Jonathan must become a temporal weapon...while remaining completely anonymous. Unfortunately, harnessing off-world powers has its own special challenges...

The Never Hero is the first installment in The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs - a mind-bending, genre-crossing action-adventure trilogy.

©2014 T. Ellery Hodges (P)2015 Foggy Night Publishing

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Amazing Book

The Never Hero, by T. Ellery Hodges, is the first installment in the story of Jonathan Tibbs, a normal, reclusive college student who is assaulted by a blond man in his house while his roommates are out. He wakes later in a puddle of his own blood without a scratch or any other damage to his body. His life undergoes a huge shift when an alien beast begins wreaking havoc in the streets, killing left and right looking for its challenger. Jonathan must become a weapon, fighting the monster while remaining completely anonymous. This book is a mix of sci-fi and action/adventure that I personally couldn't put down. Many great scenes occurred throughout the story, but my favorites were definitely the epic fight scenes. I loved every moment I spent listening to this audiobook, and when it ended, I was all the more eager to read the second book.

I thought the book was very suitable for audio narration, and that the narrator, Steven Barnett, did so much with the opportunity presented to him. There were some parts of the book that called for voice modulators, which he used flawlessly. All of the characters were extremely well-voiced, and I could always tell who was speaking. I especially enjoyed the voice of the tall, blond man, as Barnett gave him an interesting accent and unmistakable voice tones. Barnett enunciated his words very well throughout the duration of the book, but sometimes I thought he enunciated almost too well, distracting from some of the dialogue. All in all, though, he was an excellent voice actor and I look forward to listening to more of his work.

As far as production and sound quality go, I thought Barnett maintained a pretty consistent pace throughout the story. He lowered his voice during moments of intensity, which added a lot to the novel. I didn't notice any technical flaws or edits during my listening experience.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a thrilling read voiced by a very interesting narrator. The plot was exciting and always kept me guessing through its entirety, and Barnett did an excellent job with both reading the story itself and voicing the characters. I already have the next book purchased and I can't wait to listen!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Wait for it... wait for it.... Bam!

I enjoyed this book like few others I've listened to simply because it pulls you along with satisfying well timed pockets of discovery and action! it has elements of the modest hero, the warriors will to fight with everything he's got, and the sense of discovery in using power never before known.

It has qwerky movie references from the 80's that I enjoyed immensely and made it feel relatable. There is depth to the development of the primary and secondary characters given by insightful but subtle description.

the narrator, I have to say, did a fantastic job of expression. he seems to capture inflection and meaning in the right way at the right time. some narrators are monotone or seem to put odd qwerks on their sentences that seem unnatural. not the case here. I found myself able to absorb the narration with the story so completely that I could focus on visualizing the story... while mowing the grass, walking the dog, washing the dishes, vacuuming the house, etc. seriously well done performance.

I would put this book on my shelf with: the codex alera series by Jim butcher, ready player one by Ernest Cline, and the bobiverse series by Dennis e taylor with a twist of marvel comic book heroes thrown in.

I would buy it for you if I could but I can't. invest. you won't regret reading or listening to this book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Tip: clear your schedule first.

What did you love best about The Never Hero?

A really good listen, an easy-to-follow narrator, realistic inter-character interactions. An intelligent book which doesn't "dumbify" the listener/reader.

What about Steven Barnett’s performance did you like?

First time for me listening to Barnett. He is easily one of the best I've listened to. He does female voices well, in contrast to other narrators who just make them sound "whiny". Perhaps a bit more contrast to the different male characters' voices to make it perfect. Sometimes some male character's would have the same voice as a female character, thus making a little bit confusing at times. This was mostly in the beginning, later it was easier to differentiate. Great narrator!

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

Yes, absolutely yes. Will definitely aim to disrupt normal life as you might have to show immense will-power to turn it off.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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GIVE THIS BOOK A CHANCE!!!

I took a risk using a hard earned credit on this book... I don't regret it in the least! I love urban fantasy because Jim Butcher got me hooked, but I hate it because there is so much derivative garbage overwhelming the shelves. Finding a book that has substance is often impossible. Too many author's are willing to tweak an existing premise and churn out book after book with the ambition of selling rather than telling a story. This book is the reason I still search under this genre for new reads. The story was original and engrossing. Even though this is only the first book in a series, the author gave the impression he was telling a story, rather than churning out an endless stream of directionless books. I can't wait for the next book.

102 of 126 people found this review helpful

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What the Positive Reviews Don't Tell You

Yes, it's a great book as the top reviews state, but only if you make it to the second half. It starts out feeling like a young adult superhero type of novel with characters that have boring archetypal motives. I was thinking about returning it at a couple of points. I kept listening because I was using it to kill time walking our dogs and didn't want to search for another book. But, by the end, the author has made things complex, interesting, three-dimensional enough that I'm going to get the second book.

93 of 116 people found this review helpful

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Exactly what you're looking for

If you're looking for a great book with narrative similarities to series like the night angel trilogy, the king killer chronicles, the blood song, or ender's game then this series is what you want!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Solid sci-fi action tale

If a hero falls in the woods and no one is around to see him, is he a hero? This tale has some weighty philosophical themes rolled in to a great action story, with a bunch of geek culture thrown in. I finished listening to it with my 11yo, who asked for a notebook right away, so, he could start writing his own book. We are eagerly awaiting the sequel.

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  • David
  • West Lafayette, IN, United States
  • 06-04-15

Unexpected Excellence

Where does The Never Hero rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is interesting because I don't know how to classify it exactly. Contemporary SciFi? It kind of sits in its own niche but it definitely sits at Number 1 in that Niche.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Never Hero?

When the lines light up. I won't say more but it was pretty cool.

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

No I haven't. I think Steven did a good job, though honestly I prefer some of the other readers better (Sorry Steven!). For some constructive criticism, some of the other readers are able to instill the emotion of certain events better in their reading. Luke Daniels is particularly good at this.

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

At first it wasn't but toward the end I was wrapped up enough that it kept me up thinking about it last night before bed.

Any additional comments?

Honestly I wasn't sure about this book when I first grabbed it. I took a chance on it and I have done so on others just to have my worst fears realized. This book turned out to be a diamond in the rough and I highly recommend it.
Keep on writing T! Great job and I am looking forward to the sequel!!

28 of 38 people found this review helpful

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Urban Fantasy my (Bleep)!!

Any additional comments?

Make no mistake, this is a Super Hero story. Most super hero stories are urban so, yes you could make a case for urban fantasy, but it's not. That being said, you'll see what I mean cause I recommend the read.
I don't usually read super hero stories. Too shallow; too predictable; too hard to believe; something like that. This series has good character development, the author actually has a talent for writing. The world development is thorough enough that I don't have to work as hard to suspend my disbelief as much as I normally do with super hero stories. Go read it already, just don't expect urban fantasy.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Surprisingly good!!!

Great character development, nice build up and complicated plot. More realistic twist and understanding to a hero genre.

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  • Matt
  • 01-29-16

Tropes are good!

Would you listen to The Never Hero again? Why?

The Never Hero was a good balance of fun and realism, also the interesting world building will need reviewing before book 2.

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  • Tallisman
  • 08-05-15

deep

I felt for the lead character and the story is well carried and Steven did a great job narrating the story. Keep it up!

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  • Louise Milton
  • 04-11-16

First book to ever give up on

I frequently listen to audio books and this is the first book I have ever had to give up on.

The story is badly written and immature. I could have ignored most of this but when the attractive girl next door
was sat on her balcony thinking about Romeo and Juliet I gave up.

The story is very American teen which isn't normally a negative but with the book trying to be deep comparing Jesus and superman, it left me feeling like I was listening to a story written by someone at high school.

The story may have got better and I'm annoyed I gave up but I just couldn't continue listening.

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  • glyn
  • 01-03-16

brilliant

this audiobook brilliant it has a really good backstory and full of action packed drama and it has really good plots also the main character has a lot of deaths not like books out there. he thought a lot about the character character this author have thought about the main character things that make him tick and it's a really odd book as it tells of two worlds one trying to save themselves and the other in desperate need

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennie
  • 05-09-17

Wow...

I loved this! I was pleasantly surprised at how drawn into this story I became. The characters are well written, the story well paced and the narration impeccable. Can't wait to hear more.

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  • Tabitha Oliver
  • 09-01-16

Great Read

Totally enjoyed this book and am looking forward to more! Definitely recommend this to everyone!

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  • fenella
  • 07-26-16

everything

everything is so good. Ellery knows what he's doing with the story line. he does not pontlisly waffle. The reader is just so good at voices. the characters are individual. need book two know!
you are constantly engaged eith how Jonathan will holed together.

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  • Ross
  • 12-17-15

Very interesting book

A very original story. The book is so good I wish I hadn't found it until there were more already written, I don't want to wait.