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The Never Hero Audiobook

The Never Hero: The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    mason 06-03-15
    mason 06-03-15 Member Since 2012
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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.

    94 of 118 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Gildersleeve St. Paul, MN 07-12-15
    Steve Gildersleeve St. Paul, MN 07-12-15 Member Since 2016
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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.

    78 of 101 people found this review helpful
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    rhodry 06-12-17
    rhodry 06-12-17
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Lucas Fox 05-30-17 Member Since 2012
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dwollsch 12-18-16
    Dwollsch 12-18-16 Member Since 2015
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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!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David West Lafayette, IN, United States 06-04-15
    David West Lafayette, IN, United States 06-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "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!!

    27 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-21-17 Member Since 2017
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 06-06-17
    06-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Best conflict ever from a promising author"

    When I first picked up this book, I was a little skeptical. The writing is awkward. In some places the sentences repeat themselves and seem redundant. The characters sometimes say things that seem awkward or out of character. Most of the characters seem very flat. Despite this, I love the book. The side characters' lack of development can be excused, in my opinion, because all of the tragedy and conflict only directly affects the main character, who develops substantially in believable ways.

    My main reason for suggesting this book is the well thought out and understandable conflict. By the end of this first book you realize that there are no lazily contrived mentally unstable murderers or selfish super-villian masterminds here, only relatable people forced into difficult positions that put them on opposing sides. What's more, it's not for dissapointingly simple or ridiculous reasons. This is rare in any story. If the author can polish his vocabulary and style and add more interesting characters, then he will be worthy of 5 stars in my eyes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    david 06-01-17
    david 06-01-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Read"

    This was a great listen. I finished the book in two-days on my commute. Didn't want to put it down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Giles Pomona, California United States 04-03-17
    Aaron Giles Pomona, California United States 04-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Very entertaining!"

    The perspective of this hero wasn't completely different from other, but his dedication was inspiring! I was disappointed that there isn't a second audiobook in the series available. I loved listening to this in the car.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Matt
    1/29/16
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    "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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • glyn
    1/3/16
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    "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 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tallisman
    8/5/15
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    "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!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Louise Milton
    Cambridgeshire, UK
    4/11/16
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    "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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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