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Star Child

Places of Power
Narrated by: Will M. Watt
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,166 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Powers are determined by geographic birth locations, and only the rich and powerful are permitted access to prized sites. SC is the first person born in space.

The punishment for unauthorized births is death. Out of fear, SC keeps his strange abilities as his darkest secret. He pretends to be nothing more than a mere Regular while his peers develop unique powers, varying from controlling lightning to producing diamond-hard skin. But when his mother is kidnapped by an unknown organization, SC has no choice but to act.

SC ventures into a school of talented students to learn to fight, where he must learn to master his powers without revealing their true nature. But soon he realizes that the school is more than it appears and that it may hold the secret to his missing mother. To rescue her, he will have to reveal powers never before seen in all of history.

By award-winning author Leonard Petracci, a master of tension and suspense.

©2017 Leonard Petracci (P)2017 Leonard Petracci

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Bug

Good story and fun to listen too.
the only bad thing is that chapter 87 repeats again as chapter 88.

26 of 28 people found this review helpful

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a work in progress

I am all for a little wish fulfillment, but it was hard to get all the way through this book. the power system is in need of refinements, with the supers not being knowledgeable and testing themself to their limits. I was able to come up with many uses for the "lower" classed supers that would have made them more useful. the protagonist seemed to be ok...but went from being a control freak to a all out psycho. her powers got to be fairly annoying, and went from a low power she had to have repetitive use to make work, to an almost all powerful compulsion power.....had she been that powerful in the beginning, she would have indoctrinate each student coming in and been unbeatable. Hopefully the writer will grow and any further books will be better. the style of writing worked, and I will give them a second try later.

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They fix the audiobook

there were problems with the audiobook but they have fixed it. So have fun, open your mind, and look to the stars.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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good start to a series!

really like the book slowish start but picks up quick. although there's a problem towards to end I repeats a chapter and loses a chapter so you kind of get lost. still ok book

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Not bad, but

Overall great story, but two chapters are the same and narrator skips the lost chapter.

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so much wasted potential

I really wanted to like this book with its awesome premise but the author threw everything out the window. I have a lot of small complaints like the fact that every chapter is 5 minutes apart but what really ruins this for me is how much potential that got thrown away. I'm 7 hours into this book and nothing of note has even happened. It feels like this entire book was just a dumb side quest to the real story. I'm frustrated that the author threw away what could've been one of the greatest superhero books i've listened to. The narration was great but everything else that has happened sucks. I'm leaving this book unfinished.

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A narrator can make all the difference

While quite an imaginative work it was the passionate and energetic narration that made this a fantastic listening experience.

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  • Travis
  • Metairie, LA, United States
  • 07-14-18

Disappointing

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Firstly.. his name is Star Child. Really. Every time someone says it I just shook my head.
He has these mega awesome powers that he didn't bother to learn to use.
How old is he exactly? He's supposed to be a 2nd year highschooler? So.. 15?
He acts like he's 9, whiny and annoying, except when he's making these extravagantly elaborate plans to overthrow the big bad guy.

The narration was acceptable but not amazing.

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star child is not a name

the plots half finished-as in its undeveloped not incomplete, and star child is not a name. honestly who in their right mind would have a child with strange powers that they wish to hide the birth of and then name him after the very thing that if anyone discovered about him would get him killed. At first I thought it was just a pet name then I realized it was his actual name. though me out of the story every time it was said and they just kept saying it.
Seems like the author was just using it as a place holder, and when he couldn't think of anything better he said screw it, that's his name now.

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OK Story Made Better by Good Narration

The story was a little ridiculous at times. The world Petracci creates is unique and interesting, but the story he tells taking place in that world is a bit disjointed. The motivations and actions of the characters and some of the details don't really hold up under scrutiny. It was distracting, but didn't stop me from enjoying the book. I probably won't be looking for follow up stories set in this world or written by this author, but it was an enjoyable book, in that I finished it and was curious where it was going to end.

I thoroughly enjoyed the narration by Watt. Admittedly, the narrator's voice annoyed me at first, but I warmed up to it, and I enjoyed his take on the characters. He made the story much better than it should have been I think.

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  • Lola Phoenix
  • 11-30-17

fantastic,. a well worth read

chapter 85 is repeated twice. otherwise it's a fantastic book. a.b v s a f

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  • Nabeshin
  • 02-15-18

fantastic listen

loved it want to get more of the series and like this
suposed to be a listen on the bus ended up listning all day just couldnt put it down

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-08-18

Fantastic

Fantastic story can’t wait for the next book... this truly sucks you in and keeps your attention from start to finish.

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  • Grace
  • 02-08-18

Not exactly what I was expecting but I want more

Not bad I would definitely read a sequel if there is one. more words to reach the minimum requirement for a review.

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  • I. Fenton
  • 02-04-18

A Superhero story like they used to be.

If, like me, you can't resist a good superhero story then look no further than this one. It has kept me glued to my seat (forgetting to actually do my knitting) whilst listening to it. Between the wonderful story that Leonard Petracci has written and the passionate way Will M Watt narrates it listening has turned into a few hours of sheer pleasure. The characters are believable and their powers were well worked out and explained. The voices for each character were each very distinctive so I never had any trouble knowing who was speaking. I wish I could say more but I most likely would end up giving spoilers and I don't want to do that, so instead, I'll just say go buy it (or it's in both paperback and kindle if you don't do audio) and be prepared for a superhero story to rival any of the classics.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-20-18

Really great!

Awesome book, i really enjoyed it! its a new take on the superhero genre, one which works really well in the book and makes an intresting premises and back drop for the whole plot and storyline, cant wait for the next book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-03-18

Great book

I really enjoyed this book, I felt invested in the storyline and the characters. The narrator had a good distinction im the different voices, I can't wait until the next ome comes out.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-20-18

okay if you are 11

I do wish audible would mark books as YA young adult or VYA very young adult. had it been so marked I wouldn't have bothered it's an okay story. Read well but it's a short tale told long about half a book too long. it's going back.

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  • Danielle Allan
  • 06-30-19

powerful but useless

I could never understand why anyone would create an a character with an amazing, unique ability and make them utterly stupid and useless. dont read if your looking for a well done main character

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 06-08-19

not bad

Not a bad story, I quite enjoyed it. my only problem is the cover of the book as it depicts the main character to be older than he is supposed to be. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Troy
  • 02-11-18

Brilliant

I remember seeing this as a writing prompt on Reddit and thinking that it was a very interesting concept and when I found out it was an audiobook I jumped on it. It was even better than I expected. Excellent writing. I can't wait for book 2.

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