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Super Powereds: Year 4

Super Powereds, Book 4
Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
Length: 60 hrs and 37 mins
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The final year at Lander has finally arrived for the Melbrook students and their peers, and with it comes a whole new set of challenges. Still reeling from the events of their junior year, the remaining students will have to push past their pain - and so much more - if they hope to be one of the 10 to claim the title of Hero upon graduation. 

Constant tests and trials await the senior students. Beyond simulated missions and classes, they'll also have to buckle down to learn about agents, prospective teams, internships, and other seemingly endless elements of being a Hero. For some, however, the classroom is only one aspect of the trouble that lies ahead. Long-buried secrets have been unearthed; old mysteries are finally unraveling; and what lies at the center of it all has the potential to rock the realm of Heroes to its very foundation.

©2018 Andrew Hayes (P)2018 Tantor

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Its finally over....what do I do with my life now?

Before I go on what might end up being a massive tangent, this series is possibly my all time favorite I have ever read/listened to and I am quite literally unable to express in words how highly I want to praise this book. Buy it, read it and enjoy the ride.

~Tangent mode engage~
I have always loved Drew Hayes works. It has gotten to the point where if I see a book from him I don't even look at the book summery, I just get it because I simply know it is going to be good. Its how I picked up the first installment of this series. Two years ago I saw a preorder for a book labeled "Super Powereds Year 1" I got it and the next day when it was available for download I went to work as usual and started listening as I worked at the daily grind. The book was 26 hours long and I think I finished that book in three days. Meeting Vince, Roy, Hershel, Mary, and Nick, learning about their powers and fears. Seeing them overcome that first year had me hooked more than I could have ever expected. And Drew could not have picked a better narrator than Kyle McCarley, with his range of voices breathing life into each character.
When the second book came along I vividly remember getting angry because I hadn't known it was out yet and started listening to it a few days after the fact. But as soon as I had seen it, another credit was quickly shelled out and the story developed more. The class was smaller, but here and there some familiar faces were around outside of the main circle that I could remember. I was growing to know the class of lander and each power was getting interesting applications. Hell, Drew managed to make the day to day drama between student interesting even when bombshells weren't dropping. In no time at all the 32 hour book had sped along and ended on me leaving me waiting for the next installment.
Just shy of a year and I had the next book. Now things were getting intense. The training was ramping up and plots deepening. It was about halfway through that book that I realized that I had gotten to the point I was remembering each students powers and names. I suppose that might be a simple thing but to just see someone mention one of the other minor characters, and not even need a moment to think about who their talking about with a cast this expansive is an impressive feat in my opinion at least. Every character was becoming familiar, adding to the story in different ways. With each book getting longer you would think it might last longer, but every time the books felt like they were getting devoured faster.
Corpies came out next, and even with me normally hating side stories, I was drawn into the adventures with Titan and couldn't stop from loving the book. It was so good I would have followed any of the characters if Drew went all out and did a spinoff book of a spinoff book.
One more year passed before this book came out. A new job has me unable to listen to books nearly as long as I used to. Even so, bit by bit I chipped away at this 60 hour monster of a finale. Plots came together and schemes were resolved. With a cast this large I can only even think of one plot thread that wasn't completely and entirely wrapped up and resolved one way or another. That is not to be taken as a detraction either, if anything I mean it as a massive complement to Drew. Almost nothing felt forgotten. When this book came to a close and the epilogue mentions a 10 year jump I felt genuine sadness. Not for the way things ended, which was simply amazing, but because with an ending like this I doubt we will be seeing another installment in this series. This world that Drew has made and these characters will always have a cherished place in my heart.

All of that and the most wonderful thing about it?
Not counting the time I have spent re listening to this series, or playing a bit of the first one to hook in a friend to try the books out, this series is easily 180 hours. That is over 7 and a half days of my life I have spent with these books. Now that its over, I look back on them all and smile remembering the highs and lows. Great memories of the truly epic battles and the mundane moments that charmed me. And I find myself reaching over for my phone to download the first book once more.

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60 hours of Super Powered goodness still ain't enough!

I don't know if you can call this a non-bias review considering, I devoured the hardback edition months ago, I pre-ordered the audio version, downloaded it the moment it became available on its release date, and then promptly put in a marathon listening session to complete the book... To say that I'm a Drew Hayes fanboy would be an understatement. With that said, I did fully enjoy the book. Unlike so many series conclusions, not only was "Year 4" a satisfying conclusion to this series, it was nothing less than epic! The unraveling of the conspiracy was truly a captivating work of inspired and well conceived story telling. As much as I enjoyed the book, it feels a bit odd to say that even at a run time of 60 hours, I still felt that it was a bit rushed (I felt that some of the interpersonal relationship development between some of the characters was sacrificed to keep the story a bit more streamlined). I did really enjoy a few little side plots that were thrown in (diving deeper into the "company" that Mr Transport and Mr Numbers work for was a great touch, and the reveal of yet another secret family connection was a shocker). As with the pervious books, Drew Hayes masterfully crafts witty commentary and logical character actions into a story plot that has clearly been planed since he first put pin to paper way back in "Super Powers: Year 1". I also feel compelled to give a tip of the hat to Kyle McCarley's superb narration. Given the huge number of characters contained within this story, I was continuously amazed by his ability to add a nuanced and unique voice performance to each of the many characters. Simply put... even a casual fan of the "Super Powered" series will be well satisfied with its conclusion, and more than likely will find themselves as much of a raving fanboy as I am. Welcome to the club!

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  • michael
  • new bern, NC, United States
  • 07-14-18

Magnificent Final Installment!

Hayes has given us the final year we dreamed of. An epic 60 hour non stop thrill ride packed with suprises, shocking revelations, and incredible action. I laughed, I cried, I was occasionally stunned. McCarley does an amazing job of bringing this enormous cast of characters to life (and it IS enormous). overall 10/10 would recommend.

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The Satisfying End of An Amazing Series

Once again, Drew Hayes has produced an amazing story that is engaging, character-driven, and never predictable. Coming off of such a tragic ending of Year 3, this book follows the story of our favorite 5 seniors, as well as the rest of the group we have learned to love. Drew seamlessly weaves loose ends together to create powerful story lines which have been only hinted about since year 1.
Kyle McCarley narrates this monster of a book with the care we've come to expect with this series. I still find it amazing that he is able to do so many voices with such consistency.
At 60+ hours, this is a book well worth a credit. The entire series now measures 160 hours and is a series you can listen to multiple times and get new things with each listen. With these four books, we have an amazing college experience that is realistic with the addition of some super powers to spice it up. There is such an intricate and elaborate universe that is so much fun to learn more about. And then, there's the steady rise to the climax that made me want to reach the end quicker than my ears could handle.
This is an amazing work that you will enjoy from day one to the epilogue party.

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Just so good!

I couldnt wait for this one to be released (and I'm waiting for the 2nd installment of Drew Hayes' villain world with eager anticipation too). Reading through the reviews, already knowing they would be fantastic, I was still sceptical about all the "Perfect Ending" remarks. Seriously, it's been years since that many people have all unequivocally agreed on something in this country, so I took it with a grain of salt. They reviews are dead to rights - this was the perfect closing for this series. I've never felt this happy and satisfied with a favored series ending until now. Another book in this series would be too much. Immortalizing the characters at the point in there lives within the epilogue was perfect. I don't want to think of these brilliant characters in any other way than Mr. Hayes has penned in this book. A truly fun and touching read and listen. Thank you Mr. Hayes!

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Wow!

Absolutely incredible book and series!! Great story, loved every minute of it. Thank you Drew!

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A superb conclusion to the series!

Action packed with plot twists, sometimes a little bit predictable, but very well written and narrated. Loved it and I regret finishing it since its the last book of the series.
I have listened through all the previous years and Corpies several times, so with a good understanding I can say that this series is so far the top of the list of the books I have been listening to on Audible.
Thanks Drew Hayes!

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Best one in the series, one hell of a satisfying conclusion!

More than 60 hours of one of the best stories available on audible. I have absolutely loved the Super Powered’s universe and have listened to years 1 - 3 and Corpies several times and boy am I glad I did, because year 4 was the best of the series and offered an amazing and satisfying conclusion. Drew Hayes has become my favorite author recently and Kyle McCarley is nothing short of a narrating genius. I am only sad because this wonderful journey is over; but what a journey it was🤓.

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Amazing Conclusion

I'm sad it's over, but it was incredibly well done. The "10 years later" epilogue was a great touch, giving far more closure than the vast majority of series offer.

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Amazing story!

I love the narrator and his take on the characters. His efforts on acting the scenes out is appriciated. Also if you have not read CORPIES then you should. It is a story that revolves around the hero Titan. It is definently good enough to get and a lot of the characters from the book are in the fourth so read it between the third and fourth. This is unfortunently the end to the story wth your main chatacters and has a great ending. However there is a huge opening and hint for the story to continue. A forshadowing that implies there will be more. Here is to hoping.

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  • Mike
  • 07-05-18

A Great conclusion but felt a little forced

First off, I should say, I LOVE this series and this book is a satisfying conclusion to the saga in many ways. Kyle McCarley's performance is excellent, probably his best yet. There's no more of the mechanical "said Vince" and "exclaimed Chad" sentence separators that plagued the first 2 books and the whole performance is engrossing.

The reason I made this 4 stars instead of 5 is the ending (or probably the last quarter). I won't go into details to avoid spoilers, but I will say that it felt like the author was desperate to force in characters from the other series when there was a great opportunity to hint towards the wider hero world not discussed in these books. One character forced in from Corpies in particular seems ridiculous.

All that said, it is a great story and it's good to finally find out all the hero names and who graduated.

Also, 1 credit for a 60 hour book is a bargain! Just be prepared to not sleep for a while as it's too damn addictive!

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  • SWS113
  • 12-03-18

Great world. Long winded.

First of all let me say I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I would not have spent so long with these characters and this world if I had not. The society and the internal logic are consistently interesting, engaging and distinct from others in the super hero medium.

However how long I spent in this world may also be a negative. This is a long book and I am not averse to those. Two of my favourites are over 1000 pages, but this book FEELS long. I feel as though it detracts from the tale and I found myself listening at 1.75x for a majority of its length (compare this to only pushing it to 1.2 in previous entries to the same series). Perhaps it is due to the book originally being written in a serialised format or perhaps it could just have done with a little more editing. nevertheless it is a good story in a fantastic world with characters that at the beginning of the series may have seemed a little too archetypal, but by the end are so much more.

I will admit to to being a little embarrassed by its album art and concept when reading the first book, but now have and will continue to recommend this series to friends and others who enjoy Superheroes or just good coming of age tales.

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  • Jamie Jones
  • 11-05-18

Amazing end to a fantastic series :D

I loved the book and will definitely be looking at more books written my Drew !!

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  • Jane
  • 11-03-18

Loved this series

I tried other drew Hayes books before this, enjoyed them all. Thought this might be aimed at teens so put off listening. However thoroughly enjoyed it, and as I got into the characters it only improved! Great story and excellent performance.

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  • Mumbles
  • 10-23-18

tremendous

Another great book by a fantastic author. very well presented and read too. The ability to build up such a rich world with an immense amount of detail, character and plot is truly astounding. Worth every penny.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-16-18

great book

narrator is great and glad that they stayed with the same one throughout the series. storyline is great and the ending was even better.

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  • Muji
  • 09-25-18

Awesome

From the moment I started listening to the first book to the whisper ending the last I’ve been astonished by this amazing series Drew. Thoroughly enjoyed it and great job with the reading Kyle. It’s got to be experienced. Involved and never disappointing.

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  • Paul Harrison
  • 09-14-18

Wraps it all up nicely

If you’re looking at reviews for year 4 then you must have already gone through years 1 - 3, so you already know what you are going to get. Year 4 is jam packed and doesn’t drop the pace, lots of well described action and a good way to wrap up the life of the students at Lander.

Just one thing though, if you’ve not listened to Corpies before year 4 then there will be characters that you will not know, so get that first

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  • Mr. T. Heap
  • 09-14-18

fantastic

fantastic end to a series I love. the writing in the first few books was very ropey but the last book was great. no more 20 min he said she said conversations.

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  • M. Davey
  • 08-30-18

Good end to the series. loved the world created.

If you have Listen to the previous books tgen this is a must. Good narration although i did find two of the characters voices seemed to become a little confused (Herschel and Vince) at points but this was minor and may have been me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-18

amazing storytelling

a modern masterpiece, from beginning to end, I couldn't put it down, if you're looking for an immersive world that tells a true coming of age type tale go for it

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  • Reece
  • 11-15-18

AMAZING!!!

This is my favourite series and the finale (year 4) was the perfect way to wrap it up.
By itself the book is very comprehensive and enjoyable, but if you make sure that you have read all the books in this series (including corpses and the one about Titan, sorry I forgot the title) then this book becomes something soo much better.
Drew Hayes has an amazing ability to write books that have so much depth of character and such a well thought out storyline that when combined with Kyle McCarley's second to none narrating abilities becomes a story that you don't want to end. I keep listening to all the books in this series and have marvelled at how Drew has been able to make me care about a bunch of characters in a book as if they were friends of mine.
I love this whole series and cannot recommend it enough. Even if you are not into super heroes, you will love this.
Thanks Drew Hayes and Kyle McCarley!

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  • Damien Dickinson
  • 09-09-18

Epic book and series

Another classic book from a masterful writer. Entertaining, fun and awesome character development. Highly recommend.

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  • Luke
  • 09-07-18

brilliant conclusion

I've loved every minute of the Super Powereds series, and listening to the epilogue was bitter sweet. This is an epic and well rounded conclusion to a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Thank you Drew!

Here's hoping there is a Chance for future books in the Super Powereds universe.

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  • Brad
  • 08-21-18

A big listen

This one is quite a big listen. I enjoyed the story, the twists and how it maintained character developments from the previous entries.

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  • bryce
  • 07-17-18

A Perfect Finale

Well written and a great end to the series. A book with so many answers and positive feel throughout