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Superworld

By: Gus Krieger
Narrated by: Fred Berman,Ellen Archer,Therese Plummer,Neil Hellegers
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Earth, 2038. Every single man, woman, and child on the planet has a unique gift: an extraordinary, superhuman ability.

All except one.

And he may be civilization’s only hope.

Ignatius Lohman longs to make his mark, to be someone. But in a world populated entirely by superpowered beings, he’s nothing but a powerless white-collar civilian. Iggy’s plight is not helped by the fact that his father, General Lancelot Lohman of the defense agency PEERLESS, is one of the most powerful men on the planet.

Then, suddenly and unexpectedly, Iggy finds himself in the crosshairs of Erle P. Van Owen, a megalomaniacal corporate overlord with the astonishing ability to neutralize any superpower.

Van Owen is seemingly invincible. But he didn’t count on this: If he can effortlessly defeat anyone with superhuman abilities, how will he fare against the one person with no powers at all?

Teaming up with his father and their PEERLESS allies, Iggy must find a way to save the United Nations of Earth. And maybe, with a bit of luck, find himself along the way.

©2020 Gus Krieger (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC

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tedious

I wanted to like the book but the end result was it was tedious to listen to. the main character seems to be all drama. the events are unrealistic to an extreme and enough so that i find myself simply not enjoying the story or characters. the narration is well done but the writing simply leaves much to be desired. there are no enjoyable parts its just a giant slog through events with no real breaks.

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The Bad Reviews Are Off

This book goes on sale every now and then but I've put off purchasing it because of several top reviews complaining about how the story is boring and rating it a 1-star affair. I finally bought this at the last sale having forgotten about the bad reviews and you know what? This is really good. Novel concept and an OP villain that's easy to despise. Kind of reminded me of a Brandon Sanderson novel but not YA. In fact, I binged this in a day so I don't know what the top 1 star reviews are talking about. One of the bad reviews talked about how they were suspicious of the good reviews and implied they were paid for though now I wonder if that is true of them. Even if this wasn't your genre, this story, at the very least, is far from bad. I'll be waiting for that sequel.

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Aggressively mediocre

My original headline was going to be "TEDIOUS" until I saw that some other reviewer chose this. This is the best one word descriptor for this offering.
I wasn't a big fan of the story, the characters, the villain, the world building and all the other suspicious raving reviews really set this book up to let me down. Is Amazon paying their sounding board people to write these glowing reviews?
Skip it. It's not worth your time. I literally fell asleep when some Scottish hero showed up a couple times for some reason, I wonder if the narrator was just having fun at these points to keep himself awake, although it didn't work for me.

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Total surprise

I expected a typical cheesy superhero story, but I was desperate to have something to listen to while I worked in the yard, so I bought this even with zero reviews. Never done that before.

The book was nothing like other superhero books; it really was a character-driven story, with the superpowers as a backdrop. Our main character is deep and complex, and, no, he doesn't discover superpowers by the end of the book.

The narrator does an excellent job.

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A More Layered Super Hero Sory

Kudos to Gus Krieger for creating his own, unique superhero story. Yes, it has all the exciting elements that draws fans to superheroes in the first place, but Superworld digs deeper with a protagonist who is a normal human being struggling with feelings of inadequacy and desires to be special, important and "super" in the world around him. Krieger challenges us to ponder what it actually means to be a hero. Is it someone with a supernatural talent? Is it someone who volunteers for work in a soup kitchen? Is it someone who kills a despot who would have killed hundreds? Is it someone who simply takes the time to listen to a child? Most of all, if someone has a super talent or super ability, would he/she use it for good/altruistic purposes or evil/selfish purposes? Krieger has a super talent with words, and he definitely uses his unique ability for good purposes in Superworld. I look forward to reading more from him.

The narrators are fantastic as well, particularly Berman with his great commitment to the depth of the characters created by Krieger.

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I honestly can't believe just how good this book w

I am so blown away by how good this book was! I wasn't expecting much because I've never heard of this author, but I loved it. I'm a fan of super hero stories and for me the gold standard is Drew Hayes' "Super Powereds" series. I can't say this book was as good as that, but it was closer than any other super hero book I've read in the past few years. It was on par with Paul Tobin's "Prepare To Die".. which is also saying a lot. If super hero fiction is your thing... give it a shot!

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THE SEQUEL CANNOT COME SOON ENOUGH!

I absolutely loved this book. The writing was smart and nuanced, the story was engaging, and the pace kept me on the edge of my seat. I look forward to reading more from Gus Krieger.

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I just can't

The concept is cool. The story is just all over the place. Turns mundane events into a long drawn out weekend creative writing exercise. Jumps character to character explaining new found super powers saying names that you are not familiar with and have no idea how they fit into the story. And that all in the first hour. Then, they progress the story through the inner dialog of a very young boy. But, the way he talks makes it sound like he is an adult acting like a kid who is just trying to get sympathy by mentioning real world issues such as parents arguing or whatever. At the same time pretending not to understand simple concepts about responsibility. After listening to the kid part for 20 minutes I stopped the book.

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SUPER FUN

Superworld is a truly unique and clever superhero story. I absolutely loved every minute of it! I really hope there's a sequel.

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So good!!!

This book is captivating and exhilarating!! I can’t wait to see how the movie tells this story!

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