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A World Without Heroes Audiobook

A World Without Heroes

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Brandon Mull, best known for his Fablehaven fantasy series, is back with A World Without Heroes, the first in a three-book series called The Beyonders. Mull creates an alternate world, Lyrian, which needs a hero to overturn an evil emperor. Enter Jason, an average 12-year-old Colorado kid, who falls through a hippo’s mouth and ends up in Lyrian and quickly becomes entangled in its intrigue and adventure. Rachel, a gutsy and clever homeschooler, who also unwittingly ends up in Lyrian, joins him in the quest. These two Beyonders (what Lyrians call people from Earth) attempt to find and piece together the syllables that form a secret word that can destroy the evil emperor when uttered in his presence.

Broadway actor and new narrator Jeremy Bobb shines with the varied and numerous characters. He seamlessly switches among the dozens of characters while keeping them distinct and recognizable in the dialogue-heavy scenes. However, Bobb’s performance is too low energy for the material. This flatness emphasizes some stilted writing and undermines the exciting action sequences.

In A World Without Heroes, Mull successfully creates a full, rich fantastical world. In keeping with the fantasy genre, he includes wizards and invents fun creatures, such as displacers, who can remove and reattach body parts. Though the writing is somewhat mediocre and his protagonists not fully developed, the novel is still entertaining. There are several interesting and shocking plot twists and turns that make this better than the average fantasy. Mull knows his audience and the action, humor, and fast pace are perfect for his readership. The content is age-appropriate and, with both male and female protagonists, adults can enjoy listening with their sons and daughters.

A World Without Heroes is a nice addition to the middle school fantasy genre. Mull fans and fantasy fans will love this new series. Listeners who latch onto Bobb’s character interpretation will anxiously await the next Beyonders installment. —Julie MacDonald

Publisher's Summary

Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable - until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he's ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcmoed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.

In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor, and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.

©2011 Brandon Mull (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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    Neil Susanville, CA, United States 02-23-12
    Neil Susanville, CA, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A really fine way to spend your weekend"
    What did you love best about A World Without Heroes?

    I love that the twist and turn in the plots


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tempo of this book was awesome everytime i thought ok its safe to take a short break it sucked me in even further.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The authors loyalty to his characters was FANTASTIC


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book thinking it might be a great book to listen to with my children (10-13) and i am sure it will be when we take our next trip. I was more then pleasntly shocked when i realized it was 4am and i was still sucked into the story. Though the story cover some more advanced social topics, the story never suffers in the least. i hope you enjoy the twists and turns as much as I did.
    BEWARE the HIPPO

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    Candace Orem, UT, United States 06-05-11
    Candace Orem, UT, United States 06-05-11
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    "Sluggish Reading"

    I bought both the hard copy and the audiobook, and the audiobook kept putting me to sleep. The reading is just sluggish. The reader zaps the energy and momentum out of the book. I abandoned the audiobook, and simply read the last half on my own - I enjoyed it much more. I plan to read the next installment of the series, but I hope it will be an improvement on the first.

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    "Slower start with engaging finish!"

    At first I wasn't sure what to think of the story, but what book doesn't take getting used to? I quickly became engaged in the story and left wanting more when it finished.

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    "Action filled, thought provoking, not just for kid"

    This book is not just for kids. It has a ton of action, dynamic characters, and powerful themes.

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    Josh 04-11-17
    Josh 04-11-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding book and Narrator! "

    I loved it. Brandon Mull is one of the best authors out there and has created a gem here. Jeremy does a great job bringing the memorable characters and the well written action to life.

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    A Voracious Reader USA 04-08-17 Member Since 2007

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    "A fun beginning to a new series"

    WHAT IT'S ABOUT
    Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable--until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he's ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcomed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.

    In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor, and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.

    MY TAKE
    I listened to the audiobook. The narrator does a much better job than the one who did the Fablehaven series. Those audiobooks are a total pass, but the books were very fun.

    Now, for this series. It's middle grade, so the main character Jason is only 13. MG isn't my normal genre of preference, but Mull does a great job with his characterization and makes me care about his characters. This series begins with a darker tone than the Fablehaven series did, and I think I liked it better for the seriousness.

    I really liked Jason and Rachel. They poked at each other a bit in the beginning, but got to rely and trust each other. The ending is cliffhangerish, but not the kind that had be throwing the book against a wall. It may have helped to know that I already had the next two books in the series. I'm usually death on cliffhangers, but the story had enough resolution that it didn't make me angry.

    I think one of the stories strengths are the secondary characters. You might be introduced to a character early on, like Tark, who turns out to have a lot more to him than you originally thought. I liked how that gave these secondary characters depth.

    4 1/2 stars

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    Lori Caley 03-11-17
    Lori Caley 03-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!"

    Great book but a slow start. Great narration with good transition in voice characters. Would recommend to anyone.

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    Branden W. Kollmar 02-11-17
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    "pass on this one"

    story was flat, ridiculous and contrived and the ending was terrible and didn't resolve a single thing

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    Robert GRANTS PASS, OR, United States 02-06-17
    Robert GRANTS PASS, OR, United States 02-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Beyonders"

    Read the book and loved it. Liked the audible version and I would listen to it again. Mull is a very fun and imaginative writer. I liked the reader too, his voices seemed to fit the characters and were not distracting from the story.

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    cathy murphy 11-29-16
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    the plot is very good and it is action pack and puts pictures in your head.

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