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Hero Audiobook

Hero

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Audible Editor Reviews

No one on earth has anything negative to say about this book, so the challenging part of reviewing Perry Moore's first novel is how to reign in the geyser of good vibes. Hero is the first in a series of young adult fantasy novels that centers on the life of a gay teen superhero, Thom Creed. Moore is ridiculously qualified to write such a book. Openly gay and with a long career in the film industry where he is perhaps best known as the executive producer of The Chronicles of Narnia series, it is unsurprising that this novel was an uncontested favorite to win the Lambda Literary Award in the Young Adult category.

It's not only the young adult crowd and the GLBT crowd that are hopping on board this love train, but also the superhero-loving crowd of comic book geeks. Leading the bandwagon of support for this exciting new series is none other than Marvel Comics guru Stan Lee, who is developing a television show based on Moore's novels. The audiobook actually opens with a jolly introduction from Stan Lee, whose enthusiastic recommendation alone should be enough reason to listen to this book.

But there is still more goodness, in that the novel itself is narrated by Michael Urie, the openly gay stage and screen actor best known for his recurring role as Marc St. James on the hit television series Ugly Betty. Urie is gifted with a knack for character voices, and delivers a dozen uniquely hilarious and heartwarming voices for the various superheros and wannabes in this novel. There's the League, featuring an alien calm for Justice, a publicity-ready sparkle for dreamy blond Uberman, and a slinky rasp for speedy Golden Boy, the sidekick of Silver Bullet who has been demoted to trainer of the League's next crop of heroes. Thom Creed, in the universally appealing tones of an outsider's tenderly introspective coming-of-age, is among this crop. He is joined by the voices of perpetually grouchy Scarlett, drippy nosed Typhoid Larry, and sarcastic chain-smoking psychic Ruth, all hiding secrets of their own.

Perry Moore has written a book that does exactly the right thing at the right time, bringing together a remarkably broad audience in a way that can only be described as a game changer for the several genres it bridges. Whatever reason you might have for wanting to give it a listen, Michael Urie's action-packed rendering of familiar feelings and unpredictable situations ensures that you will not even consider pressing that pause button — the future of the world is on the line, in more ways than one. —Megan Volpert

Publisher's Summary

In the story comic book legend Stan Lee calls "spellbinding" and "totally original," Thom Creed has secrets. For one, like his father, he has super powers. Also, he's been asked to join the League—the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. Then there’s the secret Thom can barely face himself: he's gay.

But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, who can control fire but not her anger; Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick with his touch; and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide; but they will have to learn to trust one another when they uncover a deadly conspiracy within the League.

To survive, Thom will face challenges he never imagined. To find happiness, he'll have to come to terms with his father’s past, and discover the kind of hero he really wants to be.

Timely and inspiring,Hero tackles love, friendship, and the struggle to come to terms with who we really are in a sincere and suspenseful way.

This audiobook includes an exclusive introduction written and read by Stan Lee himself.

©2007 Perry Moore (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Moore's casting of a gay teen hero in a high-concept fantasy marks an significant expansion of GLBTQ literature into genres that reflect teens' diverse reading interests; given the mainstream popularity of comics-inspired tales, the average, ordinary, gay teen superhero who comes out and saves the world will raise cheers from within the GLBTQ community and beyond." (Booklist)

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    "Beyond amazing"

    I've read this book more than three times and every time I get sucked into this amazing universe Perry Moore has created. I bought the audio book because I wanted to hear the story being told me. As I drove, as I watched the sunset, and as I sat on the beach, I was taken once again to his universe which I love. The audio work was great and Hilarious at times!!! I highly recommend the audiobook and book!!!! You won't regret it!!!

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    Norman 05-25-16
    Norman 05-25-16
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    "Personal heroism"

    I'm of two minds about this novel. It is strongest when dealing with Tom's family and personal problems. The superhuman aspects of the plot are much weaker. I could have done without the epic conflict which forms the climax of the story. Alas that this is the author's only novel.

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    tamingchaos Coralville, IA USA 05-10-16
    tamingchaos Coralville, IA USA 05-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow"

    I'm not much for super heroes but this was so much more. A real story of self discovery and growing up different. I can't even wrap my head around how this book could convey such real emotion in such a fanciful way. This will from here on be one of my favorites. If you enjoy characters who could be real people flaws and all give this a chance.

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    Christopher Cunha Boston, MA 04-19-16
    Christopher Cunha Boston, MA 04-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! No matter how I read this book (physical book form, kindle edition, OR listening to it via audible), I always fall in love with the story and the characters. It's a very entertaining read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Thom and Scarlett. Their relationship felt very fluid and relatable


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!!


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    Jo. Ackerman 04-07-16
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    "Why isn't this a movie"

    I'm not a huge Superhero fan but I appreciated the realistic representation of the genre.

    Mr. Moores narrative style was very effective. I liked how he established back store while the main character looked at old photos.

    I'm surprised to learn that this isn't a series of comics.

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    CJinMD 03-25-16
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    "kind of campy but decent storyline"

    The somewhat fem sounding voice of the guy who narrated was a little annoying but I guess they wanted a typical gay sounding guy for a gay protagonist. As far as the story, there were no surprises around the next chapter. All of the plot twists were broadcast way before they happened. Still, I don't regret reading it.

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    "Wonderful overall"

    I loved the voice acting for each person. Urie does an amazing job with this. But I wish the romance was more prominent. Still, I enjoyed listening to this and getting to know so many wonderful characters.

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    "Loved it!"

    Wonderful and exciting and heartbreaking all in one. I hope it becomes a TVseries at some point. Really sad to learn the author died.

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    Yolee Girl 01-08-16
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    "I adore this book!"

    I wasn't sure what to expect but I'm glad I gave it a try because I love it! I laughed, I gasped, I teared up, and I was hooked. Tom is a wonderful protagonist. I loved how normal they made powers and heroes and the League tryouts. There are so many gems in this book like when Ruth blew her rape whistle!!! I hope everyone enjoys this book like I do and did.

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    Nalini Ramjohn 01-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story"
    If you could sum up Hero in three words, what would they be?

    Surprising, engaging, and intricate


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hero?

    The ending of the story wraps up everything neatly and gives you a good story with no cliff hangers.


    What does Michael Urie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If I were to read this book, then I would not have experienced Michael Urie's amazing ability to perfectly match the character with a voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was hard to put this book down losing because I wanted to know how everything would end. As I read I would loose track of time.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book that is well written and narrated.

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