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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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    Brian Kyle New York, NY 01-11-17
    Brian Kyle New York, NY 01-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Smart and involving take on secret identities"

    For a lot of guys growing up, it’s hard to miss how much the comic book superhero secret identity thing overlaps with the double lives young gay people find themselves trapped in, as they weigh the risks of coming out against the heartache of keeping secrets. Hero is a pitch-perfect narrative of teen basketball star Thom Creed, who has to deal with hiding both his powers and his attraction to other guys.

    Perry Moore deftly keeps the story away from being “about” these tropes, keeping the focus on Thom and what happens to him as the world forces his hand and he figures out where he belongs in it. Michael Urie does a great job rendering a broad array of characters, and the audiobook also boasts a sweet preface by Stan Lee himself.

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    Hannah 10-27-16
    Hannah 10-27-16
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    "Charming Story Lacking Substance "

    This book had a lot of potential. In fact, it was a pretty good story (although the middle was hard to get through because the plot was unclear) but it didn't quite live up. The author touches on a lot of deep and hard issues but that's all he does. He skirts around them and never really delves into anything below the surface. I wish he had. This book would have been a force to be reckoned with.
    The narrator does a wonderful job, you feel as if he is totally caught up in the story! He made the dragging middle bit a lot more fun.
    Overall a nice casual listen.

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    Yentle Dyas 09-27-16
    Yentle Dyas 09-27-16
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    "Honest and Intriguing"

    I first read this story in a Queer Literature class in college and, while I don't struggle with the same things Thom does in the book, I did understand his struggle for self-acceptance as I think all children go through this, so I connected with it. I have the print copy, and I just had to have a copy for audio because most of the books I read now are audio.
    I have always loved super heroes and have read dozens of comic books and seen all of the movies. The story is amazing and I love it. Thom's narration is so honest and realistic. He's such a snarky and lovable character and I'm very sad that Perry Moore is unable to share more of Thom's adventures and life with us.
    I think that this book needs to be in everyone's library, whether it's audible (which is wonderful) or print.

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    Amazon Customer 09-21-16 Member Since 2017
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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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