Knowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop students with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes. Five of this year's freshmen are extra special. They have a secret aside from their abilities - one that they must guard from even their classmates.
For every one person in the world with abilities they can control, there are three who lack such skill. These lesser super beings - Powereds, as they are called - have always been treated as burdens and second-class citizens. Though there has been ample research in the area, no one has ever succeeded in turning a Powered into a regular human, let alone a Super.
That is, until now....
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The story was engaging and worth the 'read'. The narration was a little off-putting. Too many instances of 'he said' 'she said'. Not sure if that is a problem with the book of if other narrators skip saying these because the listener knows who is talking based on the voice acting. The voice acting was good so we knew who was saying what, most of the time, without the constant 'he replied' or 'she reiterated'. It got very annoying, like a constant background noise, once you notice it it's hard to not hear it. And the strong American accent was a bit grating too.
A rising story from start to finish, had me hooked, 26 hrs few by, I don't know who I am any more. Where am I why did I keep waking, was it the book was it the man, how did I cross the sea
I loved this story.
This story centers around 5 super powered kids, who until an experimental surgery, haven't had control of their powers.
The narrorator does an excellent job with changing his voice for each character and pulls you into the story.
To me, the story is more like a season of a TV series, unlike most books which strive to be a movie.
Love the all the details, and the way it was written. And as an added bonus, I now know which super power I wish I had...
"Best Series In Recent Memory"
Each primary, and many secondary, characters are fully fleshed out. They mature over the course of the novel, as well as the series. The training is well thought out and the faculty have individual personalities and backstories.
In an oversimplification, you might think of this series as Hogwarts for Supers, but MUCH better in every way.
I enjoyed them all. The individualization of voices is very well done, which is no easy task with such a large cast of characters.
It's hard to pick a single moment above all others, but perhaps when the core team finds itself challenged by harsh environmental conditions (no spoilers here).
I seldom bother to take the time to write a review, so the fact that I am for this book (and the series), is high praise indeed. It may seem that I am gushing in this review, which is unusual enough for an old man ("GET OFF MY LAWN!"), but I can't imagine any reader/listener that wouldn't enjoy this entire series. My wife and I enjoyed listening together and are eagerly awaiting the fourth installment, but with the same mixed feelings that you get as you approach the end of any great novel, never wanting it to end.
In conclusion, BUY this book immediately. After listening to this series, I bought every Audible audio book available of Drew Hayes' writings, though we haven't listened to them yet.
"Excellent story, characters; adjust for narrator"
I was reluctant to purchase this book at first because of the narrator, whose voice I didn't care for, but playing the book at 1.25x speed solved that nicely. Loved the characters and story. Can't wait for the next installment to be available.
"Wish I could read the second chapter."
Yes I would, characters are fun, and the narrator is pretty good.
Make an audio of year two and three already! I know the books exists already, where are they??
"Awesome and different"
Fun unique story and amazing narrator. I could not stop listening! On par of being as fun to listen to as Ready Player One but not needing nostalgia to keep it going.
"give it a chance "
this book starts out really slow, with boring generic characters and crappy names like mr numbers and mr transport. I was about to give up on this, but i didn't have anything else to read, so i stuck with it. and i'm glad i did.
it's like a standard teenage movie / tv serie AT först, which is mildly entertaining, but it morphs into more superhero stuff as The characters grow.
now i'm off to get The second book. i'm itching to hear the rest!
"only negative is "x said"."
I love comic books but they're just too short to enjoy. a novel about super hero's in training is just perfect though. if not for the repetitive "x said" the audio book would be great. in written form that's easy to ignore in an audio book its rather painful but it was worth it.
""[NAME] SAID" almost ruined it"
This was a pretty good book to let play in the background, entertaining but you don't miss much if you space on it for a while.
- Strong characters I thought - well conceived with complex-ish back stories.
- Good heroes journey. Author takes you along with their development where as other (shorter though) books do the literary version of a training montage.
- Super powers were acknowledged to have some science and not absolutely ridiculous. So often now there isn't a set of "rules" for super powers and they end up controlling monsters from other dimensions and breaking the laws of physics. It wasn't organized like Mistborn or anything, but there was some order, a nod to that they are still understanding them, and nothing was absolutely over the top or unbeatable Superman type.
- No story really. This book just kinda of wanders through like its a season of Real World following super powered college kids. Which is fine but I like story arcs and the feeling that if I'm reading something I know it is driving the plot/story forward. Stuff happened and there was a climax, but it wasn't together feeling.
- The plot was moved forward often by the author telling you something was happening but offering absolutely no details about, like two characters discussing what is coming but with saying one specific about it. Which is fine in small doses but it was the main mechanism used and just isn't very nuanced.
- The narrator. I thought the voices were good but almost quit listening several times because of the "[name] said" or "[name] replied" were so frequent and off putting. At first I thought the author abused the use of it (too frequent) but the more I listened the more is was the way the narrator delivered it: flat, loud, and hard... even if was the character whispering. It honestly sounds like they recorded him saying every characters name and every speaking verb, and just spliced them in during post production where needed. It was really incongruous and off-putting.
I realize my negatives are longer than my positives but short of the 5000 times i heard the dead pan "VINCE SAID" it was an enjoyable listen.
"For everyone who grew wishing they were super"
The book plays out like a TV series, but in a good way. Short fast chapters keep the pacing quick and make the book fly by. Very entertaining.
Seriously, for those who wanted to live in a comic book when you were a kid this book is for you.
"It Grows On You"
Cliché but true! I did not care much for the narrator initially, and the story seemed more highschool than college when I read the plot. Listening to it initially though it was not long before the characters, writing style, and even the performance won me over. Totally worth the listen!
"The reader ruins it"
it's a good story, it really is. The only thing that ruined it for me is the guy who reads it. Once you hear the way he says "Nick said" "Vince asked" etc you will not be able to unhear it. it's bothersome. Good book though!
I originally picked up this book when going through a phase of loving stories about super heroes. Many others I picked up and discarded, but this story stuck with me. Drew has created a wholly new and unique way of looking at Heroes, how they might get to the standard they achieve, how they would impact the world around them by simply being.
If you're looking for something different from the usual teen friendly bog standard Super hero literature, I beg you to give this one ago. It doesn't disappoint.
As for the audiobook version, I really liked the voice actor who read the book. Many times I'll buy hear an audiobook if something I've read and find that the voice I hear doesn't match in my head, but Drew's style of writing is so individualised that they way it's read almost completely matches how I've read it in the past.
A great read or listen I can't recommend strongly enough!
"Fun tale, good characters, excellent narration."
This book is a bit of an oddity. Obviously aimed at a teenage audience but with vocabulary and a writing style that belies that. That said, it's an enjoyable tale with good character development and a decent twist that leaves me wanting to know what happens next.
The narrator is excellent. His speech is exceptionally clear, emphasis well used and his voices perfect for the characters. I would go so far as to say the narration alone makes this audio book more enjoyable than it may have been with a lesser narrator.
The characters (I am particularly fond of Nick), they all have their own distinct personalities, the only issue (for me) is the sheer number of them, it can be a little tricky to keep track of who can do what.
There are some obvious parallels between this and the Harry Potter series, both are about young people learning to master special abilities, although the character in Super Powered are much older and tend to swear more, and be more concerned with adult activities, such as sex and alcohol.
Kyle generally does a good job, however the sheer number of characters forces him to reuse a couple of voices, which can get a little confusing, particularly when he reuses a very distinctive voice.
It's well worth a read, and as the series progresses the writing style improves.
strangely enjoyable despite a total lack of action until the end.
aiming for harry potter with super heroes and not quite hitting the mark.
a decidedly average read/listen.
The structure, and sequence. I would have focused more on the fantastical racism aspect of the story or focused more on the kids learning more about their powers. There is no overarching story to work with, at least several try to break through as the most dominate but none actually breakthrough.
Expanded on the universe: A lot of plot threads were touched upon but not adequately expanded upon. For example: the Racism in the story, Nick and so on. Ultimately, the story seemed all over the place but ultimately doesn't really cover anything worth while.
A great range of voices and quality in delivery despite the material he has to work with.
Credit where it was due, the characters are interesting and the powers are diverse enough to keep the story interesting.
A pleasure from start to finish. Think Harry Potter starting at university age crossed with the Marvel universe. It works!
"book or audible"
Great to listen to and to read. Takes a little time to understand the difference between powered and super but all does get revealed eventually.
I did really enjoy this book, i am also glad that it was a long story as well
"Immersing story, lots of cliffhangers"
Story was very very good, lots of cliff hangers and the end has left me with more questions than many books I've read in the past, definitely getting the next to find out what happens. Narrative is very immersing though when the narrator says "vince said" or other character said during dialogue this can become a little tedious (I realise though that he is reading word for word) the narrator does amazing voices for each character and I can always tell who is speaking a line before it is announced which character said it. Overall a wonderful story line made even better by the excellent narration which really brought the story to life.
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