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Alexander X

Battle for Forever, Book 1
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
Series: Battle for Forever, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
4 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Alexander Grant is a little too good at a few too many things. Two dozen martial arts. Twice that many languages. Chess, the piano, sports, forging excused absences, you name it. He graduated high school top of his class...seventeen times. Of course, no one knows any of this. Not that he wants to go unnoticed. It’s just safer that way. So for the last several decades, Alexander has been forced to move from town to small town to even smaller town - he just bought his 651st house - in an effort to live a painfully quiet life. But when a mysterious cabal attempts to kidnap him and kill his friends, Alexander must use all his skills and centuries of training to outwit the most dangerous man alive, the mastermind of a plot that would change the world forever.

Clever, intriguing, skillfully woven with humor, Alexander X launches us on an epic journey toward a future few of us will survive, rising from a past we never knew existed.

©2019 Edward Savio (P)2019 Babelfish Audio

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  • Schmeegle The Book Nerd
  • 05-06-2019

Totally enjoying Wheaton's performance

First, Wil Wheaton makes the comedy and the action rock. The premise is intriguing. A world where a very few of us age only a couple of days a year. Basically, aging at like 1/100th the speed of everyone else. What are all the amazing/cool/horrible things that would have happened to you over all that time? Who would you have been? Alexander X is one of those few. But as interesting as living so long might be, there's something else going on. Something bigger. No spoilers, but we don't get all of it, everything doesn't get wrapped up in this book, but I got enough of it to leave me satisfied and left me wanting more. Hope it doesn't take forever for the second Battle for Forever book to get released.

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  • Adam Lieblein
  • 06-06-2019

Immersive Action and Compelling Narration!

I was already familiar with the previous books from this author, so I was hopeful that Alexander X would live up to my expectations. I was definitely not disappointed as I became immersed in the unique world of Alexander "Grant." This Audiobook made the long round trip drive between LA and Las Vegas immensely enjoyable for my family! My teenage kids even stayed in the car to finish the last ten minutes in our driveway! Wil Wheaton's narration was precise and compelling, and added the perfect vocal tone to the story. I hope that the next installment will be released on Audiobook before our next vacation!

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  • christie collins
  • 11-06-2019

Cool mix of sci-fi and hidden history

Great book for a mix of tweens, teens, and adults. It’s hard to find a book that meets this criteria. I found this much more interesting than let’s say the Percy Jackson series because the author, Edward Savio, weaves in pieces of actual US history, as opposed to myths in the other series. As a parent it feels like the literary version of hiding spinach in a meal. The kids don’t even realize they are learning; they just feel entertained. Bonus!

My kids and I really enjoyed the superb narration. It was easy to follow character changes and the character voice added to being able to focus on the story. No weird slurring or character stereotypes.

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  • DocJim
  • 27-06-2019

Cost me a lot of sleep - it is that engrossing!

I have nearly 1000 titles in my Audible library. So many great listens have I enjoyed over the years. This book was one of the very best books I have ever experienced. Wil Wheaton's performance is one his very best of his fantastic narrating career.

I always wonder about reviews that state part of the story or items such a the plot. That can be found easily. The story was one of the most engrossing I have experienced. By combining the excellent story written by Edward Savio and the narration, it makes one of the most explosive book experiences.

Savio must have great knowledge of Boston and history. The story moves easily between centuries of history and moving through Massachusetts while telling a story in the present day. Savio's knowledge of the streets of Boston, including the subway and some of the waterways, shows in great detail as the book unfolds.

It is such a fantastic book, I started to imagine it in my mind's eye like a movie playing out. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-06-2019

Awesome

Love Wheaton!

This was a great story. About a different kind of time traveler. A good book for fans of history and fantasy.

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  • Christopher Michael
  • 03-08-2019

Smells like teen spirit

Maybe I’m a little too old for this genre but Savio is so entertaining and has great character development. Quite a unique plot and original ideas for a genetic mutation that you must experience it thru Wil Wheatons masterful storytelling. Give this one a chance. You won’t be sorry for at least a thousand years.

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  • Kathleen R Legere
  • 22-06-2019

Alexander X

Loved this first book in the series. Alexander Grant is a teenager just turning 1500 years old. I loved how Alex shares his memories of what “really” happened in our history and the different takes. Engaging, funny and thought provoking. I am looking forward to book 2!

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  • Aimee Denman
  • 25-06-2019

Thoroughly Enjoyed This!

Great Story! I can not wait until the next one. And Wil Wheaton.... no one does it better ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  • Anon for Now
  • 23-06-2019

Very slow moving

Great concept, but the author didn't seem to know what to do with it. Nearly immortal kid facing more or less normal adolescent angst. The high school chapters setting up the story are a little YA, but fun. I loved the little tidbits of history, though I wasn't able to suspend disbelief over how this kid was trying to live anonymously to protect his secret yet always at the center of everything. He was at Agincourt, knew Shakespeare, was present in the new world when Peter Minuit bought Manhattan Island, lived among the natives long enough to play an early version of lacrosse, returned to Europe to meet Napoleon and Percy Shelley, then came back to the US in time to be at Gettysburg?

Once the world building is established, the book shifts gears, as the character finds himself in danger. Drags his normal high school friends with him while he runs away. Gets found, fights. Runs away. Gets found, fights. Runs away. Gets found, fights, runs away. Finds respite with an older immortal friend just long enough for the friend to do nothing to move the plot forward, gets found again, runs away again, and in a thrilling twist, fights somebody unrelated to the plot. Wil Wheaton is a pretty engaging reader, but he couldn't salvage this.

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  • Forrest Nelson
  • 24-07-2019

Great idea-Questionable execution

So I like the book, the idea is great, the characters are decent, but the dialogue is often terrible and ruins the vibe, I can’t tell if this was written for Pre-teens or what? The book and the concept as a whole could be so much better and more appealing if it had more of an air of seriousness to it. Oh well, it was still pretty entertaining if you’re bored and in between booms it’s probably worth a credit

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  • Mike
  • 20-07-2019

I gave up

An idea that could be so good but this is not that story. This is story that never settles into a decent narrative. it's math is wrong throughout, tphere's a long series of ridiculous, tedious fights. I am an avid SF fan but this very poor indeed. The narration not great either.

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  • Flutterbi
  • 12-06-2019

Very different

I really enjoyed Wil Wheaton reading Alexander X. The storyline was unusual and very detailed. Great use of historical fact and fiction. Looking forward to book 2 in this series.

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  • Ben Maybanks
  • 09-06-2019

Amazing!!!

Endless enjoyment. I was continuously glued to this book for a fast paced 10 hours. Cant wait for Edwards next book.