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Almost Infamous

A Supervillain Novel
Narrated by: Nicholas Techosky
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
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Eighteen-year-old Aidan Salt isn't a superhero. With his powerful (and unpredictable) telekinetic abilities, he could be one if he wanted to, but he doesn't. He's unambitious, selfish, and cowardly, and he doesn't want to have to deal with all the paperwork required to become a professional superhero. But since the money, fame, and women that come with wearing the cape are appealing, he decides to become the first supervillain the world has seen in more than 20 years: Apex Strike.

However, he soon finds villainy in a world where the heroes have long since defeated all the supervillains. While half the world's heroes seem to want him dead, the other half want to hire him as their own personal villain to keep them relevant. Choosing the latter course, Aidan enters a world of fame, fortune, and staged superhero fights that is seemingly everything he ever dreamed of...at least until he sees what truly hides behind the cape-and-mask lifestyle.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 13-01-2017

I DIDN'T WAKE UP DEAD, THAT WAS A GOOD START

SOMETIMES, NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, LIFE JUST SUCKS
This did not go where I was hoping it would, but I still liked it. I was hoping for some real bad guy stuff. Turns out bad guys, can be good guys sometimes. This is super heroes, Hunger Games and America's Got Talent, rolled into an alternate world. This world is similar to ours, but different. I always love books, that contemplate what the world would look like, if history had turned out different.

THAT WILL PUT HAIR ON YOUR BALLS, SHE SAID
The main character is a 19 year old virgin male, so as all red blood American males know, all he thinks about is Kitty Kats. Some female reviewers were upset with the amount of times the P word was used. Ladies, studies show that most men think about sex every so many seconds. I was surprised in how often the F word was used. No one ever wanted to have sex or make love, it was always LET'S F, male or female. The story is very well written, and I believe that we are seeing the character grow and mature. All characters are grey, including the so called good guys. The book is also full of strong female characters, if you don't see that, you are not listening. Black Jack, Ghost Girl and Firewall are strong female characters.

THAT JOKE WAS FUNNY, UNTIL YOU STARTED LAUGHING
Techosky did a fine job, but I believe his timing was a little off. I kept thinking if only Wil Wheaton would have read the book, it would have been hilarious. It seems as if the book was written with Wheaton in mind. Don't let that stop you from buying the book, it is still an entertaining well written book.

If Carter writes any sequels, I will buy them.

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  • Stephen Belikoff
  • 02-08-2017

Wow

I admit, I wasn't expecting much out of this one, and boy was I surprised. Not only was the story superb, the world building, and the character development were as well. Voice performance was also top notch. I loved this book from start to finish and am just thankful I found it. Kudos to Matt Carter.

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  • Josh
  • 07-04-2017

Decent, but not a standout

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story was alright and a nice take on the superhero story, but I had a problem connecting with either side in the story so it was hard to truly become invested in the characters and their motivations.

Was Almost Infamous worth the listening time?

It's never a waste to pick up on a new author or narrator so this was easily worth my time.

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  • Karlyn Keller
  • 05-02-2017

A bit sexist but still fun.

I really enjoy this new genre of insight into superheroes and villains. The naivety of the main characters was engaging. The twists weren't terribly surprising but still fun. I found he relationships engaging. The conspiracy within conspiracy associated with the main story line seemed to be something that could really happen if superhero and villains were real. It's obvious that the writer is a young man or from that mindset. A bit too much sex from a superior male standpoint, but fun nonetheless. An enjoyable read. Just ignore the sexism (or enjoy it if that is your thing) and you'll enjoy it too.

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  • Dr.
  • 16-07-2016

Good storyline; needs polish

I liked the story and character development. The ideas here show a lot of promise. Wish the author didn't think he needed to include the word "hashtag" every 10 minutes, nor use vulgarities for no apparent reason. I think he was trying to connect with his 16-25 audience, but it was distracting in an otherwise decent story.

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  • Sumaya Abdullahi
  • 05-06-2016

good litsen

I enjoyed it for what it was and look for more. You wont be disapointed.

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  • Lenron
  • 02-11-2019

Epic story!

This book was one of my favorite this year. I really enjoyed the super heroes turning out to be the bad guys. Aiden was an annoying character for most of the book. Ghost girl had to be one of my favorite characters. The narration was amazing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-2019

Surprising Good

Very different take on the superhero genre, a very relatable protagonist. Would recommend to anyone looking for something different.

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  • Kyle stephens
  • 29-06-2019

A little bit of fun

Not the best but it would be a lie if i said i did not have fun.

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  • Meagan
  • 14-05-2018

different and interesting!

great story. unique. good narrator. would make a cute tv miniseries! great characters you can get behind and envision. I've already recommended it to friends!

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 20-10-2016

superheroes, who needs them.

this is a great story about what happens when there are no more super villains to fight and when power corrupts.