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Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits Audiobook

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

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In a prosperous yet gruesomely violent near future, superhero vigilantes battle thugs whose heads are full of supervillain fantasies. The peace is kept by a team of smooth, well-dressed negotiators called The Men in Fancy Suits. Meanwhile a young girl is caught in the middle and thinks the whole thing is ridiculous.

Zoey, a recent college graduate with a worthless degree, makes a reluctant trip into the city after hearing that her estranged con artist father died in a mysterious yet spectacular way. There she finds that her scumbag dad had actually, in the final years of his life, put his amazing talent for hustling to good use: He was one of the founding members of the Fancy Suits and died in the course of his duties. Zoey is quickly entangled in the city's surreal mob war when she is taken hostage by a particularly crazy villain who imagines himself to be a Dr. Doom-level mastermind. The villain is demanding information about Zoe's father when she is rescued by The Fancy Suits. She reluctantly joins their cause and helps finish what her old man started, tapping in to her innate talent for bullshit that she inherited from her hated father. And along the way, she might just have to learn how to trust people again.

©2015 David Wong (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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    Chris A 22/03/2016
    Chris A 22/03/2016
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    "Fun"

    Really fun novel. Christy Romano does a great job bringing characters to life in this Audiobook

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 15/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome performance"

    A great future Tech story made awesome by a solid reading performance. Well worth it.

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    Bianca-Jaye 13/11/2016
    Bianca-Jaye 13/11/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "A really fun novel!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that the story kept dancing on the line between serious and silly! with some really shocking bits in between


    What does Christy Romano bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Her character voices were spot on, I sometimes forgot that I was only listening to one person


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book had me laughing out loud at parts that not only surprised me, but the people sitting behind me on the bus...


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    sharon 15/10/2015
    sharon 15/10/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Like the story, not so much the narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really - wish I'd read the hard copy


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Christy Romano?

    someone with a better narrative voice and doesn't sound like she is reading to a 4 year old


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Claudia H
    Philadelphia, PA
    3/03/16
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    "This whole city is a butt that farts horror."

    I have read several books by David Wong before, and so I was very excited to start this one. A few minutes in, it was clear that it was in his usual style, that slightly vulgar, but still hysterical style that he wrote John Dies in the End, etc.

    The story is in a futuristic place, where cars drive themselves and cell phones project holograms of the callers, but it’s still familiar enough that the characters can hit the Wendy’s drive-thru for some chili or botch an at-home hair dying job. Wong does a great job striking the perfect balance of the two. There are so many twists and turns, so hold on to the seat of your voice controlled car, and enjoy the ride.

    Whether or not you’ve read any other books by David Wong before, this one will not disappoint, it’s a great book and a ton of fun to listen to.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Ethan M.
    Philadelphia
    19/11/15
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    "Excellently read SF thriller, with guns and humor"

    I had avoided David Wong books under the impression that they were mostly horror, but picked this one up on a whim - I am really glad I did. This was an excellent near-future thriller that felt like a comic book movie, one that was not afraid of some (lightweight) satirical social commentary, but is mostly about slick gangsters, super villains, McGuffins, and excellently written dialogue. It is also surprisingly funny, to the degree that I actually laughed out loud a couple of times.

    Holding it together is the amazing reading of Christy Romano, who does character voices on par with the best readings I have heard on Audible, and brings even the most cartoonish of the characters to life. This important because, while the central figures in the story are well-rounded and interesting, many of the characters are a bit light on motivation, existing mostly as foils for jokes or action. There is also occasionally some dissonance in the contrasts between the (occasionally horrific) violence described in the book and the frequent use of humor in the face of disturbing scenes.

    These are relatively minor flaws, since the book is at its best when considered as a comic book in novel form - I really enjoyed it.

    24 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Gypsycat
    Madison, WI, United States
    29/01/16
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    "violent, madcap, edge-of-bad-taste romp"

    True to David Wong's quirky, fast-paced, oddball, edge-of-bad-taste, addictive writing style, this book was a fun romp of a tale. It wasn't quite as good as John Dies at the End, but it was well worth a listen. Chubby 22 year old barista Zoey is snatched out of her plebian trailer-park existence and away from her 38 year old stripper mother, and thrust into a high-stakes adventure to determine the estate of her suddenly-departed very rich celebrity father. Everybody wants her as she is apparently the key to her father's wealth and to the secret behind robotic body modifications that give normal people super-abilities. Zoey had nothing but disdain for her father and his ill-gotten millions, and wants nothing more than to escape the madness - but no one is allowing her to walk away. Who does she trust and how will she worm her way out of this mess?

    The plot is convoluted, twisty, violent, flashy, absurd, and moves along at breakneck speed. You barely have time to question the craziness of the plot and you just try to hang on and appreciate the humorous moments. Zoey, of course, has deeper reserves of survival instinct and intelligence than she knew she had, and in the end, manages to wrestle control of the situation.

    The book is really violent and often the characters act in bad taste, but Zoey is a decently feminist lead character and manages to call out the (good and) bad guys on their failings and small-mindedness, and you find yourself liking her more and more as the book continues.

    Christy Romano's audio narration is snappy and well-suited to this book. It helped me enjoy the story and kept me listening when I would have put a print copy of this book down.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Wes Byrd
    20/05/17
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    "Performance would be 10 *"

    This is probably David Wong's best piece of writing technically. It is as fun as JDATE or TBIFOS, but his writing has definitely undergone a maturity that is very refreshing. There are plenty of twists, jokes, and interesting characters that made me listen to this book outside of my daily commute (this doesn't happen often).

    Christy is superb! Best narration I've heard in a long time, I don't ever write reviews, but I did for this story because she deserved it. Way to bring the story to life!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kimberley
    Home
    2/09/16
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    "Super satisfying story."

    Excellent imagery and an exciting pace. I always have fun reading or listening to David Wong's books, and this has been no different. Brilliantly put together. The reader was perfect, she made the whole story come to life. I recommend it to all of your friends.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Morgan
    12/10/15
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    "Don't be fooled by a lack of David and John"

    If you found yourself here because you loved JDatE and TBiFoS, but are worried about this book not including them then worry no more. This book is great in its own right. In fact I think this book is better than TBiFoS.

    One of the things that made the previous books great was the fact that you never knew what was going to happen. And what eventually happened was ridiculous and funny. In this book there is some of that, but it's almost as if the author matured and didn't rely on that writing style to make this book work.

    So if you like his previous books then give this one a chance.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • George
    Mount Vernon, AR, United States
    10/10/15
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    "David Wong Does It Again"

    When I found out this wasn't a continuation of the David and John saga, I was slightly disappointed. This disappointment turned out to be unjustified. David Wong is great at weaving ridiculousness and humor throughout his stories. I would like to formally apologize for doubting him. The story was good, full of heartfelt moments, serious introspection into human nature, and Wong's trademark hilarity. The narrator did a great job of giving each character not just a voice, but a cadence and speech pattern that perfectly matched their personalities. Overall, it was a great experience that will make David Wong fans feel at home as well as appealing to fans of sci-fi and crime dramas. I highly recommend this title.

    17 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Ben Wilson
    4/06/17
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    "Silly but exciting and worth listening to"

    An enjoyable not-too-distant future story with a sense of humor to let you know it's not particularly serious. There is futuristic violence. And there are men (and a woman) in fancy suits.

    My only issue with the story is that the main character, Zoe, is basically just an audience surrogate. She gets thrown into a big confusing world so that the other characters can explain to her how things work, and by extension, explain to us. Most of the actual events of the story don't really revolve around her--in fact, the overarching theme of the story is that everyone is sort of annoyed that she's around but she's too harmless to actually worry about.

    Which is irritating to read because I want to see her succeed and do well, but her success is always coming from the strengths of the people around her. Her involvement typically just derails the plans and makes things worse.

    That said, the world of Tabula Rasa is quite entertaining. It's somewhere between old-school Las Vegas and Rapture from Bioshock, a free-market no-laws society that acts as a playground for the ludicrously wealthy. And it ends up in about the same place.

    All in all, it's a fun romp, and it has some interesting commentary on the state of social media. The villain has a tendency to monologue with completely inane philosophy but the book makes it extremely clear that THIS IS THE BAD GUY, DO NOT LISTEN so it's not going to corrupt your mind.

    I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a diversion that makes them think a little bit, but mostly just delivers silly roll-your-eyes-and-smile humor.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shaun O'leary
    Union, NJ United States
    19/10/15
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    "Amazing book and a perfect narrator."

    David Wong is the only author that I trust to write a book that I don't even have to read a review for. Zoe is a great character and you really get engaged in the supporting cast as well. You feel for everybody. You hate who needs to be hated, and you like who needs to be liked.
    The narrator, just like the other two narrators in David Wong's other books, does an awesome job portraying each character voice, emotion, and point of view. A good book can really be ruined by a bad narrator. I cannot recommend this story enough. It's got just the right amount of dick humor to keep someone like me interested. I also want to see which other books this narrator has read on audio books. Bravo, Wong.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Toby
    Clearwater, FL, United States
    22/10/15
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    "Great story, average narration "

    The breadth of Wong's imagination and narrative courage is always a treat.
    Unfortunately the narrator's voice made all the male characters seem like pre pubescent boys. She also makes some glaring errors of ignorance in her articulation of some of the technical bits.
    On pain of public crucifixion, I dare to suggest that it would have been better narrated by a guy.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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  • MRS BETH M JONES
    12/10/15
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    " Bravo wong."

    This was a great story for me. I was initially upset to find out that it was not the third book in the David and John stories. However here he has created a great new world populated by interesting characters. The humour remains sharp if a little childish, but if you like wongs work as an author and writer for cracked that's what you will enjoy. The narration on the whole was enjoyable, but at times a little inconsistent. despite this I would like to hear more books read by Romano. In short I now have two book series' to look forward to from Wong.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Glynn
    8/04/17
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    "ruined by narrator
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    Great story, utterly ruined by the narrator who destroyed the clever writing by stressing the wrong words in the sentences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kamal
    31/10/16
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    "Good, but not one of Wong's best"

    I love David Wong's books. I love how the main character is almost a whimsical mesh of 'don't care', sarcasm and wit. But, this book, although had that element wasn't as crazy, or tense or as weird as some of the other books.

    Nevertheless, if you like witty fun books, this is defiantly worth a go. I will always buy and read / listen to all of David Wong's books. But John Dies at the End and A Book Full of Spiders i felt were better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ubaidu
    keele, england
    29/06/16
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    "great world and characters but exhausting villan"

    really enjoyed this book the world it depicted was realistic yet fantastical and we'll research and the narration went a long way to help make the characters feel real the only downside is we spend to a bit too much time with the antagonist after a while he gets monotonous

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gambino
    17/06/16
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    "nice"

    This is overall pretty fricking good. Expertly read, with good character voices. Bring it on David wong

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pete
    28/05/16
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    "Not as good as JDITE or TBIMOS but fun nonetheless"

    Not as good as JDITE or TBIMOS but fun nonetheless. Good performance with consistent voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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