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The Sidekicks Initiative: A Comedy Superhero Adventure

Narrated by: Phil Thron
Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Once, they stood next to justice. Now they're standing up for it...

When sworn protectors of Earth, the Justice Platoon, are all horribly killed, their former arch-enemies come crawling out of the woodwork. Outnumbered, outgunned, and out of options, the US government has no choice but to activate the Sidekicks Initiative, dragging the Platoon's middle-aged ex-sidekicks out of retirement.

Now these three reluctant, out of shape former child-wonders must work together to stop the rising tide of supervillainy, avenge their former mentors' deaths, and bring the world back from the brink of destruction. 

Assuming they don't kill each other first.

Featuring anaphylactic shockwaves, unexpected hippos, and an aggressive man shouting at butterflies, The Sidekicks Initiative is the first book in the action-packed new series from internationally best-selling Space Team author, Barry J. Hutchison.

©2018 Barry J. Hutchison (P)2019 Zertex Media Ltd

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So entertaining

This narrator goes to the top of my list and the author is now one of my favourites. Such an entertaining book all the way through, full of laughs, and made extra special by Phil Thron's amazing narration bringing the characters alive. The bloopers at the end really made my day.

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Very entertaining.

Addictive , funny, and very enjoyable. loved ever chracter,s flaws and twist. Reader is Amazing.

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lol funny, not what you expect. it is even better.

space team fans and generally people that like left field humour will love it. don't be out off by the super hero genre as I was. can't wait for the second one.

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  • C. White
  • 20-02-2019

All hail THE Butterfly King! Ummm... I mean Randy😜

How can you not instantly fall in love with a story that starts with a respectable superhero drop kicking a villain in the crotch and launching them hundreds of meters skyward? ...and it just gets funnier from there. I don't remember the last time I enjoyed (and giggled at) a superhero story as much. A irreverent romp through the world of superheroes that still manages to treat the the world of superheroes with loving reverence.

"The Sidekick Initiative" comes across as a mash up between the "Venture Bros." and "Mystery Men" (with a touch of MIB thrown in). A replacement group of superheroes trying their inept best with their questionable powers to save the world from the rampaging hordes of super villains after the real superheroes are mysteriously killed. More fun than a barrel full of monkeys hopped up on cheap moonshine (although there are a few points where those monkeys do sober up, but don't fret, they quickly fall back off the wagon soon enough)! DONT expect a thought-provoking deconstruction of the superheroes tradition. DO expect a gigglefest of witty dialog and snicker worthy situations. Definitely worth a few repeat listens in the very near future.

I discovered Barry J. Hutchison on a random fluke and was really taken in by his cleaver writing style. I would not consider this a YA story. It's far too nuanced and with too many nods to obscure references to qualify as YA. If you don't love this tail within the first 30 minutes it's doubtful that you will ever warm up to it. But if you're like me, and it immediately tickles your funny bone, you will not be disappointed. It holds its humorous irreverent pace throughout. I also feel I need to give shout out to Phil Thron's excellent and diverse narration style. He manages to imbibe each character with its own unique voice and inflection that enhances the character beyond the written word... (but I'm sure he damaged his vocal chords after any protracted narration involving the Butterfly King... and trust me, I appreciate the sacrifice!)

Be sure to stick around after "The End". I think this is the very first audiobook I've ever heard that actually included a "blooper's reel". This should be a regual feature of all audiobooks. Funny as heck!!!!

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  • Tracey
  • 18-02-2019

Everything this author writes is laugh out loud

I would recommend all of this authors books. Each and everyone make me burst into giggles several times through out.
Phill Thron is an amazing narrator, I would listen to anything he is involved with.

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  • BrianLund Larsen
  • 18-04-2019

Funny, but narrator really makes it shine

Loved this book. I listened to it while running and I’m pretty sure I scared some people as I was laughing out loud while passing them. A great read/listen from a talented writer and with a narrator that really completes it. If you are considering whether to get the book or not, trust me and get it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-04-2019

What a fun ride...

“... it’s the standard vegetable test“. Well of course it is LOL.

What a fantastic ride, from the story to the performance, A+.

Thank you, I needed that.

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  • Fran Viselli
  • 06-04-2019

Effing hilarious!

A true theater of the absurd. One of the very rare genuinely laugh out loud funny books I've ever read. Butterfly King (Randy) may not be the hero we need, but he most definitely is the hero we deserve. 😉

Make sure you stay for the outtakes! 😆

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  • 357gunchick
  • 05-04-2019

another winner by Barry j Hutchinson

I love this book! it is hysterical. Barry has a bit of a twisted mind, but I like that. The narrator, Phil Thron, really adds to the book. Reading it would be great, but listening to it is out of this world. I highly recommend it either way.

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  • Sunworshipper3
  • 01-04-2019

Funny AND a decent plot!

The book was truly funny. Not juvenile, but truly funny.The narrator was outstanding. I highly recommend!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-03-2019

Very funny!

If you are looking for a little comic relief from all the serious dramas and historical books you've been listening to, The Sidekicks Initiatives is it!

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  • Patrick Lowman
  • 24-03-2019

Fantastic book!

This book had a little bit of everything (action, drama, suspense). Anna is my favorite! She was the perfect comedy relief. Randy reminded me of Dale from King of the Hill, from back in the day. And Sam...Sam was unique. He’s the one you wish had grown a pair sooner! But WTF..Capitan Nazi?! Seriously?? I couldn’t help but laugh when his identity was revealed. Hopefully, there’ll be a follow-up audible book soon! Loved the narrator outtakes at the end. It was a great way to end the book. I’m very particular about books I review, so when I review one using a whole lot of words, trust me when I say you need to give this one a shot!

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  • scott
  • 22-03-2019

Barry J. Hutchison never fails

Just funny, no other way around it, just funny. Poor Phil having to try and read some of this with a straight face. Can’t wait for more!

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  • mat brown
  • 14-03-2019

Utter genius

Randy is the best character since baldrick!! And the out takes of Phil thron losing it after reading randys dialogue is precious and had me in fits (more of these out takes audible)

Can’t to find out what the butterfly king will get up to next!!

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  • D.J.T
  • 22-03-2019

Dont think about it just get this book! Hilarious!

Amazing narration as always by Phil Thron and Barry J Hutchison is my new favourite author. He can't write fast enough for my liking. check out space team series, utterly barmy but brilliant!

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  • Joe mellor
  • 22-02-2019

Had me howling with laughter

An absolute belter of a book cant wait for more ... barry and phil make an awesome team bringing these story to life .... keep them coming guys :)

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  • mike
  • 13-02-2019

Another great book by Barry J.

Another great book from Barry, funny, good characterisation & great story really well read ( as usual ) by Phil Thron. If you've enjoyed the Space Team books then you'll love a scoop of this book. If you haven't absorbed Space Team then you've got more to get your Banoffee loving chops round.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-02-2019

Pure Barry

Essential reading for Space Team fans - Can't wait for the sequel now.

Great new characters, brilliant setting and even a few subtle nods to Space Team itself, this feels like the start of a new and equally hilarious franchise.

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  • M. Stone
  • 12-02-2019

Super!

Having enjoyed a handful of Barry Hutchison's 'Space Team' books, I bought this one expecting some slightly frivolous, lightweight superhero fun. A sort of tongue-in-cheek Incredibles. It was actually more Kick-Ass or Deadpool in tone. Quite grim and sweary in places. Nothing excessive, mind. It's a rare thing indeed for me to laugh at a book but I was sniggering all the time. Thankfully Hutchison does more than write funny lines. Nor does he fall into the trap of slavishly parodying all the superhero tropes, like wearing-underpants-on-the-outside and looking for phone boxes to change in. There was some lovely nuanced stuff when it comes to the relationships between father and son, between lovers and between enemies. You will grow to love these characters, even the hapless Butterfly King. Especially the hapless Butterfly King!

A special mention must be made for the narrator, Phil Thron. What a tour de force! Whether he's growling dialogue (think of Bale's Batman) or voicing a robot with a little old lady AI inside, he never misses a beat. He plays each part to perfection and acts the lines rather than just reads them. Hutchison and Thron are becoming a formidable double act. As much as I like Space Team, I want more Sidekicks. Lots more!

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  • Mr. P. L. Lawrence
  • 19-03-2019

To much unnecessary swearing and blasphemy

While the premise for the story is good consisting of the adventures of a group of inept super hero sidekicks, when the super heros are no longer available, the amount of swearing and the use of the name of Jesus Christ as a swear word is unnecessary for the plot and the humour to work. It is immature, distasteful and offensive and for myself has spoilt what is an otherwise amusing story. I do not think I can finish listening to this even though more than half way through in the hope it would grow up and improve. This is going to be one of those rare occasions where I will be requesting a return for a credit.

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  • stuart hall
  • 09-03-2019

Disappointed

Absolutely love the Space Team series by this author and the narration on that series is great. This book sounds like it was something done to fill a quota for a publisher. Couldn't get into the characters and even Phil Thron sounded bored reading it.
Shame as I loved his other stuff.

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