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Super Powereds: Year 1

Super Powereds, Book 1
De : Drew Hayes
Lu par : Kyle McCarley
Durée : 26 h et 11 min
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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....

©2012 Andrew Hayes (P)2016 Tantor

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  • Get Off My Lawn!
  • 08/10/2016

Best Series In Recent Memory

What did you love best about Super Powereds: Year 1?

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.

What other book might you compare Super Powereds: Year 1 to and why?

In an oversimplification, you might think of this series as Hogwarts for Supers, but MUCH better in every way.

Which character – as performed by Kyle McCarley – was your favorite?

I enjoyed them all. The individualization of voices is very well done, which is no easy task with such a large cast of characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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).

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Morning Star 0724
  • 11/08/2016

Brillant!

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...

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  • Sarah Erwin
  • 18/06/2016

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.

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  • Miachi
  • 21/03/2017

Fun, but in a YA way

I think that this book needs to be marked more clearly as a YA book. The whole college scene is in full glory with emphasis on drinking, dating, parties and clubs, etc. Personally, I am 100% not interested.

Barely visible between the stereotypical college activities is a world of ENORMOUS potential. The social interactions of supers vs. powers, the economic implications, the political players (who do Mr. Numbers and Mr. Transport work for anyway?), the nature of the superpowers in general... But these topics are barely touched upon. Instead, we have beer pong.

The narrator was mediocre, and I wasn't planning on continuing the series after this book... until the last 30 minutes. It finally got interesting. REALLY interesting. All that potential came flooding out and hooked me into giving the next book a try (although I may wait for it to go on sale).

All in all, if you've already read Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners and Rachel Aaron's Heartstrikers (two phenomenal YA series), and you're looking for something light and fun (maybe you want to relive your college years?), then go ahead and give this a shot.

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  • Martin
  • 27/09/2016

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!

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  • Trahloc
  • 15/08/2016

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.

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  • James H
  • 25/05/2016

"[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.

Good:
- 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.

Not Good:
- 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.

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  • totcky
  • 13/11/2017

They said, so I said

The book isn't bad I enjoyed the story. I'm sure it's ment for a younger audience. As college feels more like middle school. Worse part of the book is the fact that it states who's speaking ....a lot.

#AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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  • Matthew Dawson
  • 15/10/2017

Fun book. Harry Potter in tights

I liked the book, Fun and imaginative twist on the superhero genre. I thought the dialogue was a bit cumbersome in the flow at times but overall great. I will definitely read the next.

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  • The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem
  • 10/10/2017

Super powered college students gone wild.

"Super Powereds: Year 1" is about super powered college students attending college. If you are expecting much more from the story than that, such as taking on villainy or saving people, then you will find yourself disappointed in that department for roughly 90% of this experience. Instead, the entire audiobook is pretty much stereotypical college ridiculousness all the way. Studying, dorm room drama, clubbing, bad decisions, awkward dating, one night stands, pointless grudges and lots of partying with alcohol are all featured here with a dash of superpowers. It's fun and entertaining, with character personality clashes of all types just experiencing life with an extraordinary twist.

 The story is mainly told from the perspectives of five main characters who enter a super powered training program with a shared secret. In the setting of this book, super powers are split by a class distinction. Supers, are people who can control their powers and are smiled upon. Powereds, are people whose powers are uncontrollable traditionally and are considered social pariahs. The five main characters are powereds given an experimental treatment that allow them to control their powers and entered into the school to secretly see if they can measure up to supers after a bit of training. Their goal is simply to graduate without being discovered.

With a entire college campus' worth of characters to keep up with, Kyle McCarley does a great job with his narration. With so many names keeping each of these characters voices separate must have been a challenge, but he pulled it off.

This book is recommended to both listeners who love stories about college students gone wild and listeners who love superpowers. It is an interesting take on a setting that will satisfy both interests on a level not looked at too often. While it does drag out college chaos for more hours than was entirely necessary, there are plenty of action sequences during the training sections that will hold comic fan interest. There is also a more comic book styled cliffhanger ending that promises hidden agendas and possible villainy afoot that is both satisfying and makes a listener look forward to book two.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 24/10/2018

youngfantasy (super hero editzion)

A solid young Fantasy story with likabel mostly intriesting Characters. (5 main Characters only one lacks some death but he atleast has his moments of adorableness) If you like the premises you wound be disappointed. But Hell 25 hours with of entertainment feel like a steal. A grade time for little money. Totally worth it

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  • Markus
  • 11/10/2018

Gute Story - passabler Sprecher

Die Story ist wie von Drew Hayes gewohnt gut geschrieben. Die Charaktere entwickeln sich und sind nicht pur eindimensional. Anders als bei den meisten anderen Büchern des Autors handelt es sich hierbei wenigee um eine Aneinanderreihung kurzweiliger Kurzgeschichten mit rotem Faden, sondern um eine "epische", zusammenhängende Story.

Der Sprecher ist nicht herausragend, aber bei weitem nicht so schlimm wie in der vorherigen review beschrieben. Stimmen und Emotionen sind wiedererkennbar und man wird mitgerissen.

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  • Lutz
  • 07/08/2017

Great story. horrible speaker

I bought this audio book as an addition to the Amazon eBook so I could listen to the story in the car while commuting.
The narrator though is so bad, I could not listen to him more than five minutes. It's like Audible took somebody random from the street and told him to read the book.
While I would definitely recommend the book, I can't say as much for the Audio book.