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Super Sales on Super Heroes

Lu par : Jeff Hays
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Description

In a world full of super powers, Felix has a pretty crappy one.

He has the ability to modify any item he owns. To upgrade anything.

Sounds great on paper. Almost like a video game.

Except that the amount of power it takes to actually change, modify, or upgrade anything worthwhile is beyond his abilities.

With that in mind, Felix settled into a normal life. A normal job.

His entire world changes when the city he lives in is taken over by a super villain. Becoming a country of one city. A city state.

Surprisingly, not a whole lot changed. Politicians were still corrupt. Banks still held onto your money. And criminals still committed crime.

Though the black market has become more readily available.

And in that not so black market, Felix discovers he has a way to make his power useful after all, and grasps a hold of his chance with both hands.

Warning and minor spoiler: This novel contains graphic violence, undefined relationships/partial harem, unconventional opinions/beliefs, and a hero who is as tactful as a dog at a cat show. Listen at your own risk.

©2017 William D. Arand (P)2017 William D. Arand

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  • Global
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  • Phillip hinch
  • 08/07/2017

Lot better than I thought it would be

I was looking at the reviews for this and really didn't think I would like it. Yeah it had a decent rateing but everyone was saying it was a bunch of wish fufillment harem sillyness. I thought I had run into some big new YA novel popular with younger folks or possibly that someone had paid for some good reviews. But I was in a hurry to get something before I had to hit the road and figured why not.

Really glad I did. It is a bunch of wish fufillment harem sillyness but is also well written. The characters are fun and grow well with the story. Paceing is spot on. I expected a lot of cringeworthy writing that never materierized.

it's not perfect. the points stuff is annoying and probably works better in the written form. And there are some issues with nonsensical plot points and characters occasionally behaving out of character. But overall it was a very pleasant surprise.

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  • Shark Likes
  • 22/11/2017

Pancakes!

This story is like a food you like that never fills you up.

There is very little plot here, it is mostly a progression of events that ends abruptly and without developing into much of a story. That said, I enjoyed listening to it, but if you're looking for a meaningful story you'll have to look somewhere else.

The spreadsheets were a bit much for a narrative medium, but probably okay in written form.

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  • Iofiel
  • 28/09/2017

Interesting Premise but Rough Going

The basic premise behind the story has promise: In a world of superheroes, a man has the ability to modify just about anything but no "power" to utilize it. When he accidentally purchases some slaves, he learns that owning them boosting his own power. From there he tries to balance ethics against his building power. Naturally, his growing empire attracts attention...

In actual execution, the book is very uneven. The main character, Felix, is the definition of a Mary Sue. His slaves (though nominally free-willed as he doesn't ever really command them) all give him doe-eyes throughout the book. All his ideas work out swimmingly until the inevitable Second Act Crash and someone who was previously a fast food manager slips effortlessly into being essentially a major CEO. The writing is very repetitious. You'll get about 150 variants of this:
Felix: We should think of a solution
Slave: What if we did XYZ?
Felix: That's great. Remind me to reward you later.
Slave: Awwww... *Doe-Eyes*

The characters are pretty decent although they seem to slip out of character multiple times. The world building and super powers are interesting. The concept of Felix seeing everyone as a Role-Playing Game character sheet is interesting as well although it leads to plodding sequences in the audio version of the sheets being read over and over. That probably works better on paper where the reader can skim it instead of listening to it. This isn't the only book to suffer from that either: Looking at you here, "Ready Player One" scoreboards. Some plot lines or important points in the story get dropped without mention.

There is the whole harem thing although that didn't bother me so much as the uneven writing. Half the book is his core trio of women practically throwing themselves at him while he nobly declines and tells them all how wonderful they are so, while cheesy, it's not something that would bother me like the possible alternative.

The reading was pretty good. Character voices were distinctive and the male narrator did well with a largely female cast of characters. Effects are used for things like multiple people speaking at once, PA systems or internal monologues. I already mentioned the tedious readings of the character sheets but that's not on the narrator.

Would I recommend it? Maybe hesitantly. The basic story and world was interesting enough that I'm considering the next book just to see where the story goes but the overall experience keeps me from enthusiastically jumping in.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12/08/2017

wanted to like this!!

I think if I read it as a book, seeing the stats rather than being read them, I would enjoy it, but it just made boring patches that I ended up just skipping through. I also didn't care for the ending. I really liked the characters, though so it wasn't a total loss.

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  • Brett
  • 26/07/2017

Great story but please stop with the numbers

A good original story, but I have to admit I always zoned out when the narrator went over the points spent / received totals like every 10 minutes. It wouldn't be bad if it was just a few times but my god he does it like ever 10 minutes (sometimes more then once) and it lasts at least a minute a go. Its all numbers at that point. Maybe try to cut it down or just go over the highlights and not read through every character each time.

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  • Cocoajam
  • 13/08/2017

Great reading, sleazy story

Many of the characters are good, but the world built by the author makes everything sleazy.
It breaks it's own rules so that the male lead can be surrounded by slave women, and murder anyone he doesn't like.

It starts off saying super heroes/heroines are captured, beaten, and then sold. Except only one slave is a hero out of dozens. Never explaining why a super villian city is only selling super villains as slaves. Also, despite there being no gain for the villain to buy only women as slaves, he does exactly that. there is seriously no males as side characters at all, only minor inconveniences.

The main character says that his slaves are not for sex, but it feels like the author wished they could be. the whole thing plays out like a soft core fan fiction/anime hentai. If that's what you want I'm not judging, but if you want a good story, keep walking.

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  • Robert Donahue
  • 24/04/2018

Pathetic

The main character is the sad Mary Sue. Suddenly life is a video game and you're in a Harem anime. the women come in having been mutilated, broken and sold as slaves. The protagonist build them back up and nobly chooses not to have sex with them until they convince him that it's okay, they can share this former fast food manager turned wealthy CEO. The plot has more holes in it then a Midwestern Highway in late spring. The entire thing reads as someone's attempt at erotica, but couldn't bring themselves to go all the way.

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  • R. J. Ayers
  • 26/07/2017

Harem Anime in Book Form

This story was bearable for the first half, but the main character had no depth or struggle. It felt like a self obsessed teen wrote it. The main character is incredibly shallow, with no real personality or morals.

Skip it unless you're really into harem animes, which is exactly what this is.

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  • Michael Haywood
  • 04/07/2017

Pancakes!

while looking through the reviews I saw one that yelled Pancakes... with my interest peaked I got the book and was not dissappointed.

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  • Steven H.
  • 06/07/2017

Awesome listen!

Wonderful start to a potentially amazing series! The only part of this I disliked was the frequency of one aspect. The point counting. Needed in some spots but, honestly a couple times could have just been summed up with total/spent/remaining and it would have been fine.

Other than that I loved it! 12 hour book that I finished in less than 24 hours. I unfortunately had to stop listening to sleep.

Typically I dislike stories with harem aspect because they come off cheesey, creepy or otherwise lecherous. Arand managed to pull it off tastefully and it didn't bother me at all.

Have already suggested this book to several friends that are comic book fans, and will do so again.

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  • Dr. Andreas J. Häusler
  • 02/02/2018

Sometimes lengthy

The story idea is pretty unique and well carried ou. However, as another reviewer already wrote, the extremely tiresome reading of what I suppose are stats tables in the printed book kills the storyline at the most exciting places. The voice actor does a good job of enacting all persons differently. His reading, though, always gives the impression of being out of breath, and he finishes his sentences somewhat "pressed". All in all, a nice enough story that every other chapter brought up thoughts of returning the book to Audible.

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  • Kazum
  • 04/05/2018

Cringy harem fantasy

i could not get the first three hours. dude collects cute super hero girls as slaves. I expect him to fuck them all eventually but really don't want to listen. wish I could refund but can't find the option.

Avoid unless you like bad fanfic of an incel.

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  • Michael
  • 05/12/2017

So good, I'm lacking the appropriate adjective

Welchen drei Worte würden für Sie Super Sales on Super Heroes treffend charakterisieren?

I'm listening to audio books daily for at least 2,5 hours. Some of them are good, some not so. But this one was outstanding. I must admit, the first 30 (?) minutes I was definitely not convinced and I remember that I was briefly thinking about returning the book, but I'm so glad I didn't.
The story is truly unique. It has a rich set of round characters, some a bit exaggerated, but it makes them even more lovely.
Jeff Hays did a really great job of bringing every single one life and give them a unique character.
What confused me in the beginning, but helped me to dive even deeper into the story were the "sound effects" when Felix was thinking or someone was talkin on the phone, great!
I often get bothered when I hear a new audio book and realize that this was just the beginning of (another) series I have to follow, but when I realized it this time, I was simply relieved that the story will go on.
Just saw that book #2 was released some days ago and I hope it will be available as audio book soon.
Can't wait, recommend it highly!


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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Leonard Block Santos
  • 12/02/2019

Still fun, but characersheets?!?

I enjoyed myself hearing this book even though it is not the best there is. The beginning is quite fast and the charakters dont always act reasonable in my opinion. Specialiy from the heroes I would have guest to hear complains earlier to what they where doing. And everyone seems to be happy to be a slave.. should this be part of the magic binding them?
A big letdown are the charactersheets. They take a lot of time to hear through and dont give a lot of information... really annoying. The important details would have been enough..

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 10/01/2018

A cookie-clicker in book form

This book is like the listening equivalent of an audible cookie clicker. So for me it was addicting.
I love Jeff Hays's reading. He gives all characters voices that very much enhance the experience without overdoing it.
All in all this book is a power fantasy. It does have stakes and the characters sometimes struggle but the main enjoyment comes from seeing the characters succeed and spending time with them.
This Video Game Plotline Tester and Morningwood were my favourite 'light entertainment'-books in the last few months. In fact this book made me completely stop my more serious books until i finished it - like i said, i was addicted.
I thibk you will be able to enjoy it if you have not played any video-games but you should be ready to just accept some things that feel very 'gamey'.

  • Global
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  • Yves
  • 05/01/2018

Messed up but fun

The story is fast paced and managed to keep me engaged the whoöe way through. The plot is, well there. A lot of questions go unanswered the villains don't have much of a character or motivation besides being there. But strong supporting characters make up for that.
There are quite a number of "status windows" that translate horribly to audio after hearing twice i just skipped them.

  • Global
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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 24/10/2017

Ln wn

if you enjoy Web or lightnovel type of stories you will enjoy this one a lot it's fun

  • Global
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  • JMRD
  • 04/10/2017

Please More,

a suprising thrilling, engaging and funny story,
left me until the end engaged and unsure of what would whappen,

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  • Johann
  • 08/09/2017

Not so bad manga-ish urban fantasy

Once I set the story in my mind up as manga-inspiratedI actually enjoyed it quite a bit.

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  • Roger Geiger
  • 20/10/2018

I am still waiting for the story

Honestly, this book is not to be recommended. It lacks everything that makes a story great but sexy women. And that only means that we should better wait for the film.

The character development is... erratic. The character and his attitude changes. But it just happens. It is done.
Most of the book I couldn't make out any goal. It was apparently purely reactionary. That's not per se bad if the reactions are worthwhile, but here they are in a way random, just to fulfil plot needs.
And lastly, my biggest issues. The book's characters do not tackle problems. Those problems are magicked away by simple deus ex machina. Hey, here is this legal problem. One of the few that was built up for longer than a chapter. Tell a lawyer to solve it. Done. Here is the other problem. Tell some else to solve it. That character responds that she already did so.

And whenever there is a tight moment, the main protagonist simply creates a new superpower. Why hasn't he before? Well, he hasn't thought about it. Get used to that explanation. If that guy wouldn't have the greatest lack of imagination possible, there wouldn't be a book at all. If any of us had his powers, we would end the whole damn book after a chapter.

I am not sure if I try the second book. In the last two chapters, the quality rose a little. It had meaning. A goal. I wonder if the risen quality carries over. But I would definitely advise anyone against trying this book and I will definitely listen to a few others first.

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