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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,734 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Austin Grossman Narrator: Coleen Marlo Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9781598875027
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It's the chance every superheroine dreams of! Fatale, a woman of skin and chrome, joins a group of beautiful young heroes, united to save the world from evil genius Dr. Impossible. This outrageous adventure is a smart take on power and celebrity, glory an Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taylorjt | 2/12/2014

    " I really wanted to read and enjoy this book, but it just did not strike me really well. It was enjoyable, don't get me wrong, but I may have been hoping for more. The alternating chapter structure was not terribly confusing, but I think it did a lot to interrupt the flow of the story. Almost like it would have been better had the author written two separate books. he did a good job of creating two voices for the different narrators, but that was almost bad in a way. I felt that Dr. Impossible was a much more interesting character. He was much more charismatic than Fatale. I remember feeling a little disappointed when I finished a Dr. chapter and started a Fatale chapter. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 William Thomas | 2/4/2014

    " When I was quite a bit younger, I used to run around the apartment in my underwear, a He-Man sword stuffed down the back of my shirt. I used to try to ride the dog like he was Cringer and pretend he was Battle Cat. Later, I concocted plans to become a vigilante like Batman if I were to ever come into money, like winning the lottery. Early on in puberty, I hoped to develop mutant abilities like the X-Men. Instead of becoming any of these things, I now worship barbarians, read history of barbaric hordes, study philosophy in regard to vigilantism, and have sharpened my skills of observation to a razor edge. I realized that fantasy was not reality, but that I could try hard to become an aristotelian superhero if nothing else. And all that reading and watching and daydreaming has done wonders for my imagination. Fantasy was a large part of my childhood, because the reality of it was grim. Poverty and abuse permeated most of it. And so it was a form of escapism that helped form the person I am today- not an escapist, but a very grounded young man. Now, I don't think that Austin Grossman ever ran around with a plastic sword stuffed down his shirt. Nor do I think that he ever plotted and schemed to become Batman. Or even wish for mutant superpowers during puberty. I don't think he has much of an imagination, to be honest. Because this book was devoid of any sort or form of originality and there is about as much use of imagination here as an archaeological dig. What he has done here, instead of using his imagination, is practically steal from comic book characters throughout the ages and put them in this book- which reads more like a technical manual than it does any sort of humorous lampoon or loving homage. The writing is dry and focuses far too much on descriptions of costumes or certain pieces of background information or poers and abilities. It has no heart, no soul, and doesn't observe as it should, doesn't give us anything to hold onto. There is no humanizing part of this book, nothing that helps endear these characters to the reader. It becomes like reading the outline for a proposal of a new comic book. It's a bore without redeeming value, and without any sort of imagination. The characters are all bits and pieces of Avengers and Justice League characters, of Lex Luthor and so on. I spent more time rolling my eyes than I did actual reading. Anyone looking for a comic book that is full of humor and imagination and pokes fun at itself and the genre should instead look into reading Mystery Men. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Orbis Non Suffice | 2/1/2014

    " Good, fun read. More character exploration than action, but nice and twisty plot. I liked the deconstruction of the superhero personas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kora | 1/28/2014

    " this book is surprisingly awesome, clever and engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thynk2much | 1/17/2014

    " Oh my god I loved Every! Single! Thing! about this book to bits. The human side of superheroes given real flesh and depth. There was something so real and so heart-string-twanging about Dr Impossible's and Fatale's stories. And I got a crush on Blackwolf. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirstin | 1/15/2014

    " This superhero spoof has some really, really funny moments but the author just didn't know where to take his great characters so the story bogs down and this witty, sarcastic book ended up as a disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 1/3/2014

    " Worth a read but not as good as I wanted it to be. I think Grossman had too many ideas to fully develop in the space of the book. The chapters written from the point of view of the villain are better than that of the hero. Overall entertaining and thoughtful but not entirely satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patadave | 12/13/2013

    " Great summer read. The conceit is that superheroes and supervillains live in our mundane world. As Dr. Impossible attempts to take over the world once again he reflects on the burdens of being a supergenius supervillain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 matthew | 11/24/2013

    " it's good, but it ain't "dr. horrible's sing-along blog"! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joel Oliveira | 11/13/2013

    " Decent book, entertaining, but felt it was a bit of a one trick pony. After the 10th sarcastic exploitation of a superhero cliche it gets old - how about some compelling story? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryn Greenwood | 10/16/2013

    " This was a fun read, fueled by the now fully inscribed in our culture understanding of how ridiculous comic book villains are. Lighthearted for the most part, but with some interesting insight into the isolating nature of genius and what causes villainy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 6/1/2013

    " Cool book. Characters were good. I liked how the story was told switching viewpoints between the good guy and the villain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 North Olmsted Library | 5/2/2013

    " A comic book tale from the villain's perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaq Greenspon | 4/19/2012

    " Not great, but interesting, especially if you're familiar with characters and conventions of the comic book genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dilettante | 1/26/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book. It is a serious second look at comic book culture. One of the few books I own two copies of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anners | 11/1/2011

    " Fan-freaking-tastic. I learned that this book is awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Rawson | 9/18/2011

    " An overall good read, some parts got a bit lengthy and it was hard to keep track of all the mini plots going on at times. This book didn't quite grab my attention as much as other stories, but it was an interesting take on the superhero genre! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moses | 8/14/2011

    " Fun genre-aware romp, but the ending was disappointing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 7/7/2011

    " I really need a Nemesis Alert System. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 6/25/2011

    " This is a brilliant take on the superhero/villain theme. Half of it is from the point of view of the villain, half from the hero. While the hero's POV is OK, the villain's is brilliant, and what really lifts this novel up and carries it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 6/21/2011

    " A fun read, putting superheroes in a modern day atmosphere. Witty, sometimes predictable, but enjoyable. Takes a persepctive from both the villian and the hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan | 6/19/2011

    " If a bit simplistic, an entertaining literary adaption of the typical comic hero-villain mythos. Think of it as Dr. Horrible meets the Watchmen, in book form. Certainly a quick read, but a must-read for the nerdier among us, especially those who sympathized with the bad guys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rattyfleef | 6/18/2011

    " On the good side of 'meh'. Entertaining but not revolutionary. Really my favourite bit was the descrption of a perfect side kick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaq | 6/16/2011

    " Not great, but interesting, especially if you're familiar with characters and conventions of the comic book genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 5/27/2011

    " this book was wonderful, well written and worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 5/16/2011

    " I'm not generally in to superhero stories, but this was pretty good. The first half was really slow, but the second half was worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiore777 | 4/14/2011

    " Since this followed the tale of a supervillain, how could I resist? I enjoy stories detailing the life of someone who is willing to go against the world in order to get one thing done. A fairly enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 4/11/2011

    " Fun send up of the superhero genre from the point of view of the bad guy. "

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About the Author
Author Austin Grossman

Austin Grossman is a video game design consultant and the author of Soon I Will Be Invincible, which was nominated for the 2007 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize. His writing has appeared in Granta, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. He lives in Berkeley, California.

About the Narrator

Coleen Marlo is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator who has been nominated for an Audie Award twice, winning in 2011. She has been awarded three Listen-Up Awards from Publishers Weekly, an AudioFile Audiobook of the Year Award in 2011, and was named Audiobook Narrator of the Year for 2010 by Publishers Weekly. She is a member of the prestigious Actors Studio and taught acting for ten years at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Marlo is a proud founding member of Deyan Institute of Voice Artistry and Technology.