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DC Comics in GraphicAudio


There’s an awesome deal from Humble Bundle this week.  The DC Comics in GraphicAudio bundle.  If you buy the top tier of this deal you can get 22 audio books for as little as $15.   That’s basically 22 books for the price of 1.  The deal is good for 2 weeks so don’t miss out on this one.


Green Lantern: Hero’s Quest
Wayne of Gotham
Batman: The Stone King
Green Lantern: Sleepers (Book One)


DC Universe: Last Sons
The Flash: Stop Motion
Wonder Woman: Mythos
It’s Superman
Green Lantern: Sleepers (Book Two)
JLA: Exterminators
Infinite Crisis (1 of 2)
Infinite Crisis (2 of 2)


DC Universe: Trail of Time
Batman: Dead Whit
Batman: Inferno
Enemies and Allies
Superman: The Never-Ending Battle
Green Lantern: Sleepers (Book Three)
Final Crisis
52 (1 of 2)
52 (2 of 2)

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Crimson Son by Russ Linton

Crimson SonCrimson Son by Russ Linton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of the audiobook edition of Crimson Son by Russ Linton ; a book in my favorite genre, superhero prose fiction!

Crimson Son is the story of nineteen year old Spencer Harrington, the son of the world’s last active superhero the Crimson Mask. Two years ago his father’s arch nemesis the Black Beetle kidnapped Spencer’s mother and ever since that day he’s been confined to his father’s arctic bunker where he is primarily left to his own devices. Plenty of time to stew in resentment for his father and the Black Beetle. When at last an attack on the “Icehole” and an escape pod set him free he has only one thing on his mind; finding his missing mother, a task his father has failed at for two years. As he begins to delve into the world of Augments, as the super powered are called, other people begin to get caught up in Spencer’s story. There’s Emily and her wealthy doctor friend Martin, Spencer’s own childhood friend Eric; and a group of World War II veteran’s once know as Force Zero.

Fast passed and exciting, Crimson Son moves at action thriller speed from beginning to end. Russ Linton’s writing is concise and focused while maintaining the suspense of the story throughout. There are no wasted contemplations or dry parts, or thankfully cliched romance. While the story comes to a very satisfying conclusion there is certainly the opportunity for a sequel or prequel to this one. I personally would love to read more about the members of Force Zero and find out more about the world of the Augments.

Since this was an audiobook edition I’ll briefly speak about the performance of narrator  Mitchell Lucas. I’ll be honest, I didn’t warm up to his voice right away, in fact I found it mildly annoying until he got to the part in the story where he was doing other character’s voices and not just Spencer’s voice. Then I determined that this was just the way he had decided to portray Spencer, as somewhat immature? Bratish? I always struggle to describe the influence of sound that a narrator brings to the table but it certainly had some influence of the way I saw the character. He certainly is able to portray a wide range of voices well, and have all of them sound distinct from each other. I truly enjoyed the performance though and felt that he made a real contribution to the excitement of the audiobook.

“This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.”

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Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

ZeroesZeroes by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well. I can see why the book is called Zeroes. This has some moments of brilliance but there are a lot of problematic parts too. The story starts out in a very compelling way and gets right into the action. We are quickly thrown from one outrageous event to another as things spiral out of control for Ethan after he uses his power to try to get a ride home one night, and becomes embroiled with the local mafia.

The first thing is that the characters are generally a bunch of immature, whiny, shallow, unlikable brats. Ok, they are young so I give them some leeway with that in the beginning. However, there is the expectation that they would have a bit of emotional growth by the end of the book but I just didn’t see that in the story and for me, that’s a problem.

There are six main characters in the story and the narration is broken up between all of them. There are three girls and three guys. My general impressions of them are as follows:

Ethan aka Scam – To me he is the most likeable character and the easiest to relate to. He lacks forethought, he doesn’t consider the consequences of his actions. He’s the only character who really tries to help anyone else without thinking about what he’s going to get out of it. He’s also the scapegoat of the other characters and they blame him for everything. He has by far has the coolest power of the group. A seemingly omnipotent voice that knows all sorts of things it should rightly have no way of knowing.

Chizara aka Crash – She’s self righteous and has a I’m-better-than-you attitude about everything. There’s a very snotty feeling about her, even when she’s “helping” she’s really just getting off on her own little power trips while looking down her nose at the other characters. I found the descriptions of how her power over high tech works to be exceptionally boring.

Riley aka Flicker – A blind girl with the power to see through other people’s eyes. She has a twin sister and is seeing a therapist for some vague reason. She’s sort of obsessively stalking Thibault, and I feel like getting close to him is the only reason she involves herself in the story.

Thibault aka Anonymous – He’s sort of pitiable. His power makes other people forget about him, even his own family. I don’t really understand why he’s hanging around the others. Loneliness, I guess? The romance between him and Riley feels super contrived as a plot device.

Nate aka Bellwether – The one who they call Glorious Leader… yeah. He’s an obnoxious little dictator with visions of grandeur. He has the power to compel people to follow him. A very rapey power if you ask me.

Kelsie aka Mob – Has the power to influence the emotions of large groups of people. Introduced as sort of the ultimate party girl.

Call it dangling plot threads or major plot holes; but the story feels largely unsatisfying. We are given no explanation whatsoever about how the Zeroes got their powers. Parts of the story are repeatedly referenced but never detailed. Romance themes are thrown in like an afterthought and add nothing to the story. I just don’t think it holds up too well on it’s own. Maybe it will be better as a set but for that we’ll have to wait awhile and see.

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Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

Firefight (Reckoners, #2)Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Meh. It’s an ok book, I liked it well enough but I didn’t love it. Maybe it’s just a case of middle book syndrome. I was finding it hard to press through this one at some points.

The main character David just all kinds of annoys me. The things he does, the way he acts, his obsessive behaviors, the stupid metaphors, and the obsession with guns. I don’t like him, I find most of the side characters more interesting than him in this book. It’s the interesting world David lives in that will probably get me to pick up the next book to see what happens.

I didn’t like the way this book ended either. None of it. And the religious nonsense, really just altogether, no. Anytime religious themes starting getting mixed into the pot my interest just totally tunes out. It ruined it for me.

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The Flash: Stop Motion – Graphic Audio Edition

The Flash: Stop Motion (Justice League of America)The Flash: Stop Motion by Mark Schultz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Flash: Stop Motion by Mark Schultz; audio book by Graphic Audio, is pretty good. This story is part of a series of books about the Pre New 52 DCU Justice League. As far as I know all of the books are stand alone stories, and I don’t think you need to read them in any particular order to understand any of them.

This one features the Wally West flash who was Berry Allen’s nephew by marriage to Isis West. The story revolves around a genetically engineered creature called The Super Luminoid [No idea about the spelling of that since I had an audiobook.]. It’s a decent story but a lot of it is taken up with lengthy descriptions of some very dubious science.

Enjoyable if you liked the Wally West flash, the Pre New 52 Earth, or are listening to the other books in the series.

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Particle Man by Deric McNish is slow and humorous.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This review is for the Audible Audio Book version of Particle Man by Deric McNish. “This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.”

I rated this book 4 stars as I split the difference between the voice performance of 5 stars and the story aspects that I rated 3 stars.

PARTICLE MAN by Deric McNish is a slow and often humorous narrative of a young man growing up in the 1950’s who discovers that he has extraordinary powers. This is mostly a coming of age story as we are introduced to a cast of friends, family, and his day to day life. This introduction takes up the bulk of the novel and the action is almost exclusively in the last ¼ of the book.

Unfortunately this makes everything at the end feel a bit rushed and the ending abrupt. It’s like the origin story of a superhero where not all the mysteries have been explained. It isn’t clear to me if this is intended to actually be the first book in a series or not. It certainly feels as if it needs another book to wrap it up and give the reader closure.

When I saw that Deric McNish was listed as both author and narrator I paused in trepidation for a moment but I needn’t have worried. His voice is well suited to the main character of the book, and all of his voice inflections give just the right emphasis to the story.

I sincerely hope we get a sequel because I was hungry for more details about the events in the end of this book and want to know about other things only hinted at.

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Ant-Man: Natural Enemy by Jason Starr

Ant-Man: Natural EnemyAnt-Man: Natural Enemy by Jason Starr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This review is for the Graphic Audio Edition of Ant-Man: Natural Enemy by Jason Starr.

I’ll say I’ve liked all of the Graphic Audio Editions I’ve listened too. There is just something fun about the full voice casts, sound effects and style of these audio books. They might actually add something to the story for me.

In this story Ant-Man and his daughter are placed into protective custody by the FBI because a criminal has escaped that he had testified against in the past. It’s a pretty straightforward superhero story but it lost two stars because of the overuse of his very obnoxious daughter as a plot device.

She takes up and takes over way too much of the story… and I truly started to wish her dead. We could at least give her a dramatic death couldn’t we? But no. She’s allowed to whine non stop throughout the book. I kept thinking for gods sake send this narcissistic little hooch back to live with her mother already. Her dad just takes all the crap she dishes out, because he’s attached to his spawn I guess.

Despite my little rant I did like it and the parts with Ant-Man and his dating woes were fun to read about.

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