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Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

Written by: Alexander C. Kane
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
4 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren.

Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?

Lots.

Her coworkers may be able to shoot lightning out of their hands or have skin made of diamonds, but they refuse to learn how to use the company's database. She has a swell hook-up buddy relationship with The Big Axe, but he's pushing to go exclusive. Then there's the small matter of a giant alien space egg hovering over Yankee Stadium, threatening civilization as we know it.

Will Andrea find contentment in office drudgery? Can she make a life together with a guy who's eight feet tall and never puts down his axe? And will she ever figure out how her boss likes her coffee?

Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection marks the debut of a super-funny new voice in fiction.

©2017 Alexander C. Kane (P)2017 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Utter hilarity from start to finish

One of the funniest listens I've had in some time! I'm not one to laugh out loud while listening to a book, but this one got me several times.

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Laugh out loud funny

I’m glad I gave this one a try. Superhero hi-jinx meets office rom-com. The narration is fantastic. Each character comes to life with a distinctive sound. Never dull, this was both funny, exciting, and a great satire of the insurance world. I hope to hear about CUP’s expansion to Europe!!

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What if 'Welcome to Night Vale' met 'Wilds Cards'?

This story is incredible, but it's the narration that really brings it to life. At one point I really did believe I was listening to a Tiger Man from India conversing with Hasidic Jew made of Diamonds from Space.

That brings me to the headline up there.
If you're familiar with George R.R Martin's 'Wild Cards' series then you'll won't feel too out of place jumping into this version of New York where 'Super-Stuff' just kinda happens.
If you've heard anything from 'Welcome to Night Vale' then you may be familiar with mundane operations based in bizzare worlds (it even has unknowable Upper Managment)

If you don't know what I'm talking about then just know that this is a great story about a boring part of an exciting universe.
But as I've stated before it's really the narrator which brings everything together.
The voices are suitably unique to each character that lends itself greatly to some kind of sense of immersion. (I say 'some kind' because I can only imagine Mrs.O as that Lamb/Sheep lady in Zootopia, which I doubt they were going for)

All-in-all I'd say that recommending this book is easier then dropping an ice cream off the back of a spooked steed.

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Super heros and office politics

Andrea becomes an administrative assistant at a corporation that employs super heroes to protect the earth from super villains. She is contractually obligated to not ask questions. The story is light hearted but of course involves a world saving fight at the end. The narrative oscillates between super hero stuff and office management, politics, marketing, sales etc. The performance is very good and engaging and the book is entertaining.

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The Puns, the Puns!

This was a fresh take on the superhero genre. Andrea is smart, funny and commitment shy. She works for a private superhero contractor as an Administrative Assistant. The hilarity starts from the moment not one, but two super heroes break into her apartment to take her to a job interview. Persephone Oh, Andrea's boss is a cliche spouting Georgian who is a steel magnolia. There are so many superhero/supervillan tropes that Alexander C. Kane takes "The Big Axe" to that the novel never fails to surprise and amaze. I loved that there were superheroes of all ethnicities who find representation in this book. Oh, and someone get Ms. Oh a moon base before she gets as mad as a pumpkin the day after Halloween.

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Interesting, out there story!

A little off the beaten track story with humour throughout. Not for everyone, for sure, but worth a listen.

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So much fun!

Here’s an example of how the word on the page coupled with a talented voice can make the story whole. I can’t imagine reading this and enjoying it so much! It’s insane fun where the mundane details of work and a corporation are sent up in the most refreshing way that’s to the author’s insight. Add the narrator’s comic timing, voice work and obvious enthusiasm and the whole thing flies along irresistibly at a breakneck pace! I’m getting the next one!

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Not bad but really not my cup of tea.

The book has a gonzo feel to it that has more in common with the Sunday funnies comics than with super hero comics in general.

I found several of the characters particularly grating. The Big Axe talking about The Big Axe in the third person was bad but the southern folksie-isms were worse.

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  • Arthur D. Rich
  • 2017-08-26

A Normal Life in an Abnormal World

Andrea Vernon is an amusing spin on the super-hero genre. The humorous tale explores a perfectly normal office worker who must navigate the mundane world of her bureaucratic job in a company of super-powered government contractors. The story feels like The Incredibles or The Tick meets Office Space or Arrested Development. I found Andrea to be a strangely relatable character as I too have found myself thrown into a job I was ill-prepared for and forced to rise to the occasion. I would gladly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good laugh and and an enjoyable story.

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  • Robyn T. Fink
  • 2017-10-05

“Men In Black” meets “Parks and Recreation”

'Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for Ultrahuman Protection' is your typical workplace satire. Typical, that is, if your workplace includes superheroes. You'll meet great characters like Rabbi Diamond (a diamond-skinned alien who crash landed on Earth as an infant and was adopted by an Orthodox Jewish couple), King Tiger (body of a man, head of a tiger, loves three-piece suits), and Inspector Well Actually (his super power is correcting people). It's equal parts corporate comedy, silly superhero puns, and an exciting adventure involving a giant glowing egg. I guarantee you will laugh out loud while listening!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-03-09

I AM SO OVER SUPERHEROS....however

I am done with superheros and zombies, but I got this book due to one reviewer saying it was similar to Good Omens. Well, Good Omens it's not. I will shout for joy when I find another book like Good Omens. But it is a good book. The business side of superhero industry is very funny. I even LOL'd which is super rare for me. I have been on the hunt for books like this and Good Omens for a long time. I'm glad I found it, it's good.

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  • Kenia
  • 2017-09-19

Great Narration!

This was a really funny book & the narrator is everything! The end of the book would have been funny regardless of who was reading, but her voices just made the laughter bubble out of me.

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  • electricianluke
  • 2017-08-25

Fun for the grown up comic fan.

Would you listen to Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection again? Why?

Yes. To try to memorize all of Ms. Oh's colloquialisms.

What other book might you compare Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection to and why?

Neil Gaimen's "Good Omens"
It takes a genre that we are familiar with and pokes holes in it's self seriousness by adding the mundane details and indignities of navigating everyday professional life.

Which character – as performed by Bahni Turpin – was your favorite?

Inspector Well Actually was awful and hilarious.

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

The scene with Scott on his way to make the pitch to the Bronx public service commission was hilarious.

Any additional comments?

If your on the fence whether or not this book is worth your credit, just burn the credit. If it seems like something you would be interested in, you will like it.

47 of 54 people found this review helpful

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  • Michelle A Witt
  • 2017-09-05

Great Story

2 things that stand out for me.

1. I am not a sci-fi fan but the cover of this book caught my attention and I had to read it. I am so glad I did. Very funny story and it kept my interest. I cannot tell you how many times I was laughing out loud!

2. I was worried my attention span would not be good with an audible book. I am very happy to say this was not the case. Bahni Turpin does such a great job drawing you in to the characters and the story. She brought them all to life and that was so enjoyable! I feel like I know them all too well.

I look forward to getting this book in hardcopy and will tell others about this good read.

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  • M.Jane Wisch
  • 2018-08-07

Unexpected

I took a chance and was surprised . Enjoyed the book made a boring commute fun. Will try another by this author and venue.

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  • Annelise
  • 2017-10-16

This needs to be a tv series!

This book is entertaining and unique. The Office meets Justice league, set in New York. Bahni Turpin does an amazing job bringing each character to life.
This is a short book that made commuting way better!

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  • Swampdweller
  • 2017-09-19

What a fun read!

It was so much fun! I truly laughed out loud and enjoyed myself immensely. Thanks!

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  • Abigayle Allen
  • 2017-08-27

Witty and totally entertaining!

What an excellent find! As a devout fan of quirky fiction, I am super excited to add another author to my library - right next to Christopher Moore and Jasper Fforde.

I wasn't sure about the narrator at first, but her range was incredible - dozens of unique voices for a genuinely crazy cast of characters. I mean, if you'd asked me yesterday what a scientifically enhanced rhinoceros with super human intelligence sounded like, I'd have had no idea, but this narrator nailed it.

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