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Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

Written by: David Wong
Narrated by: Christy Romano
Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (98 ratings)

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In a prosperous yet gruesomely violent near future, superhero vigilantes battle thugs whose heads are full of supervillain fantasies. The peace is kept by a team of smooth, well-dressed negotiators called The Men in Fancy Suits. Meanwhile a young girl is caught in the middle and thinks the whole thing is ridiculous.

Zoey, a recent college graduate with a worthless degree, makes a reluctant trip into the city after hearing that her estranged con artist father died in a mysterious yet spectacular way. There she finds that her scumbag dad had actually, in the final years of his life, put his amazing talent for hustling to good use: He was one of the founding members of the Fancy Suits and died in the course of his duties. Zoey is quickly entangled in the city's surreal mob war when she is taken hostage by a particularly crazy villain who imagines himself to be a Dr. Doom-level mastermind. The villain is demanding information about Zoe's father when she is rescued by The Fancy Suits. She reluctantly joins their cause and helps finish what her old man started, tapping in to her innate talent for bullshit that she inherited from her hated father. And along the way, she might just have to learn how to trust people again.

©2015 David Wong (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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so many butt jokes. it's an even mix of character development and serious violence paired with butt jokes and ridiculousness. would always recommend!

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Great read. Better narration.

I really liked this book when I read it about a year ago, but it was made even better with the amazing natration from Christy Romano she does an excellent job with all the different characters. Definitely recommended

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Exactly what you'd expect

Amazing story, funny writing, and expertly narrated. I wo recommend this book to anyone who's already a fan of David Wong and his unique storytelling.

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Well that was a pleasant surprise! Fun story that was hard to put down.

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Perfect if you miss John and Dave

So, this is obviously not as Jdate but some of the humour is there, "David" keeps the book interesting while not going too serious, the reader, forgot her name, does an amazing job, I love how she really tries and give different accents and sounds to most everyone, it made it easier for me since it's the first audio book I've used since I use to be a purist and felt like cheating to have someone read the book for you. Amazing work nonetheless

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Not my thing

Normally I love fantasy and sci-fi... but this book just felt so contrived and so many things happened that we’re just totally random and not explained very well. The overarching story was good; I liked the ending. Didn’t like the main character... the bad guy(s) were incredibly annoying and the characters I did like died. I have no desire to keep reading this series.

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Good book

Narrator refuses to pronounce foyer correctly. Kinda takes you out of the moment a bit. Otherwise a solid book and performance.

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Great characters and entertaining performance

I really enjoyed the narrator's performance. the voices came alive with her different accents. the writing also made me laugh out loud sometimes. I sometimes felt, however, that the story stalled in many places. I often wanted to story to push forward faster than it did. Overall, it was an entertaining story. I'm looking forward to hearing more books from this narrator.

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Good story, frustrating performance

I liked this book, but almost didn't get through it on account of the narration. She would often put the emphasis on the wrong words in a sentence, and it seemed like it was her first time ever seeing the text and they would only let her do one take. There were times when she did a great job and I got immersed in the story, but the disjointed-sounding sentences would pull me right out again.

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Christy Romano is very good at her job

While the story is not as good as Wong's horror books, it's still compelling and had some interesting ideas and is a nice satire of Libertarian ideology, but the real highlight here is Christie Romano who delivers a near pitch perfect preformance, juggling multiple characters in a single scene and manages to quite literally give every single one of them a unique voice.

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  • BadAndy
  • 2017-04-10

Insufferable characters and disjointed themes

I am typically a fan of Wong's not-so-subtle humor, but this one missed the mark. While fart jokes and silliness juxtaposed with life or death situations are typical of Wong's, many of the gags in this book felt forced or out of place. I just didn't laugh as much as I did with "John Dies" or "Spiders." Also, the theme seemed to revolve around the resilience of feminism in the face of unrepentant misogyny. Although the effort was earnest, I don't think it landed as intended. The main character was a bit flat and came off as indifference peppered with poor foresight. While she overcame some significant challenges, it was mostly due to dumb luck or the actions of others. The rest of the cast seemed tightly focused, but trudging through the story from Zoe's perspective felt like a chore. Even the detestable villian was slightly more layered than the protagonist, even though he was a shallow husk of misogyny personified. Overall, the setting, supporting cast, and interesting themes of the story were notable, but they were all held back by an uninteresting, sometimes insufferable hero.

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  • keith
  • 2018-01-23

Annoying main character.. And villain.

This book is actually well written conceptually and most of the characters are thoughtfully rendered... With the exception of the main character, who consistently makes the most boneheaded decisions for two thirds of the book.. I realize that the author designed the main character to be naive and clueless entering a brand new environment, but damn there's a difference between naive and frustratingly stupid. I also wish that more of the side characters had detailed back-stories. Because they were all way more likeable than the main character and only a few had any history revealed about them and why they were so loyal to the Livingston empire.

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  • Claudia H
  • 2016-03-03

This whole city is a butt that farts horror.

I have read several books by David Wong before, and so I was very excited to start this one. A few minutes in, it was clear that it was in his usual style, that slightly vulgar, but still hysterical style that he wrote John Dies in the End, etc.

The story is in a futuristic place, where cars drive themselves and cell phones project holograms of the callers, but it’s still familiar enough that the characters can hit the Wendy’s drive-thru for some chili or botch an at-home hair dying job. Wong does a great job striking the perfect balance of the two. There are so many twists and turns, so hold on to the seat of your voice controlled car, and enjoy the ride.

Whether or not you’ve read any other books by David Wong before, this one will not disappoint, it’s a great book and a ton of fun to listen to.

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  • Jordan
  • 2018-08-06

Not as good as I was expecting

I love the John Dies at the End books, so I had high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, I did not find this book to be as funny or interesting. I think I might have enjoyed it a little more if it had been shorter.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-03

Disappointing

Story is mostly "ok" dragged down to "meh", as chapters ping pong between exposition dumps and smug, self important monologues that border on preaching. What worked in 'John Dies at the End' was that these portentous speaches and stories were a punchline, as the characters would take the piss out of it. Here, everyone goes into high-school level "Real Talk" on the drop of a hat and its played dead fucking strait. And by far the worst performance I heard so far on Audible. Tip to amateur VAs, if you can't do accents then DON'T. The character voices incredibly cliche, as if they were meant to be limp parodies of what they should've been. But all ethic accents were delivered with the blunt insensitivity of a Michael Scott type not realizing how incredibly racist they were coming off. Yikes!

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  • Scott S Lokey
  • 2018-03-15

Enjoyed the book overall, plot was thin in places.

Enjoyed it overall. Plot had some pretty big holes that were left open. Places where characters didn't do things you know they really would have.

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  • macrogreg
  • 2017-04-26

As good as the other books but narration needs wor

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Christy does a decent job differentiating the characters and all. I agree with others comments about the odd pauses.

My main issue is the voices is that some of them sound like cartoon voices from my little pony. Other accents are overkilled and sound very valley-ish. Most characters sound like they hate their own existence and I don't think that's the authors intention. It's quite hard to take the characters seriously with these issues.

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  • Seoh
  • 2017-03-12

Can't Stand This Narrator

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I've loved the John Dies at the End series, but I didn't really enjoy this one. I can't be sure how much of that is attributable to the godawful narrator. She puts pauses in inappropriate places (such as the middle of a sentence), has strange inflection around those pauses so you can't tell if she's ending a sentence / staring a new one, and she has a number of irritating mispronunciations. If you're being paid to narrate an audiobook and you goof up a word, go back and re-record it for crying out loud.

It's hard to actually get past the terrible narration to even think about the content of what I just listened to, but I really didn't find the fish-out-of-water standard hero plot very entertaining, though the writing style was funny and engaging.

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  • Cory McDaniel
  • 2017-03-08

Good for a laugh but the narration is rough.

The book itself is good enough. A chuckle worthy satire of tech-fetishist pop culture. You are definitely getting what it says on the tin. Lots of violence, lots of fancy suits.

Where the audiobook falls down is in the narration. The cadence is off-putting, you can hear every line break. often glaring cuts from one take to another in midsentence, killing all inflection and dialogue momentum. And no offense to ms Carlson-Romano, as I'm sure it was as much to do with direction as performance, but I would rather have a performer not do character voices if so many of them are going to come out sounding either very samey or borderline racist caricature.

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  • Z. Richardson
  • 2017-11-16

Like Stale Kettle Corn

You keep going because you can almost taste what it was meant to be, but in the end you're left feeling unfulfilled and maybe a little sick. It's unsubtke, not nearly as funny as it thinks it is, and the plot meanders from setpiece to setpiece with the thinnest of convenient justifications to excuse it. All in all, not great. The narration is equally unsubtle, saddling every non-white character with a borderline racist ethnic accent.

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