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Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

Written by: David Wong
Narrated by: Christy Romano
Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Catsuit

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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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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Different and quite enjoyable.

Truly enjoyed the narrator. Wonderful job. Each character was voiced so as to meke forget it was one person .

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Conflicted on this one: enough redeeming qualities for me

This is seriously difficult to rate for so many reasons. The story contains elements that I really love, and others I wish had been left out. The humour was all over: about 1/3 of the humour attempts made me laugh out loud, 1/3 were neutral, and 1/3 made me felt like I was reading a book for toddlers. The violence was gratuitous, and I’m generally ok with that, but with the humour mismatch it’s hard to balance: toddlers definitely should not read this book. While I liked many of the characters, and enjoyed a protagonist who remains capable of deep-cutting insults under pressure, she did feel a little to stereotypical ‘weak link’; that being said, in the same hypothetical situations I can’t honestly imagine myself being more useful. I found myself actually caring whether characters lived or died, which is more than many ‘action’ novels can summon. Overall, I, almost stopped listening after the first half hour (toddler humour), but am still glad I finished this one.
The voice acting was generally good, but I seriously hope that our primary antagonist was never meant to sound like he was a constantly stoned hipster-millennial-surfer... however, now that I’ve made it through I can’t imagine what else he’d sound like.

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Entertaining story

Funny but too over the top at times, entertaining nevertheless, worth listening to, yup yup

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Love David Wong’s imagination

I loved entering another universe created by David Wong, so good. Zoey was a great character, a bit strong headed which made make stupid decisions but still very witty and strong. I would definitely recommend this book. Christy is a great narrator, she does such good voices and I like where she puts emphasis.

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A+ performance

Christy Romano is an amazing narrator and brings David Wong's best book to life hilariously

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • withherownwings
  • 2016-01-29

violent, madcap, edge-of-bad-taste romp

True to David Wong's quirky, fast-paced, oddball, edge-of-bad-taste, addictive writing style, this book was a fun romp of a tale. It wasn't quite as good as John Dies at the End, but it was well worth a listen. Chubby 22 year old barista Zoey is snatched out of her plebian trailer-park existence and away from her 38 year old stripper mother, and thrust into a high-stakes adventure to determine the estate of her suddenly-departed very rich celebrity father. Everybody wants her as she is apparently the key to her father's wealth and to the secret behind robotic body modifications that give normal people super-abilities. Zoey had nothing but disdain for her father and his ill-gotten millions, and wants nothing more than to escape the madness - but no one is allowing her to walk away. Who does she trust and how will she worm her way out of this mess?

The plot is convoluted, twisty, violent, flashy, absurd, and moves along at breakneck speed. You barely have time to question the craziness of the plot and you just try to hang on and appreciate the humorous moments. Zoey, of course, has deeper reserves of survival instinct and intelligence than she knew she had, and in the end, manages to wrestle control of the situation.

The book is really violent and often the characters act in bad taste, but Zoey is a decently feminist lead character and manages to call out the (good and) bad guys on their failings and small-mindedness, and you find yourself liking her more and more as the book continues.

Christy Romano's audio narration is snappy and well-suited to this book. It helped me enjoy the story and kept me listening when I would have put a print copy of this book down.

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  • George
  • 2015-10-10

David Wong Does It Again

When I found out this wasn't a continuation of the David and John saga, I was slightly disappointed. This disappointment turned out to be unjustified. David Wong is great at weaving ridiculousness and humor throughout his stories. I would like to formally apologize for doubting him. The story was good, full of heartfelt moments, serious introspection into human nature, and Wong's trademark hilarity. The narrator did a great job of giving each character not just a voice, but a cadence and speech pattern that perfectly matched their personalities. Overall, it was a great experience that will make David Wong fans feel at home as well as appealing to fans of sci-fi and crime dramas. I highly recommend this title.

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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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  • 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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  • DobieChuck
  • 2018-01-23

Just OK

Had some entertaining moments, but overall was pretty average... I expected absurdity yet still cringed a bit at some of the over the top social commentary... Started well and proceeded to not build very much upon start... Narration brought a lot to the overall experience even as I winced at the Continuous mispronunciation of “Tabula”.... Biggest disappointment for me was a gaping plot point that you kept expecting to be addressed and resolved, and never was... Amusing enough w/ narration to enhance, but no where near as enjoyable as the “John” books ergo caveat emptor...

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  • MARK J. PATTON
  • 2018-01-19

Great read(er)!

I really wonder what my thoughts would have been had I read this rather than listened to it. I hope that Molech's voice would have been exactly as Christy Romano portrayed it, but I'll never know. Damn! The story line and character development are sophomoric, but, hey, with a title like this, who would expect anything different. Again, I don't know if it is Wong or Romano who gave me this impression, but I swear that Wong wrote this hoping to sell the movie rights to anyone who could sign Amy Schumer on for the project.

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