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Mutation

Kid Sensation, Book 2
Written by: Kevin Hardman
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Kid Sensation is back! The intrepid teen super with the plethora of powers returns in a new adventure.

Having saved the planet and earned a place with the world's premiere superhero team, Jim (aka Kid Sensation) is preparing to attend the prestigious Academy, where teen supers from every corner of the globe learn to master their abilities. At the same time, however, he is approached by a mysterious government organization that wants Jim to work for them - and they won't take "No" for an answer.

Moreover, at the Academy itself, an insidious and highly contagious virus is running amok through the student population, striking at the heart of their abilities. Students are losing control of their powers, with lethal consequences.

Now, in addition to evading the machinations of government agents, Jim must solve the mystery behind the virus - and how to stop it - before every super everywhere becomes fatally infected.

©2013 Kevin Hardman (P)2016 Kevin Hardman

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  • Ray Johnson
  • Ohio
  • 2018-02-23

Slow start leads to pulse racing action

I generally start off with any perceived problems, and here are a couple: The book does start out a little slower than I'd have liked, but that is just set up and prep for the rest of th tale. There were a few parts that I had trouble understanding why things did or did not happen, such as when the kids were attacked. . . no one retaliated? Had one of those kids been mine then somebody would have been nibbling on their liver. Hardman seems to just be hitting his stride as a writer, as the book really picks up and gets to be fun and exciting. Any fan of superheroes would love this book.

Mikael Naramore does a great job narrating, he clearly puts his all into the process, and gives each character a unique voice, and their personalities shine through and apart from one another. This is a fun book, part 2 in a series, and you'll hope there are many more to come.

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  • The Anime Adict
  • 2016-08-13

A fun Read

So after listening to the first book I'll admit I was hooked. A note before we get down to the review, this is a YA novel only in the sense that the main characters are teens and that there isn't a lot of depth or complications to the plot. With that said if you come into this expecting Shakespeare you will be disappointed. If you just want a fun read with super heroes, then you might have found what you've been looking for.

Pros:
1. the powers are well thought out, with the real world issues some scientists have actually look into. Fortunately the fixes this with other powers to off set these issues.
2. The characters are usually rather well developed and make sense.
3. There is humor that is actually funny, and not just in an adolescence manner either.
4. The romantic subplot is exactly that the subplot, not the plot, and is done in a rather realistic manner, it's sweet but not overwhelming.
5. the plot while not overly original is solid, without any real 'wait that wouldn't happen' moments.
6. everything makes sense within the context of the book, while some reviewers have questioned people not using their super powers, they clearly weren't listening about the risks.

Cons:
1. Lack of depth, this is where the book earns the YA status. It goes into some really heavy stuff like national sovereignty, legal checks and balances, moral and immoral science and so on. Yet rather than doing anything with them the book slowly retreats from them or outright runs away.
2. The plot 'twists' or big reveals are far from unexpected or surprising. I don't know if this is because they are a bit cliché or because there are so many hints and nudges about what is going on.
3. because there are no real surprise twists and because the main is so powerful there isn't really any suspense and so the last bit of the book is kind of boring.
4. while it is hinted at what the adult super heroes are doing, they're actions are never stated or even brought to light.
5. Sadly there is a lot of exposition, and I mean a lot even when it wasn't necessary. It doesn't get too much in the way but the book could have been much better without it.

Finally the narration. Honestly I can't remember it too well it must have been neither bad or spectacular.

In the end I would recommend buying this book. It's not a masterful work of literature but it is fun. If you want a YA that isn't drowning in angst, or just a fun listen this is a good book to pick up and I'll continue the series.

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  • Tiffany
  • 2017-04-14

Mutation

Any additional comments?

No second book let down here. I would definitely like to see more growth in the father/son dynamic. I received this audobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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  • Dwayne
  • 2017-02-14

My new favorite series

Would you consider the audio edition of Mutation to be better than the print version?

I never read the print version but it can't be as exciting as the audiobook version.

Would you recommend Mutation to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes I would recommend and I have recommended to many of my friends and family

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no I hate finishing a book really fast

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.

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  • Jane Ryan
  • New Zealand
  • 2019-06-22

yay💛

The second book in the Kid Sensation series is well worth listening to. While still having some humour, overall bk2 is more intense. There's further development of Kids character, his friends and the story as he attends his first term at the superhero academy.

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  • Mindjacked
  • Us
  • 2019-06-22

Mutation

This is a wonderful audiobook series narrated by Mikael Naramore, who does great voices for all of the characters in the Kid Sensation series and really brings that whole world alive for the listeners. Kevin Hardman's Kid Sensation series is a wonderful, action packed, suspenseful, full of surprises series that is awesome for middle graders and young adults, or anyone that likes superhero stories. The main character Jim, has it all, smarts, all kinds of super powers, but he is a teenager and thing don't always turn out the way he plans, sometimes that is good sometimes that is bad, it is a learning process even for superheroes.

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  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • Portland Or. USA
  • 2019-06-13

This book hit the spot!

I have a soft spot for Super Heroes and Mikael Naramore... and this book really hits those spots! Kevin gives us a Great story, and Mikael Naramore delivered an awesome performance!
When I get a book like this, I know that my suspension-of-disbelief might be tested... and tested Hard! In this case, it was stretched so far that a corner of my brain was shaking its proverbial finger at me due to the sh*t-eating grin I was wearing, simply because the story was so much CrAZy fun!
If you like YA and Super Heroes, grab the Kid Sensation books... and the best news? There's more where they came from!

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  • lynda
  • 2019-06-02

A Great Listen

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, and found it very entertaining. Life is always difficult as teenager, but add being a superhero and having the world to save, it becomes stressful to say the least. With a very interesting plot, developed around very unique characters this story moves along a good pace, and suddenly it's over. With just the right amount of suspense, action and humour makes it well worth the listen.

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  • Montzalee Wittmann
  • Missouri, USA
  • 2019-05-27

Supers trapped with a virus made just for them!

Mutation by Kevin Hardman and narrated by Mikael Naramore is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. Another great story with Kid Sensation and his extreme life. He gets an offer to attend the academy for supernatural teens but also gets threatened by a group that wants him to spy on the academy or get deported off planet! Very intriguing story with suspenseful as well as lighter moments. This has action, great characters ( Good and evil), wonderful and unpredictable plot, emotional connection between characters, and great dialogue.
The narrator performs tremendously!

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  • Trinia
  • 2017-12-20

Fun Fast Fantasy Adventure

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. It was a fun, fast read. Well written with good characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mutation?

I really enjoyed the surprise date in Paris <3 always a romantic

What does Mikael Naramore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His storytelling brought the story to life and made it way more interesting than just simply reading it could. Great variety of voices, of course male better than female.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, It flowed well from beginning to end. I couldn't wait to see how it ended.