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Super Powereds: Year 1

Super Powereds, Book 1
Written by: Drew Hayes
Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Knowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop students with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes. Five of this year's freshmen are extra special. They have a secret aside from their abilities - one that they must guard from even their classmates.

For every one person in the world with abilities they can control, there are three who lack such skill. These lesser super beings - Powereds, as they are called - have always been treated as burdens and second-class citizens. Though there has been ample research in the area, no one has ever succeeded in turning a Powered into a regular human, let alone a Super.

That is, until now....

©2012 Andrew Hayes (P)2016 Tantor

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Great Story few issues

Loved the story. All characters are well fleshed. Could use more words other than said.

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WOW

I LOVE this book! I would recommend it to everyone. So much fun to listen to and what a great value for a credit. (26 hours!)

In the beginning, I wasn't sure. I generally avoid books with young adults as main characters because hormones lead to bad judgements which is incredibly frustrating to read. I went in due to the raving reviews. At first it seems to be a generic book about freshman year at college but with super powers. The defining moment for me is chapter 10. I don't want to spoil anything but when you get there, you know. Whatever assumptions I had made about the characters were shattered. These guys are much much more complex than I gave them credit for. Throughout the book, I had grown so attached to them I didn't want to keep reading anytime something bad was foreshadowed. Numerous times I want to pull them in for hugs and kisses while smacking their head. Just for the record, my favorite character in the book is hands down Mrs. Daniels.

The performance is also top of the line. I'm amazed by how many distinguishable voices Kyle can do. This book has a full ensemble with students, teachers and parents. Somehow, I can tell the voices apart without the narration most of the time. Amazing job.

This book is very very enjoyable. Are there holes and clichés? Yes of course. It's a book about 18 year olds with physics defying superpowers trying to become certified heroes. It doesn't take itself too seriously and you shouldn't either. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. I've already got the next book lined up ready to go.

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Great Entertainment!

After finishing the last Fred the Vampire book, I'd been suffering withdraw symptoms, so I jumped on to another series by Drew Hayes. This was such an entertaining read . Drew Hayes certainly knows how to create characters you love hanging out with through the duration of a book and dying to know more once the book ends. Can't wait to start on the next book in the series.

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Simply the Best

This is the first book in a awesome serie. The story is great. The performance is wonderful. I love love the series. #Audible1

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Great Series

I listened to all 4 books in this series. They were really captivating. The narrator was really good. He did different voices for each character. The story was interesting, with good character development.

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This is an amazing story and series

I highly recommend this series
Great performance and well written.
I have a photographic memory so I never reread/listen to any book I've read before. This series I'm doing again simply because I enjoyed it that much.

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The author creates an interesting universe

There's an abundance of superhero stories out there, but this is definitely one of the better ones. The universe, with its rules about how powers work and how they integrate with the larger world from a social and political angle is very well thought out. The different array of powers you see range from the classics to some genuinely unique ones which kept me interested in the characters. Two small criticisms I would have is 1) the climax feels a bit rushed and I wish it would have been drawn out a bit more to really up the stakes and 2) at times when characters are conversing back and forth, there's constant "X said" and "Y said" which can get a bit annoying. The narrator does distinct enough voices for the characters that you can tell them apart by voice alone and so the "XY saids" aren't necessary.

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  • BT
  • 2018-02-02

It wasn't what I expected and I liked that.

Each character is memorable with distinct stories and peculiarities that feel like you know them. I was actually quite surprised how long I had been listening before I checked how long the book itself was. It was over 20 hours and I looked forward to listening to it whenever I had the opportunity.

It creatively combines common themes with the super powers/heroes that I quite liked. The voice actor was also amazing. He was able to create distinct voices for every character making it more enjoyable to listen to.

I listen to audiobooks for entertainment and I was entertained.

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Addictive

The narrator does an excellent job with voices for each character. They are interesting and believable. The story is a different take on super powers that I find fascinating. Looking forward to year 2 already... I’ll be starting it as soon as I submit this.

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  • Get Off My Lawn!
  • 2016-10-08

Best Series In Recent Memory

What did you love best about Super Powereds: Year 1?

Each primary, and many secondary, characters are fully fleshed out. They mature over the course of the novel, as well as the series. The training is well thought out and the faculty have individual personalities and backstories.

What other book might you compare Super Powereds: Year 1 to and why?

In an oversimplification, you might think of this series as Hogwarts for Supers, but MUCH better in every way.

Which character – as performed by Kyle McCarley – was your favorite?

I enjoyed them all. The individualization of voices is very well done, which is no easy task with such a large cast of characters.

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

It's hard to pick a single moment above all others, but perhaps when the core team finds itself challenged by harsh environmental conditions (no spoilers here).

Any additional comments?

I seldom bother to take the time to write a review, so the fact that I am for this book (and the series), is high praise indeed. It may seem that I am gushing in this review, which is unusual enough for an old man ("GET OFF MY LAWN!"), but I can't imagine any reader/listener that wouldn't enjoy this entire series. My wife and I enjoyed listening together and are eagerly awaiting the fourth installment, but with the same mixed feelings that you get as you approach the end of any great novel, never wanting it to end.

In conclusion, BUY this book immediately. After listening to this series, I bought every Audible audio book available of Drew Hayes' writings, though we haven't listened to them yet.

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  • Morning Star 0724
  • 2016-08-11

Brillant!

I loved this story.

This story centers around 5 super powered kids, who until an experimental surgery, haven't had control of their powers.

The narrorator does an excellent job with changing his voice for each character and pulls you into the story.

To me, the story is more like a season of a TV series, unlike most books which strive to be a movie.

Love the all the details, and the way it was written. And as an added bonus, I now know which super power I wish I had...

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  • Sarah Erwin
  • 2016-06-18

Excellent story, characters; adjust for narrator

I was reluctant to purchase this book at first because of the narrator, whose voice I didn't care for, but playing the book at 1.25x speed solved that nicely. Loved the characters and story. Can't wait for the next installment to be available.

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  • Martin
  • 2016-09-27

give it a chance

this book starts out really slow, with boring generic characters and crappy names like mr numbers and mr transport. I was about to give up on this, but i didn't have anything else to read, so i stuck with it. and i'm glad i did.

it's like a standard teenage movie / tv serie AT först, which is mildly entertaining, but it morphs into more superhero stuff as The characters grow.

now i'm off to get The second book. i'm itching to hear the rest!

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  • Miachi
  • 2017-03-21

Fun, but in a YA way

I think that this book needs to be marked more clearly as a YA book. The whole college scene is in full glory with emphasis on drinking, dating, parties and clubs, etc. Personally, I am 100% not interested.

Barely visible between the stereotypical college activities is a world of ENORMOUS potential. The social interactions of supers vs. powers, the economic implications, the political players (who do Mr. Numbers and Mr. Transport work for anyway?), the nature of the superpowers in general... But these topics are barely touched upon. Instead, we have beer pong.

The narrator was mediocre, and I wasn't planning on continuing the series after this book... until the last 30 minutes. It finally got interesting. REALLY interesting. All that potential came flooding out and hooked me into giving the next book a try (although I may wait for it to go on sale).

All in all, if you've already read Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners and Rachel Aaron's Heartstrikers (two phenomenal YA series), and you're looking for something light and fun (maybe you want to relive your college years?), then go ahead and give this a shot.

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  • Trahloc
  • 2016-08-15

only negative is "x said".

I love comic books but they're just too short to enjoy. a novel about super hero's in training is just perfect though. if not for the repetitive "x said" the audio book would be great. in written form that's easy to ignore in an audio book its rather painful but it was worth it.

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  • James H
  • 2016-05-25

"[NAME] SAID" almost ruined it

This was a pretty good book to let play in the background, entertaining but you don't miss much if you space on it for a while.

Good:
- Strong characters I thought - well conceived with complex-ish back stories.
- Good heroes journey. Author takes you along with their development where as other (shorter though) books do the literary version of a training montage.
- Super powers were acknowledged to have some science and not absolutely ridiculous. So often now there isn't a set of "rules" for super powers and they end up controlling monsters from other dimensions and breaking the laws of physics. It wasn't organized like Mistborn or anything, but there was some order, a nod to that they are still understanding them, and nothing was absolutely over the top or unbeatable Superman type.

Not Good:
- No story really. This book just kinda of wanders through like its a season of Real World following super powered college kids. Which is fine but I like story arcs and the feeling that if I'm reading something I know it is driving the plot/story forward. Stuff happened and there was a climax, but it wasn't together feeling.
- The plot was moved forward often by the author telling you something was happening but offering absolutely no details about, like two characters discussing what is coming but with saying one specific about it. Which is fine in small doses but it was the main mechanism used and just isn't very nuanced.
- The narrator. I thought the voices were good but almost quit listening several times because of the "[name] said" or "[name] replied" were so frequent and off putting. At first I thought the author abused the use of it (too frequent) but the more I listened the more is was the way the narrator delivered it: flat, loud, and hard... even if was the character whispering. It honestly sounds like they recorded him saying every characters name and every speaking verb, and just spliced them in during post production where needed. It was really incongruous and off-putting.

I realize my negatives are longer than my positives but short of the 5000 times i heard the dead pan "VINCE SAID" it was an enjoyable listen.

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  • Ian Davis
  • 2017-12-24

Great story and characters. Narrator needs to be played at 1.5 speed

It took me a while to get into this one because the narrator was so slow and funky sounding. Once I turned up the speed to 1.5 it made all the difference. Already reading the next book. Can’t wait to see what happens next!!

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  • totcky
  • 2017-11-13

They said, so I said

The book isn't bad I enjoyed the story. I'm sure it's ment for a younger audience. As college feels more like middle school. Worse part of the book is the fact that it states who's speaking ....a lot.

#AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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  • Matthew Dawson
  • 2017-10-15

Fun book. Harry Potter in tights

I liked the book, Fun and imaginative twist on the superhero genre. I thought the dialogue was a bit cumbersome in the flow at times but overall great. I will definitely read the next.

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