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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 (98 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 book

once you get past the readers voice(he has to portray many characters so its understandable). the sort is great def worth every penny!

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LOVED IT!

This was my kind of book! I really felt and visualized being there with the group the whole time. Can't wait to start "Year 2"

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so so soooo bad

NO SPOILERS!!!!!!
before I start Kyle McCarley did a wonderful job even if i wasnt crazy about some of his voice including a possibly racist depiction of a mais but other than that good stuff i really injoyed him in little witch Academia

every thing else is awful everything
i wanted to like this so bad
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The main character Vince reminds me of a stock shonen anime protagonist but without any of the personality or reason to be in the plot
while being nice and kind of recpectful are character traits they are not piticularly insteresting ones. In the same vien he lacks any real character flaws. Being too scared of your power to fully realize your potential is weak a character flaw and adds no depth.

Most characters have the exact same issue the only exception being hersel and Roy

Next the setting was just constantly boring as hell mostly concrete thats it. It was mostly set in a college with nothing going on but they had a chance to fix that. The main characters all train underground but instead of doing anything we get. Concrete with circles and a pitch black labyrinth.

The plot spins its wheels wasting time on flavor of life bit that are almost all boring. agian only save by roy playing beer pong. this all is not even mentioning the cringey dialogue confusing or just boring action, slut shaming and view of virgins being worth more in socitey

so so so bad bad

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Enjoyed the story, narrator needs improvement

I enjoyed the story, the concept was a cross between X-Men and a teen angst outcast book. It was a perfect type of book for a car ride. I probably would have enjoyed it even more if the narrator's tone wasn't so annoying when he read the "Vince said" and "Alice commented" type actions. It was weird because when describing things and using the characters voices it was done well, but when he has to say who was speaking it was almost like he's annoyed to have to point that out. It didn't go with the tone of the conversation being had.

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Fun read

Oddly enough, the most unrealistic aspect about a college for superheroes is how successful the local video store seems to be.

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My favourite series

I've only discovered this author recently when I picked up his audio book Second hand curses. It was a brilliant book that left me craving for a sequel! After a little bit of research, I found that there were no sequels but he had quite a few other books he had published.. so, I decided to pick up NPCs & Super Powereds.

I started with NPCs. Quite a good book! It has an Interesting concept, a good story line and interesting characters. It made for a great listening experience. I enjoyed it nearly as much as second hand curses. I fully intent to eventually finish the series.

However, before proceeding, I decided I wanted to change the flavour a bit and give Super Powereds a shot. My expectations were a bit lower due to the topic, but upon starting it, I almost immediately got sucked in. It’s quite possibly the fastest I’ve finished a ~30 hour book. Every aspect of this series is quite a few notches above anything else he’s written. Don’t get me wrong, his other work is also good… but this… I wasn’t expecting. This is game of thrones level. I’m just happy I started listening to it when there are 3 more titles in the series, because I really don’t think I’ll be able to get enough, even after listening to a cumulative 160 hours of it. At the time of this review, this is my favourite fiction book. I can only expect the sequels to be as good or better.

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3.5, though

This was a marathon. I listened to it over three work days, and I feel like I should have broken it up more. The story was cute (the language particularly salty, though), the characters were ok (if a little one dimensional, though) the narration was fine (if kind of wheedling, though)... it was ok, no big complaints, except the overuse of the word "though," though.
I'm not joking. By hour 24, I almost lost my mind at the grating, superfluous use of the word "though" at the end of sentences. By EVERY character. I should have counted. There must have been a "though" every five or ten minutes. In a book that's over a day in length, that is way, way too many.
I think I would not have noticed that particular written tic of the author had I not listened to it in three very long sittings. But I did. I wish I hadn't, though.

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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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  • 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
  • TN USA
  • 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...

56 of 60 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarah Erwin
  • Michigan
  • 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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  • Ephraim
  • Arizona/Massachusetts
  • 2017-01-05

It Grows On You

Cliché but true! I did not care much for the narrator initially, and the story seemed more highschool than college when I read the plot. Listening to it initially though it was not long before the characters, writing style, and even the performance won me over. Totally worth the listen!

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  • Miachi
  • MD
  • 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.

32 of 36 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew Dawson
  • Pineville, LA, United States
  • 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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  • Trahloc
  • Ogden, Utah
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Martin
  • Umeå, Sweden
  • 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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