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Super Sales on Super Heroes

Written by: William D. Arand
Narrated by: Jeff Hays
Series: Super Sales on Super Heroes, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (114 ratings)

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In a world full of super powers, Felix has a pretty crappy one.

He has the ability to modify any item he owns. To upgrade anything.

Sounds great on paper. Almost like a video game.

Except that the amount of power it takes to actually change, modify, or upgrade anything worthwhile is beyond his abilities.

With that in mind, Felix settled into a normal life. A normal job.

His entire world changes when the city he lives in is taken over by a super villain. Becoming a country of one city. A city state.

Surprisingly, not a whole lot changed. Politicians were still corrupt. Banks still held onto your money. And criminals still committed crime.

Though the black market has become more readily available.

And in that not so black market, Felix discovers he has a way to make his power useful after all, and grasps a hold of his chance with both hands.

Warning and minor spoiler: This novel contains graphic violence, undefined relationships/partial harem, unconventional opinions/beliefs, and a hero who is as tactful as a dog at a cat show. Listen at your own risk.

©2017 William D. Arand (P)2017 William D. Arand

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pretty fun with an ending that left me wanting mor

wad a good listen I had a lot of fun with the book and my expectations.

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Love But...

Love the story and the concept just would like a little bit more adult content.

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a unique superhero experience

The main Character is so different then other superhero protagonists as his power is almost defenseless and has to plan and rely on those around him. On top of that its an inspirational story about building and creating the life you want to live with what you have! completely worth it.

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A "How To" manual for exploiting game mechanics

Often procedural in nature, the sort of daily details included in this book really shows that the author has yet to learn the art of holding back information to let the mind's eye fill in the blanks. Every action has its own itemized list to accompany it, and there doesn't seem to be much in the way of plot that is not simply responding to an attack and being way over prepared to handle it.

Super Sales reads like a fanfic with a Mary Sue insert, and the fact that every character (except the protagonist) is female and appears to be sexually interested in their slavemaster, shows the limitations and/or focus of the author's imagination. A lot of missed opportunities to create memorable characters, especially with such an interesting underlying world setting/premise, but I guess legal magic slavery smooths out all of the indignity of being owned, because it also comes with pancakes??

The story follows the same pattern as Sword Art Online or Gamer (the webcomic), in that the protagonist figures out a hack that exploits the game system, and the plot is really only there to loosely string the reader along to the next level of the hack's success. Anything that has been pointed out about the problems with SAO or Gamer could basically just be copy pasted here. If you enjoy "mechanic hack" stories and doting harems and a thin excuse to have a furry anime waifu who acts like a golden retriever in heat...?

Neat idea, painfully tropey execution, possible accidental publishing of personal fanservice fiction?

Self publishing is wild.

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From decently good to poor adult romance

for the first maybe quarter to half way through the book its actually kinda good. but than it turns to a rather unenjoyable sex fantasy with decent to poor writing. near the end the writer tries to fix it but in my opinion it made a marginal effect. all in all there are much better super hero books out there and you should consider reading those instead

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Refreshingly new take on supers

The cover definitely doesn’t do the book justice, it’s well written and fairly fast paced. Going through the points system gets a bit monotonous at times, but it’s unique perspective definitely makes it worthwhile.

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worth your time

very fun read, though there is one part that gets repetitive. This is a really unique take in a very trope filled genera. Hope there is more.

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Great story with some weak characters

While the premise and story are amazing and make for a great listen there are a few characters and moments that didn't seem to fit. Some of the female character's lines sound like they were written by a fantasizing 14 year old boy and some increasingly dark aspects of the story are just glossed over. If you are just looking for a fun story to listen to then you will be more than happy. I eagerly await for more from William and I hope to watch his writing evolve and mature over time.

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  • Phillip hinch
  • 2017-07-08

Lot better than I thought it would be

I was looking at the reviews for this and really didn't think I would like it. Yeah it had a decent rateing but everyone was saying it was a bunch of wish fufillment harem sillyness. I thought I had run into some big new YA novel popular with younger folks or possibly that someone had paid for some good reviews. But I was in a hurry to get something before I had to hit the road and figured why not.

Really glad I did. It is a bunch of wish fufillment harem sillyness but is also well written. The characters are fun and grow well with the story. Paceing is spot on. I expected a lot of cringeworthy writing that never materierized.

it's not perfect. the points stuff is annoying and probably works better in the written form. And there are some issues with nonsensical plot points and characters occasionally behaving out of character. But overall it was a very pleasant surprise.

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  • Iofiel
  • 2017-09-28

Interesting Premise but Rough Going

The basic premise behind the story has promise: In a world of superheroes, a man has the ability to modify just about anything but no "power" to utilize it. When he accidentally purchases some slaves, he learns that owning them boosting his own power. From there he tries to balance ethics against his building power. Naturally, his growing empire attracts attention...

In actual execution, the book is very uneven. The main character, Felix, is the definition of a Mary Sue. His slaves (though nominally free-willed as he doesn't ever really command them) all give him doe-eyes throughout the book. All his ideas work out swimmingly until the inevitable Second Act Crash and someone who was previously a fast food manager slips effortlessly into being essentially a major CEO. The writing is very repetitious. You'll get about 150 variants of this:
Felix: We should think of a solution
Slave: What if we did XYZ?
Felix: That's great. Remind me to reward you later.
Slave: Awwww... *Doe-Eyes*

The characters are pretty decent although they seem to slip out of character multiple times. The world building and super powers are interesting. The concept of Felix seeing everyone as a Role-Playing Game character sheet is interesting as well although it leads to plodding sequences in the audio version of the sheets being read over and over. That probably works better on paper where the reader can skim it instead of listening to it. This isn't the only book to suffer from that either: Looking at you here, "Ready Player One" scoreboards. Some plot lines or important points in the story get dropped without mention.

There is the whole harem thing although that didn't bother me so much as the uneven writing. Half the book is his core trio of women practically throwing themselves at him while he nobly declines and tells them all how wonderful they are so, while cheesy, it's not something that would bother me like the possible alternative.

The reading was pretty good. Character voices were distinctive and the male narrator did well with a largely female cast of characters. Effects are used for things like multiple people speaking at once, PA systems or internal monologues. I already mentioned the tedious readings of the character sheets but that's not on the narrator.

Would I recommend it? Maybe hesitantly. The basic story and world was interesting enough that I'm considering the next book just to see where the story goes but the overall experience keeps me from enthusiastically jumping in.

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  • Brett
  • 2017-07-26

Great story but please stop with the numbers

A good original story, but I have to admit I always zoned out when the narrator went over the points spent / received totals like every 10 minutes. It wouldn't be bad if it was just a few times but my god he does it like ever 10 minutes (sometimes more then once) and it lasts at least a minute a go. Its all numbers at that point. Maybe try to cut it down or just go over the highlights and not read through every character each time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-08-12

wanted to like this!!

I think if I read it as a book, seeing the stats rather than being read them, I would enjoy it, but it just made boring patches that I ended up just skipping through. I also didn't care for the ending. I really liked the characters, though so it wasn't a total loss.

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  • Cocoajam
  • 2017-08-13

Great reading, sleazy story

Many of the characters are good, but the world built by the author makes everything sleazy.
It breaks it's own rules so that the male lead can be surrounded by slave women, and murder anyone he doesn't like.

It starts off saying super heroes/heroines are captured, beaten, and then sold. Except only one slave is a hero out of dozens. Never explaining why a super villian city is only selling super villains as slaves. Also, despite there being no gain for the villain to buy only women as slaves, he does exactly that. there is seriously no males as side characters at all, only minor inconveniences.

The main character says that his slaves are not for sex, but it feels like the author wished they could be. the whole thing plays out like a soft core fan fiction/anime hentai. If that's what you want I'm not judging, but if you want a good story, keep walking.

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  • Shark Likes
  • 2017-11-22

Pancakes!

This story is like a food you like that never fills you up.

There is very little plot here, it is mostly a progression of events that ends abruptly and without developing into much of a story. That said, I enjoyed listening to it, but if you're looking for a meaningful story you'll have to look somewhere else.

The spreadsheets were a bit much for a narrative medium, but probably okay in written form.

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  • R. J. Ayers
  • 2017-07-26

Harem Anime in Book Form

This story was bearable for the first half, but the main character had no depth or struggle. It felt like a self obsessed teen wrote it. The main character is incredibly shallow, with no real personality or morals.

Skip it unless you're really into harem animes, which is exactly what this is.

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  • Michael Haywood
  • 2017-07-04

Pancakes!

while looking through the reviews I saw one that yelled Pancakes... with my interest peaked I got the book and was not dissappointed.

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  • Steven H.
  • 2017-07-06

Awesome listen!

Wonderful start to a potentially amazing series! The only part of this I disliked was the frequency of one aspect. The point counting. Needed in some spots but, honestly a couple times could have just been summed up with total/spent/remaining and it would have been fine.

Other than that I loved it! 12 hour book that I finished in less than 24 hours. I unfortunately had to stop listening to sleep.

Typically I dislike stories with harem aspect because they come off cheesey, creepy or otherwise lecherous. Arand managed to pull it off tastefully and it didn't bother me at all.

Have already suggested this book to several friends that are comic book fans, and will do so again.

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  • Kurt Schwoppe
  • 2019-01-11

So Much to Like!

Great book! Highly enjoyed the humor, action, and creativity. The amount of attention people give to a book is 90% dependent on how well the reader is attracted to the characters, and I gotta say, I loved all the main characters in this book. That was helped by Jeff Hays who did an absolutely incredible job bringing them to life in his narration. (Probably one of the best I've heard on Audible). It's a great story, with fun characters that's hard to put down.

Now I judge books on three criteria, and this book scored bigtime on entertainment value and writing style. The final criteria is profoundness (does it move me or change my perception of the world), and unfortunately SSonSH fell a bit short in this category. Hence 4 out of 5 stars. But, it's still a great book worth every bit of the credit I used to buy it. I think you should buy it too!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful