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Publisher's Summary

A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates - brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), and aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find - aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the arch nemeses have set a course for revenge - but who will be left alive at the end? In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

©2013 Victoria Schwab (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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The narrator...was.. distracting

The story hooked me, but I had to buy the book because the narrator was terrible. His cadence was all wrong and the pauses were very distracting. His delivery was emotionless and mechanical. It's like he was reading the words, but not the story or occasionally not even the sentence. I'm pretty forgiving of narrators, but this guy kept pulling me out of the story, so I had to give up. I'm about halfway through the book format and loving it though!

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Great story with not so great narrator

I absolutely love the book, the narrator could have been a little more enthusiastic, even though I have read the story before he made it hard to listen in some places.

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Bad narrator!!!!!

Do yourself a favour and READ the physical book. This narrator is horrible! I am sure I will LOVE the book.

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a good story with a great delivery

a really enjoyable tale of corruption and justice that comes with awakening supernatural gifts. Without giving away spoilers I'd like to say it's a game of chess using each characters abilities to corner their opposition into a checkmate. The narrator did an excellent job even though all female characters sounded the same despite having totally different personalities. 4 Stars.

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Monotone narration takes away from it

The story itself is quite interesting, meshing a typical frenemy relationship between competing young men with something a bit darker. In the end, the character you end up siding with the most is a young girl. Hopefully the narrator for the next book is better. Took me too long to get into this book because of the robotic narration with no real differentiation between characters (unless you count that one bad accent).

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Great story... mediocre narrorator

Love the story so much I picked up the book to finish it off. I just didnt enjoy the narrorator as much as I would have hoped.

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Not my cup of tea

I thought I'd try this out because it has some good reviews. For pros it is an original story. Cons for me is I really didn't find any of the characters to be likeable. I'm okay with some darkness to a character, but I just couldn't get behind any of the mc's

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  • H.R. Tucker
  • 2015-09-05

A superhuman novel that isn't strictly YA.

Tired of superhero books that pander to a demographic too young to drink? Looking for a story about superhumans that's more like an action revenge flick than a coming of age story? Than this is the book for you.

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  • Summer
  • 2016-12-05

Worst Narrator Ever

V. E. Schwab writes some really incredible books, and I've heard Vicious counted among them. However, the narrator is so bad that I cannot finish it. Not only can I not finish it, it was constant torture to get through the few hours of it I could. Now when I open the book to finish it the old fashioned way, all I can hear is the narrator trying out his British-William-Shatner impersonation, and it's horrible. I think he was going for pretentious, but what he got was something so awful that it's unlistenable. This entire book is ruined for me because of his voice. Do yourself a favor and just read this one.

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  • stuck008
  • 2019-01-15

interesting story, awful narrator

Michael Levine should stick to narrating Thomas and Friends. Listen to this book was on the cusp of torture. I'm not sure why anyone would pay this guy to read anything, very distracting.

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  • 2019-01-02

Narrator

So, for me, this book's narrator was an odd/poor choice. He just didn't fit the book. I believe my experience would have been better without Noah Michael Levine reading it. I've hit on him before and always returned the book. I didn't this time because I REALLY wanted to experience this book, but again just not the best voice actor.

Note to self: Just stay away from Noah Michael Levine narrated books. You won't like them.

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  • J. Camson
  • 2015-09-03

Decent Story, Unimpressive Narration

This story was interesting and somewhat unique. It had a few little twists that were nice. There were several times I thought the author could have gone for big twists or surprises, but she didn't go that way.

The narrator was just OK. His female characters were so soft spoken that I found myself having to turn the volume all the way up and then back down to hear everything. Also, the main character had an unexplained accent (unless I somehow missed the explanation).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-27

Ugh...ugh ugh ugh

Why do voice workers like this get hired? He reads like someone slapping their palm repeatedly against a brick wall. Thud. Thud. Thud.

Schwab’s prose deserves better.

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  • Ryan
  • 2015-06-12

Great story, subpar narration

Story was GREAT!!
Narration was unvaried and hard to listen to....get someone else to narrate next time.

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  • Jenny Mintz
  • 2016-01-05

Wow

Where does Vicious rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's probably the second best book I've listened to. Firefight was the best - a book with similar subject matter, but much different story, tone, and pacing.

What did you like best about this story?

How it stars two very different kinds of sociopathic main characters. And oh my god those last chapters leading up to midnight - anticipation built up so well and the midnight fight so, so, lives up to all of it. Pretty creative superpowers, particularly Serena's. I also like how both Victor and Eli's powers were explored so far, as a lesser story wouldn't have thought of that many creative uses/ limitations of the one power.

Have you listened to any of Noah Michael Levine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nope.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me really excited and happy when I finished it. It felt like the kind of story I'd come up with.

Any additional comments?

Okay, so, yes, I loved this book, however: when I first started listening to it, I hated it, and couldn't follow anything going on, since I went into the book pretty blind.

I didn't really know what it was about, save for the briefest of summaries that didn't cover more than "the two main characters used to be friends, but now they're enemies. Also, superpowers."

To get the full experience of this book, do read a little bit about the plot and structure it's written in, or it could be confusing and frustrating. This story jumps around in the timeline practically every chapter which makes the focus unclear. So, do read a more in depth description of this book before just diving in, as the structure can be frustrating to follow.

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  • Hannah
  • 2016-08-14

Lackluster

Really struggled to finish. Did not hate it, but between the lackluster writing and a narrator that did not add much nuance, I will be returning this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-11-03

The only good thing about this book was the idea..

The author came up with an exciting new idea about the extraordinary and then used the most wooden characters that lacked any kind of humanity even before their supernatural changes. Each character lacked intelligence or any self awareness and the plot conveniently offered miracles and random chance to move through major plot developments instead of the hard nitty-gritty work of a true writer putting together a truly captivating story with logic and trickery and wit. Very disappointing if you over over the age of 12... Waste of a credit

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