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The combination of a great story with a brilliant narrator made this really worth recommending, as there are so few genuinely funny fantasy books for geeks. While not quite up there with the greats like Terry Pratchett this is fun with just enough darkness to draw you into the plot. Fun with numerous comic book and film references to make you laugh. While it's not a literary game changer, the fact that it doesn't try too hard is part of it's charm. Despite my concerns when reading the description, it's actually one that should appeal to both male and female listeners. I would have liked it to be longer but I'll definitely be buying the rest of the series. Probably not for those who only get through one book a month as there are probably enough 5 star books to keep you busy but for those of us who are frequent listeners, know far too much about comic book law and 80's movies, i'd give this a try.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to The Rules of Supervillainy the most enjoyable?
Jeffery Kafer does a really good job of performing a snarky super villain.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
The world is a bit confusing, at times I didn't know what to make of it, supers (both good and bad) seem to run roughshod over national government. At times there are floods of exposition, and then things are causally tossed in and then not mentioned again (such as Atlantis).
Gary Karkofsky (aka Merciless) is a very odd character, at times he is extremely moral (he is outraged when some anti-heroes cause collateral damage to get to him), but feels no remorse when he casually murders someone who gets in his way; he hates authority and has somewhat anarchist/socialist view points, but at the same time wants to rule the world and get rich, the character doesn't seem to make a lot of sense (at least to me)
Which scene did you most enjoy?
No one scene particularly stood out.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It was decent enough that I could have done, had my schedule allowed for it.
Any additional comments?
Other books have covered the same ground, and done so better (D-list supervillain series, for example), but it not a terrible book by any stretch of the imagination.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I'm a huge fan of the Dresden Files and Bill the Vampire. This series is starting off in the same irreverent, hilarious tone. The nerdy, yet loveable, hero (well, supervillain), the quirky sidekicks... my son and I listened to the first 2 hours of this on Sunday afternoon in the car. We both resumed on our personal devices as soon as I stopped the car. It's now Tuesday, and he's asked me to purchase the next book! This is huge! Phipps is a new to me author, but quickly becoming a favorite. Kafer does a great job with the audio, his voices are all perfect, and the sound quality is excellent.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
Fantastic story that turns the superhero genre on it's head. The main character, Gary, is at once a sympathetic protagonist and an unashamed bad guy. The various characters are quirky and wonderful. There are expys of Superman, Batman, Bane, Harley Quinn, and so many others in this book and it's fun to see your favorite heroes and villains get lampooned in such a goofy way.
My only complaint is the narrator. His voice is good, but there isn't enough difference in the voices for the characters. The worst example was cloak. His voice is almost exactly like Gary's, and since cloak can talk ONLY to Gary, that gets old, quick.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful