The Ables

  • by Jeremy Scott
  • Narrated by Jeremy Scott
  • 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

I did have fantastic hearing, mostly by virtue of being blind.But that couldn't actually mean that he's trying to tell me I have super powers, right? Because that would be ridiculous.
It wasn't the sex talk he expected. Phillip Sallinger's dad has told him he's a custodian - a guardian - and his genetically inherited power is telekinesis. He'll learn to move objects with his mind. Excited to begin superhero high school until he discovers he's assigned to a special-ed class for disabled empowered kids, he suddenly feels like an outsider. Bullied, threatened, and betrayed, Phillip struggles even as he and his friends - calling themselves the Ables - find ways to maximize their powers to overcome their disabilities and are the first to identify the growing evil threatening humanity. As vital custodians disappear and the custodian leadership is mired in indecision, a mysterious and powerful figure taunts Phillip, and the enemy is poised to strike. But what if the next "one who does all", the multigifted custodian predicted to come, is one of the Ables?
The Ables is a fast-paced, captivating debut novel from Jeremy Scott, a bold new voice in fantasy and sci fi and already a widely popular storyteller as cocreator and narrator of CinemaSins, a YouTube channel that has amassed more than 3.8 million subscribers in under two years.


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From Cinema Sins to Audiobook

What did you like most about The Ables?

The style of writing really makes it seem quite mature even if the age group is quite young in the story. It has this rich theme to it even though it's been used before, the genre I mean. However I can see opinions you have expressed in youtube videos and such really being played into your work. I like that. I wanted to listen to you because you did it. You have such a rich style that is very refreshing - you are my lemonade in the Summer. I'm only half way through the audiobook as I just had to write this before I forget. Whatever the outcome I know it's going to be well written and done.

What did you like best about this story?

From the very beginning it was the characters, how simple yet balanced they were. I love Super-powered people to have some downside and playing off that really is cool. It's almost like Heroes the TV - you know Hiro Nakamora that could control time but in the end the more he used it he began to develop brain traumas. I like the realness to the characters for me I could listen to this a thousand times and will still feel these characters are more real, more fleshed out than some large global books..*cough*Twilight*cough.* With their tofu-farting-melodramatic-sparkling characters that just were boring.

For teen drama - I like this. I like this alot.

What about Jeremy Scott’s performance did you like?

His voice was smooth, calm but changed with the scene. I am glad that he did not change his voice to make it sound more feminine by keeping this neutrality to the characters voices I was able to create my own mental image of what they are.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Not sure I could answer this question actually, it's not my place to create a tag line. How would I be able to do that really? I'm no director, I am if anything a person that wants to become an author but has no real education to make that happen. This is one of those things I don't think it should have a tag-line - not really - just let me movie or book speak for itself. The more we give away of a movie or book the less it becomes if I was to say anything just keep it simple, nothing over the top. Perhaps - "Pardon me, donde esta la biblioteca?"

Any additional comments?

Though I am not an official reviewer nor educated enough to really break this book apart into small amount of details - which I won't. But I only gave it four stars across the board because it's as goes everything has sins be it a movie or book though I do want to make it clear I am judging this as a reader not a viewer. I expect there are things that could be fixed, could be changed or small things wrong but that doesn't matter not to me. I did it out of principle and I hope Jeremy - though I doubt he would read this or see it - would respect my decision.

I love your work, chap. Write more. The world needs to see your creations.

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- John

Fascinating superhero origin story

I had seen The Ables advertised a while ago, but never gave it much thought. I liked the CinemaSins videos on YouTube, but would that same level of entertainment extend to a book? Let alone one about disabled superhero kids?

There are few moments when I have chosen against my gut feeling and have been glad to say my gut was wrong. My gut was deliriously wrong in this case. The Ables is a wonderful story, crafted with such loveable well-rounded characters. The audiobook is narrated by the author and I wouldn't have it any other way. Each joke is delivered perfectly, and when tragedy strikes, the emotional weight is carried well. If I were to offer constructive feedback (not that it matters; The Ables doesn't need my meddling), there are only two female characters who have any impact and they aren't there for long. That is not to say every niche, gender, race or creed needs to be catered to, but I can only imagine how much I would love to read this story to my daughter and give her a character with whom to bond.

But I don't have a daughter; in fact I have two sons and so their needs are covered!

Ten years or so ago, a generation of kids discovered the Harry Potter series. I hope ten years or so from now, I can grin with the knowledge that I was one of the first to consume this treasure.
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- Mako

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-05-2015
  • Publisher: Clovercroft Publishing