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Almost Infamous

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Almost Infamous
Written by: Matt Carter
Narrated by: Nicholas Techosky
Genres: Superhero | Urban
Published: 27th of May, 2016
Length: 9 Hours 51 Minutes

 

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Eighteen-year-old Aidan Salt isn't a superhero. With his powerful (and unpredictable) telekinetic abilities, he could be one if he wanted to, but he doesn't. He's unambitious, selfish, and cowardly, and he doesn't want to have to deal with all the paperwork required to become a professional superhero. But since the money, fame, and women that come with wearing the cape are appealing, he decides to become the first supervillain the world has seen in more than 20 years: Apex Strike.

However, he soon finds villainy in a world where the heroes have long since defeated all the supervillains. While half the world's heroes seem to want him dead, the other half want to hire him as their own personal villain to keep them relevant. Choosing the latter course, Aidan enters a world of fame, fortune, and staged superhero fights that is seemingly everything he ever dreamed of...at least until he sees what truly hides behind the cape-and-mask lifestyle.

 

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Super Douchebags

Review by: The Audiobook ReviewThis is one of those hard-to-like books that is also kind of hard to hate. Let's get one thing out of the way; the main character, Aidan Salt / Apex Strike, is a colossal douchebag. He's eighteen years old, frothing with hormones, and a world of super-villainy has just opened up before him, filled with smoking hot babes who just want sex with bad guys.

So if you can put aside the sense of desperate author wish fulfilment, the story itself isn't half-bad. In the universe imagined by Matt Carter, the superheroes have won. Supervillains are mostly a thing of the past, with any new pretenders swiftly knocked out of play before they even begin.

In this world, what real use do superheroes play then? Then along comes Apex Strike, the most sensational supervillain in many years. After a miserable start to his criminal career, his follow up act has him in the headlines for days. This, of course, cannot go unpunished... but not in the way you might think.

Recruited by a team of superheroes to be their own personal villain, Apex and a group of other wannabe villains are given the chance of a lifetime. Together they form a knock-off Suicide Squad where they get to be bad, but on the superhero's terms. This promises them a life beyond their wildest dreams.

Narration by Nicholas Techosky was decent, and production values were good until near the end, when the quality dropped off. Obvious re-takes spliced in that didn't match the other audio made for some irritating moments.



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Overall, a decent story with a cringe protagonist. Don't say you weren't warned if that's not your kind of thing!

 

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Reviewed: 2022-04-14

 

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