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Publisher's Summary

An ongoing, episodic "prose comic" from which the pictures are summoned by the magic of words, Goon Squad is set in an alternate version of modern-day Manchester. Its biggest divergence from the real city is that it - along with most other large urban centers - has a team of superheroes to protect it against unusual threats with which the conventional forces of law and order would have problems.
Goon Squad: Year One offers three action-packed volumes in a single collection:
Goon Squad, Vol. 1: Special Talents

"The New Girl"
"By the Water, by the Grave"
"No-No Dojo"
"Exterminating Angel"

Goon Squad, Vol. 2: Without Sin

"A Star in Strange Ways"
"Holy Fool"
"Dead Man Tells Tale"
"A Brief History of the Goon Squad"
"Tale of Terror"
"Pomona Island"

Goon Squad, Vol. 3: Old Enemies

"Life During Wartime"
"Red Wolf, Red Wolf, Does Whatever a Red Wolf Can"
"Shadow of the Vivisector"
"The Man from Switzerland"
"The End of the Year Show"

©2016 Jonathan L. Howard (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Skyboat Media, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By John Haslach on 04-19-17

Manchester's Premiere Super Team

I like the Goon Squad series and I hope to see more of it. I like the characters, I like the stories, especially the last one, and I hope Howard continues with it. My one problem is that the narrator wasn't very good when it came to the male voices in the stories. I like her Nadia, but her voices of Ian and Gilbert became grating to me. Especially Ian. I hope that the next stories have more varied narration. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes superheroes.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tori on 02-11-18

Buy this book. Buy it now.

Wow. This audiobook hits all the hallmarks of a classic comic book hero team, plus some detective noir mixed in. There are loads of adventures, plot twists, and character development. The best part? This is 3 books in one! Every time I thought it was over I would look down to discover there were HOURS more!

I hate cliffhanger endings as a rule, but I don’t even mind the cliffhanger here because so much of the main story was resolved. I can’t wait to listen to the next installment.

For those of you into fantasy and sci-fi, listen for the references and homages that are slipped in. They aren’t super obvious, in fact, they’re pretty damn subtle, but that’s what I like best about them.

While my American ear can’t geographically identify one British accent versus another, there was enough inconsistency that I could sometimes only tell the difference between characters based on the dialogue context. When reading text, you have the advantage of page layout/formatting to help distinguish between characters in a conversation. In an audiobook, we are reliant on the narrator to provide a consistent voice for each character instead. It doesn’t bother me enough to dock a star, but it it’s there.

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