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I enjoyed this book like few others I've listened to simply because it pulls you along with satisfying well timed pockets of discovery and action! it has elements of the modest hero, the warriors will to fight with everything he's got, and the sense of discovery in using power never before known.
It has qwerky movie references from the 80's that I enjoyed immensely and made it feel relatable. There is depth to the development of the primary and secondary characters given by insightful but subtle description.
the narrator, I have to say, did a fantastic job of expression. he seems to capture inflection and meaning in the right way at the right time. some narrators are monotone or seem to put odd qwerks on their sentences that seem unnatural. not the case here. I found myself able to absorb the narration with the story so completely that I could focus on visualizing the story... while mowing the grass, walking the dog, washing the dishes, vacuuming the house, etc. seriously well done performance.
I would put this book on my shelf with: the codex alera series by Jim butcher, ready player one by Ernest Cline, and the bobiverse series by Dennis e taylor with a twist of marvel comic book heroes thrown in.
I would buy it for you if I could but I can't. invest. you won't regret reading or listening to this book.
21 of 23 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about The Never Hero?
A really good listen, an easy-to-follow narrator, realistic inter-character interactions. An intelligent book which doesn't "dumbify" the listener/reader.
What about Steven Barnett’s performance did you like?
First time for me listening to Barnett. He is easily one of the best I've listened to. He does female voices well, in contrast to other narrators who just make them sound "whiny". Perhaps a bit more contrast to the different male characters' voices to make it perfect. Sometimes some male character's would have the same voice as a female character, thus making a little bit confusing at times. This was mostly in the beginning, later it was easier to differentiate. Great narrator!
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, absolutely yes. Will definitely aim to disrupt normal life as you might have to show immense will-power to turn it off.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to The Never Hero again? Why?
The Never Hero was a good balance of fun and realism, also the interesting world building will need reviewing before book 2.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this a lot. I won't be able to properly judge it until I've read the whole series but I grew to really like these characters. Of course there's bits and pieces I didn't like, e.g. took me a while to grow to the characters and I hate it when the reader finds out stuff the MC doesn't know but overall I thought the themes were good and I'll definitely recommend it if you want a sci fi that's actually ethical.
I read this going to and from uni and enjoyed every second. Johnathan feels relative and I don't want to spoil anything but I got surprised by the reveaks
I loved this! I was pleasantly surprised at how drawn into this story I became. The characters are well written, the story well paced and the narration impeccable. Can't wait to hear more.