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This book is so much fun! It's not really a novel, per se, but neither is it really a series of short stories as some readers claim. It definitely has a "serial" feel to each "chapter" though. This book reads more like a mix of superhero "info guide", flashbacks, and short current day vignettes revolving around Velma Martinez, "aka Velveteen". Whatever it is, it works. Or at least it worked for me. Light and fun, I found myself laughing on several occasions. Narrator Allison McLemore does a great job with all of the voices. If you like quirky superheroes and humorous writing, I'd give this a try. Definitely worth the audible credit or cash. Looking forward to the next Velveteen collection.
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I really wish that there had been more to this book, because it had a lot of potential. Unfortunately, the author has gotten a little too caught up in the premise of the character Velveteen and has forgotten to really include any plot in the book. Velveteen goes to Oregon. It's not much of a plot. The well thought through back story and interesting superhero incorporation concept makes the book not a total loss, fortunately. If the book had done a better job of winding the back story into an actual plot, it could have been excellent. It's not that it's not an enjoyable listen, but it lacks the stakes which make a real page-turner. It also ends pretty abruptly, I assume in an attempt to make you want to buy the second.
The narration was excellent. The other problem I had with the book was the strange introduction and mini essay at the end of the book. The intro basically talks about how someone (the narrator I think, but possibly some editor) liked the concept, but if you've read the description of the book, it's pretty unnecessary. The closing essay was just unnecessary and strange, all about the nature and history of superheros.
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