• Hero

  • By: Perry Moore
  • Narrated by: Michael Urie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-12-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (1,980 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

No one on earth has anything negative to say about this book, so the challenging part of reviewing Perry Moore's first novel is how to reign in the geyser of good vibes. Hero is the first in a series of young adult fantasy novels that centers on the life of a gay teen superhero, Thom Creed. Moore is ridiculously qualified to write such a book. Openly gay and with a long career in the film industry where he is perhaps best known as the executive producer of The Chronicles of Narnia series, it is unsurprising that this novel was an uncontested favorite to win the Lambda Literary Award in the Young Adult category.
It's not only the young adult crowd and the GLBT crowd that are hopping on board this love train, but also the superhero-loving crowd of comic book geeks. Leading the bandwagon of support for this exciting new series is none other than Marvel Comics guru Stan Lee, who is developing a television show based on Moore's novels. The audiobook actually opens with a jolly introduction from Stan Lee, whose enthusiastic recommendation alone should be enough reason to listen to this book.
But there is still more goodness, in that the novel itself is narrated by Michael Urie, the openly gay stage and screen actor best known for his recurring role as Marc St. James on the hit television series Ugly Betty. Urie is gifted with a knack for character voices, and delivers a dozen uniquely hilarious and heartwarming voices for the various superheros and wannabes in this novel. There's the League, featuring an alien calm for Justice, a publicity-ready sparkle for dreamy blond Uberman, and a slinky rasp for speedy Golden Boy, the sidekick of Silver Bullet who has been demoted to trainer of the League's next crop of heroes. Thom Creed, in the universally appealing tones of an outsider's tenderly introspective coming-of-age, is among this crop. He is joined by the voices of perpetually grouchy Scarlett, drippy nosed Typhoid Larry, and sarcastic chain-smoking psychic Ruth, all hiding secrets of their own.
Perry Moore has written a book that does exactly the right thing at the right time, bringing together a remarkably broad audience in a way that can only be described as a game changer for the several genres it bridges. Whatever reason you might have for wanting to give it a listen, Michael Urie's action-packed rendering of familiar feelings and unpredictable situations ensures that you will not even consider pressing that pause button — the future of the world is on the line, in more ways than one. —Megan Volpert
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Publisher's Summary

In the story comic book legend Stan Lee calls "spellbinding" and "totally original," Thom Creed has secrets. For one, like his father, he has super powers. Also, he's been asked to join the League—the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. Then there’s the secret Thom can barely face himself: he's gay.
But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, who can control fire but not her anger; Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick with his touch; and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide; but they will have to learn to trust one another when they uncover a deadly conspiracy within the League.
To survive, Thom will face challenges he never imagined. To find happiness, he'll have to come to terms with his father’s past, and discover the kind of hero he really wants to be.
Timely and inspiring,Hero tackles love, friendship, and the struggle to come to terms with who we really are in a sincere and suspenseful way.
This audiobook includes an exclusive introduction written and read by Stan Lee himself.
©2007 Perry Moore (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Moore's casting of a gay teen hero in a high-concept fantasy marks an significant expansion of GLBTQ literature into genres that reflect teens' diverse reading interests; given the mainstream popularity of comics-inspired tales, the average, ordinary, gay teen superhero who comes out and saves the world will raise cheers from within the GLBTQ community and beyond." ( Booklist)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kyle on 07-15-11

A book to have for the rest of your live.

First, the greatest tragedy about this book is that there will be no more. Perry Moore died earlier this year, and while it is my understanding he had every intention of writing more about his main character Thom, there is no second book or even an outline.

Perry Moore did something here for young gay teens that very few other books have done. I was not a teen when I read this, I was in my early 20s, but I know if i would have read this book when i was a teen i would would have identified with many of the things that the Thom the main character is going through. The bulling and being picked on even by his own teammates, the lack of any real friends, and the fear of having your parents know or find out.

But this book is not about Thom being gay, yes it is a good size part of it, but the book is mostly about Thom's hope and dreams of being a superhero like his dad, and trying to live up to what his dad thinks he should be and balancing that with what he wants to be. Thom find fines friends on the way, and he also fined himself.

I really love superhero growing up, and never had a gay super hero to read about. So you can imagine my happiness when Stan Lee one of the charters of some of Marvel's greatest super-heros came on at the beginning to say how much he supported the work that Perry Moore was doing, and how much he liked the book.

This book just made me feel so good, and i reread it every now and then just to have that same feeling. I hope this help your to figure out if you want to listen to the this book. I do not normally rate books because I have a learning disability in english type subject and i do not spell or write well so i hope you can understand this, thank.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 10-25-10

Give it a listen!

Like the previous reviewer, I couldn't start listening once I started. I responded to the depth and honesty of many of the characters and found myself laughing out loud, groaning in consternation, and shouting at one character or another. Thom, the main character, is certainly likable, but also certainly flawed. I found myself frustrated with him and his actions (or inaction!) more than once throughout the narrative--like a good friend who just keeps making mistakes. The fantasy world of this novel is fun, with many somewhat darker connections to our own world. For me, the fantasy took a backseat to the excellent development of a whole stable of characters, as well as the heartfelt romantic element. This novel is fun, intelligent and meaningful without being cloying or overly concerned with pushing an agenda. The writing style is honest and straightforward with some whimsical touches. I am eagerly awaiting a sequel!

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