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The reading was way too fast! I love this book. Figured out the ending pretty quick, but great plot development. Key word: development, because this is a book that gets better over time.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
I don't read a lot of fiction, but I'm a fan of the author's CinemaSins YouTube channel so I decided to give this one a try. And I'm glad I did - The Ables is a thoroughly entertaining adventure tale reminiscent of childhood favourites like The Goonies.
Jeremy is a capable story teller with a visual style that shines through even in a novel written from a blind person's point of view. His experience with film is evident in the structure and story beats, which would translate almost one-to-one into a film script if ever this story were picked up by a studio.
The author also proves to be a capable narrator, which is not surprising given his background in entertainment. It took me a few minutes to settle in to his fast rhythm of speech, but once I did I found it brought the scenes to life more vividly than if a slower speaker had been running the show.
I did see some of the plot twists coming a fair way in advance. I imagine it's hard to fine tune a story like this to the point where everything is sufficiently foreshadowed so the twists make sense when they come, without giving the game away too early for most readers. For me personally, some were a bit too obvious, but I don't know if that means they really are too obvious or if I'm just smarter than average (if I had to choose, I'd say it's definitely the second one). I think there were also a couple of consistency problems (I know I'm taking a leap suggesting consistency problems in a story by the guy who does CinemaSins, so I may be wrong about this), mostly to do with the main character Phillip's blindness and his actions at times that didn't always seem to fit with the restrictions of the various ways he and his friends negate the disability throughout the story.
I could be wrong, and even if I'm right, these minor inconsistencies don't detract from the genuinely entertaining story. In fact the story is probably better for not getting bogged down in the semantics of blindness workarounds - for the purposes of a story about people with super-human abilities, it's probably enough that we just accept Phillip has a workaround that allows him to act like a sighted person despite his physical blindness.
Overall, The Ables is a genuinely entertaining adventure story, a great read that would also make a great movie. I'm looking forward to seeing Jeremy continue the story in a sequel and then round out the trilogy with a third book that will inevitably be split into two films in the big screen adaptation.
22 of 24 people found this review helpful
What did you like most about The Ables?
The style of writing really makes it seem quite mature even if the age group is quite young in the story. It has this rich theme to it even though it's been used before, the genre I mean. However I can see opinions you have expressed in youtube videos and such really being played into your work. I like that. I wanted to listen to you because you did it. You have such a rich style that is very refreshing - you are my lemonade in the Summer. I'm only half way through the audiobook as I just had to write this before I forget. Whatever the outcome I know it's going to be well written and done.
What did you like best about this story?
From the very beginning it was the characters, how simple yet balanced they were. I love Super-powered people to have some downside and playing off that really is cool. It's almost like Heroes the TV - you know Hiro Nakamora that could control time but in the end the more he used it he began to develop brain traumas. I like the realness to the characters for me I could listen to this a thousand times and will still feel these characters are more real, more fleshed out than some large global books..*cough*Twilight*cough.* With their tofu-farting-melodramatic-sparkling characters that just were boring.
For teen drama - I like this. I like this alot.
What about Jeremy Scott’s performance did you like?
His voice was smooth, calm but changed with the scene. I am glad that he did not change his voice to make it sound more feminine by keeping this neutrality to the characters voices I was able to create my own mental image of what they are.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Not sure I could answer this question actually, it's not my place to create a tag line. How would I be able to do that really? I'm no director, I am if anything a person that wants to become an author but has no real education to make that happen. This is one of those things I don't think it should have a tag-line - not really - just let me movie or book speak for itself. The more we give away of a movie or book the less it becomes if I was to say anything just keep it simple, nothing over the top. Perhaps - "Pardon me, donde esta la biblioteca?"
Any additional comments?
Though I am not an official reviewer nor educated enough to really break this book apart into small amount of details - which I won't. But I only gave it four stars across the board because it's as goes everything has sins be it a movie or book though I do want to make it clear I am judging this as a reader not a viewer. I expect there are things that could be fixed, could be changed or small things wrong but that doesn't matter not to me. I did it out of principle and I hope Jeremy - though I doubt he would read this or see it - would respect my decision.
I love your work, chap. Write more. The world needs to see your creations.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I had seen The Ables advertised a while ago, but never gave it much thought. I liked the CinemaSins videos on YouTube, but would that same level of entertainment extend to a book? Let alone one about disabled superhero kids?
There are few moments when I have chosen against my gut feeling and have been glad to say my gut was wrong. My gut was deliriously wrong in this case. The Ables is a wonderful story, crafted with such loveable well-rounded characters. The audiobook is narrated by the author and I wouldn't have it any other way. Each joke is delivered perfectly, and when tragedy strikes, the emotional weight is carried well. If I were to offer constructive feedback (not that it matters; The Ables doesn't need my meddling), there are only two female characters who have any impact and they aren't there for long. That is not to say every niche, gender, race or creed needs to be catered to, but I can only imagine how much I would love to read this story to my daughter and give her a character with whom to bond.
But I don't have a daughter; in fact I have two sons and so their needs are covered!
Ten years or so ago, a generation of kids discovered the Harry Potter series. I hope ten years or so from now, I can grin with the knowledge that I was one of the first to consume this treasure.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book was amazing and very inspiring, it is definitely one of the best books I've ever read. The voice work was perfect, highly recommend.
Please do yourself a favour and listen to this book. I can't remember the last time I was so emotionally invested in a story. I finished it in three days and wasn't bored for a second of it. You rock Jeremy! I really hope this isn't the only book you write.