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In a prosperous yet gruesomely violent near future, superhero vigilantes battle thugs whose heads are full of supervillain fantasies. The peace is kept by a team of smooth, well-dressed negotiators called The Men in Fancy Suits. Meanwhile a young girl is caught in the middle and thinks the whole thing is ridiculous. Zoey, a recent college graduate with a worthless degree, makes a reluctant trip into the city after hearing that her estranged con artist father had died in a mysterious yet spectacular way. There she finds that her scumbag dad had actually, in the final years of his life, put his amazing talent for hustling to good use: He was one of the founding members of the Fancy Suits and died in the course of his duties. Zoey is quickly entangled in the city's surreal mob war when she is taken hostage by a particularly crazy villain who imagines himself to be a Dr. Doom-level mastermind. The villain is demanding information about Zoe's father when she is rescued by The Fancy Suits. She reluctantly joins their cause and helps finish what her old man started, tapping in to her innate talent for bullshit that she inherited from her hated father. And along the way, she might just have to learn how to trust people again.

©2015 David Wong (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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An absolute blast.

Set in a quirky but believable extrapolation of todays social media society this book manages to be both funny -and- riveting in its story. Definitely recommended listening.

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Amusing at first, but definitely over-long

I struggled to finish this book. At first I liked the style and humour, but it went on way too long. it became a chore in the end, but I wanted to know how it finished. I'm sure I can find a better way to spend 15 hours though. in the end, the humour seemed childish as the novelty wore off.

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Hilarious, random and gripping

This is an amazing book. How David Wong came up with the crazy stuff that happens in this story I will never know. It was hilarious and random, like the kind of stuff that flits into your mind for a second and then you dismiss as crazy was knitted together into a story. If I could have listened for 15hrs straight I would have. Also, it must be said, Christy Romano was an amazing narrator. There were quite a lot of characters and she brought them to life so amazingly well - different accents, pitches, paces. The next book in the series isn’t narrated by her, which is disappointing. I haven’t read it yet but I can’t imagine Zoe not having Christy’s voice, or any of the other characters to be fair. Overall, a fantastic read/listen.

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Bravo wong.

This was a great story for me. I was initially upset to find out that it was not the third book in the David and John stories. However here he has created a great new world populated by interesting characters. The humour remains sharp if a little childish, but if you like wongs work as an author and writer for cracked that's what you will enjoy. The narration on the whole was enjoyable, but at times a little inconsistent. despite this I would like to hear more books read by Romano. In short I now have two book series' to look forward to from Wong.

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Futuristic and historic violence are very similar

I might have enjoyed this more if the pronunciation of "Tabula Rasa" hadn't been so heavily Americanised into "Tah-Bool-Ah Rah-Sa"

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fun listen

Great narrator and story... lots of twists and futuristic violence with some comedy thrown in

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Be better as a movie

Decent characters and predictable story with a backdrop that seems to be borrowed from a range of films and games...think Cyberpunk 2077. Some will love it, but the poor "full of holes" and lacklustre storyline really damages it livability for me. Can imagine enjoying it more as a brainless futuristic action movie when I'm hungover. It also failed to dig in to, what could've been, some cool tech which was another opportunity missed in what could've been a decent book. That said, it is performed well and despite the lame baddie the characters were pretty good well put together.

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Badass and funny and great

I love David Wongs work in general but this one I really really loved. The main character is a young woman that actually feels real, and that is commendable not because she’s super strong or super smart or super sexy, but because she’s lived through some stuff and keeps wanting to move forward, battling stuff no matter what. Even when she’s helpless and scared and convinced she’s going to die, she keeps moving forward anyway, and it’s awesome.
I also love the class commentary inthe book, it really doesn’t shy away from the power dynamics between the rich and poor, and paints a picture of working class America that hits really close to home - even if the science fiction dresses it up in holograms.
Overall this book was funny and surprising and awesome, and I can’t wait to read the next installment in the series.

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Awesome narration for a very entertaining story

Bravo! I could never have imagined how entertaining the story would be. Hat off to the incredible narrator. I hope there will be a follow up book

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thoroughly engaging :)

As bizarre violent, and comical as you'd expect from David Wong. Great, well-developed characters. Performed brilliantly - no small feat, considering the diversity of the characters!

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  • BadAndy
  • 10-04-17

Insufferable characters and disjointed themes

I am typically a fan of Wong's not-so-subtle humor, but this one missed the mark. While fart jokes and silliness juxtaposed with life or death situations are typical of Wong's, many of the gags in this book felt forced or out of place. I just didn't laugh as much as I did with "John Dies" or "Spiders." Also, the theme seemed to revolve around the resilience of feminism in the face of unrepentant misogyny. Although the effort was earnest, I don't think it landed as intended. The main character was a bit flat and came off as indifference peppered with poor foresight. While she overcame some significant challenges, it was mostly due to dumb luck or the actions of others. The rest of the cast seemed tightly focused, but trudging through the story from Zoe's perspective felt like a chore. Even the detestable villian was slightly more layered than the protagonist, even though he was a shallow husk of misogyny personified. Overall, the setting, supporting cast, and interesting themes of the story were notable, but they were all held back by an uninteresting, sometimes insufferable hero.

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  • keith
  • 23-01-18

Annoying main character.. And villain.

This book is actually well written conceptually and most of the characters are thoughtfully rendered... With the exception of the main character, who consistently makes the most boneheaded decisions for two thirds of the book.. I realize that the author designed the main character to be naive and clueless entering a brand new environment, but damn there's a difference between naive and frustratingly stupid.

I also wish that more of the side characters had detailed back-stories. Because they were all way more likeable than the main character and only a few had any history revealed about them and why they were so loyal to the Livingston empire.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 03-09-19

Disappointing

Story is mostly "ok" dragged down to "meh", as chapters ping pong between exposition dumps and smug, self important monologues that border on preaching. What worked in 'John Dies at the End' was that these portentous speaches and stories were a punchline, as the characters would take the piss out of it. Here, everyone goes into high-school level "Real Talk" on the drop of a hat and its played dead fucking strait.

And by far the worst performance I heard so far on Audible. Tip to amateur VAs, if you can't do accents then DON'T. The character voices incredibly cliche, as if they were meant to be limp parodies of what they should've been. But all ethic accents were delivered with the blunt insensitivity of a Michael Scott type not realizing how incredibly racist they were coming off. Yikes!

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  • Claudia H
  • 03-03-16

This whole city is a butt that farts horror.

I have read several books by David Wong before, and so I was very excited to start this one. A few minutes in, it was clear that it was in his usual style, that slightly vulgar, but still hysterical style that he wrote John Dies in the End, etc.

The story is in a futuristic place, where cars drive themselves and cell phones project holograms of the callers, but it’s still familiar enough that the characters can hit the Wendy’s drive-thru for some chili or botch an at-home hair dying job. Wong does a great job striking the perfect balance of the two. There are so many twists and turns, so hold on to the seat of your voice controlled car, and enjoy the ride.

Whether or not you’ve read any other books by David Wong before, this one will not disappoint, it’s a great book and a ton of fun to listen to.

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  • macrogreg
  • 26-04-17

As good as the other books but narration needs wor

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Christy does a decent job differentiating the characters and all. I agree with others comments about the odd pauses.

My main issue is the voices is that some of them sound like cartoon voices from my little pony. Other accents are overkilled and sound very valley-ish. Most characters sound like they hate their own existence and I don't think that's the authors intention. It's quite hard to take the characters seriously with these issues.

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  • Cory McDaniel
  • 08-03-17

Good for a laugh but the narration is rough.

The book itself is good enough. A chuckle worthy satire of tech-fetishist pop culture. You are definitely getting what it says on the tin. Lots of violence, lots of fancy suits.

Where the audiobook falls down is in the narration. The cadence is off-putting, you can hear every line break. often glaring cuts from one take to another in midsentence, killing all inflection and dialogue momentum. And no offense to ms Carlson-Romano, as I'm sure it was as much to do with direction as performance, but I would rather have a performer not do character voices if so many of them are going to come out sounding either very samey or borderline racist caricature.

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  • Jordan
  • 06-08-18

Not as good as I was expecting

I love the John Dies at the End books, so I had high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, I did not find this book to be as funny or interesting. I think I might have enjoyed it a little more if it had been shorter.

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  • Scott S Lokey
  • 15-03-18

Enjoyed the book overall, plot was thin in places.

Enjoyed it overall. Plot had some pretty big holes that were left open. Places where characters didn't do things you know they really would have.

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  • Seoh
  • 12-03-17

Can't Stand This Narrator

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I've loved the John Dies at the End series, but I didn't really enjoy this one. I can't be sure how much of that is attributable to the godawful narrator. She puts pauses in inappropriate places (such as the middle of a sentence), has strange inflection around those pauses so you can't tell if she's ending a sentence / staring a new one, and she has a number of irritating mispronunciations. If you're being paid to narrate an audiobook and you goof up a word, go back and re-record it for crying out loud.

It's hard to actually get past the terrible narration to even think about the content of what I just listened to, but I really didn't find the fish-out-of-water standard hero plot very entertaining, though the writing style was funny and engaging.

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  • Z. Richardson
  • 16-11-17

Like Stale Kettle Corn

You keep going because you can almost taste what it was meant to be, but in the end you're left feeling unfulfilled and maybe a little sick. It's unsubtke, not nearly as funny as it thinks it is, and the plot meanders from setpiece to setpiece with the thinnest of convenient justifications to excuse it. All in all, not great.

The narration is equally unsubtle, saddling every non-white character with a borderline racist ethnic accent.

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