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Good Guys

Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
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Summary

A snarky, irreverent tale of secret magic in the modern world, the first solo stand-alone novel in two decades from Steven Brust, The New York Times best-selling author of the Vlad Taltos series

Donovan was shot by a cop. For jaywalking, supposedly. Actually, for arguing with a cop while black. Four of the nine shots were lethal - or would have been, if their target had been anybody else. The Foundation picked him up, brought him back, and trained him further. “Lethal” turns out to be a relative term when magic is involved.

When Marci was 15, she levitated a paperweight and threw it at a guy she didn't like. The Foundation scooped her up for training too.

“Hippie chick” Susan got well into her Foundation training before they told her about the magic, but she's as powerful as Donovan and Marci now.

They can teleport themselves thousands of miles, conjure shields that will stop bullets, and read information from the remnants of spells cast by others days before. They all work for the secretive Foundation...for minimum wage. Which is okay, because the Foundation are the good guys. Aren't they?

©2018 Steven Brust (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Nathaniel
  • 14-09-18

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Never stop writing Sir. I patiently Await your next. It is a privilege to enjoy your wit.

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  • Michael Sandusky
  • 29-05-19

enjoyable listen

I did struggle with the bouncing back and forth between the various characters within the story. likely this was in part due to my surroundings but also the voice talent. Not wanting to complain because he does a fine job.

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  • Nursewhite
  • 20-02-19

great book a solid read fun and exciting

a familiar plot in a different environment show some real growth in the author's writing style

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-01-19

It’s rare to see a true original.

It’s rare to see a true original non-derivative book. This is one. The characters are also interesting. Loved this book. I wish there were more.

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  • Shawn Cheek
  • 12-10-18

An unexpected surprise!

It was different than what I usually read or listen to but I was pleasantly surprised. I did love the book and the present day them pushed it over the top.

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  • pseudonymous
  • 02-10-18

Great narrator, simple but interesting story

Narrator had strong character voices, easily differentiated. The the story was not very complex yet it was interesting

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  • Toivo J Luick
  • 17-09-18

Brust is always fun.

I enjoy this kind of Light reading. If I had a complaint I would say that as an audiobook sometimes you was trouble keeping track of what character was where or doing what or who they were. Sometimes that's just me and I'm too busy to really listen and pay attention

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  • S. Stoessel
  • 24-01-19

Not a suitable story for an Audible production

The narrator was great and did the best he could with the book. The book’s plot is advanced in the first half of the book by long, stilted, albeit nuanced dialogs that need require close listening. However, the listener doesn’t have a reason to listen that closely yet. All that has happened are a couple of murders that could be explained to outside world by mundane reasons. You don’t who the bad guys are, and you’re left in doubt as to whether the good guys are truly the good guys and what their motivation is. ( It isn’t money - that much was clear.) After a few more hours of this I didn’t care anymore. I thought the conclusion was weak, with new characters being introduced in the final chapter and tortuous debates about ethics after a whole slew of killings by each side (Along with a possible execution to end the book which the “good guy” volunteers to do) I won’t read the book, but if you’re interested in this book, read it first!

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