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Mutation

Kid Sensation, Book 2
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
Series: Kid Sensation, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Summary

Kid Sensation is back! The intrepid teen super with the plethora of powers returns in a new adventure.

Having saved the planet and earned a place with the world's premiere superhero team, Jim (aka Kid Sensation) is preparing to attend the prestigious Academy, where teen supers from every corner of the globe learn to master their abilities. At the same time, however, he is approached by a mysterious government organization that wants Jim to work for them - and they won't take "No" for an answer.

Moreover, at the Academy itself, an insidious and highly contagious virus is running amok through the student population, striking at the heart of their abilities. Students are losing control of their powers, with lethal consequences.

Now, in addition to evading the machinations of government agents, Jim must solve the mystery behind the virus - and how to stop it - before every super everywhere becomes fatally infected.

©2013 Kevin Hardman (P)2016 Kevin Hardman

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  • Va
  • 04-11-19

Great fun read.

Great fun read, ever wanted to be a superhero? This is the series for you.

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A super good read

I really enjoyed this instalment to the kid sensation series. It was action packed and kept you guessing as to what was going to happen next and every time you thought you knew it took a twist. A great listen even if you haven't read book one but I would recommend that you do as even though it is a stand alone book, it sees a lot of the characters from book one returning. Yeah I love the characters.
Going to school is hard enough but when you add in a virus that attacks the reason you attend that school, your super powers then things are about to get a whole lot worse. Add in a spooky government element that doesn't let anything stand in the way of what it wants and you get an explosive story.
I hope the narrator reads all the books in this series as he does such a good job I can't imagine anyone else doing a better job and I have listened to a lot of stories and narrators.
I am now off to start book three.

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Outstanding!

A great continuation of Jim's entry into the world
of superheroes.  Action, adventure, good friends, and saving the world...what more could you want?

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Great Follow Up Story

In this second adventure Kid soon finds enemies at his door as things heat up and it seems all teen supers are in the crosshairs of nefarious government forces. Kid is foeced to lead the chargw for survival and with wit, charm our author makes sure that we arw soon emotionally invested in this happening. Narration is as expected professionally done as you woukd expect from such a talent as Narrmore.
Overall a worthy successor to the first book and one i will continue to look forward to.
This audio was gifted to me and i choose to leave a review and as such is my own honest opinion.

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Think of me as a modern J.Edgar Hoover

A lightweight but enjoyable super hero novel in which teenage Kid Sensation, known to his family and friends as Jim, is off to the Academy to develope his already formidable skills which include shape shifting, invisibility, the power to fly, teleport, speed running as well as being both telepathic and empathic. But still he is nervous of failure, especially since secret government organisation is threatening to throw him off planet if he doesn't become their spy. But even worse things are ahead ...

Written in the first person, narrator Mikael Naramore fits snuggly into the persona of Jim, his pleasant voice reading clearly and his interpretations of the other protagonists also good. He certainly adds enjoyment to the book. With plenty of superpower fights, teenage awkwardness in the face of romantic attraction and conspiracies overlapping, this is a great book to brighten a dreary afternoon.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 23-02-18

Slow start leads to pulse racing action

I generally start off with any perceived problems, and here are a couple: The book does start out a little slower than I'd have liked, but that is just set up and prep for the rest of th tale. There were a few parts that I had trouble understanding why things did or did not happen, such as when the kids were attacked. . . no one retaliated? Had one of those kids been mine then somebody would have been nibbling on their liver. Hardman seems to just be hitting his stride as a writer, as the book really picks up and gets to be fun and exciting. Any fan of superheroes would love this book.

Mikael Naramore does a great job narrating, he clearly puts his all into the process, and gives each character a unique voice, and their personalities shine through and apart from one another. This is a fun book, part 2 in a series, and you'll hope there are many more to come.

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  • The Story Adict
  • 13-08-16

A fun Read

So after listening to the first book I'll admit I was hooked. A note before we get down to the review, this is a YA novel only in the sense that the main characters are teens and that there isn't a lot of depth or complications to the plot. With that said if you come into this expecting Shakespeare you will be disappointed. If you just want a fun read with super heroes, then you might have found what you've been looking for.

Pros:
1. the powers are well thought out, with the real world issues some scientists have actually look into. Fortunately the fixes this with other powers to off set these issues.
2. The characters are usually rather well developed and make sense.
3. There is humor that is actually funny, and not just in an adolescence manner either.
4. The romantic subplot is exactly that the subplot, not the plot, and is done in a rather realistic manner, it's sweet but not overwhelming.
5. the plot while not overly original is solid, without any real 'wait that wouldn't happen' moments.
6. everything makes sense within the context of the book, while some reviewers have questioned people not using their super powers, they clearly weren't listening about the risks.

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1. Lack of depth, this is where the book earns the YA status. It goes into some really heavy stuff like national sovereignty, legal checks and balances, moral and immoral science and so on. Yet rather than doing anything with them the book slowly retreats from them or outright runs away.
2. The plot 'twists' or big reveals are far from unexpected or surprising. I don't know if this is because they are a bit cliché or because there are so many hints and nudges about what is going on.
3. because there are no real surprise twists and because the main is so powerful there isn't really any suspense and so the last bit of the book is kind of boring.
4. while it is hinted at what the adult super heroes are doing, they're actions are never stated or even brought to light.
5. Sadly there is a lot of exposition, and I mean a lot even when it wasn't necessary. It doesn't get too much in the way but the book could have been much better without it.

Finally the narration. Honestly I can't remember it too well it must have been neither bad or spectacular.

In the end I would recommend buying this book. It's not a masterful work of literature but it is fun. If you want a YA that isn't drowning in angst, or just a fun listen this is a good book to pick up and I'll continue the series.

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  • Tiffany
  • 14-04-17

Mutation

Any additional comments?

No second book let down here. I would definitely like to see more growth in the father/son dynamic. I received this audobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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  • Dwayne
  • 14-02-17

My new favorite series

Would you consider the audio edition of Mutation to be better than the print version?

I never read the print version but it can't be as exciting as the audiobook version.

Would you recommend Mutation to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes I would recommend and I have recommended to many of my friends and family

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no I hate finishing a book really fast

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.

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  • Lynda
  • 21-01-20

keeps you laughing

there is alot of phrases and action that keeps you laughing its a MUST!!! ENJOY.

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  • Willis A Funn Jr.
  • 30-10-19

Wow.

Another fun adventure. I look forward to more adventures in the future. I'm also curious about Alpha Prime.

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  • Georgia McNabb
  • 23-09-19

This series keeps getting more Interesting!!

As this series progresses I am getting more drawn in and can not wait for the next book. The main character is a young adult who does make mistakes like any young person, he is not Prideful, Arrogant, just perty much just a smart average personality with superpowers. There are actually several additional main characters that makes this series so good. Will start next book ASAP.

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  • James Nance
  • 19-09-19

Very Enjoyable

Another Hit. The series is a welcome addition to the library. Well worth the listen!!

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  • GARGAM3LS B3AUT1FUL
  • 14-09-19

Fast paced and exciting

I really enjoyed this fast paced superhero book. I enjoyed getting to know the characters better, and the story kept me on the edge of my seat. I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook and am giving an honest review.

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  • John Livingston
  • 28-08-19

I enjoyed this.

Entertaining, Just enough humor. Narrator does a excellent job. To many spots to choose just one favorite.