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The Sidekicks Initiative: A Comedy Superhero Adventure

Narrated by: Phil Thron
Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)
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Summary

Once, they stood next to justice. Now they're standing up for it...

When sworn protectors of Earth, the Justice Platoon, are all horribly killed, their former arch-enemies come crawling out of the woodwork. Outnumbered, outgunned, and out of options, the US government has no choice but to activate the Sidekicks Initiative, dragging the Platoon's middle-aged ex-sidekicks out of retirement.

Now these three reluctant, out of shape former child-wonders must work together to stop the rising tide of supervillainy, avenge their former mentors' deaths, and bring the world back from the brink of destruction. 

Assuming they don't kill each other first.

Featuring anaphylactic shockwaves, unexpected hippos, and an aggressive man shouting at butterflies, The Sidekicks Initiative is the first book in the action-packed new series from internationally best-selling Space Team author, Barry J. Hutchison.

©2018 Barry J. Hutchison (P)2019 Zertex Media Ltd

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Had me howling with laughter

An absolute belter of a book cant wait for more ... barry and phil make an awesome team bringing these story to life .... keep them coming guys :)

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Another great book by Barry J.

Another great book from Barry, funny, good characterisation & great story really well read ( as usual ) by Phil Thron. If you've enjoyed the Space Team books then you'll love a scoop of this book. If you haven't absorbed Space Team then you've got more to get your Banoffee loving chops round.

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Pure Barry

Essential reading for Space Team fans - Can't wait for the sequel now.

Great new characters, brilliant setting and even a few subtle nods to Space Team itself, this feels like the start of a new and equally hilarious franchise.

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Utter genius

Randy is the best character since baldrick!! And the out takes of Phil thron losing it after reading randys dialogue is precious and had me in fits (more of these out takes audible)

Can’t to find out what the butterfly king will get up to next!!

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Disappointed

Absolutely love the Space Team series by this author and the narration on that series is great. This book sounds like it was something done to fill a quota for a publisher. Couldn't get into the characters and even Phil Thron sounded bored reading it.
Shame as I loved his other stuff.

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Super!

Having enjoyed a handful of Barry Hutchison's 'Space Team' books, I bought this one expecting some slightly frivolous, lightweight superhero fun. A sort of tongue-in-cheek Incredibles. It was actually more Kick-Ass or Deadpool in tone. Quite grim and sweary in places. Nothing excessive, mind. It's a rare thing indeed for me to laugh at a book but I was sniggering all the time. Thankfully Hutchison does more than write funny lines. Nor does he fall into the trap of slavishly parodying all the superhero tropes, like wearing-underpants-on-the-outside and looking for phone boxes to change in. There was some lovely nuanced stuff when it comes to the relationships between father and son, between lovers and between enemies. You will grow to love these characters, even the hapless Butterfly King. Especially the hapless Butterfly King!

A special mention must be made for the narrator, Phil Thron. What a tour de force! Whether he's growling dialogue (think of Bale's Batman) or voicing a robot with a little old lady AI inside, he never misses a beat. He plays each part to perfection and acts the lines rather than just reads them. Hutchison and Thron are becoming a formidable double act. As much as I like Space Team, I want more Sidekicks. Lots more!

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  • C. White
  • 20-02-19

All hail THE Butterfly King! Ummm... I mean Randy😜

How can you not instantly fall in love with a story that starts with a respectable superhero drop kicking a villain in the crotch and launching them hundreds of meters skyward? ...and it just gets funnier from there. I don't remember the last time I enjoyed (and giggled at) a superhero story as much. A irreverent romp through the world of superheroes that still manages to treat the the world of superheroes with loving reverence.

"The Sidekick Initiative" comes across as a mash up between the "Venture Bros." and "Mystery Men" (with a touch of MIB thrown in). A replacement group of superheroes trying their inept best with their questionable powers to save the world from the rampaging hordes of super villains after the real superheroes are mysteriously killed. More fun than a barrel full of monkeys hopped up on cheap moonshine (although there are a few points where those monkeys do sober up, but don't fret, they quickly fall back off the wagon soon enough)! DONT expect a thought-provoking deconstruction of the superheroes tradition. DO expect a gigglefest of witty dialog and snicker worthy situations. Definitely worth a few repeat listens in the very near future.

I discovered Barry J. Hutchison on a random fluke and was really taken in by his cleaver writing style. I would not consider this a YA story. It's far too nuanced and with too many nods to obscure references to qualify as YA. If you don't love this tail within the first 30 minutes it's doubtful that you will ever warm up to it. But if you're like me, and it immediately tickles your funny bone, you will not be disappointed. It holds its humorous irreverent pace throughout. I also feel I need to give shout out to Phil Thron's excellent and diverse narration style. He manages to imbibe each character with its own unique voice and inflection that enhances the character beyond the written word... (but I'm sure he damaged his vocal chords after any protracted narration involving the Butterfly King... and trust me, I appreciate the sacrifice!)

Be sure to stick around after "The End". I think this is the very first audiobook I've ever heard that actually included a "blooper's reel". This should be a regual feature of all audiobooks. Funny as heck!!!!

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  • Tracey
  • 18-02-19

Everything this author writes is laugh out loud

I would recommend all of this authors books. Each and everyone make me burst into giggles several times through out.
Phill Thron is an amazing narrator, I would listen to anything he is involved with.

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  • Lee
  • 10-03-19

So funny

I gave this a try and loved it. It made me laugh out loud so many times.

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  • Kenneth Dittebrand
  • 27-02-19

Laught out loud fun

I have to say this one was great! Over all it was a good story about a guy just trying to protect his kid. But what really sets this off is the great dialogue and narration by Phil Thron. As an extra bonus the have the blooper track at the end that was funnier than some of the content of the book. Really looking forward to the next installment.

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  • thomas dye
  • 27-02-19

Barry did it again!!

Barry J. Hutchison has hit it out of the park with this latest offering in what I hope will be a new series."Space Team" and "Deadman" series are going to be hard to top, while this doesn't do that, it is just as much fun. This is certainly a more tame offering from Barry as well. if you've read about Squirrel tits and explosive shizing in his other works, you'll totally get me here. loads of fun.

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  • Terry D Maley
  • 24-02-19

Too funny for words

I really admire a comic who can make me laugh without getting smutty or relying on foul language shockers. All of Hutchisons books have made me laugh out loud, and although he dances around adult themes, he sets up situations that are hilariously funny whether they are G rated or PG. I think he gets funnier every book he writes. Phil Thron is perfectly paired to read Huthisons books. His voices and timing really flesh out the characters. I strongly recommend this book... but be some place where you are comfortable with people hearing your laughter

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  • Larry Roberts
  • 21-02-19

funniest audiobook I ever heard.

I listen to A LOT of audiobooks to help pass the long hours at my job. This one is special. So many moments when I could hardly stop from crying for wanting to laugh so hard honestly I'm going to see what else this author and reader do I hope they work together often.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-03-19

Amusing.

Standard fare as far superhero stuff goes, enjoyable and I like Sam, Anna, and yes, even Randy. The best part? The blooper reel.

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  • Randy
  • 15-03-19

Hilarious

Laughing out loud with headphones on. Great take on super heros and sidekicks I've ever seen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-03-19

great listen

the only thing I'm disappointed in was last of powers being used and maybe more interaction with son