• Dire: Born

  • The Dire Saga, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Seiple
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (545 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

No memory, no resources, no secret lair, and no time to find her feet: this is the story of a self-made villain, and her fall into strife. Fleeing from unknown enemies and an early death, she emerges into a city gone dark in the aftermath of a complete systems failure. Hounded by heroes, menaced by gangs, and helped by the most unlikely of allies, she claws her way up from weakness to strength and works to build a better future for those who deserve it.

To survive, she'll need strength to stand toe-to-toe against secretly supernatural foes, compassion to work with the dregs and outcasts of a broken society, and cunning to outwit intelligence beyond human kind.

The challenge is great…but she is Dire.

And Icon City will never be the same again.

©2015 Andrew Seiple (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Awesome Supervillian book

Awesome book, my new favorite for Super Villains.

It's excellent. A girl wakes up with no memory but built to be a Super Villain. Dire refers to Dire's self in the third person, has an evil laugh and everything Dire builds tends to be in dark colors with lots of spikes. Dire isn't Evil, just pragmatic.

This is an alternate universe where Tesla completed more of his projects and about that time superpowers started popping up. Y2K coincided with a complete blackout.

This is Dire's story about trying to figure out who Dire is and protecting those Dire loves.

I bought this based on the strength of the Threadbare series and wasn't disappointed.

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The Dire series will have fans, but it wasn’t for me.

I’m not a pretentious reader - or listener - and I rarely critique books I don’t love. But this one was tough for me. I couldn’t tell if the problems were with the writing, the performance or both. By chapter three I figured it out. This book lacks a good editor. After a little research it might actually lack an editor at all as it was published via Kindle. The storyline was pretty good and I think most sci fi/ fantasy readers will be big fans. An editor would have cut every third sentence which seemed unnecessary, offered notes on the occasional disparate dialogue and added evenness to the overall writing style. These are areas all writers strengthen in time or editors fix before publishing. But, hey, what do I know. Andrew Seiple has a few books to his name. You know who does not? Me.

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Underwhelming

I decided to listen to this book because I finished the Threadbare series from the same author. This book was underwhelming. If you like apocalyptic gang wars, this might be something you would enjoy. Not my cup of tea! Nothing original in this book as far as the story goes. The characters are shallow and predictable. This book has none of the heart and humanity of the Threadbare series. I guess he saved all of that for teddy bears and left none for the characters in Dire: Born. I found it hard to empathize with the main character as she can only refer to herself in the third person. The other characters are too poorly developed to care about. If you want a quick story and don't mind the plot holes, it's an okay listen. The narrator does a good job of providing different voices for characters. I won't be continuing with this series, but other reviewers have enjoyed it. As I said, not my cup of tea.

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I followed this guy when he started in fanfiction

And now he's a professional that is even better. And best of all, even adubile now. :) Well worth it!

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A Kayfabe tale

anti-heroes are my favorite heroes and Dr Dire is a really likable, believable and entertaining one. look forward to seeing what she does next to bring justice to a broken world.

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New Spin on an Old Genre

This was a step out of my normal reading. I'm a legal thriller, murder mystery type of guy. However I do on occasion enjoy some mild science fiction or fantasy. While this one was billed as a superhero-esq story reading the description it felt more like something I'd enjoy. Overall I was correct, it was an enjoyable book and for the first 80% I couldn't get enough. Finding excuses to listen and find out what was going on with Dire and her band of misfits. However the last bit just lost some charge for me and I feel that if it had wrapped up in a different way I'd give it five stars. The narrator was fantastic and the story unique. #GiveItAShot #DireRules #Sparky #HomelessEncampmentOnABeach #tagsgiving and #sweepstakes

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it doesn't happen often but

so it's very rare for me to give a book 5 stars no this doesn't mean that this was a perfect book there were little bits and pieces I didn't exactly love but when I finished it I found myself incapable of not buying the next one in the series the next several actually dire is a great main character heroic likable and her heel turn is not only understandable telegraphed and sympathetic but a moment of Triumph I genuinely loved this book and hope dire will continue to be such an interesting and well-rounded character

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The ghost of Moon Zappa

It’s the reader...I cannot even imagine listening to an entire book, let alone a series read by The Valley Girl...I guess today she would be described as The Mall Girl...due to our culturally attenuated minds.

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Excellent as always

Origins of a supervillain, told logically and sympathetically, with fantastic voice work to bring it all to your ears in style.

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More please.

It was a wonderful listen. The book is great and the narration especially is amazing as usual.

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  • K Mich
  • 04-13-21

'Despicable Me' but 'Watchmen'

Seiple keeps writing stories that are original but therefore hard to peg.

We follow a main character as she slowly becomes both a reluctant hero and villain.

Seiple's story asks moral and ethical questions in a present day Sci-fi, while keeping things grounded with very real and human characters, also while being suspenseful. I think this is a brilliant start to the Dire Saga.

Only pet peeve that, the narrator tends to a fall back into a certain California (?) American accent, which does not help sell a young super genius vibe. Seems to be less in following books.

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  • Ali
  • 08-23-21

confusing start but then a binge worthy read

struggled to get into it. but then couldn't put it down. brilliant & different

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-21

its was good

i likt it fun and dark some times going to recommend it 5 stars just filler for review

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-24-18

Awesome superhero book with an interesting angle

Would recommend to all peeps who like a original story. Who are the evil master minds and who are the Heroes? Really liked this story and am looking forward to next installment

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