• Planet Hero: Civilian

  • By: M.A. Carlson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Planet Hero! Attention civilians! In the event of superhero on villain battling, seek immediate shelter. And if a villain decides to kidnap you, hold you hostage, or attempts to rob and/or kill you, please remain calm, heroes will arrive shortly. Thank you for your support! 

Dr. Davis Malory never planned to become a hero or a villain. He never planned on obtaining superpowers. He certainly never planned on being transported to a world filled with such people. And he most definitely never considered that he would have to become one if he ever wanted to find a way back to Earth. 

But Planet Hero doesn't care about what Davis wants. If he wants to survive everything that is about to be thrown at him, he'll have to cultivate his superpowers and learn to navigate this new world or going home will be the least of his worries. Davis' days as a civilian are officially over. 

Disclaimer: This is a LitRPG or GameLit novel containing video game elements and rules.

©2020 M.A. Carlson (P)2020 Spectrum Audiobooks

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I Love it!

Great story and narration!

Davis is just going through his ordinary life, when suddenly a portal opens up in front of him and somebody that looks very much like him steps through and soon after dies. Accidently falling trough the portal himself, he finds himself in a world where superheroes really exist! Now he must learn how to use his newfound powers to get by in the crazy new world.

Jeffrey does a great job with the narration!

I really enjoyed this audiobook. It was kind of a cross between a cultivation story and a supers story.

I can't wait to find out what happens next!

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An entertaining trip into a world of heroes!

Every wondered what it'd be like to be sent to a world with heroes and villains? I think Planet Hero: Civilian does a great job exploring that very thing. Fun little jabs at the way heroes and villains banter and talk to each other and civilians. A nice look at some of the heroes themselves showing that everyone has faults, fears and issues to over come. Add on a nice litrpg/cultivation feel to the system they work in and I found the whole thing very entertaining.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Learning the Superhero Ropes on Planet Hero

I learned of this book from a posting for review copies by the publisher, Spectrum Audiobooks. I requested and received a free review copy of 'Planet Hero: Civilian' and this is my voluntary review of it.

Davis, a doctor from our world, inadvertently goes through a portal that ends on a planet in which superheroes and supervillains exist. He acquires abilities himself and must now learn to use them.

The premise of this book is clever and unique (at least to me). I loved everything about this story. How the portal to Earth is opened. How Davis acquires his abilities and learns to use them. Character and plot development. Chuckle moments from the author poking fun at superheroes. All of it! I am deliberately leaving out specific examples because I think it's worth it to go in not knowing much about details. This is especially true if, like me, you don't read a lot of LitRPG/GameLit. You don't need to be a fan to be pleased by this one. You will be a fan after listening. I loved this so much, I must have a second helping!

While author M. A. Carlson has written a spectacular book, I have to heap some of my love onto narrator Jeffrey Kafer. He has an easy, natural cadence. He sets just the right tone for each character, making it all the more believable. I can't get enough of Mr Kafer's work and actively search him out when looking for new-to-me listens.

Highly recommended. It's on my list of favorite listens.

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Excellent!

This is a fantastic and creative take on LITRPG/gamelit/progression fantasy. I really enjoyed it and look forward to (hopefully) future books.

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The Physician is in.

doppelganger for a villain., out of time and space but with power to manipulate both can one man make a difference in a broken system? Great story that is part Judge Dredd and part Justice League. In parts funny and thrilling with tremendous narration. Check it out!

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different in a good way

I liked this alot as its different then the norm they did a good job on the story and honestly I'm hopeful they make a book 2 because I want to know more about the main characters growth and if he ever uses science to become OP.

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Lit/RPG style with a new premise

I thought that the premise was a new take on the hero genre. Very fun adventurous story.
Narrated very well.

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Hilarious and very interesting

This book was a great listen. It was fast paced, suspenseful and the storyline was well thought out. It was absolutely hilarious in parts and I loved Jeffrey Kafer as the narrator. Well worth the time to listen. I voluntarily received a copy of this audiobook from Audiobook Boom and I have left my honest review.

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Exciting New Super Hero World

Planet Hero brings four-color comic books complete with over-the-top action and purposefully-cheesy dialogue to the ebook format. It focuses on Dr. Davis Mallory (probably of our world) who happens to be an exact-lookalike of supervillain, Dr. Portal, who finds himself switching places with his doppelganger and having to learn how to wield superpowers in a world where just about everyone seems to have them on some level. The premise isn’t that unique, but the plot is fun and moves fairly quickly. In an attempt to get home to the sister who needs him, Davis agrees to impersonate Dr. Portal to try and find out the dastardly plans of an even bigger supervillain. Davis is not trained for such actions and so has to be introduced to the world of super heroics at light speed. In doing so, author M.A. Carlson uncovers a fascinating world of nano-technology where science never developed because of the superpowers the nanites make possible.

I really enjoyed the story and look forward to seeing sequels to the book. My only complaint (and I’m not certain it’s a fair complaint) is that the author chose to make this a LitRPG. I have nothing against LitRPGs but I don’t understand why it was necessary for this novel. Davis is not operating in a game environment, and constant reference to his character sheet slowed the story down considerably. What frustrated me is, none of it was necessary. We were, after all, shown the development of Davis’ powers by what he does with them. We didn’t need a character sheet to keep track of his progress and in fact, giving it to us only served to break the suspension of disbelief that helped make the story so effective.

That being said, there’s a nice story here and if you like superhero tales, the odds are high you’ll enjoy it.

I got this book free from Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.

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Got though it in a day and had fun doing so!

Dr. Davis Malory is a med resident transplanted to an alternate Earth. Surprise! Heroes and villains are real and they have healthcare. Now he must pose as the villain that brought him there to entrap a bigger fish.
The story is fast paced and fun. The world is interesting. Kind off reminds me of The Rules of Supervillainy! I really hope he makes more books that follow The Physician!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jason Burton
  • 09-20-21

Really enjoyed this book.

One of the things I really liked, was the powers of the MC, Time and Space. I've not listened to any books with the same focus and it works really well.

I will be getting all the books in the series.

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  • Uko
  • 10-20-20

Looking for something to pass the time.

This was a quick read ( well listen in my case since I prefer buying audiobooks if possible). I knew before hand that this book was not to be taken too seriously and I was looking for something to pass the time between other book series releases.

With that said, I somewhat enjoyed the book. At times it was a bit cliche and the plot was fairly predictable. I liked the way the author blended the classics wuxia cultivation ideas with LitRPG elements and with a touch of sci-fi nano-machinery to create his own unique brand of superhero tropes. I know at this point most people are fed up with superhero books, but I’m not at that point yet. The narrator was clear and did a good job of conveying character emotions and ideas; however, the story was nothing new and that took away from the performance.

Overall I’d still want to read the second book if only to see how the author expands on the character development and world building.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 08-22-20

"I wasn't an hero, I was a doctor."

After a tiring shift, and a road rage incident, Dr.Davis Mallorey's day on earth ends when he is sucked into an explosion and through a portal to a new place: Planet Hero. Unable to return, and he adapts, assuming a new identity, that of the original Dr.Portal, to save the world for the Hero's Association. The story is reminiscent of a LitRPG, with plenty of moving up statistics, and some good character names, like Major Miracle, head of the Heros, and the trip of heavies, kidnap, And, and Ransom. Great fun and a novel Comic Hero story.

Narration was by the great Jeffrey Kafer, who fully entered into the fun of the story whilst retaining a calm, well paced and nicely intoned reading. Another good performance. My thanks to the rights holder of Planet Hero who, at my request freely gifted me with a complimentary copy via Audiobook Boom. It I had my doubts when first I started reading, but these were soon put aside as the fun of the book overcame any doubts. It appears that there might be a follow-up book one day: if sk, I will definitely want to read jt

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  • Tony Bough
  • 08-11-20

A video game novel - it works - its cool!

I really thought this was cool. I liked it when we got level up info and the stats, it helped with the vibe and fit really well with the story and the feel of the book. It was awesome. I liked the action elements and superhero feel. The last half of the book when the civilian hero did battle with the bad guys was cool. The characters were interesting and the one liners which lead to banter were really great, it gives a bit of depth and interest to the characters.

I thought that all of the elements of this book worked really well and fit together. If you like the synopsis you will definitely like the book!

I also enjoyed the narration with the narrators voice fitting well with the feel of the story. It was also engaging and easy to listen to so helped to bring the story to life.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Julie
  • 08-07-20

Time for a good book

I enjoyed this book but I must admit I did tune out whenever we got a status up date or level up, it gave you the whole stats every time, even if it only levelled up one point. But other than that it was a fun adventure. I liked the super hero side to the story and all the action.scenes, so enjoyed the later part of the book when the civilian hero did battle with the baddies. The characters were fun and full of one liners which lead to poking fun at each other. So if you like a tongue in cheek humorous adventure were superheroes fight bad guys then this book is for you.
Dr Davis Malory is attacked on his way home from work but before the hand banger can pull the trigger they are interrupted by a man wearing a cape. The man dies but not before sucking Davis into a strange new world. A world full of super heros and villains. The dead man was a villain who stole equipment from a super villain who wants it back, the good guys unsure what the device is or who wants it set about training Davis , the dead villains double, to send him under cover in order to foil the deadly plan. Davis will have to level up his powers in order to pull the plan off but being a civilian and new to the planet he has no idea what it takes to become a super hero, just when a bunch of scientists are relying on him.
I liked the narrator. He does some very nice voices for the super heros, deep and gruff just as I imagined them.
I was given this free audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 07-06-20

Enjoyable take on the superhero genre

The author takes some familiar ideas and stereotypes from the superhero genre and reworks them in an interesting way in this book, throwing the protagonist into a world where the stilted speech of heroes is seen as normal to everyone else and reassuring to the civilians too, a world where the villains tending towards outlandish plots is expected and a world where due to the preponderance of power-related technology there is little to no experience of regular science and technology.

While this book does have a bit of the 'chosen one' trope to it, the author isn't too heavy-handed with it and uses it well to drive the story along rather than letting it bogging down the narrative. The author also does a good job of developing the main and supporting characters and the world they inhabit in a manner that further draws the reader into this book.

The performance of the narrator is a strong one overall with a good range of distinctive tones for the various characters that ensures the overall experience of the book is enhanced for the listener.

Overall, some interesting world-building and an enjoyable story result in an entertaining first instalment in this series.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • M. Lehiste
  • 06-21-20

Superhero origin story done right

Interesting premise, good litrpg elements, does not feel too preachy while store advances quite entertainingly with excellent narration. it is good fun uplifting superhero story well worth to listen. "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."