• Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (11,361 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In a world full of super powers, Felix has a pretty crappy one. 

He has the ability to modify any item he owns. To upgrade anything. 

Sounds great on paper. Almost like a video game. 

Except that the amount of power it takes to actually change, modify, or upgrade anything worthwhile is beyond his abilities. 

With that in mind, Felix settled into a normal life. A normal job. 

His entire world changes when the city he lives in is taken over by a super villain. Becoming a country of one city. A city state. 

Surprisingly, not a whole lot changed. Politicians were still corrupt. Banks still held onto your money. And criminals still committed crime. 

Though the black market has become more readily available. 

And in that not-so-black market, Felix discovers he has a way to make his power useful after all, and grasps a hold of his chance with both hands. 

Warning and minor spoiler: This novel contains graphic violence, undefined relationships/partial harem, unconventional opinions/beliefs, and a hero who is as tactful as a dog at a cat show. Listen at your own risk.

©2017 William D. Arand (P)2017 William D. Arand

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Lot better than I thought it would be

I was looking at the reviews for this and really didn't think I would like it. Yeah it had a decent rateing but everyone was saying it was a bunch of wish fufillment harem sillyness. I thought I had run into some big new YA novel popular with younger folks or possibly that someone had paid for some good reviews. But I was in a hurry to get something before I had to hit the road and figured why not.

Really glad I did. It is a bunch of wish fufillment harem sillyness but is also well written. The characters are fun and grow well with the story. Paceing is spot on. I expected a lot of cringeworthy writing that never materierized.

it's not perfect. the points stuff is annoying and probably works better in the written form. And there are some issues with nonsensical plot points and characters occasionally behaving out of character. But overall it was a very pleasant surprise.

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Interesting Premise but Rough Going

The basic premise behind the story has promise: In a world of superheroes, a man has the ability to modify just about anything but no "power" to utilize it. When he accidentally purchases some slaves, he learns that owning them boosting his own power. From there he tries to balance ethics against his building power. Naturally, his growing empire attracts attention...

In actual execution, the book is very uneven. The main character, Felix, is the definition of a Mary Sue. His slaves (though nominally free-willed as he doesn't ever really command them) all give him doe-eyes throughout the book. All his ideas work out swimmingly until the inevitable Second Act Crash and someone who was previously a fast food manager slips effortlessly into being essentially a major CEO. The writing is very repetitious. You'll get about 150 variants of this:
Felix: We should think of a solution
Slave: What if we did XYZ?
Felix: That's great. Remind me to reward you later.
Slave: Awwww... *Doe-Eyes*

The characters are pretty decent although they seem to slip out of character multiple times. The world building and super powers are interesting. The concept of Felix seeing everyone as a Role-Playing Game character sheet is interesting as well although it leads to plodding sequences in the audio version of the sheets being read over and over. That probably works better on paper where the reader can skim it instead of listening to it. This isn't the only book to suffer from that either: Looking at you here, "Ready Player One" scoreboards. Some plot lines or important points in the story get dropped without mention.

There is the whole harem thing although that didn't bother me so much as the uneven writing. Half the book is his core trio of women practically throwing themselves at him while he nobly declines and tells them all how wonderful they are so, while cheesy, it's not something that would bother me like the possible alternative.

The reading was pretty good. Character voices were distinctive and the male narrator did well with a largely female cast of characters. Effects are used for things like multiple people speaking at once, PA systems or internal monologues. I already mentioned the tedious readings of the character sheets but that's not on the narrator.

Would I recommend it? Maybe hesitantly. The basic story and world was interesting enough that I'm considering the next book just to see where the story goes but the overall experience keeps me from enthusiastically jumping in.

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Pancakes!

while looking through the reviews I saw one that yelled Pancakes... with my interest peaked I got the book and was not dissappointed.

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Great reading, sleazy story

Many of the characters are good, but the world built by the author makes everything sleazy.
It breaks it's own rules so that the male lead can be surrounded by slave women, and murder anyone he doesn't like.

It starts off saying super heroes/heroines are captured, beaten, and then sold. Except only one slave is a hero out of dozens. Never explaining why a super villian city is only selling super villains as slaves. Also, despite there being no gain for the villain to buy only women as slaves, he does exactly that. there is seriously no males as side characters at all, only minor inconveniences.

The main character says that his slaves are not for sex, but it feels like the author wished they could be. the whole thing plays out like a soft core fan fiction/anime hentai. If that's what you want I'm not judging, but if you want a good story, keep walking.

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Great story but please stop with the numbers

A good original story, but I have to admit I always zoned out when the narrator went over the points spent / received totals like every 10 minutes. It wouldn't be bad if it was just a few times but my god he does it like ever 10 minutes (sometimes more then once) and it lasts at least a minute a go. Its all numbers at that point. Maybe try to cut it down or just go over the highlights and not read through every character each time.

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Awesome listen!

Wonderful start to a potentially amazing series! The only part of this I disliked was the frequency of one aspect. The point counting. Needed in some spots but, honestly a couple times could have just been summed up with total/spent/remaining and it would have been fine.

Other than that I loved it! 12 hour book that I finished in less than 24 hours. I unfortunately had to stop listening to sleep.

Typically I dislike stories with harem aspect because they come off cheesey, creepy or otherwise lecherous. Arand managed to pull it off tastefully and it didn't bother me at all.

Have already suggested this book to several friends that are comic book fans, and will do so again.

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Pancakes!

This story is like a food you like that never fills you up.

There is very little plot here, it is mostly a progression of events that ends abruptly and without developing into much of a story. That said, I enjoyed listening to it, but if you're looking for a meaningful story you'll have to look somewhere else.

The spreadsheets were a bit much for a narrative medium, but probably okay in written form.

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I WANT PANCAKES TOO!!!

I pretty much listen to Audio books everyday if not all day long,This book took me by Surprise! My only complaint is THE NEXT one isnt out!!!
Jeff Hayes KILLS it!!!
Won't Talk about what happens but a totally different twist on the genre! Well worth the credit!

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Pathetic

The main character is the sad Mary Sue. Suddenly life is a video game and you're in a Harem anime. the women come in having been mutilated, broken and sold as slaves. The protagonist build them back up and nobly chooses not to have sex with them until they convince him that it's okay, they can share this former fast food manager turned wealthy CEO. The plot has more holes in it then a Midwestern Highway in late spring. The entire thing reads as someone's attempt at erotica, but couldn't bring themselves to go all the way.

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Harem Anime in Book Form

This story was bearable for the first half, but the main character had no depth or struggle. It felt like a self obsessed teen wrote it. The main character is incredibly shallow, with no real personality or morals.

Skip it unless you're really into harem animes, which is exactly what this is.

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  • Darren
  • 11-21-18

Not for me

I started off loving this book, but the protagonist quickly becomes an unlikable sociopath (just wait until the sausage machine and his use of lily's power on people) and the story never seems to get off the ground. There are also long and repetitive sections where character stats are read out and they seem to go on forever, as well as sections where seemingly large problems are easily dealt with offscreen and just handwaved away.

On the plus side, the writing itself is actually pretty good, and the narrator is fantastic, bringing all the characters he voices to life and having an impressive range. I can really see how the book is getting praise from other reviewers, but the behavior of the protagonist in general and the complete lack of story direction just leave a bad taste in my mouth. If you can get past this you'll probably enjoy it though.

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  • Q26
  • 01-31-19

Absolutely brilliant, a must listen to

This is a must listen to, it will have you laughing. The characters are well written and the stories is a great take on super heroes and super villains.
It’s absolutely brilliant

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  • Ryan Pascall
  • 07-15-17

Great fun story with one incredible narrator.

Only negative point was the Stat repetition but even the protagonist complains about it later in the story :)

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  • Moody
  • 07-16-18

Almost good.

This is such a great concept, and at times the story really had me gripped and eagerly devouring the next chapter...only to be left frustrated by threads that never really developed, questions that were never answered, (exactly who was attacking them, and why?! The protagonist never seemed to ask those questions!) and a bit of a lame ending. Every time the story/characters started to get interesting, there was another 20 minute battle scene. I still enjoyed it, but it could've been so much better!

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  • AudiobookDevotee
  • 07-12-18

So bad it's good.

I wouldn't recommend this to my friends because it is a bit of an odd one but if you haven't been dissuaded by the title then it might be for you.

The voice acting is pretty decent even if the main character's voice is a bit whiny.

This is like all of the worst elements of fanfiction bundles together into a surprisingly passable story: Harem of hot female slaves, one nerd in charge, money and resources seemingly endless, far to long spent on the beginning and little on the middle or end, mythological characters, no real challenges.

The book is kind of funny and you do end up supporting and routing for the characters which is nice. It definitely picks up in the last two hours when the protagonists face challenges that they can't immediately overcome. The conclusion is unsatisfying though as the motives of the antagonists remain a mystery (to me at least).

I did vaguely enjoy this, even more than some others I've listened to recently, but I won't be listening to book 2. I fear it'd be much of the same.

If liked this try confessions of a D-List Supervillian by Jim Bernheimer.

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  • Ryan Loftus
  • 01-15-18

Just Amazing

What made the experience of listening to Super Sales on Super Heroes the most enjoyable?

an amazing story line aswell as an amazing narrator

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I loved all of the book couldn't pick one scene sorry

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  • Mr. David B. Sattar
  • 12-04-17

This is hideous

What disappointed you about Super Sales on Super Heroes?

The vocal performance was generally very good, though there were some echoey bits when the performance required shouting. Sadly the storyline was hideous. Young dude acquires several slave women, people being killed, it’s just awful, awful stuff.

Has Super Sales on Super Heroes put you off other books in this genre?

No, I’ still interested in the Lit RPG genre, but never again for this particular author.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Hays’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No opinion - this was the first of his I think I’ve listened to and his performance was just fine.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sadness that I’d spent the money to buy this awful, juvenile thing.

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  • Michael Jackson
  • 06-21-22

awesome

fantastic from mr Arand comes another different take on alternate earths and this just ponders what makes a superhero is it nature or nurture are we born bad or good do the people and places we grow up in makes us that way, can not wait to read the next in the series to find what happens to felix and where he fits into the universe of books .

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  • Daryl peter lambrou
  • 03-06-22

amazing

i very much enjoyed these books i just cant seem to put them down and always start the trilogy again when a new one is out or i start the entire series again the re read factor is amazing and you enjoy them as much the tenth time to the first great books and character great writing to tie them all in together just amazing

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  • Hogey One
  • 08-29-21

Fantastic

Really enjoyed this book and have purchased he other 2. Wish they would make it into a film. A refreshing super hero story with great characters and really well read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-17

New favourite book hope there is more

Loved it new story that does not get used often the power broker side of the story is amazing and a power I wish I had ... totally has the best power ever looking forward to book 2

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  • Lorenzo
  • 06-07-21

THE. MOST. ENTERTAINING. PERFORMANCE. EVER!!!

I’ve listened to more than 85 books so far, but none was more entertaining than the performance given in this book. The use of multiple voices speaking in unison, radio effects, and distinctive character portrayal made this already great story even better.

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  • Tracey Anderson
  • 07-19-19

The premise of this book is thoroughly offensive.

I returned this because the concept of buying slaves (albeit the first is an accident) is not what I want to read about. That all are women who have been mutilated is awful also. That the protagonist treats them nicely and promises not to rape them does not really help. The audio actor was good though and the writing was very engaging and entertaining. Actually, that makes it more upsetting because I was enjoying the pace. In the end, I can't get past that this is about someone who has bought women as slaves and keeps them as slaves.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-27-22

suprisingly good

This book reminds me of a game. the narrator is kind of annoying at the start. but realised after a while it's to emphasize how nerdy he is. after a while it slowly stop, or you get use to it. it's a unique story that I havent been exposed to. I'm looking forward to the next book

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  • Holly Z.
  • 04-02-22

A bit of fun as a standalone modern trash fantasy

If, like me, you came here for a 'Everybody Loves Large Chests' fix, this will be your bandaid. It's fun, doesn't take itself seriously, and Jeff narrates well as always. The story has flaws, but the characters and narration mostly make up for it. However, Jeff ONLY narrates the first book. It doesn't really leave you hanging though, so you can easily enough listen to this book and then move on, not needing to finish the series.

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  • Scott
  • 03-23-20

Interesting & Entertaining

I don't think I've ever listened to a story about the rise of a fast food worker into a magnanimous slave owner / super villain.

Definitely a fun listen even if it was just a huge power fantasy.

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  • Stephen
  • 12-07-19

great book

I loved this whole series listened to it way to fast I'd love more go the story

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  • Chris
  • 10-22-19

Pancakes!

This trilogy is by far my favourite from William D Arrand with some truly spectacular characters, an intriguing story and a wealth of emotion that has had me laughing, crying and shouting in equal measure. Jeff Hays performance is as always impeccable.

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  • Mishn Impossible
  • 06-24-19

fantastic take on comic book heros

great narrator, fantastic story just a bit lacking in some details but enough to keep the story going and explained. Going to start the next right now!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-11-19

Great story. Great Narrator.

Started listening and couldn't stop.

Adding extra words here to meet the minimum requirements because I said everything that needed to be said in one sentence

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