Narrator: Steven Jay Cohen
Series: Ted Saves the World Series #1
Published by Self Published / Indie on 3 December 2014
Length: 8 hrs 43 mins
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Superheroes, Young Adult
Source: Narrator, Submitted
Ted Finley was your typical, wise-cracking teenager... until an otherworldly force gave him abilities beyond his wildest dreams.
After an unintended public display of his powers, Ted has become an instant celebrity and the target of a gang of undead thugs.
Sixteen-year-old Erica LaPlante was six-feet-under when a blast of blue light brought her body back to life. Armed with the consciousness of a fierce warrior, Erica must keep her teenage urges at bay to protect the newfound hero.
When sparks fly between Ted and Erica, Erica wants nothing more than to hide who she really is and the dangerous mission they must face. But when their school comes under attack, Ted and Erica must use everything at their disposal to save their friends, the town and... well, the world.
Ted Saves the World is a YA sci-fi/fantasy novel that features fast-paced action, terrifying horror, side-splitting comedy and a touch of romance. Author Bryan Cohen has watched every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it shows in the first audiobook of his new series.
ABR received this audiobook for free from the Narrator, Submitted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the audiobook or the content of our review.Buy from Audible Buy from Amazon.comAdd to Goodreads
Hmmm So many genres all in one book!
Young adult — most of the characters are in high school. Science fiction — beings come from other worlds/dimension and are sent to open the portal. Fantasy — superhero abilities sprung from out of the “blue” just in time to save innocents. Horror (albeit light and without dirt and blood) — the selected dead can rise again, much stronger and meaner than before. Romance — first he’s with Natalie, then with his “first love” Erica and sidekick finally lands the sweetheart he’s been wooing since elementary. Comedy — if Ted’s not coming up with the well-timed one-liners, Dhiraj is just too funny with his money-making obsession. This is a great combination of many genres, but, first and foremost, a young adult. The subject matter remained age appropriate.
I received a copy of this book in audio from in exchange for an honest review. I am glad for the change as this was a truly enjoyable listen-to. I have never watched Buffy, except in commercials, and I read from most of the genres this book could easily be placed into, this wasn’t a no-brainer when I read the blurb. This is an example of not judging a book by its cover (I have nothing against the cover — it simply doesn’t grab me) or its book blurb (again, nothing wrong about the description — it simply wasn’t convincing me of a “need” to read.
All that and I am happy to have spent my time listening with this story for nearly nine hours. Well, that’s not quite accurate. I thought the narrator, Steven Jay Cohen, read far too slowly. I sped up the audio to 2x to make the narrator’s voice speak in a more pleasing speed. That is the only real negative to this reader — his pace is far too slow. I didn’t think to speed up the playing until nearly 2 hours into the story, when I was nearly ready to put this in my Did Not Finish shelf.
The pace of the story, in terms of plot development, character development, action and reveals was very good. I look forward to picking up the subsequent books in this series, though, I suspect I will read them rather than listen to them.