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Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

(Andrea Vernon #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  3,290 ratings  ·  530 reviews
Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren.
Then, one morning, she is kidna
Audible Audio, Unabridged, 9 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by Audible Studios
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David Katzman
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Admittedly...this book is very, very funny. Yet I have a beef with it. For hilarity alone, 5 stars. For political views, even giving Kane the benefit of the doubt...2 and 1/2 stars.

The tone here is very dry, satirical humor, and Kane nails it. AVATCFUP is like The Office meets The Avengers. The heroes complain and whine; they bitch about their salaries and benefits. They have odd quirks and behave in ridiculous ways. The dialogue is quite funny, and the characters, while absurd, have enough foib
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
ARRRGH! I have no idea how to fairly rate this book. It's taken me months to finish this because I kept getting really bored with it and never managed to do more than a chapter or two before abandoning it for something else. I don't even know why I felt so much obligation to finish this one. I guess I kept thinking it would maybe get better, and it just really, really seemed like something I *should* like.

In this story, we follow Andrea Vernon as she starts work as an administrative assistant t
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Occasionally the Audible daily deal tempts me to give a chance to a book I wouldn’t normally try, like say a story about the administrative assistant at a company for superheroes.  I’m a girl who loves a deal and so when this was the daily deal I picked it up. I mean, who isn’t looking for a different take on the entire superhero franchise?

The best part is, it is pretty light and funny.  Andrea Vernon is offered a job at a company that ju
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: y-supers, z-fave17
This book sounds like a bad joke at some points.
A Lumberjack, Tiger-man, and Alien Diamond Rabbi walk into a bar after securing the contract to save the city from a giant alien egg.

It is actually way funnier than I could figure a whole joke for though. Plus you got to avoid spoilers! This is all about Andrea Vernon though. Her parents moved from Haiti to Queens, NY and her siblings are all about their titles "State Senator" "Professor" "Doctor". At 28 she has her degrees and loves to travel, bu
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a combo! The story was great and Bahni Turpin did a fantastic job narrating it.

I started this audiobook a few times before I felt like I was in the mood to listen to it. I figured it would be funny. I didn't expect it to be such an engaging tale with awesome characters. The humor in it had me laughing/snorting from start to finish. The story base is fairly simple but it's so well done! I was definitely swept along by the smart writing and seamless sequences peppered with awkward observatio
Aug 30, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: arcs
DNF @ 28%

I have a sense of humor, I swear. It’s just… sarcastic and dark. Doesn’t make it any less funny.

Goofy humor? I don’t get. I understand that a joke was intended, but my brain clearly lacks the proper wiring for actual laughter to occur. That’s exactly what it was like listening to Andrea Vernon. Bahni Turpin does a superb job narrating what I’m sure is a very hilarious and entertaining tale about superheroes. But we’re not talking superheroes like Wolverine. No, instead we’ve got Telepor
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This audiobook is pretty funny.
It reminds me just a little of Douglas Adams' books.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1) by Douglas Adams The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul (Dirk Gently, #2) by Douglas Adams

It's entertaining and quite a lot of fun. A great way to kill some time but I don't think it's in that league. Still, even being compared to Douglas Adams is pretty good.
Caroline Meyer
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Super fun! It reminded me of Neal Gaimen's lighter more fun stuff. Like Good Omens. I may just listen again. ...more
Sarah Booth
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What campy fun! I loved listening to this. It was cute, well done, adventurous and funny. Andrea Vernon, a Haitian-American, brilliant former Ivy leaguer who has been working nothing jobs just to afford her next travel adventure is getting older and needs a new, more substantial job, and boy does she get one. She’s now an administrative assistant for a super hero corporation known as CUP, and she has to excel at her position without asking questions. This is going to be an adventure.

Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
More like 3.5 stars ⭐️. This is an imaginative, funny, and entertaining audiobook with excellent narration by Bahni Turpin (5 stars ⭐️ for her alone). A great way to pass the time!
Christa Schönmann Abbühl
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-audio
Great on audio. That Bahni Turpin is amazing. She added lots to the already fun story.
I used to work for a government agency who was very much into saving the world. So I felt right at home at Andrea‘s firm. The way the superheroes gave IT a hard time about using that database for example was spot on.
I did read some other books alongside this one, and I took my time. But I always liked coming back to this world and Andrea. Also the Big Axe was a refreshing kind of romantic interest.
And of cour
Jul 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Sorry, not sorry for 1 star rating? I can't justify giving higher for a book I couldn't bring myself to hear 50% of. The audible narrator was talented which makes it even more shocking that I couldn't finish.

The entire of point of this book seems to be to crack jokes, and if your sense of humor doesn't align, there's pretty much nothing left in this story to fall back on to keep you interested. I could ignore humor that's not my style if there was a good plot and story beneath it. As it is there
Julie Davis
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the second Andrea Vernon book so much that I wanted more. Which sent me back to the first in the series.

Highly enjoyable, light story with superheroes, running a corporation, and espresso. All of which you need if you're going to save the world from an invading alien egg.

Like a comic book but without the pictures. And that works because Bahni Turpin's narration is spot on.
2 stars for the story, extra star for the talented narrator.
Marc Gerstein
Jun 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
This is a wonderful satire, not just of the superhero genre (which I appreciate having frown up on old-time Superman comic books) but also of the corporate world.

The Corporation for UltraHuman Protection (CUP) is one of many companies around that employs superheroes and dispatches them to address various crises. A world-threatening crisis unfolds in Bronx, New York, when a giant egg descends and hovers over Yankee Stadium. CUP wants to do the job, but it must fight top get the gig against anothe
Sarah Kane
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It's very Douglas Adams, but so distinct to New York the way Hitchhiker's Guide is so delightfully British. Andrea Vernon is such a great character, she even outshines the superheroes, who all have hilarious names and powers. This was my first Audible book, and the narrator was perfect. I can't wait to reread it when the hardcover book comes out, and I will definitely read anything Alexander C. Kane writes in the future. ...more
Dee Haddrill
This was quite possibly one of the funniest books I’ve ever listened to!!! The story in itself was really funny, and the narrator took it to the next level. Absolutely loved it and would definitely read more from this author!
Alan Teder
Good Fun Superhero Satire
Review of the Audible Original audiobook edition (August 2017)

This was a silly good fun satire of the superhero business and a situation comedy about office politics. It takes place in a world where various businesses offer superheroes for hire in regional zones and who are then rivals for corporate contracts. The lead character Andrea Vernon is an administrative assistant who is brought into the title group The Corporation for UltraHuman Protection (CUP for short) worki
I guess this might've made a good comic book, or maybe an all right TV series along the lines of The Tick. As a novel-length story played mostly for humor with little serious character development or conflict, it doesn't really work very well for me.

The final battle at the end, when a bunch of different story threads were supposed to be happening simultaneously, was a bit confusing at times. I had the impression that the Obstreperous Swarm appeared twice. It was only later that I figured out tha
This is poorly written. I'm guessing it's self-published. The tone is flat, the characters lack personality, the setup rushed. There was nothing to care about in the first few chapters of the book. Good writing inspires you to care about the people involved and makes you wonder "what's next?" This book does not accomplish that early on and lost my interest. And this isn't the first book I've read with the conceit "superheros are a mundane part of everyday society," so novelty wasn't enough to ge ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Honestly, I couldn't finish this one. I tapped out around the 60% mark because I just wasn't enjoying it and I didn't actually care what happened.

There wasn't really anything I can point at that made it bad. It was just overall severely mediocre. The humor fell flat at every turn. The parts that were clever ended all too soon. There was no satire as advertised. It just kind of didn't leave an impression.

The book's concept is good in theory, but it just didn't pan out. So, I don't recommend this
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, humorous
So much fun right from the beginning. Lots of punny moments, vibrant characters, and engaging prose. I love that it feels like our world 'now', while it's obviously not. From an audiobook perspective, Bahni Turpin nailed it! ...more
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A free selection from Audible, and I found it to be so. much. fun. I would love to read more about Andrea and C.U.P. and I need to know what will happen with The Big Axe. This was right up my humor alley.
This was recommended to me by a friend/collegue and I listened to the audiobook on the way to and back from a 3 day trip to a theme park. It's not exactly what you'd call 'high literature', but it was perfect to pass away the boring hours spent on Europe's highways.

World Building

What would happen if superheroes were common? And what would happen if their 'job', aka saving the world from evil, was privatized ? That's exactly the world in which this takes place, and given today's overload of super
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
There is a great level of snark and stupid in the book. Lots of times I legit laughed out loud at the absurdity of certain statements. It's the kind of thing that I initially liked about Welcome to Night Vale but they eventually ran into the ground: The Triptych of Humor, meaning you have two normal things and then a third that is absurdly included. It's used well here though.

Great characterizations, though a little one-note at times as well. But it's understandable when there are this many char
Jul 27, 2020 rated it liked it
This is what you get by adding comic-book superheroes into the world of corporate business America. Written in the style of Douglas Adams, if he would have been an american. And to be quite honest, a bit overdoing it. The forced humor becomes quite tiresome after awhile. A good warning for the future writers, I would say.

On the other hand it's only 8 hours and 50 minutes of a listen, so if you don't get a good feeling afterwards, you can stop with the series here. But I understand if you liked
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was very impressed with this book. Honestly, I wasn't sure what to make of it when I saw the cover art. But it's really, really funny. Like laugh out loud, snorting coffee funny. The narrator does a fantastic job with the characters (and there are a lot, each with their own powers and personal issues). And the specificity of the comedy is great. The New York City that's portrayed in the book doesn't feel like a bunch of stereotypes and tropes. It feels lived in, and the humor derived from that ...more
This was a really lighthearted and easy read, so if you're in the mood for something like that then maybe give this book a shot. I feel like I personally wasn't as into it as I thought I would be, but it was pretty funny at times and had a pretty decent story.

This is not a book I would rave about, but I had a decent time listening to it. I will probably be yelling "I AM THE BIG AXE!" in the narrators voice for at least the rest of the day. I'm pretty up in the air on if I will pick up the sequel
Phaea Crede
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story is equal parts high-comedy, corporate satire, and exciting story telling. The world building is totally believable (especially if you've been to or lived in New York City) and Andrea is a character unlike any other I've encountered before - she rules! Every superhero character was my favorite. The overall vibe was like the Tick mixed with the Hitchhiker's Guide mixed with underground sketch comedy. Such a unique work! Highly recommended. ...more
Jessica Buzzard
Feb 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
This book was SO corny. The voices given to the characters....corny. Bahni Turpin is a WAY better narrator than this and it was unfortunate to see her in such a bad book and in such a ridiculous performance.

I'm trying hard not to DNF books this year, which is why I didn't quit 20% of the way through.
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