Playing for Keeps

Read by Mur Lafferty

(4.5 stars; 249 reviews)

Playing for Keeps tells the story of Keepsie Branson, a bar owner in the shining metropolis of Seventh City: birthplace of super powers. Keepsie and her friends live among egotistical heroes and manipulative villains, and manage to fall directly in the middle as people with powers, but who just aren't strong enough to make a difference. Or that's what they've been told. As the city begins to melt down, it's hard to tell who are the good guys and who are the bad.

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Fun but slow at times

(3 stars)

Fun story with interesting characters and great narration, but the second half tries to do too much with too many of the characters, gets confusing, and then has a simple final battle that was built up but not really exciting. I'd love to read more from 7th City, though.

(0 stars)

Just finished listening to the book. Loved it. Good story and well written. Love the characters. Keepsie is so cool and the way her powers developed over the story. I very much liked the variety of wacky powers held by the 3rd wavers, even the not so pleasant one, umm. ...

(0 stars)

I ride my bike while listening to the various podiobooks on this site, and I gotta tell you this one has hooked me. I'm only on episode 6, and I love it. Its well-written, has some of the best audio quality you'll find, and the tale is gripping. I got ...

(0 stars)

One of the most outstanding titles to download. Cleverly inspired by the likes of The Incredibles and Marvel Civil War, Playing For Keeps takes a hugely popular genre and puts its own unique spin on it. Some of the elements are in very poor taste (Ian's power for example), but ...

(0 stars)

Another lovely take on the flipside of superhero reality. The telling and the reading work pretty well for me. While I don't at all mind the story having hooks for sequela, it feels jarring to have the hooks wedged in as cliffhangers that feel almost like afterthoughts in the last ...

(0 stars)

This book deserves its 100% approval rating. Playing For Keeps could be described as a deconstruction of the superhero genre. It's a way of asking oneself "What would happen if superheroes were real" and answering that question. There are a quite a lot of stories like that to the point ...

absolutely perfect

(4 stars)

absolutely loved this book , i have listened to many many books on here and this author and reader are now in my top 2 , i would have given it 5 stars except for the annoying and stupid intro at the start of each chapter

You will love Playing for Keeps

(5 stars)

Super powers turned sideways. A romp into the Super Hero universe with a amazingly entertaining twist. If you don't love it then you need to see some to get your self fixed. I promise it will make your day.