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  • Ascend Online

  • Ascend Online, Book 1
  • By: Luke Chmilenko
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,894
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,654

Diving into a revolutionary new video game, Marcus and his friends escape a stagnant society, entering into a world that defies their wildest imaginations. But from the moment that he logs in, Marcus finds himself separated from his friends and thrown into a remote village under attack by a horde of goblins. Forced into battle, Marcus rallies the beleaguered villagers and, with their help, manages to drive off the invading creatures. With the village in ruins and their supplies spoiled, the villagers turn to Marcus for help in rebuilding the village.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Luke Daniels and a great LITRPG; enough said

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-07-17

WHAT A BOOK! Going to listen to it again, now

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-18

This was my first LITRPG book and it was awesome! The author does an amazing job at creating a detailed, vibrant & fascistic world, with great characters and compelling story lines. I have the sneaking suspicion that any other book in this genre is going pale in comparison.

  • Hell to Pay

  • Ascend Online, Book 2
  • By: Luke Chmilenko
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,146
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,036

Lazarus Cain is a member of the Grim Shadows, one of the Thieves Guilds in the city of Eberia. Unfortunately, Lazarus is having a bad day. Waking up in a torture chamber, suffering from amnesia, he'd be pretty much screwed if not for the mysterious, magical sigil burned into his chest. Sometimes a really bad day should be shared with others, especially professional torturers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a continuation

  • By Greg A on 09-26-17

Fantasic LITRPG! Great story line.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I was hesitant to pick this one up, given that it's a different set of characters than the first book... I'm glad I got it, this is a great installment in the series and the author does a good job of expanding the lore. Can't wait for the next book in the series!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Separation of Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ken Kliban
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,973
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,374

Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator turns Rapp into a snooty, cranky man

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-02-11

Excellent story carries the poor narration.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-16

This story is so good that it lifts this book to 4 stars in spite of the extremely bad narration. If this one were to be re-recorded with another narrator, it would be the best in the series.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 175,269
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 163,816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163,478

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-16

My new favorite book, narrator was great, the story was fast paced and great characters.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Back Blast

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,741
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,000

From the number-one New York Times best-selling coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels comes an all-new explosive thriller featuring the lethal assassin known as the Gray Man.... Court Gentry was the CIA's best agent. Until the day the agency turned against him and put out a kill-on-sight order. That's when the enigmatic international assassin called the Gray Man was born - and Court has been working for himself ever since.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent next step in this series.

  • By Brad Currie on 02-19-16

The Best Gray Man yet!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-29-16

Mark Greaney keeps raising his game. The narration was superb and the story moved with depth at a pace few other authors can match.

I'm going to start the series over again, just so I can get back around to this book. A really enjoyable listen.

  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,947
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,923

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Thriller

  • By Eugenia on 08-08-16

Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner"

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-10

I finished this book (over 10 hours long) in one day; you will too if you are a fan of the modern espionage or action genre. The book is well-written and well-researched. The characters, setting and pace are perfectly balanced. More so, the action sequences are fast-paced and believable. Mark Greaney has a new fan in me. I haven't found an author I like this much since I discovered Vince Flynn's books. I'll be downloading Mr. Greaney's new book "On Target" the first day it is available.

115 of 122 people found this review helpful

  • A Dog's Purpose

  • A Novel for Humans
  • By: W. Bruce Cameron
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,496

After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best dog book ever!

  • By Blythe on 08-27-10

Absolutely Fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-10

What a great book! If you are a dog person, you need this book. Its heart warming, funny, sad, joyous & oh-so clever. I'm 29 and thoroughly enjoyed it, but it would also be a great audio book for the kids to listen to. It will make you look at your dogs in a whole new way, and wonder "what really goes on inside those furry heads of theirs?”

41 of 42 people found this review helpful

  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

  • By: Jeff Lindsay
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,855
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,086

Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He is handsome and polite, and has been in a relationship for nearly a year and a half. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for Dexter is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he's the good guy, for there is one little twist: Dexter only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought. Am I being challenged?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling but unsettling

  • By V. Sharol on 02-11-07

Great Story, Narrator RUINS it

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-09

This is a great story. Its Dexter, what else can you say? I love the show and now I love the books. However, about halfway in, you start to pickup on the narrator swallowing what has got to be mouthfulls of saliva. It becomes more and more frequent to the point of distraction. I heard about this and thought it wouldn't bother me, but its so off-putting that each time I hear it, I feel sick to my stomach. Do yourself a favor and read the book instead of listening to it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful