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  • Stratus Online: Awakening

  • A LitRPG Series, Book 1
  • By: Drew Cordell
  • Narrated by: William Turbett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Edwin Morris has been playing Sakarn Online almost his whole life. In fact, most people have. While he considers himself a skilled player, he never could really find the time to take his game to the next level and pay the bills. After he is finally pushed over the edge with his job at Burger Planet, Edwin stumbles upon a man representing a game company called Stratus Labs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good

  • By Gary H on 06-15-18

Sometimes the prize isn't what you expect

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

Stratus Online is a good break-in novel for people new to LITRPG game novels. It has the traditional set up, entry into the game, a quest to complete, and the normal catastrophic consequences that appear once you are in game. It is perfect for the noobie reader because it is not overwhelming in game stats or games speech, and when gaming terminology is used it is quickly explained. Additionally, this is not a book in which the party just travels around leveling up by grinding. I think the highest level they reach by the end of the book is level five. No, there is a long-term goal that the team is trying to reach, and so there is not a lot of time spent grinding. Another reason I think this book is ideal for newer LIT readers is that the party is feeling their way into the game, they aren't given manuals to study before entering, nor is there a wiki they can run too whenever they have a question. The party learns as they go, and so does the reader.

There are a few small flaws, but nothing major. The first for me is that it takes a long time to actually go into the game. I'm not sure, but I think it was somewhere around the two hour mark before the team makes their way in to actualy play. Granted, alot of that which came before was set up, and it does show you that the MC is not an idiot as he does things in a logical manner, such as having a lawyer look over his work contract, but I have to say that a lot of that is something that another writer would have glossed over in about two paragraphs. Still, it helped you get to know the characters, and show you that they actually use their heads. The other thing was that the narrator, Turbett constantly pronounce the word attribute as Ah-trib-ute. As in when some one might ask, "what do you attribute to the team's failure?" Instead, for gaming stats he should have said it as At-trib-bute. As in, "Strength is his greatest attribute." It really is a minor thing, but I have to point these things out if I am going to be honest.

The story itself really pops once you get into the game, and it was nice to not see the party hunting 35 rats to gain Exp. Points. It is more like a story with LIT elements than is is a LIT story laden with burdonsome stats. The team itself is fun, and Edwin is a likable character. The story itself is filled with several twists and turns, and ends up having a Matrix feel towards the end. The end game revolves around the gaming gods fighting back evil Titans. They end up backing . . . .well, I won't spoil it for you, but no matter which side they pick they are going to be on the opposite side of some other gamers. One or two just happen to be out for their blood. As beginning books go the series looks to be a worthwhile investment, considering the flippy trippy twist that came at the end. I have to admit that I havenot seen that one in a LITRPG setting before, so it was fun to get a new twist and turn right at the end. It does end on a cliffhanger of sorts, so if you don't want a book that feels like it could be one and done then forget it, because this series sets up a long game, and is not even partially competed when it ends. There are a lot of loose ends that are yet to be wrapped up. So expect a lot more to come, and if the series progresses like the first book did it will get better the further it goes along.

Turbett's narration, aside from the attribute issue, is great. He provides voices for each character, and really gives the evil PC a snotty huaghty tone that just oozes disdain and malevolence for everyone around him. He certainly has some fun with the nonhuman voices, I've listened to him narrate a few other books, and he has never let me or a tale down yet.

If you are looking for a new LIT series, or are new to the genre, then this is an excellent place to start. Like I said, this is not a grind away for 10 chapters kind of book, it sticks to important things, although there are a few points that the stats are run through as you might expect. The book does take some time to build, but the ending has a good turn that will make you wan to come back for the next book.

Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Reapers and Repercussions

  • The Feedback Loop Series, Book 4
  • By: Harmon Cooper
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Things heat up in Tritania as Quantum Hughes and the Dream Team continue their search for Strata Godsick's son both in the real world and the Proxima Galaxy. An attack in the real world throws a wrench into their plans, as does an event and a key decision that may change the team forever. Expect giants, expect dragons, expect Quantum being as maverick as ever, expect a few twists and surprises as the Dream Team's membership grows by one and Quantum is finally able to use his favorite Loop weapons in Tritania. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Pulse pounding adventure in Proxima

  • By Ray Johnson on 06-15-18

A Pulse pounding adventure in Proxima

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

Cooper returns to the Proxima Galaxy and everybody's favorite smart mouth, Quantum Hughes, returns in style. My biggest beef with this dish? Not enough Francis Euphoria, I love that dame. The search for Godsick's son is still ongoing, and the dream team is finally making some progress on finding his location, but they end up getting sidetracked into doing a mission for one of the upper crust royal personages that think their diznikes don't stink. It was a blast seeing Quantum get some payback on one of the reaper B-holes that has been a plug in his "but" for a few books. Best use of a sword stick I've ever heard!

Seriously, Hughes is twice as mouthy and grumpier than ever, and his team seems to be suffering from the we can't trust anybody virus, as one or two members do some shadey dealings or break a lot easier than they should have. Quantum might be out of the action for a little of this book, but his arena fights are the stuff of Legends! And if you want to talk about funny, all I can say is there are two bits in which Quantum is chided for being racist, the first is an "Engrish Prease" back and forth that mad me belly laugh, and the other was about Islamic proselytizing that literally made me almost fall out of my car as I was opening the door because I was laughing so hard. Cooper is clearly the snarkiest snark that ever snarked, and he uses that to his advantage. I would fear a conversation with him, just on the basis that somewhere in the back of his lizard brain lurked a fully formed Quantum Hughes who was ready to strike at the slightest hint of vulnerability.

Also, I love the cover, Qpappy187 looks suitably vicious, but I would have loved to see him in his life vest with Hacky in his hand. That would have fit so much better than the grim and dark angle, but hey, ya gotta go with what sells and this cover is an attention grabber.

Gotta talk about Hays, and his narration. No one else could play the fast talking wise-acre, Quantum Hughes, quite like Hays does. I think other narrators would get marble mouthed just trying to keep up. Plus, it is refreshing to see Jeff doing the whole book solo, I appreciate the other SBT cast members, but Jeff just rocks out stories all on his own, and Quantum is 100% Jeff all the way. He spits out quotes and phrases that would stunt a lesser narrator's growth, and does so with aplomb. Shockingly, I do have a few small issues I have to take with the Master of the Vocal Arts. First, in the aforementioned Islamic bit there is a bit of a pause that goes a little long when the giant is speaking to the Dream team. It goes on for what feels longer than a dramatic pause and seems more like a piece that got spliced back into the story. Like he had to redo it due to a flubbed line, and the timing was just a little off. Next, and this is strictly because I know some chefs, and would get a wet rag slapped in my mouth if I said it this way, but Jeff says the word "Saucier" in a distinctly American manner. Technically, his saying the word as saucey-er isn't incorrect, but it is french, and they way I have always heard it is as saucey-A, with the A being a long vowel sound. The same way that person who recommends wine is referred to as a sommelier. It too, ends with a long A sound. I am sure he did his due diligence and checked out how to pronounce it, but sometimes that old interweb lies or misdirects you. Just check out Top Chef sometime, they will give you the real skinny on how to pronounce those kitchen terms. I really don't want to pick at nits, and I am seriously not pointing the no-no finger at Jeff, but it needed pointing out.

What does all that mean? With the issues that I took umbrage with, i.e. less Francis than I'd have liked, a minute (as in small) pause, and one word being misprounced I'd have to give this a subtraction of .00001 % of a star. Rounding up, there is no negligable difference. This book takes the Proxima Galaxy and sucks it into a black hole of pure awesomeness. You can't go wrong with the combo of Cooper and Hays!

Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Masque

  • By: Brian Barr
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Dr. Hashimoto pressed the button on the side of his mask. Instantly, the fibernetics, silicone, and mechanized shell within the artificial skin recoiled, showing his true 55-year-old face once again. Milliseconds ago, he was John Wayne, and now he was that respectable robotics scientist once again. The electrodes were still attached to his forehead and the sides of his face, graying hair resting along his temples. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Killer Clowns from Office Space!!!

  • By Ray Johnson on 06-13-18

Killer Clowns from Office Space!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Welcome to a world in which you can create virtual bodies, kind of in the vein of Darkman, where you completely look like someone else to such an extent that your mother wouldn't recognize you. Now imagine what that kind of tech would do if it fell into the wrong hands. Hands that tend to be missing segments of fingers. . . .

Barr is pretty slick creating a couple of scientists who are in over their heads so deeply that they have no idea that they are drowning. They like to play a game where they go to parties in disguise and reveal themselves before the night is over. Tonight, they are attending a party where they plan on welcoming back a team that had been in the U.S. for some time, and things get . . .strange.

Barr isn't afraid to completely shift the gears and tone of his story without warning, which is exactly what happens. He throws rapid shifts in tempo and tone so that the tale you end with is not what you started with, nor is it what you expected. I enjoyed this, but I have to warn you even though it is self contained it almost feels like a set up for a bigger more all encompassing story. All the better then. Bring it on, Brian! I'll happily see what happens next!! So will you, since this is an awesome short story.

Gregory has returned as the narrator for this tale, and I have to admit that I did laugh at his clown voice, it was so funny and high pitched. He's a gifted narrator, and can get you through a story before you realize it is ending. He makes listening fun, and he is certainly pleasant to listen too. Can't ask for more from the guy. He always does a great job. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Online Traffic Secrets

  • By: Anthony Ekanem
  • Narrated by: Trevor Clinger
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Web traffic, every website needs it; every webmaster wants more of it. We are all looking for that one secret traffic trick that will turn our site around. There are tons of websites out there on Internet. Competition is fierce to entice visitors. But the real thing is that among the heap of websites out there, only a countable percentage of these sites are actually able to attract a steady viewership, also only these same websites actually bring advertisers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to bring more people to your site

  • By Ray Johnson on 06-13-18

How to bring more people to your site

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Traffic is essential for an online business to stay afloat, the same addage applies to the old brick and mortar store that sells online. Ekanem provides multiple ways to increase your web traffic, but is careful not to make overblown promises for things to happen overnight, he is honest and advises patience and perseverance, and provides solid workable information to make your website a pit stop on the information highway. Clinger provides crystal clear narration and perfect ennunciation as he takes you into the land of the interweb! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Make an Instagram Business

  • How to Make Money with Instagram
  • By: ClydeX
  • Narrated by: Trevor Clinger
  • Length: 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Welcome to the latest and most effective Instagram Marketing Special Report, designed to take you by the hand and walk you through the process of getting the most out of Instagram on behalf of your business. I'm so excited to have you here, and I know this will be very helpful for you. This excellent report will take you by the hand and show you step-by-step, topic-by-topic, and tool-by-tool what you really need to know in order to dominate Instagram the easiest way possible, using the most effective tools and in the shortest time ever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Social media makes money, try Instagram

  • By Ray Johnson on 06-13-18

Social media makes money, try Instagram

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

It literally amazes me the numerous ways that you can make money nowadays via various forms of social media. Facebook and Youtube being the primaries, now it looks like Instagram is another cash cow that has been walking around the fields and is only now coming home to earn its keep. ClydeX gives you some pretty good tips on how to make some more money off of instagram. It is solid well reasoned advice that has been time tested to work. Clinger narrates in a strong vocal fashion that is very easy to understand, you will have no problem following him. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Bitcoin

  • All You Need to Know: 'The World's next Currency'
  • By: Trevor Clinger
  • Narrated by: Freddie Feldman
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Hello, and welcome to the world of Bitcoin. As a business student, I have become fascinated with currency and how it is exchanged for consumer goods and services. I have gone out on my own to conduct extensive research on this interesting and secretive currency, and I am proud to provide you with my informational results.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cryptocurrency cash in

  • By Ray Johnson on 06-12-18

Cryptocurrency cash in

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

This book, by Clinger, tells you everything you need to know and understand about bitcoins, that unreal cryptocurrency that seems like a phantasm in the internet ether. He tells you exactly what it is, what it is worth, and how to get them, and then use them as well. Not bad for a ten minute book. Freddie Feldman narrates in a crisp and clean voice, making it easy to follow and understand him. He is pleasant to listen to as he tells you all about the Bit coins. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Affiliate Marketing: Learn About the Best Way for an Online Business to Generate Additional Revenue

  • By: Trevor Clinger
  • Narrated by: Steven Morgan
  • Length: 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

This book analyzes an important business tactic to gain supplemental revenue. Every business online is lacking something, and affiliate marketing may just be that one thing. Web sites from mom-and-pop stores to corporate Web sites such as Wal-Mart's should implement a marketing system involving affiliates to generate the most revenue possible and please all shareholders.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad

  • By Antoine D. on 12-10-15

What the heck is affiliate marketing

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

You can count on Trevor Clinger to come up with more and more ways to help your business make money, and keep making it. He always has a new angle, slant, or concept that you aren't failiar with, but should be using. He his idea is affiliate marketing, and how it will help improve your business. I had no idea what he was talking about at first, but now I look back and go, how did I not see that? Morgan narrate this instead of Clinger, a narrator in his own fight, and does an amazing job. He is easy to follow, understand and listen too. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Insider Secrets to Making Money with Offline SEO and Social Media Clients

  • By: Brian A. Cliette, James Taylor
  • Narrated by: Trevor Clinger
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Have you always wanted to know the difference between on-page and off-page search engine optimization (SEO) and how it can be used to benefit your business by driving traffic to your website, blog, or forum, or even your brick-and-mortar store? Not to mention running a business as an SEO consultant, search engine optimization has become a crucial part to any major businesses, large or small, because if no one can find your website, they can't become customers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Make money with search engines!!!!

  • By Ray Johnson on 06-12-18

Make money with search engines!!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Whether you have a website that sells items or exist in a physical location, this book will help you learn how to optimize the way people will locate YOUR store. The blurb lists eight seperate things that you will be able to do once you have finished the book, and by golly you can. You don't have to be a website creator or a computer whiz to make this happen. But, you will, if you follow the steps contained therein, have the best search results for your store that you ever had before. Clinger narrates smoothly, and you will happily follow him along as he guides you step by step in the process of optimizing your business strategy. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Cowboys and Drones

  • By: Aaron Frale
  • Narrated by: Richard Coombs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Jed finds out some disturbing news after a DNA test: He is his own great-great-grandfather. However, Jed's daily struggles involve video games and crippling self-doubt. He's not the time traveling pioneer type. He may as well try to get to the bottom of the mystery. It's at least a reason to get off his couch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A collection of eclectic stories that electrify

  • By Ray Johnson on 06-12-18

A collection of eclectic stories that electrify

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Frale is a pretty creative writer, and keeps coming up with things that are surprisingly refreshing, like an eternally reincarnating man in Orion, for example. The Teristaque Chronicles is like this book, a series of Short stories that are strung together, and have an underlying theme. Here, rather than a dystopian world, we get time travel and sci-fi type tales. The first short revolves around a fella that just so happens to be his own great- great something or other grandfather (I can never keep those straight). And I do not mean like in that stupid song Tom Arnold sang in The Stoopids, I'm my own grandpa. That was all done through marriage, this is by DNA. Kind of like Frye in Futurama.

Those are the kinds of stories that you get, some creative inventions that make you think while you are having fun. I have to say that Richard Coombs's narration isn't as good as I'd hoped. His voice is a little robotic at points, and lacked a little life. He isn't bad, but there were some stumbles. I think a different narrator would have elevated this a bit more. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Brief Cases

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters, Jim Butcher, full cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,550
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,544

An all-new Dresden Files story headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring the Windy City's favorite wizard. From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies, incubi, and even fey royalty appear, ready to blur the line between friend and foe. In the never-before-published "Zoo Day", Harry treads new ground as a dad, while fan-favorite characters Molly Carpenter, his onetime apprentice, White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio, and even Bigfoot stalk through the pages of more classic tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid Stories

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-05-18

Mostly old stories with one new one hoped for more

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

After waiting one hella long time for a new Dresden book to come out, Butcher finally gave us a taste of something new. One new short story out of a collection of previously published tales. Now what gets my goat is that he re-collects his bigfoot trilogy here, meaning that he had already had a book just for those tales. I am severely P.O.'d that they were included here, since I had already purchased the Working for Bigfoot book a long time ago. That would be like taking three stories from Cold Cases and re-presenting them here. That would upset a lot of buyers, paying for the same set of stories twice. That move cost 2 stars in the overall. Either write a few extra shorts to fluff out your book, or don't recycle. I might have been able to stomach 1 retread, but not 3.

As for the narration, Marsters does not do all of the voice work. Molly's two stories are read by a lady, Julia Whelan, who does a very nice job, but I would have preferred James. It grated on me when she would say Leanan Sidhe. James says it as La-non-she, she says it as La-nan-she, and it just pushed me out of the story. Seriously, if you are going to narrate a short for a series that has a rabid devotion to its narrator do some simple research. Butter's tale is also not by Marsters, and I see no reason for that at all. Wyman isn't bad, but, again, no reason for it to not be Marsters. The first story, A Fistful of Warlocks by Cassandra Campbell was just flat. I would have preferred Whelan over Campbell. She did not do Anastasia justice. So, overall I am dissatisfied with the narration. That was one star off, I have to be fair, and I understand Marsters can't do everything, but Campbell hurt the story and I barely got through it.

The one shining moment of this book was the last story, A day at the Zoo, in which we got three very different events for the people involved. Maggie, Harry, and Mouse all have a connected but seperate set of experiences while at the zoo, and for me, finally getting to see things from Mouse's perspective was the one thing that made this collection worthwhile. Does it make up for the incredibly long wait we have been forced to endure? No, but at least it shows Butcher can still write Harry adventures. I'm sure I'm being overly critical, because hey, who doesn't like paying for the same exact thing twice? Have a favorite narrator? Let's not use him for eveything! Man, I get that sometimes you want a woman to read a story from a woman's perspective, but marsters has been living these characters for years. If he can't pull off Molly and Anastasia stories who can?

I'm all for collecting tales that not everyone could find, but this was a big disappointment. It is not fantastic, I don't have rose colored glasses on and I do not think that Butcher can do no wrong. There are a lot of things wrong with this book. Nothing horrible, but I really expected more.

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