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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 4,819
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,581

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

Great listen, especially if you like gaming!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

I’m hopeful about where this story is headed, but it’s still pretty obscure at the end of the first book and the motivations for the villain characters are pretty superficial. But it made me laugh out loud when we got there. So many questions left, so few answers offered. Great performance, excited to see where it goes!

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,706

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best of Scalzi

  • By Gonzalo on 05-11-17

One of Scalzi’s Best so far

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

The perfect pairing once again with Wil Wheaton at the helm. Great start to a new series with only a few minor story complaints. Overall, very enjoyable - and a hell of a first act... but full of misdirection. I’d love to see where this goes, but for now it seems like Mr. Scalzi has written himself into a bit of a corner. Hope it works out, I’ll gladly listen to the next one :)

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  • Pines

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,689
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,700

Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well done story

  • By Linda B on 08-28-12

Better than the show

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

Solid performance, good story, loved the details... Wished there was a lot more though. For the show to properly reflected the story in this book, it would have to be on HBO or Showtime, not FOX. I throughly enjoyed listening to it, but after a total runtime of 8hrs and change, I was surprised to learn how little ground was covered when compared to the story I know from the series. This book is little more then an introduction to a much bigger story.

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  • Fear the Survivors

  • The Fear Saga, Book 2
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,824
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,399

The Earth lies shaken in the aftermath of a conspiracy. Some of the smartest minds on the planet have striven for and died in an effort to scour the skies of four vast alien satellites, but their success has brought a terrible vengeance down upon us. While alien agents stalk the Earth, a team of exhausted scientists and military outcasts struggle to fight them among a planet on the brink - the brink of plague, the brink of war, and the brink of an invasion larger than they can possibly imagine. But they have allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By Terra on 01-29-16

Great Series

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

Reviewed: 02-15-16

A good book with highs and lows, not sure how it's all going to shake out at this point.

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  • Snuff

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 249

Cassie Wright, porn priestess, intends to cap her legendary career by breaking the world record for serial fornication. On camera. With 600 men. Snuff unfolds from the perspectives of Mr. 72, Mr. 137, and Mr. 600, who await their turn on camera in a very crowded green room. This wild, lethally funny, and thoroughly researched novel brings the huge yet underacknowledged presence of pornography in contemporary life into the realm of literary fiction at last. Who else but Chuck Palahniuk would dare do such a thing? Who else could do it so well, so unflinchingly, and with such an incendiary (you might say) climax?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It is worth the read.

  • By Dean on 01-17-13

Great intro into Chuck P's writing style

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

Loved this book! A little unexpected at times, but overall I dig authors that revel in the gory little details as much as the main set pieces.

The narrater was awesome too, though I did just get done listening to him read through the entire Emberverse series - complete other side of the spectrum, just worked out that way...

I'm a Todd McClaren fan though, a great choice for a heavily detailed books :)

What some would consider gross or over the top, I see as texture. No one walks through life staying as smooth as the day they're born... Chuck Palahniuk, seems to understand that better than most, the more you're alive the grittier life gets! To listen to a scene play out through that kind of lens is well worth the effort of hitting play, books like this make me want for the will power to just sit down and read them direct, but until I find that time, Audible is the next best option. Now I'm off to listen to another of his works :)

  • The Tears of the Sun

  • A Novel of the Change (Emberverse Series, Book 8)
  • By: S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 22 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 483

It's Change Year 25, a generation after high-energy technology died in a catastrophe most of the human race didn't survive. The children born after the Change are now starting to take center stage - and Whoever or Whatever was behind the Change itself may be taking a hand in their rivalries. An expedition has travelled to Nantucked across a strange and hostile continent to find some answers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Admit it, you're in for the duration

  • By Robert on 09-21-11

Love this series, story's getting crazy though

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

Reviewed: 04-06-15

I'm of a few minds about the progression of the Emberverse series. Love the details, the world, the progression... But with the turn of added magic (in a much more obvious way) has transformed the whole thing into a good vs evil play of larger than life figures culled from any number of other similar properties. Oddly I want to see it through, because I'm invested in the story at this point... But to know how it all started to where it is ending up... I would loved to see it play out the other way too.

  • The Sunrise Lands

  • A Novel of the Change
  • By: S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636

A generation has passed since the Change that rendered technology inoperable around the world, and western Oregon has finally achieved a degree of peace. But a new threat has risen in Paradise Valley, Wyoming. A man known as the Prophet presides over the Church Universal and Triumphant, teaching his followers to continue God's work by destroying the remnants of technological civilization they encounter - and those who dare use them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bumpy Read-applies to all books in this series

  • By Rodger Hara on 10-08-11

Love this series! Better listen the a read though

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

Reviewed: 02-16-15

Been loving this series for a while now, The Sunrise Lands serves as great directional pull into a new major story arch for the series. After Protector and Mike died I found myself wondering if the series would keep my interest, The Sunrise Lands answered that for me.

Great Narrator as always, though a little odd how he chose to pronounce things a little differently this time around. I couldn't help but feel the tone was meant to be more universal too so that if you hadn't been following the series you'd feel more welcome and not lost... Makes sense since this is start of a new arch and a good time to get into the series without having to know everything that's happened in past.

My one note is that as a reader I found these books to be a bit tok thick in description and difficult to get through at times. Oddly enough as a listener, I love the details and thick descriptions, anything to paint an even deeper picture. But it's not for everyone, things don't move super fast with this style of writing, and the narrator can be a bit one note at times... But it's good one and if you like his voice you'll find everything seems to pop out at you!

  • Gabriel's Inferno

  • By: Sylvain Reynard
  • Narrated by: John Morgan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,703
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,547

Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Souls Too Tortured for My Taste

  • By Lulu on 10-03-12

Huge disappointment and a waste of time

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

Reviewed: 03-12-14

What disappointed you about Gabriel's Inferno?

If you've listened/read Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey then you've already heard this book. It's the exact same characters, dynamics, insecurities, bipolar moodiness and slow pace. I thought if I suffered through this excruciating book it would pay off with hot, steamy sex scenes but there are no HOT, STEAMY SEX SCENES?!?! I was promised amazing sex but the book NEVER delivered. This book was a huge disappointment and a waste of time.

  • Hidden

  • A Bone Secrets Novel
  • By: Kendra Elliot
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,820

Eleven years ago, the Co-Ed Slayer murdered nine female college students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely survived his attack, but he killed her best friend, Suzanne, whose body was never found. Now a forensic odontologist analyzing teeth and bones for the state medical examiner, Lacey is devastated when she identifies Suzanne’s remains at a crime scene. She finds comfort in the arms of ex-cop Jack Harper, and sparks fly between them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 stars OK For Under $10

  • By Lia on 03-13-17

Great Story- robotic narration

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

Reviewed: 02-08-14

What did you love best about Hidden?

I loved the story and how it takes place in Oregon. Being a native Oregonian I could relate to the locations and the personality types. The story was riveting and I thoroughly enjoyed it but I almost returned it because of the narrators voice. Don't return it though! After the first 20 mins her voice gets much more tolerable so stick with it.

Overall, I think it was worth the purchase but don't expect it to blow your mind.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

One thing I didn't like was that the way the main protagonist was portrayed. Lacey is a brave and accomplished woman so who provides herself on being independent. However, the narrator made her sound so vulnerable and helpless, which was hard to reconcile in my mind. I really wish they had taken a different approach with that.

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,658

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Great narration

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

Reviewed: 01-21-14

What did you like best about Me Before You? What did you like least?

The narrators were great! I really enjoyed listening to them. I didn't like a lot about the story but I did like that the author set the characters on a clear path and stuck with it till the end.

Any additional comments?

I wasn't particularly fond of the story. It was very long and drawn out. There is only so much insecurity and anxiety I can listen to before I get bored.

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