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  • American Survivor

  • American Apocalypse, Book I
  • By: AJ Newman
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

The North Koreans launch a surprise Nuclear EMP attack on the USA. Our hero, Joe doesn't care about politics or what happened, he just knows his world went to Hell. Planes fell out of the sky, people went nuts looting and killing as he scrambled to hide from all of the craziness. Joe had a cabin and land in Southern Oregon when TSHTF and retreated to the cabin to survive the massive die-off that was always predicted for an apocalypse. The weeks before the Grid went down weren't much better for Joe because his best friend, his fiancé, and his beloved Grandma all died before lights out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great 1st Book to a Series with Great Potential

  • By Cycletrash on 04-04-18

It turns into a love story

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I like these type of books. The survival after an EMP pulse or solar flare. The preppers are pretty much all the same, but this book portrayed the MC as not being to prepared, the average guy who gets caught up in the end result. So, it is a survival book but as usual all the survivors turn out to these right wing Christian types. "I will shoot and kill you if you don't leave" types, but you can leave, unlike the "bad guys" who just kill you first.
The disappointing part comes towards the end when this book turns into a soap opera. Woman throwing themselves at out hero, others playing hard to get, the last part of the book is your basic survival people finding each other, the word "love" is even mentioned, but only after a few choice encounters.... it turns into a crappy love story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Liar King

  • Tower of Babel, Book 2
  • By: Adam Elliott
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

From the very first hour Cayden had set foot inside the massive, real-life game that was the Tower of Babel, nothing had gone according to plan. A unique skill, a handful of new friends, and the wrath of an ultra-wealthy, patricidal lunatic were just some of the complications to his best laid plans.
So why was he even surprised when a special event trapped him, his companions, and dozens of other players inside the tower, squaring them off against a murderous army of stone-faced warriors?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Felt like filler.

  • By Kyle Garrett on 04-19-18

What a total let down...

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

The 1st book is called Speed Runner, this book should have been called Boat Anchor. Totally different from book #1. This story does take place at the end of the first book, however instead of an action packed run and gun type of story it turns into the typical MC getting into the logistics of commanding a castle. Blah, blah, blah food and shelter and defense. There are only like 5 battles scenes in the whole book. Not to mention a whole new way of moving and fighting.
But the worst thing for me is when Cayden starts referring to the NPC as real people, their feelings, their well being, the whole.. "We can't send these people into battle" garbage. Although Cayden keeps telling everyone that it is just a game and how it should be played, he refers to the NPCs as real people, I really do not enjoy this, I know it is full emersion but I am not looking for a soap opera.
If you are expecting the same type of story line as Speed Runner then do not buy this book. In fact I will not be buying any more of this series, more than once I had to ask what the heel they were talking about.

  • Fatemarked

  • The Fatemarked Epic, Book 1
  • By: David Estes
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 352

They are the fatemarked. Misunderstood. Worshipped. Hated. Murdered at birth. Their time to step into the light has come. An ancient prophecy foretold their coming, the chosen few who will bring peace to a land embroiled in a century of mistrust and war. When kings start dying, that hope and belief swiftly turns to fear. Roan Loren is one of the fatemarked, but has hidden his mark of power his entire life, fearing the damage it might cause to those around him. A great evil is coming. He can't hide anymore.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Starts off strong but goes downhill

  • By Mike on 04-21-18

Starts off strong but goes downhill

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

I like this type of story, young characters that grow and become great warriors. However, this story starts out in this direction, and goes downhill and then picks up speed to level out to a repetitive storyline. The use of the phrases, his heart skips a beat, blood ran cold, truth died on his lips..... I get it. I listened for 10 hours of this book, and then switched to music. This book could have been cut in half by just stop repeating the same old self loathing quotes. Very disappointed.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Templar

  • By: Raymond Khoury
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,513
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 978
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 984

As the burning city of Acre falls from the hands of the West in 1291, a young Templar knight, his mentor, and a handful of others escape to the sea carrying a mysterious chest. In present day Manhattan, four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights steal a strange device. In the aftermath, an FBI investigation is led by anti-terrorist specialist Sean Reilly. Soon, he and archaeologist Tess Chaykin are drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading knights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Michael on 05-17-07

Boring snooze fest

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

An audio book has to grab your attention right from the beginning, this one did not. If your looking for a history lesson about the Knights Templar than this book is for you. of the first six hours of the book I would say two and a half hours are a History lesson that I don't care about. Several times I was turning the book off and listening to music or actually something else.

  • The Gods of the Second World

  • By: Arthur Stone, Mikhail Yagupov - translator
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361

The Second World is a mire of intrigue; the game's creators have left several back doors permitting them to terminate anyone at will, and an unlikely sequence of events has brought someone unsuspecting into their field of attention. One player has managed to upset the game world's balance, and now he's hunted by everyone. Every clan wants to recruit him for his achievements while other powers want him for their own, more sinister purposes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • crappy

  • By Suzanne OBrien on 02-28-18

Very Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

What a total let down. After listening to the first 2 books I was really looking forward to the 3rd. I was disappointed. I turned off the book and listened to something else. The first few chapters are a total nightmare. Several times I kept asking myself, "what the hell is he talking about?" Too bad because books 1 & 2 I really enjoyed.

  • Lion's Quest: Undefeated

  • A LitRPG Saga
  • By: Michael-Scott Earle
  • Narrated by: Joshua Story
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

Leo "The Lion" Lennox is the 10-year world champion of Astafar Unlimited, the best virtual-reality game of all time. However, Leo has become bored with his success, and wonders where his next challenge will lie. Then he meets the mysterious Zarra, and she tempts the champ to try her cutting edge game. Leo soon discovers a virtual world that is beyond fantastic. Can he resist the lure of this amazing game and the beautiful woman that has asked him to quest on her behalf?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult to get through

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-22-18

I expected something better

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

I listened to this book for 8 hours and the main character, Leo, only played the game twice. So the story pretty much revolves around this video game champion just wanting something new to play, not him actually playing in the game. If your going to advertise a litrpg then maybe the main story should be about the game.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,842
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,177

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book

  • By Jason N. on 07-20-17

This was a let down

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

This is Harry Potter meets every Dungeon and Dragons story ever written. The Book repeats itself over and over.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Swimming with Crocodiles

  • A True Story of Adventure and Survival
  • By: Will Chaffey
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Will Chaffey is 18 when he boards a plane in New York bound for Australia. Taking time off to work and travel, Will meets an enigmatic wanderer and herpetologist. Together they cross the inland desert to the tropical northwest coast, home to the saltwater crocodile, a known man-eater and a predator who has been hunting since the age of the dinosaurs. They devise a plan to explore the remote Prince Regent River, a trek so dangerous it had never been attempted by outsiders.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An easy, interesting listen...

  • By Ryan on 02-12-14

This book title is misleading

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

What disappointed you about Swimming with Crocodiles?

I listened to this book for 6 hours and there was no swimming with crocodiles, it is just the main character living in Australia right out of high school. The summary says one thing and the book is totally different.

What was most disappointing about Will Chaffey’s story?

The summary is misleading, when you click on the cover to see what the story is about it makes you think that its a story about surviving in Australia against crocodiles, there was no struggle for the first 6 hours, just Will surviving in a different country, it was also originally published in 2008.

Which character – as performed by John Rubinstein – was your favorite?

John Rubenstein is a master, he is the reason why I purchased this book. His performance was not the problem.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Swimming with Crocodiles?

I expected the book to be one thing and turns out to be something else. Swimming with Crocodiles would imply that there would be swimming with crocodiles, I lasted 6 hours of no crocodile swimming. The survival comes from surviving in the hot Australian climate.

Any additional comments?

The book summary is what makes or breaks the description, do not say its going to be one thing and then make me wait 6 hours of daily struggles before anything exciting happens. If you write a book with the title that says..Spaceships Invaders and the book is mostly about farming corn, then the title should be Farming Corn.

  • Eden's Gate: The Sparrow

  • A LitRPG Adventure, Book 2
  • By: Edward Brody
  • Narrated by: Pavi Proczko
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923

After accepting the fact that he will never know his old reality again, Gunnar looks forward toward building a new life inside Eden's Gate. It's time to form a guild, gather resources, and earn the acceptance of the Edgewood inhabitants. If only things were that easy. The dark elves aren't thrilled about having humans in Edgewood, the mine isn't vacant, and you can't form a guild without at least a few guild mates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good stuff

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-06-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

Would you try another book from Edward Brody and/or Pavi Proczko?

Yes, his first book was great. It was exactly what the summary explained. A role playing fantasy game. However when the main character started having trouble with his moral compass, that is when I started to loose interest. I understand what the author was trying to say, but like Ozzy said, it is just a game.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I am hooked on this type of story. I enjoy the full immersion story and have listened to many other series.

How could the performance have been better?

It was a little monotone. Accents were pretty good, the narration was not the problem.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Eden's Gate: The Sparrow?

The problem for me was the moral compass thing. Killing with swords and magic is what I was looking for. But when killing an NPC started to turn his stomach because they were also human, the story dropped. I get the higher moral objective, but if I wanted a moral fantasy book I would not look for a sword and sorcery story.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Crime Scene

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 554

Eccentric, reclusive Walter Rennert lies cold at the bottom of his stairs. At first glance the scene looks straightforward: a once-respected psychology professor done in by booze and a bad heart. But his daughter, Tatiana, insists that her father has been murdered, and she persuades Clay Edison to take a closer look at the grim facts of Rennert's life. What emerges is a history of scandal and violence and an experiment gone horribly wrong that ended in the brutal murder of a coed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty sedate.

  • By Midwesterner on 09-03-17

This was a let down

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

What would have made Crime Scene better?

The story line was all over the place. It is hard to follow with many different characters. There were too many details which lead no where. It was hard to understand why the main character was following his actions.

What was most disappointing about Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman ’s story?

The lead character was in law enforcement but acted more like a private detective then a sheriff deputy. I kept asking myself why a coroner would be investigating a murder.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His performance was monotone. There were times when there was no difference in his character voices, I would loose track as to who was talking, and during heavy detailed conversations I found myself not listening.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Crime Scene?

I had no idea what one murder had to do with another. The original scene made no sense why Edison would investigate a 24 year old crime.

Any additional comments?

What a total let down on a Kellerman novel. I liked the fact that he included Alex Delaware in this novel but the whole story line made no sense and I found myself wanting to quit listening. There were some good parts but overall I was not impressed.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful