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  • Level Up or Die!

  • Underworld, Book 1
  • By: Apollos Thorne
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

Elorion has just finished a VR gaming session to find a monster waiting for him. With 19 other students who have also been kidnapped, he is now subject to the whims of a thousand year old succubus, and he must survive deep under the Earth in the lost realm of the Underworld. Gifted with the ability to use magic and advance in power, he is given an ultimatum: Level up or die! 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Swords, spells, & ranch dressing in the Underword

  • By Ray Johnson on 06-05-18

Wonderful Surprise!!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I pre-ordered this book on a whim for an audible promotion and ended up with a very pleasing surprise.

One of the first MCs in a litrpg novel whom is not a bit mentally challenged... or more precisely, this is the first MC I can identify to with his min/maxing and build optimizations.

The world building is not overly complicate but does not feel lacking.

Great setup for a series with great potential.

I can honestly say I am looking forward to the next book in the series and for more from this author.

  • The Monster Spawn

  • A LitRPG Series, Adonis Rebirth #1
  • By: Deckhard Davis
  • Narrated by: David Loving
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Nathan Attis wakes up with no idea where he is, how he got there, or why his memories of the last few days are gone. He's more than a little perturbed to discover that he is dead, but it's not the end of the world. Due to his being in the army, he gets a second chance at existence in a fantasy VR game called Adonis Rebirth. But there's a problem with his transition into the game. His consciousness isn't loaded into a player character, but instead is transplanted into a beast who lives in the bowels of a mountain. Soon, hero players are going to come to kill him....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Audio quality was poor.

  • By cosmitron on 06-08-18

Short but alright entertainment

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

The story is alright but there are a few plotholes, one which is massive.

This is, however, not the best performance of this narrator. The pauses were not all that great and the general tone was not as good as for some of his previous work

  • Tamer: King of Dinosaurs 2

  • By: Michael-Scott Earle
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,129
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,998
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,996

A month has passed since Victor Shelby was abducted by aliens and put on a savage dinosaur world. In that time, he has learned how to survive, tamed dinosaurs, and won the love of three beautiful alien women. But when another dinosaur attack leaves them defenseless, Victor realizes that he’ll need to push his Tame ability to the limit and build not just a camp, but a fortress. Or they will all die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-13-18

improvement on the original!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

The flow of the book feels much better than the first! I would personally say this is due to the book and story getting more of their personality defined. Worth the read for entertainment.

  • Dungeon Madness

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 2
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,447
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,117

Both Cal and Dale have become stronger, each in spite of the other. The dungeon - Cal - knows exactly how much their strength has increased, and is working hard to become exponentially more powerful. His schemes are becoming more complex, and his dungeon - his body - more deadly. Dale has a nasty surprise waiting for him as he works to thwart the plans of the devious dungeon. Hearing a voice in his head that distracts him in critical moments, he must fight his mind as he battles deadly creatures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • decent book but the ending will irritate you

  • By William Schiff on 10-20-17

Solid Follow-up to a Great Story

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

Much like the first book:
Great characters,
Great world building,
Page turner
Potential for a lot of lore

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Days of High Adventure

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

Gaming with friends offered what Amanda missed in her dreary college life: friendship and excitement, the thrill of combat for a good cause, and the chance to be a hero. Neither Amanda nor her friend, Eric, ever expected to face the suddenly real world of their fantasy adventures. But when a careless joke draws the ire of a dark wizard, both must rise to the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very fun read.

  • By Allens on 09-22-15

Very entertaining but much too short

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

I bought this book on special without knowing much about the author. It turned out to be a great buy. I'm looking forward to reading more from him!

  • Cold Hearted

  • A Yancy Lazarus Novel, Episode 2
  • By: James Hunter
  • Narrated by: Charlie Kevin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

Yancy Lazarus just wants to be left alone. He wants to play his blues music, smoke a few cigarettes, and otherwise leave the supernatural world to fend for itself. He especially wants to be left alone by the Guild of the Staff - the mage ruling body where he used to work as a fix-it man. But when a little kid gets nabbed by an ancient fae creature from the nether regions of Winter, and the Guild refuses to set things right, he just can't seem to heed good sense and leave things be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Dresden eat your heart out

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-15-18

The story is just right and so is the narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

Have you ever picked up this kind of novel just looking for something nice and not over the top? This is it. Yes there's magic and guns and feys and other supernatural things but that's on par with the course of this kind of novel.

This series, however, is just right. The author is not using an over the top character's stupidity or inability to accept things as a means to drive the story. He's just going along with it and keeping everything balanced out which makes for an enjoyable read.

I strongly recommend this series if you're looking for something fun and immersive.

  • Dungeon Born

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,060

For eons, conquering dungeons has been the most efficient way to become a strong adventurer. Although not everything is as straightforward as it seems. Several questions have always plagued the minds of those who enter these mythical places of power: why are there so many monsters? Where do the amazing weaponry and heavy gold coins come from? Why does the very air fill with life-giving energies? Cal has all of the answers to these age-old questions, for a very simple reason. He is a Dungeon Heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem in the RPG/Fantasy Genre

  • By SirMehr on 04-01-17

It was surprisingly enthralling

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

I have to say.... I was surprised. Stories like this that manage to catch my attention and stir my curiosity about the universe they happen in are few and far between. Most of the time, books are a read and forget affair for me.

This is where this one is different. After the first few pages, once the dungeon dynamic is in place, the story unfolds in a way that just makes you cheer for the characters and want to know more about them. All the way to the end of the book, there are just so many little details that you can pick up and wonder about. You end up cheering for the dungeon against humans, wonder about cultivation, pick up on the love interest between the dungeon and the wisp. Near the end of the book you're introduced to new characters and it just sets up the next book so well. I'm looking forward to it!

The narrator also does an excellent job of communicating emotions, actions and thoughts; really solid work there also.

The way the book is written, you could simply read it at face value and not care about the dept you can delve into (see what I did there?) and still be just as entertained with it. Great book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful