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T. F. Coleman

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  • Finding a Body

  • Dark Herbalist Series, Book 4
  • By: Michael Atamanov, Andrew Schmitt - translator
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

What is it like for a small flap-eared goblin herbalist to play the role of the Dark Sovereign, the main antagonist for Boundless Realm's hundreds of millions of players? What is it like to find one's self the standard bearer for an army of man-eating giants, cyclops, skeletons, ghosts, and other hellspawn, who don't give a damn about their modest little ruler? Our hero didn't desire such an unenviable fate, but there is no way back now. But the longer he plays, the better he understands that he is just a pawn in someone else's game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series

  • By T. F. Coleman on 04-19-19

Great series

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

Well, after the cliffhanger of Book 3, I cheated and read the ebook version of Book 4. I couldn’t wait for the audio version.

As I wrote in my review of Book 3, it would be best to wait till this book’s audio release.

Anyway, here it is, and the final book in the series is awesome. The Dark Herbalist is one my favorite LitRPGs, with shocking events in a wondrous world that will have you obsessed with listening for hours at a time. Thanks to the Russian author for this epic.

I will listen to this series again and again.

  • Viridian Gate Online: Doom Forge

  • The Viridian Gate Archives, Book 6
  • By: James Hunter
  • Narrated by: Armen Taylor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 107

Jack and the crew of the Crimson Alliance have finally made it back from the Realm of Order, but the threat to Eldgard is deadlier than ever. Vogthar incursions are increasing, dungeons falling in droves, towns and cities ravaged by Darklings - Players and NPCs who have willingly sided with the Dark Overmind Thanatos. But thanks to a priceless artifact Jack found after defeating the Lich Priest, there might be a glimmer of hope on the horizon. Jack and company have unearthed a Doom-Forged relic, one part of an ancient weapon capable of killing even a god.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Read but now story driven

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-18-19

Perhaps overall #1 LitRPG

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

Reviewed: 04-18-19

J A Hunter is an excellent writer. His books have something extra. A look into the human soul. Something not all LitRPG books have.

The IRL drama of VGO doesn’t match The Way Of The Shaman, The Dark Herbalist, or Awaken Online, but the action, extreme quests, and development of such interesting characters cannot be matched, except maybe by The Land, but the moral issues approached in VGO give it the edge.

Overall, the series is truly one of the best LitRPG. I did miss Osmark in this book, though.

Armen Taylor performs a masterful narration.

  • Viridian Gate Online: Side Quests: A litRPG Anthology

  • By: James Hunter, J.D. Astra, D.J. Bodden, and others
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Justin Thomas James, Laurie Catherine Winkel, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

The End is Coming. An extinction-level asteroid is cannonballing toward Earth. In humanity’s final hours, a lucky few earn a one-way ticket to the brand-new, ultra-immersive, fantasy-based VRMMORPG, Viridian Gate Online. Making that leap of faith might mean survival, but it comes with a steep price tag: “Travelers” will forever be stranded as digital avatars inside a fantastical world filled with vicious monsters, all-powerful AIs, and cutthroat players. Let the games begin....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic!!

  • By Michael N on 03-05-19

Not much here

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

Only a few chapters are worth anything. I thought it a good idea to expand the VGO world out into different subplots, but it just doesn’t deliver.

  • Cavern of Spirits: A LitRPG and GameLit Adventure

  • Stonehaven League, Book 3
  • By: Carrie Summers
  • Narrated by: Annie Ellicott, Jeff Hays
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

You know, sometimes it would be nice to catch a break. Devon, a professional gamer, has a settlement to grow into a city, a character she'd love to focus on leveling, and some kitchen cabinets that really need restocking. Unfortunately, the fate of the Relic Online game world is at stake, torn asunder by battling creator AIs. Demons rise through planar rifts, rampaging across the physical realm. The ancient city of Ishildar holds power that might turn the tide. If only Devon, the brave heroine chosen as the city's champion, could finish her epic quest line to gain control of the place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still a fun listen

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-19-19

I like this LitRPG series

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

Reviewed: 04-07-19

There’s nothing really groundbreaking in this series, but it’s really pretty good. The MC is female, the plot involves a huge quest, and community building, which I always enjoy.

The IRL is somewhat unique but just a twist on other LitRPGs. It is quite intriguing though. Narration is great, sound effects minimal(and maybe unnecessary), but overall it’s a great performance. A previous comment about the writing being ADHD may be a bit true, but it doesn’t detract from the books, and instead brings some realism into play. We’re not all infallible.

  • The Renegades

  • Bard from Barliona, Book 1
  • By: Vasily Mahanenko, Eugenia Dmitrieva, Boris Smirnov - translator
  • Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

What would happen if a professional rock musician joined a virtual MMO in search of inspiration among its game world? What would happen if she decided to play as a biota bard, a brand-new race of humanoid flora as well as a new class? Whatever would happen, it would surely be fun....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start to series

  • By E. Mata on 11-03-18

Just ok

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

Don’t like to question creative inspiration of author, but why not include a few characters from the Way of The Shaman in its spinoff? Like how about the lizard cobol?

Anyway, the story is ok and the narrator is ok, but it hardly seems like Barliona at all.

I read this book mainly so I could read Book 2, which is supposed to have more info on Mahan & Anastaria.

  • The Kartoss Gambit

  • Way of the Shaman, Book 2
  • By: Vasily Mahanenko
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,397
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,168

A product of the latest technologies, Barliona is a virtual world brimming with fun and entertainment. The government has become the guarantor for the in-game currency, allowing its free circulation. As a result the population floods Barliona in pursuit of easy money. It doesn't take long for the game developers to discover a source of free labor: real-world prison convicts. While their bodies are locked in special auto-maintenance virtual capsules, the prisoners' minds are released into Barliona's virtual mines.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator sets the Tone

  • By Don Gilbert on 05-18-16

Epic

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

The Way Of The Shaman is probably the most memorable of all LitRPGs. The second book introduces the clan leaders and has an epic battle for the future of Barleona.

This series is really great, but it gets crazier and crazier with each new book. It’s up to the reader to decide if it eventually spirals out of control.

  • Survival Quest

  • Way of the Shaman Series # 1
  • By: Vasily Mahanenko
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,568

Barliona: a virtual world jam-packed with monsters, battles - and, predictably, players. Millions of them come to Barliona, looking forward to the things they can't get in real life: elves and magic, dragons and princesses, and unforgettable combat. The game has become so popular that players now choose to spend months online without returning home. In Barliona, anything goes: You can assault fellow players, level up, become a mythical hero, a wizard, or a legendary thief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Guilty pleasure

  • By Daniel on 12-18-16

One of the best LitRPG

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

Way Of The Shaman was the first LitRPG series I ever read and one of the all-time best. In depth storylines both in game and out, well rounded characters, and excellent game mechanics make it a classic. It gets quite crazy later in the series.

I’m enjoying reading it through for the second time.

  • Court Wizard

  • Spellmonger, Book 8
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 35 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,948
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,822

With the south in full rebellion, the goblins stirring on the northern frontier, and the summer capital being run by a corrupt baron and a gang of thugs, things could be better. But those aren’t the worst of her problems: Pentandra is learning how to live with her new husband, Arborn, while the town is driven to distraction by an incarnate sex goddess who is organizing all of the whores, a mopey spellmonger, a nun addicted to gambling, a prude sent by the queen, undead skulking through the shadows, and a mysterious blind girl shows up in her office claiming to be her new apprentice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT

  • By Debbie Bacon on 03-27-19

Excellent addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

Readers and listeners of The Spellmonger Series will be pleased with Book 8. Many said that Book 7 was the best of the series, but honestly, it was lacking and probably the only disappointment of the series so far. Not much of interest until the last 2-3 hours.

Book 8, however, is thoroughly enjoyable, start to finish, and brings the series back up on par with the earlier books. Clever, exciting, humorous & overall a tremendous production. I’m so happy how good Book 8 turned out to be.

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  • Endless Online: Oblivion's Blade

  • Endless Online Series, A LitRPG Adventure, Book 1
  • By: M. H. Johnson
  • Narrated by: Wayne Mitchell, Lisa Aust
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

Val had returned from his latest tour of duty scarred in body and soul. Barely able to walk and drugged to the gills for pain, he thought his killing days were finally behind him. He couldn't have been more wrong. Endless Online, a hyper futuristic game where players could truly live another life...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Yeah... uhhhhh.....no

  • By T. F. Coleman on 03-23-19

Yeah... uhhhhh.....no

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

Like...totally man

Over half- way through and no game has even started. Dark and depressing. Overuse of certain words, even in the same sentence. Shimmering, strange, confused. This is like listening to someone totally wasted, and without any education, trying to explain quantum physics.

I would’ve gone further to see where it goes, but the repetition of the same adjectives over and over became unbearable. Try another book.

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  • Occultist: Saga Online #1

  • A LitRPG series
  • By: Oliver Mayes
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882

In a desperate move Damien throws himself into the Streamer Contest of Saga Online, the latest fantasy VR-MMORPG. Winning will provide the funds for his mom’s surgery. Yet early betrayal and a close run in with a vampire almost ruin his attempt he before he even begins. Stuck at the bottom of a dungeon with no gear, no allies and little hope, Damien must embrace the undiscovered Occultist class, master control of his new demon companions and take the contest by storm. His plan is simple enough. Topple the most famous player in Saga Online.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I took a rare blind leap on this one...

  • By Christopher on 02-23-19

A Classic LitRPG

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

Truly remarkable. Great story. Great game. Great contest. Great characters. Great battles. Great book. Loved it from beginning to end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful