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  • Humanity's Edge

  • The Complete Trilogy
  • By: Paul B Kohler
  • Narrated by: Wayne Mitchell
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 10

The Crazed are flesh-hungry monsters. Can civilization survive...and escape from the edge of humanity? Three books of non-stop zombie action that audiences are calling "fresh" with "dollops of violence" to satisfy even the most discriminating post-apocalyptic fan. From an Amazon best-selling author.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An honest review

  • By W. Pierce on 01-01-19

An honest review

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. I genuinely hate giving bad reviews ideally do. I don't want to get too much into detail, because I don't want to spoil anything later in the story. If the things I had issues with are things that your fine with then its not a horrid book. But this seemingly hit on about 3/4 of my pet peeves. With that said here's my honest review.

Positives

The author does explain some of the things I disliked happened.

It has good pacing.

The narrator did a pretty decent job.


Cons
So at the beginning I had to force myself to keep the book going. From the author saying that military hair cuts are Nazi cuts to a fist sized meteor not turning everything in an area to paste. The author at the end of book 1 and beginning of book 2 tries to explain a bit of it. But there was just so much to not like. By the time I got to that point I was barely able to keep the book going. And that sums up a lot of my feelings about the book. There was just so many little things that made me go wait what. More than once I had to skip back because I thought I had missed something because the sheriff would go from average guy to rage monster. Again it was sort of explained at the beginning of the second book why this happens. But by that point I was of the opinion that the author had such horrible characterization that none of the characters were redeemable.

One character is a lesbian and it doesn’t seem natural. I know lesbians, I know gays. In general they are normal people who just happen to be attracted to the same sex. I don’t know if the author has never been around someone who is gay. But it just constantly came across as stilted.

Every single interaction with the military seems like the author is trying to beat you over the head with every member of the military is a sociopath that barely controls himself. And never has any interaction with females that doesn’t come across as they are about to physically maul them. There are bad apples and there are also really bright shining stars of human integrity. Pretty much like they are normal people. Because they are.

On the military... in this small town that everyone knows everyone, that also somehow has a nightlife, 4 bars and a hospital. Everyone hates the military, which isn't common. In small towns generally, you know someone or are related to someone who is or was military. And everyone in this town actively hates the military, with gusto. Even the older people who would have had like a father that was in WW2 and brothers in Vietnam.



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  • A Gamer's Wish

  • Hidden Wishes, Book 1
  • By: Tao Wong
  • Narrated by: Patrick Zeller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

 

Given the opportunity to make his dreams comes true, Henry Tsien decides to make a wish that will change his life forever. Now a newly created, low-leveled mage in a world that has hidden secrets and histories, he'll need to find a way to survive, level up, and pay his rent.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really dig this author

  • By Logan79 on 07-08-18

Review

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I got this book from the author, and I’m giving an honest review. He didn't ask for one, but I'm giving it.

It's not perfect, but it's enjoyable, and I never felt like I needed to take a break from it.

  • 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 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

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

Ehh

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

My only real complaint is that the narrator changed pronunciation of several things. But over all a good listen

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  • Pleasure Bound

  • Fantasy Swap Online, Book 2
  • By: Alyson Belle
  • Narrated by: JJ Jenness
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

In the hyper-realistic player versus player MMORPG Fantasy Realms Online, Kromgorn the Barbarian remains trapped alongside his friends by the evil schemes of the Lich-Lord. But despite finding a temporary way to fight back against their enemies in the Secret Order, he's still stuck in the avatar of a simpering Courtesan named Lacey - a female character that was designed exclusively to get down and dirty with the in-game pleasure system. When the Lich-Lord's lackeys use a dirty trick to capture his best friends and guildmates, Kromgorn is forced to learn some dirty tricks of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Addictive Adventure

  • By Rain on 04-02-18

Good book over all

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

It’s a well written book that is well narrated.


I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Fantasy Swap Online, Book 1

  • By: Alyson Belle
  • Narrated by: J. J. Jenness
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

In the player-versus-player MMORPG, Fantasy Realms Online, people live out the fantasies they can't in real life, no matter how bloody or sexy they might be, and Kromgorn the Barbarian is no exception. But when the Lich-Lord releases a powerful spell that traps most of the players in the game permanently, Kromgorn accidentally winds up stuck in the avatar of his friend, Lacey - a stupid, low-level female character that was designed exclusively to get down and dirty with the in-game pleasure system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly fun

  • By C.T. on 05-19-18

Good book

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

It’s a well written book that is well narrated.


I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Galactic Startup

  • By: Brian Whiting
  • Narrated by: Daniel McColly
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Alex and his three friends drop out of college after discovering a revolutionary way to travel into space using a small amount of energy. Their world-changing technology is sought by the government, and they are forced to go into hiding while they perfect it. Their adventures into orbit and beyond become a global sensation. As they navigate fame, family, and those who are determined to stop them, little do they know that their little startup could have galactic consequences once they discover a derelict spaceship. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Was this written by a 6th grader?

  • By Donald on 05-28-18

Ehh

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

The book was decent but the narrator was horrid.

For the audio book they need to add divisions. Earth central command, destiny bridge. What ever. When it’s jumping between characters and such it gets kinda hard to read who is doing what as the narrator uses the same dull monotones for everything.

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  • The Congruent Apprentice

  • The Congruent Mage, Book 1
  • By: Dave Schroeder
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416

Young wizards coming of age in a time of war... Will they be ready? Eynon was excited to leave his village and set off on his wander year. He’d turned sixteen today, and hoped for at least a few adventures. At high noon, he arrived a crossroads and saw a shimmer of silver in the mud. It was a thin and dirty oval, about the size of his palm. He washed it with squirts of water from his goatskin, then marveled at what was revealed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Looking forward to the next book

  • By Capt. Sea on 03-17-18

Un needed cliff hangers

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

The book looses a star for because the author decided to end the book before ending the story.

If you don’t feel that your book is good d ought to get the readers to seek out the next book in the series without a cheap trick then you really don’t have faith in your story.

  • Steele Alchemist

  • A LitRPG Series
  • By: Deck Davis
  • Narrated by: Kevin Gisi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

When bartender Jake Steele finds a portal in an abandoned building, he does what any bored guy would do - he walks through it. He finds himself in a game-like world where his life is measured in stats, and his violence is rewarded with experience points. Under the tutelage of an animal-butchering, whore-loving master, he learns to become an alchemist. He used to mix drinks, but from now on, he's going to be mixing things that are far deadlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Kevin Smith humor but way less funny

  • By Ray Johnson on 07-07-18

Ehh

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

I almost quit listening early on because there is something about the narrator that I didn’t care for. But I got used to it after an hour or so.

Bows don’t shoot bolts. They can but it’s rare. Bolts are heavier and used with crossbows and ballista. Bows shoot arrows.

  • Desert Runner

  • Puatera Online, Book 1
  • By: Dawn Chapman
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

An NPC story. With her pain potions in short supply, Maddie accepts a deadly run, picks up a package in Trox City, and crosses the desert plains to Port Troli. The only issues - an unwanted passenger and Tromoal breeding season.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An introduction into a different world

  • By Ray Johnson on 01-22-18

Review

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

I was given this book in exchange for an Honest review

Overall it was a good book my only thoughts were a couple of items could have Been expanded on a bit more.

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  • ANOM: Awakening

  • The ANOM Series, Book 1
  • By: Jason R. James
  • Narrated by: Owen McCuen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Jeremy Cross always thought of his life as being normal, but in the wake of a recent tragedy, he's discovered that his idea of "normal" couldn't be farther from the truth. Jeremy is a genetic anomaly - one of only a handful on the planet - with a new ability that no one thought possible. Thrown into a world of clandestine government agencies, international terrorism, and assassins-for-hire, Jeremy's new idea of "normal" is fighting for his life. His only hope of survival depends on reconciling the person he thought he was with the hero he needs to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super cool book!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 04-26-18

Ehh

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

The author knows nothing about the military... it shows in his first few sentences of describing the hotshot officer as being well liked and great at his job... are the things that an officer either grows out of fast. Or they have a lot of accidents until they learn. Basically within 10 minutes of the character we being introduced he brags about half a dozen things that would have resulted in either a letter of reprimand that would have killed the officers career and killed the units morale while undermining his own authority.

He’s not an officer who would have sped through the ranks. He’s the type of officer that would have been put in an office and told not to submit a re-enlistment packet.

I had to force myself through the book. It was just a mass of poorly written characters bulldozing through the plot. I say bulldozing because people don’t react to interactions the way the author put them. Everything was just forced through to get the results the author wanted rather than coming across organically.

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