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  • Cheat Code

  • By: Aften Brook Szymanski
  • Narrated by: Sierra Kline
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

GenE must outwit Codebreakers to win a high stakes (Real Player Game) RPG for terminal patients who made the “Intelligence Donor List”, where failure equals death in real life, and winning means eternal life. Teaming up with competitive gamers increases GenE’s chances of surviving the challenges of each level, until she realizes her most trusted ally is using her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Level up

  • By timj26 on 04-21-19

Pulse Pounding YA Sci Fi Thriller

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Cheat Code starts off with a young female protagonist that has no memory of who she is, where she is or why she is there. The action starts almost immediately and does not let up for a moment. She is in a game where she does not know the rules but making it to the next level is literally life or death. Since she is our sole POV we are learning while she is. She gains teammates and knowledge but not all of her information is reliable nor can she trust those around her. She isn't even sure if they can trust her.

It's a thrilling rollercoaster full of twists, turns, betrayals, revelations upon revelations and it even by the conclusion you never truly get a chance to catch your breath. The writing, characters and plot keep pulling you along and the action continues to escalate. The novel can be frustrating if you as a reader want to understand what is happening and why at all times. If you are fine being taken on a ride then strap in. This is more an experience than a straight up story. I'm still wrapping my head around the ending. I can promise that you will never be bored.

Narrator Sierra Kline keeps you in the moment and delivers a riveting performance. She brings GenE and the other members of the cast to life and her voice is very expressive carrying a lot of emotion in her voice. I could barely breath just listening. I have no idea how she was able to record it as well as she did.

  • Wardens of Wisteria

  • Wisteria Witches Mysteries - Daybreak, Book 1
  • By: Angela Pepper
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Williams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Zara Riddle is used to being woken up in the middle of the night by magical creatures. Being a witch is incredibly fun, but it does have a few drawbacks. Zara's powers make her appealing to the recently deceased, who are always showing up seeking her help. When Zara's resident telepathic wyvern wakes her up to announce there's a new ghost in the house, she greets the new spirit, locates the crime scene, and notifies the authorities. All before the sun comes up. Zara's work is done. The town's detective should be able to solve this homicide without her. The detective has other ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just keeps getting better!

  • By neraks on 06-15-19

Zara tries to be a good detective!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-19

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

This is the 8th book in the Wisteries Witch Mysteries. After the two books about Zinnia and her officemates, it is wonderful to have the spotlight back on Zara, Zoey and Detective Bentley. Although it’s a new trilogy, I highly suggest reading at least the 6 Wisteria Witch Mystery books and the 2 City Hall books as characters from that series play a significant role in the story.
After Wisteria Wyverns, Detective Bentley has been made aware of the magical nature of Wisteria. A murder occurs and he wants our favorite librarian witch on the case. How much easier could it be to solve a murder than to ask the victim? Spoiler Alert: It’s not that easy. It’s a buddy cop story with an added degree of flirtation and interrogation as they’re both trying to figure out the ramifications of the revelations and relationship quirks from Wisteria Wyverns.

The B story is all Zara and Zoey. These two have enjoyed a close mother / daughter relationship but this gets strained as Zoey wants to know about her father. After Wyverns, Zara isn’t sure how much she wants to or even can tell her. This was my favorite part of the book and I look forward to seeing how this plays out in future books.

This book was an easy to listen to delight and furthers the mythology of the series as well as tying together the previous volumes. The wit, warmth and weirdness of Wisteria that you know and love is in full force.

What can I say about Tiffany Williams narration except that she is exceptional at bringing characters to life through voice, tone, and the occasional accent. She can switch back and forth between a 32 year old woman, 16 year old pouting and a psychic wyvern with a Transylvanian accent on the fly and make it look easy. She is a treasure.

I enjoyed this book and eagerly anticipate future adventures of the Riddle women.

  • Epic

  • By: Conor Kostick
  • Narrated by: Samuel E. Hoke
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Welcome to a society governed through computer games! On New Earth, society is governed and conflicts are resolved in the arena of a fantasy computer game, Epic. If you win, you have the chance to fulfill your dreams; if you lose, your life both in and out of the game is worth nothing. When teenage Erik dares to subvert the rules of Epic, he and his friends must face the Committee. If Erik and his friends win, they may have the key to destroying the Committee's tyranny. But if they lose....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read especially if you are a gamer.

  • By cosmitron on 03-01-18

Early LitRPG Novel, RPO for Adults

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.


Epic is an early LitRPG novel set in a dystopian future where all violence has been abolished in favor of combat in an MMORPG, Epic which has been around for decades. The economy has stagnated and most people live a subsistence lifestyle while a small collection of the few live in virtual luxury since the economies of the real world and the game world are intertwined.


This novel was originally published in 2004. Ready Player One was published in 2011. why do I mention this? If you are familiar with RPO from the book or movie then you may see some parallels. That's not to say that if you have read one then you can skip the other - they are different beasts. If you are one of the people that could have done without the litany of pop culture references crammed into every nook and cranny of RPO or want a more mature take on the theme - then you are in luck.


Epic is its own world with creatures and races derived from mythology and fantasy from various cultures. It's so sprawling and immersive that there are areas that are still unexplored and enemies that have never been vanquished. It asks big questions that don't necessarily have easy answers. and the characters have real emotional stakes. It's a more mature story while still being clean such that a YA could read it, enjoy it and mull over it a bit. If you've read many LitRPG you may expect more stats, levels or experience points or skills. The story is more Lit than RPG in that respect. The majority of the story takes place in a game but we are meant to understand the world more than the game mechanics themselves.


Samuel Hoke puts in an excellent performance. His voice is pleasant to listen to and compelling. He can be expressive when the moments require it but the reading doesn't draw attention to itself and distract from the text.

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  • Quest Accepted

  • XP: Unlocked, Book 1
  • By: J.S. Grulke
  • Narrated by: Kieran Flitton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Getting in was easy. Getting out will be the challenge of their lives. Trapped on opposite ends of an immersive virtual reality fantasy game world, Evan and his sister Audyn embark on a quest where the choices they make can tip the scales of life and death. Their only hope lies in learning magic, crafting, skills, and forming unlikely alliances, to confront an evil intent on destroying them. They must rely on the power they find both within the world and themselves to survive, before they are locked in forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immersive

  • By The avid reader on 06-18-19

Fun YA LitRPG Adventure

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

XP:Unlocked is a LitRPG aimed at a younger, family friendly crowd. LitRPG if you're not familiar with the term stands for Literature Role Playing Game. Basically it is story is told through the lens of playing a video game.

In this case the brother and sister have become trapped in a video game world without any memory of how they got there and in order to escape they have to complete their epic quest. They are assigned races and classes seemingly at random and it is fun to see them adapt to their role in the game, learning skills, crafts, spells, mastering classes while acquiring better weapons, armor and items while the dangers and the stake continue to raise inside the game and out.

The characters are relatable, and I particularly liked some of the side characters and companions they meet along the way as well as seeing how the different siblings adjust to the mechanics of the game.

The story is easy to follow - there are the quests each of the two siblings are engaging in and the occasional snippet of what is happening outside the game. We learn more about them and their plight as the discover it. By the end you come to see how they have grown and come to care about they world they inhabit as well as each other. Even if you are not well versed in role playing games you should be able to follow along.

There are some twists relating to what is actually going on and while this volume does provide a suitably satisfying quest there is a definite sequel hook set up if you aren't ready to say goodbye to these characters just yet as well as rewarding re-reads now that you know what is actually going on.

The narrator does a great job bringing characters to life, even small roles and uses several different accents as well as character voices. It was easy to listen to and I would be interested in hearing them read other books as well.

If you're new to the LitRPG genre this would be a great starting point for you or your kids.

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  • Selected Stories: Fantasy

  • By: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Starla Huchton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Award-winning, number-one international best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson has published nearly 150 books, which have appeared in 30 languages worldwide, in genres ranging from science fiction, epic fantasy, humorous horror, gritty suspense, steampunk, and mystery. He has published over half a million words of short fiction, the best of which are gathered in this multi-volume series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some great, some good, incredibly varied

  • By JJ on 06-17-19

Exploring the Imagination of a Prolific Author

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

Reviewed: 06-04-19

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

I first discovered Kevin J Anderson in high school when I was reading every Star Wars novel I could get my hands on. He has a way of building up a character and world so quickly and seemingly effortlessly that he makes it look easy. He is a truly prolific writer and one that I have revisited from time to time. One thing that sets him apart is that each series or world is distinct from every other. This is most evident with this collection of short stories.

If you took his name off of the cover and handed it to me I would tell you I enjoyed the stories about Captain Nemo encountering Cthulu, the ghost of the Globe Theater, Around the World in 80 Days from the point of view of the antagonist, boys being haunted by a demonic locomotive, Charles Dickens being visited by ghosts showing him his past, present and future and on and on... but I would not have guessed they all came from the same creative wellspring.

There are 27 stories (okay, one chapter is composed of microfiction) and I would be hard pressed to name one that I did not enjoy or tickled my fancy. Watch a professional at work and lose yourself in a myriad of stories with characters you will cheer for, laugh at, want to offer a comforting hug or cry for.

The narrator Starla Huchton does a wonderful job keeping a consistent quality to the narration, with a variety of characters, voices, accents and worlds. She breathes life into each and they do all feel like unique performances.

Even if you are not familiar with Anderson (and you should be) I think you will find many stories that you enjoy. It is also a pleasure to hear at the beginning of each tale why it stood out or what inspiration Anderson drew from as he wrote each one. You may discover a new favorite author.

  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Thomas Cardwell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a detective novel by British writer Agatha Christie. It was written in the middle of the First World War in 1916. Styles was Christie's first published novel. It introduced Hercule Poirot, Inspector (later, Chief Inspector) Japp, and Arthur Hastings. Poirot, a Belgian refugee of the Great War, is settling in England near the home of Emily Inglethorp, who helped him to his new life. His friend Hastings arrives as a guest at her home. When the woman is killed, Poirot uses his detective skills to solve the mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who Done It With Agatha Christie Mental Gymnastics

  • By Romance junkie on 05-21-19

Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot Shine

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

Reviewed: 05-10-19

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

This is the first novel published by Agatha Christie and consequently the first novel featuring arguably her most famous character Hercule Poirot. Christie started off strong with a mystery surrounding a wealthy family, poison and a lot of intertwined relationships including red herrings. She weaves her tale and her characterization is strong while maintaining a Fair Play Whodunnit. I probably don't to sell you on Agatha Christie's strengths as a writer. There's a reason her works are adapted over and over.

The narration by Thomas Cardwell is fantastic - especially balancing multiple strong accents while keeping everything, understandable and keeping strong character voices.

It's a delightful way to pass a few hours.

  • Social Media Marketing 2019, 2020 and Beyond

  • Learn How to Use Facebook Advertising, YouTube, Instagram, & Twitter to Earn Passive Income & Become an Influencer - Bonus Content: Personal Branding & SEO
  • By: Adam Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jim D. Johnston
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Did you know that there are simple things you can do to become a world-class digital marketer and attract high-value clients to your brand while keeping them for good without constant struggles? Within this narration, you’ll learn how to use social media to enhance your personal brand, reach out to more customers, and how to leverage social media to influence consumer purchasing decisions. You’ll also discover the newest Search Engine Optimization (SEO) trends and how to rise above technological uncertainties and thrive in a digital economy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Social Media Monetization / becoming an Influencer

  • By James Marsh on 05-10-19

Social Media Monetization / becoming an Influencer

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

Reviewed: 05-10-19

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

This short books packs a lot of information into a it's 6 hour run time. It is really seven short volumes in one: Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Becoming an Influencer, Personal Branding and SEO

The book provides information from starting to some of the ins and outs of each social media platform as well as an overview of how monetization works for each.

The narrator was clear, easy to understand and friendly.

If you want to pay for your lifestyle, hobbies or interests via social media then this is a great first step.

  • Think Like a Titan: Lessons from Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett

  • By: Andrew Adams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Every great achievement is first conceived in our thoughts. It doesn’t matter how smart you are, if your mind and thoughts are not prepared for success, you won’t become successful in business or experience true wealth. Think Like a Titan: Lessons from Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett is written to help you re-pattern your thoughts and think like successful CEOs while creating the long-lasting wealth that will set you apart from wishful thinkers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • learn from the leaders

  • By steph on 05-14-19

Bezos, Gates & Buffett Model Self Help

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

Reviewed: 05-10-19

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
Think Like a Titan is a self-improvement book that uses the stories, anecdotes and quotes from the lives of Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett,
There are 30 attributes split 10 among each of the titans. Given the short length of the book that means we don’t spend much time with any given attribute. If there is any criticism in the writing it would only be that I wish we got to go deeper with each of the titans but this serves as an excellent introduction to each and will hopefully encourage you to learn more about these remarkable men.
The narrator was clear, energetic and easy to listen to.

  • Dragonseed

  • A Novel of Dragon Age
  • By: James Maxey
  • Narrated by: Eric Joseph Chancy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

After the death of King Albekizan, Shandrazel and his allies struggle to keep the kingdom intact as the radical human prophet Ragnar gathers forces to launch a full-scale rebellion against the dragons. When all-out war erupts, legendary dragon hunter Bitterwood must face his own personal demons and choose where his loyalty really lies. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 06-13-19

Thrilling Sci Fi Fantasy Trilogy Conclusion

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

Reviewed: 05-10-19

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
James Maxey brings the Bitterwood trilogy to a smashing conclusion. This novel follows the events of Dragonforge and I would recommend reading that before jumping into Dragonseed.
There are three larger arcs in this novel and each is a slightly different genre:
The Siege of Dragonforge as the dragons try to re-take the city is a low fantasy novel that brilliantly tackles both sides of “Now what?” after a successful coup.
The mysteries of the dragonseed and the miraculous healings that follow give more of a high fantasy flavor.
The third larger quest to restore Jandra’s powers as well as the fallout from the changes that were made to her and Zeke in the previous volume delve firmly into science fiction territory.
The characters we have grown to know and (in some cases) love are back (including a few we thought were dead) and as they wander in and out of each of these larger plots creating a continuity between the different tones. In a less skilled author’s hands this could have gotten unwieldy. Everything comes crashing together in a series of plot twists and climaxes. Characters continue to evolve and develop in unexpected ways that still feel like natural extensions of what they’ve been through. A few new characters are introduced and we come to care for them.
Maxey’s signature blend of humor, action, pathos, characters indulging in philosophical discussions and the unpredictable plots turns are in full force.
The narrator does an excellent job giving voice not just to different characters but multiple species of dragons and making them all sound distinct and recognizable. There were a few times in the recording that you could tell that a line had been re-recorded and spliced in but not to the detriment of listening enjoyment.
This is the conclusion to a trilogy and leaves everything tied up in a satisfying way however Maxey is currently working on a sequel series. It is a great time to enjoy this trilogy to get up to speed before Dragongate comes out.

  • Warlock for Hire

  • Arcane Inc., Book 1
  • By: Sean Stone
  • Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Just any warlock. Oh no, I'm a warlock for hire. Need magical assistance? I'm your guy. Whatever you need: spells, cures, or potions - I can provide. For a price. My life gets a tad more difficult when one particular customer comes knocking. Enter Ashley Sheridan. She's sexy, mysterious, and in a whole lot of trouble. I should have turned her away, but I just can't resist a good mystery. So I poked my nose where it doesn't belong and landed myself in trouble with a malignant seer. I have to do as he says or people are going to die. I'm not really known for cooperation, so I'll just have to find a way to kill him, before he kills the people I care about.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Everything ties together neatly at the end

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 02-15-18

Urban Fantasy with Personality

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

Reviewed: 04-29-19

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.


Warlock for Hire is the first in an Urban Fantasy series by Sean Stone. It's short by the standards of the genre but it does pack quite a bit into its brief run time.

The voice of the first person narrator was full of personality, asides and even some meta humor. The narrator Hannibal Hills did an amazing job bringing the voice to life and his delightful accent only made it more enjoyable. this cannot be stated enough - Hannibal did an excellent job and I would be eager to hear other books he narrates.


The main character while interesting did little to make the audience sympathize with him. He is greedy, petty, a bit of a bully, randy and rude. This is offset by his humor but if there is anything that could have used more polishing it would have been doing a little more to humanize him. He is the protagonist because the book is from his POV. He might be at the beginning of a redemptive arc - but that is not evident with this volume.

It was interesting and entertaining with the ending promising to delve more into his past as well as making the stakes much more personal in the sequel.

Disclaimer: He is also very foul mouthed. If that's not a deal breaker for you then I'd give it a try. It was enough to detract from my enjoyment