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  • The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 1
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,912
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,789

Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter's destruction. Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm? A tale to shake "The Land" itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter's choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside in it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So hooked!!!

  • By Jaime J. Padilla on 03-10-19

This entire series is an absolute MUST read!!

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

The Land series is hand's down one of the best, most entertaining series I have ever read (or listened to) in my almost 40 years of reading for pleasure. I have read countless series over the years and have many that make my short-list of favorites. The Land is one of the most brilliantly written, entertaining, enjoyable series I have ever had the pleasure to read. Along with serious and suspenseful moments where you just know your favorite character has no chance to make it out of the mess he's in, there are countless laugh out loud moments. And for those listening on Audible, Nick Podehl brings Aleron's characters to life in a way you will never appreciate until you listen. Before The Land, there were only 2 series that I enjoyed reading a second time. The Land brings that total to 3!

This is anything BUT "just another" LitRPG series. Whether you are a fan of epic fantasy, D&D, LItRPG, suspense, etc., or just a fan of pure entertainment, you have got to give this series a try. The first book starts off fast and furious, and Aleron has maintained that pace through the entire series. Read this series and you will find out why Aleron earned the title of Father of American LitRPG!

If you have tried other LitRPG series and found them lacking, try this one to see how it is really supposed to be done.

49 of 61 people found this review helpful

  • The First Player

  • AlterGame Series, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Novak
  • Narrated by: Troy Duran
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 826

This is Alterra, where you can be the master of your own castle... or a field hand on a farm. And this is Jack, who wants to make his way to a different continent, hidden in the virtual mist. And this is an ancient quest line, buried under new versions of the game. Jack's goal: create his own guild. Buy a ship. And set off on the Great Journey. The journey of his life. The dangerous Gravediggers are not the only ones opposing him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tron is more of a litrpg than this book, but...

  • By Humility on 07-12-18

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

With so many great books out there--including many excellent LitRPG books--I am shocked anyone would give this book more than 2 stars, much less 5-star glowing reviews.

With apologies to the author, the writing is so simplistic and lacking any depth whatsoever. It was very disappointing. I would not recommend this book to anyone other than young adults. So many better choices out there.

Thank you Audible for your awesome return policy!

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Society of the Sword Trilogy

  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 31 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,493

When Soren is plucked from the streets and given a place at the prestigious academy of swordsmanship, he thinks his dream of being a great swordsman has become a possibility. However, with great intrigues unfolding all around him, Soren discovers that he is little more than a pawn to the ambitions of others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series Overall, but seemed Rushed

  • By Daniel on 10-15-17

Truly excellent. Worth every minute.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

This Trilogy is a must-read for any fan of Epic Fantasy. aA better read and more enjoyable than Brandon Sanderson's third book in The Stormlight Archives

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31,272
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,441
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29,388

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

Disappointing and disjointed

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

what a disappointment. I waited on this book for years, hoping it would be a great continuation of The Stormlight series. this has got to be the most disappointing performance of sanderson's career. If this was the first book of his eye red, I would not read another. I'm not sure if I will read any more of his books after this. The story is so disjointed and segmented that it is difficult to follow and more difficult to enjoy.

0 of 3 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 17,601
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,497

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

entertaining, but the narrator makes the book

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

this was a very entertaining book, made great by the narrator. Podell is masterful as always

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Forging Divinity

  • The War of Broken Mirrors, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,632

Some say that in the city of Orlyn, godhood is on sale to the highest bidder. Thousands flock to the city each year, hoping for a chance at immortality. Lydia Hastings is a knowledge sorcerer, capable of extracting information from anything she touches. When she travels to Orlyn to validate the claims of the local faith, she discovers a conspiracy that could lead to a war between the world's three greatest powers. At the focal point is a prisoner who bears a striking resemblance to the long-missing leader of the pantheon she worships.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I did want to like it

  • By Kristie on 06-08-16

great book. Even better narrator.

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

A very promising first book. As you would expect from Podehl, the narration as second to none.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Kings of the Wyld

  • By: Nicholas Eames
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,178

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best, the most feared and renowned crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk, or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help - the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Locke Lamora Meets the Blues Brothers

  • By Matthew on 03-07-17

Excellent. A must read.

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

I hope this author has more like this on the way. Very entertaining.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Nest

  • A Thriller
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,464
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,456

Kate Bishop is in a world of trouble. In the wake of several inexplicable and brutal murders, Kate is thrust into a police inquiry that reveals shocking family secrets. Suddenly exposed to a shadowy network of global evil, her life takes a dramatic turn with the arrival of Jack Raines, an author with a mysterious past who says he has the answers to her questions. What's more, he suggests that Kate herself might be the solution.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By AC Ward on 02-14-17

bad narrator or weak story?

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

I found the narrator very disappointing. I think the story would have been much better with a different narrator, but I am not convinced the story is the quality I expected from this author. I would not recommend this book and I will not listen to any sequel. I will definitely not listen to any other books narrated by this narrator

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,656
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,498

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Good but not on par with the greatest works

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

The book seems to be a mix of young adult and true epic fantasy. Could be more sophisticated but a decent start to a series. I will try book two.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cephrael's Hand

  • A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 1
  • By: Melissa McPhail
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 32 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,920

In Alorin...300 years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor's brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D'Lacourte's mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he'll have to find him....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Start to a new series

  • By Michael Harbison on 09-08-16

very promising start to a series.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

....and Podehl is one of the very best narrators out there today. He is incredibly entertaining and versatile. He has literally thousand different voices, all of which are convincing period you cannot go wrong listening to a book narrated by Podehl. And, this author shows a great ability to weave story details, character development and complexity into a very entertaining story

4 of 4 people found this review helpful