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  • Dungeon Lord

  • The Wraith's Haunt: A LitRPG Series, Book 1
  • By: Hugo Huesca
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,300

When Edward is swept into the world of Ivalis as a Dungeon Lord, the Dark's most powerful servant, he has no servitude in mind. He'll oppose the evil plans of the Dark god, Murmur, whatever it takes. Through only his wits and his guts to help him survive a weakened arrival, Edward must rise to power if he is to earn the right to live another day. But in the battle between Dark and Light, what can Edward choose if both sides are cruel, uncaring monsters?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Over all too soon!!

  • By Ray Johnson on 01-30-18

Average

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Average LitRPG fare. Nothing really stands out to me as amazing, but I've listened to much worse. Some of the descriptions are a bit odd. For example everything seems to roar (except for things that can actually roar). Spiders roar, arms roar... It's strange. Something was described as having "many legs like a flying carpet." Many times I just kinda stopped and thought "Huh?" There are also a number of grammar errors that yanked me out of the listen.

  • Lake Silence

  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151

Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others - vampires, shape-shifters, and paranormal beings even more deadly. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget.... After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence - in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns like Vicki's have no distance from the Others, the dominant predators that rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what's out there watching you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific stand-alone Others novel

  • By Laura on 03-24-18

Fair

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I enjoyed the other books in the main series but this one is just sort of "Meh." The protagonist isn't very smart, which is kind of a turn off for me, and the story overall is just... not that interesting. It's okay, but it could have been a lot better. I'm not sure I buy the antagonist motivations and a lot of the legal stuff felt forced. I'd have been fine skipping this one.

  • Alien: The Cold Forge

  • The Alien Series
  • By: Alex White
  • Narrated by: Michael Braun
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 429

With the failure of Hadley's Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating setback - the loss of the Aliens they aggressively sought to exploit. Yet there's a reason the Company has risen to the top of the food chain. True to form, they have a redundancy already in place: the facility known as "The Cold Forge". Remote station RB-232 has become their greatest asset in weaponizing the Xenomorphs. However, when Dorian Sudler is sent to RB-232 to assess their progress, he discovers that there's a spy aboard - someone who doesn't necessarily act in the company's best interests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story line

  • By Anonymous User on 10-08-18

A Fun Listen Full of Corporate Politics and Aliens

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I had fun with this book. It was a little slow to start but once it got moving I had trouble stopping the listen.

My actual rating would be 4.5 stars, because I didn't especially like being in a sociopath's head for half the book. It got kind of old, but the writing was decent, and I don't regret the purchase.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thunderhead

  • Arc of a Scythe
  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,701
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,466
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,453

Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the chilling sequel to the Printz Honor Book Scythe from New York Times best seller Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Shut Up

  • By B.A. Wilson on 09-04-18

Loving this Series

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I can't wait for the next book. This series has been a wonderful and welcome surprise.

  • Patient Zero

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,504

When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more.

  • By Kim Venatries on 10-05-12

Can't put my finger on it

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I can't put my finger on what exactly about this audiobook failed to draw me in. It was interesting enough to keep me listening but not enough to make me think "Wow." By the end of the book I was more focused on what title I was going to listen to next than what was happening in the story. It was probably something subtle like the narrator's voice, or the way the author put his sentences together. I'm not sure. I like Zombie books... This just didn't do it for me. This won't be a title I listen to again.

The only thing I know I didn't like was the huge amount of Muslim and racial stereotyping in this book, though that wasn't the reason for my lack of engagement.

  • Ritualist

  • Completionist Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,696
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,453

The decision to start a new life is never an easy one, but for Joe the transition was far from figurative. Becoming a permanent addition to a game world, it doesn't take long to learn that people with his abilities are actively hunted. In fact, if the wrong people gained knowledge of what he was capable of, assassins would appear in droves.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ritual is necessary for us to know anything

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-18-18

Weak Writing - Average LitRPG

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

In terms of world and story this is an average LitRPG. It's okay, but there's nothing that really stands out about it.

Writing and Inconsistencies:

Where this story really suffers is the writing quality. The dialogue feels unnatural, people don't behave in believable ways, and I had to try 6 times to get past the first 2 hours because the writing is so awkward and bad.

The protagonist is supposed to be physically puny, and yet manages to subdue attackers when it's convenient.

What was the point of the Elon Musk fan fiction? It was horrible.

Characters that are theoretically devoted to their beliefs seem to give up their entire life's work and training in one conversation. The railroading was heavy handed.

World:

Having NPCs speaking in terms of levels and stats messes with my immersion. It's one thing for players, but the non-player characters in the game aren't supposed to know they are in a game.

Preaching:

I'm really not a fan of the anti-higher education rants. Seems like the story could have been better with some formal writing training.

The only way I'd continue with this is if it was on sale, and even then I'd have second thoughts.

  • God Touched

  • The Demon Accords, Book 1
  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,361

Chris Gordon is a rookie with the NYPD - one with a secret. In his spare time Chris is an exorcist without equal, with a gift from God. But when he saves a beatiful girl from a demonic attack, he discovers there is more to fear than just demons. Finding himself surrounded by vampires and were-weasels and facing a giant short-faced bear, Chris struggles to stay alive, all while protecting his deadly new girlfriend. And then there's her overprotective vampire mother!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Urban Fantasy Where Good Kicks *%# and I Loved It

  • By Don Gilbert on 11-19-17

Fun Story, but....

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Enjoyed the story, but it wasn't without issues.

Technical Issues:
The descriptive writing is very simple. I kept mentally filling in more vibrant descriptions to replace the ones I heard.

World Issues:
For a book about vampires it's not very dark. We are told that people are afraid of vampires, but with the exception of one guy at the end of the book we aren't given any reason to think they should be scary. Honestly they are push overs. They get their blood from blood banks so they don't have to hurt anyone, and act more or less like people in spite of us being told that they are somehow different in their thinking. Actions speak louder than words, and in this case... they just behave like people who have a liquid diet.

Tension and Character Issues:
The final issue was that everything comes to the character really easily. All the protagonists are automatically the best and most powerful in the world at everything they try, and there are always "coincidences" popping up in the story that make them even stronger. This is a bit of a snooze fest when it comes to conflict and stakes because there's never a sense that they might not make it.

Even with the antagonist at the end there was no real real tension because the MC is super duper strong with the ability to literally slap the vampirism out of his vampire attackers from across the room with no physical contact, his GF is the super vampire that legends among vampire kind are made of, and his invisible, always present, personal guardian has all the power of a minor god. I mean, really, what were those vampires kidnappers going to do to him?

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 105,600
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97,833
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97,373

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • alright

  • By jeff lewis on 08-29-18

A lot of heavy mixed with pee your pants funny

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

This is a really good book that blends serious subject matters like domestic abuse, racism, and crime with the hilarious (no he's not making fun of these topics). It really puts things in perspective for people who have only lived in first world countries. I almost peed my pants in the "Go Hitler!" chapter, it was so funny. You'll have to listen to find out why.

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  • Scythe

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,462

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life - and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe - a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immortal until you're Gleaned

  • By G. Grimsley on 06-27-17

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

I didn't know what to expect when I downloaded this but I ended up binge listening to this all day when I should have been working. That's a sign of a good book. I rated 5 stars all around because I can't give partial ratings, but actual rating for me is 4.5 to 4.75 because there were a few times where a protagonist seemed to act of character either in their actions, or their internal musings on one subject or another.

Nevertheless, this is totally worth the download and credit.

  • Memnoch the Devil

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062

"[ Memnoch] is one of Rice's most intriguing and sympathetic characters to date. . . . Rice ups the ante, taking Lestat where few writers have ventured: into heaven and hell itself. She carries it off in top form."( The Seattle Times)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll question everything you ever believed!

  • By Paisley on 11-13-14

Different from How I Remember

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

I remember really enjoying this book when I was younger, but listening to it now that I'm older I'm less impressed. I don't know ... Maybe there's too much going on? This might have been better as a stand alone novel without the inclusion of vampires since the whole vampire thing doesn't play all that big a role in the story. It's basically a story of a fallen angel, reflecting on the evolution of humanity. It's much more philosophical than Rice's other books, and for me it felt like there was a lot less action. It was okay. I'm glad I made the purchase, but it definitely pales in comparison to my memory of the book.