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  • Couch Potato Chaos: Gamebound

  • By: Erik Rounds
  • Narrated by: Sarah Sampino
  • Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

You know those times when you’re surrounded by a squadron of bloodthirsty ninjas, your back is to the wall, you’re down to your last heart container, and all hope seems lost? In situations like that, it’s important not to panic, to take a deep breath, and to remember that even if you do shuffle off this mortal coil, by the laws of Etheria you’ll shuffle right back on it again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable for the average litrpg reader.

  • By Tory Wilson on 02-08-19

Great LitRPG book with an awesome female MC!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

That being said, I definitely enjoyed it.

The things I really enjoyed:

Some of the 80s and 90s humor throughout the book. If you like Labyrinth, the Dark Crystal, and old NES and SNES games from around that time frame, you will most likely enjoy the references.
Pan, who provides a good representation of an autistic person. And although jarring and almost over the top for me, lets you connect with her and in my case root for her.
Lots of fights and action throughout, with some cool loot and weapons.
The narrator did a good job with the heavy accents, especially the Scottish ones.

The things I did not enjoy as much:

While Erik is incredibly well written and does an excellent job of world building, sometimes it is to his detriment. There was so much detail that it often detracted from the story, the action sequences in particular. I think the story could have been about four hours shorter if a lot of the excess info was removed.
This was the first book that I had listened to from Sarah. I really enjoyed the calmness and clarity in her narration, although sometimes it was hard to tell characters apart. There are a lot of characters throughout this book and I found myself having to rewind a bit in order to make sure I kept the characters apart. Also, there were some odd pauses and spots where the inflection was off.
The amusement gauge or meter, I felt was unnecessary and I kept waiting for it to come back into the story.

Other than that, if you want a light enjoyable LitRPG/Gamelit story that is well written and solidly narrated, I would definitely suggest checking this one out.


  • Dan the Barbarian

  • Gold Girls and Glory, Book 1
  • By: Hondo Jinx
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

 

When college sophomore Dan Marshall's life morphs into a hybrid of Penn State and a home-brew tabletop RPG adventure, he grabs his talking two-handed sword and hits campus, seeking gold, girls, and glory. But even with two beautiful badass women at his side, how can a low-level barbarian survive when he’s pitted against a fraternity of gnolls, a dungeon full of nightmares, and an apocalyptic death cult bent on destroying the whole world?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Eirik on 01-08-19

Like every guy who has ever played D&D's dream.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

First of all. I read the book before I listened to this one. I loved the book so it was a no brainer. If you have not listened to anything narrated by Andrea Parsneau this would be the one you would want to start with. She nailed every single character in the book for me and really brought them to life.

She nails Dan’s voice as the MC, college kid trying desperately to pass his classes and avoid the wrath of his crazy professor, to the seductive, and incredibly powerful duo of Holly and Nadia, and my personal favorite the foul mouthed talking sword Wulfgar. On a side note, I don’t know how she did it but Willis’s gnome voice was amazing!

This story and performance will leave you wanting more, trust me. I can’t wait for the second one to come out on Audible!

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  • Steam Whistle Alley

  • An Adventure in Augmented Reality
  • By: Joshua Mason
  • Narrated by: Sena Bryer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

When an augmented reality game’s creator offers him goggles, Jacob enters a city he thinks he knows. But towering monuments of Victorian architecture have replaced the skyscrapers. Airships float between the buildings. Fearsome enemies, from steam-powered rabbits to clockwork werewolves, lurk in every shadow. But with the game comes a quest, and to the victors go the deed to Steam Whistle Alley, the social and financial heart of the game. And some of his adversaries aren’t playing games. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More like a cat call whistle than a steam one!

  • By Ray Johnson on 01-02-19

My first foray into Steampunk

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

I have never really been one to get overly excited about steampunk, but I love LitRPG/Gamelit books so I thought I would give it a try.

Story: As I listened to this one there were hints of Ready Player One, which I absolutely loved. Some of the references were good and the MC’s (Jacob) lines often reminded me of the MC from RP1.

I loved how the game mechanics were explained by the very helpful monkey with a monocle - Banjo. It was done in a way that could explain game mechanics without getting too caught up in the minutiae. It would probably be more LitRPG lite, but honestly it worked.

The author does a nice job throughout the story of explaining the surroundings and how The Seattle area has been turned into a Steampunk paradise. I also really liked the interactions once the group started working together and how those characters were all developed, even his budding love interest.

The antagonist/mobs left me wanting a little more, but I expect that to get better in book 2.

Narrator: This is the first book I have listened to narrated by Sena Bryer and I have to say I am thoroughly impressed. She did a great job voicing not only the MC but also the side characters as well. The inflection was great throughout the book, with none of those awkward pauses or missed cues. I will definitely look for more books done by Sena after this and hope she does book 2 when it comes out as I will definitely be picking it up!

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  • Vortena: Everybody Loves Large Chests, Volume 3

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,484
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,372
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,364

What happens when one takes a murderous psychopath and forces them to team up with a cowardly tinkerer? Though not a question Jeremiah ever expected to ponder, he is nevertheless looking forward to seeing what the aforementioned duo will cook up. Success or failure does not matter to Richard, only that the journey be entertaining.     

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Boxy's back and your gonna be in trouble . . .

  • By Ray Johnson on 10-31-18

Good third book, excellent audio performance!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

I will start with the performance on this one. You know those songs you hear on the radio or somewhere random and you automatically go, “Hey, that’s a really good song, I’ve gotta know who sings it.” Well, that’s how this performance hit me. There are parts throughout that are so well done that they have stuck with me well after I listened to it. The transitions between characters are seamless and not jerky like a lot of other books I’ve listened to. The performance got me through an otherwise “meh” book.

It really won’t make sense until you listen to it, but there is a part with a metal clang and a goat/satyr bleat that I think of at least five times a day and always brings a smile to my face.

If you are a fan of the first two books I think you will not be disappointed with this one. There is a lot of good action and adventure. There is sex, and a rape scene where I like some others have not exactly been a fan of and wish there could have been a different option chose. For that part.

Otherwise it is a fun LitRPG novel, Boxxy is a unique MC and Fizzy’s character starts to evolve. I’d recommend it for the narration alone.

  • The Wayward Bard

  • World of Chains, Book 1
  • By: Lars M.
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James, Jeff Hays, Laurie Catherine Winkel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437

With all the pesky planning out of the way, Daniel set out to realize his ultimate dream: gaining enough money to buy a tropical island and spend his days playing the violin and RPGs. What could possibly go wrong?   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A New Look

  • By Austin on 10-24-18

One of my new favorites in LitRPG/Gamelit audible books!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Full disclosure, I received a code to download this book off of a promotion of most badass musical solos in history.

With that being said...

Where to begin. I suppose with the thing that stood out to me the most on this book. The completely REFRESHING performance of Justin Thomas James, Jeff Hays, and Laurie Catherine Winkel. I have enjoyed Sound Booth Theater performances in the past, but this has to be one of my favorites. JTJ’s main narration is done perfectly. His smooth voice keeps the tone right throughout the story and is so fitting for the MC. This is by far my favorite from him. I am not sure who was in charge of adding the sound effects/music, but well done! It added a whole new element to the narration that I had not experienced before. The music complimented the action/scenes well, and I mean come on, if you are going to have a story about a bard, you gotta have some music, right? All in all though, solid performance and I am very impressed.

As for the story. I liked how it jumped into the game around the 5% mark. It got right or the point and did a nice job of transitioning.

The author also does a nice job of working with the MCs strengths, making a believable story that isn’t just some “over powered Bard beating down everything in his path with his magical lute.”

I loved the puzzles/intrigue and how the battles were done. All in all, I highly recommend this one. If for nothing else, a nice/needed change of pace from what else is out there!

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  • 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 5,565
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,257

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

Best LitRPG that I’ve listened to in a long time!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

I have been listening to many LitRPGs recently and this by far has been the most enjoyable.

Dakota did a great job in keeping the story moving and adding all sorts of twists and intrigue throughout.

If you like Awaken Online or The Land then you definitely need to give this book a go.

Vikas Adam does an excellent job narrating throughout and had great inflection and captured the emotions that I believe Dakota was going for in the book.

5/5 stars across the board, can’t wait for book 2!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Life Reset: A LitRPG Novel

  • New Era Online, Book 1
  • By: Shemer Kuznits
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 24 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,672
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,351

After being betrayed and cursed by an extremely rare spell, Oren, a powerful and influential player, finds himself as a first-level goblin! Without even a fraction of his previous power, he vows to pull through and have revenge on those who betrayed him. His thorough knowledge of the game's world and his unique ability to immerse himself entirely are his only advantages. But first, he must figure out how to survive long enough playing what is basically a low-level fodder monster!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All Hail Our Tiny Green Overlord!

  • By HeatherY on 11-11-17

Great (and long) LitRPG with plenty of action!

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

I truly enjoyed this first book in the New Era Online series. Without giving too many spoilers, I loved how the MC came to be a level 1 goblin. It was a unique twist that really sets the stage for the rest of the book. I really enjoyed Jeff Hays narration, as usual, and he did a great job of giving personalities to a variety of characters throughout the book.

While this is not as heavy on large battles and action scenes (it still has a couple great sequences), the author does a great job in diving in to the town building aspect. For me, and my new found love of LitRPG novels, this was very refreshing. It was a different take and really allowed you to experience/visualize the growth of the new goblin city that he is building.

The NPC interactions were top notch as well. I am interested to see where the story goes with the other two main player characters. They were the only area where I wish I had more information/back story.

I am excited to grab book two and continue this series!

  • Gamer for Life

  • Alpha World, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Schinhofen
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,400

Seamus is facing life in prison without parole. While doing his time, he's given an option by the Department of Justice and the biggest virtual game maker around, Mindblown Entertainment. If he will help them test long-term immersion, he will get the chance to play the latest game from Mindblown - Alpha World. All he has to do is sign away his legal rights and sign an NDA.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • one foot in LitRPG the other in erotica

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-27-17

Very Entertaining LITRPG

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

I thought the premise of this book was great. I thought the author did a good job of setting up the story and really did not waste time getting into the game world. I really enjoyed the first 75-80% of this book. But I am also a big fan of the game mechanics, leveling, etc, that comes with litrpg novels.

There is a lot of fighting, some good loot (although a couple items I felt gave the MC a pretty unfair advantage), and some exciting group fights, with lots of XP to be had. The leveling happens pretty quickly throughout.

The MC’s class reminded me a lot of the Warlock I used to play in World of Warcraft. I would’ve liked to see a little more variation, maybe a couple of cool unique spells to spice things up.

I read some reviews before I purchased this book, knowing that there were some adult themes/situations. I truly believe that a lot of people really made those parts out to be more than what they are. Sure they are a little “steamy” and definitely adult, but it’s not like it’s an erotic novel or soft core porn in any sense. I am looking forward to the next books in the series to help build some more backstory/intrigue of the romance interests.

For me personally, I came for the game mechanics aspect, and could’ve done without the multiple relationships the MC has throughout the book, but if you don’t mind a little promiscuity, you will enjoy this book.

I am looking forward to book 2 in the series!