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Nate Smith

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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 14,598
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,746

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
  • Better Than The Wheel Of Time and Firefly

  • By Just Sayin on 10-18-18

A bad game of DnD

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

this was a rough one, while i love the narrator this felt like i was on an uninspired dnd campaign. Needless to say i would not pay for this game. The character while being presented as a veteran of rpgs, acts like a noob the whole time, far too excited about little stuff and not focusing on the bigger picture, makes it a difficult listen as you are constantly disagreeing with the author.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Battle Mage

  • By: Peter A. Flannery
  • Narrated by: RD Watson
  • Length: 34 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,998
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,988

The world is falling to the burning shadow of the Possessed and only the power of a battle mage can save it. But the ancient bond with dragonkind is failing. Of those that answer a summoning too many are black. Black dragons are the enemy of humankind. Black dragons are mad. Falco Dante is a weakling in a world of warriors, but worse than this, he is the son of a madman. Driven by grief, Falco makes a decision that will drive him to the brink of despair. As he tries to come to terms with his actions Falco follows his friends to the Academy of War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing book!

  • By Loyd Simpson on 01-10-18

disappointing and contrived

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

I am so surprised I managed to finish this, the story is terribly contrived, conviently main characters continually get out of "impossible" situations. Not sure if I have ever read a more selfish main character than Falco (that includes kvothe), he gets his friends parents killed...but it's ok because he feels bad about it, they train for like a year and suddenly they are all better battle commanders than seasoned veterans, sorry but this book was terrible and I am really disappointed I spent a credit on it...note to self read the one star reviews to see if you can live with the faults instead of just looking at the overall ratings. additionally the narrator mispronounced several words especially toward the end, really takes you out of what little story there is to begin with.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,859
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,395

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It might be better to actually read this.

  • By Ariel on 07-25-11

Please replace Jesse Bernstein, get a hard copy

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

I enjoyed the story, and actually had to go to the library to check out a hard copy to finish, Jesse Bernstein is unlistenable (I may have made up a word, but it is necessary.) His over inflection takes me out of the story so fast I can't make it more than five minutes or so before I have to turn it off. I foolishly got this book on a recommendation and I didn't bother to see who the narrator was before checking. As soon as the first sentence was read I instantly became disappointed. This particular narrator ruined Percy Jackson for me and did the same for this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unfettered

  • Tales By Masters of Fantasy
  • By: Terry Brooks, Patrick Rothfuss, Robert Jordan, and others
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Marc Vietor, Bronson Pinchot, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 877

You define life or it defines you. In Shawn Speakman’s case, it was both. Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Shawn quickly accrued a massive medical debt that he did not have the ability to pay. That’s when New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story that Shawn could sell to help alleviate those bills—and suggested he ask the same of his other writer friends. Unfettered is the result: An anthology built in order to relieve that debt, featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings

  • By Stephanie on 04-16-14

A lot of fun, great if you only have 10-15 minutes

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

An excellent conglomeration of stories, I really enjoyed the performances by the narrators, and the stories were all worth at least one listen, some are worth an extra listen. Simply put, and to avoid spoilers, I liked it...check it out.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 201,020
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 187,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187,303

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Too preachy to be fun

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

As a true gamer I have a lot of problems with this book. If there was said to be a secret coded into the game, people would have quickly taken apart the code to find the location code of the "secret item" and there...end of story. Also, this book was crazy preachy, I get it, the author doesn't like organized religion but it is unnecessary to jam it down my throat to the point of it becoming distracting while trying to listen to the book. Finally I have a hard time listening to Whil Wheaton for an extended period of time.

  • The Black Company

  • Chronicles of The Black Company, Book 1
  • By: Glen Cook
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,752
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,757

Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hardbitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead - until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard Boiled Morally Ambiguous Epic Fantasy

  • By Jefferson on 03-18-11

Worth the time

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

This is a solid read, I however am always a sucker for a group of people each with their own designated set of skills (i.e. Lord of the Rings, Logen's group in the Blade it'self) I found the Raven character particularly enjoyable.

  • The Providence of Fire

  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 24 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,116

Having learned the identity of her father's assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'm trying really hard to like this series.

  • By Mike on 02-09-15

Adare ruins everything

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

hated it thank goodness for gwenna because Adare is one of the worst written characters I've read, way too much plot armor...I think the author fell in love with his character and the ending is just a hack pandering job...money I can't get back:(

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Sabriel

  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,677

Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enraptured

  • By T. HICKS on 06-20-09

not that great

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

tons of contrived plot points lack of character development great narrator though makes the entire experience worthwhile if a little mundane

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Queen of Fire

  • A Raven's Shadow Novel, Book 3
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 26 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,595
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,602

After fighting back from the brink of death, Queen Lyrna is determined to repel the invading Volarian army and regain the independence of the Unified Realm. Except to accomplish her goals, she must do more than rally her loyal supporters. She must align herself with forces she once found repugnant - those who possess the strange and varied gifts of the Dark - and take the war to her enemy's doorstep. Victory rests on the shoulders of Vaelin Al Sorna, now named battle lord of the realm. However, his path is riddled with difficulties.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Completion of the Collapse of Potential

  • By Joe Chad on 07-14-15

disappointed,

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

Reviewed: 04-01-16

Never have I seen so many Mary Sues in a single book. So disappointing after the first book was so promising