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  • Dungeon Madness

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 2
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,440
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,165

Both Cal and Dale have become stronger, each in spite of the other. The dungeon - Cal - knows exactly how much their strength has increased, and is working hard to become exponentially more powerful. His schemes are becoming more complex, and his dungeon - his body - more deadly. Dale has a nasty surprise waiting for him as he works to thwart the plans of the devious dungeon. Hearing a voice in his head that distracts him in critical moments, he must fight his mind as he battles deadly creatures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • decent book but the ending will irritate you

  • By William Schiff on 10-20-17

The Good, Bad, and Overall...

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

The Good: The adventure continues! More explanations of how the Universe of the Dungeon Born come together. The story continues with more in depth character development. Excellent attempt of multi-party combats simultaneously.

The Bad: The epic battle at the end got a bit confusing as to who was where doing what. 'Cal' repeated himself a few times with the exact same lines "if I had hands they would be rubbing together"; is a bit of lazy writing. After the epic battle, Fonzy appeared and one of the underground chambers filled with water. A speed boat appeared (though not part of this known Universe) and for some unknown reason, Fonzy (on water ski's) jumped over a shark! Throughout the first 2 books everything had a logical reason for the story to progress. Dale, though easily avoiding hordes of infected mushroom zombies - gets silenced/knocked out by a mediocre coward of a character; who just so happened to have a super secret item for a convenient escape. Instead of writing a logical reason for the events to happen; Dakota Krout writes in a jumping the shark moment. ~Sigh~

Overall: Good build up with a disappointing ending. The only thing missing was Ming the Merciless laughing at the end, but I digress. I will continue to the next story; as I have already purchased it, but my rating reflects book 2 appropriately.

  • Dungeon Born

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,793

For eons, conquering dungeons has been the most efficient way to become a strong adventurer. Although not everything is as straightforward as it seems. Several questions have always plagued the minds of those who enter these mythical places of power: why are there so many monsters? Where do the amazing weaponry and heavy gold coins come from? Why does the very air fill with life-giving energies? Cal has all of the answers to these age-old questions, for a very simple reason. He is a Dungeon Heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem in the RPG/Fantasy Genre

  • By SirMehr on 04-01-17

The Good, Bad, and Overall...

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

The Good: As an aspiring writer/story teller I know in order to create a great story you have to first create the Universe in which the story takes place. Dakota Krout did this. I like the stories approach from the other side of the table. You are thrown into book without a back story; meaning you learn as the Dungeon learns. Vikas Adam performed very well.

The Bad: The Universe created doesn't hold up too well. In this Universe the old man yelling "Get off my lawn!" would rule the world. Though it is interesting to see Dale's evolution from goat herder to hero; he is a paper thin character. Overnight Dale's life goes from rags to riches, but we never get to see him enjoy any of it.

Overall: I still enjoyed it and bought the next 2 books. I actually LOL a few times and felt engaged in the story. If you are expecting a normal Dungeon and Dragon's story you may be disappointed. I found the stories approach very refreshing. Oh, and "Get off my Lawn!"

  • The Terror

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Tom Sellwood
  • Length: 28 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447

The men onboard HMS Terror have every expectation of finding the Northwest Passage. When the expedition's leader, Sir John Franklin, meets a terrible death, Captain Francis Crozier takes command and leads his surviving crewmen on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. But as another winter approaches, as scurvy and starvation grow more terrible, and as the Terror on the ice stalks them southward, Crozier and his men begin to fear there is no escape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DON"T watch the (whole) TV show first please.

  • By Piper on 05-05-18

Think Peanut Butter and Sauerkraut.

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Any additional comments?

I was anticipating that this would be like John Carpenter's "The Thing", but instead it was more like "Dusk 'til Dawn"; which isn't a good thing.

It started out great! All the adventure of exploration and the daily obstacles that they faced. Then they decided to add a monster. A monster of the Arctic sounds cool, as did a story about early exploration but when you put them together you get a toxic mess. Think Peanut Butter and Sauerkraut.

Another reviewer pointed out that your mind wanders due to the monotonous script and I have to agree. Eventually it becomes white noise and you wonder where did the last 10 minutes go. I also lost all concern if so and so lived or died, as it reminded me of the South Park Meme: ... and it's gone. For example:

Introduce a back story for a character, have him make some progress.... and he's dead!
Have a character develop some insight.... and he's dead!
Tell me the name of a lot of characters have them do nothing.... and they're dead!

Plus these people have the survival capabilities of promiscuous teenagers in a Friday the 13th movie. I lost all interest in if they live,die, or get home as I stopped listening with 4 hours remaining.

It's a soggy, half frozen peanut butter and sauerkraut mess...

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sojourn

  • Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,937

R. A. Salvatore's New York Times best-selling novel! Drizzt DoUrden has forsaken his subterranean home for the harsh unknown of the surface. The young warrior begins a sojourn through a world utterly unlike his own - and finds that acceptance among the surface-dwellers will only come at a great price....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great sense of adventure

  • By Adnan on 05-19-13

Mediocre at best...

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Any additional comments?

This book really lacks substance. I get that they are trying to impart Dritzzt's lack of experience of above ground living, but what we receive is a skunk (that stench was a true foreshadow) and a episode of Little House on the Prairie (who choose to ignore the local beasties threat).

As to the narration, I felt like the book was being read by Mr. Rogers (first 20 minutes). Unless this book was targeting 4 year old's he really missed the mark.

Finally, the final straw was the "Hey, who is that Dark Elf stranger? Uh-oh he looks like he may be nice, so lets start a bad PR for him by... let's say... umm, an overly befuddled plan where I get to play dress up?"

Stopped listening there... skip this book and move along... nothing to see here.

  • Russia

  • A Short History
  • By: Abraham Ascher
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Abraham Ascher offers a skillful blend of engaging narrative and fresh analysis in this concise introduction to Russian history. Newly updated on the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, it covers the growing political tensions between Russia and its neighbors and the mounting divergence between Russian and US foreign policies. This stimulating and beautifully written introduction will prove enlightening for students, scholars, and travelers alike.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow the @!$# Down!

  • By Brian Douglas on 03-25-18

Slow the @!$# Down!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

Any additional comments?

John Pruden might as well be reading a warranty disclaimer for a microwave. He reads at such a fast pace the material become gibberish and dissolves into white noise.

I purchased this because I wished to better understand Russian Literature (subtext) , but it is almost impossible to process the information that is being delivered in a monotonal tone.

I tried slowing it down the audio to 90% but it is too distorted. Highly disappointed. It is almost like he is afraid the tape will run out before he finishes. Will not be buying ANY book read by this narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Apocalypse: The Undead World Novel 1 (Volume 1)

  • By: Peter Meredith
  • Narrated by: Basil Sands
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,476

Greed, terrorism, and simple bad luck conspire to bring mankind to its knees as a viral infection spreads out of control, reducing those infected to undead horrors that feed upon the rest. It's a time of misery and death for most, however there are some who are lucky, some who are fast, and some who are just too damned tough to go down without a fight. This is their story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Undead: A New Appreciation for Of what Living is supposed to be about

  • By Mitch on 05-22-18

2 Hours into it I had to stop...

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

Any additional comments?

I had high expectations based upon the other reviews but this is just a hodgepodge of stereotypical characters taken directly from TV shows and movies.

Obviously the author has no military experience and had to disable the brains of each of his characters. For example, they call them Zombies but no one thinks to shoot them in the head. Seems like something people familiar with Zombie stories (the populace in the book) would know. Especially since it is being pitched about how normal people would react. Sadly, the author didn't deliver what he pitched and instead we get above said Hodgepodge.

Desert Storm demonstrated that ground wars were a thing of the past, and GroPo's are used in sweeps of areas only after air support and armored vehicle support.

Worse than tripe... it is Zombie Tripe. *Avoid like a terrorist zombie virus*

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Sleeping Beauties

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King, Owen King
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 25 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,212

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: They become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.... The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The story was drawn out and very uneventful.

  • By Trevor zarek on 06-13-18

Couldn't finish it...

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

Any additional comments?

This tripe has the same effect of pandering King's son upon us as Will Smith's similar effete movie "After-birth". King appears to sample all his previous work trying to find something that will fit. Shawshank Redemption, IT, and a slew of other previous stories were homogenized/whitewashed and put into action. I loved "The Long Walk" and most of his 1990's and previous stories, but this is worse than "The Tommy-Knockers"; and he can't blame it on cocaine this time.

If this URL posts it will some up my position better than my meager writing skills allow... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMZONL8x8NE

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 185,291
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 173,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172,717

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

Youthful Nostalgia; but not in a good way

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

Any additional comments?

The Good: Narrated very well. Character voices stood out. Nostalgia. Having grown up in the 80's it was a nice trip down memory lane. I played most of those games to include D&D.

The Bad: Story was way too linear (only one perspective) and therefore lacked depth. Also, there were large plot holes that you could accommodate a conga line of transforming battle robots. The villain (and most supporting characters) were very 2 dimensional. Reminded me of The Plague (bad guy) in the the movie "Hackers".

Overall: Very anticlimactic ending aside it had entertaining value, but could have been much better. Plausibility of the characters evolution was a bit hard to swallow as well. In the cola wars this world would be very despotic light. Missing was the broken spirits of the population of Orwell's 1984, and other than the main characters; there was no real human element. I'm not sure what the target audience was meant to be. On one hand it relies heavily on a broad understanding of 80's culture, but on the other it reads like a young readers book. Which, isn't anything wrong with as I was a huge fan of the John Carter of Mars series as a teen. I know find those painful to read.

A little too much leading by the nose for my taste. ***

  • New Year Island

  • By: Paul Draker
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 23 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 580
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 533
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 535

Ten strangers, recruited by an edgy new reality show and marooned on an abandoned island overrun by wildlife. One dies in a horrible accident. Nine realize they are all past survivors, alive only because they've beaten incredible odds once before. One by one, their hidden secrets are revealed. Eight discover they are trapped. Caught in a game so deadly that the most terrifying experiences of their lives were only its qualifying round, they must now face the greatest danger on the island... each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AREALLY GOOD LISTEN!

  • By Joyce Munden on 04-01-15

A Good Premise does not a Story Make.

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

Reviewed: 01-23-17

Any additional comments?

I don't understand all of the raving reviews this poorly written story is receiving.

Very 2 dimensional characters with multiple fallibility's woven into this flimsy story line.

I will agree with the multitude that the reader did an exceptional job; considering what she had to work with.

I was hoping for a last minute surprise that would make the story pull together; like the movie Identity did.

Fancy plates, a first class serving staff, and live music will not make tripe taste any better...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Christy Romano
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,370

In a prosperous yet gruesomely violent near future, superhero vigilantes battle thugs whose heads are full of supervillain fantasies. The peace is kept by a team of smooth, well-dressed negotiators called The Men in Fancy Suits. Meanwhile a young girl is caught in the middle and thinks the whole thing is ridiculous. Zoey, a recent college graduate with a worthless degree, makes a reluctant trip into the city after hearing that her estranged con artist father died in a mysterious yet spectacular way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This whole city is a butt that farts horror.

  • By Claudia H on 03-03-16

Painful to finish.

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

Any additional comments?

If this was the first David Wong book I listened to this mess would be that last I lost all interest in the characters and kept hoping for the refreshing cleverness that has been prominent in David Wong's other books would eventually surface. It didn't. The reader was fine. The story had potential but didn't hold up. 'John dies at the end' and 'This book is full of Spiders' are far far superior and so very much worth the listen.