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  • Fizzlesprocket: Everybody Loves Large Chests - Vol. 2

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,826
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,730

Things are not well within the Lodrak Empire. An entire city goes up in smoke and ash, and an entire province is slowly being consumed by an ever-expanding cloud of death. But while the humans rally to contain the fallout of this disaster, they are much quicker to pin the blame for it on their elven neighbors to the north. With centuries' worth of strife and bad blood between the two nations flaring up, all out war is rapidly becoming an inevitability.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tasty!

  • By Grunkle Tiro on 03-18-18

Hilarious!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

Warning: This series is not for serious-minded people looking for the next James Joyce or Bronte sister. These books are for mindless entertainment and people with a sense of humor.
I’ve read several funny books, but this is a top three. There were numerous occasions where I was literally laughing out loud and slapping my knee! Spoiler alert if you haven’t read the first book, but having a mimic as the main character creates some outrageously hilarious situations, and Neven Iliev doesn’t miss an opportunity to explore the ridiculous. Add in some quirky demonesses in a lust/hate relationship and a pubescent boy’s imagination and belly laughs ensue.
Jeff Hays does another masterful job with character voices and storytelling. Although I sometimes find the vocal and audio effects a little unnecessary, in this case they were warranted and indeed augmented the listening experience.

  • Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1)

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,122

Large chests are said to encompass all manner of hopes and dreams. Men covet them. Women envy them. But one fact holds true - everyone wants to get their hands on some big ones. The same holds true for one intrepid adventurer - a strapping young lad by the name of Himmel. Armed with his grandfather's trusty longsword and the dream of being the strongest, he sets out on the journey of a lifetime!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Entertaining

  • By HeatherY on 11-23-17

Killer Story!

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

The LItRPG genre is full of unique storylines and creative writers. While I have been thoroughly enjoying much of it, this book has taken a completely unexpected approach. It takes a rare monster, gives it self awareness, and sends it out to wreak chaos upon the world! It is an absolutely hilarious adventure.

Jeff Hays is the king of LitRPG narration. I love his work, and with this story he delivers another terrific performance.

  • Max Rage

  • Intergalactic Badass!
  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Troy Duran
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Master Chief Sergeant Major Max Rage was the top dog in an elite fighting force that no one in the galaxy could stop. Until, one day, someone did. The lone survivor, Rage was blamed for the mission failure and court-martialed. With a serious chip on his shoulder, Rage finds himself as a bouncer at the top dive bar in Greenville, South Carolina. And, man, is he bored with his job. At least until he gets a job offer he can't refuse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • just what I needed today

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-27-18

Very Fun

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

This story is about the stereotypical macho jarhead. Don’t look for depth, symbolism, or political satire. Just listen for fun, silly entertainment and you will be quite happy.
Troy Duran is an excellent narrator choice for this story. He portrayed the tough Max Rage well and also did a terrific job with the other characters.

  • The Glass Cat Eye

  • By: H. L. Randall
  • Narrated by: Aaron Sinn
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

A preacher's daughter's excessive appetite for the dark side compromises her relationship with a young atheist; his desperation to save her catapults him into a strange world that is literally about to blow up in his face; and a theology professor turned demon hunter tries to save our world by battling a creature from the River Styx. In a hidden place where demons float in and out of earth's realm through a swirling mystical hole, what can save us?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Psychic's, Demon's and portals. Oh my

  • By PattyH on 10-17-18

Pretty Good Idea

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

The premise of this story is definitely solid. What starts as one man’s quest to prove a psychic a fraud becomes a mission to save the world. The transition of the plot is fluid and flows smoothly from the initial direction to stopping evil. That said, there are a few details that stand out to me that I found unsatisfying.
Let me first say I did like the story. However, is seems like the author is English and set the story in Ohio. The line, “Shut your bloody mouth,” immediately caught my attention, as I have never heard of an American from any part of the country speaking that way. There were a few other things, like calling a woman a sorcerer rather than sorceress, that also seemed strange, but perhaps I’m being too critical there. More below
The narration is good, with a clear sound. It seemed at times to be a little fast (at normal speed) but overall pleasant to listen to.

*Spoilers* The romantic element between Esther and Steven was a bit forced. When Steven arrives and rescues Esther he constantly refers to her romantically, even though she has put him in the “friend zone.” He calls her “honey” and “baby” despite there being nothing beyond friendship yet. I will say that the final scene when they finally do get together makes sense.

  • Flare

  • Ember in Space, Book 2
  • By: Rebecca Rode
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Ember doesn't have time to mourn. She's got big plans - save the oppressed flickers, rescue Stefan, and bring the Empire to its knees. But she soon discovers that her ability has a terrible, unthinkable cost. Can Ember choose between the man she loves and the Empire she hates? Stefan has succeeded in helping Ember escape. His grandmother's prophecy is being fulfilled, and he's ready to face execution for his part in it. But when he uncovers the Union's deadly secret, Stefan realizes he must survive long enough to find the Union's base and warn Ember - before she pays with her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Sequel

  • By Daniel Delgado on 10-11-18

A Good Sequel

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I really enjoyed the first book of this series. I have been waiting for this second book to be released. I definitely enjoyed this book too, though not quite as much as the first. Without giving any spoilers, I’m just not a fan of romantic drama.
There are some excellent plot points that were introduced and then properly explored. The mystery of Ember’s past and family history is one of those points, along with the Emperor’s Daughter. There is also some compelling character development of Ember, but also a few others.
Stacey Glemboski did a fabulous job of narrating. Her gypsy accent really sets Ember apart from the other characters, and she doesn’t strain to perform the male voices. Her storytelling is excellent too. I definitely enjoy her work.

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  • BOO! A Halloween Story

  • God Complex Universe
  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: John York
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

When a young man from a village comes to the big city to study, he finds himself overwhelmed by the urban lifestyle. But will he manage to blend in by going to a Halloween party, when his crush asks him to help decorate the place, when the abandoned villa becomes all too spooky for him and when the illusory masks everyone wears seem to never come off?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a bad trip must be like

  • By Spooky Mike on 02-25-18

So Much Promise

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

This story is set in the relatively near future, when cybernetic implants have started to become popular, particularly with late teens and younger adults. That is not clear in the early portion of the story but it is a significant detail.
I perceive this story as an allegory, with elements of the movie Shallow Hal and a messages about self confidence and social perceptions. The ending of the story fits the latter two ideas, with the primary event demonstrating the former. Yet, even with the connections to the two ideas, Instill find the ending wanting and anticlimactic.
John York did a solid job of narrating. I am not a fan of too many English narrators but his style is pleasant to listen too.

  • Harvest

  • Dark Murmurings, Book 3
  • By: B. Pheasant
  • Narrated by: Gary Leo Smith
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

What would you do if you won a dream holiday? For newly-weds Laurelyn and Elijah, it was a dream come true. They could finally have the honeymoon they could never have afforded on their own. Their excitement is tangible as they leave for Spain. With their arrival in Spain, they soon realize things aren’t as they should be. Instead of a hotel, they are taken to an isolated Asylum. They will be lucky to leave alive.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book 3

  • By Zoe on 04-14-18

Decent Horror

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

This story is good and has some tension. The horror element is there and a bit creepy. The kidnapping is done well and seems plausible. That is definitely the scariest part for me.

Gary Leo Smith did a good job with the narration, but was not exceptional. The pace was a little too slow and some of the inflections seemed a bit too read. Most of the narration was solid, just a few trouble spots.

  • Lit

  • The Alt Apocalypse, Book 2
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

In Lit, Abrahams tells the story of a couple on a camping trip to the Angeles National Forest, a Los Angeles firefighter, a lonely fry cook, and a group of college students who struggle to escape and survive in Southern California after an unprecedented outbreak of wild and urban fires. Can they escape the flames? Will they become heroes or run from danger? What will it take to end a fiery hell on earth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting premise

  • By KS on 07-22-18

Pretty Cool Concept

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Though the story got into the action pretty quickly, there were so many characters introduced that it was a difficult to get into any of their story lines early on. As the individual characters began experiencing their conflicts things became clearer and relatable.
The difficulties endured in this story are pretty realistic. The wildfires and the resulting complications are mostly the kinds of things that have been reported before, though some are obviously somewhat sensationalized. Still, the premise that the core characters will endure various tragedies and will have different reactions during each scenario is something I am looking forward to reading/hearing more about.
Kevin Pierce is a great storyteller. He builds the images and moods professionally. The character voices are a bit limited, but intoned well.

  • Molters

  • By: C. A. Gleason
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

A group of friends encounter deadly creatures in Europe, and their pleasant vacation quickly turns into terror as they frantically struggle to stay alive. Soon they make a horrific discovery in the depths of an abandoned military base that could lead to the end of mankind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stars slow then picks up

  • By KD on 09-18-18

Decent Premise, But With Gaps

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I was given this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

There are absolutely elements of this story I enjoy. There is a fairly unique creature species, and it has three distinct classes. In a sense it’s like a bee hive, with numerous workers, a few drones, and a queen. The correlation isn’t exact, but similar enough in respect to percentages in each class.
There are some good action scenes, and the protagonist (Jonah) undergoes a significant change. He matures rapidly out of necessity, and continues along a better path through the conclusion. He goes from entitled to humble and reliable. In this regard I am quite pleased with the book.
The primary shortcoming is the gaps in the story. There are a few pivotal scenes that could have been amazing if they had been developed further. However, they were breezed through in order to rush back to Jonah driving. That is as far as I can explain without spoilers. These gaps give me an unfulfilled feeling about the story, and I considered giving only two stars for the story.
The narration is very good. David Drummond has done a couple hundred audiobooks and is quite skilled at storytelling. He also pronounces German well enough to pass as believable to my ears. Mind you, I don’t speak German but have heard enough to find the reading solid.

  • Exponential: A Novel of Monster Horror

  • By: Adam Cesare
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Five strangers drawn together at a roadside bar on the outskirts of Las Vegas. One rampaging monster, escaped from a secret facility, absorbing victims and accumulating biomass as it moves north from Arizona. The miles between them rapidly dwindling. No, this is not the world’s best math problem, it’s Exponential. The rollicking, brutal, gory, and strangely poignant horror novel from Adam Cesare. Criminals and screw-ups need to face down science run amok in this literary tribute to films like Tremors and The Blob.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mix&Match of the Blob and The Thing in a Mouse

  • By Ray Johnson on 09-03-18

Very Good Story

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

I have a feeling that if a name like J. A. Konrath/Jack Kilborn or Steve Alten was attached to this story it would receive some significant attention. This story has flashes of their writing styles, with some real depth being added to pretty much every character. Also, as with the authors mentioned above, don’t get too attached to any characters. Let’s just say there isn’t a happily ever after ending to this book.
I was impressed with this story overall and am hoping it receives the attention it deserves. For reasons that may become obvious if you listen to or read this story, I kind of feel about it like I do the movie Tremors, with Kevin Bacon. It is a cult classic that I will pretty much watch any time it is on tv, because I really like it, but it doesn’t quite make it into my top 25 movies list. This story is really good, and I really like it, but it is more of a 4 1/2 Star rather than a 5.

The narration is excellent. Matt Godfrey really “tells the story.” His character voice range seems a bit limited but he really kept my interest attention with his ability to drive the story and shape the scenes with his performance.