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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 4,739
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,488

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

Promising start

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

I loved his dungeon series but this one doesn't have quite the same cleverness. There is a fast pace and his trademark subtle humor - loved the Bashers making a reappearance - but lots of awkwardness and a really forced intro to get his protagonist into the situation where he can kick off his adventures.

I like RPGLit but unfortunately this is one of the more middling entries. Hoping the series gets better as it goes along.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Spaceship Next Door

  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,155

When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization everyone freaked out for a little while. Or almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fun Sci Fi read with an Excellent Reader!

  • By bluestategirl on 12-30-16

The narration ruined this

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

Who cast a middle aged male narrator with 1940s-style cadence to read a 16-year-old female protagonist? Basically all dialog sounded like daddy was scolding the Beaver for, I don't know, jumping to conclusions or something.

It really changed the story, and it was TERRIBLE. I honestly can't judge this book as a story because it was just this guy sounding like he was the voice over for a Pepperidge Farm commercial.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Witch Walking

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,481
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,492

Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wildly entertaining

  • By Patti on 09-27-07

A really stupid story with mediocre narration

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This amateurish attempt at supernatural modern fiction was not made better by the narrator. I don't blame her for not bringing her best - it is total garbage - and at least she was consistent, but nothing could save this incoherent, ridiculous, rambling tale.

  • English History Made Brief, Irreverent, and Pleasurable

  • By: Lacey Baldwin Smith
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 766

Here at last is a history of England that is designed to entertain as well as inform and that will delight the armchair traveler, the tourist, or just about anyone interested in history. No people have engendered quite so much acclaim or earned so much censure as the English: extolled as the Athenians of modern times, yet hammered for their self-satisfaction and hypocrisy. But their history has been a spectacular one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable history

  • By Dennis K. on 11-23-17

Does not live up to its title

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

This is the usual stuff casual consumers of English history already know about. It seems to be aimed at Americans, with insights like the difference between "British" and "English," the U.K. vs. Great Britain, etc. Each episode is indeed brief. But irreverence is not just acknowledging in mild but frank sentences that sometimes English leaders didn't do things optimally. And all pleasure was stripped by the repeated use of the ill-formed phrase "the tight little island" to describe Britain.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • History Is All You Left Me

  • By: Adam Silvera
  • Narrated by: Tom Picasso
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 434

OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo, in a drowning accident. In an attempt to hold on to every piece of the past, he forges a friendship with Theo's last boyfriend, Jackson. When Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects he's hiding something and will stop at nothing to get to the truth about Theo's death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, listeners will question Griffin's own version of the truth - in terms of both what he's willing to hide and what true love means.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Hurts. So You'll Like It.

  • By B.A. Wilson on 12-02-17

More drama than theatre class

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Ok, sometimes it's easy to forget how IMPORTANT everything is when you're a teenager. The gay twist isn't much of one, because all the kids involved have super supportive parents and peers (hooray for 2016!), but it does lead to sentences like this one:

"I hug him like the brother I never had - like the brother I never would have slept with, if I'd known I'd one day be calling him a brother of mine."

The book is full of prose like this. It really impedes the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,013
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,018

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Wow that took forever.

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

The narrator's style made it seem like the people never changed or learned even though the novel spanned an entire lifetime.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Ladies' Room

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,756
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,761

Secrets told in the church ladies' room are supposed to stay in the ladies' room. But that doesn't mean that what Trudy overhears there during her great-aunt Gertrude's funeral won't change the rest of her life. Trudy has a daughter in the middle of a major rebellion; a two-timing husband who has been cheating for their entire married life; and a mother with Alzheimer's residing in the local nursing home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soul Food!

  • By Tunes on 02-25-17

Santa comes to a middle aged woman

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

She remodels a house as she remodels her life? It's a wish fulfillment book, sweet and fluffy. Nice to listen to and kept me feeling good.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Luna

  • New Moon
  • By: Ian McDonald
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren, Soneela Nankani, Thom Rivera
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 211

As the leader of the moon's newest "dragon", Adriana has wrested control of the moon's helium-3 industry from the Mackenzie Metal Corporation and fought to earn her family's new status. Now, at the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation, Corta Helio, surrounded by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana's five children must defend their mother's empire from her many enemies - and each other.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dynasty on the Moon

  • By Lucy on 01-18-16

Bad narration ruins this

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

I was confused for most of this story. The narrator sounds flat and bored - he sucks the excitement out of every scene. The women narrators are better, but a small portion of the book.

Beyond that there is some sort of sex scene or description every 5-10 minutes, there is an arc of intrigue and a very shocking ending. The only thing I came away with is that the author paints a future with lunar citizens who are all pretty much a**holes. I guess this has been a successful recipe for many stories, but in such a long book it's wearying. There are no heroes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • City in Embers

  • Collector Series, Book 1
  • By: Stacey Marie Brown
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772

Zoey Daniels has been tossed from foster home to foster home, where she grows up fast and tough. When she is placed in her "last chance" home, she finds a reason to stay and turn her life around: her foster sister, Lexie, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. After high school, Zoey is hired by a special government agency, the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), where she meets the other reason to remain: Daniel, her coworker. The man she loves. But there is something unique about Zoey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a totally enthralling budding romance

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-30-16

Kinda lame romance story

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

Could have been good if not for all the romance clichés and stilted writing like repetition and malapropisms like "warmness" for "warmth," repeatedly.

  • Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,222

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs...

  • By Michael on 10-13-12

Doesn't age well

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

I was puzzled by the high rating, then I saw this is a "classic" from 1989. Didn't age well.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful