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Suji K.

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  • Freehaven Online: Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades

  • A LitRPG Adventure
  • By: Jun Prince
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Still stranded in the virtual world of Freehaven Online, the Toxic Muffins, lead by Justine, are given new hope after a beloved guild member died upon failing digitization. Mirae has come online. No one can message her, but they have a quest leading them into the depths of Hades, an underworld that serves two planes of mortal existence, to retrieve a lost soul and escort it back to the living.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Wonderful Journey to Hades and Back

  • By Suji K. on 02-05-19

A Wonderful Journey to Hades and Back

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

If you liked book one, the second book in this series is even better. You get to see most of the old characters, and a few new faces. There's a lot to like in this story as the party delves into the bowels of Hades to rescue their fallen guild member. This book also seems a bit more streamlined since the entire novel revolves around completing a single quests.

For the performance , Landon was a bit stronger in this recording than in the first one. There's less He says, She says stuff and it feels like she's a lot deeper into the characters, and that's a good thing.

Overall I recommend this book. It's one of the better LitRPG series out there.

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  • Orb

  • Nightlord, Book 3
  • By: Garon Whited
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 36 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,922
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,743

We all have inner demons. We fight them all the time. Some of us achieve inner peace by coming to terms with them. But how do you come to terms with inner demons that tear free and become outer demons? Eric has been a vampire for nearly a century, and his demons are more than metaphors. While they controlled him, he was the Demon King. Now he has to avoid the monsters in his own mind, as well as angry nobles, fanatical religions, assassins, magi, other vampires, criminal organizations, and more.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Recycled plot from the first two books.

  • By Edward Armstrong on 04-12-17

Better Than Book 2, but Another Unfinished Ending

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

I'm torn on whether I want to continue this series. I don't hate it, but I feel like if the book is going to be 30+ or 40+ hours there should be a conclusion. Not: "Bad guys show up and do bad things. End." I think back to the beginning of the book, and compare to the end. "What was accomplished?" Well... Aside from getting out of the 'basement' which occurs in the first few hours, a whole lot of nothing. The protagonist isn't any closer to accomplishing his goals or repairing his reputation.

The new girlfriend character was bothersome. She's not a very good person, so it was disorienting to keep hearing about how wonderful she was when her actions and words indicate otherwise. A bit too much magical theory at times that didn't advance the plot. In the last 40% of the book I started noticing a lot of word repetition, etc. that probably should have been edited it out.

That said, it's 30+ hours of listening for 1 credit, and I didn't hate it. I'll probably give the next book a shot to see if the author learns from his mistakes,so I'm going to say that the series is basically placed on warning. If we get another poop ending with no overall advancement in book 4, I'll stop buying.

Authors seem to think this kind of sloppy writing will entice me to buy more. It doesn't It encourages me to give up on them, because I'm paying for a complete story that's not being delivered.

  • Shadows

  • Nightlord, Book 2
  • By: Garon Whited
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 42 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,543
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,321

It's not easy being king. Especially when you've got an allergy to sunrise and sunset, a fire goddess for a mother-in-law, demonic adversaries, random assassins, and a basement full of insecurities to cope with. Add to that his daughter, the fire priestess/princess; a couple of lightly deranged professional magicians; a whole city full of wizards; and enough squabbling princes to resemble a kindergarten argument. It's enough to make a man want to just go home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Ending

  • By Suji K. on 12-12-18

Terrible Ending

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

This book is 42 hours... FORTY TWO HOURS.

You'd think in all that time the author would be able to tell a complete story, but somehow he manages not to do that. About 25% of this book is just sitting in the MC's head listening to him think about how magic works, but that didn't drive me completely off. I'd have been okay with that IF.... IF.... IF this book had a conclusion.

Nope. Not here. Not this book.

Instead the story just stops when the bad guys are winning. No resolution. No sense that anything's really been accomplished. It's almost like a "Build a Village" LitRPG with no plot.

Awesome... I just spent an entire work week listening to a guy think about magic, how to put together spells, and build up his little kingdom, and all of that long contemplation is useless because it doesn't do anything useful by the end of the book. He and his magic doesn't even defeat the antagonist. He doesn't even wound the antagonist. What the f' is the point?

I will say that I do like Fred, but that's about all I look back on and find truly satisfying.

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  • Nightlord

  • Sunset
  • By: Garon Whited
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,198

Eric didn't ask to be a vampire. In fact he didn't even believe in them. Biting your own tongue with your fangs does a lot of convincing. Even so, being a part-time undead isn't as easy as you might think. It can let you hold down a day job, true, but sometimes the night "life" can be more than a little difficult, what with those bloodthirsty urges and predatory instincts kicking in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ahh no fair no fair

  • By nelson on 10-28-15

Long and Fun

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

It took me a long time to give this book a try due to mixed reviews, but I'm glad I finally took the plunge because I enjoyed it. I admittedly wasn't expecting portal fiction but I'm okay with that. This book has an interesting take on vampire that I appreciated. It's nice to see someone doing something other than sleep all day, wake up at night, burn in the sunlight vampires that can only drink blood.

  • The Lady of the Rivers

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,556

Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream. Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Philippa back on track

  • By Bonnie-Ann on 11-26-11

Five Hours and Frustrating

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

I'm about 5 hours into this book and I'm not sure if I'll make it to the end. The story keeps introducing interesting elements but then rushes past them without giving them the respect or attention they deserve. As a result the whole thing kinda falls flat.

Example #1 - The story starts out with the inclusion of Joan of Arc living with the protagonist... My first reaction was "Wow, totally not what I thought this story was going to be, and yet interesting." An hour or two later, Joan exits the story never to be seen again. What's the point of including such a powerful figure if you're just going to remove her as soon as she becomes part of the tale?

Example #2 - Protagonist's first marriage ... I haven't finished the book so I don't know if she gets married again. It's all described very dispassionately, until suddenly the old guy dies confessing his love for the protagonist, and I'm like "Am I supposed to feel something here?" It's like this book is a series of mini stories, where the author is obsessed with conclusions, without taking the time to build up drama and form attachments to these characters that keep getting stuck in and pulled out of the story. Over dramatic conclusions are pointless if you don't have an emotional hook for the journey.

Shortly after, some dude who is still alive confesses his love for the protagonist, and it's just like "Well that happened. Who are you again? STable boy? Something like that." Not moving at all because again there's no build up.

I'll update this review when I finish. If this review is never updated, well, you know this was a DNF.

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  • Challenge

  • Unbound Deathlord, Book 1
  • By: Edward Castle
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,241
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,041

When virtual reality becomes real enough that people feel as if they're being transported to another world, Valia Online arrives. A man running from his past joins the game to forget it all. Calling himself Jack Thorn, he chooses an undead race, Deathlord. A mage by choice, and a swordsman by necessity, he soon finds out that he'll need to use much more than magic and steel to survive; strategy, creativity, and carefully chosen words can often accomplish what simple attacks can't.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A protagonist so bad it might be funny.

  • By Josh on 11-19-18

3,5 Stars

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

This is an entertaining book. There weren't any problems with the writing, grammar, or style. There were just a few things that subtracted from the experience and made me count back from a perfect 5 star rating.

They are:
- Trampling all over D&D intellectual property with evil, subterranean, dark skinned, white haired elves that ride lizards and are called Drow. This form of "Trow" is not from Nordic mythology, and the author needs to read the OGL for what they identify as their intellectual property.
- Casual misogyny from multiple characters, I got tired of hearing female characters addressed as "woman" and "Go make me a sandwich" jokes. It's not cute.
- Female characters all portrayed as man haters, constantly complaining about the ways of men.
- The out of game story line was unbelievable. The book would have been better without it.
- Hated having to sit through a character sheet recaps every 20 minutes, especially when it's never explained how most of the stats impact game play.

So far as the narration goes. It was decent. I would have given it 5 stars, but the MC's dialogue voice was a bit annoying after a while. This voice would have been fine for a supporting character, but for the protagonist... It sounded like a 30 year old version of Bevis from Bevis and Butthead.

  • Year Zero

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Reid
  • Narrated by: John Hodgman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,439
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,437

Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Performance by Hodgman

  • By Robert on 08-15-12

So Much Fun

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I can’t do my usual detailed review because I’m on my phone, but I enjoyed this immensely. The storyline is unique, quirky, and imaginative. It’s not hard sci-fi as there are a number of plot holes, but they don’t matter because it’s more for laughs than serious world building. I had fun with this.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,963
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,884

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

Mixed FEelings

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand "OMG! X-Files!!!" One of my all time favorites, on the other hand, the way that the stories are being put together leaves much to be desired. I've only listened to 1 and a half episodes, but here's what we have so far...

First episode This has no plot. It's basically a TV show greatest hits where the entire purpose seems to be name dropping bits and pieces of various episodes for no clearly identifiable reason. I got excited because I wanted new stories, not a confused jumble of what essentially comes down to "'member when..."

The heavy exposition is painful to listen to. It would have been far more effective to have written this from first person point of view with heavy dialogue, than have people stating things in the open that they all clearly already know in conversation because the format doesn't leave any room for description.

Also, what happened to Agent Einstein? I thought she and the other guy were supposed to be the next generation of investigators, but they are totally left out of this in start of cases starting to pick up again.

I'll keep listening to this due to my love of the franchise, but if they continue this series, I really hope they find a way to improve the delivery because there's a demand for new stories...

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  • Duma Key

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 21 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,043

A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Play the Book and Let the Book Play You

  • By OldDog on 11-09-09

Awesomesauce

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I love ghost/malevolent spirit stories, and this Duma Key delivers just that, though we don't actually know that's what we are dealing with until deep into the novel (Spoiler? Sorry). I also enjoy stories that relate closely to unique paranormal abilities.

The characters are relatable, and I enjoyed living in this protagonist's head for all 20+ hours of this recording.

  • Salem's Lot

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Stephen King
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,964

Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Performance of an Excellent Story

  • By Tami on 10-02-12

Classic King

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I enjoyed this book a lot. King takes us to a world of blood thirsty brutal vampires of the dark that sure as hell don't sparkle in the sunlight. It was a joy to experience old school vampire hunting action with all the traditional strengths and weaknesses of vampire kind.

Narration was decent. I can't really complain about it, but at the same time nothing stands out about this particular performance that I'll remember back to for years to come.

Bottom line: It's worth a credit.