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  • Dragon Seed

  • Archemi Online, Volume 1
  • By: James Osiris Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James, Jeff Hays, Laurie Catherine Winkel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139

Before being conscripted to fight in the Total War, Private Hector Park had a shattered family, a collection of old video games, and a promising career as a motorcycle stuntman. Now, he is dying from a virus threatening humankind with extinction. He has three days to live. When Hector’s brother contacts him after years of hostile silence, Hector goes to try and make peace. But his brother has an offer even more unbelievable than reconciliation: the chance to cheat death by joining him in Archemi, a full-immersion fantasy VR-RPG video game. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good story, well told

  • By Fievel on 12-10-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-19

I really enjoyed Dragon Seed, the characters were well written and it had emotionally charged situations. I feel like it ended at a good place, giving closure but still leaving the listener wanting more. There wasn't much interaction with the real world, save for the beginning, but what there was of it was good. I liked the use of sound effects and background music at critical points in the narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Re-Start

  • Level UP Series, Book 1
  • By: Dan Sugralinov, Irene Woodhead - translator, Neil P. Woodhead - translator
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540

At 30 years old, Phil is an unemployed gamer who struggles to make ends meet. His only source of income is freelance writing (when he feels inspired enough to add another article to his less-than-popular blog). His wife has just walked out on him, leaving him without money, purpose, or food in the fridge. On the day his wife dumps him, Phil receives a mysterious piece of wetware. A game interface seems to have been implanted in his brain, which allows him to see the world through the eyes of an RPG player. Now that Phil discovers his real-life stats, he can see they're below average.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Could've used more editing, but still great

  • By zancroft on 12-05-18

one of the best Litrpgs out there

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

Reviewed: 04-07-19

This was an interesting story which took a unique approach to the genre. It takes place in the real world, and the MC alone has the capability to level up. Even so, there are no monsters to fight, he levels up based on social interactions. it was enjoyable from start to finish.

The narration was spot on and a good match for the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Delvers LLC: Adventure Capital

  • By: Blaise Corvin
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,315
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,205

By working together, Henry Sato and Jason Booth have managed to survive their unwanted trip to Ludus, an experiment planet. However, Delvers LLC has made some enemies...if monsters, bandits, mages, criminals, bounty hunters, and even dark cults can be called, "some enemies." After their latest battle, the two have been separated and must adapt or die. Henry in particular faces a trial by fire - perhaps literally - that may be impossible for him to overcome. The two American men will face their greatest challenges yet while working as conscripted Berber Intelligence agents. But even while outnumbered, and most likely outgunned, the former veteran EMT and resilient IT programmer will be armed with modern Earth know-how.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is where it starts

  • By Eric Parks on 12-06-17

Great world building

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

One thing I really appreciate about the Delvers LLC series is the quality of world building. the cultures of the natives of Ludus are well written and unique.

I enjoyed the story and am interested to see where it goes from here. the narration was top notch as well.

Fair warning, there is a very small amount of torture, which I didn't really enjoy, but to each their own.

Excellent read.

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes, Book 2
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,486
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,136

In a world full of super powers, Felix had a pretty crappy one. After learning to harness his ability to modify any item he owns, he now runs a corporation that is rapidly expanding - Legion. After tangling with the local Heroes guild they’ve finally settled into a semblance of stability. Sounds great on paper. Run your company, make money, be your own boss, settle down. Except that with running a business, comes an inordinate amount of responsibilities. Like making sure everything keeps running and your people are paid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Got better

  • By leaf on 05-08-18

great story and performance

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

I enjoyed Super Sales book 2 from start to finish. the characters were interesting and the MC managed to be relatable despite being amoral. the narration was well dont and fun to listen to.

  • War Aeternus 3: The Culling

  • By: Charles Dean
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121

Struggling to recover from his losses in Kirshtein, Lee is swept back into the fray when a dangerous new Herald sets her sights on him. Hell-bent on reshaping the world in her own image and with her own ideals, she is willing to commit even the most immoral acts in her pursuit of righteousness. At risk of losing everything he has worked so hard to create, Lee has to find a way to defend the weak against a madwoman whose deranged sense of justice has twisted the limits of the game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The weak must be eradicated

  • By Ray Johnson on 09-27-18

loved it!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

I enjoyed but the writing and the narrator's performance. I can highly recommend this audiobook.

  • Harbinger of Ash

  • War Aeternus, Book 4
  • By: Charles Dean
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676

After receiving a request for aid from a beautiful and mysterious messenger, Lee and his inner circle travel to nearby Birnefeld, a large and prosperous city ruled by the dragon king. Before he ever arrives, however, Lee encounters a group of marauders ransacking the countryside, meets a strange new herald who has set up camp in the region, and receives the dire news that the hero Brigid of Kildare has gone missing. To make things worse, a powerful new enemy is stalking him from the shadows, toying with his dreams, and striking at his closest relationships.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic book

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-19-19

All Hail Augustus, the God of Alcohol and Crafts!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

The fourth entry into the War Aeternus series takes on a much darker tone. The protagonist, Lee, has changed so much from the cowardly person he was in the first book. Jade is still my favorite character in the series, her non-stop anime and video game references serve as a humorous counterpoint to Lee's more serious tone.

Soundbooth Theater did an amazing job, as always. The use of sound effects was a good decision on their part, and Jeff Hayes's performance of Jade was enjoyable to listen to.

Highly recommended.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Dan the Barbarian

  • Gold Girls and Glory, Book 1
  • By: Hondo Jinx
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

 

When college sophomore Dan Marshall's life morphs into a hybrid of Penn State and a home-brew tabletop RPG adventure, he grabs his talking two-handed sword and hits campus, seeking gold, girls, and glory. But even with two beautiful badass women at his side, how can a low-level barbarian survive when he’s pitted against a fraternity of gnolls, a dungeon full of nightmares, and an apocalyptic death cult bent on destroying the whole world?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Eirik on 01-08-19

Enjoyable Harem LitRPG

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

I had a good time listening to this. I loved some of the characters, the quirky wizard was hilarious. There is a harem element, and while I don't normally go for that sort of thing, that aspect didn't get in the way of the story.

The protagonist experienced actual character growth - when the story ended, he was a different person than he was at the beginning. To me, that is a mark of good writing. I also enjoyed the world building, and I'm interested to see where this goes. I'll certainly be listening to the next audiobook in this series.

I enjoyed the narration as well, Andrea Parsneau did a brilliant job as always. Different characters each had their own unique narration styles.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • First Song

  • Anthem of Infinity Series, Book 1
  • By: Blaise Corvin, Outspan Foster, Blaise Corvin - foreword
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

It has been two years since the Shift - when most technology stopped working, and the laws of physics changed. Humanity has been brought to its knees. Like other survivors, Noah Henson has heard rumors of the Aelves. Among other guesses, predatory aliens seem as good as any other theory for what caused the Shift. But for Noah, everything else takes second place to survival, sometimes even self-respect... or any sort of decency. Lawless, post-apocalypse America had forced Noah to make many difficult decisions, and he has never seemed to choose correctly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was wrong

  • By Michael R Lynch on 02-01-19

One of the best gamelit stories out there

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. I found myself caring about what happened to the different characters. The story is original and turns the post-apocalyptic gamelit genre on its head.

Ramon De Ocampo did a great job narrating this. I think he was a good pick for this story.

This is one of Blaise Corvin's best works. Highly recommended.

  • Fragments

  • Somnia Online, Book 3
  • By: K.T. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Somnia is evolving, and Murmur is confronted with enemies both old and new. She must lead her guild, Fable, through a dungeon filled with riddles and puzzles to claim the first of 12 keys required to achieve victory. But things are not as they seem: Glitches abound, enemies rally against Fable, and unexpected threats move in the shadows. As the system becomes increasingly complex, Laria and Shayla battle through mismatched coding, and Storm Corp discovers they’ve left some anomalies in the game out of their reports. Anomalies like Wren. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen; rough cliffhanger

  • By Sultan A. Ansari on 01-02-19

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I enjoyed the third book in the Somnia Online series, and I'm looking forward to discovering where this story will go next. Andrea Parsnaeu did a fantastic job, as always.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dungeon Desolation

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 4
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,664
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,425

The necromantic armies are on the warpath and nowhere is safe. Even the presumed sanctuary of the floating dungeon controlled by Cal is threatened! The leadership of nearly all the sentient monarchies has been wiped out, and only the races most suited to repelling the advancing darkness have an intact chain of command. Cal learns quickly that the most pressing threat is not the far-off war, but is instead those entrusted with the general population's protection. As it turns out, the idea of having a flying dungeon for your people is very tempting indeed....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It should have ended.

  • By Austin on 01-26-19

Loved it - Can't wait for the next one!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

I enjoyed listening to the fourth installment of the Divine Dungeon series. There are several points of character development and both Cal and Dale experience a good amount of character growth. I'm very much looking forward to the next installment.

The narration was top notch - as always. I love Vikas Adam's Cal voice and his somewhat screechy Dani voice. He certainly brings the characters to life.

I highly recommend this audiobook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful