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  • Occultist: Saga Online #1

  • A LitRPG series
  • By: Oliver Mayes
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905

In a desperate move Damien throws himself into the Streamer Contest of Saga Online, the latest fantasy VR-MMORPG. Winning will provide the funds for his mom’s surgery. Yet early betrayal and a close run in with a vampire almost ruin his attempt he before he even begins. Stuck at the bottom of a dungeon with no gear, no allies and little hope, Damien must embrace the undiscovered Occultist class, master control of his new demon companions and take the contest by storm. His plan is simple enough. Topple the most famous player in Saga Online.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I took a rare blind leap on this one...

  • By Christopher on 02-23-19

Sun Tzu could take lessons from this kid.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

What a wonderful read. 15 hours flew by. It is not often Sci-Fi can make you laugh, cry and set on the edge of your seat. I am amazed by the gauntlet of emotions this book brought out of me. A young boy of 16 is faced with grown up problems. He is hounded by authorities and faces choices I would never want to face. If you are new to the lit-RPG style of books, let this be your first read. I don't often feel the need to write a review, but I just hope we can keep this author writing. 50 years I have been a fan of SCI-FI, and sometimes you just know that a series is going to be a smash hit. Don't let this one slip by your reading list. I am going to give it a week and listen to it again. There is just so much going on that I know I missed some of it. It is five am, I just finished it in one setting and I am still laughing. When you read this book, you will laugh also. Have fun, I did...!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • War God's Mantle: Ascension

  • The War God Saga, Book 1
  • By: James Hunter, Aaron Crash
  • Narrated by: Armen Taylor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017

When Marine Corps pilot Jacob Merely crashes during a routine mission off the coast of Cyprus, he was sure it was game over. After surviving the crash and pulling himself onto the sandy shores of a long-abandoned island, however, Jacob unwittingly stumbles headfirst into the ancient ruins of a dead city. Unfortunately, he also stumbles into an age-old battle between good and evil - and he is now its newest recruit. The island once belonged to the Amazons, but Jacob’s arrival has awakened the old gods and disturbed the seal holding the ravaging darkness at bay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When you absolutely MUST LEVEL UP!

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-08-18

I thought it the work of an inexperience author.

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I thought the author was writing his first book. Turns out he has written several books. I could forgive a first time author for the blatant mistakes in plot and character development. The main character is supposed to be a Marine fighter pilot. Please dear God, don't let this character be an honest representation of our Marines. He has the mentality of a 13 year old virgin. I would not recommend this for a reader above a preteen. If you have more money than sense, then by all means buy this book. If however, you value your hard earned money, save it. I hate to base my purchases on reviews, you can miss some wonderful authors. I am an avid reader, who loves Sci-Fi/ fantasy books, but they must be well told stories. This is not one...!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • War God's Mantle: Descent

  • A litRPG Harem Adventure (The War God Saga, Book 2)
  • By: James Hunter, Aaron Crash
  • Narrated by: Armen Taylor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

It’s been three weeks since Jacob Merely crash-landed on the mythical island of Lycastia, and the newly minted War God finally has things under control. He’s grown into his power, built his city, and earned the respect of his gorgeous, hard-charging amazons. He’s not in the clear yet, though. Hades still lives, and the mystical sigil holding him at bay is rapidly failing. Worse, a horde of new enemies is battering Lycastia’s gates daily, slowly grinding down Jacob’s forces. But Jacob has a plan to get the upper hand. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hades Harms the honorable Harem!!!

  • By Ray Johnson on 09-27-18

Good Idea, poorly executed.

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

I wish this book had been written by a real Marine. I mean not every Marine is a war dog. they must have clerks, cooks, and supply personnel. They just have to be in a war zone to get a combat ribbon. This marine makes every combat mistake you can think of, costing him warriors and losing encounters. He keeps having to heal the amazons, because he risks them needlessly. Even as a Gamer, he ignores messages and never reads the stats and abilities of everything he finds. He blows me away by not making love to the amazons, who need his love and attention. Sort of like denying Vampire warriors the blood they need to survive.
This author is proud to be an ex Marine, but all he does is put a fear in me that he represents the modern marine. Like there are recruiters out there searching for social Justice warriors. Trying to fill the ranks so he may get a bonus for getting living bodies to join. I read the first book and liked the premise of the story, but figured that it was his first book. I find he has written several books. So now I know this is not inexperience, it is just a lack of talent. I wonder if he has beta readers and an editor.
If you're over 13 years old and have any life experience, then don't waste your time and money. This author will just piss you off. You can get your money back, but you can't get your time back.....!

Post Script: The narrator could not express emotion if his dog had just died...! All characters sound the same. He does have a deep pleasant voice, he should be announcing train departures.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Skin Game

  • A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,191
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,829
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18,754

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back.

  • By Don Gilbert on 05-29-14

Harry just keeps getting better.

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

Reviewed: 06-30-14

Would you listen to Skin Game again? Why?

I will listen to this several times again. Jim is an artist in his writing and like the great masters he just keeps improving in his craft. He has a character that touches the hearts of his readers and he is a true hero, complete with faults that the reader can understand and forgive. He tries to be wise and understand the rules of the White counsel, but when the rules endanger the people he loves, he scraps them. He knows he will pay for his choices and tries to mitigate the cost to the world, even at the expense of his own life. Yet he has learned that he can't control it all and even though he tried to remove himself from the game, others have more power and control of the board.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harry Dresden, he could be the kid next door and you would like him anyway.

What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

Yes, he has Harry pegged. He carries the narrative without droning you into sleep.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laugh at all of the Dresden books. Harry has a good sense of humor.

Any additional comments?

If you just read this book you will like it. Yet if you start at the first and read them all, you will love it. You will come to wait for the next one like a kid waits on the Ice cream man on a hot summer day. He can play with the best of the fantasy writers, past and present.

  • Shattered

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,509
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,754

For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O'Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he's been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he's got company. Atticus' apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What's more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The third druid

  • By Don Gilbert on 07-24-14

I hope this story never ends.

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

Reviewed: 06-30-14

Would you listen to Shattered again? Why?

Yes, I am always surprised by what I catch the second time through.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love the wolf hound, He makes me laugh.

Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not Sure.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did.

Any additional comments?

I fell into this story by chance, I didn't think I would like it and never this much. He has used so many powerful characters and still keeps the hero real. He makes the same mistakes most of us would and he has a good heart. Time has not turned him into a disillusioned cynic and made this a serious story. He still finds humor in the world around him. He loves his dog and that makes him ok in my mind.

  • Kim

  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Margaret Hilton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Rudyard Kipling's classic adventure story, Kim, tells the tale of an Irish soldier's orphan son, who roams the back alleys and bazaars of British-ruled India. The young urchin learns the rules and language of the dirty streets, until he discovers his father's old army regiment. Suddenly, Kim abandons his former life and native customs, buys expensive European clothing, and begins a new career as a secret agent. Both an exciting adventure and a detailed look at a spy's inner conflicts, Kim is one of Kipling's most important and popular novels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transported by smells, vistas & atmosphere of Hind

  • By Darwin8u on 09-13-13

Kipling tells a riveting tale.

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

Reviewed: 02-25-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would and have recommended the book to my friends. This book is written about an orphan boy, but written for adults.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the way that Kipling can put you in among the crowds in rural India in the late 1800's. He brings the sounds and smells right into your mind and lets you feel like you are among the people he is writing about. There is a game Kim was taught that the CIA uses today to teach their agents to see what they are looking at. I am amazed that the story is over a century old and still relevant today. It is a full and rich story that will bring the reader many hours of pleasure, long after the tale is told.

Which character – as performed by Margaret Hilton – was your favorite?

Why Kim of course!

If you could rename Kim, what would you call it?

The changeling!

Any additional comments?

Kipling wrote the "Jungle Book" and it was made into a children's movie, but once you read it you will know it was written for the adult mind. Kim is a master piece and should be on your "Don't Miss" list. You will love this book and I hope you think of this review after your done reading it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Days

  • The Dresden Files, Book 14
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,479
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,092
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,058

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way

  • By A reader on 12-21-12

Winter's knight! It aint right! Mab may cry!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-13

Would you listen to Cold Days again? Why?

I have already listened to this book twice. You will hate to turn it off to sleep. You can trust Jim Butcher to tell a great tale. Harry Dresden is a "one of a kind character." The flavor of the world Harry lives in is as sweet as honey. You can only hold your breath while waiting to see what Harry will do next.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harry Dresden is my favorite character. He is the same smart a$$ as I was as a kid. He feels the pain of his choices and is always trying to do the right thing. Yet he is still learning that life is hard and often requires personal sacrifice for those we love. Harry always steps up to the challenges of life.

Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I like the way he reads the Dresden series. He does a fine job.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed often and found myself on the edge of my seat. You won't go wrong with this book.

Any additional comments?

If this is the first book of Harry Dresden you have read, you have a lot of fun ahead of you. I envy you the chance to read these books for the first time. I have reread many of the Dresden files. But, there is just one first time for each book. Have fun, I did !