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  • The Fabled Islands

  • A LitRPG Adventure, Book 1
  • By: Cameron Milan
  • Narrated by: Steve Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Somewhere out there, in the great expanse of space and time, exist the Fabled Islands. Nobody knows how or why they exist, only that it is a strange and special place that operates under laws separate from the universe. The Fabled Islands are made up of vast floating continents. They vary in size, with some ranging from the surface area of a small planet to a star. If you look at them from afar, you would find that they are placed in a line. Each island is separated by a vast amount of space, so there is only one way to travel from one island to the next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book/Great Narrator

  • By Michael A Laughter Jr. on 01-16-19

Fun, Adventurous LitRPG Voyage!!

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

TLDR: I can say the Narrator makes the difference. Great vocal story telling from Steve Campbell is amazing. The characters are interesting and fun. And the world is intriguing. All around great,

For anyone else who has followed Cameron Milan, please note that, in my opinion, this is the best-narrated audiobook he has out at this time. And it really brings life to his rapid style of progression.

Great characters. Loved how the MC is unique and has an enjoyable personality. The other characters are well done and the voice actor really adds flavor to them.

The world created for this series is really unique. One of the islands is very much Greed Island from Hunter X Hunter, but it was fresh enough of a spin to be enjoyable.

Glad I plucked a coin down for this. Don't let the artwork fool you, it's a great ride. Not to say it's bad, but I had a whole other idea on what this story was about.

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  • The Two Week Curse

  • Ten Realms, Book 1
  • By: Michael Chatfield
  • Narrated by: Todd Menesses
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 210

Thrust into an unknown, unwanted situation, most would feel panic, fear anger, and fall into chaos. Erik and Rugrat are not immune to those feelings, but they have stepped into chaos so many times, it is simply a different challenge. Two weeks ago, Erik lost his legs and his arm. Today he got a message. "You have been randomly selected to join the Ten Realms. One may choose to ascend the Ten Realms, thereupon making a request to the Gods of the Realms. Only those who are Level 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, and 90 may ascend to the next realm. Fortune favors the strong!”  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great new addition to the LitRPG space!

  • By Sheldon "Tech" on 01-19-19

Great new addition to the LitRPG space!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

The TLDR; loved this story, narrator and character development. The plot is really good, but the character development is the shining point here. I really felt like I got to know the two lead characters. For those who wish to know, this isn't a harem nor does it have sexual situations (lewd content). Neither harems or graphical sex dissuade me from a good story and characters, but there are some that do. It is a LitRPG with stats and development.

Character development is great. Not only for the two lead characters but for the entire cast. The characters that are adults are adults. No overdramatic situations that seem so prevalent in our LitRPG books. The deep situations that pull on our Leads are well deserved and have their place then they don't. But, the memory of it stays with your understanding of the character without needing to be brought up again and again. I love that... LOVE THAT.

And the story... I really fell into the story. So much that I'm getting the books 2 and 3 so I can read them because I can't wait anymore (it's been like 6 hours since I finished... too long in my books), Great plot progression, kept me interested and waiting to see how things turned out.

And the last glue to this great piece of audio work is the narrator. Great job in bringing all the characters to life, fleshing out the small nuances that we all add in our mind if we read the stories, but better... at least for me anyway.

And my one negative would be the really bad jokes. The "pull my finger" variety that has aged to the middle-aged level? Yeah, those. Not bad enough to be "so bad it's good", just mediocre bad... the ones you can see coming from a mile away, like a really slow car crash... you wince and cringe, trying to look away but you can't... screaming "my god, no! Can't they see how bad this is going to be?"... but it happens and it's just... not that funny. I can't lie, a couple of them made me chuckle. And that's really my only negative, not enough to remove a star, cause it's really just my opinion.

So, I loved it! Can't wait for the next books, adding it to my wait list of epic series to follow.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Enhancer

  • The Enhancer Series, Book 1
  • By: Wyatt Kane
  • Narrated by: Chris Graves
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 565

Ty is just a normal guy trying to do his best. He’s single, stuck in a dead-end job with the most hateful boss in the universe, and struggling under a mountain of debt. When he witnesses an impossible battle between two superpowered people, every instinct he has tells him to run. Instead, he becomes the owner of a device that can change his life in ways he can barely imagine. All he has to do is survive for long enough to learn how to use it. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good start

  • By Ray Johnson on 12-26-18

Great world, average MC and story

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

TLDR; Great world idea but subpar MC and story. I don't mind harem or sex. But, make the MC believable, please. Also, the VA was great. There were about 4 or so repeated phrases though, so yeah, editing.

So, great idea for a world. Colorful, with a few colorful people to flesh it out. Future punk with cyber-punk augmented DNA is pretty fun. Also, the overall story is not so bad, the idea is interesting.

But the people. The very typical mean for no reason, one-dimensional characters provide little in "pulling you in" experience. The MC makes... a lot of weird, against the fight or flight basic human condition, decisions. The reasons given are flimsy and seem just done to move the story along. And, to be honest, most of the characters are pretty much 1 dimensional.
And the over-used "introspection" every few paragraphs, very much over-done in my opinion.

I'm hoping this is just a new author stretching the proverbial legs and learning as they go. I'll come back and try the second book... after a while anyway.

  • Vortena: Everybody Loves Large Chests, Volume 3

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,914
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,816
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,812

What happens when one takes a murderous psychopath and forces them to team up with a cowardly tinkerer? Though not a question Jeremiah ever expected to ponder, he is nevertheless looking forward to seeing what the aforementioned duo will cook up. Success or failure does not matter to Richard, only that the journey be entertaining.     

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Boxy's back and your gonna be in trouble . . .

  • By Ray Johnson on 10-31-18

Entertaining, Funny and Vulgar... and I love it!

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

TLDR; This book and series is well written, character development is consistent, has LitRPG elements and is Vulgar and funny. A great roller coaster ride and I loved it! And Jeff Hays is brilliant as always.

The most important first point here, this book's main character is not a good guy that happens to be chest... as in a box. The title is a play on words.

The long version is, this is a great series. First, I'll cover the pros then the few cons that may bother people. The story is really good. The world doesn't seem that big, which seems to allow the author to focus on the cast and provide backgrounds into them and the world that shaped them. Because the story is so character driven, the plot seems to progress naturally, allowing surprise and appreciation for all the little quirks inherent to this strange world. I don't remember many "hand-held forced points" like "This is the list of reasons this next point is the absolute right (direction/decision/whatever) I am taking." which leads directly to "Oh my god, how did that happen, I'm so shocked/horrified/sad/whatever" which I really dislike. Readers come to know the characters and what they go through, we get to see them Develop! Actual change and development in characters are so underrated.

The book does have LitRPG elements, but they are not the main focus point other than to encourage the character to grow and for comparison. Stat sheets are left to the end of the chapter which makes it easy for people to skip... which I don't because I like the LitRPG elements.

The book can be vulgar. The main characters are not good guys, so there are loads of reasons why this is not uncalled for, but really it's one of those cases where either you're ok with it or your not. You know yourself better than anyone and if you're not ok with crude humor. And it is crude... but I find it humorous since it's not placed in a sexual manner. Some of the humor is sexual in nature, but it's not intended to be like listening to a porno, is the best way I can describe it. More like crude sexual humor at an adults-only comedy club.

So, I could say more, but to be honest I hope many others take the plunge and join us who love this series and give it a try.

  • Hero at Large (Second Edition)

  • The Hunter Legacy, Book One
  • By: Timothy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Jonathon Hunter has evoked the wrath of 27th-century pirates. With his sexy twin bodyguards, Jonathon seeks to come to grips with station life in a suddenly hostile universe. Celebrity, gratitude, sudden attacks, and a mysterious prophecy are more than most 18-year-olds can handle. A reluctant hero, Jonathon is on a journey, seemingly out of his time, but always in time. Meet Jon Hunter as he starts a two-year journey to prophecy, with his AI sidekick and mostly female mercenary team.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting world so-so characters, good narration

  • By Sheldon "Tech" on 11-26-18

Interesting world so-so characters, good narration

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

I liked the world. Interesting concept. The issue is the characters. The main character is more the wet dream of an 8-year-old. None of the other characters are fleshed out at all. The world is made to be a backdrop that fawns over the main character regardless of what corny one-liner he comes up with. From a 16-year-old to acting like a 32-year-old vet. To be honest, this whole book plays out like a dream of some person, 2 dimensional with an MC that can't do any wrong.

I will not be following up on this story and I cannot recommend it unless your humor matches this author. I may check his work in a few years to see if he develops his style any, the world itself that the story is placed in seems interesting enough.

And the narrator did a fine job.

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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 2,648
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,497
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,494

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
  • Can I inspect your box? It looks like a big one!

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-28-18

Entertaining, Funny and Vulgar... and I love it!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

TLDR; This book and series is well written, character development is consistent, has LitRPG elements and is Vulgar and funny. A great roller coaster ride and I loved it! And Jeff Hays is brilliant as always.

The most important first point here, this book's main character is not a good guy that happens to be chest... as in a box. The title is a play on words.

The long version is, this is a great series. First, I'll cover the pros then the few cons that may bother people. The story is really good. The world doesn't seem that big, which seems to allow the author to focus on the cast and provide backgrounds into them and the world that shaped them. Because the story is so character driven, the plot seems to progress naturally, allowing surprise and appreciation for all the little quirks inherent to this strange world. I don't remember many "hand-held forced points" like "This is the list of reasons this next point is the absolute right (direction/decision/whatever) I am taking." which leads directly to "Oh my god, how did that happen, I'm so shocked/horrified/sad/whatever" which I really dislike. Readers come to know the characters and what they go through, we get to see them Develop! Actual change and development in characters are so underrated.

The book does have LitRPG elements, but they are not the main focus point other than to encourage the character to grow and for comparison. Stat sheets are left to the end of the chapter which makes it easy for people to skip... which I don't because I like the LitRPG elements.

The book can be vulgar. The main characters are not good guys, so there are loads of reasons why this is not uncalled for, but really it's one of those cases where either you're ok with it or your not. You know yourself better than anyone and if you're not ok with crude humor. And it is crude... but I find it humorous since it's not placed in a sexual manner. Some of the humor is sexual in nature, but it's not intended to be... like listening to a porno is the best way I can describe it. More like crude sexual humor at an adults-only comedy club.

So, I could say more, but to be honest I hope many others take the plunge and join us who love this series and give it a try.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 4,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,116

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

Entertaining, Funny and Vulgar... and I love it!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

TLDR; This book and series is well written, character development is consistent, has LitRPG elements and is Vulgar and funny. A great roller coaster ride and I loved it! And Jeff Hays is brilliant as always.

The most important first point here, this book's main character is not a good guy that happens to be chest... as in a box. The title is a play on words.

The long version is, this is a great series. First, I'll cover the pros then the few cons that may bother people. The story is really good. The world doesn't seem that big, which seems to allow the author to focus on the cast and provide backgrounds into them and the world that shaped them. Because the story is so character driven, the plot seems to progress naturally, allowing surprise and appreciation for all the little quirks inherent to this strange world. I don't remember many "hand-held forced points" like "This is the list of reasons this next point is the absolute right (direction/decision/whatever) I am taking." which leads directly to "Oh my god, how did that happen, I'm so shocked/horrified/sad/whatever" which I really dislike. Readers come to know the characters and what they go through, we get to see them Develop! Actual change and development in characters are so underrated.

The book does have LitRPG elements, but they are not the main focus point other than to encourage the character to grow and for comparison. Stat sheets are left to the end of the chapter which makes it easy for people to skip... which I don't because I like the LitRPG elements.

The book can be vulgar. The main characters are not good guys, so there are loads of reasons why this is not uncalled for, but really it's one of those cases where either you're ok with it or your not. You know yourself better than anyone and if you're not ok with crude humor. And it is crude... but I find it humorous since it's not placed in a sexual manner. Some of the humor is sexual in nature, but it's not intended to be... like listening to a porno is the best way I can describe it. More like crude sexual humor at an adults-only comedy club.

So, I could say more, but to be honest I hope many others take the plunge and join us who love this series and give it a try.

  • Competitive Advantage

  • Nora Hazard Series, Book 2
  • By: Blaise Corvin
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

Nobody likes an escort mission. Nobody. Unfortunately for Nora, she'll be stuck travelling with Jessica, an American gamer, and Christopher, a Filipino man with a mysterious past. Somehow, the former Jackals gang leader must keep the two Terrans alive while heading south for Enheduanna's new, insane mission. Nora will have no time to prepare, or even to stay in Soron to enjoy her unexpected celebrity status. Instead, she will need to leave for Tolstey after healing from injuries sustained in battle, wounded while protecting Soron.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good stuff.

  • By Micah on 11-26-18

Another Delvers universe book joy ride... mostly

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

So, the TLDR, love this world and the fact new people are getting populated and defined. Not so much the over-use of certain words/phrases and much-overused introspection.

This world, Delvers LLC, is really full and can carry it's own with multiple stories and still have new interesting bits to tantalize the readers (listeners, you know what I mean). I enjoy the power base it uses, the character progression and the species we get to learn more and more about. The history gets a little more expanded as the MC travels. Nora is an interesting MC that has complexity and depth that is accented by a wonderful narrator. Emily not only pulls great depth and complexity to Nora but fleshes out the sub-characters as well, giving much information in the few lines they do have, And great action as well, very fast paced and enticing.

Now, the parts that didn't work well for me. The first is the word "rotting". It's so over-used by the MC, that the fact it's a new curse word gets over-shadowed. If you replace it with "$hitting", the overuse becomes apparent. No one really does that. I believe the scenes were handled separately from each other and that's why the author missed how over-used it was? Not sure, but I hope he adds some variety next time. Hell, I'd take new combos "Grand-rotting", "Rot-butting" or even "Rot-loving". Also, the introspection was constant. Nora would introspect after every-other sword swing. And she was always pissed off in this book, everything took her from 0 to 25 in a single breath. Just a bit overdone in my opinion.

But, that wasn't enough to take away from my enjoyment. Can't wait for another book.

PS: Please stop having her develop, then making her weaker just so we can see her struggle. She can struggle with her power level as is, no need to lean so heavily on her stamina. Don't like the ring? Then break it. No need to keep "If I use it I'll die" every 2 seconds of combat.

  • Countdown

  • Reality Benders Series, Book 1
  • By: Michael Atamanov, Andrew Schmitt - translator
  • Narrated by: Rudy Sanda
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

At long last, an extraterrestrial civilization reached out and made the First Contact. However, no one on Earth took their communique for the genuine article. In a similar vein, very few people appreciated just how little time our new suzerains had promised to keep our planet safe. Regardless, the end of their message showed humankind how to access a mysterious game. The objective of this game is unclear. No one can say where its servers are located, and its inner workings are beyond comprehension.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed the story but the Narrator...

  • By Mad 8omber on 11-07-18

A great beginning to a LitRPG series...

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I really enjoyed this series. The Overall story and narration were both engaging and entertaining. Just a few cons and a lot of pros.

First the good: Loved the story, pacing, and character development. A LitRPG with a twist; the game is reality bending. Meaning, the game imposes on reality. Not in a world-ending way, but more in a "effects on the game body flow back to the real body... somewhat". The pacing is great, I'm not a fan of "Level 10 out of 100 by end of the book, wow now that's progress!". That for sure is not progress. The fast pace allows for great character development and he was able to squeeze in world mechanics at the same time.

The cons: The Main Character fits solidly in the sea of Main Characters... full of snark and a disdain for any rules. Like following a blueprint for Main Characters, Not that there aren't people like that in the world today... just not Every person needs to fit that mold. Plus, not sure if this is a cultural thing since the author is not from the US, there are some male chauvinistic over-tones laced through the MC. But there are plenty of supporting characters that are well fleshed out and balanced so the population seems diverse and helps add range to the fictional culture presented.

Overall, I liked this new series. I will definitely use a credit on the next one.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Bushido Online

  • Friends and Foes
  • By: Nikita Thorn
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488

Now a Level 10 ronin, Seiki is slowly coming to terms with the death of Master Tsujihara and his new life in Shinshioka. Spending his days in the Wilderness, he’s venting his remaining frustration while staying away from the city drama and those griefers, like the Rogami Clan, who had made his in-game experience so challenging thus far. He has even taken up a trade skill. But when he’s presented with an offer he can’t refuse and accepts a simple mission to deliver a message to Kano Castle, he quickly finds his troubles are only just beginning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • exemplary

  • By farmer john on 10-18-18

Great feel for period, but forced plot progression

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

So the good and bad. The tldr version: loved the game mechanics, some of the complexity of plot and heavy action of the book. Did not like the heavy-handed approach to plot development. Also, the narrator did a great job.

I loved the world. Well developed and kept in theme with its intrigue and shadow plots as well as a fair amount of decent people. But way more shady people (in terms of NPC’s). The combat system was well described as well and progressed with each addition of growth in a fully “game mechanic” sort of way. Meaning, the present encounter is difficult, but mainly because of his level and need to master a new skill, but as he better grasps it, the encounter becomes more manageable. Also, the MC’s friends have a lot more potential but they were kind of glossed over.

And the bad... for me, personally, there were a lot of situations that were “forced”. Everything from making the MC not be able to figure anything out even after getting force feed all previous points just so he can ask a question and the author can fully explain some point or other. Ignorance is normal, every MC is ignorant of something’s, but don’t make them ignorant just because of sloppy plot progression. Also, most of the issues the MC is in is because of sloppy-plot-progression decisions and actions forced into place. Like, the MC could have gotten away, but instead just stands there through an entire dialogue swoop then gets scared when they point him out. Forcing a story where Everyone is after one low-level toon... they are so forced it breaks the immersion. This point is one of the reasons why I’m beginning to despise PVP heavy stories.

The narrator did a great job bring everything together, really put a better spin on a decent story.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful