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  • Ascend Online

  • Ascend Online, Book 1
  • By: Luke Chmilenko
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,430
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,989

Diving into a revolutionary new video game, Marcus and his friends escape a stagnant society, entering into a world that defies their wildest imaginations. But from the moment that he logs in, Marcus finds himself separated from his friends and thrown into a remote village under attack by a horde of goblins. Forced into battle, Marcus rallies the beleaguered villagers and, with their help, manages to drive off the invading creatures. With the village in ruins and their supplies spoiled, the villagers turn to Marcus for help in rebuilding the village.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Luke Daniels and a great LITRPG; enough said

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-07-17

Awful

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

I couldn’t do it. This was a poorly written novel. The writing style was tedious and boring. It seemed like a high school writing project. The author needs to find different words to describe the type of monster being fought in any given scene. Example- “I rushed the goblin. The goblin turned to fight, but I swung my sword at the goblin. The goblin fell to the ground dead, but four more goblins turned to fight me. The first goblin goblin goblin goblin goblin goblin.” You get the idea. It gets monotonous and tedious very quickly.
Only plus is Luke Daniels narration. He must have been rolling his eyes to read such poorly written sentences and scenes.

Returning this one.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,175

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dumb

  • By clifford on 02-05-18

So many arguments.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Really liked the concept and world building, but there are so many shrill arguments and rants!between characters it totally took me out of the story.

Could have done with a lot less cussing from one character- made her very unlikable instead of strong, which is what I think the author was trying to do.

  • Hunted

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,620
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,827

For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Serving of Hilari-tea

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-25-13

My new favorite series

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

What made the experience of listening to Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6 the most enjoyable?

The Iron Druid Chronicles have fast become my favorite new series! Really love the inner conversations between Aticus and Oberon (his wolfhound)

  • Tricked

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,664
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,816

Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked in an Instant

  • By Nicholas on 04-24-12

Always a good read!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-16

As always Oberon is awesome! :) I loved the storyline for this one - the ski walkers and Hell were very menacing! Never do a deal with Coyote, he'll trick you every time!

  • The Art Forger

  • By: B. A. Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,047
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,729
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,722

Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing forage into art forgery and intrigue

  • By D on 11-28-12

Could not do it

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

Reviewed: 01-30-16

Just 20-39 minutes in and I can not beat the narrators overly breathy voice. It's so grating, especially when she attempts male characters that it ruins what seems like could be an intriguing listen. Sorry I just can't take this one.

  • WARP Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin

  • By: Eoin Colfer
  • Narrated by: Maxwell Caulfield
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 292

Riley, a teen orphan boy living in Victorian London, has had the misfortune of being apprenticed to Albert Garrick, an illusionist who has fallen on difficult times and now uses his unique conjuring skills to gain access to victims' dwellings. On one such escapade, Garrick brings his reluctant apprentice along and urges him to commit his first killing. Riley is saved from having to commit the grisly act when the intended victim turns out to be a scientist from the future, part of the FBI's Witness Anonymous Relocation Program (WARP). Riley is unwittingly transported via wormhole to modern-day London, followed closely by Garrick.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Kulu on 08-27-16

Was expecting better

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

Reviewed: 01-15-16

What did you like best about WARP Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin? What did you like least?

The characters seemed to have potential, but the writing- just seemed to not be up to par. It was like someone else wrote it and Eoin Colfer's name put on it. The villain had potential, but never seemed to grow - just kind of bla "here I am the bad guy come to ruin your day" without much motivation or menace other than the boy being afraid of him.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not.

Any additional comments?

This was just missing something- no flair or spark. Not much humor. Did not like the girl character's inside voice monologs. They were eye rolling bad. She was a bland character for what was supposed to be a secret agent type. everything was just safe and bland and not that interesting.

  • Swordspoint

  • A Melodrama of Manners
  • By: Ellen Kushner
  • Narrated by: Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,193
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,079

On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless--until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, Deadly, Sexy Sword Fights and Manners

  • By Jefferson on 01-01-12

Ugh- no.

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

Reviewed: 01-15-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I really don't know- maybe people who don't understand fantasy genre. I don't know why this was in the fantasy section. It seemed more like a farce or satire apart from some of the lordly titles like "Dragon-Chancellor"- which i think was the most / only "fantasy" element of the whole book

What could Ellen Kushner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It was very tedious - I get the intent, but it just didn't work for me. It was like slogging through sand. Nothing interesting and I couldn't have cared less about any of the characters.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

Maybe someone with a British accent since it seemed like the setting was more someplace like London. Her american accent and those of the other performers really pulled me out of the story.

What character would you cut from Swordspoint?

I didn't like any of them- lots of hury-up-and do nothing going on with all of them. Redundant conversations, eye rolling interactions… very tedious.

Any additional comments?

I really tried I really tried with this one and I love performance audio books with full cast like Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials. But - I just didn't get into the characters- who were dull or the story- which really had no point (pardon the pun). I'm about halfway through and it's just tedious and painful.
There are long convoluted passages of political descriptions where the author assumes we have prior knowledge. She suddenly describes political characters and their relationships and schemes and drops all this in as an aside to a conversation which was totally confusing. Introduce these characters and political situations as a natural part of storytelling!!! Just don't throw them in as an internal conversation as plot exposition and expect readers to know, understand, or even care what the heck is going on. About the third time this happened I was rolling my eyes and chanting, "Who cares!?"
Now the delivery- this world seemed to be a gentile fantasy realm and all the actors and narrator have blatant American accents and modern names ( Devon? Chris? TONY ?!!!!) that are so out of place it is jarring. It really does not help the story. The actors do a good to ok job, it's just they do not fit the setting at all. The narrator may know her work and characters, but her delivery pulled me out of the story so many times.
The Story- as far as I can tell, there really isn't one. It's just a bunch of who is scheming against who for what ever reason that I'm supposed to care about or be interested in, but I'm not. Tedious conversations- De Veer and Alec's long BORING conversations- ugh - and aren't they main characters? I could not work up any interest for them at all. Ijust wanted them to shut up. Tedious political exposition. Tedious and long winded. Even the "liaisons" were painful and tedious. One review - Boston Globe I believe- said this was a witty adventure and I have yet to encounter either wit or adventure. Also this is listed as Fantasy. There is none unless throwing in a single character title of "Dragon Chancellor" makes a novel fit this genre.
I find myself zoning out so many times like I'm at a boring lecture- only to come back and find I've missed nothing.
The author uses comparisons with "like" so many times you could make it into a drinking game! "Eyes like drowned hyacinth blossoms" "skin like cream" "sunbeams a color like butter". Drink!!!!! like like like likity like like.
I tried because, well, Neil Gaiman- but this was a let down. So glad when it was over.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,548

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the

  • By Chris on 01-02-12

Enjoyable and fun

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

Reviewed: 01-15-16

If you could sum up Hounded in three words, what would they be?

Give it time

Would you be willing to try another book from Kevin Hearne? Why or why not?

Even though this one started out slow - once it got going I found it very enjoyable and fun. It was just very slow in the beginning with not much going on except a couple of interactions and the main character engaging in a lot of exposition. I'd like to read another in the series. Really liked the interaction with the dog :) he was the best part by far.

What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He could do different voices without being annoying - some male narrators just can't do a female character's voice and it comes off very cingeworthy. Mr Daniels did a good job even with female characters who had heavy accents (polish and Indian) and his Oberon voice was great! just the right bit of excitement and slobbery enthusiasm you'd expect if a dog could talk!

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

I got a few chuckles from Oberon's comments - a rememberable character that wolf hound!

Any additional comments?

Hope other books in the series hold up! I'd recommend this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ex-Communication

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,532

In the years since the wave of living death swept the globe, St George and his fellow heroes haven't just kept Los Angeles' last humans alive - they’ve created a real community, a bustling town that's spreading beyond its original walls and swelling with new refugees. But now one of the heroes, perhaps the most powerful among them, seems to be losing his mind. The implacable enemy known as Legion has found terrifying new ways of using zombies as pawns in his attacks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!!! This was FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!

  • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 08-05-13

Totally enjoyable !!! But now I'm finished

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

Reviewed: 10-23-15

Zombies, superheroes, an evil invincible demon! What's not to love!
However- I read this one out of sequence with #4. It didn't matter to the story much, but now I'm totally out of Ex-Heroes to listen to!
Moving on to some of Cline's other works- maybe "The Fold"!!!

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,539

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

Long, but worth the listen. Very rich and detailed

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

Reviewed: 09-21-15

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

Yes

What other book might you compare The Golem and the Jinni to and why?

Splendors and Glooms. For the detailed descriptions and similar period piece

Which scene was your favorite?

The Jinni in the desert.

If you could take any character from The Golem and the Jinni out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The Jinni. He was a fascinating character.