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  • Hell to Pay

  • Ascend Online, Book 2
  • By: Luke Chmilenko
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,998
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,795

Lazarus Cain is a member of the Grim Shadows, one of the Thieves Guilds in the city of Eberia. Unfortunately, Lazarus is having a bad day. Waking up in a torture chamber, suffering from amnesia, he'd be pretty much screwed if not for the mysterious, magical sigil burned into his chest. Sometimes a really bad day should be shared with others, especially professional torturers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a continuation

  • By Greg A on 09-26-17

Hard to love

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

For some reason, this book was much harder for me to follow. Maybe it's the character? There is less LitRPG than there is just straight drama. Luke Daniels is a master narrator. I think the problem is that there is just so much talking about what is going on and not enough character interaction. Sorry, but most of the book feels dry. I love the concept, but there isn't enough reminding us that this is a game. It just feels like a story snout what is happening in this fictional world. And there is very little humor.

  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,886
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31,822

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacked the freshness of Ready Player One

  • By Chad on 01-08-16

Great book - Don't listen to the haters

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

First of all, please, for the love of Gorf, Steven Spielberg, don't make a movie out of this book!... Now, I have read reviews that said this was not as good as Ready Player One, but I disagree. This book is different, but still very good. Some compared it to The Last Starfighter... Well... It is in a universe where that movie exists! It acknowledges all of those obvious influences. You know what bothers me? Any movie that Arnold Schwarzenegger is in where the people around him aren't aware that he is FREAKING ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER! This book does not make that mistake. No spoilers, but I just wanted to tell the potential readers that this is a great book. It definitely takes the previously existing concepts to a whole new level. And Wil Wheaton.... Another amazing job. Of course. Can't wait for the next book by Mr. Cline.

  • Warlock Holmes

  • A Study in Brimstone
  • By: G. S. Denning
  • Narrated by: Robert Garson
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,610
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,609

Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes. Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he's brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn't deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short on Clues--Heavy on Delightful Twists

  • By Gillian on 01-10-17

Parody?

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

It's sort of a parody of Sherlock Holmes. A what if? The thing that wasn't enjoyable was that the author took Sherlock Holmes stories and stole nearly every aspect of them with fairly predictable changes to the world where Holmes only is able to pull off his extraordinary feats by the use of actual magic. Watson, on the other hand has Sherlock's abilities of observation and deduction. I tried to enjoy it. The narrator was good, but at times, it seemed he would pause to try to stomach the less than tasteful contrivances he had to perform. I have never left a negative review of any book before. I applaud the author for sticking to it and writing a book... But maybe the next one should have some more creativity and craft. This just doesn't work.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 201,317
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 187,995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187,589

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Just fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

Everything about this book is incredible. I loved every second of it. And it's read by Wil Wheaton!!! The levels of nerd-gasm just never stop. The only problem is that it makes me wish The Oasis is a real game. I also can't thank the author enough for resisting the money making trend of splitting up the story into multiple books. So good. I will listen to it many more times.

  • Making It in the Art World

  • New Approaches to Galleries, Shows, and Raising Money
  • By: Brainard Carey
  • Narrated by: Peter Drew
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82

Learn how today’s artists survive, exhibit, and earn money, without selling out! This book explains how to be a professional artist and new methods to define and realize what success means. Whether you’re a beginner, a student, or a career artist looking to be in the best museum shows, this book provides ways of advancing your plans on any level. Making It in the Art World is an invaluable resource for artists at every stage, offering readers a plethora of strategies and helpful tips to plan and execute a successful artistic career.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not my style

  • By katie on 09-07-15

Great content. Narrator is a little dry.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

I have listened to this book multiple times. The content is good, but the narrator is difficult to enjoy. It sounds very robotic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Cthulhu

  • Tales Inspired by H. P. Lovecraft
  • By: Ross E. Lockhart (editor)
  • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper, Teresa DeBerry
  • Length: 27 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 342

The Cthulhu Mythos is one of the 20th century's most singularly recognizable literary creations. Initially created by H. P. Lovecraft and a group of his amorphous contemporaries (the so-called "Lovecraft Circle"), The Cthulhu Mythos story cycle has taken on a convoluted, cyclopean life of its own. Some of the most prodigious writers of the 20th century, and some of the most astounding writers of the 21st century have planted their seeds in this fertile soil. The Book of Cthulhu harvests the weirdest and most corpulent crop of these modern mythos tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Improves on Lovecraft, believe it or not

  • By bookgurl on 04-29-14

So good and well done

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

I can't say enough good about this collection. I especially want to mention the narrators. Teresa DeBerry does a great job, though nothing jumps out as remarkable. Fleet Cooper, on the other hand is... Well, remarkable... His dialects are believable and at times, unbelievable that it is the same person all the way through. The Doom That Came to Innsmouth especially... I had to search the book up on the Internet to verify that it wasn't narrated by Patton Oswalt. It is uncanny how much it sounded like Patton... Made me love the story even more. Ha ha ha. I can't wait to hear the second collection. So so good.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,009
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,962

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

Love it

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

I'm hooked. Can't wait for the next one in the series. And then I typed some more words.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,850
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,854

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Stay Away

  • By Anonymous User on 10-12-18

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

I just realized that 14 is a portal to another universe... That wasn't a spoiler. I mean that it is an entryway into the vast universe of Peter Clines. I have read reviews for several of his other books, and many of them mention starting with this book before becoming a fanatic for his work. It is 100% true. This book has some of the most intense action I have read in a long time. Also, Ray Porter is amazing and one of my very favorite audio book performers. Great Everything. I hope this story continues.

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,335

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh yourself silly

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 11-28-15

Loved it, loved it, loved it!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-16

Good Omens really feels like a collaboration between Douglas Adams and Mark Twain. I am certain I will listen to this many times. I wish it could go for days and days. Martin Jarvis is brilliant. Each of his voices has its own distinct character. The Metatron sounds EXACTLY like Bill Nighy and made me want to watch his movies... Gaiman and Pratchett are just as amazing as they always are. I am more familiar with Gaiman, so I don't know how the collaboration affected things. This is the first review I have written here, so I apologize for gushing... But I haven't loved a book this much in a long time.