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  • Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Murphy
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352

In a not-too-distant future ripe with marvels of technological convenience, wage and work disparity are as rampant as they ever were. A new game makes a claim that's bolder than its competition: So long as players are logged in, they'll have extra time to live. Like most, Corbin has been stunted by the real world. Now that chance has given him a new lease on life in the form of a game, he'll do whatever it takes to pursue it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start

  • By Umaros on 12-20-18

This One Hit All My Buttons!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Corbin is scraping by in real life, keeping his head down at work and earning just enough to pay for his basic needs. He's finally saved up enough to buy a ChronPod that allows him to play the massively popular virtual reality game Chronicle. He's a half year behind everyone else, or four years behind if you count the time compression in the game, and he has a lot to do to catch up.

I've read enough LitRPG to know exactly what I like, and this one hit all those buttons. This is an adventure style LitRPG with no harem or romance, no overpowered main character, and a game I'd love to play myself. I prefer stories that have the main character going back and forth from the game to real life, versus stuck in a game. Those glimpses of Corbin's real life allowed for more character development and showed just how Chronicle changed him.

I enjoyed the writing, it's vibrant and the gameplay is detailed as if I were watching it. The stats weren't repeated often enough to be intrusive and there were no massive info dumps, it had the perfect amount of description. Corbin was likable, if a little slow at times (why didn't he spend his six months reading up about Chronicle before jumping in?) All in all, a really good book and I'll definitely be adding this to my re-read pile.

If you've read a lot of LitRPG you've run into Nick Podehl before, he's really making a name for himself with this genre. He performs in a dramatic way with character voices and sound effects thrown in. I've always loved his range of character voices and his performance was excellent. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

  • 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 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once you start you won't stop

  • By Ray Johnson on 12-26-18

Not your typical LitRPG

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

Phil isn't your average unemployed gamer, as a matter of fact he's well below average. That fact is driven home when he receives a piece of wetware that turns his entire life into a video game. Phil discovers that his years of playing WoW have only earned him the disdain of his wife, an undeveloped skill tree, and a lot of extra pounds. He lags behind everyone else in just about every meaningful skill. With the help of the interface, real life errands turn into quests, conversations turn into improved relationships, and every page read or mile ran improves his stats.

Restart is not your typical hack and slash game log style LitRPG. It focuses on the day to day details of an average Joe getting his stuff together. I prefer to read character driven stories, and this book is just one long description of Phil's character development. I ate it up! I just couldn't stop listening. As I read, I itched to have my own interface, and I downloaded a productivity app (Habitica) to get started on my own self-improvement. This book made a real world impact on me. I know the author probably won't see this review, but thanks.

This book does have one issue I run into a lot with LitRPG, the female characters. Every single one falls for Phil instantly. Even the intelligent doctor he visits is interested in him, overweight, unshaven, shaggy haired, and exhibiting deep psychological issues as he is. On the other hand, I really appreciated that the focus was on meaningful social interactions, and the part where Phi first reads his sister's stat sheet just warmed my little heart. The narration was done well, and I'll definitely be listening to the next one in the series.


  • The Princess and the Pea

  • Fairy Story Shorts
  • By: Clive Johnson
  • Narrated by: Clive Johnson
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Fairy Story Shorts offer beautiful retellings of traditional tales, and are especially suitable for listening to at bedtime! This tale is taken from the collection Fairy Stories and Fairy Stories: Traditional Tales for Children, Contemporary Tales for Adults by Clive Johnson, also published by Labyrinthe Press.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short and Sweet, Perfect for Bed Time

  • By James Marsh on 01-17-19

A Sweet Little Story

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

This was a sweet little story perfect for bedtime. There's enough story here to capture the imagination of your little one, and plenty of room to embellish further. I enjoyed the narration, he had the perfect accent for the story and the recording was well done. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Learn Intermediate Spanish Bundle: The Ultimate Learning Intermediate Spanish Bundle

  • Lessons 31 to 60 from Learning Spanish Like Crazy Level Two
  • By: Patrick Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jose Rivera, Juan Martinez, Jessica Ramos
  • Length: 19 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

This learn intermediate Spanish bundle program will teach you how to speak authentic Latin American conversational Spanish. Using only native Spanish speakers, this program will ensure that you develop an authentic Latin American Spanish accent. This bundle covers lessons 31 to 60. This learn Spanish intermediate bundle also puts a major emphasis on improving pronunciation. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mastery of intermediate/advanced grammar

  • By orlandodb on 10-23-18

Really Helpful!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-19

I picked up the first beginner bundle about a month ago, and found it really helpful. The lessons went in depth explaining conjugation, sentence structure, and pronunciation. This audiobook continues those lessons and advances to intermediate level while maintaining the same instruction style.

This audiobook came out just in time for me. I've hit a bit of a rut in my learning and these books really ramp it up. I especially love the conversations at the beginning of each chapter. It's been fun to decipher more and more of it as I learn. Most phrases contain words I'd use in real life, which is always useful, and overall I think this audio would be a great addition to your learning. It's definitely a good use of a credit.

The narration is well done, clear and easy to understand. It's spoken more like it a real conversation instead of over-enunciated for the listener's benefit, which is great for real life use. I made good use of the audible app's narration speed feature, but hopefully I'll have to use that less and less in the future. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

  • Christmas in the Duke's Embrace

  • Christmas Wishes, Book 4
  • By: Amanda Mariel
  • Narrated by: Martin Royal
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Disgraced and betrayed by those she trusted most, Lady Marina Ellis finds herself near death and in desperate need of rescue. Evan Lockhart, never expected to find a woman buried in a snowbank outside of his ducal manor, but now that he has he cannot turn her away. As Christmas approaches the pair form a bond neither expected, but can they overcome the obstacles standing between them and embrace their chance at love?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • sweet quick story

  • By Roslyn :) on 01-02-19

Sweet Christmas Romance

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Lady Marina Ellis was betrayed by a man who seduced and then left her. Cast out of her parent's home, Marina runs afoul of some bandits and her situation goes from awful to worse. Evan Lockheart, the Duke of Rowley, finds Marina lying nearly dead in a snowbank by the side of the road. While nursing her back to health, he finds his own heart in danger.

I really liked this sweet romance! There's a lot packed into this novella, there's action, romance, betrayal, forgiveness, and hope. I liked both main characters and thought they were perfect together. The narration was well done. It always surprises me to hear a male narrator for a romance, but this was a good surprise, with different voices for each character and a voice that pulled me right into the story. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

  • Match Me by Christmas

  • No Match for Love, Book 8
  • By: Lindzee Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Williams
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Find out if a Christmas miracle can help a reporter running from love and a cruise ship director longing for home build a relationship before the ship docks for the last time in this delightful romantic comedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love boat

  • By Gina Johnson on 12-19-18

Really Sweet Christmas Story

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Natalie James is trying to land her dream job as a travel journalist, and she's given a chance to prove her worth on the matchmaking company Toujour's first ever matchmaking cruise. Natalie doesn't believe a person can find lasting love over just 8 days, but that belief is tested when she runs face first into Shawn Erickson, the cruise director. With so many differences and obstacles between them, can they find love before the cruise ends?

This is a sweet romance, it's the eighth book in the series but can be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed the setting, a cruise through Mexico during Christmastime. It was like the perfect beach read with a Christmas twist. Natalie and James are both well drawn and interesting, and their insecurities were believable. I really liked them together, and loved that they spent so much time together on the page. It was a really good listen!

The narration was done really well, with different voices for Natalie and Shawn, and the perfect accent for the Southern boy. It pulled me right into the story. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To Beguile a Beast

  • By: Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

Beneath Helen’s beautiful façade, Alistair finds a courageous and sensual woman. A woman who doesn’t back away from his surliness—or his scars. But just as he begins to believe in true love, Helen’s secret past threatens to tear them apart. Now both Beast and Beauty must fight for the one thing neither believed they could ever find—a happy ever after.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beauty and the Beast

  • By Kat on 11-05-10

Added to my reread pile!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

Lovely Helen Fitzwilliam is on the run with her two young children at her side. A friend recommends that she take a position as a housekeeper in a crumbling Scottish castle owned by the reclusive Sir Alistair Munroe. To hide from her past, and the one person who can take her children away, Helen must convince the scarred man to give her a chance.

I read this book a few years back, and liked it enough to re-read it again via audio. I really enjoyed both the book and the narration style. Beauty and the Beast scenarios are one of my favorite themes, and this book does not disappoint. I especially liked the addition of the children, each with their own distinct personalities. Alistair's sister is a gem, and the steamy scenes were well written and not repetitive. It's an enjoyable read I'll be picking up again.

The narration was done well, with a dramatic flair at times. Read through Audible's Romance Package.

  • A Little Princess

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

When wealthy widower Captain Ralph Crewe first enrolls his little daughter Sara in Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies, she is set to become the school's show pupil. But tragedy soon strikes: Captain Crewe passes away after losing his fortune, and young Sara is quickly forced into servitude by the cruel Miss Minchin. To make it through her long days as a drudge, Sara imagines herself secretly a princess, and along the way learns to treasure true friends and the kindness of mysterious benefactors. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sweet Story

  • By Shannon G on 01-08-19

Wonderful Narration of this Classic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-18

When young Sara Crewe is left at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies, it's only her temperament and strong self that keep her from becoming a very spoiled little girl. After her wealthy and loving father passes away, Sara is no longer the star pupil at the school. Instead she's forced to work as a drudge and to slave away in the very school where she once lived.

A Little Princess is one of the classics I read and reread when I was younger, the story is timeless and the characters had such a grip on me. I loved young Sara, sentimental and strong, dreamy and determined. I admired her then and even now I think she's a wonderful role model for young readers. The rest of the cast shines as well, with one of the best villains Burnett ever wrote. The plot is simple, the imagery beautiful, and I always loved those moments when Sara shows up Miss Minchin, or when she reveals the human side of herself with a bit of temper. I'd recommend it for young teens on up.

The narration by Shiromi Arserio was wonderfully done, the perfect pace and accents for each character. I especially loved her voice for Sara, it seemed to fit perfectly. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Top 10 Thing You Need to Know by Age 30

  • A Practical Guide to Knowing the Most Important Things in Life Before You Get Old
  • By: Marc Stachado
  • Narrated by: Andre White Jr.
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

This audiobook is a compilation of the top 10 things you should know by the age of 30. A few tried-and-tested hacks will make your life more comfortable in the long run. While you can still make the most of your 20s, it’s always a good idea to plan for the third decade of your life to avoid sleepless nights and better deal with the challenges that are going to hit you sooner than you would like.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great advice I wish I had when I was younger

  • By eris on 01-20-19

Spot on

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

This was a comprehensive list of 10 things people should focus on in their 20s in order to make the most of them and improve the rest of their lives. I thought the advice, especially regarding finances, was spot on. It is general advice, but easy to adjust to individual listeners.

If I could go back and offer my 20 year old self one piece of advice, it would be to worry less about what people thought about me. I'd tell my overly self-conscious self that no one is paying nearly as much attention to me as I thought they were!

The narration was clear and easy to understand. I requested a copy of the audiobook and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

  • An Unexpected Turn of Events

  • Longbourn Unexpected, Book 3
  • By: Elaine Owen
  • Narrated by: Verona Westbrook
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Thomas Bennet unexpectedly outlives his wife and must make his way in a new life. Can he use the opportunity to become a better man, or will he let this chance pass him by?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book I will listen to again and again!

  • By HistoryBuff on 12-01-18

Simply Wonderful!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-18

This is the third book in the Longbourn Unexpected series, and it focuses on Mr. Bennet eleven years after Lizzy's marriage to Darcy. When the story begins, Mrs. Bennet has just passed away and Mr. Bennet is at loose ends. He decides to lease Longbourn to Mr. Collins and live with each of his daughters for several months at a time. He begins with Lizzy, but her company isn't as comforting as he expected as she's busy with her children and running the estate. Mr. Bennet moves on to Jane and Bingley, but their mismanaged household and servants unsettle him. It isn't until he reaches Kitty's home that things begin to look brighter.

This is the third book in the series, book one is "Mr. Darcy's Persistent Pursuit" and book two is "Love's Fool: The Taming of Lydia Bennet". I highly recommend reading both, I think Love's Fool is one of the most creative and fun retellings of Lydia's story. Lizzy is my favorite of the Bennet girls, as she should be, but this author brings out different qualities in each of the sisters that make them interesting and lovable, while still retaining their faults as in the original.

This story is really about Mr. Bennet as he begins to take responsibility for his indolent management of his daughters, and to help with their current needs. It's a really well written story that will have you both laughing and crying. There was one particular part that had me actually sobbing, and I'm tearing up again just thinking about it. This author doesn't pull any punches! The ending was just perfect.

The narration was really well done, perfect pace and voice to get me lost in the story. I requested a copy of the audiobook and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.