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  • The Cursed Princedom

  • By: G. Akella
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697

A new update arrives to the ultra-popular online game, Realm of Arkon. With Patch 17, the level of immersion experienced by players in their gaming capsules has made virtual reality indistinguishable from the real world. But every gamer's dream becomes a nightmare for Roman Kozhevnikov after he gets confined to Arkon against his will. And not just to Arkon, but to its deadliest zone - Demon Grounds. Playing - or rather living - as his character Krian, it's not just about survival for Roman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another LitRPG to the Series

  • By John on 01-12-17

Great story. Narrator would be good, too, except..

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

Reviewed: 03-26-19

It's like the narrator gets a bonus every time he mispronounces a word. Is there an audie award for most nonstandard pronunciations? It's a shame, because I like his voice and his characterizations. It's just that it's like a little electric zap every time he fumbles an easy word.

  • Patch 17

  • By: G. Akella
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817

A new update arrives to the ultra-popular online game, Realm of Arkon. With Patch 17, the level of immersion experienced by players in their gaming capsules has made virtual reality indistinguishable from the real world. But every gamer's dream becomes a nightmare for Roman Kozhevnikov after he gets confined to Arkon against his will. And not just to Arkon, but to its deadliest zone - Demon Grounds. Playing - or rather living - as his character Krian, it's not just about survival for Roman.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Usual LitRPG book, but interesting

  • By Steve on 02-15-17

Good story but the narrator...

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

I don't recall ever hearing so many mispronunciations in one book. After a while, I began to look at it as comedy relief. The shame of it is that the narrator is obviously talented. He has a nice voice and does quite a good job with the different characters but gawd. Somebody buy him a dictionary.

  • Otherlife Dreams

  • The Selfless Hero Trilogy
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280

Runner has a problem. He and 499,000 men and women are trapped in a game. He also just happens to be the only person from IT who could log everyone out safely. And he doesn't remember his password. He, like everyone else in this nightmare, had his memory scrambled or lost in the process of being loaded into the game. A single garbled message is his only clue to how to save everyone. The problem is that whoever loaded them into the game loaded their minds completely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please fix audio levels

  • By Matthew Ransom on 05-24-16

What's with the audio?

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

Horrible audio editing. Extreme volume changes, clipped sentences, overrecorded narration - one needs put real effort in to be this astoundingly bad. Other than apparently having a toddler at the recording controls, the story and narration is pretty good.

  • Bill the Vampire, Scary Dead Things, The Mourning Woods, and Holier Than Thou

  • The Tome of Bill Series: Books 1-4
  • By: Rick Gualtieri
  • Narrated by: Christopher John Fetherolf
  • Length: 33 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,973

There are reasons we fear the dark. Bill Ryder...isn't one of them. Gamer, geek, and legendary vampire - The Tome of Bill is the tale of an unlikely hero trying to survive in a world of undead horrors. Despite awesome supernatural powers, loyal allies, and an attitude the size of Brooklyn, the odds are still stacked heavily against him. Bill Ryder must fulfill his destiny and save the world from the ancient terrors that threaten it - all while trying to work up the nerve to ask out the girl of his dreams.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How the books are divided inside:

  • By Peter Pail on 11-18-15

Scatological juvenile humor. Just my bailiwick.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I thoroughly enjoyed the raunchy humor, though the final draft probably should have been professionally proofed a little better. There were many continuity errors. The narrator was mediocre. Any word that could have been mispronounced, he did. Also, there was very little characterization of voices. The sexy femme fatale sounded exactly like the dorky protagonist and both his roommates. That often made conversatiins difficult to follow. Also, he stumbled over sentences and had to repeat himself on many occasions. That should have been cleaned up later.

  • Junk

  • By: Les Bohem
  • Narrated by: John Waters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8,131
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,487
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,473

Set in present-day Los Angeles, Junk explores an epic conspiracy, one at work for thousands of years that involves total takeover of the planet Earth by aliens. In the wild, souped-up vision of Les Bohem - the acclaimed, Emmy-winning writer of the Steven Spielberg miniseries, Taken - the world is at the end stage of long-range plot that involves a gigantic genetic-engineering project. The aliens who have invaded us have no planet. No spaceship is coming. Instead, a small advance force comes, breeds, and dies - thus becoming an anomaly in our DNA that can’t be explained.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Junk

  • By glass1748 on 04-01-19

Got it as a freebie. Not worth it.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I wish freebies were returnable so I could at least remove it from my library. Yuck.

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  • Karma Box Set

  • By: Donna Augustine
  • Narrated by: Angel Clark, Andrew B. Wehrlan
  • Length: 26 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

The entire Karma series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beware .

  • By Lori L. Flemming on 08-08-18

Started strong but fizzled toward the end.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

It kept me just interested enough to finish. But seeing as how I'm a fifty-something man that may be high praise as I am probably somewhat outside the target audience. The narrator was decent but some of her characterizations really grated on my ears. No other complaints except for the occasional mispronunciation, such as mischievous (mischEEvious) which happens to be a pet peeve of mine.

  • Ghost of the Gods

  • By: Kevin Bohacz
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Two years after the devastation of mass human extinctions in kill zones, mankind is still grasping for survival. An oppressive union of government and big business controls an exhausted America, which is divided between walled-in Protectorates and the unpoliced Outlands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievably Well Done!!!

  • By Brian B. on 06-14-15

The first book was good. This one not so much.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

This book really went off the rails. Half way in, I realized that I didn't care what what happened at all. Such a shame after the promising start of the first.

  • The Windup Girl

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,674
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,867
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,892

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner.

  • By Marius on 01-13-10

Terribly dull until gratuitous rape scene.

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

I have no respect for authors who think it's entertaining to invent salaciously detailed rape scenes for their readers.
I quit after this disgusting interlude but up until that point the story was nothing but racial stereotypes.
Also, this author apparently has little grasp of physics. The entire premise is ridiculous. Physical work by man or beast has a much higher carbon footprint than wind or solar. Maybe this is explained later in the book but I don't want to dredge through this garbage to find out.

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  • Hard Magic

  • Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,977

Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought it was going to be.

  • By Clinton on 08-06-11

You keep using the word, "pulverized".

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

I don' t think it means what you think it means. You can't throw a pulverized statue. It's literally dust.
I like this series. It's hard to beat the MHI series, however. "Balki" is a surprisingly good narrator.

  • A Confederacy of Dunces

  • By: John Kennedy Toole
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,435
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,443

The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Done

  • By Jon on 09-18-05

Definitely overrated

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

This book is a bit of a train wreck. I kept wanting to look away but just couldn't help myself. Horrible racism and bigotry throughout but no major stereotypes were exempted, so I suppose it is fair in that sense. The ending seemed rather abrupt but it wasn't really going anywhere so any point is as good as any other. I don't recommend the book except as a curiosity of sorts. I understand why it was rejected by so many publishers.