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  • Advent

  • Red Mage, Book 1
  • By: Xander Boyce
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965

Drew Michalik was working in a top-secret facility in Washington, DC, when the Advent began. As all electronics in the world simply ceased to work, blue screens filled with information appeared before him. Drew was given access to a mana interface and a limited number of reality-altering crystals called Xatherite. Following the instructions on his vision-impairing screens, he "slotted" his Xatherite and changed his fate: He gained the ability to cast spells. Now alone in the dark, he must battle through the government bunker turned dungeon in a desperate bid for survival.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kona Blend

  • By Randy on 01-10-19

One of the best LitRPGs I’ve read!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

Great setup... great execution... great main character. Really looking forward to the next one. An interesting take on the genre- not just a game- if you die you die which helps build tension.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,166

Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort. One fateful night - different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful - Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos of the parahuman world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun for a While

  • By sherri on 09-18-16

A miss for me

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I love Drew Hayes. His Superpowered series is one of my favorites. This was not... Great concept- but I never got enough character building to really care about the main character. I know it was a choice to tell it in individual story format but it felt too disjointed for me.

  • The Land: Predators: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 7
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 46 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,595
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,944
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,888

In The Land: Predators, the Mist Village has harnessed its power. With core buildings, professional fighters, and now their own dungeon, the settlement is primed to grow into a kingdom of true power and magic. The path to power has not been without risk, however. The MistVillage has been noticed. Evil nobles from the Kingdom of Law, bloodthirsty goblins from the Serrated Mountains, an undead lord with a penchant for human sacrifice, and fanatical kobolds from the Depths all plot the village's destruction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Longer but not better...

  • By D. Nikitin on 08-07-18

I finally lost it in Book 7

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I really enjoyed the first 6 books of the series. This one went stale on me. However given the high (and plentiful) reviews of others maybe I am the enigma here. For me (qualifier check) it was too long and the character sheet repeats were just overwhelming after a time. It felt like 20 of the 47 hours of the book was repeating the micro increases in character sheets.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Phule's Company

  • Phule's Company, Book 1
  • By: Robert Asprin
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

After being court-martialed by the Space Legion for ordering the strafing of a treaty-signing ceremony, multimillionaire Willard Phule receives his punishment: He must command the misfit Omega Company on Haskin's Planet, a mining settlement on the edge of settled space. At his duty station, he leverages his personal money and a knack for managing people to get the company to come together as a unit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • always a favorite

  • By Steelwing13 on 10-14-17

Light, Fun and Predictable Military Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I enjoyed this. Extremely light military sci-fi fare. Ragtag crew of misfits led by a charismatic leader causing them to get their act together. Sound familiar? Predictable but in a comforting sort of way. If that is what you are going for then it is worth a credit. later books in the series were harder for me. This first one was fun though.

  • The Demon Accords Compendium, Volume 1

  • Stories from the Demon Accords Universe
  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490

Four stories from the Demon Accords universe starring some favorite characters and introducing a new one. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short, but fun

  • By CReaper210 on 10-10-18

I love this series.

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I love this series so much that I don't even mind that John Conroe is obviously trying to cash in by putting this into 2 volumes. I am just happy he was willing to write it. John- keep them coming and I will keep buying... James Patrick Cronin- as always was great!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Demon Accords Compendium, Volume 2

  • Stories from the Demon Accords Universe
  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 480

Volume two. Four more stories: the mind of a mind reader, babysitting the supernatural, packing up, and what's it like to be a queen. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-15-18

I love this series.

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I love this series so much that I don't even mind that John Conroe is obviously trying to cash in by putting this into 2 volumes. I am just happy he was willing to write it. John- keep them coming and I will keep buying... James Patrick Cronin- as always was great!

  • Stuff and Nonsense

  • Threadbare Series, Volume 1
  • By: Andrew Seiple
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772

Meet Threadbare. He is 12 inches tall, full of fluff, and really, really bad at being a hero. Magically animated and discarded by his maker as a failed experiment, he is saved by a little girl. But she's got problems of her own, and he might not be able to help her. Fortunately for the little golem, he's quick to find allies, learn skills, gain levels, and survive horrible predicaments. Which is good, because his creator has a whole lot of enemies …

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing tale you can't help but love

  • By Ray Johnson on 08-29-18

Fantastic Concept for a LitRPG

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

A really fun take on the LitRPG genre. The later books in the series lag a bit- but this one is definitely worth a listen.

  • Another Stupid Spell

  • Another Stupid Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bill Ricardi
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Sorch is an orc mage in a world where orcs are cursed with stupidity every time they cast a spell. The only spell he can safely cast is Enhance Intelligence, which boosts his IQ for a second before the curse drains it all away again. Normally casting such a spell would be pointless, but Sorch's tribe has found a way to benefit. Magic that is cast near a mysterious artefact called the ‘Voodoo Engine’ causes invisible hands to appear, and these hands get work done for his tribe. Sorch is a slave to the Voodoo Engine, casting a single spell over and over again to avoid being beaten.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • honestly, the narrator killed the story for me.

  • By Travis on 10-26-18

Great Narrator, Great Concept, Good Story.

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I love James Patrick Cronin- especially his work on the Demon Accords series. He did a great job with this one. The concept of the story was great- almost a coming of age story- with a twist. So I was really excited- and then a bit underwhelmed. Overall worth a credit- and I can see how some would love it and some wouldn't. Give it a listen and decide for yourself.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Regicide

  • The Completionist Chronicles Series, Book 2
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,453
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,201
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,196

 Dakota Krout presents the second book in The Completionist Chronicles series. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • King of litRPG

  • By Max on 09-20-18

A Sequel that does NOT Disappoint

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I read a lot of LitRPG. I am not totally proud of it... However if you are going to do it- this is one of the absolute best there is. A fantastic continuation of a great series. Proof that even in a genre getting overrun with titles some will always float to the top. Great character building. Great world building. Just great.

  • 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 2,319
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,208
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,203

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

Continues to be a Fantastic Series

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

Let's be honest- this book is not for everyone... when I was listening to all three- I was cautious about who I told about this. Probably not a book to generally recommend around the water cooler. But WOW is it fantastic! The absolute best book with an antihero out there. You truly want Boxy to win.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful