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  • Three Mages and a Margarita

  • The Guild Codex: Spellbound Series, Book 1
  • By: Annette Marie
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

Broke, almost homeless, and recently fired. Those are my official reasons for answering a wanted ad for a skeevy-looking bartender gig. It went downhill the moment they asked me to do a trial shift instead of an interview - to see if I'd mesh with their "special" clientele. I think that part went great. Their customers were complete dickheads, and I was an asshole right back. That's the definition of fitting in, right? I expected to get thrown out on my ass. Instead, they...offered me the job? It turns out this place isn't a bar. It's a guild. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable and fun

  • By Roz Hans on 10-18-18

Good silly fun

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Fun story and premise. Only complaint, the narrator doesn't know how to pronounce quay (should be "key"). I'll be reading the sequel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Slayer

  • A LitRPG Saga (Aether Gate Online, Book 1)
  • By: Darren Hultberg Jr
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

When the newest VRMMORPG title gets announced, Adam and his best friend, Max, are more than ready to dive in. Launch day arrives quickly, and Adam is plunged into a world that’s more immersive than anything he’s experienced before. Although the game offers a bevy of character choices, Adam quickly chooses the title of Slayer, a class that specializes in taking down stronger, more difficult opponents. Adam begins his adventure, but it's not long before he realizes there’s much more at stake when taking a life in this new game. The pain is very real, and death...is permanent. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another LITRPG all star story

  • By Mary Karowski on 09-18-18

Jaded

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I had no intention of liking this book when I started reading; the concept did not interest me but I was running out of books.

This type of book can only go a couple of ways "surprise, you're trapped inside a game" or "surprise, you're trapped and it's not a game". Both I find irritating. The best twist I saw was the "surprise: your in a game... and your meatspace is also a game and always has been" this is not that book. This is yet another trapped-in-a-game-book. Nothing new here.

Dispite my dislike of the very concept of this book I must admit to one thing: It's not bad. I was hoping for something unforgivingly bad so I could stop in good conscience. It never happened. I finished it. ok I stopped before the glossary. but really that doesn't count.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 651
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617

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

Beware the Neco-mancer

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

The mechanics are fun. The plot is fun. But the puns, you will just have to grit your teeth and bear them.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ritualist

  • Completionist Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,231
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,021
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,014

The decision to start a new life is never an easy one, but for Joe the transition was far from figurative. Becoming a permanent addition to a game world, it doesn't take long to learn that people with his abilities are actively hunted. In fact, if the wrong people gained knowledge of what he was capable of, assassins would appear in droves.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ritual is necessary for us to know anything

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-18-18

Dear author, Thank you!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

Haven't gotten far in the story yet but finally an author who has solved the narration problem of spending 5 minutes reading skill sheets. I'll update the review when I finish the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fangs of Freelance

  • Fred, the Vampire Accountant Series, Book 4
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,632

When Fred formed his own parahuman clan out of necessity, he understood that it was going to come with new responsibilities. Much as he hoped those tasks would center around extra paperwork and perhaps the occasional mandatory class, enough time around the supernatural has taught him to be ready for anything. Or so he thought. As a freelance accountant for the Agency, Fred soon finds himself being tossed into new, unexpected, and perilous situations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly Mundane and Exciting At The Same Time

  • By Tony E. on 11-29-17

If you liked the previous books...

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

This book is like the other books in the series. If you liked the others you will like this, the quality and writing style are very consistent. On the other hand if you disliked the previous books you will dislike this one aswell. It's really terrible. The main character is so PC it's sickening. I don't know why I keep buying them. Maybe it's because despite not being good they at least aren't totally distasteful. I will likely stop with the series here.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dungeon Lord: Otherworldly Powers

  • The Wraith's Haunt, Book 2
  • By: Hugo Huesca
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,368
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299

Only a few weeks have passed since the Battle of Burrova, and Edward and his friends are busier than ever improving the Haunt and protecting the surviving villagers. Sadly, time is a scarce commodity in the world of Ivalis. Soon enough, Ed finds himself thrown in conflict against the man behind the mindbrood’s attack, a man who is seemingly capable of shrugging off mortal wounds and who is willing to unleash a devastating plague of undead against the Haunt and everyone inside. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lord Wraith's wrath wreaks Havoc on Heuron

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-20-18

Good

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

My only complaint is the amount of time spent on the skill sheets. Basically you can skip them and not miss anything... which is what I ended up doing by skipping ahead 30-60 seconds.

  • The Godking's Legacy

  • By: Virlyce
  • Narrated by: Mare Trevathan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952

A legendary sword is left behind by his master, the Godking. Trapped for millennia, the sword's spirit awaits the day he'll be set free. Will his new master be worthy of inheriting the Godking's legacy? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great job

  • By michael on 05-18-18

Surprising

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

This was surprisingly good. It's well written and funny. Thd narration is passed like a baton between the characters which at the beginning of the book is a little annoying but soon fixates on the MC who despite being an idiot who cannot read knows phrases like "deus ex machina".

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The City and the Dungeon

  • And Those Who Dwell and Delve Within
  • By: Matthew Schmidt
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

The City is an immense metropolis of crystal spires and wondrous magic. Beneath is the Dungeon, a vast underground world, and a source of endless treasure guarded by grotesque and deadly monsters. No one knows where the Dungeon came from, or why. One young immigrant braves the Dungeon to remit money to his family, only to find much, much more. Friends, power, and secrets of the Dungeon. Perhaps even love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When the lights go down in the City

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-15-18

Refreshing

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

I expected this to be yet another dungeon core litrpg. It's not. It's something new. Yes there is plenty of dungeon diving, fighting monsters, some pvp but there is also, surprisingly, some theology. In most litrpg stories we know exactly the shape of the world and so do the characters. In this one, we don't and neither do the characters. Its really interesting to listen to the characters debate the finer points of a dungeon's theological position and significance in a post-apocalyptic world (Denver is a dutchy fyi). Digression aside, back to the fun, the story is additionally true to life in that there is plenty of unresolved intrigue and loose ends.

So... what's wrong with the book you might ask? Turns out the title is quite appropriate. The book is about just that. Its got excitement but there is no exciting plot to hold it together at times it feels a bit disconnected. I don't think it detracts.

For what this book is, I would buy the sequel if it were to materialize but that said I don't know what would be in it.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • A Trap for the Potentate

  • The Dark Herbalist, Book 3
  • By: Michael Atamanov
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022

The great hunt is over. In the end, Timothy managed to keep his invaluable prize. A victory? Perhaps. But glory and adrenaline are very powerful narcotics, and tolerance builds quickly. Once deprived of them, life immediately becomes gray and bleak. What's more, his beautiful lover is beginning to transparently hint that she could find herself a more interesting beau. What is a talented player to do in this case? The solution suggests itself: rush headlong into the most dangerous adventures, taking risks and walking the blade of a knife.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • a great story until the cough out at the end

  • By Cory on 03-16-18

Well that's a cliff hanger!

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

I'm not sure what to say, I wasn't expecting it. Talk about an existential crisis.

  • Starship Grifters

  • Rex Nihilo, Book 1
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,903
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,894

A space-faring ne'er-do-well with more bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain. But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high-stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet - and owing an outstanding debt more vast than space itself! The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes you just gotta give a book a chance!

  • By Sad Carlos on 07-08-14

It all makes cents in the end

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

The ending was quite a surprise. Not like a shock or anything but the hints and clues through out the book weren't obvious. I liked it.

That said the robot's limitation is rather annoying.