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  • Escape

  • Adventures on Terra, Book 2
  • By: R.A. Mejia
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663

Armon Ellington died on Earth and was transported to Terra, a world governed by rules eerily similar to the RPG games he loved. He found he could gain levels, skills, abilities, and magic just like he could in those games. In addition to finding a way to become more powerful, he also found the friends and family he'd always longed for. Unfortunately, he also discovered the pain of losing them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first.

  • By Tim Ward on 11-08-17

So much negativity

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

What disappointed you about Escape?

3 hours into it, I gave up and returned it. The MC reverts to being a moron about everything. His fairy sidekick turns into a stuck up teenage cuss. The social interaction is so depressing it takes away from the story.

Really liked the first book, you know when the MC had a reason to be moron about everything, now it's at if he has brain damage.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Wild Wastes

  • By: Randi Darren
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,100

In The Waste, every fantasy creature, fairytale demon, or mythological monster exists. From orcs, to neriads, ogres, trolls, wraiths, elves, harpies, and even beastmen. They all exist, and all despise humankind. In the ruins of the west and east coasts, new governments have arisen. With new jobs. Vince is a Ranger, a profession whose sole job duty is surviving in the waste, and taking missions from the Ranger Guild. Be it courier services, escorts, or simply exploring tombs and cities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy Venture, Mythical Creatures; and One Stud

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-18

Thank You, May I have Another?

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

What made the experience of listening to Wild Wastes the most enjoyable?

Try something different:

Tags: Hero, Monster Girl Harem, Freeing Slaves, building a power base, Modern Post Apocalypse meets Medieval Monster Fantasy, Magic, Erotica,

Story isn't all that original but definitely fun to read if you're into this genre. There are a few plot holes but they are minor and don't break the story any. The end of the book kind of troubles me, main protagonist changes attitude from naive adventurer to clever leader abruptly and without much build up.

At the point in the story where "Thank You, May I have Another?" is used, is cute and gave me a chuckle. Take that dryads!

I definitely look forward to a sequel and will keep an eye on Randi Darren for more stories.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Extermination

  • Daniel Black, Book 3
  • By: E. William Brown
  • Narrated by: Guy Williams
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949

Gaea's favored children have put her ancient plan to cleanse the Earth of humans into motion, and Kozalin stands high on their list of targets. Uncertain alliances, scheming gods, and an implacable foe will push Daniel to his limits. How far will the wizard from Earth go to protect his family?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was great

  • By Philip on 10-23-16

Great Addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

What did you love best about Extermination?

The story expands to include more deadlier enemies, new allies, new tech, and lots more "plot". Though I will share a worry: Each book has a set amount of subplots that revolve around Daniel making more allies, not all sexual but they all seem to about gaining loyal and worthwhile companions (most seem to be about women that would love to go get down his pants but never goes that far). Anyways, this book ends with a lot of these subplots unfinished or forgotten about later in the story. Which is sort of depressing because some of those subplots have the potential to make the overall story more interesting. I hope they are not forgotten about in the next book but if they do, it would be a major let down for me, personally.

  • Wizard Rebellion

  • Intergalactic Wizard Scout Chronicles, Book 5
  • By: Rodney Hartman
  • Narrated by: Guy Williams
  • Length: 16 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

Wizard scouts are the deep recon forces of the Intergalactic Empire. When a team of the advanced soldiers are transported to a land where magic reigns without their technology, they must match their wits and skills against an enemy unlike any they've ever faced.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Conflicted but still hooked

  • By Mark on 07-21-17

Conflicted but still hooked

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I still recommend the series but I'm starting to have doubts.

In this installment of the Intergalactic Wizard Scout Chronicles, there is a lot going on, this book answers a lot of questions from earlier in the series. From a story standpoint it all fits together perfectly but i feel that Character development was broke in this installment. (Reasons why ahead - Spoilers Warning below)

Myers - Myers takes his hatred for Richards overboard. It's so forced it's not even rational. You got Richards (his brother) stolen from her womb, raised as an hard luck orphan and Myers spends the whole book pissed off because he doesn't feel Richard has a right to call their parents his parents because he wasn't there their whole lives. Doh. Once and a while, he shows some respect for Richards, but at this point I don't understand how that's even possible. He literally finds every excuse in the book (pun intended) to hate him.

Myers has always been a hard case for the first 4 books, but always came out to be respectable and professional but rough around the edges, now he's hell bent on getting this DNA gas for his lover so they 'can live happily ever after'. Going so far as to use his colleagues as pawns and risk their lives to get this done. Ok, that's is a typical trap for characters to fall into but there was no build up to it. Suddenly, he's willing to 'go to the dark side' to please her. Even if he admits early in the book he knows he's being used.

Myers' fall to the dark side, wasn't expecting that. I don't mean i didn't see him capable of it, i thought he was either dead or going to be tortured until Richard shows up in another book and saves him. Would have been neat to have Richard save his brother and mend whatever kind of relationship they could salvage but no, he falls for the 'live happily ever after' dark lord enticement and doesn't even ask if they have cookies.

Richards' Friends - mostly the other Wizard Scouts that were pulled along on this adventure. These guys have been with Richard since the beginning. They sat there and watched as Myers hounded him, tortured him, and made his life as miserable as one can make it. All while being Richards' superior officer leaving Richards powerless to stop it. Myers sabotaged his DNA gas (basically immortality) procedure that left him somewhat tired and hungry until the day he dies. No remorse, Everyone knew what Myers did until this book. Richard is just as wrong as Myers for their issues and they both need to get over it. Not only that, but they all seem to know Myers intentions for getting the DNA gas isn't honorable (long story) but they don't hold that against him for whatever reason.

Richards has his doomsday power, that might backfire and kill everyone friend and foe alike. It's been used twice in the series now (i think, can't really remember). Both times he used it to turn the tide of battle and save the day while managing to not kill all his friends. Suddenly, they are giving him the stink eye. It's mild, not like they disown him or anything but if you compare the reactions they have towards Myers, it doesn't make much sense.

Richard and the elf - Ok so back in book 4 the new high priestess of the elves makes an appearance. She seems to be vital to the overall story line going forwards. If i interpreted things correctly she is a possible love interest for Richards. But by the end of Book 5. they-still-haven't-met. They've had a few interconnect moments where they magically interact or they end in the story with people both of them know but after 2 books and 30 hours of audible, they don't have a clue who each other is. Almost makes me think the author hasn't decided if they should hook up. It's past exciting and anticipation, it's turned into frustration.


The story is great, borderline epic. There is a lot of mythology in this series where you actually get to witness the history as it unfolds. Hartman puts it together nicely. Over 5 books, I am left satisfied and can't wait to hear more. but as i stated, concerned about character development, IMHO i see the character development unraveling. Forced and i fear could lead to me being turned off to the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,372
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,967
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,948

In a world full of super powers, Felix has a pretty crappy one. He has the ability to modify any item he owns. To upgrade anything. Sounds great on paper. Almost like a video game. Except that the amount of power it takes to actually change, modify, or upgrade anything worthwhile is beyond his abilities. With that in mind, Felix settled into a normal life. A normal job. His entire world changes when the city he lives in is taken over by a super villain. Becoming a country of one city. A city state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lot better than I thought it would be

  • By Phillip hinch on 07-08-17

Fun Book read by a great narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

What made the experience of listening to Super Sales on Super Heroes the most enjoyable?

It was fun, pure and simple. There are some odd moments, plot holes but it's definitely a series I will follow if the author can build on the story.

What other book might you compare Super Sales on Super Heroes to and why?

If you liked Delvers LLC you'll like this book, similar dynamics and narrator

What does Jeff Hays bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jeff Hays is one of the 3 or 4 authors on audible I watch closely, i can't say enough great things about Jeff so my opinion would be biased.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No wanting about it, i did.

Any additional comments?

PAMCAKES!

18 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Obligations Incurred

  • Delvers LLC, Book 2
  • By: Blaise Corvin
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,571
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,427

Henry and Jason somehow survived being kidnapped to Ludus, a monster-filled, sword and sorcery world. They managed to make friends, pay their rent, and they even founded their own adventuring business, Delvers LLC. Unfortunately, by overcoming the odds and creating a reputation for themselves in such short time, monarchs and nobles have taken notice of the two men from Earth. Foreign, deadly struggles may be unavoidable for Delvers LLC.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not complete

  • By Jonathan on 06-29-17

Great Addition. Narrator nailed it.

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

Reviewed: 06-23-17

If you could sum up Obligations Incurred in three words, what would they be?

This entry in the Delvers world brings many more plot twists to Jason and Henry's adventure. I struggle to call this a complete story though, I want to label this this Devler's LLC 1.5 if you compare to it to the first book. The team sets off for another country and don't make it there before the final battle/event of this book. I say you'll end this book with more questions then answers. A lot more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

By the end of the book, Jason turns into a complete bad@ss, though flawed. He unlocks the ability to be a horrific engine of destruction able to take on Ludus' most powerful denizens but the costs could be insurmountable if he's pushed too far.

What does Jeff Hays bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jeff Hays nailed it, he's brilliant. easily one my favorite narrators. There are a lot of important characters in this book, the main group is diverse enough that any group discussion could easily become a confusing mess if a less gifted narrator tried it but not Jeff Hayes, he could have 20 characters talking all at once and you won't miss a thing or confuse two characters remarks. The addition of "Thirsty" into the story and Jeff's mastery of him err her shows you how good he is.

Any additional comments?

I struggled with rating this book. I want to give it 5 stars, i really do. Great story, great narrator. Just by the end of the book, i wanted more. It wasn't the excited "can't wait for book 3" kind of wanting more, it was sort of a frustrating 'there should have been more' type of wanting more. The first book was 13 hrs with 2 major events. Second book was 9 hours with one major event and tons more plot twists and mysterious . I wish i didn't discover this series until after a few more books were published, now i have to wait a few more months to get get my fix, and it leaves me feeling a bit salty.

I definitely look forward to book 3 and Blaise Corvin is now one of my favorite authors.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Asbaran Solutions

  • The Revelations Cycle, Book 2
  • By: Chris Kennedy
  • Narrated by: E. M. Carberry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 362

Nigel Shirazi was first in line for the chairmanship of Asbaran Solutions, one of the prominent "Four Horsemen" mercenary companies. First in line...until his drinking and temper caused him to fail out of college and get disinherited by the family. Now he leads the life of a playboy, enjoying a stipend from the family to stay out of the way. But someone is out to get his family, and Nigel is all that stands between the hidden enemy and the destruction of Asbaran Solutions and the Shirazi family.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Why?

  • By Brooks Rose on 07-19-17

I tried to like it. Seriously, I want to like it..

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

Any additional comments?

I made it 1/4th through the book and gave up. The story might be worth reading a few times like I did with the first book but the performance was awful. The narrator was mostly monotone with all the characters, There wasn't enough variance in the reading to distinguish male from female or alien from human. It was not an enjoyable experience.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67,167
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,903

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Fun Book

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

Reviewed: 09-24-16

Would you listen to We Are Legion (We Are Bob) again? Why?

Entertaining, humorous, and fun to listen to (narrator nailed it imho).

Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

Bob! not saying much because many of the characters are a different version of Bob, but still Bob. I blame Bob.

23 of 32 people found this review helpful