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  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,254
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,612
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,560

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

Another roller coaster of a story.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

Loved it. Sanderson is a mutant who's super power is writing excellent complex fantasy. I love reading about Dalanars past and seeing what becomes of him. Teft is one of my favorite characters, while his chapters are few and short they are very powerful. Shallan continues to morph into one of the most complex and intriguing female leads in fantasy.

I only have one negative thing to say about this edition of the stormlight archive. Not enough Rock and Lopen. I was really hoping at least for a bit more in the epilogue after rocks epic moment...but I guess I'll just have to wait for the next book.

  • Life Reset: A LitRPG Novel

  • New Era Online, Book 1
  • By: Shemer Kuznits
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 24 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,064
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,835

After being betrayed and cursed by an extremely rare spell, Oren, a powerful and influential player, finds himself as a first-level goblin! Without even a fraction of his previous power, he vows to pull through and have revenge on those who betrayed him. His thorough knowledge of the game's world and his unique ability to immerse himself entirely are his only advantages. But first, he must figure out how to survive long enough playing what is basically a low-level fodder monster!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All Hail Our Tiny Green Overlord!

  • By HeatherY on 11-11-17

A great adventure

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

I am not usually into these types of litrpgs, where the world is a game and everyone knows it. But this story is a great take on this type of world.

Well written, funny, smart with lots of action and twists. its a hefty read at 25 hours as well. Shout out to the sound editors and the narrator who do a great job bringing the story to life.

I, for one, welcome our new green overlords and eagerly await the next book.

27 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • The Dungeon's Town

  • The Slime Dungeon Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Jeffrey "Falcon" Logue
  • Narrated by: Ryan Turner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

In the aftermath of the demonic invasion, everyone is left to recover. Claire is worried about Doc's unending sleep. Fiora and her adventurers have split up, and the royal family mourns the loss of the prince and princess. Meanwhile, people are baying for blood as news spreads, and the church comes in to eliminate any demonic forces remaining. Tensions rise as the clergy begins its own agenda with the dungeon. Through it all, a town comes together with a unique bond to Doc.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not quite as good as the first book.

  • By Jared on 10-02-17

Better than the first. But not by much.

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

Reviewed: 10-14-17

first, thank you for stopping the "mommy/daddy" dynamic of the twins. It was creepy. Though mama and papa are only marginally less cringy.

Still to vague. Rather than take the time to flush out the story and characters to get a decent sized book, it just feels rushed or incomplete. storylines or backstories get smashed into the main story in such a hamfisted manner, I keep having to go back to listen again to see if i missed some conversation that would make these character interactions make sence. I didn't. For a book series that's supposed to be centered around sentient dungeons this book seems to be way more about the random npcs of the town. nobody of consequence seems to ever be in real danger of the dungeon. I for one do not care about the kindly human blacksmith who b.s's his way into teaching life lessons. (by the way, to anyone who ever would think that using a half forged sword to block a fully forged sword to teach a point as a life lesson. dont. you will die. that was a terrible idea and a stupid plot point.) Nor do I particularly care about the various depressing sob stories of adventurers that I want to see the dungeon eat!

the best part of this book is the dungeon to dungeon combat, which is something other books in this genre have not done, yet. but its only like the last 10% of the book.

also, for the love of God. Never name an incredibly powerful being in your own book after yourself Jeffery "Falcon" Logue. I could not care less about the authors own narcissism. that character by any other name would be an alright addition. But the author naming the character after himself? It's insultingly bad writing. You could easily just have used a different name. OR better yet you could NOT include your nickname as your nomme de plume, and guess what? We would NEVER HAVE KNOWN THE DIFFERENCE. Imagine if in the last book of the "song of ice and fire" series suddenly had a super amazing warrior by the name of George Martin who shows up, takes control of the white walkers and dragons, kills the other characters and wins the game of thrones by virtue of his super incredible awesomeness. It would be as much B.S. as this.

To summarize: too short, lazy writing, authors own narcissism on display, not worth the price.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Slime Dungeon

  • The Slime Dungeon Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey "Falcon" Logue
  • Narrated by: Ryan Turner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Death came on swift wings. A soul, blessed by a goddess, falls to the land and enters his new life. He clings to a single memory, the defining moment of his previous life. Now he learns how to succeed in his new life as a new dungeon heart. To become the best dungeon he can be, he partners with the one existence all dungeons need: his bonded dungeon pixie.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Short, expensive, vague, and cringworthy.

  • By Nathanael on 08-22-17

Short, expensive, vague, and cringworthy.

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

after reading dungeon born book 1 I was hungry for some more litrpg novels of the sentient dungeon variety. In looking around for similar novels I found the slime dungeon, which was being heavily used as a comparison online. The slime dungeon, as I understand had begun it's writing process before dungeon born and is widely considered to be the more original story. I was excited to see what a book that took this long to release would bring. (especially since the second dungeon born book is already available on kindle) I decided to check it out and was quite dissapointed.

First, even as a new release, a 25 dollar price tag for a book this short is already a mark against it. as an audiobook I'd hope for it to at least make it through a work day.

Second, I find the actual story severely lacking in details and can't seem to decide whether to be satirical litrpg comedy or gritty fantasy epic. The relationship between the dungeon and his sprite feels so hamfisted and awkward. The few jokes in there dialogue are weird and oddly oversexualized for a magical being speaking to a sentient gemstone. The whole mommy/daddy thing is super cringy.

Third. The villain never seems to be a sincere threat. His convoluted plan makes no sense when he could have easily just waltzed to the boss room and accomplished his goals within the first 5 chapters. it's sheer dumb luck (i.e. deus ex machina) that the one person who could stop him was included the day he decided to enact his "master plan".

There are good parts. The slime evolutions are interesting. but not a lot of jokes. not a lot of action. not much detail in general about the world and how magic works there.

In all I enjoyed it, but I know theirs a book out there that goes into much better detail about pretty much everything and has a much better natural evolution of the characters and the story arc. guess I'll just have to wait for dungeon born book 2.

32 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • Dungeon Born

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,007

For eons, conquering dungeons has been the most efficient way to become a strong adventurer. Although not everything is as straightforward as it seems. Several questions have always plagued the minds of those who enter these mythical places of power: why are there so many monsters? Where do the amazing weaponry and heavy gold coins come from? Why does the very air fill with life-giving energies? Cal has all of the answers to these age-old questions, for a very simple reason. He is a Dungeon Heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem in the RPG/Fantasy Genre

  • By SirMehr on 04-01-17

I need more of this in my life.

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

For a brand new series I was totally enthralled from start to finish. Vikas Adams performance is fantastic in bringing a lot of emotional depth to the dialogue, which really makes the bonds that form between characters come to life.

My motto with books is the devil is in the details. Dakota has put a lot of thought into the development of a dungeon as a natural progression, as opposed to a leveling system as with most litrpgs. Hints of Bhudism and Taoism, mixed in with some good ol D&D.

Quite frankly this should be considered as much Fantasy as any forgotten realms book. The litrpg elements are so subtle that, apart from the jrpg style ranking system, you would never notice them.

I've re-listened to this book over and over again, it's easily now in my top 5 fantasy books and I cannot wait for the 2nd and third books. Hopefully even more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silver Thief

  • The Cycle of Galand, Book 2
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,080
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,503

Dante Galand has cured the sickness that trapped him on the Plagued Islands. Now it's time to leave. And kill a priest. The target is Gladdic of Bressel. Gladdic, who executed Dante's friend, the pirate Captain Twill. Who all but enslaved the Plagued Islands. And whose visions of empire are far from over. But Gladdic is trained in both ether and nether - and a darker magic than Dante has ever known. He's the most dangerous foe Dante has faced. And if Dante falls, so will an entire kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy **** only series twice listened. worth it.

  • By Joshua on 07-06-16

Keep giving Tim Gerard Reynolds work.

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

Reviewed: 05-22-17

That man is a born story teller. Another great performance. I found this series because of another book he narrated and he just keeps delivering unique character, impressive work.