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  • 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 12,548
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,899
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,843

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book ever!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-06-18

D&D Players Handbook

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

While I had issues from time to time in prior books of the series, I enjoyed them. This book however is a stat, rule, and equipment nightmare of an info dump. Not to mention the Mary Sue levels of the main character reach epic proportion in this adventure. I honestly believe that more story exists in the flavor text of D&D manuals than what is between the stat sheets of this slog of a read. 2 stars, because the Narrator is fantastic and I can't rate any of his work a 1.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Awaken Online: Catharsis

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,189

Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He's in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life. Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn't expect. In this game, he isn't the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gravely entertaining!

  • By Bryce Bilbo on 04-21-17

Nice ideas, implimenation could use work

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

This is a story of a bullied youth that shoots up his school with a LitRPG veneer on top. The irony being that his bully is a puppy killing future serial killer. What a pair they make. The general narration is quite good but the voices are terrible. They are read as if iby an older gentleman that believes himself smarter than the younger generation so he impersonates them as dullards and simpletons. The hero never really had any true setbacks or trials either. So things came off a bit as wish fulfillment fantasy.

While this may sound harsh, I did enjoy the book and will continue on, just with higher hopes than book one was able too meet.

EDIT: After reading the second book in the series I increased my initial rating of book one. not because I believe it to be better now but because the series as a whole gets much better as it goes on. However I stand by my statements/assessment of the book itself. See past it flaws and know it gets better.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In Perpetuity

  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Michael T. Bradley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

For 2,000 years, Earth and her many colonies across the galaxy have fought against the Estelian menace. Having faced overwhelming losses, the CSC has instituted the largest military draft ever, conscripting millions into the battle against the aliens.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't make it past the first chapter

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-29-18

Space Survival

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Going in I read complaints(in other reviews) of F-bombs. While they were certainly present I felt they fit the context of the story/situation. Overall I found things interesting and fun, but a bit shallow in the character department. As the story hops around, I couldn't relate(to previous events) what character we were in or what they've done up to that point to be special. Having read other books by the author I can say this isn't a common problem in his work. Where the disconnect for the genre happens, in my opinion, is that this feels like zombie survival without zombies, instead of space opera. I'd like to see more in the series, building on the characters in the end. This is where the book takes a twist that turns it into the space opera I believe many thought it would be from the start.

  • Reign of Madness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 2
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,683
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,651
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,609

Equipped with skills far beyond those of the outworlders, Rezkin has been suddenly thrust into a foreign world. The young warrior clings to his only known purpose as he continues his search for any information about his identity and the reason for his existence. While the hardened warrior scorns both dueling and tournaments, he believes some of the answers he seeks may be found at the King's Tournament, the greatest dueling championship in all of the kingdoms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, very WELL DONE!

  • By Lorraine on 10-05-16

Fun story, good narrator, and hopping heads.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

As with the previous book, there are POV violations and a lot of head hopping. Otherwise, a fun enjoyable story with a super swordsman hero ie:Conan.

  • Edgedancer

  • From the Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,324
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,647

Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older - a wish she believed was granted. Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning: This is a duplicate from Arcanum Unbound

  • By Robert J Petri on 11-18-17

Too notch as always.

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

A must read for fans of the series. Filling in plot holes that you didn't know existed, with fun characters.

  • Derelict: Tomb

  • Derelict Saga, Book 2
  • By: Paul E. Cooley
  • Narrated by: Paul E. Cooley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Their mission was to recover an ancient derelict from the farthest edge of the Sol system. What they've found could spell the end of humanity. Trapped on the Mira, Corporal Kalimura must lead her squad of injured marines to safety. But, aboard the derelict, every shadow is a possible threat, and around every corner lurks another hazard. Without life support or gravity, and only their suit lights to see by, they must explore the ancient wreck to find a way to communicate with their ship and escape their hellish prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By JEFFERY on 08-22-17

Sequel apply here!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

The first book in the series built on characters and their slow build up as they trek through space. This expands on that formula with a more claustrophobic backdrop feeling to it. Book one gave you the feel of infinite and now in two they have nowhere to go. We learn more about the characters histories without it feeling shoehorned in. The action ramps up when they begin to discover what we share the Galaxy with and the aren't friendly. As stated in other reviews, this is a part of a bigger story and doesn't have a beginning, middle, end as normal. Instead, this has the feeling of "the middle", leaving me to believe that book 3(the final book?) will be heavy on the action as it wraps up the tale. This format style isn't for everyone, but for those that look past one large book split into three, there is a good story to read(hear).

  • Derelict: Marines

  • Derelict Saga, Book 1
  • By: Paul E. Cooley
  • Narrated by: Paul E. Cooley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

Fifty years ago, Mira, humanity's last hope to find new resources, exited the solar system bound for Proxima Centauri B. Seven years into her mission, all transmissions ceased without warning. Mira and her crew were presumed lost. Humanity, unified during her construction, splintered into insurgency and rebellion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Aliens meets Event Horizon

  • By DLWJ on 05-18-17

Aliens meets Event Horizon

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

Reviewed: 05-18-17



I'll start with the negative. If you don't like cliffhangers and absolutely must know what happens, this may not be the book for you(Or at least until the entire saga is available of course).

I found that the story read and generated the same atmosphere and feeling as Event Horizon. That is to say it is a Sci-Fi romp that gives enough interesting science and theory to established a believable world on the surface, with cool technology and history. Don't dig too deep(in science) or you'll encounter the horror/fantasy underbelly(which is not a bad thing in my opinion). This IS NOT hard Sci-Fi, don't unfairly rate it for not being something it isn't aiming for.

Characterization is superb. He accomplished what few do and gives you a world with character. Sure it's cold and unforgiving, even plotting against you, but you feel the danger waiting in the dark.

In short, don't come here for a WH40K space marine world. Instead explore the darkness of space in a cruel world to find a dead ship.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Empire of Bones

  • Book 1 of The Empire of Bones Saga
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Commander Jared Mertz, the bastard son of the Emperor, and his half-sister, Princess Kelsey, barely speak to one another. To their dismay, their father seizes an opportunity to change that and sends them on a dangerous quest to explore the fallen Empire. Separated from home by an impassable gulf and struggling to redefine their relationship, they find themselves thrust into a vicious war. Unless they work together to stop the Empire's deadly legacy, billions face a horrific fate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Empire Of Bones

  • By trixie on 09-14-16

Lost in Space with a Romero Twist

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

Reviewed: 07-30-15

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The only only reaction I had was Narrator based. The characters and voicing for them and their emotions was superb. However the general narration in between character speach was a bit rushed and faster than I tend to prefer. It also made the pitch a little high for my preference. (Kelsey's voice was a tad high as well) To solve this I just adjusted the speed of playback(to 50%) with the tools Audible provides to make things more to my listening preferences. All around great job Author and Narrator. I would Listen to another book from either.

Any additional comments?

The story is a hero journey tale of two siblings who don't quite have a place in their society, when events out of their control remove the crutch of the expected paths of life and force this brother and sister to take a journey together to discover who they really are. The story is Space Opera with some nice technology that is described very little but fits within the world well enough to believe. Things are told from a very character centered plot which has it's limitations. I would have like to get to know some of the other characters, but I suppose that's why it is a series and other will be developed in later books.The villain is interesting and presented well but has a very minor amount of the book. However they do have a major effect on the plotting of the book. Think monster movie where you finally get a good look at the monster in the closing act. This trope has served well in books and movies for years and does so here as well. "If it's not broke, don't fix it." I hesitate to call them "Techno Zombies", but this may be the best term without giving away too much. Just don't think horror!I enjoyed this story from beginning to end and will be continuing on with the series for as long as the writing and story stay solid.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful