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  • Midnight Robber

  • By: Nalo Hopkinson
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

It's Carnival time and the Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint is celebrating with music, dance, and pageantry. Masked "Midnight Robbers" waylay revelers with brandished weapons and spellbinding words. To young Tan-Tan, the Robber Queen is simply a favorite costume to wear at the festival - until her power-corrupted father commits an unforgiveable crime. Suddenly, both father and daughter are thrust into the brutal world of New Half-Way Tree....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Through the Dimensions, Girls Are Not Safe

  • By mary on 12-11-12

Trigger Warning: Childhood Sexual Trauma

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

I was unable to finish the book because approximately 5 hours in our main character starts being sexually abused by her father. [age 9]

Additional triggers: Self induced abortion, physical abuse (beatings), verbal abuse, character death might be too graphic for some

The oration of the story was great but due to the above I was unable to commit to finishing the story.

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 4,455
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,203
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,198

 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

He's done it again!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Dakota Krout loves writing and it shows in every new title. His love for detail is fantastic and the way he weaves in new plotlines throughout works so well i'm simply awed. Im trully sad it's over because now I'll have to wait to delve into more of his wonderful worldbuilding.

  • 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 5,382
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,078

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 few spoiled bits.

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

The story overall was good. No MAJOR complaints but I feel it's worth noting within the last few hours there are a few questionable phrasing choices by the author that gave me pause and lowered my enjoyment of the writing. Honestly, there's only so much "female is so sexy with her perky breasts and ample backside" monologues I can take before the experience sours out of annoyance. And there were a few tone deaf "jokes" that bothered me.

In the end I dont feel like I wasted my time listening, but the chance I'll continue with the series is low.

  • Binti: Home

  • Binti, Book 2
  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450

It's been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she found friendship in the unlikeliest of places. And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders. But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Abrupt Conclusion

  • By Ryann on 04-14-18

Abrupt Conclusion

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

i enjoy this series for what it's worth but this addition ends in an abrupt manner that left me startled. It was only beginning at the end, there was internal conflict (partially resolved), new characters introduced (no where near being fleshed out), new areas and concepts introduced (threads left loose and tangled together), and external conflict just beginning! I was ready to hunker down and be immersed deeper into the world and I was flatly denied.
Honestly, this book is near twice as long as the first but feels emptier.
I hope the third installment fixes the above issues.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dungeon Calamity

  • Divine Dungeon, Book 3
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,345
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,965

Powerful necromancers are on the move, and Cal is caught in the crossfire. Without his faithful Wisp, Dani, Cal's mind slips, and he begins creating traps and monsters that go against his already loose morals. After a direct threat from an unexpected force causes Cal's mind to stabilize, he throws all of his resources into keeping his thoughts clear while he funds searches for his lost companion. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dwarf erections that are just to damn funny.

  • By Nicholas F Richer on 02-08-18

I signed up for this feel trip.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I laughed.
I gasped.
I cried.
This book was so amazing and I listened with attentive ears to every gripping syllable. The entire series is wonderful but THIS BOOK had me so enraptured I know I appeared crazy to anyone in my immediate surroundings. Well worth every minute dedicated to focusing on it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Binti

  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,096

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Messages

  • By khaalidah on 10-07-15

Short but sweet

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Story was a bit short. but I've recently read several 12 hour books in the past week so I may be biased.
Overall the story was nice. There's a high chance I'll get the second one.

  • Welcome to Night Vale

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
  • Narrated by: Cecil Baldwin, Dylan Marron, Retta, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,279

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is so good, but

  • By Christopher on 04-30-16

Enjoyed this book as a book.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

Overall rating is a 4/5 because the long stretches of exposition left me with the same drowsy feeling I got when first starting to listen to WtNV. CB's voice is a bit too soothing to let drone on and not expect focus to shift at some point. (Performance is still a definite 5/5.)

Note: I'm seeing critiques that this novel isn't like the podcast and therefore not good, but I argue that that's the entire point.
This is a book. So the story is going to be stretched in a way that it becomes lengthy.

If you want little bits and pieces of story that go through the lives of various people in Night Vale (not just 2 essentially) in short bursts it's best to listen to the podcast.