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  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,283
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,194

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing Drop

  • By Mohd Alabbasi on 02-18-18

The use of "Monkeys" gets old quick

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I really enjoyed book one of the series, and writing this after listening through book six, the rest of the series as well. I almost stopped listening in the middle of this book because I got tired of hearing "Humans are monkeys" or some variation of that every other sentence, or every sentence, or it seems like sometimes twice a sentence. It's worth struggling through that part though because the rest of the series (so far) is amazing. The narration is amazing as well. R.C. Bray really nails all the characters voices perfectly. Definitely worth a listen.

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  • Trouble on Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3.5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,856
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,263

While the crew of the UN Expeditionary Force's pirate starship Flying Dutchman are enjoying a luxury vacation cruise (not!), UNEF troops are still stranded on an alien-controlled planet. Major Emily Perkins and her team are busy picking up the pieces, and it's not easy, because there is trouble on Paradise....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Should have been part of Book 3

  • By W. Brooks on 07-11-17

Great SpinOff from the main series

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This was an interesting insight in to life on Paradise once Joe and the crew had to leave them to their fates. Unfortunately, I find the way the keepers act to be totally believable if this were real. Ultimately, I had to give it 4 stars because of the cliff hanger that left me entirely frustrated. R.C. Bray's narration is spot-on, like always. Definitely worth a listen.

#Comedy #SciFi #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • 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 2,557
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,422
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,419

 Dakota Krout presents the second book in The Completionist Chronicles series. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He is giving me allot more than an inch!

  • By Shaddii on 09-19-18

Even better than the first one

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This is an excellent continuation of the first book. All the characters you know and love are back for more grand adventures, and they introduce several awesome new characters along the way. The author built upon the events of the first book, to bring us an epic page turner, so to speak, that I couldn't put down. This series is definitely worth a listen if you enjoy LitRPG. The narration is excellent as well.

#LitRPG #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • 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 3,282
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,128
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,119

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

Excellent new LitRPG series

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I found this novel because I really enjoyed Dakota Krout's other series, Divine Dungeon. This is definitely more on the hard LitRPG side, vs soft LitRPG. So they do read the stats out at the beginning of chapters, and state when a character's skills increase. I tend to prefer soft LitRPG, but this is still a great listen. Vikas Adam nails the narration perfectly in this book as well. Definitely worth a listen.

#LitRPG #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Mavericks

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,868
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,324

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Trouble on Paradise pt. II

  • By Kurtis Karr on 09-27-18

Could be a spin-off from the main series

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Mavericks doesn't really follow Joe and his crew around, so expect the majority of the story to follow one of the other groups. That being said, I found this book interesting, and although I always want more Joe & Skippy, I found this to be an excellent change of pace for the series. It seems like it takes the narrator a couple of chapters to really get in to the book, but his narration is excellent as always, when he does. If you've enjoyed the rest of the series so far, this is definitely worth a listen.

#Comedy #SciFi #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,650
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,298

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

Excellent start to a Comedy SciFi Series

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Comumbus day is a great start to the Expeditionary Force comedy Sci-Fi series. It starts off as a first contact story, but before we know it, humans are fighting on other worlds. It has plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. The narrator does an excellent job as well, and he voices all the characters perfectly. Definitely worth a listen.

#Comedy #SciFi #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • 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 5,019
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,726

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

Epic continuation of the Diving Dungeon Series

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

The author really ramps up the stakes in the third book of the series. After flying through the first two books, I had to wait for this one, but I bought it immediately on release date. Epic battles, psychotic sentient dungeons, and evil necromancers. The story is great, and I am eagerly awaiting book 4. The narration is excellent as well. I'll definitely be on the look out for more books narrated by Vikas Adam in the future. Highly recommend.

#GameLit #LitRPG #Fantasy #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Dungeon Madness

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 2
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,385
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,060

Both Cal and Dale have become stronger, each in spite of the other. The dungeon - Cal - knows exactly how much their strength has increased, and is working hard to become exponentially more powerful. His schemes are becoming more complex, and his dungeon - his body - more deadly. Dale has a nasty surprise waiting for him as he works to thwart the plans of the devious dungeon. Hearing a voice in his head that distracts him in critical moments, he must fight his mind as he battles deadly creatures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • decent book but the ending will irritate you

  • By William Schiff on 10-20-17

Excellent continuation of the Divine Dungeon serie

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

After listening to book 1, I'm glad book 2 was already available because I just needed more Cal in my life. This isn't exactly LitRPG, because nobody's in a game, but it has a very LitRPG feel to it, with a sentient dungeon that's trying to improve itself and level (rank) up. Very entertaining listen with excellent narration. I highly recommend it.

#GameLit #LitRPG #Fantasy #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • 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 8,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,982

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

Awesome LitRPG-ish Novel

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I grabbed this book when it was a daily deal, and I'm so glad I did. I listened to it immediately (even though I already have a huge backlog) and it was amazing. the author does a great job building a soft LitRPG, or LitRPG lite type story, with a sentient dungeon. The narration is very well done as well. I look forward to listening to the rest of the series.

#GameLit #LitRPG #Fantasy #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Corpies

  • Super Powereds Spinoff, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 19 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,233
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,966
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,962

Titan was one of the nation's most loved and respected Heroes, until an infidelity scandal tore his image and family apart. After decades spent out of the limelight, Owen Daniels has decided to take up the mantle of Titan once again to try and make amends for his years away. Unfortunately, the Titan Scandal is still common knowledge, and no Hero team wants such a polarizing figure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, loved it!

  • By Leslie on 08-22-16

Excellent Super Powereds Spin-Off Novel

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This novel was an excellent spin-off from the already amazing Super Powereds series. I hope to follow Titan's and his fellow corpies careers in another novel. I loved listening to their innovative ways of solving problems. The narration was excellent as well. I can't wait for the next one.

#SuperHeroes #Fantasy #tagsgiving #sweepstakes