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  • The Calculating Stars

  • A Lady Astronaut Novel
  • By: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088

On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the East Coast of the US, including Washington, DC. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the Earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space and requires a much-larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York’s drive to become the first lady astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Super impressed

  • By Mean Jane on 07-27-18

A great listen!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

I'm never expecting author narration to be so amazing but this is beyond amazing. It certainly says something for the writing that it can get me right in the feels, but the narration had me reacting to parts of this novel that I don't think I necessarily would have otherwise.

So, when the MC panics, I legitimately panicked with her (and while that might not be stellar in the grand scheme of things, it certainly illustrates the story's quality that it can make anxiety so realistic that it triggers my anxiety). When she hit the verge of tears, and I heard the emotion in the narration, my eyes absolutely filled with tears. So, it got me in the feels extra hard.

This was a powerful and fantastically written story and it was absolutely fantastically narrated. I can't wait to listen to more of it!

  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,019

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

  • By susan on 06-11-14

A beautiful story, beautifully narrated.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

My poor, poor feels. So wounded. So beautifully wounded.

It says a lot for the writing here that I got so invested and emotional about a story that I already knew the bones of.

The narration was absolutely fantastic and Frazer Douglas' telling of it had me in tears before the end.

This is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to, full stop.

  • Empire of Sand

  • The Books of Ambha
  • By: Tasha Suri
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

The Amrithi are outcasts; nomads descended of desert spirits, they are coveted and persecuted throughout the Empire for the power in their blood. Mehr is the illegitimate daughter of an imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother she can barely remember, but whose face and magic she has inherited. When Mehr's power comes to the attention of the Emperor's most feared mystics, she must use every ounce of will, subtlety, and power she possesses to resist their cruel agenda. Should she fail, the gods themselves may awaken seeking vengeance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic listen!

  • By superstardrifter on 01-25-19

Fantastic listen!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

This book was recommended to me by a great many people in twitter or on discord or a bit of both. I had grabbed the audiobook with every intention of listening to it immediately but it got a little back burnered. Once I got started, this was a very difficult book to stop listening to. I wandered around work, headphones on. I wandered around home, headphones on. There was also that time I had to explain to my boss why I was all teary-eyed… yeah. #AwkwardWorkplaceSobbing

This is the story of Mehr, who is the illegitimate daughter of the governor of one of the provinces of a vast desert empire. She is half-Amrithi, a people who are generally shunned for their beliefs and rituals. Mehr’s mother taught her some of those rituals before she was exiled from the city and Mehr was left to be raised by her Ambahn father and her cruel stepmother, who grudgingly allow Mehr to dance the rites with her mother’s friend Lalita. The only person other than Lalita that Mehr has is her sister, Arwa.

One day, a storm comes. A storm of magic and daiva, beings said to be descended from the gods, who the Amrithi themselves are descended from. Mehr has daiva magic in her blood, and when the storm comes, she dances the rites to look for her missing friend, and the storm answers… but so does the Maha, the religious leader of the empire, a nearly-god-like being who reigns over the mystics of the desert. The Maha can see the magic in Mehr’s blood, and knows that it can be used to influence the god’s dreams, which make up the world. Mehr is more or less forced to marry the odd mystic Amun, and when she says her vows, she is tied irrevocably to him… and through him to the Maha… but Amun isn’t cruel, despite all evidence otherwise. He does what he can to protect Mehr from the worst of the binding.

And so, Mehr and Amun are enslaved by this cruel being, and forced to perform rites that their people, the Amrithi, consider heresy. But… Mehr isn’t the type to just give in. Mehr is going to resist!

Guys. Okay… guys. Holy forking shirtballs, this book. So, every now and then (and I’ll admit that it’s more than never at this point because I read a lot of books these days, lol) a book comes along, and I get so emotionally invested in the characters and the story and everything else that when heart wrenching things happen to those characters, I am suitably wrenched. This is definitely one of those books for me. Having it narrated by someone who is giving those moments feeling might be worse.

Look, I had to take a break at about 75% and listen to a How to Train Your Dragon audiobook because I was so flipping emotional and had to calm down. It was one of those books. >.>

Also, maybe I’m just an emotional person, I dunno. People will be like ‘Jeez Kristen, yeah it was a pretty good book, I guess,’ and I’ll just be like ‘*bawl* I KNOW, RIGHT?’

Okay, this is getting pretty unintelligible. Let’s see if I can sum it up:

This book was well written and the world was so realized that I fully imagined myself within it as it went. I (obviously) cared what happened to the characters. I cheered for protagonists, I hated antagonists. The plot moved at a pace that I liked, though I can see where people who complain that it gets slow in the middle are coming from. It’s slower, but I never found it too slow. When twists happened, I was shocked! When I felt that something big and tense was about to happen, I tensed and worried for Mehr and Amun. The romance between them was sweet AF, slow-burning, and almost seemed to happen without either of them really realizing it. Loved it.

The narrator, Soneela Nankani, absolutely nailed it. She gave emotional moments the emotion they needed. She brought each and every character to life for me, and it honestly made this experience more real for me than I think it would have been if I had read it rather than listened. The voice of the daiva was a really good special effect.

So, as is obvious now, it’s pretty safe to say that I loved this book from start to finish, and I cannot wait for more. This book emotionally drained me, but… and I’m not sure I can explain this in a way that makes any sense… it did it in a good way? Like my heart hurts, but it was worth it. Which sounds weird, but then… I’m pretty weird. ^_^

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  • Record of a Spaceborn Few

  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

Hundreds of years ago, the last humans on Earth boarded the Exodus Fleet in search of a new home among the stars. After centuries spent wandering empty space, their descendants were eventually accepted by the well-established species that govern the Milky Way. But that was long ago. Today, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, the birthplace of many, yet a place few outsiders have ever visited. As many Exodans leave for alien cities or terrestrial colonies, those who remain are left to ponder their own lives and futures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Science Fiction

  • By Daniel Cascaddan on 10-14-18

Great listen!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I find it incredibly hard to review Becky Chambers' books, but... not in a bad way. I just have a tough time bringing all my thoughts together. Here's what I've come up with:

This is a wonderful look at a bunch of the lives of people who are in the Exodus fleet, which is... the people who left Earth when we messed it up. They still live on that fleet, and they each have their own unique lives, some of them having always lived in space, and some of them grounders visiting a strange fleet of spacers. This book has kinds of feels in it... and you should read it. Because... reasons. 5 stars, because I said so. :)

  • On the Shoulders of Titans

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 2
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,516
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,175

Corin Cadence finally has a firm reason to believe his brother, Tristan, is still alive. Unfortunately, finding more information isn’t going to be easy. Tristan appears to be entangled with a clandestine organization that calls themselves Whispers. And Corin’s last brush with the Whispers didn’t exactly end well. As much as he wants to follow that lead, Corin has more pressing problems to deal with. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • well performed, good story

  • By quelSaabOwner on 01-19-19

Excellent sequel with excellent narration!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Welp. This audiobook is 24 hours long and I finished it in 2 days. So, that might put how much I liked it into perspective. I really enjoyed book one in this series, Sufficiently Advanced Magic – and so I had a good feeling that I’d love this one too.

This is the continuing story of Corin Cadence, a first year student at a magical university, who is dealing with learning his magic on top of having to fight all number of heinous monsters in all kinds of situations. This story brings us into final exams too, so there’s more magical school going on, while shenanigans are going down regarding the spires, the creatures in the spires, and how they connect to other groups who are doing shady nonsense.

Like its predecessor, this volume has a hard AF magic system: magic has rules, those rules are explained thoroughly, and those rules are, for the most part, followed. I find that the fun part here is how Corin and his friends use the rules to their advantage, or find loopholes in the rules to cheat at things without really cheating. Corin is very clever, but he’s not super smug about it, so he remains a character that I can cheer for. It feels… sort of like LitRPG without quite being LitRPG, if that makes sense. The classes and spells, and magical abilities and summons and monsters and the like make it seem rather Final Fantasy-esque at times to me, but it isn’t a game at all. It’s just how this land is.

This book and the world it takes place in is also a really rather unique example of awesome LGBTQ+ representation in the fantasy genre. There appears to be no stigma in this society about gender or sexuality. At least, not in this part of the world. Corin is asexual, for example. There’s also a really interesting character named Sheridan who is non-binary. Corin even explains to someone who is foreign to their land how this idea of gender neutrality is completely normal and that it is polite to use the pronoun ‘they’ until notified which pronouns the person prefers. Sheridan ended up being one of my favorite characters because they are mysterious and dangerous and rather aloof at times. They are a necromancer, which is a restricted attunement. They can heal things that may seem unhealable. Also their dog is named Mister Eviscerator.

My absolute favorite character is still Vanniv, one of Sarah’s summoned monsters, who is still just as snarky and just as amazing as he was in SAM. Which brings me to the narration on this one: Nick Podehl nails it, just as he did the first. Each person has their own voice, their own tone which makes them unique. Sheridan is sly and a bit smug, Vanniv is stuck up and snarky (and amazing), Mara’s accent is amazing, and another of my favorite characters, Professor Vellum, is just an amazingly snarky old woman. She’s like Professor McGonagall if she was 800% more snark.

So, all told I really liked this one, and I think it’s safe to say that I can’t wait for the next! I also think I’ll just wait for the audiobook, because I just love these characters being brought to life like this.

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  • Hero Forged

  • Ethereal Earth, Book 1
  • By: Josh Erikson
  • Narrated by: Josh Erikson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131

Gabriel Delling might call himself a professional con artist, but when walking superstitions start trying to bite his face off, his charm is shockingly unhelpful. It turns out living nightmares almost never appreciate a good joke. Together with a succubus who insists on constantly saving his life, Gabe desperately tries to survive a new reality that suddenly features demons, legends, and a giant locust named Dale - all of whom pretty much hate his guts. And when an ancient horror comes hunting for a spirit locked in his head, Gabe finds himself faced with the excruciating choice between death...or becoming some kind of freaking hero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Good

  • By Steelgator on 07-21-18

Fast paced and fun!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

This is the story of Gabe Delling, who is a self-described conman living in Lincoln, Nebraska. One day, he is recruited by a contact of his to go on what seems like a pretty simple and straightforward job, which turns out to be a crazy summoning of a crazy evil god that ends up with Gabe having the aforementioned crazy evil god stuck in his head. He’s pretty partially possessed, as it turns out… and he finds out that he has to get the evil god out of his head before he goes insane or dies horribly… or both.

Meanwhile, the evil god’s evil wife is hunting Gabe down looking to extract her hubby, and Gabe and his companion Heather, a succubus who also got randomly summoned in the robbery/ritual, go on the run looking for ways to extract the god themselves without Gabe dying horribly.

This was a well written and really fast-paced urban fantasy which had plenty of twists and turns, ups and downs, and a few chuckles along the way. I cheered pretty hard for Gabe, who, for a conman, is actually quite an honorable and polite dude. I also wasn’t expecting to get all emotional while listening to this one, but that ending… no YOU’RE crying! *bawl*

Last, but not at all least, the narration. This is a book that is narrated by its author. This is also the first book narrated by its author that isn’t by Neil Gaiman or Stephen Fry (because I mean… come on) that I loved the narration so much as to be able to say that I loved it as an audiobook more than I probably would have in print. He gives each character their own flair. Each character is exactly as they should be, and he would know, because he wrote them, lol. He does believable accents too. Loved it.

So, all told, I really liked this one. I sat and listened to it in 2 days, which I haven’t been able to do for a while now. Really great characters given stellar narration. I had 4.5/5 stars of fun with this audiobook. Highly recommend! :)

  • Orconomics: A Satire

  • The Dark Profit Saga, Book 1
  • By: J. Zachary Pike
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,799

Professional heroes kill and loot deadly monsters every day, but Gorm Ingerson's latest quest will be anything but business as usual. The adventuring industry drives the economy of Arth, a world much like our own but with more magic and fewer vowels. Monsters' hoards are claimed, bought by corporate interests, and sold off to plunder funds long before the Heroes' Guild actually kills the beasts. Of course, that's a terrible arrangement for the Shadowkin; orcs, goblins, kobolds, and their ilk must apply for to become Noncombatant Paper Carriers to avoid being killed and looted by heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy shit

  • By EyeDeKay on 02-21-17

Fantastic listen!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

Well, this book was certainly a really fun listen!

This is the story of Gorm Ingerson, who is a dwarven berserker who has had a bit of bad luck in the past that has lead to him basically becoming a thief. However, he's been recruited to go on a quest that is almost certain death! Hooray!!! Luckily he's part of a party of adventurers who are all very experienced in the field of adventuring. This is a country where the number one gross domestic product is professional heroics. Heros for hire, arming them, armoring them, et cetera.

There was definitely some influence here from some of my favorite fantasy books, or I suppose, some of the first fantasy I ever read. The first that I noticed was a passing reference to a small statuette that summons an ethereal Puma, bringing to mind one Drizzt Do'urden, drow warrior, generally good dude, and holder of one statuette that summons one giant ethereal panther named Guenhwyvar (and I remember how to spell it off the top of my head, hooray!). The quest our heroes go on is to find some elven marbles/stones, there's a few references to Lord of the Rings and other such things. I dig it! I love passing references, or just even little nods to some of my favorite things in fantasy books. I'm silly that way.

This was a very well written book, and the prose and plot line flowed very, very well. There were twists and turns that left me flabbergasted because I never saw them coming. There were several times that I giggled out loud, and I love books that can do that.

The narrator, Doug Tisdale Jr. was absolutely amazing at telling this story. He has a very good tone for comedic fantasy. His voice for Grom was believable and not over-the-top, but my favorite was his voice of Gorm's goblin squire, Gleebek. I think that I liked this book even more than I would have had I not listened to it (but not by much because this is a great book all told!)

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  • Aching God

  • Iconoclasts, Book 1
  • By: Mike Shel
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

The days of adventure are passed for Auric Manteo. Retired to the countryside and isolated with his scars and riches, he no longer delves into forbidden ruins seeking dark wisdom and treasure. But just as old nightmares begin plaguing his sleep, he receives an urgent summons back to that old life. To save his only daughter, he must return to the place of his greatest trauma: the haunted Barrowlands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does the author play Darkest Dungeon?

  • By Erik on 10-29-18

Well written with plenty of twists!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

This is the story of Auric Manteo, who is a retired member of a league of relic hunters and adventurers. With his wife and son dead, all the family he has left is his daughter, and when he receives word that there is a plague caused by a cursed relic rampaging in the city and that his daughter is a victim of it, he agrees to a mission given to him by the queen to return the relic to whence it came – a tomb in the Barrowlands inhabited by a being only known as The Aching God.

Auric is a really interesting character. He is flawed, and definitely suffers some PTSD from his last foray into the Barrowlands. He blacks out at the sight of blood. He relives the deaths of his friends that occurred during his last mission frequently, in waking dreams sometimes as well as sleeping ones.

The band of adventurers that accompany him on his mission were also interesting and unique. There’s a sorcerer, and a healing priest, an alchemist, and a couple of fighters, one who uses a mace and the other a sword. These guys really gave the story the feel of an intricately crafted D&D session, in a way. It was a dungeon crawler, in its way.

The book was very well written, and had plenty of twists and turns in the plot to keep it engaging enough, but I found that I had a very hard time getting engaged with it in the first place. There was nothing that was outright repellent about the book at all, but I just couldn’t stay interested in it, and found my attention wandering away from the book a lot. This required a lot of rewinding in order for me to keep up with what was going on. By about halfway into the book, I was finally hooked into it though. I listened to the last quarter or so of it in one sitting, so once I got there, I got there.

This audiobook is narrated by Simon Vance, which was a huge draw for me listening to the audio rather than sitting down with the book. Here’s the thing though… and I can’t believe I am saying this… but I… didn’t love Vance as the narrator. I liked his narration of Auric, which I suppose is what carried it along to the end for me… but overall, the narration just felt kind of… just alright to me. However, that said, other friends of mine who have listened to the audiobook found the narration to be amazeballs, so this is entirely subjective. Give the sample a listen, and you may just love it. :)

All told, it was a very good book, but I wasn’t in love with it. I certainly enjoyed my time with it enough that I finished it, and I have to say that the last half or so of it was a lot more engaging than the first half for me.

  • Straight Outta Fangton

  • A Comedic Vampire Story
  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Cary Hite
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Peter Stone is a poor, black vampire who is wondering where his nightclub, mansion, and sports car is. Instead, he is working a minimum wage job during the night shift, as being a vampire isn't all that impressive in a world where they've come out to mortals. Exiled from the rich and powerful undead in New Detroit, he is forced to go back when someone dumps a newly-transformed vampire in the bathroom of his gas station's store.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So funny, you'll die!!!

  • By Jason on 09-29-17

Great narration and chuckles to be had.

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

This is the story of Peter Stone, who is a vampire who has been exiled by his maker from his hometown of New Detroit, where vampires are actually quite numerous. He makes his way by working at a convenience store, not unlike a 7-11, with his boss the werewolf drug addict, and his friend and servant (someone who serves a vampire for a time until they change them).

When they find a newly made vampire in the ladies room of the store one night, one who was made and then left there alone without any of the support a newly made vampire would need, Peter steps in to help her out, and to see if he can figure out who she is and why someone would do this to her. In trying to figure it out he runs into all kinds of vampire shenanigans.

This story wasn’t too bad. It was well written and engaging enough that I never had a problem staying interested in it. I liked Peter, as a character, and I rooted for him to win the day, so to speak. This one, like the Weredeer series is full of pop culture references, some of which seemed admittedly a little out of place at times, but not too often.

Cary Hite, the narrator, was probably most of the reason I liked this book as much as I did. He was a fantastic narrator for this book, and he made every character in it come to life for me. I especially loved his narration of the character of Thoth (I dunno if I spelled that right, because audiobook) who is Peter’s maker. He’s described as having a very slight Caribbean accent, and Cary Hite totally nailed it. It was just perfectly slight. So super well done on the narration front. I’ll definitely endeavor to listen to books that he narrates in the future.

All told, I had a pretty good time with this one. It wasn’t my favorite vampire fantasy novel, but it was certainly an interesting idea to see things from the POV of a poor vampire in a city full of vampires and how he makes his way in the world.

This review is based on a review copy.

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  • Killer Dungeon

  • By: Phil Tucker
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

I'm entering the endgame. Even as I gain new allies, new gear, and greater understanding of Albertus' true plans, the odds are growing more extreme. Who can I trust? What is the AI Albertus Magnus trying to accomplish? What happened to archmagus Jeramy, and why is Guthorios massing an undead army so vast that it stretches from horizon to horizon? Any sane player would quit. Any reasonable person would admit defeat. But I've got no choice. I'm going to see this battle through to its bitter end. I'm going to unearth the secrets behind Euphoria Online - or die trying.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By Miket641 on 10-26-18

Great conclusion to a great series!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Wow this was a fantastic listen. One of those audiobooks that I had trouble finding time for, and yet *made* time for no matter how difficult it was to do so.

I love those. :D

I'll keep this as spoiler free as I can, but in this volume, things are all coming to a head, as the real reason for things having happened, or things happening are coming to light. What is the AI Albertus' real goal in creating Euphoria Online? It's up to Chris and his friends to find out! DUN DUN DUN Shenanigaaaannns.

This was absolutely my favorite book in the trilogy, and it's safe to say that I really liked books 1 and 2, so the praise here is high. This one had all kinds of action, and intrigue, and espionage, and near deaths, and what have you. It was very engaging and exciting all the way through. I was immersed in the story from start to finish. I would totally play Euphoria...

...I mean, even knowing the dangers inherent in doing so. I'd be all up in that. Maybe not on Death March mode (okay definitely not on Death March mode...) but all the same, I would be all up in that.

I especially liked the romance subplot that happened throughout the series, because I can relate! I met my husband in an MMO, and so it was nice that there was the inclusion of two players who both had all the feels at each other while killing baddies on the side. :D

Vikas Adam once again nails the narration on this one. He brought all the characters to life, and gave each of them their own accents and tones. He's very easy to listen to for long periods of time, and so it works out when authors I like have books narrated by him. It's truly a win-win!~

All told, this one is another easy 5/5 stars from me. I never thought I would love LitRPG as much as this, but here we are. I enjoyed this series from the start to the end. A great conclusion to a great series!