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  • Life in the North: An Apocalyptic LitRPG

  • The System Apocalypse, Book 1
  • By: Tao Wong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797

All John wanted to do was get away for his life in Kluane National Park for a weekend. Hike, camp, and chill. Instead, the world comes to an end in a series of blue boxes, animals start evolving, and monsters start spawning. Now, he has to survive the apocalypse, get back to civilization, and not lose his mind. Life in the North is book one of the System Apocalypse, a litRPG apocalypse series that combines modern day life, science fiction, and fantasy elements along with game mechanics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book! Negative reviews are misleading!

  • By adam on 08-13-18

very under rated. this gets really good

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I just finished book 5, coast on fire and i would like to leave a review on the first book for new comers. firstly this series is one of my favorites. it is a bit serious and people do die game of thrones style. so brace urself for a punch right to the feels once in a while, but it is so good.

Now in the first two books the main character is rather angry and moody. His apartment burnt down he lost his job and when he moved with his girl friend to start over he found out shes been sleeping with some other dude. the man has a right to be mad at the world for a little bit and yes he lashes out once in a while, but i am letting everyone know now that stops by book 3. this isnt just one big emo rage trip. he is a dynamic character and he changes overtime...alot.

so that aside. this is one of the more adult oriented litrpgs that ive found. there are many books in this serious and trust me u only find yourself delving deeper into the plot and world building. it is well thought out and a definite must read if.

also nick podehl is the man. nailed the voices.

  • The Wayward Bard

  • World of Chains, Book 1
  • By: Lars M.
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James, Jeff Hays, Laurie Catherine Winkel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

With all the pesky planning out of the way, Daniel set out to realize his ultimate dream: gaining enough money to buy a tropical island and spend his days playing the violin and RPGs. What could possibly go wrong?   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like LITRPG, you won't regret this purchase

  • By Mike on 10-05-18

worth a credit

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I'd like to start by saying the performance was stellar. The main narrator is above average and the supporting narrators were great. I especially appreciated the violin pieces and would not mind them adding that into the combat.

The writing is well done, with the character development fluid and the character personalities unique. The story is entertaining and I like the bard spin on the whole thing. It all has a very different take on things compared to the normal hack and slash litrpgs. The MC is not impeccable but is likable. He makes mistakes and he does admit them. This book is actually a bit refreshing in the lit rpg series as it does not contain tons of ridiculous harem plots nor a ridiculously overpowered mc. Actually the MC is a touch weak, as expected of a bard. However, once again this is definitely worth a credit and I will be getting the next book.

There are only two reasons I docked a star. The first is that the starting in a bum town in the middle of no where and then coming to like it and staying there is a little cliche...and overdone. Once in a while it would be nice to see big picture stuff. Also in order to not give any spoilers ill beat around the bush here but I can just feel the foreshadowing and build up to who killed the bar keeps mom...and its a touch obvious to all the little hints being dropped everywhere. I hope the next book starts with that discovery so we can get to some new and exciting content..but what evs.

All in all this really is a great book and alot of it comes from how well it is written in terms of dialogue, character personality/ development and the overall feel of the book. I would love to see where this book leads and do hope to see the mc go on some grand adventures.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Initializing

  • Somnia Online, Book 1
  • By: K. T. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Wren, a seasoned healer, is dismayed when Somnia Online automatically assigns her character, Murmur, to the Enchanter class. Determined to overcome the unexpected setback, she assembles her guild, intent on the coveted number-one spot. Twelve keys stand between her and victory, but finding them is only part of the puzzle. Armed with telepathic abilities, Murmur rises to the challenge. However, old rivals have followed her to Somnia Online desperate for revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I absolutely loved this Lit-RPG...

  • By Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore on 09-01-18

Pretty Good Def wortha credit if youre into Litrpg

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I liked it. I really like how she included her entire group of friends and it wasnt just her running around being op as hell. Also the character dynamics and personalities were unique especially between the friends. There were a few cheesy joke and everyone laughs moments but oh well. The interactions and dialogue felt very authentic and real aside from that. The books introduces alot of her old friends really quick but a chapter or two later you can easily distinguish their personalities and mannerisms. I actually found myself seeing her friends resembling some people I know.
Now, there were like 2 or 3 of the "hey im a girl and I can game too" speeches but thats easy to get past; its not too bad. There was a point kinda towards the beginning where the MC was being a real you know what, like yelling at her friends because they forgot to allocate their points like 2 seconds after they were done grinding, but she does knock that off a little later. So if your listening and getting annoyed because shes being a raging nut just keep going she chills out lol.
All in all I will def being getting the next book. It is really refreshing to listen to a well written litrpg with a female lead.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Glitch Hunter

  • By: Skyler Grant
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Alex is a Glitch Hunter, member of a house of monster hunters that possess mysterious bracers allowing them to see the world with the interface of a video game. Even with the edge that offers, most Glitch Hunters die young, thrown by quests into areas of deadly conflict. Alex's first quest draws him to a city with a grisly past, and unless he can discern truth from lies in time, an even darker future. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good start.

  • By Cory on 08-17-18

Pretty good, Pretty good. Author please read.

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

Overall great book, I almost gave it full stars and the only reason i didnt really is because of heard some really good books in my time. Honestly though, I havent heard many books that really hit all my check boxes of a good read like this. I def recommend if you are into litrpg's and like a bit of adventure.


Pros: Author firstly, thank you for not making me cringe with a ridiculous amount of sexual encounters. I've listened to too many books recently were the main character is just sleeping with everyone like some kind of cheesy porno. There were lots of jokes, the girls were a tad forward and there were a few encounters but not cringy. You have no idea how much I appreciate that. I think I attribute most of the forwardness to the fact that almost every character is a little off theyre rocker. Second, quite an interesting take on leveling and exp where there are different trees based on what he kills. Personally I would totally farmed those cave thingys for like a week to get some physical enhancements. I kinda wish that he could use white too and get some divine powers but i get it..ok cuz hes black in nature. Also there was an interesting development of characters and the story was interesting as well. I was defiantly not bored nor annoyed with the main character. Yea he has amnesia but he wasnt stupid plus he makes unique and morally ambigious decisions. He was not the cookie cutter personality of a good guy. Glaive did good things over all but much was rather grey. Loved the ending because of that. There was a lot of intrigue as well in the plot; many questions that id love to know the answer to. Final note, and this is possibly a spoiler here but the part were one character was seen with a holster..denoting she had guns...please please please let him have a gun. Yea the sword and hammer was kinda good for the well rounded hunter. But man would a side arm be cool. lol

Cons: Please give us more world building. I know you were taking it slow in this book with that probably because you didn't want to hit us with it all at once, but man what i wouldn't give for just a sit down of ten minutes to lay out the world, kingdoms and factions. Just in a brief list or something or anything. Next, the fight scenes. Theres nothing exactly wrong here its just that the main character dodges about as well as a brick house. If hes gonna do that give him platemail lol but otherwise hes gonna have to try and not get hit at some point in his career...seriously. One last con is that there were an unaverage number of female characters in the mix. This wasn't one of those cheesy harem books and yea female characters are great and all but lets be a little more representative of reality here. Come on now. You do have the one other dude (Pike) thats a hunter tagging along and helping but at some point you gotta throw in a good old pal or two in the mix ya know. Otherwise it just kinda gets weird..

Thank you and please keep going. I may take a peek at some of your other books because of this one.

  • The People's Necromancer

  • The Age of Magic, Book 1
  • By: Rex Jameson
  • Narrated by: Adam Gold
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

The golden age of man is coming to a close and enemies surround the civilized world. Lulled into a false sense of security by isolation and pervasive peace, human lords hatch petty schemes to weaken their rivals and gain favor with the throne. Meanwhile, an ancient darkness stirs beneath the Great Northern Mountains and the orcish hordes grow restless just beyond the Southern Peaks. Out of the chaos at the end of the Tranquility Era, a new breed of hero arrives to forge an age of sorcery and mayhem. And into this chaos comes the Necromancer!  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sets the scene

  • By Claire on 09-02-18

not for me sorry.. it made me to angry too angry

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

It wasnt the worst book ever but i couldnt do it. I have an extreme aversion to stupidity and ignorance. *Spoiler* I stopped after they were leaving town when the girl was killed for witchery. *Spoiler* Yea it might have gotten really good from there..idk and idc. I would have razed the whole town.. I fully recognize another person would be able to get passed this point and listen to it. and please try if you want, but i couldn't.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dodge Tank

  • Crystal Shards Online Series, Book 1
  • By: Rick Scott
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766

Ryan's life sucks. His brother is a jerk, his mom is sick, and his legs are next to useless thanks to a neurological disorder. Plus the world ended two centuries ago from nuclear war. Now the only escape from reality being the massive VR world of Crystal Shards Online. But even in the game, Ryan's life sucks. He works as a miner, earning not nearly enough to afford the operation that will save his mom. When Ryan discovers an item that grants the ability to dodge any attack, however, he has the chance to become one of the game world's most elite and sought after players: a Dodge Tank.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Multiple Classes?! Mostly, but Multiple Classes!!

  • By Sheldon "Tech" on 06-17-18

good story mc kinda dumb great plot very PG lol

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

I like this story i really do, but man i have to say something first. The main character is really dense. Like in every situation he just has no idea whats going on. The girl hes with, the ppl who lead him into a pvp zone, his brother, I mean hell, he even sure as hell doesn't know a whole lot about the game even though his entire society is obsessed with the virtual world. Like the dude couldn't spend an hour or two reading some forms about game mechanics classes or leveling strategies...really. Aside from Reece's ridiculous air-headedness yea the book is really good. It really gives a whole reason behind everything. You won't know why until the end but this book is def worth listening to. Also the dialogue is pretty original, and the story is on point.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Supers: Ex Heroes

  • By: Jamie Hawke
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James, Laurie Catherine Winkel, Annie Ellicott, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

I never believed in superheroes. I certainly didn't believe I'd become one, or that strategically forming a harem of hot chicas and getting down with them to unlock my superpowers would be the key to my survival. Did I say my survival? I meant the universe's. No, really.... That's exactly what happened when I was taken to a galaxy of supers, thrown into a prison ship full of villains, and told it was up to me to stop them all. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 30% awesome story line 70 % sex scenes..lol

  • By Joshua on 07-13-18

30% awesome story line 70 % sex scenes..lol

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

it is worth a credit, but i recommend that u are used to sex scenes in books. i say again, there are tones of sex scenes... yet the storyline is origonal and the writing is well done. plus the narration is on point.

here are some spoilers if u wanna know aht its about..like stop reading right now if u dont want to know the plot.. but this may get u over the fence if u are still ambivolent. its about a guy alittle in the future when there is space travel. theres a certain system that humans colonized where the sun gives them powers. most ppl dont even know about this yet but probably thru some super power this guy who has hereditary powers is warped from earth to a space prison in this system. He has to stop the prison break of villians while teaming up with a few decent ppl....all while screwing pretty much everything that moves..to gain powers of course.....ahem so yea cool story, rediculous amount of sex. still worth a credit.

final note if the author reads this...please quit using the word pussy so much. its just so...crude. im not a big sex novel fan but ive heard enough of them to know what is ok and what is a little cringy. try entrence or some other elusive word once in a while lol it just got a little base at times.

but yea keep up the good work devil. ill get the next one when it comes out.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Stormdancer

  • The Lotus War, Book One
  • By: Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 600

The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good first book, good listen

  • By Brad on 05-16-13

Origonal story and well written.

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

The performance was great and the story is very interesting. I really want to like the main character. I really do but damn if she doesnt make mistakes. All of her plots and planning yet she gets caught at practically every turn. It became.. irritating. That and she fell for the first pretty boy that came her way. I like her personality but, geez, can she be naive and sloppy. Not exactly the wise and cunning fox that she represents.... OH WELL. Its a great story and I'm gonna keep going with the next book. All in all not the best book i've ever listened to but if your looking for something well written and entertaining its worth a credit.

  • Gun Meister Online: Adult and Uncensored

  • By: Noah Barnett
  • Narrated by: Annie Ellicott, Justin Thomas James, Jeff Hays
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629

Gun Meister Online is a recently released virtual-reality combat simulator. Players assume the role of a Meister; fighting in matches and ranking up into higher divisions. Within the game, weapons take on human shape. These NPC's use a new Dynamic Distributed Personality System recently implemented, and many are excited by how life-like the AI characters are becoming. Charlie has only just begun to play, and he struggles to grow as a Meister. At the same time, he starts to take charge of his real-life outside. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome book

  • By ryan on 06-01-18

excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

it was a bit much on the sex scenes but eh its in the title. its not like i wasnt warned. it was refreshing as far as lit rpgs go. the screw the stats and its about skill approach was actually nice. and the fact that ur weapons were ais was interesting and rooted in how vets give their weapons names and personify them.

the performance was a perfect blend of some amazing readers. they really choose who would fit the bill on a perticular character. i would give it six stars if i could.

im highly anticipating the next book and hope that the same characters are involved. it was a good ending and im curious to see how it plays out.

  • Desire: A LitRPG Adventure (Volume 1)

  • By: Cameron Milan
  • Narrated by: John Downey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

A mysterious entity decides to bestow certain individuals with a powerful tattoo. With it, anything becomes possible. The world is changing...and it has yet to be determined if it is for better or worse. Two friends who grew up together, Ace and Vincent, decide to use the tattoo to do what they always dreamed of.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I like your Tattoo, you should do a sleeve!

  • By Ray Johnson on 06-10-18

interesting with plus' and negatives

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

pros: great world building and keeping track of the bigger picture. also pretty interesting dynamics of magic and abilities. the two main characters had unique personalities and the storyline remained interesting. lastly the battles were not always so climactic. in some books it seems to make out every battle as epic. this one is while lack luster in battles also refreshingly simple.


cons: not a whole lot of dialogue. plus the character building of anyone other than the main two was practically non existient. also please dont connect ideas across diff conversations. like "oh geez idk if i can take on the responsiblity" it cuts to the general half way across the county " hmmm i think ill teach him for this responsibility" it comes out a little cheezy. more characters need depth and a little less joviality. it seemed like every character was either boyishly heroic or dasterdly evil. zero grey zone or lateral differences.


plz dont take the cons too harshly. all in all it was worth the credit and a bit entertaining. hope the new one comes out soon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful