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  • Kingdoms and Chaos

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 4
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,247
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,065
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,058

The future of the Ashaiian haven, the newly founded Kingdom of Cael, is anything but secured. Rezkin must seek recognition from the King of Gendishen if his people are to maintain possession of their island home and the enchanted secret it contains. In an unexpected twist, events overtake Rezkin, and he is thrust into a frustrating adventure to seek a worthless prize. He finds that his carefully constructed reputation as an indomitable foe has consequences as others seek to use his strengths for their own gain. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • When does the whiny stop

  • By David sprenkle on 12-04-18

Great as usual with a slight ding

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I really like this book. As long as it takes for the next one to come out I always keep an eye out. There is alot revealed in this book and the different kingdoms are explored and negotiated with.
The only reason I gave the stars a ding was the all women kingdom. At first I was like ok ill bite, but then it started getting weird and slave like. It became impractical and outlandish. I ended up skipping a bit of chapters because it annoyed the hell out of me. However dont take that as the majority of the book and this is def another great addition.
Overall, awesome book and interesting development of the characters.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Nick Cole, Jason Anspach
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,340
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,934

On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounty hunter lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bit of a disconnect between parts

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

The ending killed it

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

The whole book was really good. There is alot of intrigue and plot lines that could be followed. However right at the end my favorite character died with out so much as a legacy or meaning behind it all. I even googled to see if he came back some how...nope. Theres a side set of books about his earlier life but im not doing the whole 50 yrs ago thing. So sorry I will not be listening to the next one as good as I found most of this book to be....seriously unfortunate..

  • The Dead Rogue

  • An NPC’s Path, Book 1
  • By: Pavel Kornev, Petr Burov - translator, Irene Woodhead - translator, and others
  • Narrated by: Shawn Compton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

A game is only a game if you can quit. This is something I learned the hard way. I just wanted to let off some steam in virtual reality and ended up getting murdered and imprisoned in the body of one of the undead - slow, clumsy, and cursed to die at the hand of other players over and over again. The only way out of this awful predicament was to find the legendary Scroll of Rebirth, but the helpless plague-ridden corpse would need to be turned into a real killing machine. If only people knew what it was like to level up a dead rogue....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't be fooled it is BAD

  • By David Riemer on 11-06-18

Overall pretty good, well written and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

It only starts out as him being stuck as a zombie and unable to communicate with players. So dont worry the whole book isnt like that. The main theme of the book is that he gets trapped in the game and was intended to be captured there by baddies via his mobile respawn point. However he gets away and the has to keep his respawn safe as well as figure out a way out of the game before they take him off life support. I really didnt give away any spoilers there. This all happens within like the first few chapters...maybe first half hr of book lol.

The narrator is good but he doesnt do female voices very well. Which really isnt a problem because theres only a few that come up anyway. The MC has to duck and dodge most players anyway due to his nature.

This is a very refreshing book tho that does focus on story line and plot points vs harems like some books recently. Def worth a credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Line of Illeniel

  • Mageborn, Book 2
  • By: Michael G. Manning
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948

Mordecai has discovered his heritage and must take up the mantle of a lord of the realm, while figuring out what it really means to be a mage of the line of Illeniel. He is beset on both sides by allies and enemies trying to control or destroy his future. Gods and kings both seek to manipulate him for their own ends, and no matter what he chooses his loved ones will suffer. Will he risk destroying his love with a bond that might be her death, or face the madness that comes to wizards who embrace power without restraint?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Read

  • By Jeremy on 05-01-15

Couldn't finish, but others might still love it

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

I couldnt finish because of two reasons, but mostly the one. That is the dysfunctional relationship he has with his soon to be wife. Sure it seems cute and playful because they are bantering back and forth but its like all the time. It feels like every conversation they have is a struggle to win an arguement. And the way that they casually lie to each other and then when there caught they're like oopsies sorry....nah couldn't do it. Your supposed to be playing on the same team in a marriage, not this constant banter and posturing. I mean this prob had something to do with the fact that he proposed like a week after seriously talking to her in the first book...yea...

THAT ASIDE, the rest of the book was actually pretty interesting. The main character was a tad stupid...but that ok. The story line is great and I love the plot of this book. I really really did want to like it, and I hope that others do. If you dont mind the bickering and whatever then this is def a great second addition to the book.

  • 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 945
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 376
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

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?   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A New Look

  • By Austin on 10-24-18

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.

6 of 7 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 305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

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 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

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 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

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 956
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Great read!

  • By Byron on 06-10-18

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