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  • The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 1
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,620
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,767

Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter's destruction. Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm? A tale to shake "The Land" itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter's choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside in it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better Than The Wheel Of Time and Firefly

  • By Just Sayin on 10-18-18

immature

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

Too immature for my liking, like something written by some kind of frat boy gamer. Guess I should have expected much.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Destiny of Dragons

  • The Legacy of Dragons, Book 3
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,402
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336

In the thrilling conclusion to the Legacy of Dragons trilogy, ancient weapons of mass destruction lie hidden under the city of Pacta Servanda. Remnants of the Great Guilds and rebellious factions of the Empire want to seize those weapons to allow them to regain control of the world of Dematr. Only Jason, brought by the first ship from Earth since the colony failed, might be able to disarm the threat. But he also might know how to employ those weapons, making him a danger for all sides.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely Disapoointed

  • By Michael on 02-26-18

loved it

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

Excellent book. Loved it as much as all the others. The end definitely teases more story, so I very much hope that means there will be more books.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Grain Brain

  • The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers
  • By: David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,341

Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Family history of Alzheimers? Read this!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-19-13

Fairly interesting, great narration

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

First off, I want to say mad props to the narrator for making dry material sound so engaging. Especially the lists. Must be hard not to start droning. And any time the book mentioned sex, it made me want to go see if this guy's narrated any romance novels.

As for the book itself, I found it pretty interesting. The anecdotes were nice, but the more specific science stuff was pretty dense for someone who is not any kind of scientist (me). He did seem to contradict himself a bit in regards to some of the foods he mentioned (at first sounding like they should be avoided entirely and later including them in his recommended meal plan). And he comes at things from an evolutionary perspective, which for some reason he feels the need to keep bringing up. If you don't happen to be fully on-board with the evolutionary view of human history, it makes any of his reasoning based on such pretty questionable.

I was already planning to go low-carb when I started listening to this, and this gave me a few more good reasons to do so, and especially to avoid gluten. He mentions how daily headaches can be caused by gluten, so I plan to avoid gluten for a good while to see if my headaches go away. And his advice to include more probiotics prompted me to go buy some kefir grains to make raw milk kefir (which is not what he said to do--he recommended probiotic pills and limited kefir on the diet, but I've already read other information about how good raw milk and raw kefir are for you, so I decided to go the "whole food" route rather than the "supplement" route).

I'm a little surprised he recommended so many pills (supplements) actually, since I thought the whole point of this kind of eating plan was that you get what you need from the good, real food that you eat. If you're not getting what you need from your food, then there's probably a flaw in your eating plan. He never addresses this question.

So overall, I think there's some real food for thought here (no pun intended), but as always with health issues, don't just blindly take one person's word for it. Investigate what other people have to say, and see what works for you in practice.

  • Quantum Coin

  • By: E.C. Myers
  • Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Ephraim thought his universe-hopping days were over. He's done wishing for magic solutions to his problems; his quantum coin has been powerless for almost a year, and he's settled into a normal life with his girlfriend, Jena. But then an old friend crashes their senior prom: Zoe, Jena's identical twin from a parallel world. Zoe's timing couldn't be worse. It turns out that Ephraim's problems have just begun, and they're much more complicated than his love life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • not as good as the first

  • By Reanne on 01-21-18

not as good as the first

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

It was okay, but if you want the story to have a happy ending stick with the first and don't read this one. This one has more of a bittersweet ending, which I didn't like.

  • Fair Coin

  • By: E.C. Myers
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 14

Ephraim is horrified when he comes home from school one day to find his mother unconscious at the kitchen table, clutching a bottle of pills. Even more disturbing than her suicide attempt is the reason for it: the dead boy she identified at the hospital that afternoon - a boy who looks exactly like him. While examining his dead double's belongings, Ephraim discovers a strange coin that makes his wishes come true each time he flips it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • there's a twist in the middle

  • By Reanne on 01-18-18

there's a twist in the middle

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

About 1/3 of the way through, I thought I might give up on it just because I was annoyed with the MC's friend and how skeezy he was and how the MC didn't see how this guy was not someone to be confided in. But first I looked at some reviews and spoiled myself about the big twist that definitely shone a new light on what I thought was happening in the book.

The entire concept of the story is basically revealed to be not what it first appeared to be, and I liked the new concept much better. Although it was funny when people in the second half of the story made fun of how silly the concept had been in the first half.

Hard to make all that very clear without spoilers, sorry.

I did like it, and while this one ends pretty satisfactorily on its own, I moved on to the sequel immediately to see what happens next.

  • Alien Space Tentacle Porn

  • By: Peter Cawdron
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

A 1950s hospital. Temporary amnesia. A naked man running through Central Park yelling something about alien space tentacles. Tinfoil, duct tape, and bananas. These are the ingredients for a spectacular romp through a world you never thought possible as aliens reach out and make contact with Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Syfi Comedy

  • By Timothy White on 02-04-18

Really pretty good

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

I got this book for three reasons:
- I love the narrator
- It was super cheap (free e-book + 99-cent audio)
- The title made me go, "Okay, I have to see what this is about."

I was expecting a humorous sci-fi adventure, and it was that. But there was a surprising amount of philosophical musings on things like equality and the role of porn in society. These didn't derail the story too badly, but they did slow things down a bit, which is why I'm giving it 3 stars instead of 4. Though I got the sense that this commentary was most of the reason the author wrote the book. The relationships between the characters were nice.

As a cheap, quick listen, it's definitely worth the read. After the book, there's a commentary by the author on porn, which looks at things from a humanistic/evolutionary perspective. Not sure that part really added anything to the fiction, and the book could have done without it.

  • Blood of Dragons

  • The Legacy of Dragons, Book 2
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,957
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829

Twenty years after the war that overthrew the Great Guilds, the Empire is vowing to avenge the massive defeat of the Imperial legions at Dorcastle. Aiding the Imperials are renegade Mechanics and Mages still loyal to the old Guilds or employed by the Empire. But before they can launch an all-out war, the Imperials must eliminate a major threat: Kira, daughter of Master Mechanic Mari and Master of Mages Alain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series! I relisten all the time!

  • By Trudy Owens on 08-20-17

My favorite series

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

I love this series so much. This book is just as good as the rest. I hope this author keeps writing books in this world.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Hunter Siege

  • Monster Hunter, Book 6
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,209
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,770

When Monster Hunter International's top hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, was given a tip about some hunters who had gone missing in action, he didn't realize their rescue mission would snowball into the single biggest operation in MHI's history. Their men are being held prisoner in a horrific nightmare dimension, and the only way to reach them is through the radioactive ruins of a monster-infested war zone. As if that wasn't bad enough, it's also the home base of the powerful creature behind the devastating attacks on the Last Dragon and Copper Lake.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No conclusion some continuation

  • By Ronald on 09-09-17

It's the Owen show this time

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

This is my least favorite of the series (I'm not counting "Memoirs", which were written by a different author and which I LOATHED). It's better than a lot of books out there, and I thought it was still a solid 15 or so hours of entertainment. But one of the things I like best about the MHI series is the team aspect. I really enjoy watching the MHI team (Owen, Julie, Harbinger, Holly, and especially Trip--along with whatever others they include from time to time) working together to fight the big evils. But this books is like 90% just Owen (which might be okay if he was my favorite character, but he's not). The rest of the main cast get what are basically cameos. Trip gets a few short scenes, Julie's in one pretty entertaining scene, Harbinger shows up but doesn't really do much... This is just not a team book.

Really, it's probably best to look at this as an Owen solo book (like the Harbinger solo book and the Franks solo book). If I'd known that going in, maybe I wouldn't have been as disappointed by the lack of team, but I guess it's hard to really note that kind of thing on the cover (although for this series, I feel like it would help manage expectations).

Like others have mentioned, the climax is a bit... anti-climactic. After all the huge, epic fights we've had in this series, I thought this book just didn't quite deliver in that regard. Which makes sense, since it's mostly just Owen fighting alone, and he's just a human (so you can't have as epic a battle as Franks and Harbinger had in their books, since they have super-strength and super-healing types of abilities).

Also, following this author's blog and such, I really got the feeling that he put too much of himself in this one. (The ads for a certain gun company, for example, which read exactly like the author doing his buddies a favor by explicitly endorsing them in his book.) There were too many times where I heard the author's voice, so to speak, and that always pulls me out of the story a little because it's like the author making himself known when I just want to get absorbed in the story. Which might just be a personal problem on my end, and likely something you'd only notice if you really follow the author's blog/etc.

The only part that I really didn't like about this book was ... well, I can't say too much because of spoilers, but I'll just say the character death. Which isn't surprising, since I generally hate character death. But I felt like this particular one added a whole ugly tinge of failure to the entire endeavor that, combined with the lack of a good climactic battle, made the ending less satisfying.

My favorite part was Owen's introduction of himself to the fae, which was very funny, although the scene where he's talking to the lawyer was very entertaining too.

Going forward, I hope there are more MHI books that are real team books (although I understand the next book is a Julie book, which I'll totally still get). Now that I think of it, it seems like we're going to need a Trip book and a Holly book to round it out. This series better be good and long to account for all these solo books as well as the need for more team books.

And I really hope MHI hires Polly. The poor guy needs a new team now.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Warm Bodies

  • A Novel
  • By: Isaac Marion
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,725
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,721

R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This was...OK

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-21-13

a nice change

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

I don't really like a lot of zombie stories, mainly because I like happy endings and don't like characters getting killed, and those preferences don't tend to mesh with the zombie genre. But I saw the movie based on this book a while back, so when this book was on sale at one point, I picked it up.

It was an enjoyable book. The main difference between the book and the movie is that the movie was a pretty light romantic comedy take, but the book is much less funny and more philosophical. Both are interesting and different takes on zombies, but they definitely come at the same basic story from slightly different angles.

I'd recommend this for a listen, though I doubt I'll need to re-read it at any point. I'll probably just watch the movie again, because I think I preferred the movie's more humorous angle.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 62 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,421
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,006
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,968

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the definitive collection of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and four collections of short stories. And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated eight insightful introductions, one for each title.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter Guide!

  • By Katya Rice on 05-25-18

Not as good as I'd hoped

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

Reviewed: 06-23-17

I didn't get very far into this collection. I started at the beginning with A Study in Scarlet. It's good at first, and it's fun to see how Holmes and Watson first met. But the second half of the story is a complete derailment, and there is one particular point where I stopped because I immediately knew how the rest of the story would play out, and I didn't want to read about it because it was too cliche and unpleasant. Which is something that would be annoying in any novel, but seems kind of like a kiss of death to a mystery novel.

As far as the narration, Steven Fry is obviously a very talented actor and narrator, and as long as he was reading British people it was fine, but his American accent is so awful that I just couldn't bear listening to it any longer. (His women's voices weren't particularly good either.)

I found the characters in this original story to be far less interesting and well-developed than re-imaginings of them from more modern storytellers. One review I saw said something like, "Why is the story told from Watson's POV if Sherlock's the main character? Because Sherlock's not going to fanboy himself!" And that's painfully true. Rather than being Sherlock's partner, Watson appears to exist in the story only so that there's someone to be constantly amazed at Sherlock's skills at deduction. And the deduction frequently relies on stupidly convenient things like a certain spot in London having just this unique type of mud or other ridiculous nonsense.

I've not given up on the original Sherlock stories completely. I have a Kindle version of the complete works that I think I'll peruse, where I can skip and skim around more easily than I can with an audiobook. If they ever get Benedict Cumberbatch and/or Martin Freeman to narrate some Holmes stories, I'd be interested in trying them in audio again, but I don't think I'm likely to otherwise.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful