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Monica Alexander

Oakland, CA
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We must alway reply with. “Copy that” why?

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

Reviewed: 06-15-19

The story itself was pretty entertaining. I enjoyed that it didn’t follow the Canon that the original third movie had gone through and then the fourth and the fifth. But there seems to be a similarity in the writing of the last who knows how many shows I’ve watched where the response in any situation is “copy that”. Does this writer not know anything more than those two words? The responses of understood, “got that” or “yes sir” or “yes ma’am” seem to get lost. Other than that I really enjoyed the story.

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The Start of Another Good Dakota Krout Series

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

Dakota Krout is a relatively new writer to the publishing world, following in the tracks of other recent authors by self publishing ebooks and partnering with one of the audiobook companies to bring an audiobook to us all. It is a great combination which has brought a lot of very interesting series and new authors to light.

I first picked up his Divine Dungeon series, and was a big fan for the combination of story line, clever writing, weird characters and humor. Being a fan of his first series, I went ahead and started on the second.

I was happy with the second series as well. It is a good story, and although the characters haven't developed to the extent of the Divine Dungeon series, they are off to a good start. Joe develops into a good character. His enemy turned reluctant ally, Cel, winds up being really interesting, and when the game AI starts to get seriously snarky, things get fun.

There is also a fun, and very unexpected tie in to the Divine Dungeon series which leads to greater questions about where the story may eventually wind up that will keep those who like intriguing plot twists happily occupied.

There are more than a few laugh out loud moments, and Joe's quest to adapt to his new world and new life certainly draws you in and keeps your interest.

I think Vikas Adam does a good job with the reading, and it lends a lot to bring more color to the story - as long as no one ever asks him to do a Cockney accent ever again. :)

If you like humor and clever writing set in a nerdy fantasy setting, this is a good option. If you loved the Divine Dungeon series and haven't started in on this one, what are you waiting for? If you like fun, humorous fantasy or LitRPG series, this is a good one to add to your reading list.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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More Short Stories - Some Great, Some Not

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Zero Hour is the most recently published of The Lorien Legacies Lost Files series and covers stories taking place before and in parallel with "The Fate of Ten".

I have been making an effort to review these because I was a little lost when it came to figuring out what the Lost Files were, what stories were included, and whether they were worth listening to or not. Some of the stories in the Lost Files are amazing, and some of them are OK.

This book features three short stories, the first, a backstory about Daniela Morales didn't do much for me. The best part of the Lost Files stories is how they fill in areas not covered by the main series, but I didn't think this particular back story provided much that we didn't already know from the main series. I also have never found this character as interesting as many of the others are. (Like, where are my backstories on Nigel and Ran?)

The second story is the first ever we've gotten from the point of view of Malcolm Goode, and this one is really worth the listen. It is well written, has lots going on, and Malcolm has many years of missing back story that makes for interesting listening. This is a Malcolm who can't remember everything, putting together pieces of what happened in his past and better understanding what occurred while he was in captivity. It also covers some of his time as an adviser to the President and and some of the initial reactions to the first of the human Gardes. I enjoyed this one a lot, and would love to hear more of Malcolm's backstory.

The third story is really more of a third section with several stories from the point of view of different Mogadorians. I personally had a hard time getting into these. I may try another listen later, but I wasn't crazy about what I did listen to.

Overall, I've enjoyed the Lost Files books, this one, Zero Hour isn't one of the best, however if you are a big fan and really want a great story, the second one, "Last Defense" is really worth a listen.

Good luck and enjoy!


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Good Hilarious Sci Fi

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

So what happens when you become the ghost in the machine capable of telling everyone to stuff it and replicate yourself? A great story of galactic exploration, fractured personalities and close encounters. Welcome to the Bobiverse, where the "Bobs" head out to the far reaches, explore new planets, battle aliens, and come home to save the Earth all at the same time.

Start reading this because you love sci fi series and great comic writing.

Stay because it really is good sci fi with a compelling story, innovative concepts, and plenty of adventure.

One of my favorite series. Start here and enjoy! :)

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More Good Lorien Backstories

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

This is the third set of short back stories that goes with the Lorien Legacies series. Although this set of stories could probably be listened to independently of the other Lost Files stories, it is probably best listened to after "The Lost Files: The Legacies". The backstories for Five include spoilers for "The Fall of Five" if for any reason you are picking this one up first I'd read "The Fall of Five" first, but I think most people read the Lost Files after finishing the Lorien Legacy series anyway.

This set covers three short stories, featuring two of the more enigmatic characters from the Lorien Legacies, Five and Mark James.

The First, "Five's Legacy" covers Five's history up to the point he falls under the control of the Mogadorians. The third story, "Five's Betrayal" covers Five's backstory under Mogadorian control up to where he joins the other Garde in "The Fall of Five". I enjoyed these stories although they were a little tough to listen to just due to Five's personality and his general bad life choices. You pretty much feel the same way towards him after these stories as you ultimately feel in the books, not sure exactly how to feel about him, although he seems ultimately tragic to me after finishing the second backstory. The Five backstories are interesting and they do shed some light on events leading up to "The Fall of Five". They help explain some of his deep animosity toward Nine and his general instability.

The Second story, "Return to Paradise" features Mark James and what happens to him and Sarah Hart following the events in "I Am Number Four". It does cover the story behind what was really happened with John Smith's ill fated meeting with Sarah in "The Power of Six" as well as how Mark got started with "They Walk Among Us". As with Five, Mark is one of those enigmatic characters you sort of root for and sort of dislike at the same time, but it was actually fun to hear a story from his point of view. His are probably the funniest of the narrations in the Lost Files stories and will definitely make you laugh. ("The Lost Files: Rebel Allies" has the second of the Mark James backstories which continues to cover his adventures after this story.)

In some ways these are some of the more interesting backstories in the Lost Files because there really isn't much on these two characters' background in the main series, so it all strikes into new territory where you aren't sure where things will really end up.

So there you go, three stories with two of the series' anti-heroes. I enjoyed the listen and would definitely recommend it for those looking for something more to read in the Lorien Legacies.

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Really Great, Edge of My Seat Stories

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I really wanted to review these backstory books because there is so little information in the descriptions and little idea of what you are buying. I wasn't sure where to start with these or if they would really be worth it. Let me tell you something - this book is completely one you don't want to miss. (I'd recommend starting with "The Lost Files: The Legacies" first, though.)

So this book is comprised of three stories. The second of the Adam backstories, a backstory on Nine's Cepan, Sandor, and the third of the Adam backstories - in that order.

I have really been wanting more backstory on Adam for a while, so I was excited to dive into this book. The two stories are great and I very much enjoyed getting more of his background including the rescue of Sam and what was going on when he went missing after Sam's rescue.

The great treasure of this book, though, was the second story, Sandor's backstory, which I would classify as mind-blowing. I tend to listen to audiobooks as I work on other things, and set them down when I have projects to work on that I have to concentrate on. I couldn't put this down though, and had to postpone several things I needed to get done because I couldn't stop listening to this story. Of all the backstories in this series so far, this one is my absolute favorite. I won't say more, but Sandor has now been added to my favorite character list and I gain new appreciation for Nine as well. He and Nine are really meant for each other. I'm not sure anyone else could have done as good a job mentoring the wild child that was Nine. And the somewhat tragic overtone to both of their stories adds a deep poignancy to it all. (And now I really want more stories of the adventures of Sandor and Nine.)

Don't miss this one! Seriously!

Just a note, I think of this book as the Second book in the Lost Files series. Adam's first backstory and Nine's backstory in "The Lost Files: The Legacies" should really be listened to first. Go listen to those then come back to this one. :)

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Good Stories - Lost Files Start Point

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

If you've finished the Lorian Legacies and are feeling flat and like you really want more, the Lost Files are definitely worth getting in to.

I vacillated over whether I really wanted to listen to these and worried they'd be disappointing or not as good as the series. For the most part, they are good and entertaining. Some of these stories are really amazing, though, and you don't want to miss them.

Since I struggled to figure out which of these Lost Files books to start with, I'll just recommend you start with this one.
(And then move to Secret Histories)

This includes back stories for Six, Nine and Adam.

I felt a lot of Six's story was really covered in the original series. This dives a bit deeper, but of the three stories in this book, I would say this was the less interesting for me as it really didn't seem to provide anything new, but it was not bad.

Nine's story is great and a lot of fun. There aren't any sections really from his point of view in the main series, so it is fun to get some insight to how his mind works. (Which can be really funny, but can sometimes be pretty dark.) We also start to get some insights into Sandor, Nine's Cepan. (Who will turn out to be one of my absolute favorite characters in these back stories.)

Finally, the third story in this series is the first of the Adam backstories. Since I've been longing for more backstory on Adam, I was thrilled with this, and the story did not disappoint. It was good and very engaging. I would say my only complaint was that it ended on an almost literal cliff hanger (argh...) and I was a little worried there wouldn't be a follow up. I should have known Pittacus wouldn't do such a thing, though, and all was forgiven when I found the part two and part three of his story in the "Secret Histories" book. (*whew*)

So, in conclusion, these are worth the listen, especially if you are going into Lorien Legacy withdraw. And if you aren't sure which book to start with, I'd recommend you start here. Enjoy :)

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Fun, Especially for '80s and Wil Wheaton Fans

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

So, this really is the ultimate in nerd fiction, especially if you like the '80s and Wil Wheaton.

Strangely, the first time I listened to this, I did not enjoy it as much. I found the '80s references to be a bit overwhelming. Having grown up during that time and having owned or played with a lot of these ancient machines, I found all the memories it brought up from my somewhat awkward childhood to be a little difficult.

But I recommended it to a few of my tech nerd friends, including a few who still have old pacman machines in storage, and they gushed over it so much, that I gave it another listen and enjoyed it a lot more the second time through.

It is a fun and interesting story. Think of it like the De Vinci Code but with computing clues and video games and a faceless corporate nemesis as the bad guy rather than the church, with a splash of dystopian cyberpunk.

Wil Wheaton puts in a rare Audiobook performance and does a great job. (Of Star Trek Next Generation fame.) Which becomes a bit of an inside joke with the occasional Wil Wheaton references throughout the story.

So overall fun, and perfect if you geek out over old video game machines and obscure TV show references. If not, still a good listen especially if you can find a friend who can help you appreciate them.

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Great Story

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

This definitely leans more towards a younger reader than Craig Alanson’s Expeditionary Force series, but it has the same Alanson ability to write solid and captivating plots and stories.

This story reminds be a bit of Dianne Wynne Jones’s types of characters and story lines, but with a much more solid story teller game style. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series and more writing from this great new author.

I also truly appreciate his more diverse treatment of female characters in his worlds. He does a great time distributing characters between male and female regardless of their social roles and always does a great job including female characters with full and complex lives in all levels of his societies. It’s a wonderful treat to see this so casually included in his writing. It makes his stories much more rewarding. Great job with that.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Trust the Awesomeness

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

If you’ve made it this far in the series you know how amazing the Skippy and Joe chronicles are, and how over the top RC Bray’s narration is. Now I’m going to tell you, this is the best yet and I cant wait for more. If you haven’t listened to these yet, start with Columbus Day and you won’t regret it. A great plot, laugh out loud humor and an awesome narrator. It’s one of my favorite audiobook series.