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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 18,256
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,157

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
  • Gold Standard of LITRPG

  • By Rory on 10-01-18

Overall Pointless and Immature

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

So, I read a really wide range of genres, but The Land series was my first LitRPG. I loved the concept. However, as I read on, there were several things that popped up that kept me from really enjoying the adventure. My review is for Books 1-3. The first book was ok because we and the main character are new the book and everything is pretty interesting. HOWEVER...

First, there is no real character/relationship development (I had to keep reminding myself to compare this to how things might progress in a game). Next, the fight scenes get real repetitive and boring -- by the third book I was skipping ahead. Another thing that made me lose interest was that there didn't really seem to be a point. We're not given a sense of an ultimate goal or why the MC is in The Land -- only that he wants to grow a village. It's jut one quest after another without a real point to it.

I actually could have dealt with the above, but the deal breaker is the MC himself. Completely unbelievable. He's supposed to be have been a 24 year old med student before being transported to The Land, but his behavior and thoughts (because there isn't much actual dialogue anywhere in these books) are more in-line with a 13 year old boy. So completely immature and full of himself. What 24 yr old med student looks at a mutilated corpse and notes they have a nice pair of "sweater bunnies" or calls people a "butthead"?? These types of quips and immature remarks are ALL OVER the books. I assume he's some reflection of the author, who seems equally obnoxious with us being told at the beginning of each book that he's the "Father of LitRPG", which I have read to be false. SIGH.

I'm not off the idea of LitRPGs though and will seek out better ones. But I'm done with this pointless, obnoxious series. I wish I had read the Goodreads reviews first.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Land: Alliances: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 3
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,164
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,397

Richter and Sion are in a fight for their very lives. Their enemies are circling, and the powers they have awakened are barely under their control. Death and war are on their doorstep, but they have a simple message for the enemies of the Mist Village. "Kiss your loved ones goodbye. The Mist will claim you." A wonderful blend of humor and adventure, The Land: Alliances will transport you to the world of your dreams...and your nightmares.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does not disappoint.

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-22-17

Overrated, Boring, Immature

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

So, I read a really wide range of genres, but The Land series was my first LitRPG. I loved the concept. However, as I read on, there were several things that popped up that kept me from really enjoying the adventure. My review is for Books 1-3.

First, there is no real character/relationship development (I had to keep reminding myself to compare this to how things might progress in a game). Next, the fight scenes get real repetitive and boring -- by the third book I was skipping ahead. Another thing that made me lose interest was that there didn't really seem to be a point. We're not given a sense of an ultimate goal or why the MC is in The Land -- only that he wants to grow a village. It's jut one quest after another without a real point to it.

I actually could have dealt with the above, but the deal breaker is the MC himself. Completely unbelievable. He's supposed to be have been a 24 year old med student before being transported to The Land, but his behavior and thoughts (because there isn't much actual dialogue anywhere in these books) are more in-line with a 13 year old boy. So completely immature and full of himself. What 24 yr old med student looks at a mutilated corpse and notes they have a nice pair of "sweater bunnies" or calls people a "butthead"?? These types of quips and immature remarks are ALL OVER the books. I assume he's some reflection of the author, who seems equally obnoxious with us being told at the beginning of each book that he's the "Father of LitRPG", which I have read to be false. SIGH.

I'm not off the idea of LitRPGs though and will seek out better ones. But I'm done with this pointless, obnoxious series. I wish I had read the Goodreads reviews first.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Library of Souls

  • The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,914

Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They'll travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies, and face greater dangers than ever. Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This version doesn't have the Vintage photos

  • By VJayD on 09-25-15

Narrator Review: Way Better at x1.25 + PDF Tip

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Thought I'd give the same advice here as I did for the second installment. I personally prefer Heyborne to the narrator of the first book, who I found ultimately annoying. Heyborne read this series less as an annoying teenager and is great with the various character voices. However, he reads so languorously it gets frustrating fast -- especially with the frequent tense scenes. Took me while, but I figured out that speeding it up to x1.25 worked wonders. So much better!

PDF TIP: If you are using an iPhone, access your Audible account via Safari > Library > click on pdf link. I opted to dl the pdf to the iBooks app that comes with the phone. Make sure you are viewing the full site, not the mobile version (scroll to the bottom of the webpage and click on Full Site).

  • Hollow City

  • The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,754

This second novel in the Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children series begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine's island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other surprises. Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly creepy) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight fantasy fans of all ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Peculiar and Suspenseful

  • By JACK on 02-19-14

Narrator Review: Speed It Up + PDF Tip

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I personally prefer this narrator to the first, who I found ultimately annoying. Heyborne read this series less as an annoying teenager and is great with the various character voices. However, he reads so languorously it gets frustrating fast -- especially with the frequent tense scenes. Took me while, but I figured out that speeding it up to x1.25 worked wonders. So much better!

PDF TIP: If you are using an iPhone, access your Audible account via Safari > Library > click on pdf link. I opted to dl the pdf to the iBooks app that comes with the phone. Make sure you are viewing the full site, not the mobile version (scroll to the bottom of the webpage and click on Full Site).

  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 2
  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,904

Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons? Time for a cup of tea! Join the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his uncommon comrades in arms in their desperate search for a place to eat as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book!

  • By DrVeebs2b on 07-02-12

Wit and Hilarity

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

Douglas Adams is a wonder. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is a continuation of the fun ride, and the humor and wit that Adams manages to infuse into every line is mind boggling. I read somewhere how quotable they are and that is certainly true. Each line is smart and sharp from beginning to end. I also get some listeners gripe with Freeman's interpretation of Zaphod , but if you just go with it, I think it works. Freeman's certainly gone up in my opinion -- I already thought he was a great actor but his narration is so good. His voice characterizations are fantastic and really impressive, and his performance + Adams' words = great fun and hilarity. I will listen/watch anything by Stephen Fry, but I think I might have enjoyed Freeman's performance better reading Adams. Rushing to get the next installment as soon as I'm done typing here.

  • Anne of Green Gables

  • By: Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Sinead Dixon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Marilla Cuthbert and Matthew Cuthbert, middle-aged siblings who live together at Green Gables, a farm in Avonlea, on Prince Edward Island, decide to adopt a boy from an orphan asylum in Nova Scotia as a helper on their farm. Through a series of mishaps, the person who ends up under their roof is a precocious girl of eleven named Anne Shirley. Anne is bright and quick, eager to please but dissatisfied with her name, her pale countenance dotted with freckles, and with her long braids of red hair.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Weird Narration

  • By kero on 10-27-18

Weird Narration

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

I love Anne of Green Gables, but this audio version is terrible. I'm currently listening to "Sinead Dixon" narrate Great Expectations and she's so far fantastic, but the "Sinead Dixon" for this title is clearly a different person. This narration is stiff and she speaks with a bit of a staccato, and doesn't seem to know the material very well (voice characterizations aren't good). Also, the audio is sprinkled with the rustle of pages being turned, lips being smacked, and the random studio noise. Really weird and distracting, and overall a very LOW budget production. Every chapter is ended with the listener being told that it has ended and who the author is, and sometime the production company info. Also weird and distracting. Managed to Chp5, but couldn't deal with it overall. This is not a version to get lost in. If you've never read Anne of Green Gables before, don't start with this version!

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  • Shadow Rider

  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569

Whether it's fast cars or fast women, Stefano Ferraro gets what he wants. When he's not fodder for the paparazzi, he commands Ferraro family businesses - both legitimate and illegitimate. While their criminal activity is simply a rumor yet to be proven, no one knows the real truth. The Ferraros are a family of shadow riders capable of manipulating light and dark, an ability Stefano thought ran in his family alone - until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • She's Back

  • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 08-04-16

Juvenile and Awkward

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I couldn't finish it. It seemed like it had potential (story and mythology), but from the start the writing was littered with random juvenile phrases and actions. I'm not sure why Freehan chose to so unnecessarily insert them. On top of which, it was uncomfortably awkward to listen to narrator Frangione, who in his nice, professor-y voice is trying to describe a intense world but had to continuously break in with tweet-worthy gems like "he was super hot", "they were super cool", and "it's the bomb" as if he were reading Shakespeare. Or in an early scene that was meant to be dramatic and intense then randomly throw in that someone had "mad skills" -- are you a hit man or what?? I mean, I actually wouldn't have minded if this was meant to be a story about a group of Kardashian-esque individuals, but it's not. So it instead was an eye-roll marathon and left me wondering who the heck the target audience was. And, as other have pointed out, Freehan felt the need (needed to reach a word count?) repeatedly tells us things in a thousand different ways. Yawn.

  • A Week in Winter

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,241

Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't want it to end.....

  • By Vicki Unger on 02-26-13

Wonderful Story of Strangers

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

Have you ever sat waiting, say in an airport or on a train, and wondered about the people around you? What they do, how they got there, what their life is like? Well, this book gives you a glimpse. A group of strangers come together in a newly opened B&B for a week-long winter holiday on the Irish coast. Each chapter delves into the separate stories of each of the guests and how they happened to come to the B&B, starting with the story of the proprietor. Multiple lives traveling their paths, intersecting for a moment in time before continuing their paths. I found each story interesting, whether or not it was "ordinary". And regardless of the personalities or paths, Binchy infuses a relatable and understandable humanity into each. I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed this format, and only wish this book was part of a series. This is my first Maeve Binchy novel and I will be seeking out more.

  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Douglas Adams
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198

There is a long tradition of Great Detectives, and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. But his search for a missing cat uncovers a ghost, a time traveler, AND the devastating secret of humankind! Detective Gently's bill for saving the human race from extinction: NO CHARGE.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sadly, it's abridged

  • By George T. Crawford on 10-29-11

Abridged

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

Like others, I wish I had realized this version was abridged. It's still fun, but does feel a bit lacking/abrupt. I won't provide a synopsis as I think it adds to the crazy adventure of these stories not to know too much going in. :) Adams is fantastic as the narrator. However, as I was introduced to Dirk via the BBC show, I did sometimes miss Samuel Barnett's excellent rendition of the quirky detective. I hope Audible decides to offer the unabridged.

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,075

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

So Much Potential

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Two stars is supposed to equal "okay" and that's how I found this book overall. The premise is fascinating and the storyline had so much potential to be fun, but the book just jumped from one thing to the next and felt intolerably shallow. I completely agree with a previous reviewer's (Sara from Wild Blue Yonder) assessment of the pace and narration. This would have been so much better as two or three books, with the storylines and characters fleshed out (they are not AT ALL). As it was, big or emotional scenes would occur and I found myself not caring because nothing had been built up, which in turn bummed me out that I felt so unaffected. The characters didn't seem to care either because off they were to the next thing. Zimm's narration started out sounding great to me and then ended up sounding rushed and monotone, much like the book.