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  • Dominion of Blades

  • A LitRPG Adventure
  • By: Matt Dinniman
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587

For over 30 years, Dominion of Blades has been the hottest online role-playing game in the world. But the game is too real for some, and after an epidemic of real-life fatalities, public use of the immersion technology has been banned. Jonah wakes to find himself in-game, level one, with no memory of how he arrived and no way to eject. With only two companions, trapped in a world that once hosted millions, Jonah must battle his way across a treacherous landscape, fighting virtual monsters, all too real pain, and a very human enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original

  • By jakob on 07-09-17

By far one of the best litrpg out there!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

This one is really good guys. With so many other LITRPG I feel like the author just comes up with some half baked reason and very unoriginal/ uncreativ reason for the player to be stuck in the game, or be spending so much time in it, and then that's it. It's just an excuse nothing more to it. Well I don't want to spoil anything with specifics but the reason for the players being in the game in THIS book is not only logical and original but also very INTERESTING, and integral to the plot of the overall story in way most other LITRPG just don't have. Frankly I find this particular situation more believable than the usual run. The auhor also takes advantage of LITRPG format to explore some deeper subjects, such as self identity, this book has, dare I say it? Actual substance? The reader is very good as well. Each character has very different voices so you'll never be mixed up as to whose who. Good pacing too.
Finally there is relatively little of the obnoxious listing of various stats/inventories. While I'm sure works great on printed format where you can just skim over it and flip pages back and forth to compare the old stats to new, I'm sure we can all agree really sucks for audiobook format when you have to sit there for two minutes listening to yet ANOTHER stat sheet every 2 chapters. There's very little of that, though still some.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Closed and Common Orbit: Booktrack Edition

  • Wayfarers, Book 2
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shutdown and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She's never felt so alone. But she's not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over. Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that, huge as the galaxy may be, it's anything but empty. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than the first!

  • By Jaime on 10-12-18

Even better than the first!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I liked this one even better than the first book. The smaller cast of characters let's you get to know everyone a lot better rather than the smaller snippets we got with the first book. Both characters stories are real interesting and in different ways. Also this booktrack edition is FANTASTIC! At first I was all like "Music and sound effects? That sounds freaking annoying!", but the music and effects blend with the narrative almost seamlessly, just like music in a movie. The sound affects are not repetitive or annoying at all and usually just stuff like the sound of crowd of people in the background to lend ambiance. It's NOT gonna be the sound of a hatch opening EVERY freaking time someone opens a hatch ect. I promise.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Exit Strategy

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,561
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,435
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,434

Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah - its former owner (protector? friend?) - submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit. But who's going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue? And what will become of it when it's caught?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New favorite series! Best I've read in YEARS!!!

  • By Jaime on 10-02-18

New favorite series! Best I've read in YEARS!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Murderbot is the BEST and my new favorite character in any book, or series! READ this series it is AWESOME! While I am sad there won't be any more books, (I mean who isn't when they reach the end of a great series?) honestly I wouldn't have it any other way. The ending is perfect the way it is. There's always rereading if I need my new favorite fictitious character to keep me company.
The performance is fantastic as well, I feel like the reader gives even more voice and perspective to Murderbot than I could have supplied in my own mind. I don't give a full five star review often but I would give this series 6 if I could. Excuse now me while I go re-read the entire series again, right now, because it's THAT GOOD!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Witch

  • The Black Witch Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Laurie Forest
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596

A Great Winged One will soon arise and cast his fearsome shadow upon the land. And just as Night slays Day, and Day slays Night, so also shall another Black Witch rise to meet him, her powers vast beyond imagining. So foretells the greatest prophecy of the Gardnerian mages. Carnissa Gardner, the last prophesied Black Witch, drove back the enemy forces and saved her people during the Realm War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The controversy should make you want to read this book!

  • By Raquel on 10-28-17

Fantastic! Like Harry Potter crossed with Wicked.

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

Fantastic! Like if you'd crossed the Harry Potter series with Wicked. I just couldn't stop listening and am about to buy the sequel immediatly after writing this.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All Systems Red

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,464

All Systems Red is the tense first science fiction adventure novella in Martha Wells' series The Murderbot Diaries. For fans of Westworld, Ex Machina, Ann Leckie's Imperial Raadch series, or Iain M. Banks' Culture novels. The main character is a deadly security droid that has bucked its restrictive programming and is balanced between contemplative self-discovery and an idle instinct to kill all humans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I just wish all four stories were one book...

  • By Garrett Stone on 11-05-18

I love Murderbot! I love this book!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

This was the best thing I've read since Artemis. Despite it being so short I don't feel like that took anything away from the story.Fear not, this isnt one of those books where they obviously cut the plot early because splitting books up into series is more profitable. All Systems Red is a complete story leaving nothing out and it ends at the logical point. The author could easily have left it here, but I CANNOT WAIT for the next book about my new favorite bot!

  • A Dragon of a Different Color

  • Heartstrikers, Book 4
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 21 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,761

To save his family from his tyrannical mother, Julius had to step on a lot of tails. That doesn't win a nice dragon many friends, but just when he thinks he's starting to make progress, a new threat arrives. Turns out, things can get worse. Heartstriker hasn't begun to pay for its secrets, and the dragons of China are here to collect. When the Golden Emperor demands his surrender, Julius will have to choose between loyalty to the sister who's always watched over him and preserving the clan he gave everything to protect.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • interesting--but...

  • By MVF on 01-28-18

This is ridiculously good!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

I've never had so many of those, OMG No WAY! moments in one book before. Sh** get's real in this one guys. Buckle up!

  • Beginnings

  • Adventures on Terra, Book 1
  • By: R. A. Mejia
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215

Armon Ellington is 19 year old kid that always felt out of place. He's an orphan, a gamer, and a role playing game geek. When he dies after a 72 hour gaming marathon, instead of going to an afterlife he's transported to a new world governed by rules that are eerily similar to the RPG games he loves. On this new world, Terra, he can be anything he wants, a warrior, mage, or even a crafter. Only, Armon wants more than that, he also wants friends and family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad, not good. It's ok.

  • By Ken on 05-24-17

Waaay better, than most litrpg's.

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

Great characters, great pacing, and some truly hilarious moments. One of those authors that understands the balance between humour and seriousness. The narrator also does a great job.

  • The War of Stardeon

  • The Bowl of Souls, Book 4
  • By: Trevor H. Cooley
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700

The Battle Academy has been besieged by an army of goblinoids under the control of the mother of the moonrats. They bide their time, keeping the academy out of the fight while Ewzad Vriil prepares to unleash a force of mutated monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed

  • By Jade on 12-18-16

Great read. Refreshingly genuine.

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

These books are genuine. They aren't trying to be something they're not. They're self published and it shows, but I mean that in the best possible way. It's obvious the author had a vision of what he wanted these books to be and for once we get to read those books. Instead of the ones we so often get, where you can sense there was an editor hovering over-shoulder muttering. "It needs to be darker! You need to make it more gritty, more realistic. Because that's what readers want from fantasy these days, realism and grit!" It seems like these days every aspiring fantasy author or their publishers feel like they have to make their books dark and gritty or they won't be taken seriously. While I enjoy that as much as the next person, it's so refreshing to find a series that isn't so packed full of grit, its like walking through damn sandstorm.
Don't get me wrong these are not some watered down kids books either. There is dark stuff in them, it's just not shoved in your face, or dragged on and on and made center focus of the books.
It still has all the action and adventure. The characters both protagonists and antagonists are well written and enjoyable.
The readers are good as well, Andrew Tell must have listened to voices the James Foster did for the characters because they sound so much the same that by about and hour in, I didn't even notice anymore that it was a different reader.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Elfhome

  • Elfhome, Book 3
  • By: Wen Spencer
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352

Pittsburgh, PA has been magically transported to a world of elves and magic in order to stave off a monstrous invasion of Earth. Now Tinker, once a downtrodden waif from that city, but now a full-blooded elf ruler, must root out and destroy an evil plot that involves the kidnapping and breeding of elf children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • mad genius... and her bodyguards...

  • By Makhanitis on 12-21-14

I've read it FIVE TIMES!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

My favorite in this series. It's awesome getting some POV from Oilcan and Tommy Chang. I love getting to know all the characters in these books and the unique hybrid of cultures Wen Spencer developes in the series. You get a real FEEL for Elfhomes Pittsburgh and how the people in it live.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful