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  • Fight and Flight

  • Magic 2.0, Book 4
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,243
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,709
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,687

Martin and his friends discovered that their world is computer generated and that by altering the code they could alter reality. They traveled back in time to Medieval England to live as wizards. Almost everything they've done since then has, in one way or another, blown up in their faces. So of course they decide to make dragons. It does not go well.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Major stumble in a great series

  • By Lily on 05-11-17

This one is is less clever and more childish.

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

There were a couple of hilarious moments, but for whatever reason this book had more annoying/cringe moments than previous books. I don't remember being as frustrated with the main character's actions.

  • Gamer for Life

  • Alpha World, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Schinhofen
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,366

Seamus is facing life in prison without parole. While doing his time, he's given an option by the Department of Justice and the biggest virtual game maker around, Mindblown Entertainment. If he will help them test long-term immersion, he will get the chance to play the latest game from Mindblown - Alpha World. All he has to do is sign away his legal rights and sign an NDA.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • one foot in LitRPG the other in erotica

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-27-17

It's like a neck beard wearing a Fedora litrpg

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

I had to pause it several times just to cringe. It's like a porn plot written by a guy who's only contact with a woman was in a mmorpg game, except that "woman" he learned from was really a man pretending to be a woman using all the cliches he could think of. This author's understanding of what goes on in a woman's head is laughable. There's this sex chapter that goes on and on like a trashy novel, but is just so painfully silly.

That being said I think the author knows his audience..haha... it is perfect for the litrpg audience and I enjoyed the books unintentionally humorous plot. The spells were fun. The main character, however, has an easily bruised ego, and is completely driven by manners and getting respect from others, and he demands subservient women, which makes him seem weak overall. He also constantly tips others nearly all the money he has, which seems odd since people who are in the main character's situation learn to be very frugal.

I loved that the hand to hand fighting was more realistic than nearly any other book I've read. It's so strange that other big authors use nonsense fighting, or Kung Fu and never pick up on Judo, Jiu-Jitsu and the other effective MMA. This book had RNC and Arm-Bars! Overall worth the laughs, but be prepared to roll your eyes.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Dungeon Born

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,539

For eons, conquering dungeons has been the most efficient way to become a strong adventurer. Although not everything is as straightforward as it seems. Several questions have always plagued the minds of those who enter these mythical places of power: why are there so many monsters? Where do the amazing weaponry and heavy gold coins come from? Why does the very air fill with life-giving energies? Cal has all of the answers to these age-old questions, for a very simple reason. He is a Dungeon Heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem in the RPG/Fantasy Genre

  • By SirMehr on 04-01-17

Idea is great but too many cheesey cliches.

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

I love this genre. I love the underlying plot in this book, but I found some of the main characters unbearably cheesey. I feel that innocence should be portrayed through the type of questions one asks not overwhelming annoying dorkyness.

I love the story enough to recommend reading it, but be aware that if you enjoy witty dialogue you will find little of it here.

  • Survival Quest

  • Way of the Shaman Series # 1
  • By: Vasily Mahanenko
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,516

Barliona: a virtual world jam-packed with monsters, battles - and, predictably, players. Millions of them come to Barliona, looking forward to the things they can't get in real life: elves and magic, dragons and princesses, and unforgettable combat. The game has become so popular that players now choose to spend months online without returning home. In Barliona, anything goes: You can assault fellow players, level up, become a mythical hero, a wizard, or a legendary thief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Liked it alright, but I'm a forgiving guy

  • By Benjamin on 05-27-17

This is the cheesiest book ever!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

This book is filled with cringy statements, and groaner dad jokes. The story is fun and entertaining but it is aimed at a 12 year old audience. I enjoyed the character development, but the author seems to be devoid of understanding when it comes to what motivates women characters. Overall I liked the book, but I was difficult to listen to some of the cheesier parts.

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22,629
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,142

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid continuation that fizzles at the end

  • By Tyson S Sukeforth on 10-04-17

This series is more fun than a barrel of monkeys

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

This is the type of book that you stay up till 3 in the morning listening to it in spite of your work day tomorrow. The characters are well imagined and the conversations humor and emotions bring this story to life.

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  • Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,360
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,559

While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed "Paradise". The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • R C Bray never disappoints.

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-11-17

My new favorite scifi author

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

Reviewed: 06-23-17

I love this series. I laughed so many times my 3 year old daughter started asking why I was laughing so much. Skippy is one of the best characters in any book. I want to see what this group capable of as we get more answers. 10/10 would recommend. I pre-ordered this book and was not disappointed.

  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,882
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,710

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive and watered-down

  • By Daniel on 04-26-17

Best series ever!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

I love the story, and I laugh so hard that my pretty wife is getting jealous. This series is a lot of fun, and is very engaging from start to end. The story in book 2 is really getting good. The transitions between books leave you wanting more without being annoying and leaving you feeling like there was no ending (like a lot of other series). In other words, this author has a a style that is compelling, so he doesn't have to resort to gimmicks to get you to read the next one. This means that each book is a decent story. If you like humor, sas, practical jokes, near death experiences, gallows humor, advanced tech, space, and most importantly... monkeys :) this is the book for you.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,668
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,206

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

By far the best military scifi I've read.

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

Reviewed: 02-15-17

This book is entertaining. It engaged me from the start, and kept it up to the end.

I laughed a lot. I have read many books, that my friends claim to be the 'funniest book' and was always let down, but this book and narrator... They are on a different level (Spitting out my coffee on my wife level).

The characters are believable and interesting. The main and secondary characters are very relatable. Some of the enemies seem a little less believable, but why not. It's a lot of fun and the storyline is great.

I for one am excitedly waiting to hear the next book in the series.

  • Armor

  • By: John Steakley
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,763

The planet is called Banshee. The air is unbreathable, the water poisonous. It is the home of the most implacable enemies that humanity, in all its interstellar expansion, has ever encountered. Felix is a scout in A-team Two. Highly competent, he is the sole survivor of mission after mission. Yet he is a man consumed by fear and hatred.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An intense and unusual work, wonderfully performed

  • By George Dean on 03-19-13

Amazing timeless work of art

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

Engaged from start to finish. I have rarely ever felt so completely immersed in a book. This book has some of the most believable characters, fighting, strategy, failures, motivations, and plot of any book I have read, let alone sci-fi. The people are so interesting, I recommend this work to you wholeheartedly. I hope you will find as I have, that it is worth more than one read

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,912
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,900

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect year in the post apocalypse.

  • By Andrew Pollack on 06-18-16

Fantastic end of the world novel

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

Most post apocalyptic novels have unrealistic stories, or weird characters who end up surviving everyone becoming cannibals after 10 minutes after some stupid emp event, because the were hoarders. This is not one of those. realistic character who are interesting, and a storyline that is really good. I was engaged start to finish. I really like the characters. I love the realistic banter and sarcasm. I think the villains are not too obvious or cliche.

I am into apoc books like The Road etc. This is light and fun at times, and sad others. Great book, well read by the voice actor.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful