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David Riemer

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  • The Slayer

  • A LitRPG Saga (Aether Gate Online, Book 1)
  • By: Darren Hultberg Jr
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

When the newest VRMMORPG title gets announced, Adam and his best friend, Max, are more than ready to dive in. Launch day arrives quickly, and Adam is plunged into a world that’s more immersive than anything he’s experienced before. Although the game offers a bevy of character choices, Adam quickly chooses the title of Slayer, a class that specializes in taking down stronger, more difficult opponents. Adam begins his adventure, but it's not long before he realizes there’s much more at stake when taking a life in this new game. The pain is very real, and death...is permanent. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another LITRPG all star story

  • By Mary Karowski on 09-18-18

uninspired generic elementry school YA trash

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I enjoy YA when done well like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Dante's Immortality, and others. This book though is like a rushed check list of ideas with some action scenes that are so generic it's pitiful. Hardly any to no character development so you kinda don't care if the characters live or die. This really takes the suspense out of the action scenes. The confused and near rip off idea of how they came to be in the virtual reality. Rips off Viridian Gate and Eden's Gate. Then rushes the character from one action scene to another leaving no time to develope relationships between the characters or build the world or character in any way. Overall this book fails to be entertaining at the most basic level. Maybe 3rd graders would like this but I don't see many high school students loving the crap out of this trash.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Demon's Apprentice

  • The Demon's Apprentice Series, Book 1
  • By: Ben Reeder
  • Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

At 15, Chance Fortunato has seen more evil than most people ever will. Indentured by his father to the demon count Dulka, he's been taught dark magic and forced to do his infernal master's dirty work for eight years. But now Chance has figured out a way to defeat his master and free himself. His new life with his mother and sister is far from easy, and freedom has its own perils. Normal life is hard enough, but even in a mundane-looking high school, there are paranormal threats from both sides of the mystical fence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very good YA book.

  • By David Riemer on 08-23-18

A very good YA book.

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

This YA urban fantasy book follows a similar plot to many others. Another very very similar book I can point to is Sweet Blood of Mine. Doesn't fit in at first before being taken in by the goth crowd. !B and other football players have it out for him. Principle and football coach doesn't like him for roughing up QB. Other scenes play out in very similar ways. Of course the plot and characters are different but I can't help but notice the similarities. By comparing the two I would say that I prefer this book. I hope that the other books in the series are released and not locked behind the "Not Yet Avaliable" status for all eternity like it is for Book 3 of Renegade X. It's been 2 years drop book 3 already!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Super Powereds: Year 4

  • Super Powereds, Book 4
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 60 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,567
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,361
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,345

The final year at Lander has finally arrived for the Melbrook students and their peers, and with it comes a whole new set of challenges. Still reeling from the events of their junior year, the remaining students will have to push past their pain - and so much more - if they hope to be one of the 10 to claim the title of Hero upon graduation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its finally over....what do I do with my life now?

  • By Jared on 07-11-18

Amazing story!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

I love the narrator and his take on the characters. His efforts on acting the scenes out is appriciated. Also if you have not read CORPIES then you should. It is a story that revolves around the hero Titan. It is definently good enough to get and a lot of the characters from the book are in the fourth so read it between the third and fourth. This is unfortunently the end to the story wth your main chatacters and has a great ending. However there is a huge opening and hint for the story to continue. A forshadowing that implies there will be more. Here is to hoping.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Countdown

  • Reality Benders Series, Book 1
  • By: Michael Atamanov, Andrew Schmitt - translator
  • Narrated by: Rudy Sanda
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

At long last, an extraterrestrial civilization reached out and made the First Contact. However, no one on Earth took their communique for the genuine article. In a similar vein, very few people appreciated just how little time our new suzerains had promised to keep our planet safe. Regardless, the end of their message showed humankind how to access a mysterious game. The objective of this game is unclear. No one can say where its servers are located, and its inner workings are beyond comprehension.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cool Premise, but sputters in places

  • By Ray Johnson on 07-06-18

OK Narrator but great story.

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

I love this story and will be following the series if it continues to get recorded. The game is fun and interesting, characters are interesting, humor is funny, and this is the first LITRPG with star ships, lazar beams rifles, and aliens that I liked. Been looking for something that wasn't the typical sword and sorcery LITRPG setup. The narrator tries and he does a good job. But he gets rated for doing a good job not a fantastic one. Multiple characters have the same or almost same voice (chain smoking for 30 years voice), and the female voices were not that great. This is a great read though and you should definently spend a credit on it if you like the LITRPG genre.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

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
  • Great LitRPG, ignore the negative reviews...

  • By Christopher on 02-22-18

A good book but not great.

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

The male main protagonist turns out to be a girl IRL and a transvestite. If that is a deal breaker you should look for something else and not bash the book unfairly. Besides that there is also an older guy who is stuck in a little girls body which is also a bit weird. The book itself was good but I found myself reading other books in the mean time while I read this one. I finally finished it and thought about why I didn't get hooked on this book like others of the genre. I would have to say there is very little humor in this book for one. Think of all the LITRPG novels and you have to admit there is a lot of humor in them. This one tries to take a more serious approach and it's not to say that is wrong I just feel it missed. Another thing was the super powerful abilities. They wake up with leveled stats that are out of this world and give thm huge abilities. I like it when the story builds the character up from rock bottom. Most importently was the stories with in a story within a story within a story. There are so many threads branching off the main one that you don't feel like it is a clever plot twist or raising the stakes; It's just crowded. Overall I thought it was an ok read. Not planing on getting the next book though.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Super Human

  • A Superhero Adventure
  • By: J.A. Cipriano
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929

When Mickey stepped into that bar, he never expected to find out he was the most powerful superhero the world had ever seen. But when footage of him beating up the strongest hero, and biggest bully, in the tri-state area goes viral, suddenly the world can't get enough of him. There's just one problem. The world's greatest villain has returned from the dead, and he's set his sights on making Mickey his first victim.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun Superhero

  • By cosmitron on 06-25-18

I'm done with this author.

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

I trid his LITRPG attempt which was a sad one compared to what else is out there. This is the same kind of disapointment. He writes with very bad cartoonish comedy that breaks you out of the whole situation rather than brings out a laugh. Not kidding final boss fight goes down and the super villein is talking about clothes and who the super hero's tailor is. The only thing that saves this book from being another bad book from this author is Luke Daniels. He does a fantastic job reading this book; but there is only so much a good narrator can do.

  • Desire: A LitRPG Adventure (Volume 1)

  • By: Cameron Milan
  • Narrated by: John Downey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

A mysterious entity decides to bestow certain individuals with a powerful tattoo. With it, anything becomes possible. The world is changing...and it has yet to be determined if it is for better or worse. Two friends who grew up together, Ace and Vincent, decide to use the tattoo to do what they always dreamed of.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I like your Tattoo, you should do a sleeve!

  • By Ray Johnson on 06-10-18

Bad writing + bad narrator = bad book

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I don't think that the narrator is bad at narrating per say. I just think that he should narrate children books. Every single sentance is delivered at the same cheerful cadance no matter the situation. There is a difference between reading a book into a mic and voice acting a book. Interoperate the characters and give them life don't just read the book. Luke Daniels does it the best just listen to a sample of his narrations.
As far as writing goes it too is bad. The writer sounds like a sociopath for the total lack of feeling the book has. The characters never fight with one another or have any conflict. Yes they fight other users but they never confront each other or have any issues between one another. Reactions by these characters are also unbelievable. A girlfriend that is told her beloved boyfriend is going to confront a group of hostile users and wishes to go along is told "You're too weak stay behind" paraphrasing but accurate. She responds with "Ok." and sits back down on the couch to wait like the cardboard cutout of a robot human she is. No dramatic scene between them to develop the characters and make you care. This is one example of many. Yes the cover art is awsome but the story and narrator is garbage.

  • Dungeon Deposed

  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954

Ryker only has one goal in his life right now: Turn a certain adventuring guild into a flaming wreck while dancing merrily through the smoldering ruins. All for the chance to get back at a handful of people. It isn’t as if they didn’t deserve it either. They had driven him from his home. Chased him physically from the very guild house itself.  Simply because he wasn’t as strong as they expected him to be. As strong as he’d expected himself to be. He’d returned the next day and left with something he’d hidden away and told no one about when he found it in one of his few Dungeon Dives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dungeoneering 101, how to become a dungeon for fun

  • By Ray Johnson on 06-01-18

This is a pass

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

It's not the worst LITRPG I've read but close to it. The main character has a ridiculous anger issue and over reacts to things in an over the top off putting way. No one like to read about an irredeemable jerk. The political maneuvering is unbelievable in how simple and direct it is. Yes the main character is a "simple wizard and farmer that doesn't like polotics" but come on this is just bad writing here. You don't know politics yourself and don't want to consult with someone so just have everyone react to your main character and losten up around him. I would have to say this was written by a 14 year old horny gamer who watches too much harem anime. His super sales on super heroes is a better pick though this one is a pass. I'm glad I read that series first or I wouldn't give anything else by this guy a chance.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Ritualist

  • Completionist Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,964
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,831
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,824

The decision to start a new life is never an easy one, but for Joe the transition was far from figurative. Becoming a permanent addition to a game world, it doesn't take long to learn that people with his abilities are actively hunted. In fact, if the wrong people gained knowledge of what he was capable of, assassins would appear in droves.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ritual is necessary for us to know anything

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-18-18

I love this author

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

A new series by the same narrator and author who did Dungeon Born (also a must read if you like this genre). Like the series Dungeon Born we have a well thought out plot with plenty of room to continue the series for a long time, humor that is good and doesn't intrude upon the other moments, plot twists that I doubt anyone could see coming and MADE SENSE. Narrator knocked it out of the park once again.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dante's Immortality: Beginnings

  • By: Antonio Terzini
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,813
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,714

For those who reside in the outer regions of Aleria, the day of bestowal is what determines their destiny. It is the holy day of the Goddess. The day that allows those of age to step forward and receive their blessing, to embark on the path that she has chosen for them. To receive their Classification, which dictates their strength and ability. For those people, the holy day of bestowal represents fate itself. For Dante, it represents salvation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing story that sucks you in in seconds

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-03-18

One of my favorite already.

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

I don't know why I liked this book so much. There is not a boring point in the book and the book rolls along a path that is entertaining if not complicated. I think this will be in my list to re read and definitely look for book 2.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful