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  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,248
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,155

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second Hand Curses is First Rate Storytelling!

  • By Tony E. on 11-22-17

Short Story Fun

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

This was a series of short stories about a group of adventurers, ala Fahfard and the Grey Mouser. I enjoyed it for its own merits, but also because it finally revealed where my DM came up with a trio of characters that are some of our favorites in our D&D Game.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,434
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,532

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Weird but Fun

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I enjoyed the heck out of this story. It has a healthy amount of snark and tells a fun story.

  • Delvers LLC

  • Welcome to Ludus
  • By: Blaise Corvin
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,000

Henry and Jason led normal lives in Seattle before they were abducted to another world. Their kidnapper, the vain, self-styled god Dolos, refuses to send them back unless they can accomplish an impossible task. Oddly, Dolos doesn't seem to care if they succeed or not. Luckily, Henry and Jason studied Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) on Earth. Unfortunately, a Japanese American EMT and a geeky IT programmer don't have many other useful skills on a sword-and-sorcery world like Ludus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like an R-rated Dungeons and Dragons cartoon

  • By C.T. on 02-25-17

Good Even Out of Order

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I listened to this after the second book in the series and it was a really good listen. I enjoyed it so much that I listened to the series in order again.

  • Awaken Online: Catharsis

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,477

Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He's in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life. Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn't expect. In this game, he isn't the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gravely entertaining!

  • By Bryce Bilbo on 04-21-17

Excellent Start to a series

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I didn't expect to like this one as much as I did. Its a story about looking at things differently and making the best of the hand you are dealt. This is a more real story than many litrpg's because it doesn't sugar coat that many people turn to RPG's to live out parts of their life that they are denied in real life. In his case, it was power and revenge on those who would take advantage. This book reveals both the hero and the villain that exists in all of us.

This was a great story.

  • Inferno

  • Play to Live, Book 4
  • By: D. Rus
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,002

The fabric of reality is bursting at the seams. The gnolls' negotiators are knocking at the gates of the Kremlin. Ancient half-forgotten gods take on a new lease on life as AlterWorld's avatars. A spark of the Creator's almighty will is still alive in the hearts of millions of players, obeying the impulses of their faith and knowledge while reshaping the Universe to suit their unspoken needs. Initially AlterWorld came complete with infernal planes. So how about confronting a few demons?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • please more :)

  • By Blake on 11-02-15

This is Amazing

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

My feelings about this series have not diminished in any way. I would probably read a menu written by D. Rus and listen to Michael Goldstrum narrate it.

  • The Battle

  • Play to Live, Book 5
  • By: D. Rus
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,344

The Russian cluster. The ground shakes as the enemy approaches. The angered gods frown as they look down from the sky. Intelligence agencies are locked in a brutal fight. Hundreds of thousands of sentient beings happily slaughter each other. This is no longer a game quest nor a petty fight between clans over some land rich in resources. This is war! A war of civilizations, religions, and all the dimensions of the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decision time...

  • By alton Styron on 12-23-16

Let's Raise Some Hell!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

In this book our MC decides to raise a little hell with the powers that be. This continues, for me, one of the most successful and irresistible series in any genre, not just Litrpg.

  • The Clan

  • Play to Live, Book 2
  • By: D. Rus
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933

Once a seasoned gamer, Max has cheated fate, swapping his dying body for an immortal avatar in the world of sword and sorcery MMORPGs. He joins the ranks of a new race of people: perma players, forever stuck in the virtual castles and cities of AlterWorld. Now they have to obey the ever-changing rules of their new home while learning to live together in peace, love, and justice. But freedom and immortality are a poisoned chalice. Some of Max's new friends crave power; others become traitors and spies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not really a series, just one huge book broken up.

  • By Joshua on 06-08-16

Everybody Needs Allies

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

The luckiest and most audacious player ever to hit Alterworld finally decides to build a power base. This book builds upon what was one of the best first books I've ever listened to.

  • The War

  • Play to Live, Book 6
  • By: D. Rus
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038

The magic flames are raging. Blades are melting. Souls are reduced to ashes in the fury of battle. The grand finale of the war for the First Temple is upon us. The last trump cards have been played, the reserves are all exhausted, and even the gods have engaged in the plebeian fight. The universe is on the point of collapse. Broken are the chains that hold the worlds together. The icy waters of the Baltic cool the scorching sands of the Frontier.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So many holes

  • By Jonathan on 05-28-17

If you've made it this far, you already know

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

This is simply one of the most compelling and real stories in any universe. D. Rus is a masterful storyteller and comes at an epic story from angles that are continually changing and warping. If you have read to this book already, you're already a fan and this will not change that.

I already regret that this will end, but I intend to squeeze every last bit of raw emotion out of it.

  • The Duty

  • Play to Live, Book 3
  • By: D. Rus
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,639

The perma players' new reality gains depth and color. The virtual world has seen its first birth - and its first death. The invisible umbilical cord connecting AlterWorld to Earth grows thinner, and even the Fallen One cannot prevent the looming catastrophe. Could Max have ignored the Russian girl who'd just escaped slavery in a virtual China? Could he have turned a deaf ear to her pleas as the desperate fugitive clutched at straws on hearing her native tongue?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh what a beating...

  • By Jeff Dheere on 05-04-16

Terrifying and So Good

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I used to want to live the reality of LITRPG but this book brought up the specters of true immortality and the way it might be used by the powers that be to forward their own ends. This book is terrifying and D.Rus shows a truly Russian ability to anticipate the worst of human behavior in order to oppose it. While everybody else is dealing with how to build their holdfast and defeat their archenemies, he's out there creating a horror story that nobody else even thought about. This book is full of the Litrpg Tropes that are enjoyable as hell, and hidden in the middle are the monsters that are scarier than anything to be found in a game, humanity itself.

  • Respawn: An Epic Fantasy LitRPG

  • Killstreak, Book One
  • By: Stuart Thaman
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

Lord Kadorax Darkarrow was born on Earth, but in Agglor, he's the highest-level assassin anyone can find. The leader of the famed Blackened Blades, he's made a name for himself, built a kingdom of sorts, and only had to respawn once along the way. Then a rogue band of jackals sends him all the way back to a dreary tavern in a tiny village to start over at level one. Hellbent on revenge, Kadorax sets out on a path littered with bodies - level up, find the jackals, slay their god!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fun diversion in an interesting MMO style world

  • By No Dice on 07-27-18

Excellent Story, Great Premise

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

I loved the unique premise for this book. I would hate to live in a game world where one death means you start all over again as a different character, but it makes for interesting relationships and world views and a weird way of looking at possessions friendships. It was brave to tackle a topic that would drive so many gamers crazy if they had to experience it but hey, immortality is immortality at least.

The story was handled very well and was interesting. I'm a fan of the genre and I enjoy seeing how every story hits it from a different direction and this was clearly a unique take on it. I found the characters likeable but they lacked something that makes them compelling or makes me anxious to know what happens next.

I think the negative on this one was the narration. The range of voice choices wasn't wide enough to satisfactorily differentiate characters without making them a little comical and so instead of making the world come alive, it ended up pulling me out of the story to think about the narration. I re-listened to some of it to try to be clear on my thoughts. Bennett does a fine job with annunciation and pacing and all of the technical points where some narration falls down. In this case, I think a decision to not do voices might have been more successful.

I received a free copy of this audiobook and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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