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  • The Trapped Mind Project

  • Emerilia, Book 1
  • By: Michael Chatfield
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597

Austin Zane leaves behind his CEO position with RB Corp to play Dave, a half-dwarf in the virtual reality game Emerilia, trying to escape his life. What Dave doesn't know is that Earth as he knows it is really a virtual reality simulation and Emerilia is a world imbued with futuristic technologies to mimic early MMORPGs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Top Five LitRPG Stories

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-05-18

Good & Bad, High's & Low's.

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

Oki so this book is the first in the series. Not sure but I also think it is the authors first book.
It has issues like many other reviewers have mentioned.
The thing is that it shows potential! It is interesting. The ideas on world building, tech, magic and so forth are enticing. The problem is that Michael Chatfield outside of his ideas and imagination is bad at everything else required to write a book.

The saddest thing is that he also does not take the time to polish his work and just churns out these "books" way to fast, resulting in some serious goofs. An excessively large amount of things that should have been corrected in editing (not sure any proper editing was done at all at times) thus are not caught and you will also find them in the first few Emerilia audiobook versions. Only listened to the first 3 or 4 so far I think.. the others I read the old fashioned way. Maybe the latter part of the series(audiobooks) is edited better but I do not know if that is the case..

24 audiobooks so far available here on audible with Michael Chatfields name to them and well of the ones I have tried they all seem to suffer from the same issues as far as I can tell.

This series had the potential of being so much more then it turned out to be. This first book starts of good as far as an authors first work goes and actually feels like the most polished offering.. but sadly what follows is just 125.5 hours or so of a downhill slide.

I so wish Mr Chatfield would get himself a truly competent co-author or spend a year or two partaking in whatever schooling appropriate for an aspiring author.

Rating:

Overall 3 (average number) fluctuates could be a 2 if harsh could be 4 if I was fanboy'ish
Performance = Narration 4^
Performance = Writing 2.5
Story = World building magic tech etc 4^
Story = Characters interactions flow dialogue etc 2.5

On the whole reviewing this book and the series as a whole is Not happy making.. High's and Low's, Good stuff & Bad stuff..

Oh that's great stuff.. Oh nooo please why mister author.. Ahh that's cool.. Man wtheck cringe gag.. Awesome sauce.. Oh no nasty sauce spit spit cleanse pallet.. yeah conflicted.

  • Barrow King

  • The Realms, Book 1
  • By: C.M. Carney
  • Narrated by: Armen Taylor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

Betrayed by those closest to him, Finn Caldwell thought he'd escaped his life of violence and deception. But when a frantic message from his estranged sister draws him into The Realms, the world's most advanced holographic reality game, Finn is forced to embrace his deadly skills once more. Armed with a mysterious artifact known as a Godhead, Finn becomes the warrior mage Gryph. Yet, things are not as they seem and to save his sister, he must escape a sentient dungeon by defeating its master the Barrow King.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Why?

  • By Angel Manuel Ortiz on 11-24-18

False Reviews

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

I consider any reviews giving this book more then 3 stars in any of the three categories to be utterly false.

There is so much wrong with this book that while subjecting myself to the whole thing (absolutely heroic effort on my part) I didn't only groan out loud in mental agony a few times but found myself unable to refrain from voluble expletives that I am sure annoyed the neighbours in the apartments to all sides of my own.

If you are a person who checks audible reviews diligently prior to purchase I suggest that you also read all the so called "critical" reviews about this book on Amazon prior to any decision. In my opinion many of those critical reviews are way to nice about pointing out the issues that this work suffers from. Way to lenient. So lenient in fact that I actually purchased this audiobook.. So well just take it for granted that the harshest of the reviews are indicative of reality, and not the lenient in between 3 star reviews. My suggestion is just STAY away from this period, but if you don't find my words enough read some of those other amazon reviews.. They supply some detail maybe even some minor spoilers.

  • The Greystone Chronicles, Book Two: The Dire Lands

  • The Greystone Chronicles Series, Book 2
  • By: Dave Willmarth
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Laurie Catherine Winkel
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Jupter Tech's headquarters, Olympus, has been attacked. Lives have been lost in the real world. Alexander and friends must now thwart the servants of the Dark One both in and out of the game. With a few new allies, the Greystone Guild moves out of the noob zones to take on the challenges presented by the ruins of Dire Keep and its inhabitants. They must conquer, rebuild, and defend the Dire Lands against attacking forces.   

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just NO!!

  • By Munte on 02-06-19

Just NO!!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I forced myself to buy and listen to this book even though reviews of it and already having read the first one did not leave me with much hope that it would be any kind of an improvement. A large reason for why I finally buckled under and got it was that the Soundbooth Theater team are the narrators for this story. They usually do a great jobb.. This one not so much.. tbh I was rather shocked at the poor quality of work they did. I found more then a few sentences being narrated in the wrong characters voice. On the whole it was not at all up to snuff. So I was even more disappointed then I thought possible. I will not be giving this so called author a third chance. For anyone reading this review I suggest that you browse the so called critical reviews on amazon for more in-depth information on the faults and inadequacies that this book and the series as a whole suffer from. My recommendation is: Do not get this one!!

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  • Thrall

  • Daniel Black Series, Book 4
  • By: E. William Brown
  • Narrated by: Guy Williams
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 442

Without royal leadership, Kozalin's defenders are falling into turmoil, but mortal problems pale into insignificance when the Gods themselves take an interest in Daniel. With new enemies appearing everywhere he looks, and far too many secrets to keep, can even Daniel's magic save the day? Well, you know what they say. If you can't get results with violence, you aren't being violent enough... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Long wait but worth it

  • By James on 02-03-19

Curtailed

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Imagine a dog breed with a long fluffy tail, then imagine it having been chopped off. Now sadly having had its tail cut off the dog in question doesn't feel like much of a dog anymore like something substantive is missing.

I dont even think that's enough of a description.. Its nearly like.. say something between getting a tailless dog for christmas or the fluffy chopped off tail of a dog wrapped in see thru gift paper tied with a big red bow.

Narration also differed from earlier books, given that there was 2years 4 months between books maybe thats not to surprising but still..

On the whole I can not give this offering from E. William Brown more then a 3 out of 5 rating.

I really hope his next Alice Long book will be upto his prior work, Thrall though most certainly was not!

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  • A Pillar of Fire by Night

  • Carrera, Book 7
  • By: Tom Kratman
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Carrera's held off his enemies coming by sea from the north, in the process dealing the naval and amphibious forces of the Zhong Empire a stinging defeat. The Zhong won't soon forget the blood-stained waters and the heaped-up bodies on the shores of Balboa's Isla Real. Now, though, his adopted country of Balboa is under assault from the east, from the south, from the west, from the air, and from space. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Only 14h 55m.. Why Oh Why!? ;)

  • By Munte on 10-24-18

Only 14h 55m.. Why Oh Why!? ;)

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

So yeah I was hoping for more having waited so long for another dose.
I really truly enjoy this story. Tickled pink is the expression that comes to mind..
Not much more to say really other then that its the continuation of the ongoing war from the previous books.
If those where your thing you will like this one to.

Only sad thing about this the audioversion is the narrators inability to pronounce certain words correctly, along with as far as I can figure his misreading of a few others. I have on the whole not been impressed with James Fouhey's prior narrative performance of this series, his narration of this book does not see him improve any.


Oh yeah @ T. Kratman,

I hope to see another book by you soon.

I have decided to take the fact that this book is only 15 hours long to indicate that another book is soon to follow.



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  • Dead Man Dreaming

  • The Fixer, Book 5
  • By: Andrew Vaillencourt
  • Narrated by: Jay Ben Markson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

A killer stalks the streets of Dockside, and he has a bone to pick with Roland Tankowicz. Old friends, former clients, and even rivals find themselves in the sights of a murderer who loves his work a little too much and seems custom-built to take on New Boston’s most famous Army-surplus cyborg. Roland and his team will have to play detective to piece together the identity of this strange assassin before all his associates end up face down in the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Read, , hope to hear more of "TANK"<br />and

  • By Deisel on 02-06-19

Hard to be nice about this one..

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

To much of characters doing things that are rather daft because the narrative requires so and so to happen to progress the story.
Felt like the author purposefully gimped the MC and friends over and over causing the progression of the story from book 1 2 and 3 to just go off course/being stymied, hints of this showed up in book 3 it was fairly regular in book 4. Here in book 5 it was so prevalent that I considered returning the book due to disappointment, having hoped that the series would improve and not devolve like it has to my mind done over the last 2 books.
Feels like the author is a bit tired with the story, there is very little character progression and nearly no tech progression more like regression. Roland only put on his helmet once in this book and I don't think he actually used Durandal at all.

So when all is said and done I found so much wrong with this one that I wont be buying the next few books by this author, if he actually does publish any more that is.
Instead I will check any future works out of whichever "online library" if any ;) uploads them. This to see if said future works are worth the credit / have improved any.

PS.
The narrator does a fairly good job, few if any mistakes none that stuck in my mind anyway. So a solid 4 stars for that.

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  • Aphrodite's Tears

  • The Fixer
  • By: Andrew Vaillencourt
  • Narrated by: Jay Ben Markson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Roland Tankowicz hates Venus. The last time he went there, he died. So, no one could really blame him if he never went back. Nevertheless, when a squad of assassins ruins date night, everybody's least-favorite Army-surplus cyborg decides to take a trip to Earth's sister planet and have a sit-down with an infamous group of terrorists. Perhaps it's because he really likes date night. Maybe he just wants to keep the promise he made to a troubled young man. It is even conceivable that he might still have a heap of unresolved issues with the separatists who blew his body apart years ago.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fly ball..

  • By Munte on 10-12-18

Fly ball..

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Not as good as the prior 3 books, rather uninspired. Wish the author had taken a step back and considered this book some more. Some inconsistencies along with some repetitions that hurts the immersion and flow of the story for the listener/reader.

  • The Adventures of Lazarus Gray

  • By: Barry Reese
  • Narrated by: JR Nelson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

New pulp author Barry Reese, creator of the well-known Rook series, brings yet another creation to life! The Adventures of Lazarus Gray is Reese's entry into Pro Se's The Sovereign City Project, showcasing a hero whose own life is a mystery to himself. On the road to discovering his own secrets Gray and his Assistance Unlimited team encounter weirdness, madness, and over-the-top badness with every step! Come along for the ride for this new Barry Reese adventure.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughts

  • By Munte on 10-06-18

Thoughts

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Oki so first of all I like to mention that I think people over rate most books here on Audible.

3 Stars = Pretty Good.
Now Pretty Good is Pretty Good so that's the rating I am giving for this story. Of course there are some deviations into It's okay and probably a few into It's great sadly at times it also dips into what I would like to call "Rather bad" ;) aka Not for me.

The World building part of the story is what merits 3 stars and the poor writing the 2 stars.

Now to the performance.. it is at best barely "It's okay" ;) to clarify:
1. It's hard to differentiate between characters.
2. JR Nelson doesn't refer to himself as a Narrator but a reader. <-- this makes sense to me.
(I could read books out loud to myself if I wanted to)
3. The pace of the reading seems wrong to me along with it being monotone at times and sometimes obviously emotionally false. I do not know if it is because of the writing or the self confessed reader all I know is that it feels off.
Technical Issue:
1. Listening to this book on my SanDisk Mp3 player with my Sennheiser HD 599 headphones, sound would only come from the left earphone.. - This is probably some issue having to do with Audible's software since if I listen to it straight from my stationary PC sound is piped to both earphones.

I will add to this review when finished listening, if I manage to do so that is.

*EDIT*
Yeah so 1h 15m into this book and I find it hard to keep listening to this book for all the above mentioned reasons. Adding to those is another reason that I hadn't mentioned before thinking it would be a one of thing. Sadly it seems as if that's not the case. The author seems to blithely skip over the most amazing things barely giving them a passing mention, doing so just turns the story from somewhat implausible into the realm of the absurd.-- Maybe this is what is meant by pulp?

Pulp not or What? meh I am refunding this.



  • Legends Never Die

  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674

Jason Burke is a broken man. The loss of his friend and crewmate on an ill-fated mission to a Pillar World has left him in a downward spiral of rage and self-destruction. But what if Lucky hadn’t actually died on that planet? While Omega Force tries to pull itself together for the sake of their friend, they also learn that a ruthless new faction has seized control of the ConFed Council and now threatens the stability of the entire quadrant. To make matters worse, the rise of this new regime might be their fault.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted more

  • By Anders on 09-29-18

Harumpf

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

I really hope the bungled chapters of this book are not indicative of the quality of the rest of it..

One really starts to wonder when upon starting a book, the timer reads as follows:

00:-20:-21 Chapter 3.

I can say with candor that it did not evoke any fuzzy feelings in me. Furthermore having after deleting the original download and trying it a second time, gained the same result I find myself.. displeased.

I am just going to give this book an overall 3star rating which I may change after I am done listening.
I Wish there was a fourth rating One to Five star's for technical issues such as faulty/missing chaptering, sound and so on..

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  • TFS Guardian

  • The Terran Fleet Command Saga, Book 5
  • By: Tori L. Harris
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

The enigmatic Greys have returned, bearing a host of stunning revelations regarding their role in Earth’s history, the Pelarans, and humanity’s place in the cosmos. Griffin, openly declaring his allegiance to both Terran Fleet Command and the world he has helped to build, agrees to accompany the Grey ship Ethereal on a high-risk recruiting operation spanning thousands of light years. Their mission: enlist the help of enough Guardian spacecraft to put an end to the out-of-control, tyrannical AI before its forces can reach Earth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyed the 1st 5 book series-looking for more

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-01-18

Could have been better.

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

The composition could have used more work/polish.
I have never been enamoured of Jeffrey Kafer as a narrator, I can get thru listening to books he narrates but that's about it.
On the whole I found this book to be a disappointment when compared to the authors earlier works.

It's okay.. = It felt lackluster.

Sorry to say so but that's about all I have to say about it.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful