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  • Arcane Transmogrification

  • Pentacle, Book 2
  • By: Robert Harper
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

Danny died a less than heroic death on Earth, was reincarnated in a new world, gained access to a mental sanctuary that ranks his skills, learned he can do magic, discovered that he can't fly, tricked rich old ladies into buying handbags, crafted himself a crude anti-magic girdle, went to magic school, grew a couple of apple trees, was drafted into a secret paramilitary organization, tamed a pet most people would rather never meet, regrew an elf's ears, gained a split concentration ability in the form of his former Earth self, and much more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A regression of ideals and potential

  • By Donovan on 03-05-19

A regression of ideals and potential

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

The story starts seems to dissolve into a cheesy mess of poor humor that drags on at all times. cranny has so many lines and acts like what someone thinks a 12 years old sounds like which ruins a lot of moments. Danny keeps not getting in trouble for anything no matter what it is, Heck only the climax had any danger and even that was low if you think about it. This story sadly isn't a deep story anymore Danny's new powers break all tension, the cultural relevance of the birth rates and different races feels too basic, and much more. So I can't recommend this even though I finished it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Rogue Dungeon: A litRPG Adventure

  • The Rogue Dungeon, Book 1
  • By: James Hunter, eden Hudson
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,368
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304

Roark von Graf - hedge mage and lesser noble of Traisbin - is one of only a handful of Freedom fighters left, and he knows the Resistance’s days are numbered. Unless they do something drastic... But when a daring plan to unseat the Tyrant King goes awry, Roark finds himself on the run through an interdimensional portal, which strands him in a very unexpected location: an ultra-immersive fantasy video game called Hearthworld. He can’t log out, his magic is on the fritz, and, worst of all, he’s not even human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid start to a unique series.

  • By Tyler on 09-22-18

Good Story that doesn't understand stats

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

A fresh take on the litrpg genre that seems to not work with it's own stats. Seems that the writer seemed more on the real aspects then the rpg he put in with stats making a huge difference but fighting someone who has over two times the level as you makes 0 sense. Seems that the rpg stats are more of a sloppy story contrant then something the people of the world live in

  • Fostering Faust

  • By: Randi Darren
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Savannah
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244

Alex is dead. Dead and apparently with a one-way ticket to a place that only the worst of the worst go. All for a simple choice he made about a product his company owned. Damned for all time. Luckily for him, he’s about to be given a chance. Another choice to make. He can instead return to the land of the living, though his soul would belong to another. Except the world he’s being sent to isn’t the same one he came from. It’s not even a similar period in time, but from something long past in history. The dark ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fostering Naughty thoughts

  • By Ray Johnson on 12-26-18

Great plot ideal turns into plot hole

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

This story suffers from a few critical flaws that turns it into a bland power fantasy with a harem. Early half of the story used in examples below.

Plot: The MC has the power to make deals on a God's name in order to stay alive. The problem with this is that others who make loyalty oaths have to follow them as well or die but no one ever makes complex binding oaths to stop betrayal and scheming. This leads to issues of strife that just make no sense later in the story.

Setting: This takes place in another world's medieval period which is standard and fine though the author misses a huge part of that time faith. Since loyalty contracts seem to work because they are sworn on God's there is little reason everyone would accept swearing on a dark god. No one ever says no or gets into arms over what would anger quite a few. Also deals seem to suffer from the convince factor as they are less to the spirit or letter and more how the MC wanted. Also i my have missed something but how he turned things around because CEO and not gambling seems massively dumbed down to the point of hurting.

Characters: The MC a CEO of a company who is in trouble because he approved something dangerous after making people sign wavers but does the same thing again in the new world. The MC is a pychopath because he never seems to have remorse or even a hard time basically trying to break and condition these women. He never seems to regret or feel bad or try a broader way just break women sexually and of course only deal with women.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Dungeon Deposed

  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,385

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

Great different take on dungeons

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

Great story on the dungeons with little to no numbers so it is mostly just used as a device which avoids the endless stat page issues with books like these.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dungeon's Town

  • The Slime Dungeon Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Jeffrey "Falcon" Logue
  • Narrated by: Ryan Turner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

In the aftermath of the demonic invasion, everyone is left to recover. Claire is worried about Doc's unending sleep. Fiora and her adventurers have split up, and the royal family mourns the loss of the prince and princess. Meanwhile, people are baying for blood as news spreads, and the church comes in to eliminate any demonic forces remaining. Tensions rise as the clergy begins its own agenda with the dungeon. Through it all, a town comes together with a unique bond to Doc.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not quite as good as the first book.

  • By Jared on 10-02-17

change of direction

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-18

I don't know why someone decided to focus 80% of the story on the people in the town to the point your shocked when slimes show up but it made it effort to finish

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1)

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,527

Large chests are said to encompass all manner of hopes and dreams. Men covet them. Women envy them. But one fact holds true - everyone wants to get their hands on some big ones. The same holds true for one intrepid adventurer - a strapping young lad by the name of Himmel. Armed with his grandfather's trusty longsword and the dream of being the strongest, he sets out on the journey of a lifetime!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Entertaining

  • By HeatherY on 11-23-17

Fun and unexpected treat

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

Simply put I love how the story didn't go how I expected or how most lit rpgs do which is a refreshing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tesser: A Dragon Among Us

  • A Reemergence Novel, Book 1
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,569
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,567

Imagine for a moment that you are a Dragon. A creature of unimaginable power, unending intelligence and strength, and you've just woken from 10,000 years of slumber. Worse yet, you've awoken underneath a city: Boston, an alien and strange place that defies everything you've ever known. Your last memories are of primordial forests, erupting volcanoes sculpting a developing world, faeries, witches, vampires, krakens, and monsters that feared where you turned your eyes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a credit and your time!

  • By Kelleefornia on 02-17-16

Decent story if you ignore the love trope

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

Minor spoilers ahead:
I found it was average though and though but it was weird at points for no real reason. Why does the dragon with hundred of thousand of kids and never love before act weird for a women he had sex with during a single night. They don't really explain how any of their magic rules work. These facts broke it for me and the every female in this was useless or saved didn't help.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 28,091
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,248

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

The change in story narration is disgusting

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

I hated how the story spent so much time jumping from minor character to character. There is no reason a book should do this starting in the 3rd installment it has killed the flow.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Please Don't Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon

  • Please Don't Tell My Parents, Book 2
  • By: Richard Roberts
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 613

Supervillains do not merely play hooky. True, coming back to school after a month spent fighting - and defeating - adult superheroes is a bit of a comedown for the Inscrutable Machine. When offered the chance to skip school in the most dramatic way possible, Penelope Akk can't resist. With the help of a giant spider and mysterious red goo, she builds a spaceship and flies to Jupiter. Penny and her friends find all this and more on Jupiter's moons, but what they don't find are any heroes to save the day.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Step backwards for the story

  • By bogardfury on 09-30-16

Sequel done wrong

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

Reviewed: 10-10-16

Never seen a story start and end at the same place this bad before. You could sum up the story in five sentences, trust me I did. The interpersonal relationships of our trio devolves and never shows back up. They are basically lead everywhere like fish on a line and only get in danger because of "plot" that would not have worked in the first.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful