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Paul L. Vasquez

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  • Life Reset: A LitRPG Novel

  • New Era Online, Book 1
  • By: Shemer Kuznits
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 24 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,387
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,082

After being betrayed and cursed by an extremely rare spell, Oren, a powerful and influential player, finds himself as a first-level goblin! Without even a fraction of his previous power, he vows to pull through and have revenge on those who betrayed him. His thorough knowledge of the game's world and his unique ability to immerse himself entirely are his only advantages. But first, he must figure out how to survive long enough playing what is basically a low-level fodder monster!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All Hail Our Tiny Green Overlord!

  • By HeatherY on 11-11-17

A real contribution to the Audible litRPG offerings

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

This book is perhaps the best bargain in the whole Audible litRPG list--24 hours for 1 credit!!!!! It's a pretty nice example of the genre as well. The twist on this one is the protagonist is the only player character to control a monster, which makes for some interesting material. With a 24 hour span of time, the author has scope enough to get across the grind of building a settlement from scratch, while restraining himself admirably from getting bogged down in minutiae. My only complaint deals with the way the protagonist refuses to use a special item to even save himself from serious physical pain out of (essentially) greed. The resulting descriptions of said torture becomes pointless since we have been told by the character himself *why* he didn't use it (which is essentially greed). I found myself completely unsympathetic to this needless suffering as a result, physically skipping over it using the button provided on the app, angry at the character and the author for such gratuitous (and graphic) violence. It really spoiled the last part of the book for me. A shame too since the book overall was so engaging. I'll probably cautiously buy the next installment.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Other Times Than Peace

  • By: David Drake
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Heed the Slammers Battle Cry! A warrior's truth: "In the long run, everybody's dead. So screw the long run!" Patriotic hoo-ha may be well and good for recruitment parades, but David Drake's battle-hardened mercenaries know it takes tanks, guns, and grit to win when the real fighting flares. Yet peace brings its own problems to old soldiers - for killing potential enemies in battle is self-limiting, but once the killing starts in peacetime, there may be no end to the madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Stories Plus New Hammer's Slammers!

  • By shalte on 10-01-14

Short Stories!

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

Contrary to how the description may sound this is a collection of short stories, a few in the Hammer Universe, and a variety of others, Roman scifi, a Manticore tale, and others that could be in any fictional backstory or not.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Time's Divide

  • The Chronos Files, Book 3
  • By: Rysa Walker
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485

The Cyrists are swiftly moving into position to begin the Culling, and Kate's options are dwindling. With each jump to the past or the future, Kate may trigger a new timeline shift. Worse, the loyalties of those around her - including the allegiances of Kiernan and the Fifth Column, the shadowy group working with Kate - are increasingly unclear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I have mixed feelings about this one.

  • By Bookworm on 11-11-15

Disappointing and rambling conclusion to an excellent series

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

Reviewed: 12-12-15

While the premise and development of the story in the previous novels (and novella) was excellent, the overall conflict in the last book was wanting and the overall resolution a rambling and unsatisfactory experience. A relatively minor character is put into the primary antagonist role for really no good reason, and the showdown the series had been building to sidelined. Don't even get me started on the resolution of the conflict with the primary antagonist of the whole series which is anti-climactic at best. It was a fun ride up until this dud, and will spoil my ever wanting to re-listen to the whole series again, despite the outstanding performance of the reader.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful