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  • Throne of Glass

  • A Throne of Glass Novel
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,713

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The World's Most Powerful Assassin is a Sap.

  • By Fil on 11-18-13

Really good, just not great

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

For the most part I really liked this book but even after listening through the whole thing over maybe 2 days it just had a certain lack of "wow." Maybe its not fair after listening to some truly spectacular books just prior to this, but not quite as engaging. Still, I'm sure I'll continue the series.

  • The Land: Predators: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 7
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 46 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,816
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,193
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,139

In The Land: Predators, the Mist Village has harnessed its power. With core buildings, professional fighters, and now their own dungeon, the settlement is primed to grow into a kingdom of true power and magic. The path to power has not been without risk, however. The MistVillage has been noticed. Evil nobles from the Kingdom of Law, bloodthirsty goblins from the Serrated Mountains, an undead lord with a penchant for human sacrifice, and fanatical kobolds from the Depths all plot the village's destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book ever!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-06-18

Great series!

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

I think I've listened to all seven books, one right after the other. This book is probably equivalent to about four of the previous books in length (thank you!)

Great story, very little obnoxious monotony. More please!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 1
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,221
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,124

Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter's destruction. Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm? A tale to shake "The Land" itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter's choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside in it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gold Standard of LITRPG

  • By Rory on 10-01-18

Good from the beginning

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

Really good pretty much the whole way through. wish actual game designers made games this way!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Destroyer

  • The Destroyer, Book 1
  • By: Michael-Scott Earle
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994

After untold centuries of absence, the evil Ancients have returned. Their magic appears unstoppable and their hunger for conquest is insatiable. To protect the country of Nia, Duchess Nadea and Scholar Paug make a desperate journey to find a human legend: a man known to have destroyed these Ancient foes with a powerful army. But legends can lie. When Paug and Nadea revive their hero from sleep, his virtue is far from clear. Is he really their savior or their destroyer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dont know what the fuss is about

  • By Erik on 05-06-18

Slow start, but got much better

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

I first started listening and got through maybe 30 minutes, before I got bored and switched to another book. I'll admit that it was partially my mindset at that time, but the author (who had a great opening concept) just failed to draw me in.

After finishing another book, I came back, and I'm glad I did. My engagement picked up, and I was actually drawn in. By the end of the book I was hoping for more.

Having said that, the other thing I'd point out is that the sex scenes are a bit over the top. I'm not "anti-sex-scene" but they don't seem to fit with rest of the book.

  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,712
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,655

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have never heard a story performed so well.

  • By Erin Reeve on 07-05-18

Wow, definitely worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Took a twist, but damn this was a good book. As one of the "accused" (men), I somewhat automatically reject the tenant that "I'm at fault because of my gender," but it does make you sit back and realize that our entire race has existed because of some pervasive gender stereotypes. looking back has the benefit of 'Monday morning quarterbacking' so its easy to lay blame, but its also good to think and recognize what simply is and has been. Maybe with that, the negatives (pushed by both genders) can be changed?

  • Heart-Shaped Box

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,896
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,899

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yikes! Five stars for fright

  • By Lesley on 02-23-07

Music is garish

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

While the story itself is interesting (though somewhat predictable) there are parts of the book where it is hard to suspend your disbelief and get into the world it is trying to portray. It seems just about when you are able to do that, the producers decided to insert some absolutely jarring four-second music track and then repeat it to show the separation of a chapter. This get so annoying at times I almost didn't want to finish the book.

  • Tier One

  • By: Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,696

John Dempsey's life - as an elite Tier One Navy SEAL named Jack Kemper - is over. A devastating terrorist action catapults him from a world of moral certainty and decisive orders into the shadowy realm of espionage, where ambiguity is the only rule. His new mission: hunt down those responsible for the greatest tragedy in the history of the US Special Ops and bring them to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This One's a Keeper!!!

  • By shelley on 09-11-16

Character issues...

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

90 percent of this book is good, but I have a hard time getting past the parts where the main character, supposedly an elite bad-assed tier 1 operator, thinks and reacts like a churlish 14 year old.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,789
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,677

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

Really good - the whole way through!

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

Unlike a lot of other books in this same general this one was a really well-thought-out and well written one. Very little 'filler' and at the end I was wishing it would keep going. Kudos to the author! The narrator, as always, was great!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Master of Formalities

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,788
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,779

Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families - the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire - have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler's only son, has been captured, and the disposition of his internment may represent a last and welcome chance for peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking forward to the sequel

  • By Nothing really matters on 07-21-16

The first 9 hours are like listening to "Idocracy"

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

And there's the issue. I actually didn't hate the book. But had I stopped listening when I wanted to, I wouldn't have gotten the last 5 hours..."the better part." All told, it's a story of control and manipulation, but it takes far too long to get there. Luke is a great narrator, and Scott does a good job with much of his other work. This one just seemed like he was writing after being annoyed watching a Trump rally unfold.

  • Playing for Keeps

  • Alpha World, Book 4
  • By: Daniel Schinhofen
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123

Alpha Company is embarking on a grand mission, crossing the Dead Lands to find and conquer Gwain’s Keep. Led by Alburet, most of the guild embarks on what could be an epic and memorable journey, as they aim at being the first Two-souled guild to capture a keep. Besides safeguarding the members of the guild, Alburet also has to worry about the natives that are with them on their journey. Deidre Crowley, Stacia’s sister, is the one he worries about most, having sworn to see her safely across the lifeless desolation of the Dead Lands. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • LIT PORN, NOT LITRPG

  • By Quinn Alford on 06-24-18

Angst-y

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

While most of the book is ok, the amount of internal "whiney" seems to keep increasing, like pieces are written by a "tween"