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  • The Land: Catacombs

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 4
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,793
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,102
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,054

What's that you say? You want more village growth? Well be careful where you stand, because the Mist Village just took a Viagra-Cialis sandwich, and there is a stiff breeze blowing! (I can make some more references if you're still not getting the point...did you see what I did there?) 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly Addicting

  • By Andrew on 08-23-18

How dare you call yourself father of LitRPG

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

The genre has been around for decades. Your claim makes you come off like a self-aggrandizing child. Seriously back off of this. You are good with a storyline but utterly lack originality. The best decision you made was hiring Nick P to read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Infinity Born

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Corey Gagne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 516

When DARPA's billion-dollar program to create artificial superintelligence is sabotaged, US operative Cameron Carr is tasked with finding the culprit. He's been on high-stakes missions before, but this time the stakes are nothing less than the future of humanity. Because the race to evolve a superintelligent computer is on, and power players around the world will stop at nothing to get there first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent ScoFi Mystery Thriller...

  • By shelley on 08-14-17

Flat mediocre characters, some people interesting iseas

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Totally plot driven - characters are one dimensional. There is a fatal and maddening amount of repetition in the narrative - there was a full 30m straight of saying the same thing over and over in different ways. There are some interesting ideas, but not nearly enough to justify the time listening. The narrator was pretty solid.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,653
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,189

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

Trite, boring and unintelligent story

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

This is like a dumb version of Old Man's War but in the idiot style of A. American. If you like smart books don't bother. The narration didn't work for me either - weird inconsistent accents and overacting.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Revelation Space

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,885
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,208

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging noir space opera bursting with ideas

  • By cmthomas on 02-03-10

Narrator makes a mediocre book bad

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

Reviewed: 02-28-16

What would have made Revelation Space better?

I generally like Alastair Reynolds, but there is zero character development in this book. I could care less about any of them.

Would you recommend Revelation Space to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Weak book and a worse audiobook. Drags on, repeats itself, broken sequencing just for the sake of it.

How could the performance have been better?

The reader is too quiet too much of the time. I listen in the car and had to constantly adjust the volume because he moves from mumbling to speaking normally every other sentence. His natural speaking voice isn't bad...but every accent he has sounds like a soft-spoken vampire being forced to speak in a French accent at gunpoint.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,784

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They create a computer using a 30 million man Army

  • By Josh P on 12-07-14

Absolute failure

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

Reviewed: 02-12-16

Would you try another book from Cixin Liu and/or Luke Daniels?

The narrator is skilled with his voice, but his use of sarcasm and emotion just doesn't match the characters or storyline. I could see him being a great voice actor in comedy/cartoons but his skills were a terrible match for this book.

What was most disappointing about Cixin Liu’s story?

This was one of the driest, flattest scifi stories I have encountered. I have no idea where all the hype came from. It is a string of short sentences & comes off like the author was being fined for use of adjectives. There is no character development whatsoever. There are a couple of interesting ideas but nothing groundbreaking. Overall this was an utter waste of my time.

Would you be willing to try another one of Luke Daniels’s performances?

Yes but I don't think he should read when the tone is serious.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration and boredom

1 of 2 people found this review helpful