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M. B. Richards

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  • 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 973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920

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. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • dont do it.

  • By Duke danso on 07-31-18

First 30 of the 40 chapters just repeat x, y, z.

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Chapter starts. They break camp and are attacked. They fast-forward to that night. They make camp. There is herem smut. They dream-walk to emphesize everyone is emotionally stunted. They go to bed.

Now repeat that over and over and over and over and over and over for the first 30 chapters.

The last 10 chapters, actual story progression happens in the shape of them doing a single gle dungeon raid. Boom, the end.

If that sounds like a good time, grab the book. Otherwise, skip it, and go I to the next book knowing they gained like 15 levels and a castle. Literally nothing else happened.

Very disappointed I'm this installment.

  • Eden's Gate: The Arena

  • A LitRPG Adventure, Book 4
  • By: Edward Brody
  • Narrated by: Pavi Proczko
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727

When Gunnar learns the king of Highcastle will grant an audience to anyone who wins an arena championship, he decides to enter the competition as a gladiator. If he can earn a meeting with the ailing king and persuade him to stop Dryden before his dragon flies, he can save Edgewood and countless lives. He'll also get his name posted in every arena, which could lead Rachel one step closer to finding him. Does Gunnar have what it takes to become a champion, or has he bitten off more than he can chew?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why is the MC stupid?

  • By Aaron on 07-17-18

Good, but not great.

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I like the series as a whole, and the narrator does a decent job, but this book was kind of...meh. No real character development, several minor plot points, but nothern that really pushed the story forward. this book felt a bit like a filler episode. It's the kind of book you could skip in a series without really missing any main plot points at all, which makes it a bit of a disappointment.

I'll still get the next book, as I hope to see the plot actually move forward and see how things play out. I just wish this book had done that as well.

  • Desire: A LitRPG Adventure (Volume 1)

  • By: Cameron Milan
  • Narrated by: John Downey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

A mysterious entity decides to bestow certain individuals with a powerful tattoo. With it, anything becomes possible. The world is changing...and it has yet to be determined if it is for better or worse. Two friends who grew up together, Ace and Vincent, decide to use the tattoo to do what they always dreamed of.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I like your Tattoo, you should do a sleeve!

  • By Ray Johnson on 06-10-18

Neat premise, but lacking in execution.

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

The narrator did his best, but comes off as a bit monotone for the majority.

The story's premise is neat, but the pacing is about ten times faster than what you'd expect. "weeks passed", "months passed" and "two years passed" were frighteningly frequent, leading to nearly zero character development at all.

Also, the writer frequently just tells you how to feel, instead of building a scene to actually make you feel anything other than jet-lag.

Sad to see such poor execution for a good premise.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Monster Spawn

  • A LitRPG Series, Adonis Rebirth #1
  • By: Deckhard Davis
  • Narrated by: David Loving
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Nathan Attis wakes up with no idea where he is, how he got there, or why his memories of the last few days are gone. He's more than a little perturbed to discover that he is dead, but it's not the end of the world. Due to his being in the army, he gets a second chance at existence in a fantasy VR game called Adonis Rebirth. But there's a problem with his transition into the game. His consciousness isn't loaded into a player character, but instead is transplanted into a beast who lives in the bowels of a mountain. Soon, hero players are going to come to kill him....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Audio quality was poor.

  • By cosmitron on 06-08-18

Cool story, poor performance.

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

story was great, writing was alright. It was pretty short, but the writing was decent. The narrator's voice was...grating for me, however. The book would have been much more enjoyable with a better narrator.

  • Legacy of the Fallen

  • Ascend Online, Book 3
  • By: Luke Chmilenko
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 24 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,981

Fresh off their victory over Graves and his followers, Marcus and his friends have managed to enjoy a few weeks of relative calm and peace as they continue to build Aldford, preparing the town for a new wave of settlers coming from Eberia. But as the days wear on with no new arrivals in sight, they begin to fear the worse, eventually setting out to search for their promised reinforcements and soon realizing that they weren’t as alone on the frontier as they thought they were.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • MC often forgets his own powers.

  • By Jonathan on 05-15-18

Deeply Satisfying

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

All the books in this series have gone above and beyond even my best expectations. Every time you get to a place the author COULD have ended it and drawn out the series as smaller, more episodic pieces...there is more! And the story, characters, world, and narrator are all so compelling that "more" is EXACTLY what you're hoping for.

If all books were this good, I'd spend more money on them every month that than I do on my rent. This series is my new "gold standard", which is unfortunate, since very very few other series will be able to live up to such a standard for me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes, Book 2
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,834
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,576

In a world full of super powers, Felix had a pretty crappy one. After learning to harness his ability to modify any item he owns, he now runs a corporation that is rapidly expanding - Legion. After tangling with the local Heroes guild they’ve finally settled into a semblance of stability. Sounds great on paper. Run your company, make money, be your own boss, settle down. Except that with running a business, comes an inordinate amount of responsibilities. Like making sure everything keeps running and your people are paid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good follow up

  • By George U. on 05-12-18

Pancakes!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I enjoyed it, despite the fact that there was a narrator change between books 1 and 2. Nick Podehl does fantastic work, but switching to his smooth flowing voice after the low growl of Jeff Hays (who also does good work) was jarring.

Book 2 was a good story, but went even faster down the trail of power creep (more like power sprint) than the first book, which was already fast in that regard. I think this series could have been even better if it had been paced slower and had progressed organically instead of as suddenly in giant leaps that it did.

I still enjoyed it, however. Pancakes!

  • Fizzlesprocket: Everybody Loves Large Chests - Vol. 2

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,981
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,878
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,875

Things are not well within the Lodrak Empire. An entire city goes up in smoke and ash, and an entire province is slowly being consumed by an ever-expanding cloud of death. But while the humans rally to contain the fallout of this disaster, they are much quicker to pin the blame for it on their elven neighbors to the north. With centuries' worth of strife and bad blood between the two nations flaring up, all out war is rapidly becoming an inevitability.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tasty!

  • By Grunkle Tiro on 03-18-18

Crude, Lewd, and so funny I couldn't stop laughing

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

This volume in the series had me laughing out loud through the entire story. Yes, parts were overly lewd/crude, but that's obvious if you read the first book or even read the tag line, so totally expected. What I didn't expect was to get so enthralled by the very interesting plot that also made me laugh so much!

This second book in the series furthers the main plot, has character development, a romantic (if very disturbing) subplot between side characters, and keeps doing all the things that we're great about the first book, and even adds even more awesome to boot!

And of course, Jeff Hays does yet another amazing narration.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,254
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,480
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,417

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story is cute, but let's be honest.

  • By João on 03-19-18

Words cannot express the amount of awesome!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

What did you love best about A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo?

The fact that it has an amazing message,

Who was your favorite character and why?

Marlon Bundo, because he fights for what he believes in, and he believes in tolerance and understanding.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Everything! The narrators were AMAZING!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I'll be gifting this book to all my friends with children!

Any additional comments?

Everyone who worked on this masterpiece should be so unbelievably proud. (^_^)

  • The Laboratory

  • A Futuristic Dungeon Core
  • By: Skyler Grant
  • Narrated by: Gabriella Cavallero
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 319

Emma is an artificial intelligence with a love of science, insults, and devilish traps. When her systems are booted up, she finds herself in control of a long-abandoned facility in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The world is filled with dangerous threats, granted great powers by the same cataclysm that befell the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok quality video game fanfic

  • By The Nightgaunt on 12-12-17

Great listen! Hoping for more!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Great dungeon core story! we need more of this.! Lots more!

Narrator was also absolutely perfect for this character's perspective.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Way of the Clan 3

  • World of Valdira, Book 3
  • By: Dem Mikhaylov
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

A huge world full of adventures, ancient mysteries, and monsters starving for your death. A world where everyone can make their biggest dream come true and become anyone they wish - a successful trader, a wise anchorite, a brave warrior, or a battle mage who can control disastrous elemental powers. But don't expect that the path to your dream will be easy and rosy. The path to the top is very long, if you can ever reach it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • as always an excellent book with one flaw

  • By Cory on 01-18-18

Great plot & narrator. Poor English translation.

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

The overarching plot is a good one, but the jilted and glaringly poor English translation is almost as bad as a direct Google translate result. The grammar and colloquialisms are almost entirely Russian, making for a jarring experience in English.