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  • Awaken Online: Apathy (Side Quest)

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811

Eliza's parents are relentless - forcing her to constantly take extra courses to prepare for college and medical school. Sometimes, it feels like her entire life has already been planned out. Which is why she leaps at the chance to escape into a new virtual reality game, Awaken Online. What she wasn't expecting was to encounter a capricious god and his loyal "pet". Or to be chosen as this god's "avatar" within the game and forced to tackle a series of asinine quests. Yet she just can't shake the feeling that there is more to the irritating god than first meets the eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More, Need More!

  • By niaskywalk on 09-19-18

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

This book ended up being so much better than I had expected it would be! It was a welcome break from the main line of the adventure too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Land: Alliances: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 3
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,500
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,940
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,902

Richter and Sion are in a fight for their very lives. Their enemies are circling, and the powers they have awakened are barely under their control. Death and war are on their doorstep, but they have a simple message for the enemies of the Mist Village. "Kiss your loved ones goodbye. The Mist will claim you." A wonderful blend of humor and adventure, The Land: Alliances will transport you to the world of your dreams...and your nightmares.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does not disappoint.

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-22-17

The author clearly has a high opinion of himself.

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Despite that, it's a page turner and hard to put down. Someday I'm going to have to research how close to the Russian litrpg this author actually followed to call himself the father of (american) litrpg.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 26,674
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,321

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

New and Funny!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

This book takes a new approach to sci-fi adventures. It's the story of an average joe with an unusually large obsession for hamburgers who ends up in adventure after adventure that leads him to command a captured starship with the help of a very humorous A.I. he met along the way. Sometimes it is amazingly funny! Occasionally it crawls along. Still, it's a good book and frequently it's a page turner.

  • Chains of Command

  • Frontlines, Book 4
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,325
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,009

The assault on Earth was thwarted by the destruction of the aliens' seed ship, but with Mars still under Lanky control, survivors work frantically to rebuild fighting capacity and shore up planetary defenses. Platoon sergeant Andrew Grayson must crash-course train new volunteers - all while dulling his searing memories of battle with alcohol and meds.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Becoming a bit too repetitive

  • By Sailfish on 04-25-16

More of the same

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Skip this book. This story had a good premise but I think the author just ran out of steam. In this book they come up with another gimmick to give the story a little breath. It's really not enough. Not enough happens. It was good while it lasted, but after all, it's the fourth book in the series and was bound to peter out sooner or later. The signs were there and it was good while it lasted. I'm not trying to be mean when I say that there is nothing else to be squeezed out of this series.

  • Whitethorn

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 24 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

From the author of The Power of One comes a new novel about Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people fanatically opposed to the English. The world is also on the brink of war, and South Africa elects to fight for the Allied cause against Germany. Six-year-old Tom Fitzsaxby finds himself in The Boys Farm, an orphanage in a remote town in the high mountains, where the Afrikaners side fiercely with Hitler's Germany.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recycled 'Power of One'

  • By Melinda on 08-19-13

The power of one re-written

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

This was one of Bryce Courtenay's later books. The power of one was his first. There are so many similarities between these two books that I can only conclude that this book is how he would have written t.p.o.o. If he had been more experienced at the time. One book does not exclude the other however, both books are truly amazing! This book like all his books, especially when nara Ted by Humphrey Bower is impossible to put down!

  • Forever Free

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

An epic story about war, peace, and the price of freedom, Forever Free reintroduces listeners to William Mandella - who has been living peacefully on the planet called Middle Finger, a refuge for humans who refuse to become part of the group mind known as Man. But after decades of this peace, Mandella and others are tired of living like zoo animals. So they steal a starship - and embark upon a voyage that will forever change their understanding of the universe, and themselves.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Go fetch!

  • By Arjen on 10-24-16

Pass this one.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Pass this one. It's in the same universe. That's it. It's a depressing story that really leads nowhere.

  • 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 3,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,305

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

Silly, funny and hard to put down

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

This is the first LitRPG that was written to be purposefully silly. They did a good job, I was tired of the "same old"..

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Awaken Online: Retribution

  • Side Quest
  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,912

Riley's real-life took a nosedive after her confrontation with Alex. The girls at school torment her and she feels powerless to do anything about it. At the same time, Jason has mysteriously disappeared, sending only a terse cryptic message to Riley and Frank. With some time on her hands and with her frustration with her real-life reaching a breaking point, Riley decides to strike off on her own in-game. Her goal is to investigate the quest related to the strange bow she discovered in the dungeon north of Peccavi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic expansion of the AO universe

  • By Mike on 11-03-17

A good side story to help Riley evolve

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

Reading this actually made me really angry remembering my high school days. There are so many bad people put there. This story was a great chance to let Riley stand on her own a bit. Shows she can hold her own.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Between Planets

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Don Harvey is a citizen of the Interplanetary Federation - yet no single planet can claim him as its own. His mother was born on Venus and his father on Earth, and Don himself was born on a spaceship in trajectory between planets. When his parents abruptly summon him away from school on Earth to join them on Mars, he has no idea he's about to be plunged into deadly interplanetary intrigue. But the ship Don is traveling on is unexpectedly diverted to Venus, where the colony has launched a revolution against Earth's control.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like a breath of fresh air

  • By MikeFarr on 03-28-17

Hard to put down!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

Classic Heinlein book. Well worth the read. I missed the usual readers, but this reader did a good job too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Interlude: Brandon

  • The Game Is Life, Book 3
  • By: Terry Schott
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

Brandon Strayne. Brilliant computer programmer, businessman, and world leader. Where did this mysterious man come from? This volume details Brandon's history and rise to power. Before there was the Game, there was a boy. This takes the story of the Game even further by viewing how it all started!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Classic in a rush writing ..

  • By AmazonCustomer on 02-09-17

Enders Game enters Game is Life!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

Excellent tie in with the original story! This is the story behind everything. A marvelously, and sadly told story too!