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  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,697

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

If you’ve been recommended this, dial down your expectations down. It’s not amazing

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

This book floats about forums as excellent examples of a book like the bobiverse series, because it deals with life evolving so it must be the same.

Well it’s not the same. It’s interesting if a little dry, but the pace is slow, the characters don’t feel all that memorable.

If you’re bored and have nothing else to read and you like space, this is a good pickup. But I don’t think it deserves all the praise it gets. The story is just ...following time.

Performance is decent. One of the voices (in the machine) might get a little grating over time.

3 of 4 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 18,243
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,145

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

The worst rpglit I’ve read

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

No idea how this is getting such high reviews. The protagonist is an ass, the editing and sound effects don’t match AT ALL and sound like they’re from the first search result from a google search.
I really really tried to like this, but this is super weak. Go read Awaken online if you want something decent. Or basically any other rpglit.

Avoid. I returned this and would give it a zero if I could.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Profit First

  • Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine
  • By: Mike Michalowicz
  • Narrated by: Mike Michalowicz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,007
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,794

The author of cult classics The Pumpkin Plan and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur offers a simple, counterintuitive cash management solution that will help small businesses break out of the doom spiral and achieve instant profitability.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Changed the way I do business accounting

  • By Digital Auto Gauges on 05-29-17

Arrogant story about using common sense

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Do you have rent for a company which doesn’t require client visits or onsite staff?
BOMBSHELL! You don’t need an office.

This sort of stupid, lowest common denominator topic is rife throughout this book.

Go read a real book without the arrogant narcissistic author, and maybe by someone who understands what the internet is.

Avoid

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ritualist

  • Completionist Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,054
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,785

The decision to start a new life is never an easy one, but for Joe the transition was far from figurative. Becoming a permanent addition to a game world, it doesn't take long to learn that people with his abilities are actively hunted. In fact, if the wrong people gained knowledge of what he was capable of, assassins would appear in droves.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ritual is necessary for us to know anything

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-18-18

skip the first 3 chapters. It gets much better

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

I HATED the first few chapters of this book. It’s essentially a love letter to Elon musk, with lame backstory which doesn’t at all affect anything in the rest of the book. If you start once the game starts, you miss pretty much nothing. And the writing gets much better.

Once in, the story starts slow but improves. The author has lifted some pretty common analogies of d&d which bothered me a little (tomato analogy - cmon man we’re literally paying you to make up stuff. At least try for something else!) but some of the jokes had me smiling later down the track.

There’s a definite awaken online feel to some of this but I like the direction the protagonist is taking with skills and stuff. I’ll be buying the next on the series, and I’m really glad people online told me to look past the first few chapters.

It’s a solid 7/10 from me. If the intro was re-written, I think it’d be a lot easier to get investment from people.

This is an edited review. The initial chapters were so bad I initially had this at 1star. Ye be warned! Stick with it or don’t read

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Never Split the Difference

  • Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
  • By: Chris Voss
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,855
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,431
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,274

After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI's lead international kidnapping negotiator. Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss' head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Needs PDF companion file

  • By John L. Pinkowski on 03-07-17

This is what a business book should be like

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Succinct, practical, interesting, well narrated and not padded out like most business books.
This is gem amongst the underdeveloped titles made by authors with big egos and small brains.

I finished this title yesterday and want to jump right back in. Yesterday I applied some of the negotiation tactics in this book to defuse an poaching accusation by a competitor. And they thanked us. Holy cow.
Pick this is if you’re curious around negotiation, or like me, are rubbish at it :)



  • The Story Engine

  • An Entrepreneur's Guide to Content Strategy and Brand Storytelling Without Spending All Day Writing
  • By: Kyle Gray, Tom Morkes - foreword, Kim Doyal - introduction
  • Narrated by: Kyle Gray, Tom Morkes - foreword, Kim Doyal - introduction
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Every entrepreneur has a story to tell, whether they’re running seven-figure startups or small personal brands. Your story is the most powerful asset you have at your disposal. It can cut through the noise and connect you with your customers. Content marketing is one of the most affordable and powerful digital marketing tools available to tell your story at scale. The Story Engine provides a clear, concise, and actionable strategy to reap the benefits of inbound marketing.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great Guide to Content Marketing.

  • By cosmitron on 06-26-18

So much fluff it’s hard to believe this guy succeeded in CM

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Like long form 8 chapter explanations to 1 sentence concepts?
If you’re like me, your time is valuable and your credits are precious resources. This book is so full of padding, anecdotes and fluff that I simply don’t believe that this guy is a role model for Content Marketing.
To the author: maybe go read the book “on writing well”. In it it explains that often the best way to communicate a subject is through simple, succinct explanation. That’s in the first chapter too! What do they do in the other parts of the book? They cover new topics which layer the initial concepts.

This book is marked as a DNF. Like most self help books aimed at buzzwords and marketing, it takes tiny concepts and surrounds it with nonsense.

Basically:
- have a goal
- create a plan to your goal
- constant adjust your goal as you learn more
- stick to a schedule

How this author thought prefacing a book on action with 6 chapters of junk boggles my mind.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Kill the Farm Boy

  • The Tales of Pell Series, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,069

A plucky farm boy will find more than he's bargained for on his quest to awaken the sleeping princess in her cursed tower. First there's the Dark Lord, who wishes for the boy's untimely death...and also very fine cheese. Then there's a bard without a song in her heart but with a very adorable and fuzzy tail, an assassin who fears not the night but is terrified of chickens, and a mighty fighter more frightened of her sword than of her chain-mail bikini. This journey will lead to sinister umlauts, a trash-talking goat, and the Dread Necromancer Steve....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A forgettable story with none of the iron Druid charm

  • By Adam on 07-23-18

A forgettable story with none of the iron Druid charm

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Expecting hilarious wordplay during a fun, interesting adventure? I sure was, since Hearne has a history crafting exceptional stories with deep and charming characters.

This book has none of this. It’s a badly strung together set of low brow puns (“SAND-WITCH see what we did there? We’ll remind you often!”) and content seemingly lifted from Monty python and given to a teenager to adapter into a d&d campaign.

See even what I wrote above actually sounds like it could work. But this just doesn’t. None of the characters are likeable and the title of the book seems like a bait and switch.

This is just bad. I expected more from you Kevin. I’m hoping it’s your co-writer who has insisted on reiterating on puns and dad jokes.

Luke Daniels tries to hold the fort with his excellent narration but it’s hard to fix a bad story.

Avoid or get on sale if you must

36 of 41 people found this review helpful

  • Out of Spite, Out of Mind

  • Magic 2.0, Book 5
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,671
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,357

When you discover the world is a computer program, and you figure out that by altering the code you can time travel and perform acts that seem like magic, what can possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything. Just ask Brit, who has jumped around in time with such abandon that she has to coexist with multiple versions of herself. Now, Brit the Elder finds that her memories don't match Brit the Younger's.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dont Bother

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-26-18

This is going downhill

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

I’m starting to think this series peaked at book 3. The plot drags the characters along, with supposedly smart people like Phillip behaving in a way which “makes the story work” instead of staying true to his values.
The author seems to want to make the listener dislike Gwen and Britt too for *some* reason?

Plot wraps up kinda roughly and I’m left liking everyone a little less - not due to their actions, but because it feels like they are pretty mi h interchangeable pieces now to move the plot forward. And to be clear here, given the characters who pop up, this could have been hilarious.

It’s better than the train wreck that was book 4, but it’s the weakest of the rest. And the shortest.

13 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Assassin's Quest

  • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 37 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,818

King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz - or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest - perhaps to death. Only Verity's return - or the heir his princess carries - can save the Six Duchies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I Weary of a Stupid Hero

  • By Holly Helscher on 11-04-13

Massive Trilogy Letdown full of self-pity

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

Characters in books should learn, grow, and, whilst being flawed, should have a level of agency to feel as though the reader is on a journey with them.

Every single character other than the protagonist seems to know this. Fitz is a 2 dimensional idiot in this book. Events involving strategy, and anything Chade has taught him in the last 2 books seem to have been forgotten. Replaced this this impulsive idiot who seems to want to repeat the same decisions. Again, and again, and again.

Narration, however, is excellent.

I honestly feel like Hobb didn't know how to write a grown up Fitz. This pales in comparison to the first book, and builds on the family oriented, impulse fitz the second seemed to dwell on.

If you liked books 1, and liked book 2 less. You probably won't enjoy this book.

  • Six of Crows

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Brandon Rubin, Fred Berman, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,065

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is everything!

  • By Steele Reviews on 07-21-16

Multiple narrators done badly

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Both narrators voice the same characters. Who thought this was a good idea ? You have one chapter with focus on character, then the next just switches the narrator and stays with the same character.

It ruins the experience and feels half baked. This could have been easily solved by establishing a narrator for each character instead of each chapter. Will be steering clear of future work by these directors because of this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful