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  • The Valens Legacy

  • By: Jan Stryvant
  • Narrated by: Leland King
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744

In his junior year at college, the only things on Sean's mind are doing his homework and getting out of college to get a real job. A gamer and a bit of a nerd, Sean's philosophy in life has been to keep his head down and get his work done. But when a failed kidnapping attempt leaves him with a gaping hole in his memory, his oldest friend dead, and his mother missing, Sean suddenly finds his whole world turned upside down as he's thrust into the hidden world of magic and the supernatural.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sumtime' s you just want to have fun!

  • By Joel Cagle on 03-22-18

They should warn us

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I am neither a teenager nor male and I'm pretty unhappy at wasting my money on a harem/ adolescent male wish fulfillment fantasy. I like urban fantasy and the rest of the plot is interesting enough but the harem ruins it.

  • Demon Driven

  • The Demon Accords, Book 2
  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,251

It's been seven months since Chris Gordon met Tanya Demidova, and a lot has changed. He's stronger and faster and has the senses of a vampire and the appetite of a werewolf. But even as he settles into his new position with the Special Situations Squad and his relationship with Tanya, new threats appear. From south of the border, north of the city, inside the NYPD, and the federal government. But the hardest fight Chris will face is with himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Only Gets Better

  • By Mario on 11-11-15

good but....

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

this is a fun and exciting series but it has a lot of inconsistencies.
why would someone who spent their whole life hiding their powers suddenly tell everyone and their grandma about his gifts? He spent the entire last book going on about his ability to blend in and his need for secrecy. I'm not talking about the vamps, i'm talking about work. why would he trust a bunch of people he just met and might only work with for a short amount of time with everything about himself, knowing that they would be reporting to higher ups in the government? with the childhood he is given and the way he said he was picked on because of his eyes and the fact that kids got hurt whenever they hung out with him, his complete and total trust in strangers and those in authority makes absolutely no sense.
i understand that the demon blood makes him more hot tempered and impulsive in this novel, but that has nothing to do with his unrealistic trust. And what happened to him not making friends because everyone around him gets attacked? those coworkers should have been easy prey for the demons, even if he does become ridiculously OP very quickly. And his disbelief in learning the government sees him as a threat is even more unbelievable, considering he grew up with a gramps who was not only a Marine, but SF. having a hero complex is on thing, but his behavior doesn't line up with the past experiences we are told about. it's inconsistent enough to be really annoying at times and jars me right out of immersion in the story. i also wonder why the author bothered with the whole cop thing at all when it was just a needless complication to his demon hunting status and it doesn't last long anyways.

  • Forsaken

  • The Forgotten Series, Book 2
  • By: M.R. Forbes
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Sheriff Hayden Duke was born on the starship Pilgrim, like his father, and his father before him. He expects to die any second. He's already been attacked by demonic aliens, rogue soldiers, and even the people he thought were his friends. He's survived. Barely. He's entered a strange new world. A world he knows nothing about. A world where hope has been buried beneath the claws of monsters and the boots of a tyrant. They took his wife. He has to find her. He has to survive. Another second. Another breath. He can never give up. He can never rest until she's back in his arms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • lost its suspense

  • By nanner on 07-19-18

lost its suspense

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

SPOILERS
once it was revealed where they actually were the story lost most of it inherent tension, which had been brought on by the pressure of a time limit due to the virus, the idea that the ship was falling apart and the need to sweep the ship clean because they had no where else to go. after the big reveal, which happened at the beginning of book 2, most of my interest in the story died pretty quickly. I made it through book 2 but to be honest i kept fast forwarding, just to see if he finds his wife. the change in location was a bad idea, the author should have kept the story inside the ship and waited for the big reveal until the end. i wanted my sci-fi space action/thriller, not YET ANOTHER dystopia novel. disappointing.

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  • Reign of Madness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 2
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,752
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,840
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,808

Equipped with skills far beyond those of the outworlders, Rezkin has been suddenly thrust into a foreign world. The young warrior clings to his only known purpose as he continues his search for any information about his identity and the reason for his existence. While the hardened warrior scorns both dueling and tournaments, he believes some of the answers he seeks may be found at the King's Tournament, the greatest dueling championship in all of the kingdoms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, very WELL DONE!

  • By Lorraine on 10-05-16

good

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

a good second book in the series, though i think i liked it better when Rez was commandeering a kingdoms worth of criminals just to protect and honor his friends, rather than all the new political stuff. i like the friendships he builds with the young nobles and the mage, the camradre and interactions are warm and interesting for the most part. the plot with regards to Tieran was nicely done.
the narrator was wonderful; i've yet to listen to a bad narration by Nick Podehl.
the one thing i really don't care for is Frisha. the woman makes no sense. she's supposed to be completely smitten by Rezkin and yet she's so quick to blame him for things and jump to the worst conclusions. she is always the first to believe the worst about his character and motivations. most people, when they fall in love, are blind to their loved ones faults, but she is harsh and judgmental and despite being a woman myself, i really don't understand her. most of the woman in this series are not particularly likeable but she really gets on my nerves because she's the main love interest (so far) and yet she has so little faith or trust in Rez. Even in book one she was always willing to believe the worst and to question his honor for no reason at all and it gets worse in this book.
the thing with Malcius' little brother was rather disappointing and of course, no matter how harsh any of his friends are with him at then end of the book Rezkin just takes it because of rule 1.

  • Legends of Ahn

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 3
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,357
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,832

Rezkin is an elite warrior who aims to restore order in Ashai after Caydean's attack on the King's Tournament transformed former allies and trading partners into enemies. With no army and only a ragtag group of refugees, Rezkin must wrest control of the kingdom from the mad and powerful usurper, who seems bent on destruction, and this may not be the biggest challenge. If he fails, the kingdom will be ripped apart, and Rezkin will have violated Rule 1 - to protect and honor his friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2.5 at best

  • By Croda on 04-11-18

very different

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

what started out in the first two novels as a humorous action story with solid political intrigue and a hint of mystery flip flops into high fantasy as we are suddenly bombarded with elves, demons and fae out of nowhere. the story goes from political intrigue/ fight the mad king to the melodramatic Save The World mentality and the change doesn't work very well for me. nor do i like the implications of Rez being, at least partly, something other than human.
one of the things this author does really well is the interpersonal relationships and warmth between the characters, but those things are almost completely missing from this novel. there are none of the interesting interactions or comradre of the first two books and some of his closest friends from book 1 and 2 barely show up at all (like Jimson). other than Tam, the rest of his friends have turned into jerks and the tiny fragment of positive feelings i might have had for frisha prior to this novel has now been replaced with active dislike (i found her annoying in the other novels but not worth bothering about).
As far as the romance side of things i think i'd rather he end up with no one, or with Tam, rather than any of the female leads...and i'm not normally much of a y-girl. frishas actions in this book have totally pushed me onto the Rez-Tam ship. how odd.
worst of all, Rez seems to be turning into a stereotypical broody, navel-gazing assassin who spends all his time feeling sorry for himself because he's a monster.
one of the things i liked most about our Rez in the past novels was how unapologetic he was about who and what he is.
i don't expect him to be as ruthless and touchy as the MC in all those Chinese cultivation novels where they wipe out your entire clan because you sneezed at the wrong moment, but i was expecting him to be more like Dendrobates and accept (if not embrace) who and what he is.
i really don't like the new whiny, doubting, brooding Rez.
hopefully the next novel will be better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Soarer’s Choice

  • Corean Chronicles, Book 6
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 23 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

The civilization of the Alectors - which has farmed and developed all life on Corus to produce sustaining life force for their vampiric civilization - must move wholesale from one planet to another every few thousand years as it exhausts the life force of another world. This time, two worlds have been prepared, and the time is at hand for the great move.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!

  • By Tyra Kennedy VO on 01-15-16

irritating

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

i was more interested in mykels story rather than dainyls but sadly this book is mostly about dainyl. for every 3-4 chapters of dainyls story there was 1 chapter for mykel. i found it an irritating rather than satisfactory end to the trilogy. i never liked dainyl all that much so finding the main character i did like pushed aside in the final book didn't make me very happy.
now i am really hesitating about reading the rest of the series. it seems like the further along it goes the more its about politics and backbiting and less about people i can relate to. it kind of sucks because i really liked legacies and darknesses (though scepters dragged a little).

  • Patch 17

  • By: G. Akella
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685

A new update arrives to the ultra-popular online game, Realm of Arkon. With Patch 17, the level of immersion experienced by players in their gaming capsules has made virtual reality indistinguishable from the real world. But every gamer's dream becomes a nightmare for Roman Kozhevnikov after he gets confined to Arkon against his will. And not just to Arkon, but to its deadliest zone - Demon Grounds. Playing - or rather living - as his character Krian, it's not just about survival for Roman.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Usual LitRPG book, but interesting

  • By Steve on 02-15-17

entertaining

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

Reviewed: 01-15-17

this is one of the better written LITvrpg series that i've read recently, though it has its flaws. the main character is interesting and the story is mostly engaging. my biggest problem is the endless recitation of numbers and probabilities while he plans out his character progression out past level 200. most people are casual gamers who throw their stats in without much planning ahead unless they're following a guide FAQ, and the MC is supposed to be even less experienced than the casual gamer so its a bit hard to believe he'd bother (or even know about the stat generator). Moreover, its boring (unless you're an obsessive gamer yourself) to listen to five or so minutes of him talking about nothing but numbers and probability. its even worse because it happens multiple times in the book.
the narrator is pretty good but he mispronounces a LOT of words; from melee, to armor pieces, to the name of the iconic One Piece MC, Luffy (pronounced loo-fee). i don't think he has much exposure to lit/anime/manga/ rpg gaming cultures and it shows.
those complaints aside, its an interesting story where it seems like, so far, the more our MC give in to his rage, the less human he becomes. i can't wait to find out how he escapes the demon-ground and finds his sister.

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  • Zombie Fallout

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 1
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,873

This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! I didn't think it was slapstick at all!

  • By coreybeth on 04-22-12

awesome!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-16

my fist thought ( and fourth, and tenth) was "not another zombie apocalypse book!" so i put this one off for over a year. i finally got around to listening to it and damn, this is one of the best zombie apocalypse series I've read. Mike is hands down one of my all-time favorite main characters. in no other series have i been simultaneously grossed out and surprised into laughter at the same time. in the middle of fighting a hoard of zombies he will suddenly start wondering what will happen when the world runs out of toilet paper, since no one's making it anymore. will they have to start tearing up cloth? will they use leaves? what about....oh damn, almost got eaten! more than once i've ended up spitting out my beverage because i was surprised into laughing out loud (the cat did not appreciate his impromptu coke shower).
the later books have some pretty heavy religious overtones but Mike is such a great character that i am willing to wade through the myriad christian dogma and catholic guilt just to see what he says/ does next.

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,393

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

a classic

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

i'm amazed at how many people say this is a fun book.
did they really read the same novel?
the first time i read enders game i was 22 and just out of the military and this novel horrified me. months of boot was hard enough for an adult, the idea of ender enduring five years of hellish basic training beginning at the age of six blew me away.
what stayed with me the most wasn't the bugger invasion or the battles or the sim, but the manipulation, isolation, mind games, psychological abuse, and the lies adults inflicted on that small little boy. he was already damaged by his psycho brother, and from the moment he leaves home, it never gets better. instead they break him over and over again, and don't let up, even after he's won the last game.
yes he struggles and overcomes everything they throw at him, but it doesn't make up for the simple fact that none of it should have happened to begin with. i don't find his accomplishments and ability to overcome things to be inspiring; i find the very idea that he was forced to do so at such a young age to be sad and depressing.
revisiting it this time with the audio version, i still feel that same deep-rooted horror. the book raises a lot of questions about morality and the nature of expediency, breeding for specific traits/ genetic manipulation, psychological manipulation and torture, political maneuvering, child soldiers, and unnecessary wars. it shows us some of the darkest parts of human nature and human psychology.
this is a great book, and its in my top three sci-fi, but i doubt i will ever see it as pleasant or fun. its thought-provoking; it stays in your mind long after you've read it, and its one of the very few sci-fi novels i've ever read that made me cry like a broken-hearted child.

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,255
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,172

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

kid can't catch a break

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

Reviewed: 03-13-16

the biggest thing i came away with after listening was pity for the main character. every time he has a little bit of luck, something even worse comes along to knock him down and rub mud in his wounds. it was consistent enough that i'm surprised he managed to hold on to his friends. the novel does end on a hopeful note, but after the rest of the novel, all i can think is that it certainly wont last.
i don't necessarily find our MC all that likable. pitiable, yes, likable, not so much. he's certainly no kvothe. there were quite a few times i wanted to reach into the story and either smack him upside the head, or to help him remove said head from his a**, (since he seems incapable of doing it himself).
i think this is a decent self-published novel, which is very rare. there is a lot more character depth and plot development than most of those i've had the misfortune of coming cross.
this is one of those books that is better as an audible version rather than the written one and once again i am reminded of how important a good narrator is to the story. i have yet to listen to a story where this narrator was anything but awesome.
over all impression; i both pity and dislike the MC, but the world and the story itself is interesting enough that i will probably buy the next book in the series if/when it comes out.

27 of 35 people found this review helpful