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I dont know why i dislike it.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

the story seems well written. the voice acting is incredibly well done. . . and it's a story about someone seeming to lead a more interesting life through lying. . . i. . . have no idea why I detest this book. But every second I try to listen to this book, I feel my body cringe. I want to listen to it. I want to really enjoy it. . . but. . . I cant. I truly hope someone who finds this book loves it as much as I couldn't. I feel like this book deserves to be loved. But I am not the man to love it the way it deserves.

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Like a high school teen movie. but with spy stuff.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

The first thing that must be said about this story, is that in every way it feels like a movie script for a teen - tween girl movie with spy stuff rather than a spy book about a teenage girl. thus, right away, I felt a great despondence in my heart. the first half of the book felt a lot like the preamble for that kinda movie. where you have the main character narrating to set everything up. it is had me grinding my teeth with how dull it was turning out. and if i had stopped here, it would have been a one star in every category.

Once the story starts going through, just like a teenage high school movie, it becomes a little more enjoyable in a cringtastic fashion. including the standard teenage girl in high school movie tropes.

main becomes best friends with nerd and jock, enemies with super popular girl. nerd hates herself and is overwhelmed with a sense of not feeling good enough to be there, and must prove herself. she F$%#s up and it is up to the main and the jock to save her. but to do that they have to break the rules. super pop rats on them. they get praised (kinda) and super pop gets what she deserves. but she just wanted to fit in and that is why she was so mean :( so she gets a second chance.

every one of the girls is the epitome of their stereotype.

main is the main. super basic, and likable in pretty much every way. no downside. super nice. . . bland

nerd has no confidence, super clumsy, basically, no skill in anything physical but can't be outdone in smarts. . . . bland. she (of course) has a plot about feeling like she isn't good enough because. . . mmmmmmmmm. . . ya there isn't a good reason. she keeps saying things like "I don't belong here, everyone's parents are spies and my parents are nobodies." okay, I can understand that some people have horrible inferiority complexes about their families. . . but at the same time, WHY DOES NO ONE MENTION SHE IS THE ONLY ONE THAT INFILTRATED THE SCHOOL COMPUTERS, AND THAT IS WHY SHE IS THERE. (also they keep saying hack/hacked, and I don't know why it bothered me but it seemed so unprofessional for a spy to say hacked the Russian computers rather than infiltrated them. . . that might just be on me though.) she talks about it once when she is introduced, that that is why she was recruited. . . and then immediately forgets that, and mopes and groans about not being good enough until the end of the book, where she is told HER OWN BACKSTORY AGAIN, and she is like "OH YAAAAAAAAA, I diiiiiiid know that. lol" and for someone that is meant to have a super heavy accent from the deeeeeeeep south SHE SURE AINT GOT ONE.

jock is pure athlete. the best at everything physical. though, slight twist, she is also super smart. oh yes, and she is super British. her lines can be summed up like this "Oh MY, I'm SORRY I'm so very BRITISH, but you see, IM VERY BRITSH. Here is a way that the ameeeeeeeericans and BBBBRITish are different, BlubBlubBlubBlub" I couldn't help but mock her every time she spoke. that was fun though.

the super popular girl is just that. "I'm so rich and great and wonderful and I deserve to be here and no one else does and I'm going to try to make everyone sad, but oh no, in my attempts i was scolded for being a C#&% and now I'm one of the losers and sad face cause I was just trying to fit in, thank god the main characters don't care about being stabbed in the back cause they INSTANTLY forgive me and don't take the chance to protect themselves from someone that has proven they will happily lie, scheme, and do everything thing I can to denigrate the main characters. and get them kicked out but they wont retaliate cause they are the main characters and a paragon of good AGUUUUUUUUUUU"

I have a record of preferring male authors. that might be because of something with me, but she can not do a male voice to save her life, and it is infuriating. at the same time, she is handed two thick accents to do, and she can't pull off either of them her high-class British sound more like an American making fun of the British. and her deeeeeep southern accent sounds like. . . well, it sounds like she keeps forgetting that she is meant to be doing an accent. she keeps falling out of it, then trying to pick it back up, but can't stick with it for more than two words, and even then it is so light, no one could notice it. though I should say something nice, and in fact, her portrayal of the main character sounded very good, and i could usually tell all the characters apart. and that is better than Will Wheaton. so. . . that's good.

I detest every single one of these characters for the Go-Ram stereo types that they are . . . and yet. . . I won't be returning this book. I will certainly listen to it again, and I WILL get any other books in this series. I hate my self for it, and I hate everyone that knows this weakness in me. . . but here is the thing, sometimes it is nice to have something to unabashedly hate. something you can have fun hating. and to be honest. as much as I hate this story, I really enjoyed hating it and making fun of it.

In closing. I want to thank the author of this mess to give me something I can sink my teeth into and rip at so cruelly while secretly loving the rage it breeds in me. thank you for making this wonderful mess. I adore it.

the only saving grace ia the reader

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

the entire thing waa a gross definition of boring. that it was a free book is rather releaving. but i feel that a five minute synopsis would have been more inteesting than this.

The story is great, the reader is not

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

The simplest way to put is is, jake bible wrote a wonderful story, but the person that was chosen to read this story was just not at all a good choice. she had in no way the proper voice to perform the gravitas of this story. the story is pretty good though. i would certainly suggest reading it.

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He answered the main question I had. thank you,.

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

Jeezums, this is book was filled with emotions. having spent four years with these characters to see how they developed brought tears to my eyes on multiple occasions it answered so many many of the questions I had during all the book leading up to it, but it finally answered the big question I had throughout all four books. " DOES NICK LIKE THESE HORROR MOVIES OR IS HE JUST MESSING WITH EVERYONE" I won't tell you the answer, and this book DOES NOT give a solid yes or no. but there is one line in there that tells me what the answer is, and that is what matters the most. I can not suggest this book more to absolutely everyone. I loved it, so very much. and I know I will be listening to it, and the stories that came before it several more times. probably about one every year an a half. I need more Drew Hayes. . . You made a junkie, now I'm hooked. don't make me start turning tricks to get my fix man.

oh yes, something I don't notice with most other stories, but i noticed in here. I love the way Drew Hayes rights gay characters. they never feel like their character IS gay. and that is who they are. he makes them feel like fully fleshed out characters, and drops in they have a husband as simply as they would have a wife. I know it shouldn't be a big deal. but I have seen far too many movies and book that the character being gay is a HUGE deal. this was a nice change of pace, and it felt all natural.

a wonderful story i would suggest to any one.

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

What did you love best about Super Powereds: Year 1?

almost and absolutely everything. everything felt realistic. not that it WAS real, but that if this word existed, this is how it would go. it is really a story I could sink my teeth into.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hershel and Roys mother. ever second she was in the book, I was giggling like an idiot who thinks they are right about something.

What about Kyle McCarley’s performance did you like?

oh me oh my yes. he was very good with the voices and his words were very clear. ever character felt very unique, which is very hard to do, as there are a hell of a lot.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

if sky high was good, and in college, and the powers were actually cool, and the story was deep and meaningful. . . and it wasn't terrible. THAT'S what this movie is

Any additional comments?

really I don't know what to say. I love this book. it is as simple as that. I want to share it with my friends and want them all to read/listen to it.

Like twilight, but for boys. super cringe.

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

Would you try another book from Rick Gualtieri and/or Christopher John Fetherolf?

If the book is anything like this one, then hell to the no. it is written for a teenage boy with that kind of logic and humor. it is this kind of writing and thinking that made me hate teenage since i was 10.

The reader was what ever. had almost no change in his voice for any character. i might enjoy him more if he wasn't reading a multi character story.

Has Bill the Vampire, Scary Dead Things, The Mourning Woods, and Holier Than Thou turned you off from other books in this genre?

male teen vampire flicks? yes. flat out vampire flicks? no, i have heard enough good ones to not hate them all from one or two terrible eggs.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Christopher John Fetherolf?

not if it has multiple characters. he is not as bad as will wheaten. but, by the nine is he bad.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

some, or many of the situations them selves. but the characters, ALL of the characters, made this story terrible.

Any additional comments?

this was the antithesis of twilight. the first book is best described as high school revenge porn. "out cast looser is turned into a vampire as a cruel joke by jocks, but he is the CHOOSEN OOOONNNNEEE, and is able to win." a cringe fest to the ears. and at the same time. as a dungeons and dragons nerd, who grew up on videos games and movies, none of this was realistic to that kinda culture.

you have these characters that have these nerdy surroundings (game developers, toy collector, gaming PC, and the like.) but they talk like this weird surfer douche bag combo, where their primary goal is to get as much puss as humanly possible. there is a scene where they are going over the "conquests" and they are the going over it is this detail. and it feels so so so unrealistic.

I hate this book. it is not the worst i have ever had the misery to read, but by the gods, it is awful.

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not a step up from the last one.

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

What did you like best about Flyte? What did you like least?

the world building was better this time. I feel like i got to learn more about the magic system, though not why things like "turn anything into chocolate" is light magic and a magical map that shows this as they currently are, and a giant magnifying glass are dark. or why you have to say dark spell backwards.

there are still no moral grays, to a fault. "this guy tried to murder us" say good guy A "alright, well, we will tell him to leave us alone and stop being mean. that should do it."

"i hate you and you are all mean for stopping me from murdering that ten year old." says the bad guy

"well go away and dont come back" says good guy B

"Imma come back and try ta kill you all again, and letting me go over and over only hurts you more in the long run, and ill act like i have no idea why you wouldent want to come to my lair and die, then pout about it. okaybyyyyeeeeeee"

rinse, repeat till the book is over.

What was most disappointing about Angie Sage’s story?

the wizards are extremely weak. . . and the lack of moral gray.

why do all the wizards suck? like, super weak. i feel like a level one pathfinder wizard could topple this city with a couple of magic missiles, then do the same to the evils wizards.

Which scene was your favorite?

probably anything with the secret service rat in it. he was just a straight up enjoyable character.

Was Flyte worth the listening time?

once. and only once.

Any additional comments?

it is certainly not the worst story that i have ever listened to. but it isn't something i will ever need to listen to again. all in all, im rather disappointed with the whole thing. very stream line, with very few surprises.

a very black and white, good VS bad story

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

Would you try another book from Angie Sage and/or Allan Corduner?

from Allan Corduner, certainly. his voice is magical, really bring the characters to life for me. from Angie Sage? I may sample them, but from the two books i heard so far, i wont keep them. they warrent one listen, but i don't want the clogging up my library when i will never look at them again.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have made choices more messy, and characters more complex. if you meet a bad guy he shouldn't be all bad. no one is ALL bad. and same with the good characters. to the point where, since killing is bad, the good character wont kill an enemy, even though the person has attempted to kill them multiple times.

as well, both the fantasy and magical parts of it seem so. . . derisive. they are not there because they play a part, they are there because, the audience is there. it was exacerbating.

spoilers:

so for instance, there is a group called the custodians, and every one hates them, cause they are being cruel and evil. I think, cool maybe the monache isnt so good, sounds like depth. but no, even the rulers hate them, they dont DO anything about them, they just start imposing rules and the queen is like "well, IIII cant do anything about it, i don't have any power over them." and there is not succession. she just DIES, and well, i guess now THESE dudes are in control. suuuuucks. they have no RIGHT to the throne, but what ever, every one listens to them. oh no, they are taking almost every ones children and putting them into a child army? oh well, not like we have a literal wizard section of our city that could help us. but what ever. fine.

in short, I wish things made more sense

Which character – as performed by Allan Corduner – was your favorite?

I think boy 412

Do you think Magyk needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

yes, but not the book that it got, it needed some more information on the EVERYTHING. i feel so lost. like almost nothing is explained.

Any additional comments?

all in all, this book felt more like listening to the story of a stream line RPG, and not in a good way. there was only one direction for everything to go, and it did. no hard twists, no hard turns. pretty predictable.

one thing that I do want to say that i actually really DID like was the oddity of things. some of the unique ways that some things are put are pretty enjoyable. (the cat that was turned into a duck, the shield bug) and while i love these creative things, it is not enough to keep me coming back. one listen is enough for me.

at the very end of the story, there is a wrap up kinda thing, telling you where secondary characters end up. for good guys EVERYTHING WORKS OUT, and for bad guys, well, their bad, so everything should be bad for them. forever.

the part that bothers me the most. is if some one is bad, they are bad all the way through, and should be treated as such, if they are good, they are good all the way though and will be treated as such, and that bothers me, i understand that this is a young adult book and it wants to instill that, but I came here from reading the keys to the kingdom series, that has hundreds of moral gray areas, and has the main character constantly question them selves and have to choose between two bads.

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Halo audiobook cover art

Great story, reading needs to be redone

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

What made the experience of listening to Halo the most enjoyable?

The story its self-was really enjoyable, very well written, and gives you a good perspective of the universe.

What did you like best about this story?

definitely how writing style. it definitely brings you into the universe

Would you be willing to try another one of Todd McLaren’s performances?

yes, certainly, but not with this recording studio. it sounds as though they dug a random mic out of a box and through him into the first room that had a carpet and said GO! not the best set up, but as the story goes along he gets better, stops pulling away from the mic to yell and trusts in the audio technician.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the way the describe the growing up of the main characters, the reasoning behind all their movements. I love knowing how they think.

Any additional comments?

try as hard as you can to get at least half way through. if you can do that. the technical aspect gets so much better, know it gets better and better as the books go on, but by the gods i would love it if they redid this audio book in a professional set up.