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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 811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765

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. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not a LitRPG any more and not worth the time

  • By Matthew Van Buskirk on 07-03-18

4th book in the author’s piss poor masturbation fantasy

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

Like the narrator. Liked the first 2 books. The 3rd started getting way too high school sexual and this one is even worse. 90% of the story is badly written sex scenes. Got very boring and repetitive after a while. I’m sad the series bent this way. It had an interesting start but is just silly and unlistenable now. I’m returning it to hopefully use the credit for something more interesting.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Iron Gold

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds, John Curless, Julian Elfer, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,672

Ten years after the events of Morning Star, Darrow and the Rising are battling the remaining Gold loyalist forces and are closer than ever to abolishing the color-coded caste system of Society for good. But new foes will emerge from the shadows to threaten the imperfect victory Darrow and his friends have earned. Pierce Brown expands the size and scope of his impressive Red Rising universe with new characters, enemies, and conflicts among the stars.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audio needs to be balanced

  • By Anonymous User on 01-21-18

One of the narrators phoned it in

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

I’m still listening, maybe 5 hours. The narrator for Lysander sounds like he doesn’t give a shit and got paid $20 for his part. He talks too fast and doesn’t act as the character AT ALL. I even tried slowing down the audio for his parts but it’s still too fast.

Please, recast this narrator with someone better and I’ll purchase the book again.

  • Shadows

  • The Game Is Life, Book 5
  • By: Terry Schott
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

Dawn belongs to a secret group of teenagers who play a cloak and dagger game on their cell phones. Her world is turned upside down when the players' actions begin to affect reality, and not in good ways.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bait and Switch

  • By Eric Travis on 06-25-17

Done with this lack luster series

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

I tortured myself to get through the first three books. The writing was all over the place. I lost count of the number of times “I won’t explain anything to you because you’ll learn it later” was used from one character to another.

Luke Daniels is a great narrator, which is the only reason I finished the 3rd book.

I got 90% of the way through “book 4” before giving up. The old man makes an appearance (one of the only really interesting characters in this extended mess of a series) but nothing else ties into the first 3 books other than the last name of one of the main previous characters.

Save your credits for another series. There’s nothing of interest or satisfaction to be found here.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Somniscient

  • By: Richard Levesque
  • Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

When reformed dream hacker Nix Nighthawk's sleep chip malfunctions, he is forced to seek help from a world he is trying to avoid - his old friends in the pirate dream network. But that world has changed, and Nix soon finds himself at the center of a complex plot to overthrow the vast corporation that controls every aspect of society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get this Book!!!!

  • By paul on 01-15-17

Pretty good. Slow start but it gets interesting

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

Reviewed: 04-23-17

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

I listened to this a few months ago but am now adding my review.

Overall its a good book. I wasn't sure about the narrator in the beginning, but it gets better later on. I liked the story overall too.

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,572

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

Made it about 1 hour in. Very depressing story.

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

Reviewed: 04-15-17

Seems like Atwood can only write extremely depressing novels. I'm done, basically. Had to add more words for the review. Still depressing.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Incursion

  • Merkiaari Wars, Book 5
  • By: Mark E. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

The war games are on, but the real battle has just begun....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Do not buy this book! it will be a wasted credit

  • By george on 08-14-17

Good narrator, story seems interesting

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

Reviewed: 01-15-17

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

Caveat emptor: This book is the 5th in the series and I have not read any of the previous ones. In fact, I am not finishing this book right now because I am going to start from the beginning of the series. That being said, this is my review based on about 1.5-2 hours I have completed.

The narrator is one of the better I've listened to. Good range of character voices.

Story seems interesting. Starts out in the aftermath of some alien war where humans are allied with at least one other race against a mutual enemy. The ally race has a lot of detail and we see characters from their perspective. Interesting enough to get me to start from the beginning.

I believe that if you are a fan of this series, you probably have been anxiously awaiting this sequel.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Silicon World: Man vs. Machine

  • 3 Book Bundle
  • By: W.H. Massa
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

As the age of the singularity dawns and artificial intelligence begins to rival mankind, the stakes have never been higher. Will robots and androids work side by side with mankind to make the world a better place or will they become our most bitter enemy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Silicon World

  • By med c on 12-16-16

Terrible story, amateurishly written

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

Reviewed: 12-20-16

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

The narrator did an ok job. I don't think this novel was well suited to his voice though. The characters were poorly written and the different voices he was trying for them just didn't really work. I'd recommend trying out some of his other books that he's narrated.

Lets talk about this story. I was only able to get a couple of hours into it before abandoning. It starts out with a somewhat interesting premise and I totally buy into the repressed sentient robots trying to fight for a better life. That's about the only nice thing I have to say about it.

The characters are just shallow. Their motivations are as predictable as a 6th grader doing an English writing assignment.

One thing that stood out as a sign of poor things to come were when the primary character is shooting something with, and I quote, "a futuristic looking bullet". The story takes place decades from now, in the future. But it wouldn't be a futuristic looking bullet in the story, because THAT WOULD BE THE PRESENT WHEN THE STORY HAPPENS. It would JUST BE A BULLET. I don't know why that particular thing stood out to me, but it is what it is.

Lets also talk about the machines. They're sentient, fine. Need that for the story and I'm on board. But in what way whatsoever would it ever make sense for domestic androids to be built with super-human abilities? To paraphrase one line in the book that I don't remember precisely, "Titanium skeletons, superior intelligence, and superior reflexes". Basically the machines are stronger, faster, and smarter and the only thing keeping them inline is "their programming". Which as is illustrated in the first few pages of the book, its ridiculously easy for the first android we meet to reason her way out of. Ugh. Make the androids vulnerable and fighting for their rights and it makes everything else with the story built around that much better.

I also want to address the poor plot structure that becomes apparently within just a couple of hours. The primary character is a soldier in the android-manufacturing company's task force that responds to machines going rogue. He recently had lost his wife because of an android. So he hates them. So then his bosses bring him in on a plan to infiltrate the android underground railroad. By uploading his mind into an android and "going undercover". "No way!" he says, because he hates robots because of his wife. "Oh but we know how to convince you, the leader of the robot underground is the one that killed your wife!", says his bosses. For fucks sake, this is literally the story up until the point I stopped listening.

Please don't waste your money or credits on this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hugh Howey Lives

  • By: Daniel Arthur Smith
  • Narrated by: Patricia Santomasso
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Can artificial intelligence write a novel? In 2174, authors are obsolete. With the exception of a few human "author" titles printed in the small basement and back room libraries, all stories are created by the Artificial Intelligence of the Archive. Most believe the "authors" are only brands to lure people into spending their credits on print. One woman believes that one of them, author Hugh Howey, is real and still alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Little Lois Lowry with a Dose of Hugh Howey

  • By FanFiAddict on 10-28-15

Lovely short story, great narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

This was a real treat. I never listen to short novels so I'm happy that I was given this one to review. I'm not blowing smoke either. This was really a great story and narration.

The narrator was simply lovely. Audio quality was well mastered and there are no editing issues. Patricia did a great job with the characters.

The story itself keeps a very tight focus on the two main characters and does a great job at world building by just dropping little hints here and there. You really get a better picture of how it all fits together by the end.

Spend a credit and get this book.

  • The Great Martian War: Invasion

  • By: Scott Washburn
  • Narrated by: Ray Greenley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Following the initial Martian invasion of England, President Theodore Roosevelt tries to prepare the United States for the potential of another Martian incursion. As the possibility of a stronger invasion is increasingly clear, the US government tries to mobilize nations to share information and technology to defend humanity. Newly minted ordinance officer Andrew Comstock has been placed in charge of developing new technology that has to be tested on the fly in a race against time if humanity is to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Great Martian

  • By jey cee on 12-13-16

Good story, iffy narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

Overall I enjoyed the story itself. The tone of the novel does a good job of setting itself in the early 20th century. If you like alternate history fiction, this should be a decent series.

The audio quality itself was more or less fine and there weren't any editing issues I heard. It does sound like some audio noise reduction was done a bit too heavily and it introduces minor static artifacts at the beginning and ending of words. It also sounds like too much bass was taken out of the narrator's voice. This is especially apparently in the sections where he tries adopting a lower tone of voice for certain characters. His voice is fairly nasal as a result.

I have some issues with the narrator outside of the audio mastering. I wish he would slow down a bit. The entire novel felt like Ray was rushing through the pages as fast as he could. I feel like he also needs to practice his accents and characters. The Roosevelt character was especially bad.

  • Babylon's Ashes

  • The Expanse, Book 6
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,898
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,266

The Free Navy - a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships - has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them. James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • lots of filler

  • By Jesse Stevens II on 12-21-16

Super addition to the Expanse, great narrator!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

I'm super happy the new book is out. I've been looking forward to it for months.

Jeff Mays is a fantastic narrator. There are lots of great narrators, but only a few can carry off so many different voices so clearly.

The story is well put together and pulls together most of the loose threads from the last novel. I really liked the extra attention we got last time with Amos (one of my favorite characters) and he recedes to the background a bit in this story, so that is really my only quibble.

Definitely recommend this novel if you've read the rest of the books in the series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful