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Joshua Lucas Fox

Petaluma, CA, United States
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  • The Trapped Mind Project

  • Emerilia, Book 1
  • By: Michael Chatfield
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613

Austin Zane leaves behind his CEO position with RB Corp to play Dave, a half-dwarf in the virtual reality game Emerilia, trying to escape his life. What Dave doesn't know is that Earth as he knows it is really a virtual reality simulation and Emerilia is a world imbued with futuristic technologies to mimic early MMORPGs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Top Five LitRPG Stories

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-05-18

Can't believe I'm downloading the next book!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

It reads a little bit like fan fiction for two or three other stories I can recognize. It was a little while before I realized that the author had some ideas of their own, that were quite..... Good.

The author needs more <or> better proof readers like a walked dog needs a pooper-scooper.

The narrator needs to slow down and remember or learn the pronunciation and meaning of the words he's reading. He has a nice voice, though. Maybe he just needs a proof listener.

There are parts of the story that are great and an amazing new take on this kind of story. These parts are mixed just a little too liberally with drivel. At times I was just shaking my head at the nonsensical writing. The author seemed a little too taken with certain aspects of other stories. Hence my comment on "fan fiction."

There is also time and attention wasted on presenting things that are just the opposite of certain other stories. It occurs more as criticism of those other authors choices, than as original ideas.

However it's not so much any relationship to other stories that is the problem. It that there are parts that appeared grafted on to the story that make no sense with the story itself. Mostly the story seems to become more and more the authors as it goes along.

That being said this whole genre is profoundly cliched. When the author pulls it off it's fun. When they don't it's super annoying. On that premise I can cut this author some slack, especially because this appears to be their first stab at the genre. There are apperently
9 more books!

I am hopeful for improving skill and, Proof Reading!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Steal Across the Sky

  • By: Nancy Kress
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 34

The aliens appeared one day, built a base on the moon, and put an ad on the Internet: “We are an alien race you may call the Atoners. Ten thousand years ago we wronged humanity profoundly. We cannot undo what has been done, but we wish humanity to understand it. Therefore we request 21 volunteers to visit seven planets to witness for us. We will convey each volunteer there and back in complete safety. Volunteers must speak English. Send requests for electronic applications to witness@atoners.com.”

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't live up to potential

  • By John on 08-30-11

It's Good

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

Like other works by Kress, it leaves you looking at the world and future a little differrently, with new ideas in hand. This story seemed more tongue in cheek and "what if" that the other stories, though.

  • The Dark Ability

  • By: D. K. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 330

Rsiran is a disappointment to his family, gifted with the ability to Slide. It is a dark magic, one where he can transport himself wherever he wants, but using it will only turn him into the thief his father fears. Forbidden from Sliding, he's apprenticed under his father as a blacksmith where lorcith, a rare, precious metal with arcane properties, calls to him, seducing him into forming forbidden blades. When discovered, he's banished, sentenced indefinitely to the mines of Ilphaesn Mountain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent but had potential to be grand

  • By Ashley A. Bettinger on 07-23-17

The plot never shifts out of first gear

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

Kept hoping this would get better. There are ideas, and story elements that have a lot of promise. It feels kind of like the 12 year old practice stories of someone who grew up to be a great author. There too few plot devices used to create tension and move the story forward and they get used too many times.
There is a constant theme of confusion for the main character that is developed too the point where I the reader was so confused that I lost faith that the author himself wasn't confused. It felt as if the scenes were being pasted together with with lot's of vague connections that look like good storytelling but were really the author pretending they knew where they were taking the story.
the first book was a good enough start that I read several more in the series. It had hints of greatness, but after 3 books and the characters seeming to make progress (that didn't actually turn out to get them anywhere), I got tired of waiting for the author to take me someplace meaningful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fimbulwinter

  • Daniel Black, Book 1
  • By: E. William Brown
  • Narrated by: Guy Williams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238

Summoned to a world in the midst of apocalypse, Daniel Black would have his hands full just staying alive. Add in refugees, desperate soldiers, scheming nobles and a pair of thoroughly wicked witches, and life is going to be very busy indeed. Good thing he has magic of his own to even the scales. But will even that be enough?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alright

  • By Angel Manuel Ortiz on 06-25-16

like lit rpg but withoit so much trite

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

i can"t belive i liked ithat much. It's pure ridiculous Man mind candy. Like a Danielle Steel book for guys. If you can get over living up to the stereotypes of liking magic, sex, and violence served up with a side of boobs on a plater of righteous action. Well it' s a hell of a ride. Enjoy!

  • The Never Hero

  • The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs, Book 1
  • By: T. Ellery Hodges
  • Narrated by: Steven Barnett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,056

Reclusive college student Jonathan Tibbs wakes in a pool of blood, not a scratch on him. His life is about to undergo a massive shift. A violent and merciless otherworldly enemy unleashes slaughter in the streets, calling out in a language only he understands. And it is seeking its challenger. In order to defeat the threat, Jonathan must become a temporal weapon...while remaining completely anonymous. Unfortunately, harnessing off-world powers has its own special challenges...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tip: clear your schedule first.

  • By rhodry on 06-12-17

Urban Fantasy my (Bleep)!!

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

Any additional comments?

Make no mistake, this is a Super Hero story. Most super hero stories are urban so, yes you could make a case for urban fantasy, but it's not. That being said, you'll see what I mean cause I recommend the read.
I don't usually read super hero stories. Too shallow; too predictable; too hard to believe; something like that. This series has good character development, the author actually has a talent for writing. The world development is thorough enough that I don't have to work as hard to suspend my disbelief as much as I normally do with super hero stories. Go read it already, just don't expect urban fantasy.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161,108
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148,686
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148,521

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

I laughed and cried so many times.

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

Reviewed: 10-23-15

l'm not ashamed to admit it. Survival, courage, and the human will to survive and help each other.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Guardian's Grimoire

  • The Guardian Series, Book 1
  • By: Rain Oxford
  • Narrated by: Todd Menesses
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 464

Dylan thought he was an average man with a dead-end job and no great aspirations. When he finds a black book lying innocently on his lawn with peculiar words and markings, he discovers the universe is bigger than he imagined. The guardian of Earth, who kept the book and its immense power safe from falling into the wrong hands, was killed. Now Earth needs a new guardian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different spin

  • By erobbins33 on 01-06-16

Really! I feel a little ripped off.

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

Stuggled to get halfway through. So badly written! Don't have the character tell me how sarcastic he is. Only to feed me nonsensical bizarre dialogue that isn't even particularly sarcastic. I have rarely seen such clumsy character and plot developement.
I'm probably a little spoiled, the authors I gravitate to have been practicing their craft for years.
there were a few well written action scenes, and some interesting ideas. If the story was actually written by an 11 year old learning to write I would be praising it to high heaven. I just resent that i spent a credit on something i don't want to finish.

8 of 21 people found this review helpful