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Steven Osman

Pittsburgh, PA United States
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Life Reset: A LitRPG Novel audiobook cover art

The saga of Mr. Awesome

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

This book begins with someone who has quite a fall because he thinks he is the smartest person in the room and that the world revolves around him.

I waited till the end of the book for those qualities about him to change but I'm not really sure that they ever do. the author tries to take us on a tour of his self discovery where he grows but if you ask me, he's not all that different by the end of the book.

that being said, if you're into RPGs, particularly MMORPGs (like World of Warcraft), you'll relate to many things in this book which makes it entertaining. The author also has some interesting approach to NPCs (non-player characters, I.e. the AI driven computer characters).

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This book was too clever for me that it was tiring

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

I believe this book is about 30% longer than it needs to be. The basic premise, that a has-been music performer has to put on the act of his life to save the human race is interesting enough, but the author's writing is very tiring.

I get the impression that the author very much likes other authors and tried to mimic their style, but without truly understanding what makes it good. If you have ever listened to, or read, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, then you may understand how the clever use of wacky similies can lead to a very entertaining read. The thing is to use it with a measured hand -- I feel that the author of this book opened up a thesaurus of the bizarre at every opportunity, but didn't settle on just the first entry, but also the second AND the third AND the fourth AND the fifth. In fact, my eyes would roll into the back of my head whenever the word "AND" came up in the book because I knew I was about to be subjected to a long spew of rubbish -- at which point I would often tune out until the ANDs were done. What's worse is that not all the similes were clever or funny which would dilute the effectiveness of those that were.

If one were to edit out 30-50% of this book and leave behind only the more clever portions, the book would be far more entertaining. As it is, however, it truly was tiring.

Everyone asked me why I continued with the book if I disliked it so much. My answer? Precisely so that I could say I completed the book when I wrote this review.

The Dark Forest audiobook cover art

decent for a sequel

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

this book isn't quite what you may expect having read the previous one. that being said, it's entertaining nonetheless.

while it was well narrated, I'm sad that they switched from the reader of the first book in the series. not that this narrator is bad, but that the other one is my favorite reader of e-books.

Cumulus audiobook cover art

Performance ok, story is a bit weak

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

I would have liked to like this book more - I had higher expectations of it. it's not that often that I breathe a sigh of relief when I get to the end of a book, but this was one such case. As I was getting closer to the end I was just looking forward for it to be over so I could move on.

while the book starts ok, it wants to be smarter than it is, leaving both characters and story a little thin compared to what has been built-up.

Super Sales on Super Heroes audiobook cover art

book is a bit meh...

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

The premise of the book was interesting enough, but I felt like I was on a journey to nowhere the whole time. it made it a struggle to get through. you shouldn't be received when a book is finally over, and certainly you shouldn't be exclaiming, "seriously?" at the end, but, there you have it.

don't want to share more details because I wouldn't want to spoil the ending for those of you who make it that far.

An Unwelcome Quest audiobook cover art

great performance like the previous two books.

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

While the story is ok, it has lost some of it's reason for being. Instead, the author chooses to put some of his characters in an arbitrary but not wholly unamusing setting, all the while forgetting what it is we liked about them in the first place. That being said, the audio performance still remain spectacular.

Nine Princes in Amber audiobook cover art

so so experience

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

I find both the story and the performance a little lackluster. that being said, there are some interesting concepts in the world being portrayed here. shame the follow through wasn't equally appealing.

Spell or High Water audiobook cover art

fun book, worth it for the performance alone.

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

A fun, light "reading" series. The reader is fantastic at acting out many different voices.

Blade Runner audiobook cover art

great book, but reader puts me to sleep a bit

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

Reviewed: 12-26-16

loved the story. unfortunately, the reader drones on monotonously which can be tiring.

when I first started my way through the book I was worried I wouldn't be able to make it through the book, but the story was compelling enough to keep me engaged.

Found the whole discussion about animals both fascinating and entertaining.