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  • Fortress of Shadows: A LitRPG and GameLit Adventure

  • Stonehaven League Series, Book 2
  • By: Carrie Summers
  • Narrated by: Annie Ellicott, Jeff Hays
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

During her first weeks in the deeply immersive VR game, Relic Online, she’s hacked out a home from a choking jungle, gathered a tribe of loyal followers, and earned a wisp stalker who insists she’s some kind of champion. But Relic Online isn’t some wussy kids game, and there will be no easy-street cruising for Devon. Like a monk racking up combo points, the system opens a fresh offensive by crippling her most powerful ability. Following through, it strangles the village food supply, sends demons bursting through rifts in the Earth, and delivers a final, devastating throat punch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More of the same

  • By Michael on 09-18-18

More of the same

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

If that's good or bad is up to you...
The story continues, a few things are revealed, a lot of the book is used to set up the next books...
Plenty of story progression, plenty of village building...
I am excited for the next one already

  • Barrow King

  • The Realms, Book 1
  • By: C.M. Carney
  • Narrated by: Armen Taylor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Betrayed by those closest to him, Finn Caldwell thought he'd escaped his life of violence and deception. But when a frantic message from his estranged sister draws him into The Realms, the world's most advanced holographic reality game, Finn is forced to embrace his deadly skills once more. Armed with a mysterious artifact known as a Godhead, Finn becomes the warrior mage Gryph. Yet, things are not as they seem and to save his sister, he must escape a sentient dungeon by defeating its master the Barrow King.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good start - lost it after that

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-17-18

Great LitRPG

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

The main character is presented as a bad ass out of game, but a noob in-game, so that helps newer readers get into the story and action a little easier, however this is dropped about 1/3 into the book since, who wants a MC who is incompetent at basic things after all.
The characters are rich and interesting with their own backgrounds and motivations which are explained really well.
The setting is standard high fantasy, but let's be honest, with a title like that you weren't expecting cyberpunk.
The story is fluid and compelling strokes that paint a picture that I can't wait to see fully.

*Slight spoiler warning*
The book ends on a cliffhanger, which personally frustrates me senselessly since we don't know if we will get an audio version of this book, however there is already a second book out in hard copy, so it's not too bad.

  • Otherlife Awakenings

  • The Selfless Hero Trilogy
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160

Runner and his team managed to bring peace to Tirtius, successfully log the crew out, and have begun settling in to make a home on the isle of Vix. Fate isn't going to let them go that easily though. She clearly hasn't decided on what to do with him. Plots are in motion. Threats local, divine, and abroad scheme to exterminate Runner and the threat he represents. The possibility of what he could become.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something different in a good way!

  • By Lex on 10-06-16

Wonderful conclusion

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

a great conclusion on the series, though the pace is high, it does end satisfyingly as one could only expect from this

  • Admiral

  • Kris Longknife, Book 16
  • By: Mike Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

Admiral Kris Longknife should have known the job offer was too good. Still, she jumped at the chance to be the first human emissary to the Iteeche Empire. Only when she got there, and met the Emperor, a teenage kid swamped by his throne, did Kris find out that there was a little civil war going on in the Iteeche Empire. The loyal forces were losing, and they needed the best fighting admiral they could get. So they got Kris Longknife.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Magnificent Nellie

  • By Jean on 03-07-18

Jumping to conclusions, best excercise

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

If you made it to book 16, it's not like you aren't gonna buy this one :)
We're in too deep to get out <3

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  • Temple of Sorrow

  • Stonehaven League, Book 1
  • By: Carrie Summers
  • Narrated by: Annie Ellicott, Jeff Hays
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

Relic Online is the hottest new game out there, and it's Devon Walker's best hope for escaping her hard-knock life. Thanks to her rocking achievements in other games, she's been hired as a salaried player. Even better, her new position comes with cutting-edge implants that turn RO's virtual reality into a full-sensory explosion. Her only task? Drive the game's creator AI to the outermost limits of its creativity. Sounds easy, right? But when Devon logs in, her expectations shatter like an ice golem hit with a sonic blast. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Surprised Me

  • By AKApostal on 07-19-18

When is the next one??

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

All i can say is that I check back here at least once a week to see if the sequel have made it to Audible yet

  • The Greystone Chronicles: Book One: Io Online

  • By: Dave Willmarth
  • Narrated by: Laurie Catherine Winkel, Jeff Hays
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352

In the latter half of the 21st century, Alexander and his guild mates play Io Online for fun and to earn a living. Given the chance to test a new experimental immersion system, the veteran players must give up their high-level characters and begin again at level one. As they work through the noob zone quests, they discover that the new immersion system allows them to play in ways that hadn't been possible before. They quickly run afoul of a party of player killers and become the targets of an entire PK guild bent on spawn-camping them until they leave the game. War has been declared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good production

  • By cosmitron on 03-30-18

Standard start, not standard fare

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

so much fun while keeping to so many of the tropes in the genre, just giving them a slight twist.
All I regret is that I I can only recommend it once

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dominion of Blades

  • A LitRPG Adventure
  • By: Matt Dinniman
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458

For over 30 years, Dominion of Blades has been the hottest online role-playing game in the world. But the game is too real for some, and after an epidemic of real-life fatalities, public use of the immersion technology has been banned. Jonah wakes to find himself in-game, level one, with no memory of how he arrived and no way to eject. With only two companions, trapped in a world that once hosted millions, Jonah must battle his way across a treacherous landscape, fighting virtual monsters, all too real pain, and a very human enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great LitRPG, ignore the negative reviews...

  • By Christopher on 02-22-18

new spin on an old tale

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

The Narration is perfect, the story telling wonderful and the quality of writing top notch.
Great humor, new ideas in a genre with many set tropes... Most certainly a great book and I'd use it as an enterance point to GameLIT for others

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Supers: Ex Heroes

  • By: Jamie Hawke
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James, Laurie Catherine Winkel, Annie Ellicott, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

I never believed in superheroes. I certainly didn't believe I'd become one, or that strategically forming a harem of hot chicas and getting down with them to unlock my superpowers would be the key to my survival. Did I say my survival? I meant the universe's. No, really.... That's exactly what happened when I was taken to a galaxy of supers, thrown into a prison ship full of villains, and told it was up to me to stop them all. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 30% awesome story line 70 % sex scenes..lol

  • By Joshua on 07-13-18

Wauw...

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

Hard Harem, with explicit scenes, but wonderful humor.
If the Harem and Explicit tags are't hard no for you then give this a chance, I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Silence Fallen

  • A Mercy Thompson Novel, Book 10
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King, George Newbern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,647

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form Mercy escapes - only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe. Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • BAD PENGUIN.

  • By bluestategirl on 07-15-17

AS many others, The dual Narrators annoys me

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

It's still a great book and Mercy is as Mercy does, the quality of the writing carries the book through the inadvisable male narrator.

  • Otherlife Dreams

  • The Selfless Hero Trilogy
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,714

Runner has a problem. He and 499,000 men and women are trapped in a game. He also just happens to be the only person from IT who could log everyone out safely. And he doesn't remember his password. He, like everyone else in this nightmare, had his memory scrambled or lost in the process of being loaded into the game. A single garbled message is his only clue to how to save everyone. The problem is that whoever loaded them into the game loaded their minds completely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please fix audio levels

  • By Matthew Ransom on 05-24-16

High pace, High quality, High fantasy

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

Wonderful humor, great setting, and amazing characters.
Only potential downside is the extremely high pace, which might not be for everyone