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  • Heir of Novron

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,983
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,772
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,774

On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AN EXCELLENT TRILOGY

  • By Randall on 12-24-18

Sword swinging, Magic wielding goodness

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

The most satisfying end to a tale I've ever read. Sullivan ties together several threads woven throughout the series in an unexpected but much appreciated conclusion. Filled with humor, wit, tragedy and romance, this entry left my inner romantic appeased yet wanting more.

A nice, PG-13 story for Harry Potter and Eragon fans alike.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Light of Life

  • The Cycle of Galand, Book 4
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,574
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,131

After a year of fighting across three different lands, Dante and Blays have finally brought Gladdic to justice - and in the process, they've unleashed a horror beyond all reckoning. The enemy is known as the White Lich. He is ancient. He is immensely powerful. And Gladdic believes he will soon enslave all of Tanar Atain. Their only chance to defeat him is to strike fast, before the lich has regained his power. But attacking him directly would be suicide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, But Not Best In Series

  • By Scott Simons on 08-26-17

As good as every other.

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Another hilariously solid entry in the series. And a good reason to look forward to, yet dread the end of the series.

  • 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 1,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297

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

William E. Brown, Straightforward storyteller.

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

Perhaps the best part of this book is the intelligence of the main character. A wealth of knowledge drawn from two and a half decades of life (I think) provides him with an adventurous thought process and intelligence that is on par with Kvothe's (Name of the Wind series). I enjoy simply listening to him think. He's flawed but not stupid and that, in itself, is the brilliance of the first person narration of the story.

Straightforward thought process. It's entirely brilliant.

Guy Williams was there. He did stuff. would have preferred Jeff Hays and Soundbooth audio though. more suited to this kind of writing, I think.

  • War God's Mantle: Ascension

  • The War God Saga, Book 1
  • By: James Hunter, Aaron Crash
  • Narrated by: Armen Taylor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016

When Marine Corps pilot Jacob Merely crashes during a routine mission off the coast of Cyprus, he was sure it was game over. After surviving the crash and pulling himself onto the sandy shores of a long-abandoned island, however, Jacob unwittingly stumbles headfirst into the ancient ruins of a dead city. Unfortunately, he also stumbles into an age-old battle between good and evil - and he is now its newest recruit. The island once belonged to the Amazons, but Jacob’s arrival has awakened the old gods and disturbed the seal holding the ravaging darkness at bay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When you absolutely MUST LEVEL UP!

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-08-18

A 13 hour long Mountain Dew ad.

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Somewhere between the self congratulation and outright idiocy of our hero, he manages to mention Mountain Dew some 10000 times. That is in addition to his general prudish nature. I also found far too often that I was wondering where he misplaced his spine during his crash landing.

If you're looking for someone with some poetic skill, this is not your book. If you're looking for someone with even high school level command of the English language, this is not your book.

If, however, you happen to have dropped out of middle school and never even considered college, this tidal wave of teenage vernacular and novice writing is right up your alley.

Waste of a perfectly good credit.

Spend an hour or two listening to Randi Darren or Jan Stryvant, would you? You might learn something. Perhaps your writing skill at least would gain a new level and you'll be able to write without slipping in an "Awesome dude" every 3 sentences.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,819

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh yourself silly

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 11-28-15

Flying Demon Bentleys and Adorable Hellhounds

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I loved this book. From the witty banter to the theological arguments to the apt pacing. Martin Jarvis is phenomenal. A proper narrator.

  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,805
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,573

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Carla on 11-22-17

Fantastic Story

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

A perfect performance for an interesting take on much loved fairytales.
Drew Hayes proves again what masterful storytelling is.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hero Forged

  • Ethereal Earth, Book 1
  • By: Josh Erikson
  • Narrated by: Josh Erikson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208

Gabriel Delling might call himself a professional con artist, but when walking superstitions start trying to bite his face off, his charm is shockingly unhelpful. It turns out living nightmares almost never appreciate a good joke. Together with a succubus who insists on constantly saving his life, Gabe desperately tries to survive a new reality that suddenly features demons, legends, and a giant locust named Dale - all of whom pretty much hate his guts. And when an ancient horror comes hunting for a spirit locked in his head, Gabe finds himself faced with the excruciating choice between death...or becoming some kind of freaking hero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Good

  • By Steelgator on 07-21-18

Somewhat good.

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

Josh Erikson is a good narrator. Then again, it's difficult to not be one when you're reading your own story.

The story could have been better. The main character is almost frustratingly idiotic far too often. For someone whose entire job and personality depends on rolling with the punches, he finds it particularly difficult to roll with a punch. I understand he's damaged. He's supposed to be, I get that. However, a lot lof his reactions are not normative human emotions.

That said, the story's concept is a new tread on a familiar scope of fantasy. It's good. One too many "tiniest bit of power left" moments though.
I've yet to decide whether I'll be reading the next one. This is my one note to the author: you state within the book that the current iteration of man is closer to fictional beliefs than ever before. However, somehow, the main character finds it so hard to believe in said fiction.

Food for thought.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Otherlife Awakenings

  • The Selfless Hero Trilogy
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638

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

A fitting end.

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Jeff Hays was Jeff Hays. That is to say, he was awesome.

Arand really outdid himself with this one. Perhaps the best part of any book is watching the hero grow. Arand does a wonderful job of ensuring the continuous growth of his hero. I didn't appreciate him benching some of my favorite characters but I understand that on the whole, it only served to benefit the story he was telling.

Run on Runner.

  • Otherlife Nightmares

  • The Selfless Hero Trilogy
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,866
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,769

Runner and company have safely left the city ahead of the siege. Completing their class promotions with barely any time to spare. Unfortunately Runner hasn't discovered the password he needs to begin the logoff process to save the 400,000 or so crewmates left alive in this game where dying truly means death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great follow up to book one

  • By Brian L. Manley on 09-04-16

One of the very best books I've ever read.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Jeff Hays was splendid. duh.

William Arand is a masterful storyteller. I'm eager to see where the story heads from here.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 2,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280

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

Worth its rating

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Jeff Hays was splendid, but that is really a foregone conclusion at this point.

The book was an experience in splendid story telling. William does an excellent job of holding a reader's attention throughout. Both with interesting dialogue and a firm grip over the nuances of philosophical dilemmas. While I'm not sold on the LitRPG genre yet, I find his story telling sufficient in holding my attention.

My one note is that he has a habit of creating characters that are a bit similar to characters in his previous books. However, if you're a new reader of Arand's books, I imagine that this is not something that will matter.