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  • The Province: A Futuristic Dungeon Core

  • The Laboratory, Book 5
  • By: Skyler Grant
  • Narrated by: Gabriella Cavallero
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Emma has attained new heights in the Scholarium, and while that provides countless new opportunities for research, it also means things have never been more perilous. Alliances will be forged and broken when a new war with the Righteous ignites, and powerful new weapons come into play with the ability to reshape reality itself. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Most previous problems fixed, one big new one

  • By Humility on 04-20-19

Most previous problems fixed, one big new one

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

Most of the problems I noted in reviews for previous iterations were fixed but a new one popped up that made it genuinely painful to listen to. Based on the author note at the end it was intentional so as to hurry up, wrap it up and get on to the next book which should reset things. But basically the problem is this, there was no pacing everything was just kind of crammed up and rushed. No structured arc at all. Now its not always necessary to have a traditional arc structure, but they are there for a reason. So while listening they just kept doing stuff and it really felt like everything they did was just an unplanned spur of the moment kind of action that they just hoped would work out and always did. And as such I was constantly struggling to keep up and figure out what was going on. It was very unpleasant.

  • Dungeon World

  • A Dungeon Core Experience
  • By: Jonathan Brooks
  • Narrated by: Don Donaldson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Far in the Northern wilds where no humans regularly frequent, a young man is left alone when his parents are murdered suddenly and unexpectedly. Now, without friends, family, or even supplies, he embarks on a journey to find out who targeted his parents - and upon whom he needs to enact his revenge.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • twist on a core

  • By steven on 04-11-19

Decent enough listen, but poorly paced

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

Well I feel that all the following books have huge potential, but this book was well... 9 hours of introducing a couple characters and the setting while barely hinting at what the future books might be about. And thats it.

It has pretty much eliminated the litrpg character development, or at least human side, as a source of entertainment. Due to using what is basically an infinite money hack to bypass nearly all limitations there directly or indirectly. And what was left was bypassed by... for some reason I do not think makes sense, him gaining access to every class simultaniously.

And it doesnt look like it'll have much in the way of dungeon core mechanics either. Though next book seems to plan to build a dungeon, it looks like its going to be a rushed affair as well.

Instead like 3 lines in the book have suggested to me the series is just rushing ahead to focus on some high level(non rpg sense) geopolitics and a 1 dungeon vs the entire world situation. And I happen to love complex geopolitics. So Im looking forward to it. I literally cannot think of anything else the series could do with this set up that would be entertaining.

But as for this book itself, it was just incredibly unsatisfying. It feels like a prologue dragged out to 9 hours. I like this style of writing but its a style that generally accompanies 20-40 hour books. At 9 hours, the sense is I only got part of a book. And because these books have to be rated on their own merits, I cannot justify more than a 3 stars for what is just a dragged out prologue that doesnt even properly set up expectations for the future books.

I did enjoy listening to the running commentary from the dungeon in the book's "climax"

I write these reviews while listening so I wrote this before reaching the author note at the end. Which basically confirms it was meant as a prologue.

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  • Mask of the Template: A Monster Girl Harem Fantasy

  • Celestine Chronicles Series, Book 1
  • By: Cebelius
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041

Terrence Mack was born poor, grew up tough, and died hard. Waking up in a sea cave with nothing but the clothes on his back and a new bullet scar was enough to convince him that wherever his death had brought him, it wasn't paradise. His new world quickly proves to be a place of danger, magic, monsters, and - for Terry at least - women. Known on Celestine as a template, Terry's genes are key to the survival of the eldritch races. But the fiercely competitive eldritch don't typically leave their lovers alive long, and aren't accustomed to taking 'no' for an answer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good enjoyed it.

  • By David Riemer on 01-28-19

Sexist and hipocritical

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

Reviewed: 04-12-19

Ok to start with I dislike harem books to begin with. And I like litrpgs. As a result my recommendations are overflowing with harem books. So I decided to get back at Amazon, listen to one of these books while skipping all tje sex scenes then rate it.

The writing was actually skillfully done, the story was kind of interesting and the combat was well written.

That aside it was a pathetic fantasy that emphasized the main character's desirability. I expected it to focus on how hot the women were, instead it glossed over them to instead focus on how hot the main character was. How amazing his personality was. Abd presumebly how flawless his lovemaking skills were. Which just struck me as pathetic, in fact the term 'beta male' even got used to describe less desirable men. Still it was actually preferable to the typical female objectification.

Despite making the main character apparently the most desirable man alive, a pretty stupid mechanic was introduced that centered the plot and was pretty much an excuse to get him evwn more sex.

Still all that could have been forgiven, after all, a fantasy is a fantasy. And what unattached man doesnt wish hot women were forcing themselves on him left and right.

What actually sickened me however, was the possessiveness. The book not only went out of its way to make the character's womanizing essential and unavoidable. But then hipocritically made it clear that it was not acceptable for any of 'his women' to do likewise. Anyway I got halfway through the book before I gave up. Amazon, STOP RECOMMENDING ME HAREM BOOKS!

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  • Renegades

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 7
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,316
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,998
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,982

The battle-scarred star carrier Flying Dutchman is finally on her way back to Earth, after an exceptionally successful series of missions that have once again saved the world. The ship needs a serious refit, and her exhausted crew just wants a break from constant clandestine warfare against a vicious and superior enemy. Wishes come true, right? Not for the Merry Band of Pirates.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Problems as BSG and LOST

  • By Spankybus on 04-03-19

You know it says headings are optional...

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

This book was equal parts frustrating and entertaining. I am real glad its abandoned its purely formulaic approach. Still the way the problems continuously and endlessly stacked... I honestly wanted nothing more than for them to find what they needed at the moonbase to fix up their ship properly and crew up at Paradise, So properly outfitted they could actually start DOING SOMETHING.

Instead is often felt like just endless descriptions of their handicaps and trying to solve those instead of achieving any plot progression. And sometimes like a chapter would be spent on a problem that literally solved itself. To the point that it felt like filler instead of story. I liken it to playing an old school Jrpg, with the random encounter rate set to every half step. Sometimes the filler obstacles were entertaining because of a good joke or a switch of perspective but more often than not, they were just there. But Im still giving it 4 stars because when it wasn't boring me with minutiae it was generally entertaining and interesting. And I feel the entertaining just barely outweighs the boring and frustrating.

I still might have given it 3 stars because of how completely unrealistic the book was. I mean come on, every single country on the council agreeing? But I decided to be nice. This time.

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  • Bunker Core

  • Core Control, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Seiple
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Wynne might have been human once. It's hard to say. Now he's a bunker core, a nanomachine controller responsible for an entire complex. Of course, the place is a bit wrecked. And the world outside is in ruins. And he's pretty sure that whoever put him here is going to come looking for him at some point....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad, could be longer

  • By Venture on 03-13-19

Amazing, entertaining

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Its a good, exceptionally entertaining dungeon core litrpg. Nothing else really to say about it. I was engrossed non-stop. Its a bit on the short side but as there is no noticable filler, it actually has more content than most litrpg books.


#dungeon_core #stronghold_rpg #base_building

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  • Siphon

  • A Touch of Power, Book 1
  • By: Jay Boyce
  • Narrated by: Samara Naeymi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369

Jade has spent her life fighting boredom in the terminally ill ward. Surfing the net or reading, she always envied the ability of others to go out and experience the world. She knew her wish to live a normal life was far beyond her reach, but after waking up one morning without the sounds of her life support, she opens her eyes and finds herself with a weak but healthy body in a magical world.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great right from the start

  • By Cody on 03-06-19

Amazing, but too much body shaming

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

The book was for the most part 5 star, cant put it down amazing. Just a few things less than perfect. In reverse order of significance, First the long, long loooong character sheet. But its easily bypassable.

Second the Jade's outbursts and word choice was a bit awkward but I think that was on purpose.

Third I couldnt quite figure out the whole team Jade thing. Just people who like her, people who actively support her, the beginnings of a harem or just a joke with no deeper meaning. I generally lean towards the very last, but I also get the sense it does mean more.

Fourthly Jade's special ability seems to nullify a lot of the early character development and lend her towards excessively rapid development, though Im willing to give the series the benefit of the doubt for now, fifthly, luck stat, ugh. Also the book felt incomplete, lacking a climax.

And Finally and most significantly I find the body shaming to be very, very uncomfortable. I know its trying to be a running joke, but men complaining about their assets being small is funny because very few men actually care about their asset size, but women on the other hand regularily spend a lot of money worrying about their assets size, so I cant help but feel its unethical on par with the womanizing common in other litrpgs. Possibly even worse due to the actual real world consequences. Its the thing that caused me to drop it to 4 stars instead of 5.

Also notable though not bad and possibly good, is how different the thought processes of the main character is. Almost alien, though it can be understood with some thought.

  • Siege Tactics

  • Spells, Swords, & Stealth Series, Book 4
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,536
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,460

Putting the Grand Quest behind them, the party rides onward in search of answers. Between one member's unexpected new condition and the mysteries of the Bridge, their only hope appears to be gaining entrance to Lumal, said to hold the greatest collection of knowledge in all the kingdoms. But when a curious path appears in a seemingly uninhabited forest, the party finds themselves in a place set apart from the kingdoms, and the world at large: a hidden hamlet, filled by unusual people, all of whom have long histories of their own.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So many answers! So many new questions! So good!

  • By Tony E. on 01-28-19

I just didnt feel it this time

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

I honestly just didnt feel much interest this time. A whole lot of time spent on things like world mechanics when the mechanics turned out to be really simple, rather dull training scenes, intrigue sections that didnt reveal any new info, and large sections emphasizing how boring the amazing village actually is. Which might have been an interesting twist if used merely as setting flavor, but instead was emphasized to fill out pages. It was just... boring. There were only two things of interest. First seeing how things look from the perspective of the adventurers being controller was interesting. And the final big battle was pretty good. But those two legs are not enough to support this book alone.

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  • The Spirit Rebellion

  • The Legend of Eli Monpress, Book 2
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900

Eli Monpress is brilliant. He's incorrigible. And he's a thief. He’s also still at large, which drives Miranda Lyonette crazy. While she’s been kicked out of the Spirit Court, Eli’s had plenty of time to plan his next adventure. But now the tables have turned, because Miranda has a new job - and an opportunity to capture a certain thief. Things are about to get exciting for Eli.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By Jessica on 06-14-12

A solid story, combat too one sided

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

I didnt form any strong opinions of this book until near the end. Which counts as a good thing. Means I was too busy listening to it to think about it. So Pretty good. One thing I didnt like was the combat. The characters were just too overpowered to make for interesting combat. Instead the actual conflict was some emotional thing about not accessing the full extent of his overpowered powers.

  • The Spirit Thief

  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,521
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,520

He's not just any thief. He’s the greatest thief of the age - and he’s also a wizard. And with the help of his partners - a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world but no magical ability of his own, and a demonseed who can step through shadows and punch through walls - he’s going to put his plan into effect. The first step is to increase the size of the bounty on his head, so he’ll need to steal some big things. But he’ll start with somethingsmall. Something like a king....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining light fantasy

  • By Bronwyn Soell on 02-16-12

Potential, but poorly paced and shallow.

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

Reviewed: 03-29-19

I found Eli's interactions with the various inanimate objects cute and amusing. And the main story was sometimes interesting. But for some reason I cant quite put my finger on, I was pretty much bored most of the time Eli wasnt entertaining me. I think it was because there were so many lengthy traveling scenes where nothing much happened, just lots of scenery being described. Then suddenly too much started going on at once as every character started to reveal their extremely high level power suite at once. And then the book ended. And I realized that was all this book was. A thin story meant only as a vehicle to introduce the characters and their powers. And it didnt do that in a well paced manner. Im hopeful that the later books will be better. Though I also have the sense that this book holds a lost opportunity. I feel this series could have been amazing if it had paced itself into a slow gradual build up of power similar to the Dresden Files. Instead its starting out with the characters at high levels. So Im not sure how the followup books will handle character development or the story development. Also a MALE narrator when the primary perspective is FEMALE. Im dropping a star just for that.

  • War Aeternus 2: Sacrifices

  • By: Charles Dean
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,311
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232

Desperate to save as many people as he can from a horrible fate in the cruel game of the gods, Lee and his small group of friends abandon the relative safety of Satterfield for the great city of Kirshtein. Tensions within the city have reached a breaking point after the arrival of an enemy Herald, and Lee is soon caught up in the struggle for power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's more than Miller time!

  • By Ray Johnson on 08-29-18

Good writing but a few major mistakes

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

Reviewed: 03-26-19

Okay first off, I almost ignored the womanizing in this book because it is a lot less extreme than other books. But its still there so -1 star.

And I took a second star off for the following issues. The main protagonist's power suite is not only versatile... Its automated. This one fact might have been enough for me to knock a star off on its own. The main character did not have to solve his delimmas he simply activated his powers and waited for the 'system' to figure out how to make them useful. But it wasnt the only problem. In reverse order of significance, Armored medium levelled enemies were going down after just a few shots as if they didnt have a hitpoint pool, for a book that makes so many comparisons to the abrahamic religions, the writing often seems rather ignorant of said religion and most significantly. I got so damn frustrated trying to figure out what was internal monologue and what wasnt. Some voice modulation would have been a big help, heck, I would have accepted even a continous "he said, he thought". So all these issues though probably none alone would knock a star, together drop it to 3 stars.

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