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  • The Two Week Curse

  • Ten Realms, Book 1
  • By: Michael Chatfield
  • Narrated by: Todd Menesses
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199

Thrust into an unknown, unwanted situation, most would feel panic, fear anger, and fall into chaos. Erik and Rugrat are not immune to those feelings, but they have stepped into chaos so many times, it is simply a different challenge. Two weeks ago, Erik lost his legs and his arm. Today he got a message. "You have been randomly selected to join the Ten Realms. One may choose to ascend the Ten Realms, thereupon making a request to the Gods of the Realms. Only those who are Level 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, and 90 may ascend to the next realm. Fortune favors the strong!”  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Expected

  • By Jason P Lebeau on 02-19-19

He Hit it Out of the Park on His First Try

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

I've listened to a lot of LITRPG audiobooks and have developed a specific like to certain ways of presenting those worlds ... and, Michael Chatfield more than successfully did this. He brings to life the transitioning, adapting, and growth of a "player" quite well, without overly complicating things with stat updates, etc. It's a well-thoughtout book that's written in an easy going manner. I'm sure that future books in the series will transport us equally well.

Now, as for Todd Menesses ... I can honestly say he's good. I was a little worrisome at the beginning, as I couldn't really tell the differences between Erik's and Rugrat's voices, but as you progress it becomes quite clear. It's subtle ... and that's what Todd brings to the table in his many voices.

Well worth the credit ... ummm, credits ... as, I'll be buying the whole series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Worldship Humility

  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Colin Morgan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

It’s been 120 years since the 50 or so worldships containing the few million survivors of the human species set off after the planet Earth was destroyed by a meteor. On the Worldship Humility, Sam, a 30-year-old Airlock Operative, is bored. Living in space should be exciting and full of adventure, except it isn’t, and he fills his time hacking 3-D movie posters and holographic adverts outside the stores in the retail zone. Petty thief Yasmine Emile Dufont is also from the WS Humility, but she is not bored....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stupendous narration

  • By Anonymous User on 02-01-19

Welcome to Audible, Colin Morgan!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

The book is great. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but I think it was brought to that level by the narrative interpretation by Colin Morgan. His voices are unbelievable!! I tend to listen to audiobooks at work, as a portion of my job is managing Excel worksheets, which is mind-numbing. Must admit, I audibly laughed at quite a number of instances - a nod to both RR Haywood's writing and Colin Morgan's voices.

I'll be watching for more books by both gentlemen.

  • The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 1
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,970
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,843

Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter's destruction. Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm? A tale to shake "The Land" itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter's choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside in it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing

  • By Joseph N. on 09-06-18

Gold Standard of LITRPG

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I've now listened to a number of LITRPG series that I truly like and have given 5 stars across the board to - The System Apocolypse by Tao Wong, Alpha World by Daniel Schinhofen, Ascend Online by Luke Chmilenko, and The Gam3 by Cosimo Yap - but, to me so far, gold standard is The Land. The completeness of integrating an RPG game with "real life" has been readily managed by the author, Aleron Kong.

Now, combine that with the talents of Nick Podehl, and you truly have an epic on your hands. He brings to life all of the characters in such a clever manner that I find it hard NOT to laugh at times, thanks to his way of expressing what is actually happening. Congrats to Aleron for injecting common day events and sayings into the script, so that Nick can expertly interpret them in voice.

As a gamer, and a listener of these books, there were many times I'd think, "This is what he's got to do now!" as we've found ourselves gaming with these events happening to our avatars. Usually, these are basic moves ... or, what we consider to be the most "logical" moves, as we've probably repeated them over and over and over ... again. Aleron Kong goes beyond the rote "next move" and weaves an intricate, yet refreshingly correct, path for our hero. One that I've consistently found interesting. The moves are correct, because our "hero" is flawed and doesn't always "go with the flow".

It's unique. It's gripping. And, it's just thoroughly enjoyable.

46 of 69 people found this review helpful

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,926

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fast-Food Science Fiction

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 04-07-17

Great Story Made Even Better by Narration

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

Great plot line. Great character, with excellent back stories and development. Narration that brings it all to life ... and, then some.

Second book that I've listened to (over 200 in my Library) that made me laugh out loud while in the middle of a commute to work. Yes, everyone looked my way. I didn't care, Carl Prekopp has given voices to characters that transcend the pages. "Aye." as Harry would say.

To say that Harry, Ben, and Saffa are flawed heroes is an understatement. To say they're almost superhuman (not in the Marvelverse-way) is also an understatement. Their dialogue, witticisms, dialects, etc. made me continue listening well past the time I should have turned the light out. Beauty sleep and all.

I'm writing this, while listening to Part II, wishing Part III was already available. I couldn't have better invested 2 credits on my first time travel novels ...

Take the chance. Spend a credit. You won't regret it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,017

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

Work be Damned

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

Reviewed: 09-17-17

Okay, once again, I'm a Johnny-Come-Lately, but at least I took a chance on this one ... I found Fold by searching on a great Narrator - one, Mr. Ray Porter.

I was quickly engrossed by the main character, Mike, and the mental gymnastics he could do. Once he was onsite, that's when the story took off. I have to admit, I was on my commute to work, when this occurred. For the rest of the day, I left my earphones in and feigned doing work. Oh, I updated spreadsheets, called into a couple of meetings, but for the most part, I listened to this book

I couldn't stop ... it was that good.

I'm now waiting for a sequel. Come on Peter ... write one quickly!

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67,266
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,990

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Only an Hour into the Book !!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

I know there are a ton of people who have listened to this book already and have provided excellent reviews ... hell, that's why I bought the book.

I'm only an hour into this book, but it's already done something that no other audiobook that I've bought has done before. I was taking the train into work when I laughed out loud with a thunderous "HA!". I think I knew that I did it, but after glancing around the train car, virtually everyone was smiling at me.

Dennis Taylor can write ... and Ray Porter is giving me a great performance.

Thank you to everyone's review I read that convinced me I had to listen to this book.

And for everyone reading this ... buy it. You won't regret it.

171 of 197 people found this review helpful

  • Warship

  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,794

In the 25th century, humans have conquered space. The advent of faster-than-light travel has opened up hundreds of habitable planets for colonization, and humans have exploited the virtually limitless space and resources for hundreds of years with impunity. So complacent have they become with the overabundance that armed conflict is a thing of the past, and their machines of war are obsolete and decrepit. What would happen if they were suddenly threatened by a terrifying new enemy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling and satisfying underdog space opera

  • By Elliot on 12-22-15

Good Strong Story made even better by Mark Boyett

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

If you could sum up Warship in three words, what would they be?

The future's now.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Capt. Wolf - because he does what needs to be done despite all the odds against him: both human and alien.

Which character – as performed by Mark Boyett – was your favorite?

Tough to say. I've found a lot of my books through Mark's previous performances. He brings the characters to life ... for me, at least. Capt. Wolf was very well done, but I like the "edge" he gave to Pike.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. It's just not doable

Any additional comments?

I feel this book easily stands on its own. It's taken to another level thanks to Mark Boyett. Easily worth a credit ... well, 3 because you're going to want to read/listen to the whole trilogy.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Steel World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,372

In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Space Opera

  • By Don Gilbert on 12-05-13

Buy this Book and all that Follow ...

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

If you could sum up Steel World in three words, what would they be?

Fun and addictive.

What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He's not just a Narrator, he brings life to the characters ... Especially the main character, James McGill.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When battling Aliens for the survival of all humans, expect the unexpected.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Midshipman's Hope 

  • The Seafort Saga, Book 1
  • By: David Feintuch
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 226

When a hideous accident kills the senior officers of the UNS Hibernia, it leaves a terrified young officer to save 300 colonists and crew aboard a damaged ship on a 17-month gauntlet to reach the colony of Hope Nation. With no chance of rescue or reinforcement, Nicholas Seafort must overcome despair, exhaustion, and guilt. He must conquer malfunctions, mutiny, and an alien horror beyond human understanding. And he must save lives, and take them - in the name of duty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Needs more hope

  • By DB on 04-02-18

A Tortured Soul Grows Up Quickly

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

Reviewed: 07-28-15

So, you're a lowly 17-year old Midshipman still learning how to be an officer, still maturing, still ... well, guess what, none of that matters anymore because you have a job to do regardless of whether you want it or whether anyone else wants you to do.

You have a short time to grow up and take responsibility for your ship, the lives or your crew and the lives of your passengers. And now, to top it all off, you're under attack from a previously unknown alien.

How would you handle it? Do you think you could save the ship and get back home? How would you cope with the horrors your decisions bring?

Midshipman Nick Seafort didn't have a choice - the regulations clearly state that he has to assume the roles and responsibilities of Captain of the Hibernia. Every decision he makes eats at his soul, but every decision he makes ensures that the Hibernia will get to its destination safely.

I sent Audible an email 2 years ago asking that they get the rights to this series, as I wanted others to enjoy what I've enjoyed all these years. David Feintuch has crafted an excellent character study of a tortured (albeit to himself) sould trying to do what's right and what's best for those lives he's now responsible for.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Mountain Man

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,468

Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Caught Me. . . Hook, Line, and Sinker!

  • By Tracy P. on 07-05-18

Audio Sample Hooked Me

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

Reviewed: 04-30-15

Didn't know anything about the author or the series, but I had done a search on other audiobooks that had been narrated by R.C. Bray (he's really good) and came upon this series.

Man, was I surprised. Keith Blackmore crafted a fine novel ... and I'll be buying the other editions, as well.

Gus ... the anti-hero ... makes you root for his survival. He's a good man who's survived a horrible ordeal (and then some) who now has one weakness - Uncle Jack and Captain Morgan (the smiling Fop).

I'm looking forward to what comes next in the adventure. Was pleasantly surprised the series is set in Nova Scotia. I've been to Halifax many times, it should be interesting to potentially know the neighbourhoods he's going to have his characters be in.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful