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  • The First Genesis

  • First Series #3
  • By: Kipjo K. Ewers
  • Narrated by: Carla Mercer-Meyer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Almost two years since the Uprising, the world has drastically changed. Sophia has taken up the mantle of the world's champion superhero, Freedom. However due to her cryptic message to the United Nations the world is divided in regards to her role in it. To some, she is a beacon of hope, while others see her as a new global threat they must find a way to deal with. The aftermath of Peace's attempted takeover of the planet has given rise to superhuman boosting and genetic hate groups. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This needs to be an anime or a movie series.

  • By Rui on 10-23-18

Feels like filler

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

There is a lot of set up and not much conclusion here.
A LOT of plot points were left hanging for a very obvious 4th book.

The book feels like it was cut in half to make two smaller novels.

It wasn't bad, in fact I quite liked it, it's just unfinished.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Awaken Online: Apathy (Side Quest)

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106

Eliza's parents are relentless - forcing her to constantly take extra courses to prepare for college and medical school. Sometimes, it feels like her entire life has already been planned out. Which is why she leaps at the chance to escape into a new virtual reality game, Awaken Online. What she wasn't expecting was to encounter a capricious god and his loyal "pet". Or to be chosen as this god's "avatar" within the game and forced to tackle a series of asinine quests. Yet she just can't shake the feeling that there is more to the irritating god than first meets the eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More, Need More!

  • By niaskywalk on 09-19-18

Good enough

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

If you are into the main story it fills in some holes nicely.

Not perfect, but not bad.. good enough to keep.
You should probably listen to this one after book 2 and before book 3 of the main series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Re-Start

  • Level UP Series, Book 1
  • By: Dan Sugralinov, Irene Woodhead - translator, Neil P. Woodhead - translator
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

At 30 years old, Phil is an unemployed gamer who struggles to make ends meet. His only source of income is freelance writing (when he feels inspired enough to add another article to his less-than-popular blog). His wife has just walked out on him, leaving him without money, purpose, or food in the fridge. On the day his wife dumps him, Phil receives a mysterious piece of wetware. A game interface seems to have been implanted in his brain, which allows him to see the world through the eyes of an RPG player. Now that Phil discovers his real-life stats, he can see they're below average.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once you start you won't stop

  • By Ray Johnson on 12-26-18

Not quite what I was expecting

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

First off the book wasn't bad per-se.. it was just written very differently than the intro led me it to believe it was heading.

Firstly, if the author's name didn't give it away, the book was written with a Russian protagonist with a VERY Russian moral outlook. Look at the typeline - it needed a translator . Some of the things they do just don't make sense to a very American audience.

Secondly the main character is an idiot who thinks he's intelligent. He doesn't get better over the course of the novel, he remains an idiot... don't get your hopes up.

Third - there was a brief foray into sci-fi when they explain his powers that really goes off the rails for a bit. It felt very out of place. Then a huge curveball in the story ... only to ret-con itself a chapter later. Silliness.

If you want to read a story about a guy walking a dog for three weeks, realizing he's overweight and going to the gym, then doing stupid things and getting mugged for it repeatedly... this one's for you!

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,182
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,650
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,635

From Brandon Sanderson, the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally best-selling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Ender's Game or Sanderson check it out

  • By Kingsley on 11-08-18

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

Standard Sanderson!

Great pacing, enough action to keep you entertained while the story keeps you wanting more.

Leaves with just enough out there to be a complete book while making you eager for the next one.

One of my favorites of 2018 so far

  • Gun Meister Online: Adult and Uncensored

  • By: Noah Barnett
  • Narrated by: Annie Ellicott, Justin Thomas James, Jeff Hays
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794

Gun Meister Online is a recently released virtual-reality combat simulator. Players assume the role of a Meister; fighting in matches and ranking up into higher divisions. Within the game, weapons take on human shape. These NPC's use a new Dynamic Distributed Personality System recently implemented, and many are excited by how life-like the AI characters are becoming. Charlie has only just begun to play, and he struggles to grow as a Meister. At the same time, he starts to take charge of his real-life outside. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome book

  • By ryan on 06-01-18

Almost 5 star

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

I'd have given it 4.5 stars if it was possible. The story was very different and I like the way it is evolving.

Good pacing and the sexytime scenes were spread out enough between the action.

  • Star Child

  • Places of Power
  • By: Leonard Petracci
  • Narrated by: Will M. Watt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962

Powers are determined by geographic birth locations, and only the rich and powerful are permitted access to prized sites. SC is the first person born in space. The punishment for unauthorized births is death. Out of fear, SC keeps his strange abilities as his darkest secret. But when his mother is kidnapped by an unknown organization, SC has no choice but to act.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bug

  • By David-Alan Hight on 11-24-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

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Firstly.. his name is Star Child. Really. Every time someone says it I just shook my head.
He has these mega awesome powers that he didn't bother to learn to use.
How old is he exactly? He's supposed to be a 2nd year highschooler? So.. 15?
He acts like he's 9, whiny and annoying, except when he's making these extravagantly elaborate plans to overthrow the big bad guy.

The narration was acceptable but not amazing.

  • Forging Hephaestus

  • Villains' Code Series, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 26 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,661

Gifted with meta-human powers, Tori Rivas kept away from the limelight, preferring to work as a thief in the shadows. But when she's captured trying to rob a vault that belongs to a secret guild of villains, she's offered a hard choice: prove she has what it takes to join them or be eliminated. Apprenticed to one of the world's most powerful (and supposedly dead) villains, she is thrust into a strange world where the lines that divide superheroes and criminals are more complex than they seem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Nice Surprise with some Really Fun Characters

  • By Small Mountain on 09-29-17

A+++

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

Being a "Villan", class 101.

I love almost all of Hayes's work and this is one of the better ones.

Great worldbuilding, tons of action, unique characters.

Amy Landon did great as narrator, giving each character it's own voice.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Gatefather

  • The Mithermages, Book 3
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,657
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,661

Danny North is the first Gate Mage to be born on Earth in nearly 2,000 years, or at least the first to survive and claim his power, for families of Westil in exile on Earth have a treaty that requires the death of any suspected Gate Mage. The wars between the families had been terrible until at last they realized it was their own survival in question.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Orson Scott Card has gotten weird... really weird

  • By Jeffrey on 10-25-15

Poo on a stick

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

Not good at all. Book 1 started off well, book 2 threw you a curveball with the .."but look aliens!" thing. Book 3 went completely off the rails and took it a step further, and this young kid is expected to be the savior.

  • Eye of Ra

  • By: Kipjo K. Ewers
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Laurence Danjuma was a young man on the straight and narrow, with hopes and dreams of making a better life for himself and the father who raised him. Fate and circumstance had a different idea in mind, breaking not just his body but his will. Now, as he's on the brink of death, an ancient power within his family's legacy awakens to both save his life and place him on the path to his destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Read/Listen

  • By fred on 03-18-17

Not the best

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

I like the world Ewers is building as a whole, but this isn't quite what I expected.

Without trying to give away too much of the plot.. it's a "how I got my powers" superhero book, with major Egyptian themes. His "power level" goes from zero to over 9000 in the blink of an eye, and it seems a bit silly.

About the best thing it does is set the stage for Book 3 of The First series.

Overall average but not great. If you are a fan of the series you should read it however as it fills in some holes in previous plots.

  • Personal Demons

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,622
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537

Alex always knew romance would be complicated. When love came into his life with wings and horns, he knew those complications would be a little unusual. Four months after meeting Rachel and Lorelei, Alex finally has a handle on divine visitations, supernatural enemies, and the echoes of reincarnation. He might even survive bringing an angel and a demon home for Christmas with the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Guilty pleasure with a great storyline

  • By David S. Broome on 02-20-17

A bit different

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

This is book 3 in a series, so start with Book 1.

Less sex, more angel/demon interaction.
I honestly can't tell if that's good or bad, but the book was a solid A- regardless.


Ties up most of the previous plot lines, yet leaves room for more later.

Tess Irondale's narration is wonderful as usual.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful