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  • Critical Failures V

  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 5
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,038

Many view "hitting rock bottom" as a foundation on which to rebuild one's life, a place from which one can only ascend. Gamers know to search for a secret door leading down to the sewer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Half a Book

  • By P. Smith on 01-18-18

Glad for the Break

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

I enjoy this series, maybe a bit too much. However, as much as I enjoy the immature humor and the ironical situations, some of the crassness by Denise

  • Shaman's Revenge

  • Way of the Shaman, Book 6
  • By: Vasily Mahanenko
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,930
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,825

Daniel Mahan, the legendary Shaman of the Barliona game world, has served his sentence in virtual reality. Eleven months of adventures and battles in exchange for eight years in prison isn't a bad trade-off. And yet Barliona refuses to relinquish its grip on the Shaman so easily, erasing the boundary between his two realities. It turns out that it's not so simple to leave the capsule - the Way must be completed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Redeemed!

  • By Josh Hennesey on 11-24-17

Too Many Moving Parts

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

I am an avid reader of LitRPGs. Since discovering them a few months ago I’ve devoured one almost everyday. Each has their strengths and flaws. However, after six books this particular series leaves me asking if the author had any clue that the convoluted web he was weaving could possibly happen or be believable. I personally had a problem with the past few novels because it seemed like the author “nerfed” his own story (destroying it near completely). It makes me wonder if boredom overtook him and he decided to try his hand at a quasi-spy novel. The intrigue in this book could not have been possible because of the massive amount of moving parts and variables even considering the closely monitored environment of VR.

With all that being said, I am willing to see if the author can pull his own story out of this quagmire or if he himself has gone to “black”.

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  • Awaken Online: Catharsis

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,346

Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He's in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life. Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn't expect. In this game, he isn't the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gravely entertaining!

  • By Bryce Bilbo on 04-21-17

Wrong Narrator for Series But....

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

If you could sum up Awaken Online: Catharsis in three words, what would they be?

Cliché
Cross-contamination
Evil

What was one of the most memorable moments of Awaken Online: Catharsis?

Jason's Custom Skeletal Creation is interesting and shows a lot of promise in the upcoming books.

What didn’t you like about David Stifel’s performance?

The narrator's performance is not all together horrible. However, the fact this is a story about an 18 year-old boy and it is being read by a man of some advanced years... Well... makes me think whoever recorded this LitRPG rolled the dice and got a low score for narrator. It does not make sense to have a 50+ year-old man voice an 18 year-old boy. He does, however, make a great old man voice, go figure. This series just needs a younger narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The opening cliché of bully verses little guy really annoyed me and almost made me quit. It was overdone but thankfully is also over fairly quickly.

Any additional comments?

Despite a rough start, the author investigates an interesting concept of what I think of as AI cross-contamination. As the character alters the virtual world around him, the AI alters the character's own mind. I think it is an interesting idea. Also, this is one of the few LitRPGs that I have recently read that take on the evil persona.

Some things I wish that the author would of done was invest some time in interesting names. Names like "The Dark One", "The Old Man", "Twilight Throne", and "Shadow Counsel" were banal and even if they were intended to be overdone, just should of been avoided.

All in all, I am interested enough to purchase the next in the series.

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  • Eldest

  • The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,747

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You see growth in the Author

  • By Theodore on 01-09-13

Flawed Writing but Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 05-16-15

Having just finished book one and book two, I feel comfortable admitting that the story is entertaining but flawed. As the main character grows through his struggles, his mastery of skills and talents happen too quickly making the story less engaging to me. Mastering the sword in just a few months, performing magic for the first time accidentally, then as he struggles to learn to be a dragon rider it happens instantaneously during an annual ritual... It's poor storytelling but acceptable for younger readers. As I said, flawed but entertaining.

  • Once

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Upon a time. Remember the faery stories you were told as a child? Tales of tiny, magical, winged beings and elves, wicked witches and goblins. Demons... What if one day you found they were true? What if, when you became an adult, you discovered they were all based on fact? What if you met the fantasy and it was all so very real? That's what happened to Thom Kindred. The wonders were revealed to him – but so were the horrors; for not far behind the Good, there always lurks the Bad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome twist on our existence

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-04-16

Adult Book-Adult Review: Once... And Only Once...

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

Reviewed: 07-21-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

It is hard to imagine anyone truthfully enjoying this book. This is my first ever feedback/comment on an audiobook and I chose this specific one to warn other unsuspecting readers.

I received this book as a gift nearly a decade ago but never got around to reading it. I would start, stop, and start again for a reason that I could never remember. Stubbornly determined, I finally finished this future-kindling after a three-day trudging through it's mire.

If you like unrealistically-motivated characters, horribly portrayed erotica, and suffer from masochism maybe this is for you! Still, I doubt it. *sigh* More follows...

What was most disappointing about James Herbert’s story?

In all honesty, the main character's stupid cowardice. I am seriously sick and tired of these winy 'heroes' saving the day by just simply being there! Then, complaining the whole time about this and that! Work, dammit, fight!

*SPOILER*

All Thom actually did in the end to "save the faeries/day" was open a flippin' book... I'll let that sink in... Open a flippin' book... Not grapple hand-to-hand with an ancient evil trying to destroy the world. Nope, a book that summoned faeries... Oh, that he did not even bring! His sidekick elf did all the blasted work!

"Oh, spiders!" ... Seriously, dude. Grow a set and at least pretend to be the butch, egotistical, master carpenter... Gah, this whole book infuriated me. None of the character's motivations made sense. The plot could be represented by a pillow perforated with a shotgun at really close range. Then, there's the long winded descriptions and useless information.

... Just... no... no.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Damian Lynch?

As if the writing was not bad enough, this guy decides to take long awkward pauses that could of taken out an hour of time if he would of just kept on reading! Then, the weird voices. Baaahh, a creepy attempt of a man trying to be a woman trying to be seductive... Baah, gross.

If I were to produce this audiobook, I would of hired two readers, one male and one female. A man mimicking a woman climaxing is just god-awful.

I gave the narrator two-stars instead of one because it is not his fault the book is so bad. A man has to make a living, I guess.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Once?

I would cut all the erotica. The writing made the main character seem clumsy. Come to think of it he was a stroke victim, so maybe it was intended? I think it is more a reflection on the author than something intentional. The repetition of the words "penis" and "vagina" proved the author's lack of imagination.

Condense the book into half it's size and remove most of the first five chapters that basically set-up the story. I felt like they could have been condense into one, MAYBE two but definitely not five. Removed 90% of the words during action events. The over dramatization, as well as, the author's verbosity clogged the action sequences to a near dead stop each and every time. Keep the sentences short and concise to mirror the events. If any further explanation is necessary put it in as a reflection.

Any additional comments?

My final opinion, if someone told me this was written by a 12-year-old, prepubescent boy, I would believe it and think that this was an impressive work for such. I really expected more and I am thankful Audible has a return policy.

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