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  • Gamer for Life

  • Alpha World, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Schinhofen
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,325

Seamus is facing life in prison without parole. While doing his time, he's given an option by the Department of Justice and the biggest virtual game maker around, Mindblown Entertainment. If he will help them test long-term immersion, he will get the chance to play the latest game from Mindblown - Alpha World. All he has to do is sign away his legal rights and sign an NDA.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • one foot in LitRPG the other in erotica

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-27-17

internet white night porn

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

This book is pretty awful. For the most part it's like somebody wrote down a game of DND where they got to be the hero and all the women loved them. But that's interrupted a couple times with sex scenes that sounds as if they were written by somebody who's never had any. Much of the dialog is cringe worthy.

  • Orb

  • Nightlord, Book 3
  • By: Garon Whited
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 36 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,928
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,749

We all have inner demons. We fight them all the time. Some of us achieve inner peace by coming to terms with them. But how do you come to terms with inner demons that tear free and become outer demons? Eric has been a vampire for nearly a century, and his demons are more than metaphors. While they controlled him, he was the Demon King. Now he has to avoid the monsters in his own mind, as well as angry nobles, fanatical religions, assassins, magi, other vampires, criminal organizations, and more.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Recycled plot from the first two books.

  • By Edward Armstrong on 04-12-17

The loops are getting old.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

These books are like a series of short stories that were all just cobbled into one book and struggling for meaning. That wouldn't be so bad if they were not looping through the same exact plot points. The protagonist was "out" for a while, my how the world has changed, gee the old friends are gone, make new friends, things go sideways, and in the end he's "out" again.

  • Rich Dad's Guide to Investing

  • What the Rich Invest In That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,326

"Investing means different things to different people. In fact, there are different investments for the rich, poor, and middle class. Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing is a long-term guide for anyone who wants to become a rich investor and invest in what the rich invest in. As the title states, it is a "guide" and offers no guarantees... only guidance.” (Robert Kiyosaki)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learnt allot even though there may be some fluff

  • By Raymond Brooks on 10-15-16

just a commercial

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

Garbage. This book is nothing but advertising for the author's other books and products.

  • Enjoy the Decline

  • Accepting and Living with the Death of the United States
  • By: Aaron Clarey
  • Narrated by: Nathan Dabny aka Jim Fear
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

The "end of America"? Most likely. The "demise of liberty"? You betcha! The "destruction of Western civilization"? Of course! But why let all of the above get you down? Learn to "enjoy the decline"!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Want to reality test your assumption?

  • By Jake Rosser on 10-23-17

terrible and contradictory

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

Let me sum up the book: Live off the government, travel the world, be a prepper, and kill yourself. Those are the actual points being made here. Including the suicide.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Sanctuary

  • A New World, Book 3
  • By: John O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Mark Gagliardi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559

Danger lurks in the shadows... A place where the brave tread warily... Jack Walker has returned from the rescue of his girlfriend with a small band of survivors. Their harrowing journey from the Middle East included a stop at the CDC where they learned vital information about the ferocious new species that hunt at night. The night runners dominate the landscape and a world turned upside down by the sudden death of billions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • OK...SO THIS WAS THE BEST ONE YET! ON TO BOOK 4!

  • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 04-17-16

Then Jack became a moron.

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

Reviewed: 12-28-15

Last of these books I'll listen to. When trying to survive it's apparently best just to run into each situation guns blazing. meh. The story tries to make out that Jack is a smart soldier/survivor but his every decision seems poorly thought out and designed to get everyone killed.

Store full of an unknown number of enemies? Everybody rush inside and start shooting! It's the only way! Well that's over and got a bunch of people killed. Now is a great time to run to another city with no plan right?

The annoying plot points only get drawn out more when you get to hear them twice as seeing it through Jack's eyes the first time wasn't enough. You'll get to relive it all, again, immediately, but with unrelated random flashbacks thrown in.

  • Chaos: A New World

  • Book 1
  • By: John O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Mark Gagliardi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 731
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688

Jack, a sometimes humorous, sometimes philosophical ex-special operations pilot and soldier is one of the few left to struggle through the desolation left in the aftermath; seeking to survive as a new ferocious species emerges from the rubble, hungry and unrelenting. Will his special forces training be enough? Will he be able to keep his children safe and guide the few survivors through perils that now roam the world they once knew? Or will the hordes that now own the night prevail....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping story! Relatable characters!

  • By L. FUDGE on 04-23-17

Good story, terrible narration.

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

Reviewed: 12-28-15

The other reviews are not kidding. The narrator is just terrible. If you can get by that the story isn't bad for a zombie-ish tale.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Contamination Boxed Set

  • Books 0-3
  • By: T. W. Piperbrook
  • Narrated by: Troy Duran
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 799
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 738
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 737

The infection has begun, ravaging the American Southwest and leaving chaos in its wake. In this new world, there will be no last meal, no dying wish. The only reward left is to survive another day...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT READ! Worth the time.

  • By Dorian F Perez on 02-28-15

Lots of meh and random acts of characters

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

Reviewed: 11-19-15

Book 0 was just terrible. The characters motivations read like they had skipped ahead in the book. "Oh, did you save my life and my daughters twice? I'm gonna try to kill you for that. Cause you're actually a bad guy. I mean, the audience knows that. But there's no way my character could have. So, I'm going to try to kill you."

Books 1 and 2 got better. Nothing ground breaking but acceptable.

Book 3 starts with the female protagonist turning into a bumbling fool. Whoopsie, she's an idiot now. It's at this point I turned it off.

With so many better zombie series there's not point in wasting time on this one.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Blank

  • Mind the Gap
  • By: Matt Eaton
  • Narrated by: Matt Eaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Former Australian special forces soldier Stone Luckman never dreamed he could put his troubled past behind him. In a search for survivors, Luckman rescues marooned surfer Mel Palace from a collapsing Gold Coast high rise. She tells him she's been expecting him for weeks. Later, she claims she can read minds. If his own insanity meter wasn't off the register, he'd suspect she had a screw loose. But then lately he's been having visions of an Aboriginal spirit man who is strangely connected to global events.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't make it 5 minutes

  • By joe on 11-11-15

Couldn't make it 5 minutes

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

This audio book taught me something. If you see the words "Narrated by the Author", pass. I've never heard such a robotic monotone delivery. There's a good reason the other authors out there get a voice actor to do their narration. I gave it a few minutes and had to stop. The delivery was just that annoying.

Another annoyance is that music keeps playing. 30 seconds of audio followed by a little instrumental music. That is crazy distracting when you're trying to listen to a story. When I want to hear music I've got a perfectly good radio. I don't need or want it in an audio book.

I can't actually say if the story is any good or not. I never made it that far.

  • Deep Time

  • Star Carrier: Book Six
  • By: Ian Douglas
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

Once rebels find themselves facing off against the Earth Confederation, the United States of North America is now the dominant force in negotiations with the interstellar Sh'daar Collective. But just as the marines root out the last violent dissenters, an alien ship of unknown origin suddenly flees Earth's orbit. Is it mere coincidence...or a terrifying omen?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No more repeats!

  • By W. M. Barber on 06-08-15

Caught in a loop

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

Reviewed: 10-19-15

This book has a quick fix ending that puts you right back where you started at the end of book 3. Just felt like more and more of the same story. Some interesting space battles, but that's it.

  • Destroyermen: Straits of Hell

  • Destroyermen, Book 10
  • By: Taylor Anderson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 17 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106

Matt Reddy's old Asiatic Fleet destroyer USS Walker has been mysteriously transported to an alternate version of earth. Here, WWII is no longer raging, and Reddy and his crew have been trying to find a new place for themselves in this strange new world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More of the Same - And That's a Good Thing!

  • By Daryl on 07-11-15

end already

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

This story is now 10 books in and they keep adding new enemies, that are all human. It's like the author gave up on an alternate earth and just wants to write WWII.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful