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The Curse of Hurlig Ridge: 1st Dive audiobook cover art

Started off strong...

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

Reviewed: 05-20-19

The first quarter of this book was decent and held a lot of promise, but then it went down hill into juvenile-dom. When it was just the main protagonist figuring this out the story and characterizations were solid, but when the author introduced the female characters things went off the rails fast. I felt like I was reading about kids in grade school not adults in a fantasy world. Seriously? Do the women around this author really act like this or is this just his warped perception of reality?
I would have been happier if not for the drastic tonal shift of the work. If it had started out juvenile and silly I would have put it down and not given it a second thought. Unfortunately I was already committed. Fooled me once, buh bye.

Class-A Threat audiobook cover art

Always a pleasure!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-19

I am so glad I took a chance with Sugralinov. His stories are so grounded in hyper-realism. I can feel like I can relate to what his protagonists are going through, the world they live in, the challenges they face. So when they are overcoming their challenges their solutions and reactions make sense to me. Not many authors have this talent, as a result other works come off a disconnected and artificial. I have yet to be disappointed with Sugralinov and can't recommend him enough if you are looking for a little maturity with your litrpg.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

You're Going Down audiobook cover art

Always a blast!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-19

This writer is on my auto-buy list. His characters are solid, his story arcs are organic and he doesn't feel the need to bog the reader down with endless emotional/relationship drama. If you are looking for a good time and a likeable protagonist then this is a must have. Action, challenges, laughter and more action.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

The Final Trial audiobook cover art

Lovely. Worth every moment of my time.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-19

I loved this series and thank the author for bringing maturity to the LITRPG genre. This is not a perfect book or series. There were times I found the main character to be stupid and naive. But the author remained true to the core of his work and strong character development.
During a time when every book in this genre is infected with harems and juvenile stupidity, Sugralinov produced a breathe of fresh air. This was completely new and different, grounded in the real world with real world problems and concerns. I look forward to this author's future works.
If you want harems, two dimensional characters and pointless motivations this is not the work for you.
If you want adult entertainment and a main character you wish you knew in real life, please pick this one up. It is worth your time.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

World-Tree Online audiobook cover art

This was amazing!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-19

Thank you for such a wonderful story and narration. Thank you for the maturity. Thank you for an intricate universe, great character development and motivations. The antagonist was truly someone I could detest and the heroes were not imbecilic. It's great having an author who sees women as actual people instead of the love/sex objects. And the lead protagonist is adorable, the kind of guy I have no problem cheering for, not an overpowered Mary-Sue, or an idiot; but an actual guy with pain and regrets doing the best he can. Who can't get behind that kind of hero?
I am definitely going to share this story with as many people as I can. You Mr. Hooper are permanently on my buy list.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

The Great Filter: A Post-Apocalyptic Gamelit Novel audiobook cover art

Where did this guy come from?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-19

This author has risen to my must buy writer's list. Two books in (different series) and I am hooked. His characters have depth, they are NOT stupid. The women are real people, not caricatures. The action is amazing and he shows, doesn't tell, you the story.
If you get annoyed buy authors who engage in endless dialogue because they are too lazy to let the story tell itself you will not find that here. The world IS, the characters react to what they have been given, they make mistakes and they learn from them. These are people I can cheer for.
Wilbinski you have a fan. Great job.


PS. Spoiler: This is to the author, so don't read this part random reader of awesomeness. Wilbinski, please bring him back. He was too awesome to lose. You had me choked up. Not enough to lose my man card, but enough to make me slightly uncomfortable. Not cool dude. ;)

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

The Idle System: The Rogues audiobook cover art

Silly, unsophisticated fun.

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-19

This is not a great book. It is by no means a good book. The author is unimaginative and immature while the narrator can be heard sighing as he slogs through the dialogue. But the story is unrepentant fun, a teenage boys fantasy comic strip.
There are no harems (Thank goodness, is every male author these days a sexually frustrated creeper?) and no extended pointless relationship drama scenes.
The story is about an overpowered male Mary Sue who kicks a lot of butt. I'll take it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Kinetic Star audiobook cover art

Sigh... yet another horrid human being

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-19

Why is it so hard to find a like-able female protagonist in the SciFi/Fantasy genre these days? It seems as if writer's go out of their way to make women as horrid as possible. In this book everyone is more like-able than Samantha. Ukraine mobsters, her co-workers, random secretaries. What the hell? Would it have hurt the author to give Samantha some redeemable qualities? In every other scene she is shitting on everyone around her. Having the government lock her away and dissect her would be a mercy for the human species.
Like-able female protagonists are possible. They laugh, the fall then get up, they kick ass, they get lost but figure it out.
Samantha is the kind of person you wish would get hit by a train.

And not to nitpick, but the narrator needs to have a bit more of a personality. Good voice, very clear, but I feel like he is describing watching paint dry.

Gestation audiobook cover art

Absolutely delightful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-18

Please give us more as soon as possible. good character development. A bit choppy but overall a well written unique work.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Last Man Out audiobook cover art

Brilliant as always.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-18

This is one of my top series for a reason. The protagonist is relatable, not stupid, not a jerk, not all knowing. He's a real guy dealing with real stuff. After what he has been through, working through PTSD and still managing to be a decent guy to people who have no idea what he has gone through. Can't wait for the next one.