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  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,066

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there

  • By Kelly on 03-04-17

Fun story

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Off to Be the Wizard is a great start to a fun series. The book and characters do not take themselves too seriously which translates to a entertaining listen that does not require much effort to follow along. Simple, but well put together storyline that will have you picking up book 2 to see where the characters go next (*hint Atlantis)

  • An Unwelcome Quest

  • Magic 2.0, Book 3
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,472
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,279

Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LIKED YOU TWO BETTER WHEN,

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-24-15

Slow going...

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

I really liked the first two books and looked forward to continuing with the characters in book 3. Unfortunately, this third installment felt more like filler than a full story. There doesn’t seem to be a consistent theme that is carrying from book to book which makes it harder to want to pick up the next in the series when it feels like there is no overall plan for the characters, as though the author is just creating random struggles with no overarching direction.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,830
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,641

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Too slow and drawn out

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I must really be in the minority given the tens of thousands of positive reviews. I struggled to get through this book, finding it confusing with a slow plot. I suspect the edited version helps the pacing a little more, but I have little interest in moving on to the follow up book.

  • Divine Misfortune

  • By: A. Lee Martinez
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 756

Teri and Phil had never needed their own personal god. But when Phil is passed up for a promotion - again - it's time to take matters into their own hands. And look online. Choosing a god isn't as simple as you would think. There are too many choices; and they often have very hefty prices for their eternal devotion: blood, money, sacrifices, and vows of chastity. But then they find Luka, raccoon god of prosperity. All he wants is a small cut of their good fortune. Oh - and to crash on their couch for a few days.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gods Gone Wild

  • By Tango on 12-08-13

Fun and easy listen!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

My wife and I really enjoyed this story during several extended car trips. The plot is chock full of wit and moves quickly, all while keeping the listener engaged. If you're looking for a fun and easy story to listen to, this is it.

  • Return to Oz

  • The Falken Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Piers Platt
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Falken survived the ordeal on Olympus, only to be stunned with a shocking revelation: his good friend Weaver is still incarcerated on Oz. The only way to get Weaver out is to volunteer to go back inside the prison himself. But the clock is ticking - Falken will only have a few days to find his friend and help him escape. While he's back on Oz, he'll have to follow the rules to the letter. One step out of line, and they'll both be stuck in jail...forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the trilogy

  • By Chris on 12-13-18

Best of the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I love the return to the original storyline! The change of perspective when going back to OZ was like revisiting a dream and knowing exactly how everything works and how to make the world work to your benefit. Great new characters as well as a return to familiar characters from book 1. Satisfying ending.

  • Escape from Olympus

  • The Falken Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Piers Platt
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

After his escape from the prison colony Oz, Sirio Falken has found a new life as a safari guide on the planet Olympus. There, he helps tourists navigate the planet's exotic ecosystem, which is dominated by a single apex predator: a long-lived and sightless avian species called dragons. With exceptional hearing, the dragons are feared for hunting down anything that moves, including Falken and his guests, if they're not careful. But unknown to Falken, criminal elements have plans to use him to plunder the planet's resources.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Departure from Book 1

  • By Chris on 12-13-18

Departure from Book 1

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

While well written and excellently narrated, Escape from Olympus is a complete departure from the original storyline and left me feeling like this should have been more of a short story than a fleshed out novel. I have also completed book 3 which is a return to the original storyline and fantastic.

  • Escape from Oz

  • The Falken Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Piers Platt
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Sirio Falken has been a fighter his whole life. But when the government bans professional fighting, his life spirals out of control. Convicted of murder, he's sentenced to life in prison. But all of the felons he's ever known have disappeared from Earth, never to return. He's about to find out firsthand what happened to them. He'll have to stay alive among Earth's most ruthless felons if he wants to survive...and become the first man to escape from Oz.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unique Storyline!

  • By Chris on 12-13-18

Unique Storyline!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I really enjoyed Piers Platt's Janus group series and had no issue spending three credits on his next series simply based on the quality of his previous work. Escape from Oz is interesting in that it presents a storyline unique from any others I've heard. Nearly one third of the way into the book I had the thought "wouldn't it be great if it ended a certain way", convinced this would never happen. What a surprise to find that, yes, the story ends exactly how I envisioned in a very satisfying manner. Rather than predictable, I would put forth this is a clever ending with more story to tell. 4 stars as I found it hard personally to relate to the main character, but still a good story.

  • Otherlife Awakenings

  • The Selfless Hero Trilogy
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409

Runner and his team managed to bring peace to Tirtius, successfully log the crew out, and have begun settling in to make a home on the isle of Vix. Fate isn't going to let them go that easily though. She clearly hasn't decided on what to do with him. Plots are in motion. Threats local, divine, and abroad scheme to exterminate Runner and the threat he represents. The possibility of what he could become.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something different in a good way!

  • By Lex on 10-06-16

Good resolution to the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Perhaps as interesting as book 1, Awakenings brings the storyline to a very satisfying conclusion. I love the sarcasm of the main character and continue to roll my eyes at the harem fantasy fulfillment.

  • Otherlife Nightmares

  • The Selfless Hero Trilogy
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,635
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,546

Runner and company have safely left the city ahead of the siege. Completing their class promotions with barely any time to spare. Unfortunately Runner hasn't discovered the password he needs to begin the logoff process to save the 400,000 or so crewmates left alive in this game where dying truly means death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great follow up to book one

  • By Brian L. Manley on 09-04-16

Good continuation

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

The original storyline continues with lots of character upgrades and the introduction of (you guessed it) more women to join our main characters ever growing harem. Kudos to the author for pulling me into the storyline in a way that I'm willing to overlook such obvious fantasy fulfillment.

  • Otherlife Dreams

  • The Selfless Hero Trilogy
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,014

Runner has a problem. He and 499,000 men and women are trapped in a game. He also just happens to be the only person from IT who could log everyone out safely. And he doesn't remember his password. He, like everyone else in this nightmare, had his memory scrambled or lost in the process of being loaded into the game. A single garbled message is his only clue to how to save everyone. The problem is that whoever loaded them into the game loaded their minds completely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please fix audio levels

  • By Matthew Ransom on 05-24-16

Good Story

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I'm a big fan of LitRPG and have listened to many of these stories. OtherLife is a well written addition to the genre, but perhaps outpaced by its peers such as The Land and Way of the Shaman. The story is interesting and incorporates a unique use of AI. I couldn't help but notice the author using the storyline to play out what feels like a teenage fantasy of many woman losing themselves to the main character, relying on his goodwill and protection, with a harem of sorts being established. This may be the only obvious plot issue that could pull the listener out of the story.