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  • Shadow Captain

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Adrana and Fura Ness have finally been reunited, but both have changed beyond recognition. Once desperate for adventure, now, Adrana is haunted by her enslavement on the feared pirate Bosa Sennen's ship. And rumors of Bosa Sennen's hidden cache of treasure have ensnared her sister, Fura, into single-minded obsession. Neither is safe; because the galaxy wants Bosa Sennen dead, and they don't care if she's already been killed. They'll happily take whoever is flying her ship.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The slurpening.

  • By Matthew on 01-25-19

The slurpening.

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

The first books problems with audio production continue into this book. It's not nearly as bad but it's till enough to regularly annoy you out of the story, since that's all that matters, it's still unlistenable.


For headphone users there exists a volume sweetspot that won't hurt too much during the loud bits, and you can still make out the soft bits without adjustment. If this were the only problem then this book would have been easier to soldier through than the first.


Remarkably the bad audio production is only a secondary dealbreaker with the introduction of the slurper; An important character described as having a "watery voice."


The narrator chose to depict this watery voice with a loud slurp sound after every sentence. This character has hours of speaking interactions with the main characters.


It sounds like the narrator is eating a bowl of ramen inbetween sentences. Every sentence.


That is hands down the worst narrative decision I've ever heard.


I tried to soldier through but couldn't make it, five hours to go and the interactions with the slurper have no end in sight.


I'm out, I am done with this series of Audiobooks. I wish I had time to read the text since it seems like it would be another good Reynolds book.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,090
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,467

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, what a performance and what a story

  • By Jared G on 08-27-16

Could have been one of the greats.

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

The author nakedly steals the most absurd, and predictable, plot devices from Hunger games and Divergent. But then masterfully weaves those narrative obscenities with the best of Lord of the Flies and Battle Royale. The prose is thoughtful and very enjoyable. I hate that I like this book. It kills me that I'm enjoying a five star author write four star books based on one star ideas. It's like Coltrane playing The Itsy Bitsy Spider.

The narrator's voice and performance were very good if not a touch old sounding for a 17-18 year old protagonist.

I had a huge problem with the audio production that took me half the book to get used to. It sounded as if the narrator was speaking directly into a block of dense wood with the microphone just on the other side of it. It's very odd and offputting after listening to hundreds of other books.

  • Temple of Sorrow

  • Stonehaven League, Book 1
  • By: Carrie Summers
  • Narrated by: Annie Ellicott, Jeff Hays
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536

Relic Online is the hottest new game out there, and it's Devon Walker's best hope for escaping her hard-knock life. Thanks to her rocking achievements in other games, she's been hired as a salaried player. Even better, her new position comes with cutting-edge implants that turn RO's virtual reality into a full-sensory explosion. Her only task? Drive the game's creator AI to the outermost limits of its creativity. Sounds easy, right? But when Devon logs in, her expectations shatter like an ice golem hit with a sonic blast. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No veil of tears here

  • By Ray Johnson on 08-29-18

Not bad, too short

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

The ending is too abrupt. Not a bad all around litrpg though. I'll definitely buy the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Greystone Chronicles: Book One: Io Online

  • By: Dave Willmarth
  • Narrated by: Laurie Catherine Winkel, Jeff Hays
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566

In the latter half of the 21st century, Alexander and his guild mates play Io Online for fun and to earn a living. Given the chance to test a new experimental immersion system, the veteran players must give up their high-level characters and begin again at level one. As they work through the noob zone quests, they discover that the new immersion system allows them to play in ways that hadn't been possible before. They quickly run afoul of a party of player killers and become the targets of an entire PK guild bent on spawn-camping them until they leave the game. War has been declared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good production

  • By cosmitron on 03-30-18

A good introduction to LitRPG

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

This book is a great introduction of your 10 year old child to the LitRPG genre. I struggled to make it just halfway through.

  • The Bathrobe Knight: Volume 1

  • By: Charles Dean
  • Narrated by: Matthew Broadhead
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 826

Darwin, a video game addict, is sitting in his bathrobe and slippers playing his favorite MMO on a Christmas night when an uninvited guest breaks into his house to steal his belongings. After the scuffle is over he finds himself transported into one of the sword and magic RPG-style MMOs that he has always loved to play, albeit one he has never heard of, where he has to overcome trials and tribulations at every turn as he fights for his life alongside new companions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spoons and bathrobes rocking the battlefield

  • By Ray Johnson on 01-31-18

Garbage

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

This book has no redeeming qualities. It is garbage in every way. Fifteen words.

  • Kings of the Wyld

  • By: Nicholas Eames
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,610

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best, the most feared and renowned crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk, or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help - the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Locke Lamora Meets the Blues Brothers

  • By Matthew on 03-07-17

Annoying narration

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

The voices used for the characters are good. The book is very good. The problem is that every sentence is read identically to the last, from inflection to pacing. When a sentence is read in a clinically identical manner to all the others, REGARDLESS of narrative context, it quickly becomes noticeable, then irritating, then maddening, until you just want to shout at the narrator to read the book like a human. No one reads this way, or speaks this way, or tells stories this way. For good reason. It's not enjoyable to listen to. There is no natural flow to the storytelling. Every sentence is a narrative reset even when context demands something else. This is a very good book that you should enjoy by reading yourself. If the second book wasn't a different narrator I would not have bought it.

  • Ninefox Gambit

  • By: Yoon Ha Lee
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 643
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 641

To win an impossible war, Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.

Captain Kel Cheris of the Hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris' career isn't the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the Hexarchate itself might be next.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just too confusing with enough context

  • By Jose Alvarez on 04-02-17

Doesn't translate well to audiobook

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I imagine this would be good in anime or text format, but it's horrible as an audiobook.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Christy Romano
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,945

In a prosperous yet gruesomely violent near future, superhero vigilantes battle thugs whose heads are full of supervillain fantasies. The peace is kept by a team of smooth, well-dressed negotiators called The Men in Fancy Suits. Meanwhile a young girl is caught in the middle and thinks the whole thing is ridiculous. Zoey, a recent college graduate with a worthless degree, makes a reluctant trip into the city after hearing that her estranged con artist father died in a mysterious yet spectacular way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This whole city is a butt that farts horror.

  • By Claudia H on 03-03-16

Terrible, but could have been mediocre

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

The narrator, or producer, frequently pauses the narration regardless of punctuation, or context. It's incredibly irritating. Skip this one.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Summerland

  • By: Hannu Rajaniemi
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

An awe-inspiring account of the afterlife and what happens when it spills over into the world of the living. The new novel from the most exciting new voice in the genre since Neal Stephenson. Loss is a thing of the past. Murder is obsolete. Death is just the beginning. In 1938, death is no longer feared but exploited. Since the discovery of the afterlife, the British Empire has extended its reach into Summerland, a metropolis for the recently deceased. Yet Britain isn't the only contender for power in this life and the next.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I deeply regret listening to this audiobook

  • By Matthew on 07-03-18

I deeply regret listening to this audiobook

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I should have just read it. Hannu's brilliance is entirely smothered by the inexcusably bad audio production. The books volume isn't normalized, the whispers are inaudible and the more raucous characters are painfully loud. Character dialog volume swings so frequently you have to listen with your hand permanently on the volume control.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Awaken Online: Retribution

  • Side Quest
  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,328

Riley's real-life took a nosedive after her confrontation with Alex. The girls at school torment her and she feels powerless to do anything about it. At the same time, Jason has mysteriously disappeared, sending only a terse cryptic message to Riley and Frank. With some time on her hands and with her frustration with her real-life reaching a breaking point, Riley decides to strike off on her own in-game. Her goal is to investigate the quest related to the strange bow she discovered in the dungeon north of Peccavi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic expansion of the AO universe

  • By Mike on 11-03-17

Rubbish by the numbers

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

This book is a pale shadow of the first two in the main story line.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful