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  • The Land: Swarm

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 5
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,875
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,384

Aleron Kong's number-one best-selling LitRPG saga continues in The Land: Swarm. The enemies of the Mist Village are moving, the storm clouds are gathering, what are Richter and Sion to do? Crush the game, that's what! More of everything you love in LitRPG: powerful items, epic battles, awesome quests, and in-depth world building! What happened to Elora? Where is the swarm? Did the rock giant make Richter jelly? What are the colonel's secret spices?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good

  • By Glen on 12-23-17

Not his best...

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

too much time spent telling me about the individual luck properties of each Goblin encountered and not enough time spent on the actual story. I like the series but I'm pretty disappointed with this one

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hike

  • By: Drew Magary
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,536
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,525

When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Take a Hike

  • By Karen Moran on 06-04-17

So weird, but have to find out what happens next!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

If you could sum up The Hike in three words, what would they be?

Strange and entertaining.

Any additional comments?

I picked this up when it went on sale. I'm still not sure what I actually read, but I enjoyed the journey. It is NOT your typical book. If you want the same old, keep moving. If you are ready for a ride down a strange rabbit hole then it is well worth a listen. Think Davis Sedaris meets Alice in Wonderland.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 201,080
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 187,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187,364

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Just buy it. Not even a question.

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

Reviewed: 12-19-16

A very fun story for YA to adult. Everyone can enjoy this adventure. If you are even remotely a fan of video games or VR or just grew up in the 80s/90s you will enjoy this book.

  • The Daylight War

  • The Demon Cycle, Book 3
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 26 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,511

In this heart-stopping installment of the Demon Cycle, humanity continues to struggle against the demon plague - even as survivors hold out hope that the Deliverer will save them all. On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What in The Core happened?

  • By Uber Femme on 02-13-13

Best so far

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

Reviewed: 04-27-13

Any additional comments?

Mr Brett has definitely found himself in this sequel. The writing was excellent and pulls you right in. Even scenes that are just fighting sequences are brought to life

If you are a fan of the first two (and you should be) this sequel does not disappoint!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wretched of Muirwood

  • Legends of Muirwood, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,041
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,035

The Wretched of Muirwood, the opening novel in the Muirwood Trilogy, is the tale of the orphan Lia - who is part of a pariah caste known only as the "wretched", a people unloved, unwanted, and destined to a life of servitude. Forbidden to read or write, and forced to slave away in the Abbey kitchen, Lia is all but resigned to her fate. But when an injured squire named Colvin is abandoned at the Abbey kitchen, opportunity arises, and Lia conspires to hide Colvin and change her life forever.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected gem

  • By Dylan on 04-17-14

Average

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

Reviewed: 02-26-13

Any additional comments?

I had high hopes after reading previous reviews. There was nothing special about this book, it was very average. It filled the time, but I found the main character pretty annoying at times. It is a coming of age story, however the young girl just comes off as a complaining winer rather than a woman trying to find herself. There were times when you just wanted to tell her to "shut up" :-X

I would move on. There is better stuff on Audible.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Blinding Knife

  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 24 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,689
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,232

Gavin Guile is dying. He'd thought he had five years left - now he has less than one. With 50,0000 refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fiancée who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin has problems on every side. All magic in the world is running wild and threatens to destroy the Seven Satrapies. Worst of all, the old gods are being reborn, and their army of color wights is unstoppable. The only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole 16 years ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much Better

  • By David S. on 09-16-12

Some of his best work

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

Reviewed: 11-12-12

Where does The Blinding Knife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is definitely some of Mr. Weeks best work. It is even better than the preceding book. The development is more fluent. Also, it will catch you off gaurd and you might find yourself laughing in public. Some of the banter in the dialogue is very enjoyable.

  • Perfect Shadow

  • A Night Angel Novella
  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026

Discover the origins of Durzo Blint in this original novella set in the world of Brent Weeks' New York Times best-selling Night Angel trilogy.... "I got a bit of prophecy," the old assassin said. "Not enough to be useful, you know. Just glimpses. My wife dead, things like that to keep me up late at night. I had this vision that I was going to be killed by forty men, all at once. But now that you're here, I see they're all you. Durzo Blint."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but not great.

  • By Dillon on 10-21-13

For fans of the series

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

Reviewed: 11-01-11

A fun little novella. I do not think it would hold up on it's own, but it was enjoyable if you have read the others in the series.

I would have liked a little more of a traditional story arc, but I don't regret spending the $4.

The narrator was pretty horrible though. He became very distracting at times. Definitely pulled me out of the story. He has a awkward cadence to his sentences and puts pauses where they do not belong.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Alchemyst

  • The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1
  • By: Michael Scott
  • Narrated by: Denis O'Hare
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,374

Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives, but only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Children's Novel......Maybe!

  • By DaBears113 on 11-27-09

Mindless, but enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 10-23-11

Not really much depth in this series...it reads very much like a TV show.

That said, sometimes you are in the mood for TV! I am an older reader, so I might be a bit skewed. Maybe my review would be different if I was a teen.

If you are looking for something to pass the time on vacation or a road trip this series would be a good one.

  • Dragon Blood

  • The Hurog Duology, Book 2
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Joe Manganiello
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406

Wardwick of Hurog wishes to live in peace. Destiny has other plans. He is about to be arrested and imprisoned in the Asylum for Nobel Embarrassments and Inconveniences. Worse still Ward has learned that the same man bent on his imprisonment, Jakoven Tallven, High King of the Five Kingdoms, is seeking Hurog blood to activate the supernatural equivalent of a weapon of mass destruction. Once again Ward must play the fool to survive. Yet that will not suffice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good gets even better

  • By Edith on 04-16-11

Not the best.

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

Reviewed: 10-23-11

I was ready for a sequel after enjoying the first in the series, but like so many sequels this one really fell short. It just seemed like they tried to do too much with it and in the process lost a lot of what made it great.

Can't really recommend it...

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Alchemist and the Executioness

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi, Tobias S. Buckell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 457

It is a world where magic is forbidden – yet practiced in secret every day. But each small act of magic exacts a dreadful price – for it brings the bramble, which chokes farmland, destroys villages, and kills with its deadly thorns. In this world an alchemist believes he’s found a solution to the curse. But will the cure be worse than the disease? And a woman is forced to take up the mantle of her father, the Executioner. But it will not be the only death that she faces.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not What I Expected...

  • By Rand on 08-23-10

A fun little listen

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

Reviewed: 10-23-11

It wasn't the most in depth of stories, but it was an interesting construct of how the two tales came together. I was drawn in for both and it is definitely worth a download.

I opted to spend the $5 rather than a credit.

Narrators were good, even if they overdid it at times.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful