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  • Gearing Up

  • Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut, Book 3
  • By: Daniel Schinhofen
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

Alvin had another rough week, but at least this time, he had Gothy with him. Travelling from Utah to Nevada, they were able to set up two more Settlements. Then they had to visit the world of Fey to rescue the kids of the Beatty, Nevada, Settlement. Just when things looked like they were going well, the Developers got involved. With the very rules of the game changing, Alvin found himself in a new position. Gothy pledged herself to him through the game system, leaving her collared and bound to obey his every whim. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Blandness and voice actors

  • By Andrew Epperson on 01-24-19

Changes

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

So there are a few changes with book 3:
1. Narrator change. This always sucks, fortunately though, the narrator was able to keep the same tonal personalities with the characters. The narrator has something of a nasal or congested sound when performing most dialog.

2. The BDSM escalated very quickly in this book. In the first two books, it was primarily very dirt talking with the sexual content, the author has included BDSM - things, or toys - in this book. Its very Fifty Shades if you ask me... the only difference is the amount of dirty talk.

3. The over use of the word "Hero" is slightly curbed in this book, but still annoying.

4. The rules of the "game" change in this book. I really wish that Jarvis would revert back to his previous voice, while keeping the name Jarvis. The perceived butler personality is a little much.

There is also a weird thing of Gothy/Becky's and Hero/Alvin's name. Hero and Gothy are nicknames the MCs gave to each other, which is fine, but they have both started to use the names as introductory alias when meeting new characters in the story.

Its been hard to keep track of how much time has passed, but the author's description of game mechanics tends to change by the minute and I dont think all of the plot points are being thought out very well.

For now I still like the story.

  • Cheyenne Magic: An Urban Fantasy Harem Adventure

  • American Dragons Series, Book 2
  • By: Aaron Crash
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

Steven Drokharis knew that embracing his destiny as one of the most powerful Dragonsouls to ever live would be difficult, but he had no idea that he’d be pushed to his very limits. Ten days after rescuing Aria and ending the life of an insane Dragonskin, Steven and his escort find themselves going toe-to-toe with Rhaegen Mulk - the deadly Dragonsoul responsible for the death of Steven’s parents. And Rhaegen Mulk doesn’t fight fair. He will pull out all the stops to end Steven before he can grow his escort and establish a primacy of his own. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Uh why did I buy this book?

  • By David Riemer on 01-13-19

Polygamy in practice

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

This story has some bouncy quirks to it, but I havent listened to any another harem stories that base the success of the character on polygamy. I like the story, mainly because of the dragon aspect - who doesnt like dragons? There are a couple of holes in the story, but I'm hoping book 3 will address them.

  • Valley of Death

  • Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut, Book 2
  • By: Daniel Schinhofen
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663

Alvin had a rough week. Thrown into a digital death game, Apocalypse Gates, with only his wits and a less than helpful AI handler, Alvin's prospects for survival looked bleak. Managing not only to survive but to thrive, he helped build a settlement of survivors in Green River, Utah. Along the way he met the very sexy and broken Gothy. He's taken on the undead, mutated bugs and animals and the worst possible enemy - other people - and triumphed. Nothing looked like it would be a major problem, except for the flight of dragons.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • PIck your genre; airport romance novel or litrpg

  • By Peter Pakalnis on 09-23-18

The Adventure Continues

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

The story remains consistently fun and engaging. I'm over the verbal love gushing between the 2 MCs. And I'm absolutely over the dialog use of the word "Hero" by the female MC. The use of the word 'hero' is a double edge sword - the author needs to use it far less and the narrator reads it all but twice in a seductive manner, which caused me to eye-roll what seemed to be a dozen times over the course of the book. My annoyances from book one remain in book two - but those annoyances dont make the overall story suffer. Being that Books 1-3 are already available via Audible, the annoyances clearly wont be resolved. This is definitely one of the most explicit sexual content books I have listened too. Some of the sexual language has even progressed. The female MC clearly is clearly a nympho and while that is all good in theory, the author clearly had struggles with keeping the story line flowing and keeping an even focus between story and sexual content. Seriously, the personality of the female MC sorta of steers this book to be just short of an X-rated novel.

I did notice that Book 3 has a narrator change and I've very skeptical about that. I have listened to hundreds of books and a narrator change in a series is RARELY good.

  • Rapture

  • Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Schinhofen
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105

Alvin woke in a room that was not his, to discover that he had died and his brain had been bargained off cheaply to pay off someone else’s debt. It did not sit well with him. It didn’t surprise him that even in death, people were still using him for their own purposes. He had never exactly been a good guy, but everyone had their breaking point, and he had found his. The bastards in charge had uploaded his mind into a virtual death game. The whole world could now pay to see him play it and probably die. Regardless, he was not about to wait for death to come for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HAve fun with the apocalypse and zombies

  • By Ray Johnson on 10-03-18

RPG adventure

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

So let me start by saying that the overall story is pretty good. It takes a little while for the author to really tie in certain aspects of the RPG world and get them to smoothly blend with an adventure story. From the perspective of an adventure and RPG story, its also refreshing to hear a female narrator.

There are a few things that I dont like, but those things are not enough to prevent me from liking the story. 1. In this particular RPG adventure, the primary MC starts with an AI (artificial intelligence) that gives the MC all the basic guide lines and stays available to the MC as part of the story. There is some decent comical banter between the MC and the AI. At one point the AI's name changes as well as a voice and demeanor change to mimic a comic book AI character. It was sort of funny at first, but because the narrator doesnt do a good impression it stops being funny quickly and just falls flat when it comes to listening enjoyment. 2. The MC eventually gets a love interest and the two characters become the story's MC's. The MCs give each other nicknames, which is fine, but I really dislike the way the author wrote the dialog for the female MC. The way its written for the male MC is smooth and natural, its over used and annoying for the female MC. 3. I have zero problem with the explicit sexual content in this story; however, this author decided to not go with the regular pairing of athletic and physically fit characters to describe in the sexual content. While the female character isnt described as 'fat' or over weight, she is described as 'thicker', bigger, curvier or more meat than what the stereotype of supermodels are in modern day culture - which is very subjective. I'm going to assume the author is trying to describe the female character as having a similar body style to that of Marilyn Monroe - which is perfectly fine for me.

The RPG story line background evolves very quickly. The human characters seem to be in a slow, natural, adaptation but the "game" seems to be moving far quicker than what the human story line characters can keep up with. Hopefully the author is able to lay out a natural balance in the coming sequels.

  • Street Rats of Aramoor

  • Street Rats of Aramoor, Book 1
  • By: Michael Wisehart
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690

Ayrion has been training to fight since he was old enough to walk. As far back as he can remember he’s always had one dream - to be the youngest warrior of his clan. Unfortunately, Ayrion learns the hard way that being the best isn't always a good thing. After a tragic accident rips away his dreams and leaves him without a home, Ayrion heads south to the capital city of Aramoor in hopes of starting a new life. That journey will test him in ways he had never expected, forcing him to use every ounce of his training just to stay alive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Should be classified as Young Adult

  • By MissRed on 12-28-18

Go on an adventure

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

Ok... so... disclaimer, this Audible book, although listed as only book 1, is actually book 1 and 2 in this series. Tim Gerard Reynolds is at his best, this story just seems to fit him. The writing is fluid, the story keeps moving which is pleasant. Wisehart can build a world, with detail, while still keeping the story moving along - which is refreshing. The story is unique and fun. Magic is only vaguely involved in the story thus far and it will be interesting to see how much more magic Wisehart adds to it; so far, there have only been two forms of magic used or at least noticeably used... but it wouldnt be very balanced if magic only manifests in a couple of characters. Definitely looking forward to the next book (book 3).

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  • The Egg and Other Stories

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray, Jonathan Davis, Christy Romano
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704

Collected for the first time anywhere, the nine tales in The Egg and Other Stories highlight Andy Weir's trademark wit and unexpected twists. For the few who have yet to experience The Martian, it's a perfect appetizer. For passionate Weir fans, it's a delicious dessert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! Great Twists!

  • By Someone on 07-20-17

really quick listen

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Some of these stories were great and I wished there was more to them. All of the narrators were easy and enjoyable to listen to.

  • The Land: Predators: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 7
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 46 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,592
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,941
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,885

In The Land: Predators, the Mist Village has harnessed its power. With core buildings, professional fighters, and now their own dungeon, the settlement is primed to grow into a kingdom of true power and magic. The path to power has not been without risk, however. The MistVillage has been noticed. Evil nobles from the Kingdom of Law, bloodthirsty goblins from the Serrated Mountains, an undead lord with a penchant for human sacrifice, and fanatical kobolds from the Depths all plot the village's destruction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Longer but not better...

  • By D. Nikitin on 08-07-18

A fantastic series

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

If you are into the LitRPG deal, this is a great series. I'm not a super fan of the RPG genre, but this series combines a lot of magic, myths, legends, lore and everything in between. There were a few times the author went into frustrating detail on skills stuff... but I can see that some readers may enjoy the picture he is painting if they are really into the RPG world. Normally, I find that 40+ hour books tend to drag on needlessly, but this book kept me hooked in for most of it. I'm very much looking forward to book 8.

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  • Denver Fury: An Urban Fantasy Harem Adventure

  • American Dragons, Book 1
  • By: Aaron Crash
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564

Steven Whipp, a normal, poor college student, is kissed and shot on the night of his 20th birthday. He realizes three things: He’s bulletproof; he’s a dragon; and everything he’s ever wanted is within his reach. But the attempts on his life are just the beginning of his troubles. Steven is a Dragonsoul - a magical race of beings who have thrived, hidden from the eyes of humans, in control of the world. And not just any Dragonsoul but the last in a long line of Arch-Sorcerers, thought long dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but nothing new really.

  • By Andreas on 11-19-18

Good story, meh narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

I like - not love - this story. James Patrick Cronin is sort of a one character narrator. He voices the primary MC well and another female MC he does ok with, but all the other characters he just falls short with tonal differences or just makes them sound weird. I picked up book two purely for the story, provided the voices dont change or get worse... I should be able to get thru it.

  • The Land: Raiders: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 6
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,161
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,468
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,434

The time of hiding has passed. The Mist Village will make itself known. Goblins have invaded Richter’s lands. Though the first incursion has been defeated, the anger of Chaos Seed remains. Those who challenge Richter’s power will learn there is a reason all creatures fear the mist.... It is the home of monsters. For the first time, Richter takes the battle to his enemies. He will live up to his name, and the very Land will shake with this power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kong is king

  • By Nicholas on 12-13-18

Solid follow up

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

If you are into LitRPG, this series is probably the best out there. Book 6 sees Rickter going into his first major battle with his allies. The story itself is another great addition to the series. Personally, I'm not a fanatic of the RPG genre - I have never even played any RPG game (board or console)... and while in the previous 5 books Rickter spent a lot of time going into his "prompts, notifications and interface" stuff... this book seemed overly heavy with it. Aleron Kong goes into massive detail painting a really good picture of what Rickter sees; which is cool in some aspects, but overkill in others. Beyond that, I absolutely love the relationship that Rickter and Scion have. Rickter and Scion's relationship is spot on to that of true military buddies, the banter between them is epic and perfect. Rickter's "limitless ability" is becoming a bit annoying to me, well maybe not that specifically, but all the extra prompts and options are a bit annoying. Still its a great series.

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  • The Land: Catacombs

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 4
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,756
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,065
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,017

What's that you say? You want more village growth? Well be careful where you stand, because the Mist Village just took a Viagra-Cialis sandwich, and there is a stiff breeze blowing! (I can make some more references if you're still not getting the point...did you see what I did there?) 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly Addicting

  • By Andrew on 08-23-18

WOW

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

So I'm not entirely sure where to start with my review. I suppose I'll start by saying that I've read/listened to the first 3 books via my wife and I've finally decided to leave a review. I'm an Audible junkie and generally find my interests in the PA genre and have expanded into the sci-fi world, magical, and recently I have dabbled into the RPG world. Aleron Kong takes the RPG genre and sets an incredibly HIGH standard. The Land has just about everything I look for in a book: humor, adventure, action, mystery, magic, intellect, quick wit, enough foul language to balance between teen and adult worlds, and fantastic story telling and everything in between. One review of this series says that its literally crack - its hard for me to argue. If you love RPG games, this book series is absolutely brilliant. The author nails LitRPG with such details that every book blows my mind with the effort put into the details. At the same time, the author has managed to find away to balance portraying said details without boring the audience. Prior to this series, I had not heard a book narrated by Nick Podehl. He was a perfect choice for this series and I'm a very satisfied fan - and customer - that Nick has narrated the entire series, thus far. I know that at the time of this review, there are 7 books in the series... I sincerely hope there are more to come. My top 5 books/series is very hard to shake up, but this series will likely find itself somewhere in the top 3 of my favorites.

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