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  • Trapped

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,234
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,475

After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as some of the others in the series

  • By Melissa Schroff on 12-18-12

Feminist Fan Service

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

This book has fallen to Feminist Fan Service. I love Granule, but I feel this book was made to put her on her highest pedestal. A 2,000+ year old clever mastermind of a "Sherlock Homes" type Druid who has lived all those years due to his cleverness, but now acts dumb.
Ever read book where the character doesn't know the obvious? It drives you insane and you want to shout out warnings and tell them not to do something. Well, this book has disintegrated into that, but instead of making the wrong choice Granule magically knows best always. I seriously mean always. The one time she messed up in this book it saved Atticus's life. I felt so frustrated at Atticus I actually questioned many times through this book, "How has he actually lived this long, how am I supposed to believe he is clever/ a badass."

A druid with a couple thousand years of combat and whit can not even compare to Granules "newborn baby" skill or whit. Even her spirit forms are pure badassery to the point I was actually disappointed. She's a plain and sinple badass all around, and it's frustrating to see our favorite "Iron Druid" be shown up by a sex crazed immature Frat girl consistently.

I understand she has had a dim light compared to Atticus, but for good reason! He is thousands of years old. His combat intelligence that I have learned is second to none has been utterly demolished by Granule. Who is more or less a new born baby in my eyes compared to him (hence my new born baby reference). Her skills in battle are better than Atticus's, and her whit is sharper than his. I mean like a butter knife compared to a steak knife sharp. She fights a literal champion of the God's and wins a round? I could understand if it was like a crafter God or something, but a God champion? While only being into her 12th year of fighting?

No longer does Atticus feel old ancient and wise. He feels like a bumbling idiot who would be helpless without her.
It seems if she were to leave him, he would be dead in a matter of hours.

I am disappointed after such a captivating run of books. I was excited to see Granule grow under the tutelage of a Near Godly Legend "The Iron Druid". However, it seems I will never see that. Also the relationship between Atticus and Granule never had any real substance developed into their feelings (for me) before they made good loving.

Overall disappointed in Kevin.
I realise though artists sometimes lose interest in their projects. I can't help but feel like that was the reason this book was such a short coming for me.
I don't wish to continue the series if this is how it will be from now on. Unfortunately, after hearing the next books preview it seems the same pattern follows.
Time to find a new book unfortunately. I really did like the first few.

  • 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 11,611
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,943
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,912

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

I don't give 5 stars lightly

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

Let me just start off by saying I don't play games.
Even so this book has been a truly amazing experience.
Through my acquaintance with various books I have noticed that all characters progress. It is a basic element for a story to have this progress, and in my opinion Lit RPG just does a incredible job detailing his characters progression.
I hardly think of it as a game he is inside, but in fact just another creative universe with "limitless" potential.

I recommend this to more mature audiences Junior high and older, and anyone with a good sense of humor.
Great job on this work Author and Voice Actor!

Please start recording the next one ASAP.
I am reading it on Kindle now and can't wait for it on Audible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Fate of Dragons

  • The Sorcerer's Ring, Book 3
  • By: Morgan Rice
  • Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 460

A Fate of Dragons (Book 3 in the Sorcerer's Ring) takes us deeper into Thor's epic journey to becoming a warrior, as he journeys across the Sea of Fire to the dragon's Isle of Mist. An unforgiving place, home to the most elite warriors of the world, Thor's powers and abilities deepen as he trains. His friendships deepen, too, as they face adversities together, beyond what they could imagine.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Well worn tale loosely connected by too many words

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-02-16

More Predictable Than A Olympic Basketball Game

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change a lot about the style of writing.

I feel like every chapter is a build up to something that could be called a adventure. Then right as you get past a good point to continue the adventure, make a possible plot twist, or capitalize on a special moment the writer starts the next chapter with a different character. When we next visit this character a 100 days could pass; likewise, some sort of exciting event or anticipated moment we experienced with the character is just gone never to be mentioned again.
This writing style is also vague the "world building details" side of things. I have listened to the first 3 books and all I could tell you of the capital is that it's probably huge and has cobbled streets. I don't know of any walls around the capital or anything about the landscape around it (save the dark woods and more woods somewhere near, and a vague meadow of flowers in those woods. Also there is a random hidden lake somewhere that NO ONE knows about with a giant island in the middle of it with massive trees)

This is disappointingly lead me to feel apart from the world and unable to immerse myself into it.

Also please stop making these books so predictable. I am literally saying things before characters say them and guessing things that haven't even happened.

What could Morgan Rice have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I felt like the books I have read were a second draft. I feel like he should of drafted them again then had a editor rewrite or 2.
The books just feel like a work in progress.

Have you listened to any of Wayne Farrell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He is always amazing

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not

Any additional comments?

Besides being a obvious money grab for the quality vs. quantity we receive from the work of the author. The books has plenty of potential and just needs some loving. I would also combine every 2 books like the first 2.

Book 1-2
Book 3-4
Etc...

I feel like this would help it sell but I still wouldn't buy. The quality is just to poor.

-----(Spoiler) -----At the end of book 3 Gwyndalion is devastated Thor rides off into the sunset towards a ambush. Her heart breaks and stuff.... However, she could just send another message to him via Thor's Falcon. Just that simple fact alone annoys me to no end.-----

Also let's not forget everything is handed to Thor and he really doesn't deserve anything. Even when he should be making up his mind someone always has to point him in the right direction. It's probably one of the most annoying things to have a main character not able to decide anything for himself. Also he complains. A LOT. If he wasn't so innocent he would be dislike able.

  • Battle Mage

  • By: Peter A. Flannery
  • Narrated by: RD Watson
  • Length: 34 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,390

The world is falling to the burning shadow of the Possessed and only the power of a battle mage can save it. But the ancient bond with dragonkind is failing. Of those that answer a summoning too many are black. Black dragons are the enemy of humankind. Black dragons are mad. Falco Dante is a weakling in a world of warriors, but worse than this, he is the son of a madman. Driven by grief, Falco makes a decision that will drive him to the brink of despair. As he tries to come to terms with his actions Falco follows his friends to the Academy of War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it.

  • By Chiron on 01-05-18

A Good Story but a Cringy Listen

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

I will start off by saying the story overall is well made. Save for a few things like the fact that you already know every encounters outcome, and the overstressed point of friendship being a superpower. Of course, let's not forget that every time our hero nearly dies he somehow comes out much stronger. If that doesn't bother you then I would suggest reading the book.

However, the narrator who read the story made me cringe so many times that I even had to stop listening though I had nothing else to do. His narrator voice is pleasant and his character voices are as well. Though anytime a character yells he immediately forces himself to sound like a raspy voiced grandfather who hasn't drank water in 3 days. I joke not when I say that you can't even distinguish his characters voice in the raspy war cry/yell. It makes me cringe every time and I felt like a battle mage by the end resisting the forces of cringe. Though it pained me greatly I suffered through the cringe and battled on to the end.

Also I felt dissatisfied with the epilogue. Like the author forgot to make one and was forced to write something in a couple hours.

The story is great, and think I would of enjoyed this more as a book. Though pleasent sounding most of the time the narrator just didn't nail it for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ink Mage

  • A Fire Beneath the Skin, Book 1
  • By: Victor Gischler
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,985
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,992

In the first installment of the A Fire Beneath the Skin trilogy, the city of Klaar has never fallen. No enemy has ever made it across the Long Bridge or penetrated the city's mighty walls. Even when a powerful invading army shows up at the gates, the duke and his daughter, Rina Veraiin, are certain that it poses little threat. But they are cruelly betrayed from within and, in a horrific spasm of violence, the city is brought to its knees.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Chars, Weak Story

  • By Jenny on 01-12-16

A Feminists Story

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

This is a story of feminist ideals.
Let me explain before you downvote my comment.

Chapter 52 and nothing has changed.
The men are either simple minded sheep to be herded or abominable in every way shape and form.
The women are all pretty even in the lowest whore house in Backgate, and the only pretty man is garish, drinking, complaining, gambling, bastard who uses innocent women falling in love with him to increase his station in life.

Also the only other man that isn't a puppet of the ladies works in the dankest "whore house" as a cook. This man has been a coward the whole book and less than efficient as a soldier. The deserter ends up training a bunch of "whores", in a undetermined amount of time, into battle hardened soldiers. Finally when we think he will get his balls back (courage) he has a break down about the death of a single "whore". He is so irrational and emotional that his lovely "whore" girlfriend takes it upon herself to break is nose which results in hot bacon grease spilling all over him. Talk about overkill... also you don't need to be a genius to realise this behavior is exactly the opposite of what a trained soldier would exhibit.

The last main man is Adam (Adem?). This is the lead sheep. This is the ideal man for our warrior duchess. Completely ignorant and devoted to doing everything he is told our young Adam is a tamed tamer of horses. He also boasts a poor shot with a crossbow to his impressive resume. That is where the talent stops for our young helpfull slave.


Now for the women.
The story's main character Rina Veraiin is beautiful, deadly, and has a iron will.
The Red Hair Gypsy girl is beautiful, deadly, and has a iron will.
The "whores" at the backgate are beautiful, deadly, and have iron wills.

I will not listen to anymore of this sexist book. It is hardly a story and more of a smear campaign on men.
I don't know what the opposite of a feminist is, but I would like to meet one to get his opinion on this book.
This will be my second book return ever.

  • Awaken

  • The Mortal Mage, Book 1
  • By: B. T. Narro
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

Desil has spent his life training, but a promise to his mother has kept him from using his abilities for anything worthwhile. Now all he does is help his mother manage her tavern as his father rests in a grave. Desil knows there's at least one other mage somewhere in this territory who can do what he can; they share a connection through their magic, although they've never met. He stays up nights wondering what they might be able to accomplish together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen - Just What the Doctor Ordered!

  • By John E. Cressman on 10-10-17

My First Return

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

Would you try another book from B. T. Narro and/or Simon Vance?

No. The picture of a main character should not be of a all situational controlling, self important, little prat, who has been made easily hate-able.

Has Awaken turned you off from other books in this genre?

Of course not. I am just afraid after purchasing 60 books that I am finally coming to the bottom of the barrel having listened to all most all of audibles Medieval feel / Fantasy type of books.

What aspect of Simon Vance’s performance would you have changed?

He was a pretty great reader. I had no issues with his voice.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment at nearly every turn.
Especially

(spoiler alert)

When the main dude meets his father who is not dead. Then saves his father and is like give me hugs dad then that's it. No emotion at all.Also another disappointment was the first time the two main characters have a connection more than friendship. They are both bruised bleeding and in pain but its all good because they are not tired and are both up after everyone else has fallen asleep and are about to have romance.Just no thought put into it

Any additional comments?

I would of kept the main character, but alter him completely. I tend to notice a inner struggle in many main characters across many books. This should be intriguing as it helps to draw the reader in to the characters personality. However, this characters inner conflict is how much of a prat he shouldn't be (controlling over any anything), but keeps being anyways through out the whole book.
There were times when the know it all character, who you start out sorta thinking is cool for the first 20 minutes then hating for the rest of the book, fails to notice something or acts snide when he is magically the only one who knows how to do something.

For example.
The ladder.

Yes the ladder. Oh how I imagine every reader begged for the situation where our 3 heroes are stumped on how to lower ones self onto a ladder leading into a hole. Where the main character was going to go first. Then is told he shouldn't because it isn't his deal, then is asked for help on how to get on the ladder. Then he asks to go first. Then the other character is like no ill go. Then asks again how they should move while on a ladder. Then finally musters the courage to climb on it leaving the last character (the fearless women warrior) outside because she is to afraid to get on the ladder, but then ends up coming down anyway because why not.

YES I KNOW. I purposefully made that confusing because guess what? That is how it is in the story!

Next as we see the BRAVE but CAUTIOUS heroes learn they must take a boat. Instead of following with the caution side of things. They take a SUPER DRUNKEN UNSAFE PIRATE WHO ESCAPED FROM THE WORST PRISON ON THE PLANET BUT LOVES KISSES FROM PRETTY WOMEN, over the obvious safer and cautious route of going to the elves for a boat.
Thank you book for blowing my mind. Right as I get to thinking I know the 2 girls they both go full on caution-less, fearless, and stupid teenagers on me.

The story is scrambled more than my morning eggs.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • A Warrior's Penance

  • By: Davis Ashura
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,567
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,393

Following Stronghold's destruction, Rukh and Jessira lead the ragged remnants of the OutCastes on the long march to Ashoka. There they seek sanctuary for her people, but in order to do so they must overcome unyielding law that demands exile for all ghrinas. Meanwhile, Hal'El Wrestiva - exposed and reviled as the Withering Knife murderer - escapes from Ashoka and hatches one final scheme to resuscitate his soiled reputation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, wonderful narration

  • By Cory on 08-04-16

I purchased the book; however, it wont play.

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

Reviewed: 03-26-17

Would you try another book from Davis Ashura and/or Nick Podehl?

YES I WOULD LOVE TO TRY THIS ONE

What do you think your next listen will be?

Hopefully this book

How could the performance have been better?

For starters, you could make it accessible after purchase.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, considering i'm not able to even listen to it after purchase

Any additional comments?

Yes, make this available to listen after purchase and I will change this review.

  • The Cycle of Arawn

  • The Complete Trilogy
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 65 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,350

The White Tree (book one): In Mallon the dark magic of the nether has been banned for centuries. Its users have been driven out or killed. Its secrets lost. But the holy book of the nethermancers has just been found by a boy named Dante. As he works to unlock the book's power, he's attacked in the street. The nethermancers aren't gone—and they want their book back. Caught between death cultists and the law, Dante fights for his life, aided by his growing skills and a brash bodyguard named Blays.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In Response to the Criticism from Other Reviewers

  • By Jonah on 06-11-17

A Exceptional Book

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

I found this book to be very good, with exception of a few repeats bytheVoiceoftheNarrator

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Reign of Madness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 2
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,438
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,422
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,381

Equipped with skills far beyond those of the outworlders, Rezkin has been suddenly thrust into a foreign world. The young warrior clings to his only known purpose as he continues his search for any information about his identity and the reason for his existence. While the hardened warrior scorns both dueling and tournaments, he believes some of the answers he seeks may be found at the King's Tournament, the greatest dueling championship in all of the kingdoms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, very WELL DONE!

  • By Lorraine on 10-05-16

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,480
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,331

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

amazing

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

Reviewed: 10-21-16

amazing book. I finished it in a day and a half. it held my attention and refused to let go. even listen during work.