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  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,811
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,471

In a world full of super powers, Felix has a pretty crappy one. He has the ability to modify any item he owns. To upgrade anything. Sounds great on paper. Almost like a video game. Except that the amount of power it takes to actually change, modify, or upgrade anything worthwhile is beyond his abilities. With that in mind, Felix settled into a normal life. A normal job. His entire world changes when the city he lives in is taken over by a super villain. Becoming a country of one city. A city state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lot better than I thought it would be

  • By Phillip hinch on 07-08-17

This was a great read and an interesting concept

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

This was my first William Arand novel and it was very good.
Jeff Hays' performance was excellence, as usual!

I've had this book in my wish list for a while, but didn't get to it for one reason or another. When it went on sale I jumped on it! It turned out to be binge worthy. The concept was not what I expected in a superhero novel. But the story click and I was cheering Felix on.

This series is a different perspective of the Hero Universe. It makes you consider what is a villain and what is a hero. It provokes thought on many topics. I like a book that makes you think a little. This book will also make you want pancakes.

  • 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 1,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,858
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,860

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

A fantastic expansion of the AO universe

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17


I’ve been waiting a year to hear how Jason explained away the dead bodies! Do we get good clean answers explaining about how the butler (Alfred) did it in the bedroom with the dagger? Not a CLUE (get it?)!

Instead, David Stifel wonderfully narrates this side bar story line that tightened the addiction I know I have for the Awaken Online universe. Darn you BAGWELL!!! Please, please do not turn into a Robert Jorden and pass away before the story is done. Don’t turn into a John Ringo and get bored with a story line and walk away after 3 or 4 instalments! Please Travis, stay happy, stay healthy and keep typing!

Read / listen to the first 2 books. They are worth the credits (audible) or the kindle down load. These are the foundations to the AO world. Mr. Bagwell does not spend time flash backs to bring new readers up to date (thank you). You will be enthralled with the world that Bagwell paints and the characters he skillfully develops.

I do not know Bagwell’s background or if he has people helping him with the social and mental material on bullied teens, but as a father of bullied teen, I can say he dead on the mindset of the bulling problem and how cruel kids can be to each other and themselves. This book is a great case study of a person going from victim to victor. The details of the world and characters are vivid. And he uses those details to pull you deeper into the story.

This story is worth the credit. The story line is binge worthy. Scratch off a day of work or give up a night of sleep. The story is that good.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence

  • The Zodiac Legacy, Book 1
  • By: Stan Lee, Stuart Moore
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 439

When 12 magical superpowers are unleashed on the world, an Asian-American teenager named Steven is thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He'll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries, and ultimately unlock the hidden secrets of the Zodiac Legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An entertaining story,

  • By Jimmy on 04-26-15

Like watching paint dry

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Any additional comments?

kept waiting for the story to kick in. I mean Stan Lee is involved! A third into the book and I was hoping the antagonists would kill off the protagonists so the book would end. Nope. kept dragging on and on and on and on and on. and so forth

I gave up half way through. Now I'm stuck with it because the system would let me return it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Awaken Online: Catharsis

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,514

Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He's in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life. Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn't expect. In this game, he isn't the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gravely entertaining!

  • By Bryce Bilbo on 04-21-17

Great new Series

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Travis Bagwell started off his writing career with a book that sucks you in and will not let go. I bought the first volume because I simply could not fine anything to look interesting. I am a fan of SAO saw the book, had a credit and thought "Let's give it a whorl!" 4 days latter I'm googling the AO3! I have not done that since John Ringo's Black Tide series (Please don't be like Ringo - 4 books in a series then walk away!).

I recommend this series to an SF and Fantasy fan. I've even gone so far as to down load it on my teenage son's phone.

What did you like best about this story?

Travis writes very well. He does great character studies and puts meat on his charter personalities. You end up quickly caring about his characters. You can feel their pain and conflict. He does a great job of describing the stage of the story. You can imagine yourself in the grave yard.

What about David Stifel’s performance did you like?

I almost gave up on book 1 because of David. He was very monotone in the beginning of the book. The plot held me to the book, and I'm glad I stuck with it. A hour into the story and Dave loosened up and his voice began pouring life into the characters. Once he got rolling, I could not take the ear buds out!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are parts of this book that are very intense. Travis does a great job ripping your heart out, then jamming it back in. Once Dave starting putting more emotional inflections in his voice, the pain, sorrow, joy and sense of accomplishment flowed out of the story.

Any additional comments?

This is a great story about the definition of Good and Evil. Everything we see and hear are not black and white. We do not live in a binary world. What will a good person do to protect what is important to him? If one who is perceived a righteous and says you are evil, don't the rest of us have an obligation to look a little deeper at the righteous and evil?

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Black Tide Rising

  • By: John Ringo, Eric Flint, John Scalzi, and others
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris, Tanya Eby
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 388

The news that humanity had been dreading for ages had come true. Zombies are real. Worst of all, we created them. The apocalypse was upon us, and every man, woman and child had to answer a simple question of themselves: "What do we do now?"

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • read what your buying first.

  • By sean on 08-18-17

45 minutes of oh my god great hours of so what

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

Reviewed: 06-17-16

If you we're hoping for a continuation of a great story, don't look here. You get two short sessions of characters you know and root for and a lot of "aren't we past that in the story?"

If you are new to the story, go to book 1

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Maze Runner

  • Maze Runner, Book 1
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,369

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers - boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out - and no one's ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying: Remember. Survive. Run.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, though a little long

  • By Darrin on 11-28-11

Well worth the credit

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

Reviewed: 09-17-14

Very Good. I'm very glad I took the time to listen to the story before I go see the movie.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,447

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
  • excellent

  • By Emily on 05-07-17

Great Start

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

Reviewed: 09-17-14

WOW! This is a binge listen! Once the story starts, it is hard to put down.

  • Shattered

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,911
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,198

For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O'Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he's been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he's got company. Atticus' apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What's more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The third druid

  • By Don Gilbert on 07-24-14

If you are new to Iron Druid, Don't buy this book!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-14

Kevin Hearne is a master! He does it again, and with Stile! At one point I was laughing so hard, my wife through me out of the bedroom because she could not hear her “real” housewives! Another point of the book I was on the verge of sobbing. Thank God I was only driving in heavy traffic on US23! I wonder if you could get a distracted driver citation for an audio book!

Please do not start the Iron Druid series here. There is so much detail in the other books that you might get frustrated with the references if you have don’t hear the other books first. This series is worth every credit you will go through to satisfy you addiction! Audible is a crack dealer getting listeners hooked with the “daily deal”! I’ve had to actually spend buy a couple of the book in the series when I could not wait for the new credits to come and I needed a FIX! I got my 16 year old son hook on the series. I can hear him laughing in his room now. I wonder if he is at the part where Owen is discussing his philosophy of solving problems with violence.

I strongly recommend the Iron Druid SERIES. Read them all and you will be twitching in the corner with cravings for the next book!

  • Midst Toil and Tribulation

  • Safehold Series, Book 6
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 28 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,468
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353

After centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of the Church of God Awaiting - egged on, some say, by the mysterious warrior-monk Merlin Athawes. Now, in the wars and intrigues that have cascaded from Charis's declaration of independence, the populous Republic of Siddermark is sliding into chaos.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is HORRIBLE - Love this series

  • By Ryan on 10-05-12

Great story + rookie narrator = let down

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

Reviewed: 09-23-12

I’ve been waiting for this installment of the Safehold series. I’ve been holding on to 2 credits for a month! As soon as it popped up I down loaded. The narrator is energetic, BUT I truly wish that the producers had stayed with the same narrator as the previous installment. If nothing else, the new narrator should listen to the previous story so that the pronunciations of names, places and objects are the same as the previous 5 books. Kevin Collins did not take the time to listen to the previous books in the series. It is obvious from the first 5 minutes that he is not a fan of the series but a guy doing a job. If I had not heard the other 5 books, it would have been an acceptable or better performance. But as I have heard the other books, the performance was avoidable horrible.

One other thought, If the producers of this book let this narration out in this condition, what respect do they have to the author or to the consumers of the product?

45 of 46 people found this review helpful

  • A Perfect Blood

  • The Hollows, Book 10
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,549

Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood. She's faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Get on with it already

  • By Aimee on 02-26-12

A hell of a story!

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

Reviewed: 03-07-12

Another Kim Harrison book that you won't be able to put down. It's worth the two credits.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful