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  • Fostering Faust

  • By: Randi Darren
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Savannah
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234

Alex is dead. Dead and apparently with a one-way ticket to a place that only the worst of the worst go. All for a simple choice he made about a product his company owned. Damned for all time. Luckily for him, he’s about to be given a chance. Another choice to make. He can instead return to the land of the living, though his soul would belong to another. Except the world he’s being sent to isn’t the same one he came from. It’s not even a similar period in time, but from something long past in history. The dark ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fostering Naughty thoughts

  • By Ray Johnson on 12-26-18

Take the warning in the summary seriously

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

Note: I only listened to the first three hours of the book and thus the following opinion does not take the full story into account.

I'm a big fan of the LitRPG genre and as such I encounter quite a few harem stories. Generally I don't mind the harem aspects of these stories, in fact, most of the time I actually enjoy it. Some examples are: Wild Wastes, Super Sales on Super Heroes, Gun Meister Online, and Everybody Loves Large Chests. This book, however, was a too much for me.

The MC consistently uses some pretty harsh forms of mental abuse to humiliate and dehumanize the women forced into following him. For example, one woman is imprisoned and scheduled for execution after being convicted of a crime. The MC offers to delay and potentially cancel the execution if she is willing to cut deals with him. These deals consist of her being forced to undress when he comes to visit her cell so he can look at her nude body or her being required to refer to the MC as "Master". I get it, the book is all about moral "gray area" and she technically had a choice not to accept the deal, but a choice between execution or sexual abuse isn't really how I want to start a harem.

I'm not saying the book is bad or to not read it, just be aware of what you're getting into. If a harem being held together with threats, manipulation, and mental abuse are not your cup of tea then I would advise passing on this book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Initializing

  • Somnia Online, Book 1
  • By: K. T. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409

Wren, a seasoned healer, is dismayed when Somnia Online automatically assigns her character, Murmur, to the Enchanter class. Determined to overcome the unexpected setback, she assembles her guild, intent on the coveted number-one spot. Twelve keys stand between her and victory, but finding them is only part of the puzzle. Armed with telepathic abilities, Murmur rises to the challenge. However, old rivals have followed her to Somnia Online desperate for revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great LitRPG

  • By eris on 10-04-18

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

I'm not sure how this is rated at 4.5 stars. I'm starting to feel like standards for the LitRPG genre are just lower.

This wasn't a bad story, it just really struggles to be exciting. Virtually none of the side characters are developed, they are simply warm bodies that help and praise the MC. The bantering between group members is bland and despite it's almost constant presence, doesn't give you much insight to the personalities of those involved.

The blandness wasn't just limited to the side characters, even the game world seems boring and 2-dimensional. In one sentence of dialog the characters will praise the game's npc enemies for being so realistic and their use of tactics. In the very next paragraph the group will pull those same NPC enemies like you would in any traditional rpg. Shoot one of them and then break line-of-sight so they will blindly run off into the darkness chasing you, then kill them away from their reinforcements. Pretty much just keep repeating those actions (pull, break LoS, kill) and that's the short summary to the first 15 chapters.

Additionally, the "twist" won't be much of a twist to anyone who was even remotely paying attention to the first half of the book.

If you're looking for another LitRPG series like "The Land" or "Awaken Online" I think you will disappointed here. If you're just looking to kill some time, it's something to read.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • 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 8,729
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,285

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

Totally worth the gamble.

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

You might ba a little hesitant after reading the summary, but do it. Mash that purchase button. You won't regret it. This book is like if anime fans and rpg gamers collude to write a book that was a hybrid between the Reckoner's series by Brandon Sanderson and the movie Payback and it was Jon Wick... but better.