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  • A Thousand Li: The First Step: A Cultivation Novel

  • A Thousand Li, Book 1
  • By: Tao Wong
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 360

Long Wu Ying never expected to join a Sect or become a real cultivator. His days were spent studying, planting rice on the family farm and spending time with his friends. Fate, however, has different plans for Wu Ying and when the army arrives at his village, he and many other members of the village are conscripted. Given the opportunity to join the Verdant Green Waters Sect, Wu Ying must decide between his pedestrian, common life and the exciting, blood soaked life of a cultivator. Join Wu Ying as he takes his first step on his Thousand Li journey to become an immortal cultivator. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • nice cultivation book

  • By Steven Don Porto Carero on 06-23-19

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

Let me just say I was hesitant to get this as I haven't really seen a great cultivation book from a western author besides the cradle series (yet) but this is on that level. This is a book made by an author that understands what makes this genre so interesting while giving that polish that should make it more accessible to a western audience. If there is anything to complain about here it's that it's kinda short. Yes I want more.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Hero Forged

  • Ethereal Earth, Book 1
  • By: Josh Erikson
  • Narrated by: Josh Erikson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348

Gabriel Delling might call himself a professional con artist, but when walking superstitions start trying to bite his face off, his charm is shockingly unhelpful. It turns out living nightmares almost never appreciate a good joke. Together with a succubus who insists on constantly saving his life, Gabe desperately tries to survive a new reality that suddenly features demons, legends, and a giant locust named Dale - all of whom pretty much hate his guts. And when an ancient horror comes hunting for a spirit locked in his head, Gabe finds himself faced with the excruciating choice between death...or becoming some kind of freaking hero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Good

  • By Steelgator on 07-21-18

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

This was a good intro to what I suspect is a larger universe. The protagonist is a flawed but likable sort that surprisingly doesn't grate on the senses. Only occasionally holding pitty parties even if it takes a bit for him to really accept his new reality. As long as the series doesn't stall going forward I see a bright future here.

Still, there are a few minuses here that may or may not be mitigated by future books. First, I didn't "love" any of the characters. Sometimes that just takes time but so far I had a pleasant time with them but they don't stand out. Part of that definitely being because of the mains job as a con artist and Heather isn't much better. This might lead to a more satisfying relationship or just complicate things later... connected to that, I didn't buy the father son bond. Some of the things there should have have hit the feels but I didn't feel a twinge. I did like the book intros but that really wasn't enough to build that connection. I'm hoping for some more character based development in later installments and perhaps a wider cast to widen the focus beyond just these two. The hinted at training might be very interesting and I hope so will the exploration of this brave new world he's now past the "this can't be real" stage at the end of the book. Will pick up the next book when it drops.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • College Arcane

  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,341
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,188
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,192

College. A time of transition from youth to young adulthood. New lessons, new responsibilities, new distractions. A period of life treasured by most. Unless you happen to attend an institute of higher learning where the bullies are werewolves, the teachers are sadists, and the pretty girls are all deadly. A school like that demands a special kind of student, someone with the skills and power to survive. Someone like Declan O'Carroll.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't sure I'd like....but DID

  • By Robin on 12-30-16

Perfect way to rekindle my interest.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I bought this book over two years ago and it just sat there. Why? Well it looked like this series was going to crash under it's own weight as I'd not been wowed by Declan previously and Chris was just too powerful for his own good. This book changed my mind. I still think John needs to watch his use of Chris but Declan is as good here as Chris ever was. Nice Dodge John. You once more have my attention.

  • Shaman's Revenge

  • Way of the Shaman, Book 6
  • By: Vasily Mahanenko
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,048
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,936

Daniel Mahan, the legendary Shaman of the Barliona game world, has served his sentence in virtual reality. Eleven months of adventures and battles in exchange for eight years in prison isn't a bad trade-off. And yet Barliona refuses to relinquish its grip on the Shaman so easily, erasing the boundary between his two realities. It turns out that it's not so simple to leave the capsule - the Way must be completed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Redeemed!

  • By Josh Hennesey on 11-24-17

Redemption

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Glad I stuck through the more difficult parts of the book after the events of the last book. Can't really say much without spoiling the end but finish it, it's worth it. Now for book 7.

  • Survive Week One

  • Codename: Freedom, Book 1
  • By: Apollos Thorne
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407

The government has accelerated their super soldier program. Their new Virtual Reality system is the perfect tool to train soldiers for the coming war. There is a shortage of enlisted men and women that possess the "talent". Everyone from athletes to professional gamers must be sorted and vetted. Humanity is on the line. Lucius is one of those lucky few selected to participate in Codename: Freedom, a new game that promises to push Virtual Reality to the ultimate level.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-23-18

wow

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

I love the lit rpg genre but I was thinking I was getting too familiar with it's tropes and couldn't be surprised... this book showed me the genre still has a few in it for me. This new twist as far as connecting the real bodies of the players to their avatar adds a sense of danger not always there in a genre where main characters can die then just come back. I listened to this in one sitting and loved every minute of it. That can't be said with many other books. Five stars without hesitation and am looking forward to book two.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Escape

  • Adventures on Terra, Book 2
  • By: R.A. Mejia
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696

Armon Ellington died on Earth and was transported to Terra, a world governed by rules eerily similar to the RPG games he loved. He found he could gain levels, skills, abilities, and magic just like he could in those games. In addition to finding a way to become more powerful, he also found the friends and family he'd always longed for. Unfortunately, he also discovered the pain of losing them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first.

  • By Tim Ward on 11-08-17

Far better than some reviews made me think

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

So yes the protagonist seems painfully socially inept at times. Borderline stupid, and his early desire for revenge didn't truly sit well but that's pretty much all I have to complain about here. I still laughed and had a great time with this book. I loved the sentient dungeon arc. I like the new Kitsune character Team Mary assimilated. The performance was far from the travesty some mentioned. I'd say she did an above average job especially with Mary's and Vrax's characters. I'm looking forward to the next book and won't be as slow to pick it up next time. When a book can make me smile as much as this one did it deserves a recommendation.

  • The Quest

  • Dark Paladin, Book 2
  • By: Vasily Mahanenko
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kraft
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

Surviving in a tough situation is not always the best option; sometimes dying is much better than staying alive. The Academy showed Paladin Yaropolk what makes the world go round: pragmatism and personal gain. Restart was set in motion, but it only makes players more frantic. Now everyone plays only for themselves. Yaropolk faces the same dilemma: be like all of them, or keep his humanity and be known as an odd duck. Because there is only one rule in this world: kill or be killed....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • bad translation

  • By D.B. Cooper on 08-23-17

Good story hindered by poor translation.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

Not up to the standards set by Way of the shaman series when it comes to the translation but even despite that fact good if just barely. You will notice this wasn't originally written in English. I just feel there's so much lost even if I technically understand everything and because of that fact I stuggled to continue in places. Here's to hoping that the translation will be handed to someone else next book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Ring of Promise: A LitRPG novel audiobook cover art
  • Ring of Promise: A LitRPG novel

  • Elements of Wrath Online, Book 1
  • By: J.A. Cipriano, J.B. Garner
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

Unlike in real life, Max is pretty good at playing games, so when a new limited-time dungeon opens up in the virtual reality game he plays, boasting a huge cash prize, Max knows he needs to try and complete it if he wants to be able to pay rent this month. Fortunately, the only guild strong enough to attempt to take it on before the timer runs out needs a tank.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent gamer story

  • By Rabid Reader on 05-21-17

So glad I gave this a chance!

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

So I heard about this book from a friend and his thoughts on this weren't terrible but he couldn't get over the weirdness of not being able to speak about real life in this book. So I came in with lower expectations than I might have otherwise. His issues with the book were addressed if only in passing which makes me wonder if he missed that paragraph. So yeah it passes that world building requirement at least as far as it goes with me.

I was also surprised to find that, while this isn't the most in depth lit rpg book as far as numbers go, this has one of the more "cute" romances I've seen in these books at least as far as it was allowed to bloom in this first book. I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes later. Especially with the how main character's real life circumstances are arranged.

If there's something I'd love to see more of here it's the characters in the book. They're so likable that you just want to know more about them but the main hook of the book kinda makes it hard for anything past the surface level. I'm interested in seeing how the author works around that little fact as it's clear there's some real chemistry between all of them. I'm definitely looking forward to more from these authors!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Beginnings

  • Adventures on Terra, Book 1
  • By: R. A. Mejia
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231

Armon Ellington is 19 year old kid that always felt out of place. He's an orphan, a gamer, and a role playing game geek. When he dies after a 72 hour gaming marathon, instead of going to an afterlife he's transported to a new world governed by rules that are eerily similar to the RPG games he loves. On this new world, Terra, he can be anything he wants, a warrior, mage, or even a crafter. Only, Armon wants more than that, he also wants friends and family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad, not good. It's ok.

  • By Ken on 05-24-17

Good litrpg

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

So I heard about this book from the Author's podcast (Litrpg) and I was, shall we say, trepidatious partly because I didn't want to be disappointed by an author I had some sort of connection to (even if tenuously) and by the fact that to my knowledge this is his first book. So it went on my "to read" list and kept on getting pushed back until I found out there would be an audible release which I decided to wait for. The good news it's an actually fun book. I'll be picking up the rest with enthusiasm. It doesn't quite hit the upper echelon of this genre but it's far from just meh and definitely worth my credit.

Starting off there are a few derivative plot points such as the "seed of chaos" idea but there are some other ideas that take things into different directions than some of the books with a similar plot point has. Such as the reincarnation aspect and the adopted family helping him catch up to where he should be at his age. The main character isn't, at least as of right now, overly powerful. Nor is he all that obviously different from those around him beyond some of his attitudes towards the non human races and his point of view about certain social mores. The main thing that gives him a bonus early on is a fairy companion and later his adopted families but again, he started far behind what a native in this world would at his age.

There's also hints at a lot of crafting progression though by the end of the book he's still at the beginning levels there. The narrator did a fantastic job and the only reason I gave a four out of five stars is because I can think of some stand out performances that I've liked even more. If I could have given 4.5 stars I would have. This is a solid start for a series and it managed to pull a few chuckles out of me which is always a big plus. Perhaps later I'll look back and think it's worth 5 stars it really depends on just where the later books take us. I'm looking forward to more Mr Mejia.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Opening Moves

  • The Gam3, Book 1
  • By: Cosimo Yap
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,104
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,951

The Earth is changing. The alien invasion brought social upheaval, advanced technology, and an armada of peacekeeping robots. But Alan, a college student pursuing a now-useless degree, cares little about all of this. He has only one thing on his mind: the Game. A fully immersive virtual reality, the Game appears to be a major part of the invading civilization. Alan can't wait to play, recklessly diving into the digital universe. Soon though, Alan realizes the Game is anything but simple, and the stakes are higher than he ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic opening move by a master

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-05-19

Wow...

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

Just floored by this. Will be buying and reading the sequel the first moment I can.