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  • Obligations Incurred

  • Delvers LLC, Book 2
  • By: Blaise Corvin
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,264

Henry and Jason somehow survived being kidnapped to Ludus, a monster-filled, sword and sorcery world. They managed to make friends, pay their rent, and they even founded their own adventuring business, Delvers LLC. Unfortunately, by overcoming the odds and creating a reputation for themselves in such short time, monarchs and nobles have taken notice of the two men from Earth. Foreign, deadly struggles may be unavoidable for Delvers LLC.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not complete

  • By Jonathan on 06-29-17

A stupid take on the deus ex machina

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

Any additional comments?

I've never been so annoyed by something I enjoy so much.

Honestly I was really enjoying this book for the most part. I liked the characters and the power progression and everything until *VAGUE SPOILERS AHEAD* Jason had his little freak out. For one it was really stupid that he got so mad over the priestess threatening Allulah when she'd been fighting people this whole time all of them intending to kill her. Also the priestess didnt even touch her. More than threatening she was just egging her on. But lots of emphasis was put on that "threat" not oh Idk the fact that the one shes guarding may have just killed his friends. It annoyed me especially that in that scene pretty much everyone but Maurine sorta glazed over it somehow certain they were just missing despite Yong yu stating over and over that she was gonna kill them. For these to happen at the same time was so weirdly missing the point. Like that's what was supposed to trigger it but then the author decided to tone it way the fuck down for some reason. It would've been an excellent moment for the crew of occasionally disagreeable adventurers to feel some amount of remorse over their lost comrades but they didn't seem to have much doubt. Then Bezzi Ibi's like "If he is dead though I'll just see him in the afterlife lmao shrug". It was so infuriating. On top of that annoyance, let me just say the whole edgy super powered dark rage mode is a really stupid anime trope. It's also especially out of place in this genre where so much emphasis is placed on them just being clever and hard working to get stronger with the tools they have. But no all of a sudden Jason has this crazy power up allowing him to take on a high priestess who doesn't even recognize the type of magic he's using? At least he wasn't actually stronger than her. In my opinion it's much more satisfying to have characters be good based on their own merit and talent rather than some hidden ability that only they have. It was the worst kind of unexplained deus ex machina triggered by a rather slight offense. If he'd gotten mad over his friends death that'd be one thing. And the reader would even be on board cuz they like the character and want vengeance. But no. Jason basically went rage mode because someone said something mean to his homophobic alien girlfriend. It's fuckin stupid.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Delvers LLC

  • Welcome to Ludus
  • By: Blaise Corvin
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,049

Henry and Jason led normal lives in Seattle before they were abducted to another world. Their kidnapper, the vain, self-styled god Dolos, refuses to send them back unless they can accomplish an impossible task. Oddly, Dolos doesn't seem to care if they succeed or not. Luckily, Henry and Jason studied Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) on Earth. Unfortunately, a Japanese American EMT and a geeky IT programmer don't have many other useful skills on a sword-and-sorcery world like Ludus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like an R-rated Dungeons and Dragons cartoon

  • By C.T. on 02-25-17

Fantastic take on Lit RPG

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

I loved this book. I love the concept the world the story. I like that there's two main characters rather than one. That's just something I enjoy in a story. I like that they aren't just two dorky white guys too. Jason is, but Henry's a grumpy veteran which is a nice change of pace and sets a good contrast between the protagonists. The fact that Jason is a nerd but also not the sole protagonist means he can have his moments but also be made fun of for being a dork. It's just a really good setup I think.

The only possible complaint I have for this book is how despite all their creative and innovative accomplishments people keep calling Jason and Henry stupid. Often because they don't automatically know the cultures of every alien species from day one. This is actually called out by Henry at some point. Im glad he doesn't apologize for not knowing. Honestly the others could take their own advice and try to understand earth culture a little better.

I also think it's silly that Jason, the man who wanted to call their company "Pokemonsters", hates the name of the BattleWagon.

All in all good fucking book. Hopefully people will stop shitting on our two heroes in the next one. Either way I'm definitely finishing this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bone Season

  • By: Samantha Shannon
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,908
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,651
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,661

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous but mismarketed - its not Harry Potter

  • By Steph on 09-05-13

I'm Not Hungry >:I

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

This is a well crafted story in an interesting world. I was legitimately enjoying it but eventually... I started to really dislike Paige. She continuously made conclusions and decisions that if she stopped to think for two seconds made no sense and were often against her better interest. She has this extreme distrust of warden beyond all rationality.
"Oh man Warden cryptically told me not to go South but I bet it's cause that's the way out! Based on my submissive attitude so far(Not) he thinks I'll just obey unsupervised! But you can't fool me. I'm too smart. Haha oh shit is that a skeleton?"
She stubbornly refuses food and help even when she needs it. The other humans would kill to be able to refuse food and talk to their keepers like she does. I'd get it if she'd been traumatized by being treated like a slave but she wasn't really. He fed her, let her go free most of the time, Trained her, let her talk tons of shit to him, and protected her from the other refs. No matter how much confirmation she gets that he isn't her enemy she continuously questions his slightest moves and refuses his help like a god damn child. Most of her conclusions can be disproven given two seconds of rational thought but it becomes even more frustrating when you as the reader realize Warden isn't lying or trying to pull a fast one. Something needs to be done or he's trying to be nice and she's just being difficult. This honestly almost kept me from finishing a couple times. The relationship between the two also seemed rather sudden. There weren't enough romantic connecting moments between them I think. Just suddenly they're thick as thieves.
Apart from Paige being stupid, I thought it was a cool story. I like reading about criminals and categorizing fantastical abilities. Although I will say the categories of voiyants were way too obscure and weird. I could never remember all of them by name and even if I could some of their purposes overlap a little.

Paige's irrationality might not be unrealistic for some people? I don't know. But even if it is realistic it's a type of person I very much dislike and can recall getting themselves killed as background characters in other stories. There's actually one in this story too that could've easily been Paige if she was as bold and in another situation.
But my point is if that doesn't bother you you might really enjoy this story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Life Reset: A LitRPG Novel

  • New Era Online, Book 1
  • By: Shemer Kuznits
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 24 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,042
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,815

After being betrayed and cursed by an extremely rare spell, Oren, a powerful and influential player, finds himself as a first-level goblin! Without even a fraction of his previous power, he vows to pull through and have revenge on those who betrayed him. His thorough knowledge of the game's world and his unique ability to immerse himself entirely are his only advantages. But first, he must figure out how to survive long enough playing what is basically a low-level fodder monster!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All Hail Our Tiny Green Overlord!

  • By HeatherY on 11-11-17

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

The story, narration, and concept were all top notch. At first I thought it would be more or less just a game. But seeing the stakes continuously rise for Oren and him making all sorts of great progress in both power and his settlement only to see how much farther he had to go was great.

This is my first lit rpg novel and I hope others are of similar quality. It was almost like playing the game myself without having to do any of the work. I can't wait to see what future books bring. This is one of my new top series.

  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,875
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,017

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great beginning to a series

  • By Bee Fisher on 10-23-17

Great beginning to a series

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

This was such a fantastic book. It took certain things I don't normally care for in a story and made them interesting and good. I like the idea of DnD style challenges and puzzles. And I absolutely love the concept of getting new powers items and abilities thus changing the fundamental capabilities of different characters. I can't wait to read more of the series and see where it all goes.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Super Powereds: Year 1

  • Super Powereds, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,533

Knowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop students with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Series In Recent Memory

  • By Get Off My Lawn! on 10-08-16

Came in with low expectations. Left loving it

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

I loved all the characters and their development. They all ended up having much more depth to them then I expected. This more slice of life writing style as well was really nice. I'm going to listen to the second book immediately.

  • Six of Crows

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Brandon Rubin, Fred Berman, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,456

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is everything!

  • By Steele Reviews on 07-21-16

Fantastic book great characters

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

I loved them all. Mainly Kaz and Inej but they're all a great interesting bunch of badasses. The character development is really cool and I can't wait to listen to the other books!

  • Nightlord

  • Sunset
  • By: Garon Whited
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,687

Eric didn't ask to be a vampire. In fact he didn't even believe in them. Biting your own tongue with your fangs does a lot of convincing. Even so, being a part-time undead isn't as easy as you might think. It can let you hold down a day job, true, but sometimes the night "life" can be more than a little difficult, what with those bloodthirsty urges and predatory instincts kicking in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ahh no fair no fair

  • By nelson on 10-28-15

Will not be finishing. Poorly Written Characters.

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

What did you like best about Nightlord? What did you like least?

As another review mentioned I feel like despite the story being told first person we don't get much insight into Eric's motives. Or at least his motives are shallow. A big appeal of a story where a guy gets given a power and all these problems is that he stumbles through it and is maybe a little hesitant. I mean at the very LEAST he could have had a couple thoughts about the first time he killed someone. He literally felt no guilt and spared no thought. I know the guy was a bit of a dick but jeez. Killing isn't supposed to be that easy. Especially after he used his powers to really know the guy. And he just starts doing this regularly. After he drains a dying 14 year old girl with no hesitation I just had to stop.Only 6 hours in I know but I can see what type of story this is gonna be.I mean usually when a monster protagonist faces crazy hunters he's one of the few good ones that doesn't hurt innocents. But they're hunting him because he KILLS INNOCENT PEOPLE. A guy says this to him and he's just joking around and I'm wondering who the bad guy really is here. If it was a true villain story I'd understand but no. It's just poorly written.I was also unaware he was gonna be some special reincarnation of a badass magician. This is just personal preference but I prefer characters to be special at least partially out of their own talent and circumstance rather than some chosen one hidden power stuff. He spends his first months as a vampire having sex with a hot wealthy widow who is devoted to him, learning magic, and draining people. His being a teacher basically never comes into play. He just never goes to work. He quickly gets over every bad thing that happens and then declares fucking WAR despite every experienced vampire warning against it. His best friend as well shows no real hesitation in believing or helping despite him being a MURDERER and getting beaten up by armed hunters. It emphasizes he's just a really good friend but the characters in this are just so unrealistic and boring. I just kept waiting for something to call out or explain his apathy but nope.His life is too good and easygoing to be interesting. A good story needs conflict and if the characters get over it in a minute it's not real conflict.

Any additional comments?

I'm only not one starring it because I didn't finish. But I doubt the problems I said get any better.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,009

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the credit

  • By Hunter on 03-27-12

Enjoyed all 50 hours

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

I've never read the original book so I'm not sure what was cut from it. I liked how in depth all the characters were described. It told you a lot about who they are how they think and where they come from. Honestly I didn't expect it to get so theological like it did. But not knowing that made the experience a little better I think. It was a magnificent tale with lots of likable and hateable characters. My favorite being Glenn. I really enjoyed his friendship with Stu. Glenn was the likable intellectual. Harold was the unlikable intellectual. Really interesting to see both.

My biggest complaint I guess, that comes to mind right now as I've just finished the book, is that near the end I really started hating Frannie. She got so damn emotional and irrational. She became the whiny housewife that holds back the hero rather than doing anything herself like a likable heroine. Then in the end she bawls over the idea of pitching her homesickness to Stu. Which is seriously not something to cry over shut the fuck up. She talks about learning medicine and stuff for living out on the road and under normal circumstances being a traveler would be cool but if you've got an infant son and plan to have more I don't think you should gamble on learning medicine from books. Idk. There was just nothing like about her at that point.