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  • Swing Shift

  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 347

Reports to write, forms to fill, coffee to drink, leads to run down. Gus’s life was a tedium and boredom he’d grown comfortable with. One that he sought out after he’d come back from his tour of duty. A detective in the paranormal investigations department. A job he could work day in and day out in relative peace. One cold and forgotten cup of coffee at a time. It was an environment that made some sense to him. At least in comparison to civilian life where almost nothing did. On top of that, it gave him a chance to hide what he was from the rest of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book that honestly surprised me

  • By STEPHEN PESSOTTI on 07-19-19

A book that honestly surprised me

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

Reviewed: 07-19-19

As the title says the book surprised me, it honestly was very enjoyable. the characters are interesting and fun, each having there own strengths and weakness.
This book is light harem, the detective/police work isn't bad. Not the books strong point however it at least remains concestent threw out.
Really my biggest enjoyment is the fact that we are getting some main characters that aren't vampires,wizards,werecreatures. I have nothing wrong with those I listed in fact I really like were creatures my self, however with all the supernatural creatures it is a breath of fresh air to finally get a unique twist on a different one.

the reader Andrea Parsneau does a fantastic job putting emotion in the varies characters and giving them all unique voices even throw away characters in just one or two scenes.

The story was interesting and has a ton of room for growth. I look forward to seeing where it goes from here. it is only held back from five stars due to two reasons.
1st: there is no major arching antagonist in this book. there is a group we find out, there are bad guys to deal with but none that stood out and all clearly low lvl players in the group.
2nd: well done well the story and world are well done urban fantasty/paranormal fantasy. It does not really so anything to stand apart from others other then a bit more race diversity and how they keep supernatural hidden. again not bad in the least but I felt a bit more could have been done or tweaked. not every story needs to be wholly unique of course but more tweaks that could remain different but stand out more could have been done.
Honestly the thing i was most impressed by in the world is how the author managed to make the covering up supernatural feel believable and explained and covered better then most other urban fantasy.
We get to see or hear about the varies safety nets in place and even mentioned there is more we dont see. it is a nice change

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Without Law 3

  • By: Eric Vall
  • Narrated by: Christopher Boucher, Jessica Threet
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 214

Ex-Army Ranger Connor “Tav” McTavish is used to fighting outnumbered and behind enemy lines, but a confrontation with the deadly biker gang is looming, Tav will have to train his band of naive college girls in guerrilla warfare if they have any chance of surviving the assault. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Killing Threats and Crafting

  • By Dakota Murphy George on 07-13-19

Another fantastic book in a good series

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

Reviewed: 07-07-19

I really enjoy seeing these characters continue to survive and develop as people and survivors. these threats where great to see and I cant wait to see where the story goes next.
Also the fact that where getting to meet other characters is amazing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ex-Superheroes

  • By: A.J. Markam
  • Narrated by: Tad Branson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

It’s the end of the 21st century, and Hunter McNeil is your average, ordinary, ex-Army Ranger with superpowers. He’s serving time unjustly in a Supermax for supervillains when a botched prison break puts him in the crosshairs of an Army general who runs the Super-Powered Combatants Corp. Turns out a coordinated strike has put supervillains in charge of every major city in the world, and Hunter is the only hope at restoring order. And so Hunter sets out to do what he does best: kill supervillains. Save the world. And build a harem of smokin’ hot, super-powered women to help him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super fun

  • By Joao Sousa Pereira on 07-02-19

over all a good harem and superhero

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

So I have listened to a few harem books at this point. generally I find there either good or to much.
This book I'll happily say is good. the action is fast and fun. for those it may bother the sex scenes in this are very graphic.
The world building isn't to bad I think I can be improved on and developed further. I also am hoping the big bad of the series wont be what I think but we will see.

I am relieved that the main character hunter has a interesting power that is not something superman ish or another booster of some kind. well his power been seen in other fiction before I am not sure if as a main character and he uses it in flexible and creative ways.

over all In general I enjoyed the book. The only thing i hope is improved or added to different is the women. The two in this one are great dont get me wrong, they have there own personality ect. however both felt....lacking in combat as well as never really taking the lead. I know odd to complain about in a harem but now with some good books of this type under my belt. I have found the books are just as much about the women then the main character (or reverse in case of reverse harem).
I know nova is green when it comes to it so made sense for her and yukio street girl and did contribute easier but even still both lacked a bit.

It be weird if the suddenly improved but I'd like to seem them begin to OR the next girl be very skilled from the get go.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • City of Light

  • The Traveler's Gate Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Will Wight
  • Narrated by: Will Wight
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

Simon has spent the last six months hunting Incarnations, and has begun to realize that his power alone won't be enough to stop a true enemy. Leah is queen over a nation of refugees who were driven from their homes by the fury of Territories gone mad. Alin rules his city with an iron fist, imposing the virtues of Elysia on an imperfect population. Now, the three must stand united as the balance of the world shifts once more. A greater threat looms, and it has made its presence known....The Incarnations are missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story, I enjoyed it start to finish.

  • By T-Rav on 12-27-18

A fantastic book

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

Reviewed: 06-29-19

I think the end of this book is perfect end to the opening trilogy.
The author also massively improved his reading in this book over the other two.

  • The Crimson Vault

  • The Traveler's Gate Trilogy, Volume 2
  • By: Will Wight
  • Narrated by: Will Wight
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

As the conflict between Enosh and Damasca builds to war, Simon finds himself caught in the middle. Alin is bound by prophecy to the Grandmasters of Enosh, but he begins to doubt his fate when he discovers that their talk of freedom hides a darker agenda. Leah has never questioned her loyalty to Damasca. Now, she finds that allegiance tested as she is forced to oppose her own rebellious brother. With these two powers on the brink of open war, the land soon trembles in the face of an even greater threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, the authors reading has improved

  • By Caleb A. Lohrer on 05-05-16

awesome book and only continues a good series

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

Reviewed: 06-27-19

Over all just as good if not improved on from the first books. worth a listen.

  • House of Blades

  • The Traveler's Gate Trilogy, Volume 1
  • By: Will Wight
  • Narrated by: Will Wight
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698

Simon can only watch, helpless, as his family is killed and his friends are captured by enemy Travelers - men and women who can summon mystical powers from otherworldly Territories. To top it off, another young man from Simon's village discovers that he's a savior prophesied to destroy evil and save the realm.Prophecy has nothing to say about Simon. He has no special powers, no magical weapons, and no guarantee that he'll survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By Tamara Schroeder on 05-19-16

A fantastic book and worth a listen.

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

Reviewed: 06-26-19

I honestly wanted to give this audiobook five stars. however the story well amazing held back just a tiny bit.
Also well will wight doesn't do a bad job he doesn't do a great job either reading it I would say middle of the road hence three stars.

The world is very interesting,characters are fun and different with varying degrees of complexity. The magic system is honestly just a TON of fun and I really hope the other books in the series (which I have bought) explore it and the realms further.

If your looking for a good fantasy book this will have you. it is a traditional fantasy with YA touch to it. I found it soo refreshing after all the dark or grim stuff out there. it has some politics,struggles and twists and ...honestly stop reading this and take a dive.

(I will note here Will Wight is quickly moving up my top fantasy ranks with his Cradle series and now this, check em both out.)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Awakened

  • Paragons, Book 1
  • By: C. Steven Manley
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Israel and Erin are strangers who wake up in a dark sub basement with no memory of how they got there. As they work together to escape, they encounter the clandestine Sentry Group and are thrust into a hidden subculture of monsters, secret societies, and carefully concealed history. The truth of human history isn't the only surprise waiting for them, though, as the power hidden deep within their DNA suddenly manifests. A man cursed with a monstrous hunger. A woman who can bend space and time. Will Israel and Erin stand against the coming darkness or let humanity fend for itself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A bloody damn good Urban fantasy

  • By STEPHEN PESSOTTI on 06-19-19

A bloody damn good Urban fantasy

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

Reviewed: 06-19-19

This good was very well done, the characters are cool and interesting, the plot is well done as well. I also like the world building and I hope it is expanded on further in the next book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Without Law

  • By: Eric Vall
  • Narrated by: Christopher Boucher, Jessica Threet
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512

When the world ended, former Army Ranger Connor “Tav” McTavish thought he’d prepped for everything. He was wrong. When roving gangs destroy all semblance of law and order, and the strong take what they want from the weak, Connor will find himself as the sole protector of an all girls' college hidden away in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Now, his only chance at survival is to show group female liberal arts snowflakes what a real man can do, and turn all four of them into survival and combat experts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Apocalypse meets Man of the House

  • By AY4 on 06-03-19

A fantastic first installment

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

Reviewed: 06-17-19

I was honestly hesitant to pick up this series but I can honestly say it was worth it.
If you enjoy Slice of life or survival or harem elements are all with in this book.
well there is not a lot of Action there is a little bit of it.
All the characters feel different and all go threw varies degrees of trouble adapting but really begin doing so nicely.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 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 378
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 359

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

This is a Fantastic martial arts book!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

If your like me and like Marrial arts or old Martial art movies then your going to love this book.
The world is interesting and something I hope we learn even more next time.
The characters are enjoyable though I'll admit listening to it now and then some names got hard to remember.
The martial arts are fantastic I do regret how some bits felt fast forwarded. However closing my eyes and hearing the names of the different styles and attacks i could make up my own picture of what was happening.

I highly recommend if even any of what i have said caught your interest.
In the mean time I'll hope we get a second book soon.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Succubus Lord

  • By: Eric Vall
  • Narrated by: Christopher Boucher, Jessica Threet
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

"Dude! It finally came!" My roommate barely withheld his excitement as he barreled into the living room of our apartment with a package in his hand. "Check it out, Jacob." He smiled as he tore at the brown paper surrounding his purchase. As he ripped the covering off the package, bits and pieces scattered all across the floor of the living room like confetti. For a second, I thought about lecturing Todd about not making a mess of our apartment, but who was I kidding? This place was already a shithole. At least some half-assed confetti would make it feel a little livelier. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun first book

  • By eris on 05-30-19

over all a pretty darn good book

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

Reviewed: 06-05-19

over all it is a pretty enjoyable book of you like harem. it does not bring anything new or try to pretend what it is not.
I had relatively small issues with the book and found it average maybe a bit above in quality and story but in no way bad. hence three stars for story.
I found the girls a bit to...normal? So they don't understand the human world well ok, they like sex well succubus so duh past that they could have been nymphs or some other fey. I personally liked them as friendly and playful but I would have liked if they had just something a bit more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful