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Everything I hoped for

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

Reviewed: 07-28-19

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review
Hi, welcome!

I'll start off by saying the following; The title of the book is perfect. Though not as much about Jesus as I initially thought. It does make clear the very nature of the book. A ridiculous and fun journey! It's filled with (of course) time travel, snarky comments, witty remarks, adventure, romance, loss, sorrow,redemption, hope, and a lot of sarcasm.
The narration was excellent and fit the story very well.

In some cases I like to tell more about the plot and characters. In this case I will refrain from that.
It's a short book, there might be a second one, but to it is good enough all by itself. So, I'll get right to my recommendation;

You should give this a try if you're looking for; A fun science fiction story with short action scenes, excitement, and a lot of banter in conversations. A story where the main characters travel through time, meet famous people, all while traversing a well laid out plot.

You should not give this a try if; You thought this was about JC himself travelling through time and space saving the poor, the blind and the sick (it's not).



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

A tad slow, expected something different

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

Reviewed: 07-23-19

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

Unfortunately the book did not meet my expectations, and was therefore let down a bit. Nevertheless, there are good reviews, so do not let it throw you off too much.

Main reason I disliked the book;
The key points sparking my interest were the referral to; philosophy, aliens, and that the book deals with fundamental questions concerning humankind. However, I did not find the book provoking such thoughts. Everything going on was kept slow-going and there weren't really any interesting turning points. I also didn't feel any thriller elements. I think I might have 'missed' the whole ambiance the book set out to achieve, so that would be partly my bad as well.
Lastly, I did not like the narration that much when he did the 'AI' voices.

Conclusion; Honestly it feels a little as if the blurb/key words were a little misleading.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 05-25-19

NOT A REVIEW
This is not a review so much as it is a confirmation for people reading this series to purchase this installment as well. If you liked the first two books, OP MC, and are not afraid of some ruthlessness, buy it. Even if you don't like this things, buy it! Support this author :D

This is the third book in The Idle System series. While I thoroughly enjoy the first two books, the third one takes another direction. It focuses a bit more on developing the characters and is a bit more 'storytelling' with the main focus on setting up a life for the now two main characters. I was a bit disappointed halfway through the book because of the pacing, but now that I finished it, I cant wait for the next one! - This is an important factor to me; If a book makes you all excited for the next one, it did its job!

Narration is fitting for the book. At times the narrator seems like he is exaggerating things a bit too much, but to me, it agrees with the style of the book. May take about half an hour or so to get used to it, but I came to appreciate it.

Warning ** Contains SPOILERS in next section ** ** SPOILER ALERT ** SPOILERS BELOW **

During the final part of the book, John gains the titel of 'Demon'. While I read some reviews mentioning this as a negative point, and questioning how we are supposed to like John after this transformation, I disagree. John is himself, always. He is as friendly as he is ruthless, this is all part of his character. He never refrained from killing, not back on Earth and not now that he has become a total badass.

To the author ; Honestly, I LOVE OP characters. They sometimes show up in books and such as 'side' characters, but almost never as the main character. John is OP, not the strongest (yet) but extremely powerful and clever in his execution. I enjoy the character you created, and the direction you took it. Thank you, you did an amazing job. I bought the first 2 paperback, but will continue this series on audio. Once again, well played!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Simple, Predictable, Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

TLDR Version: Entertaining, action packed, comparable to a good action movie. I would classify this as an 'inbetweener' for when you are in need of a solid, good and high testosterone level book as a break from the longer/slower books.
Definitely worth it.

General:
A lot of people criticize this book because it is simple and predictable. The main character always wins and lady luck is his biggest fan. To me, this is not a bad thing. I read/listen to a lot of books, a lot! Just as with movies and tv-shows, you don't always need a moral guide woven into artful poetry. Sometimes, you just need a good action flick to get the blood pumping. This is just that. If you are looking for an epic fantasy/litrpg masterpiece, book 1 will not offer you that. In return though, it is very entertaining, and I wasn't bored for a moment.

Narration:
Armen Taylor gives a solid performance. His rough, cool, I don't give a fump voice suits the style of the main character and the book itself. I haven't listened to any of his previous work before but I know he narrated Viridian Gate, and his performance might push me over the edge to purchase the first book.

Characters: The main character, Finn, is a real bad-ass and it seems the other reviewers agree with me on this one. I like the way he was written, he might be new, but he's not stupid, brave up to the point of careless, but he gets the job done. Personally this kind of character is one of my favorites. I prefer the slightly arrogant, cool, but ultimately successful characters. Honestly, the other characters were mostly fillers as I have seem to have forgotten about them already.

Conclusion; Ignore the ranting and people criticizing the book for not being 'real' enough or complaining about the main character being too lucky etc. etc. .. It is a book, it does what it needs to do in this case, which is provide a high level of entertainment for it's readers.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

great science fiction right here!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

After my 2nd time going through this I thought I'd write a short review..

So I was recently wondering what book to get and didn't have much time so I thought I'd re-listen this one. After about 3 hours in I found a new book but was hesitant to put this away.

A futuristic science fiction novel which spans over several thousand years. The book mostly reminds me of my favourite (serious) science fiction novel to this point ; The Three Body Problem.

The book switches viewpoint between 2 major groups and how they struggle to develop over time, meaning several thousand years. It's written in a way the reader can really connect with both groups and follow their character development. Very well written and the narration was precise, perfectly matching the setting and tone of the book.

I can't say too much about any point in the book out of fear for spoiling anything. Try not to fall asleep during this one though because some of the smaller details come back with major impacts.

Definitely worth buying/spending a credit on!

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Unfortunately I did not like this book. I was initially interested due to the self proclaimed greatest thief and of course one of my favorite narrators; Luke Daniels. I am not saying the book was bad, it just did not meet any of my expectations and it was a bit of a struggle to finish it.

The main characters are a bit too weak for my taste, and the thief is more of a charlatan than an actual thief. I found the chemistry between the main characters lacking, with little to no real development. I am just not a fan of silly characters without anything real going for them, and this was most certainly silly in a wrong way.

On another note, I normally absolutely adore Luke Daniels. In this book however, I found his choice of voicing the characters rough and severely overdone.

Seeing as many other people thoroughly enjoyed this book, maybe don't take my word for it, but try to listen to the sample yourself, or pick it up and give it a try.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

Great great great!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

Second book is just as great as the first one if not better. had been looking forward to it for quite a while and I went through it in 3 days.

The story not only continues but intensifies with more real life moments. They add to the story evolving it from a litrpg to a David vs Goliath story. My compliments to the author and of course Jeff for this great audiobook.

If you read the first book, make sure to pick this up as well!!

It takes some time.... worth it though!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

General:
This book reminds me of random LitRPG meets Sword Art Online.. Now hold on! This is not a bad thing! In this day and age where a new LITRPG comes out every other week it is getting harder and harder to be original. The question is, should everything be original? The simple answer is; No, it should not and it really does not need to. What is important is that a book reads well, meaning that it is well written with defined characters and plot scenes.
At first I did not think too much of it, and it seemed like a ' so so' book. After the first half though, things get a bit more serious, and we can see that this does seem like a setup for the rest of the series.
What I am trying to say is that if you are a fan of LITRPG and like me, are always looking for another good series, this seems promising.

Plot & Characters:
Both remind me of what I consider as ' basic ' fantasy/LITRPG. There is a twist somewhere after the mid-section where things tend to get a bit more serious. The main character is charismatic enough and his supporting staff nicely fills it up. At times they are a bit annoying, but don't distract from the story. Each character only adds to the story and I would consider both the plot and characters as well written and thought out.

Narration:
The narration reminds me more of a 'classic' narration. The narrator seems a bit too old (so sorry !) at the beginning of the book, and takes some getting used to. After about an hour, when all characters have synchronized up in the old think factory I am happy with the choice. The narrator manages to create a classical feeling in a very modern setting. The voices are distinct enough and at the necessary moments the tension is correctly brought to life.

Conclusion:
Honestly, not the greatest ever, but certainly worth the read. I do think (and hope) that I was correct in my expectation of this being the setup book for the rest of the series. If the author manages to create more depth in the next book then we are up for a real treat.

To buy or not to buy?
If you find this at a discount, or just have a few extra credits, go ahead get this. If you are in a pinch, I would advise you to hold on a little longer, and see if the rest of the series brings more to the table.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Pink Eye and Opium?! (Contains *some* spoilers)

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

First Impressions:
Brock does it again! This author manages to take a concept that has been used again and again to create a unique story. As the first book was extremely entertaining to me,
where I literally laughed out loud, there's always the question if the second book can live up the expectations. Happy to say, it certainly did!
I honestly do not expect people to read this book, or review, if they haven't yet read the first book. In case you did not, read it! If, however you did read and enjoyed
the first book, I can promise you the second will not let you down either.

Plot & Characters:
The end of the previous book left us with Garran graduating and becoming an agent. This book starts years later. Garran has been an agent for some time now. The king's
road is as good as finished. The guild has been planning along this line for some time now, and they are about to bring their plan into full fruition. With the assassinations
on some key characters from the kingdom, Garran is once again sprung into action to.. save everyone? This time Garren is accompanied by a priest and his cousin which leads to
some great chemistry between the three!

Brock manages to create some interesting scenes and plots. The main point of attraction though, is our main character; Garran. Garran is the guy you would like to be,
but are too afraid to. I mean, it seems awesome to be a highly-functional drug addict, unfortunately this isn't really possible in real life. I might have felt tempted to try some
'alternatives' at some point, but living through them with Garran has been enough for me. Truly, this is one heck of a main character, and I just love how crazy he is.
Garran might just be one of my favourite main characters ever! Through all his drug abuse, whoring and seriously slacking off, he manages to always plan ahead and come out
victorious. His confidence radiates through his every action. Every insult is a compliment and every compliment is shrugged off, of course he is amazing, he is Garran!


Narration: Again, a top notch narration by J.S. Arquin! During the first book I had to get used to his voice, throughout the second book I did not experience any adjustment periods. This narrator knows how to live out Garran and all the other characters. Distinct voices and emotions only served to increase the 'reading' experience!

Conclusion: We should keep things simple when we can. And here, we will. For only 25 dollar or a single credit, I suggest anyone who enjoy the first book to pick this one up as well. It's such an entertaining book. There are few to none dull moments as we are always wondering what Garran is up to next. I honestly loved it and will continue this series as it progresses.

Disclaimer: "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

A curvy book

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

Federal Underground book 1; a spoiler free(ish) review

First of all; Is it worth your credit? I would say it is worth your credit, but it might not be worth paying the full price. The book had several aspects I did not enjoy. However, I did not struggle to finish it, so it is most definitely worth your time!

General impression;
I am actually eagerly awaiting book 2 in this series. The first book seems more of an introduction to the world and the main characters. I rarely think a book really needs a second in the series to actually get me going, but in this case I do.
It is an 'alien-themed' book with a twist, with a lot of different viewpoints explaining some of our human history. The part that set me off though is the link with religion, I must admit that I did not enjoy that.

Narration;
Once again I am convinced that switching to audiobooks (in contrast to written books) was one of the best things I did. Andrew Tell is an excellent narrator and I thoroughly enjoy the book's narration. As always a new narrator takes a bit of getting used to, but I did and it was good!

Characters;
Honestly, I am a sucker for strong main characters, and Penn sure has a lot of potential.He might be a bit clueless at the start, and then jumps into a character development that sounds a bit too good to be true, but I think it evens out through the end. I am also eagerly awaiting more backstory about the 'evil guys' in the book. The rest of the cast was good, but I was mostly interested in Penn to be honest.

Conclusion;
Well worth the time and credit, might wait for a discount if you want to buy it. Since I already own it I don't know the retail price, so this opinion might be invalid. Also, if you are not put off by --explaining things away by using christian references-- this might be more for you than it was for me. I titles this a curvy book, since it was it's spiral up, then down, then up again. I hope book 2 hits the hooooomerun!

disclaimer; This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.