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  • 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 3,471
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,273

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

Enjoyed some of this story

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Some thing happened around 2/3s of the way through this story. Maybe it became too predictable and cliched. Like all the loose ends had to be tied together.

I liked the first 2/3s of this book. The author often has a fun style. Shemer might repeat sentiments a little too often. Observations that are made often get repeated 30 times. Not like I am doing here, where I'm saying Life Reset repeats ideas and concepts over and over. But rather its like Shemer is saying to himself, I need to do character growth every 10 pages. So he shows how his character is growing by having the same thoughts over and over and over...

  • Redeemer of the Dead: A LitRPG Apocalypse

  • The System Apocalypse, Book 2
  • By: Tao Wong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630

Four months ago, the world changed as electronics failed and blue screens started appearing, gifting humanity with abilities, classes, and skills straight from a game. Caught in Klondike National Park during the apocalypse, John manages to fight his way free and reach Whitehorse. Unfortunately, the System hasn't finished with humanity yet, and dungeons begin to appear, bringing with them more powerful, stronger, and smarter monsters. Can John and his friends survive and level up?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another good book in this series...

  • By Christopher on 02-22-18

The story arc is limited

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

We have already met this character in book one. This story is pure action. If you want non stop fights this is for you.
If you are interested in plot, character development, or (because this is fantasy) world building, this is not for you.

  • The Land: Predators: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 7
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 46 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,984
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,575
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,541

In The Land: Predators, the Mist Village has harnessed its power. With core buildings, professional fighters, and now their own dungeon, the settlement is primed to grow into a kingdom of true power and magic. The path to power has not been without risk, however. The MistVillage has been noticed. Evil nobles from the Kingdom of Law, bloodthirsty goblins from the Serrated Mountains, an undead lord with a penchant for human sacrifice, and fanatical kobolds from the Depths all plot the village's destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the most original fantasy story written

  • By Guy Braun on 08-26-18

Very impressed

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I rampaged through the 7 book series even though I was not satisfied with the first 6. I felt that Kong was good, his ideas were sound, but that the stories and narrative arc left a lot to be desired. With Predators, he took everything up a notch. this is by far the best in the series. I can't wait for the next one.

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  • Hissers II

  • Death March
  • By: Ryan C. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Shawn Zuzek
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

When a plane crashed in the quaint town of Castor, it unleashed a virus that turned everyone into hissing, blood-thirsty, undead monsters. Monsters that could transmit their plague in seconds, that could run as fast as dogs, and that could fuse themselves together to create massive mutated beasts. Four teens - Connor, Seth, Amanita, and Nicole - fought for their lives to secure vital data from the plane wreckage, some of them paying the ultimate sacrifice. Now they need to get to San Diego with their secret, but the plague is spreading too fast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hissers II is a Howl!

  • By John on 09-29-17

So Sad

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

I am a HUGE fan of Hissers... the first book. It was an almost perfect 'zombie/monster' book. After listening to it, I scrambled to download everything Thomas had written.

This book is a tedious predictable rehash of book 1.

If you're looking for something to listen to, try the Mountain Man omnibus or one of Rothfuss' books.

  • Mountain Man: Prequel

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,519
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,377

After a long day of prepping a house for painting, all Gus Berry wanted was the night off to spend some time with his girlfriend and relax before having to return to work the next morning. But that isn’t going to happen. Because Gus’s co-worker Benny has found a one-night job at the local Mollymart East, a job that has to be done by morning. If Gus and his paint crew can complete the work by then, it could mean huge business with a respected, established grocery store chain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you!!!

  • By Brian on 04-20-18

Little else other than action

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Best parts of Bray's writing are when he takes it slow and develops character. there was a bit of that here. But not much. Most disappointing was how the world went from being ok to 100% infested over a period of 2 hours. Such a good opportunity to build some suspense wasted.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,119

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not my favorite scalzi

  • By pat on 03-25-17

Dumb

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

This is Sci-fi with minimal world building. Essentially today’s tech with space ships and little else in the way of technological advances even though it’s set 1000’s of years into the future.

The plot revolves around a muted Game of Thrones character structure. The characters are dumb and shallow.

All in all this is a big letdown for any fan of the first couple Old Mans War books

  • The Chronothon

  • By: Nathan Van Coops
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476

Ben just wants time with the scientist's daughter who got him into this, but when he's rooked into competing in a chronothon - an Amazing Race through time - getting the girl means he'll need to make the finish line. When he finds out this competition is more than just a sprint through history, winning takes a back seat to surviving. To save the people he loves, he'll have to conquer the real dangers hidden in the shadows of the chronothon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • this wasn't a good book, it was an awesome one

  • By Costumer on 06-16-16

OK

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

I enjoyed the first book in this series. While nothing unique, it was fun to follow a band of friends as they get sucked into the paradoxes of time travel.

Chronothon was more of the same. It lacked any character development. It has a pretty bland plot. Instead of 5 friends finding their way home, this time its about saving the universe. So its a little over the top. I also didn't appreciate the future world Van Coops created. It was kind of dumb.

So... three stars might be a little generous. But I still finished it. So it wasn't all bad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In Times Like These

  • By: Nathan Van Coops
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 684

Benjamin Travers has been electrocuted. What's worse, he and his friends have woken up in the past. As the friends search for a way home, they realize they're not alone. There are other time travelers, and some of them are turning up dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Time Travel Adventure

  • By Thomas on 10-26-16

Old fashioned sci fi

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

I enjoyed this book. Its not action and the world is not about to end. Instead its a low key time travel conundrum. Its the kind of story you would hope Heinlein or Niven would have written back in the day.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 13,326
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,511

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

A lot of good, but not great

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

If I compare Sufficiently Advanced Magic against Rothfuss, Rowling, or Martin, it might be generous to give this book 3 stars.
While at times it churns along at a fun clip, it gets lost in action and over the top magic. The best parts of this story in my mind are when the main character is learning about how to use his new found craft. Its the slowest part, but it is interesting and engaging. The story gets bogged down in silly plot twists and ramping up to epic fights that go on and on.
I think that Andrew Rowe has enough gifts as an author to carve a fine career in the future. Its good. Not great.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 1632

  • Ring of Fire, Book 1
  • By: Eric Flint
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,593

New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues such as who should be considered a citizen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great idea superficial follow through

  • By Sara on 09-17-13

disjointed and poorly written

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

This is a very bad book. I almost couldn't give it 2 stars. It starts off well enough. But then it gets mired in very bad writing.
First, the story line repeatedly goes down just a god awful romance line. You follow two characters for a few chapters as they fall in love, then repeat with two more charactrs. Nothing here against falling in love, just against bad writing. And the writing here is plodding.
Secondly, the story shifts wildly from one character to another. The best part of the book is when someone in the town is figuring out how to get some new technology in place. New as in industrial age tech.
Thirdly, the worst part of the book is when Flint decides to go 100 pages into detail on old battles from the 100 year war from the perspectives of the generals. This writing is beyond bad. Its painful.
There have been many authors to tackle this fish out of water story line before. Where a group of soldiers are flung to a different universe and are left in a world where their tech is hundreds of years ahead of the rest of humanity. Try the Lost Regiment for a much better story than 1632.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful