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  • 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 6,873
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,527
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,500

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
  • A wild ride of emotions and innovative insults

  • By Samuel on 07-02-18

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

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
    5 out of 5 stars 2,366
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,230

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 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,869

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
  • Not the best of Scalzi

  • By Gonzalo on 05-11-17

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 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 668

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 12,769
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,985

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 1,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,578

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

  • Project Daily Grind

  • Mirror World Series, Book 1
  • By: Alexey Osadchuk
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121

The ads enthused, "The virtual lands of Mirror World await you! Live out your most secret dreams in our world of Sword and Sorcery! Become a Great Wizard or a Famous Warrior! Build your own castle, tame a dragon, conquer a kingdom! All those desperate, lonely, and insecure - Mirror World offers you a chance!" But Oleg isn't meant to become a great wizard or a famous warrior. He'll never have a castle of his own. Nor will he ever tame a dragon. And he's definitely not the type to conquer a kingdom, however virtual it may be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mirror World Shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 01-31-17

Such a strange book

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

Reviewed: 09-28-16

I have played MMORPG's such as Runescape in the past. Listening to the audio of this story was like listening to someone talk about the step by step progress they made through that world. Which could be painful beyond belief, but for some reason, I didn't mind.

The writing is not great, its not bad either. The main character is flat. As other reviewers have said, he is a whiny little dude. The story structuring is so patently a blow by blow account of an MMORPG I cant get beyond it. I mean, what we are watching unfold is one guys journey through this world with a built in cheat code that levels up his characters stats so that things come more easily to him. Why is this interesting?

This story was interesting to me because it was sort of like taking crack. As a game junkie, I could vividly dive into the feelings here. But the story itself? Pretty dull.

16 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Claire North

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Claire North, Audible
  • Narrated by: Claire North, Audible
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

How do you live your life when everything you do is meaningless and forgotten? What is a life worth? And what really is perfection? Claire’s first novel, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, the extraordinary journey of one unforgettable character who lives his life over and over again, became a best seller and was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, the Waterstones Book Club and the Radio 2 Book Club.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks Audible

  • By clifford on 09-16-16

Thanks Audible

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

Very cool of Audible to post this short interview as a free download. Thanks.

Claire North/Catherine Webb has quickly become one of my favorite new voices. So it was great to hear this conversation. Please keep churning out the great work Claire/Catherine.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful