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  • Pangea Online Book One: Death and Axes: A LitRPG Novel

  • By: S.L. Rowland
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James, Laurie Catherine Winkel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Everything has a price. Pangea Online is no different. Esil has spent the past year toiling in the mines of Pangea while the more wealthy traverse its myriad of gameworlds. His luck changes forever when he stumbles upon a legendary Developer's Chest, containing an invaluable Worldpass, which grants him unlimited travel to all gameworlds. Now, Esil isn't just stuck watching as others explore Pangea. He can finally level up. But his in-game actions have real-world consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gamer Maven Heaven

  • By cosmitron on 03-30-18

Fun but writing style hard to get into.

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

Reviewed: 06-18-19

I may have been better off reading it as a book, rather than an audiobook. The story idea is fun and I really like how detailed everything is. but the way the author has written it, it may in fact be better as a physical book.

I was fortunate to get this book for a honest review. I hope the author keeps up the good work, and while I may not have enjoyed the audiobooks presentation, the over all story was great!

  • Seraphina

  • By: Rachel Hartman
  • Narrated by: Mandy Williams, Justine Eyre
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Inspiring Fantasy

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-26-12

Fun but...

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

While I enjoyed this book, I would not go for the second. I found the names of people, places and things to be too hard to keep track of and threw me for a loop. Seraphina was a strong character and I enjoyed her.

her romantic interest held my interest quite well, but at the end it felt rushed.

Wish there had been more dragons.

  • Surface Tension

  • By: Mike Mullin
  • Narrated by: Mike Mullin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

After witnessing an act of domestic terrorism while training on his bike, Jake is found near death, with a serious head injury and an inability to remember the plane crash or the aftermath that landed him in the hospital. A terrorist leader’s teenage daughter, Betsy, is sent to kill Jake and eliminate him as a possible witness. When Jake’s mother blames his head injury for his tales of attempted murder, he has to rely on his girlfriend, Laurissa, to help him escape the killers and the law enforcement agents convinced Jake himself had a role in the crash.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A cool airplane mystery.

  • By Maia on 01-15-19

A cool airplane mystery.

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

I was a fan of Mike's writing for a while, I loved his Ashfall book, and was excited to hear another. sadly for me Jake from this book and Alex from Ashfall melded in my mind and they seemed one in the same. But that would be my major critique. The book was frustrating sometimes with Tapper's behavior and was quite rude, but again not a major complaint.

it feels like there might be a sequel and I'd definatly listen if it came out.

thanks Mike for another enjoyable book!

  • Wolf Speaker

  • The Immortals: Book 2
  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Tamora Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 723

When the wolves of Long Lake call, Daine must use her powerful ability to communicate with animals to save them from an ecological disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorites

  • By Crystal on 02-04-09

A classic

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

this was my first introduction to Tamora's writing. the series is brilliant and charming. I have perhaps read/listened to this series once every couple of years since my father read it to me when i was 12.
each time I listen or read I pick up new little details I didn't get the last time.

#sweepstakes #tagsgiving

  • Tempests and Slaughter

  • The Numair Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Ari Meyers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671

Arram Draper is on the path to becoming one of the realm's most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a gift with unlimited potential for greatness - and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the "leftover prince" with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great prequel

  • By G. Amundsen on 02-08-18

A great prequel

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I absolutely adore Tamora's writing and this is no exception. this follows Aram through his schooling years at the mage academy. he gets into lots of trouble, and always seems to land on his feet. great cast of characters, old and new.

#sweepstakes #tagsgiving

  • The Gender Game 4: The Gender War

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler, Jason Clarke
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473

"For the sake of Viggo, my brother, my family in Patrus, and every single citizen of our God-forsaken nations, I had to stop the war." Continue Violet and Viggo's journey in the electrifying fourth book of The Gender Game series!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just excellent story and perfect narrators

  • By Clarica Claudia on 05-21-17

A little slow, but still awesome.

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I had a little more trouble getting through the slower parts of this book. But, once it got a little beyond midway, it got back to what I remember I loved about this.

I just started the 4th, so I'm excited to see where this whole thing goes. It's been a lot of fun to discover it. And I see a lot of people complain about the cliche story and predictable characters. I can see where they're coming from, but it's fun. A book doesn't have to be completely original to enjoy. Besides. Violet is easily one of the most badass female characters I've seen in a novel outside of Tamora Peirce books.

  • The Gender Game 2: The Gender Secret

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Jason Clarke, Elizabeth Evans, Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,454

Gliding over the treacherous Green in a shaky aircraft that she has no idea how to land, Violet Bates is still in shock. The harrowing events of the previous night play over in her mind as she asks herself question after question. Why did Lee Desmond Bertrand behave the way he did?What is the truth about the mysterious silver egg st owed beneath her seat? What happened to Viggo, and where is her brother? Is either of them still alive?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not really meant for the intelligent reader...

  • By Panhli Thao on 07-31-17

Through the second in only a day and a half

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Oh dear. I’m ploughing through these books faster than I thought possible. The first was amazing, the second just as good. I can only hope the third keeps the pace.

I love Viggo and Violet’s relationship, it’s so... natural. It hooks me in and I can’t put the book down.

There are a few cringe worthy parts, and his obsession with saving her is almost laughable after all the things she’s survived. But not totally unnatural.

Still a better love story than Twilight....

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  • The Gender Game

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,609

A toxic river divides 19-year-old Violet Bates' world by gender. Women rule the East. Men rule the West. Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus. Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet's life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes. But one decision could save her life. To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • cheesy narrator for a meh story

  • By NAOMI C ST AMAND on 07-13-17

Best book this year!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

Holy cow was this a fun read. I get some people might think it’s a little cliche and has some faults. But imagine from my situation. I’ve been reviewing bodice rippers and harlequin romances. Review for a free book. Lots are slow, poorly written and lousy characters.

This... reminds me what good books can be.

Violet is a strong independent woman. Lee is kinda bland but not in a bad way. Viggo is incredible. Best character.

The story was fun, fresh and held my interest. I got book two just a few minutes ago. Excuse me while I lose myself in it.

  • Trusted

  • Dragons' Trust, Book 1
  • By: Krista Wayment
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Renick, the fifth son of a dragon breeder, crashes into an unexpected adventure that challenges everything he thought he knew about dragons, history, and himself. Stranded in the massive Helath forest, Renick meets two other passengers: Thane, a noble training to be a dragon knight, and Lainey, the orphaned niece of a healer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Family Fantasy

  • By Cyndi on 12-26-17

Terrible narrator, ruined the whole story for me.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

I don't think I can quite put my feelings into words about this book. I love dragon stories, I love how magical they can be, and how open-ended the options for it can be.
But this book sadly does not meet any of my expectations nor does it cause me any joy.

I couldn't get into the story because the narration was so bad, the guy sounded like he was a Windows or Mac narration program. There are no words for how much I disliked this guy's narration... Nothing personal, I'm sure he's a perfectly nice guy but damn. He put me to sleep and had almost no cadence for his voice... It was pretty much monotone the whole 5 chapters I listened to.

I can't even comment on the story since I didn't get terribly far in, but perhaps this is a children's book and I didn't know it. It was simple to listen to, the dialog wasn't terribly elaborate, and the characters seemed very one dimensional.

Just, please, Krista, change narrators. Please!

  • Lera's Sorrow: A Coming of Age Fantasy

  • Darkliete, Book 1
  • By: Gail Gernat
  • Narrated by: Chloe De Burgh
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Lera and her cousin have completed their long childhood and their training as healers. Sent to their grandparents back in Madean, they must negotiate the strange, new world and attain their werwinstans. Fate intervenes in the shape of handsome, young Ian, very human and very poisonous to the elven. Trying out her independence for the first time in her life, what will Lera decide? Where will she discover her loyalty to lay, with love or with duty?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lera's sorrow

  • By ZOE R on 12-07-18

Wish it were longer, but was more than pleasant.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I was given the opportunity to review this book for a copy.

I’d like to say this was by far the best book I’ve gotten to trade a review for. The writing was eloquent, the vocabulary superb. Lera wasn’t what I would consider a strong character but she maintained her position throughout the whole book. She didn’t start out one way and end in a 180 of her character, and I appreciated that.

I felt the book would have benefited from more exposition. A lot that happened was confusing and jarring, not having a background to the terms within the book. Even so, I felt it was absolutely a pleasant read.

To cap.

1. I felt the over all story could have used more foreshadowing, development and time spent on building the world. I’d have loved to see more of that.

2. Characters were consistent and enjoyable.

3. The one major complaint would be no glossary, or head’s up about some of the words the author used. Half the time with the words for things, or events I had to guess at. I realize glossaries in audiobooks is nearly impossible, but you know...

I would like to see book two. But I’d like it to be a lot longer than a little over an hour.

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