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  • The Silver Sorceress

  • The Raveling, Book 2
  • By: Alec Hutson
  • Narrated by: Guy Williams
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Following the deadly assault on the Scholia by the kith’ketan, Keilan and Nel pursue the paladin Senacus south, hoping to catch him before he can vanish into the Gilded Cities. Nel desires vengeance for the death of her lover, while Keilan hopes to find answers about the immortal sorcerers who sought to challenge the Crimson Queen. In the Empire of Swords and Flowers, a young woman is called upon to avenge her father’s death and return honor to her family. And after a millennia-long imprisonment, the monstrous Chosen are again free to work their dark will upon the world of man.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better than most, less than a few

  • By Greg on 10-16-18

Better than most, less than a few

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

So, I enjoyed the first book. The second book, however, was a mixed bag. There are serious logic breaks that just make you cringe for long periods of time. Later in the book, you realize that the author needed a way to make groups travel together and this was it. Time and distance are not really relevant. They are commented on, but somehow, they never really matter. The stories are becoming overly complicated and convoluted....and not because of character growth.

I still enjoyed the world, and some of the interactions...but it was tainted.

So is it worth a credit? I did enjoy the story, but no where near the first book. If you like that kind of thing...go ahead. If you have a credit to waste...ok, I suppose you could do worse.

  • The Shadow Ryana

  • The Shadow Sisters Series, Book 1
  • By: C. R. Daems
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Ryana, a worthless girl-child, is sold to a mysterious woman who takes her to the home of the Shadow Sisters who are prized for their abilities as spies and assassins. She survives years of training in spite of being unconventional: adopting poisonous bats as familiars - something no one else would dare to do; choosing the blow dart as her weapon of choice - a weapon the Sisters don't teach; and relying on intuition rather than logic. As she completes her training, the Shadow Sisters are under attack and send Ryana out to find out who is killing Sisters and why.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun story

  • By Greg on 10-06-18

Fun story

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

This was a fun story. I found myself staying up late just to finish the book...which is usually a good sign. However, as fun as this story was, its not epic. It could have been. There is magic in this book. Its not that important. By the end of the book, I realized that magic was handled as more seasoning and not the entire meal. I liked that. The fight scenes were average to poor. I didn't find that appealing. The MC was a strong female lead that felt far more developed and 3D, than the remaining 2D supporting cast.(seriously 2D evil dudes) There are some rape/violence scenes...as opposed to some books where you feel the author is getting off on it, or the marketing manager added the scenes....these felt part of the storyline. The ending is rushed. Several elements of the sisterhood and their interaction with the MC were not fleshed out as well as they could have been.(its one of those stories where you felt the author knew something you didn't...and when you got to the end expecting the finer points to be revealed...they weren't. If fact, the final events made me think I was expecting too much from the storyline) SPOILER: Why send Ryana at all?...there are several others that could have gone... her "uniqueness" never felt that unique...until after she killed 30 or more people....but no one could have predicted that....maybe if the sisterhood "home" was attacked and everyone killed but her....maybe, I could buy into her going. ....probably would have made a better book.

So, ok, enough bashing. It was a fun listen. I liked that the MC wasn't a whining little kid for the entire book. I liked the inner turmoil. The story moves. Is it worth a credit? If you have nothing better lined up, its a nice waste of time...fun...so yeah it was worth the credit for me.

  • Sew You Want to Be a Hero

  • Threadbare, Volume 2
  • By: Andrew Seiple
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 279

Threadbare has not had a very good time of it recently. His little girl has been taken from him, and he must travel the kingdom, finding allies old and new, living and dead, to help him rescue Celia. Fortunately, he's got a voice now and access to all those fun skills he couldn't before use. He may only be a very small teddy bear, but he's got the persistence to plow through dungeons of rascally raccoon monsters, the wiles to turn a town full of undead on its ear, and the sanity to survive an encounter with a mediocre old one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fantastic entry to the series!

  • By Insertnamehere on 08-06-18

A step down from book 1, but ok

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I felt this book took a step down from the first book. Part of this feeling comes from the realization that the novelty has worn off. Its still funny here and there. It still has some intrigue with the king, the demon, the daughter, and the bear, but leveling up and new skills became old....which is honestly my main complaint with many books in the genre. I understand this is litRPG, but I don't need to get hammered with stats(...and in this case, all stats the character has) every 10mins. Once every 2 hours would be nice....or when something significant happens....otherwise, it just feels like a 10 year old trying to fill out a 10-page essay for homework.

Can I recommend? If you like the first, this is ok and continues the story...so ok, I can recommend.

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  • The Son of the Morning

  • The Nightfall Wars, Book 1
  • By: Jacob Peppers
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Fifty years ago, the nightwalkers appeared, creatures of shadow and darkness, thirsting for blood and death. Thousands died, and the kingdom of Entarna was brought to its knees. Then the Chosen came: six men and women endowed with powers by Amedan, the God of Fire and Light. The Chosen joined with the kingdom’s armies, and together, they managed to defeat the night’s creatures. At least for a time. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Smooth listen, with some flaws

  • By Greg on 09-27-18

Smooth listen, with some flaws

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

So, the good: the reader. His voice added a nice flavor to the story. The bad: the story. Its not an awful story, but it is a little too convenient at times. I did find myself skipping ahead...in an effort to maintain sanity. With all that said, I will probably get the second in the series just to see where it goes. If it continues down the same path, I will probably quit the series.

Can I recommend? Eh. When I read synopsis I was expecting something different....I never felt the "god" conflict until the very end. I think others will have to roll the dice on this one.

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  • Devil's Night Dawning

  • Broken Stone Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Damien Black
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 32 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

When Adelko is assigned to legendary exorcist and witch hunter Horskram, he expects an adventurous life. Death by adventure isn’t what he had in mind - but it seems the only outcome when they learn of a sorcerous theft that threatens the world. The thief wants to silence them - permanently. And so, Horskram and Adelko flee from one danger to another as the Jarl of Thule leads a rebel army against the King of Northalde, plunging the realm into conflict. And on the Other Side, demonkind reawakens.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely boring.

  • By Anonymous User on 10-08-18

Its okay

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

Nothing spectacular about this one. I started and stopped this book several times during the past two months. There are lots of characters, lots of foolish decisions and plot conveniences. I have listened to other books where you can ignore these items, but this book seemed to drone on. I lost track of the princes, the princesses, the warriors, etc...I suppose some of the blame would fall on the reader...maybe it was a mismatch between the reader and the story.

Can I recommend? Eh. I have listened to worse.

  • The Rogue Mage

  • Age of Oracles, Book 1
  • By: Ben Hale
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

With all of magic at her command, Alydian is born to power. She and the other oracles serve the people, guiding kings and commoners with their ability to know the future. Yet despite Alydian's power she cannot foresee the coming betrayal, for a rogue mage lurks in their midst, and plots an alliance with the mighty guild of Verinai. Under the guise of benevolence the Verinai offer their magic to all, while their expanding reach is noticed by none. Except the Soldier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Late Reading never fails, and while nothing earth shattering, Ben Hale is FUN

  • By Mike Thomas on 12-21-17

Flowing listen...logic flaws abound

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

First, it is a pleasant listen if you suspend logic. Decision processes are broken....even if the writer used the impulse over decision process. (Note, that was interesting at the beginning...but as you think of it, and the power of the oracles....it begins to weaken.)

Second, its not an awful book....its just a weak book. The concept of anti-magic is not fleshed out. It is used to drive convenient plot lines. While the MC is "young" for an oracle, she is almost 100....and yet she is written as a spoiled teenager., Note, she is written as a strong female character, which is rare lately...so thats a plus in its favor.

Third, the ending of the book feels eh. Not much resolved.

Would I recommend a credit...it is a good listen....it is probably worth a credit....but its a weak recommendation.

  • The Coming of the Dragon

  • By: Rebecca Barnhouse
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

When he was a baby, Rune washed up onshore in a boat, along with a sword and a pendant bearing the runes that gave him his nickname. Some people thought he was a sacrifice to the gods and wanted to send him right back to the sea. Luckily for Rune, King Beowulf disagreed....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but depressing

  • By Greg on 07-03-18

Interesting, but depressing

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

The writing is ok. The storyline is interesting. I understand from the explanation at the end of the book how this book was a challenge to the author. However, the writing style is just sad and depressing. I stopped this book several times just keep myself from falling into a depressed state.

Is it worth a credit, maybe. If you like the literary curiosity that the author created, you might enjoy the academic aspect to the book. If you are looking for an interesting story, probably not.

  • On Basilisk Station

  • Honor Harrington, Book 1
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,386
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,576

Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks for the memories

  • By ShySusan on 03-23-13

Cool

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

Good listen. I went straight though books 1 and 2, and it was worth it. (note, having peeked ahead at the storyline...not looking forward to book 3)

If you have a long drive coming up, I suggest this as a great alternative.

  • The Thief

  • By: Megan Whalen Turner
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

Eugenides, the queen's thief, can steal anything - or so he says. When his boasting lands him in prison and the king's magus invites him on a quest to steal a legendary object, he's in no position to refuse. The magus thinks he has the right tool for the job, but Gen has plans of his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is wrong choice

  • By Katie on 09-09-17

A bit of fun

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

Good storyline. Nicely delivered. A little on the far-fetched, probabilistic aspects, but by the time you realize why they are far-fetched you are way past that.

  • Dungeon Lord

  • The Wraith's Haunt: A LitRPG Series, Book 1
  • By: Hugo Huesca
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,783

When Edward is swept into the world of Ivalis as a Dungeon Lord, the Dark's most powerful servant, he has no servitude in mind. He'll oppose the evil plans of the Dark god, Murmur, whatever it takes. Through only his wits and his guts to help him survive a weakened arrival, Edward must rise to power if he is to earn the right to live another day. But in the battle between Dark and Light, what can Edward choose if both sides are cruel, uncaring monsters?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Over all too soon!!

  • By Ray Johnson on 01-30-18

Different than I expected, better than some.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

The aspect of playing as a dungeon lord is different enough that I was not sure how it would play out. For that plot premise, I think the book is worth a listen(if you like the LitRPG genre). I didn't feel hammered with stats and skill choices, and they somehow felt more integrated into he storyline then other LitRPG books I have listened to.

I finished book 2 and it was just as interesting, so I think its worth starting the series. On the down side, the epilogue gave a clue to book 3...and I am not interested....but, this book is good enough.