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  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes, Book 2
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,740
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,540

In a world full of super powers, Felix had a pretty crappy one. After learning to harness his ability to modify any item he owns, he now runs a corporation that is rapidly expanding - Legion. After tangling with the local Heroes guild they’ve finally settled into a semblance of stability. Sounds great on paper. Run your company, make money, be your own boss, settle down. Except that with running a business, comes an inordinate amount of responsibilities. Like making sure everything keeps running and your people are paid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good follow up

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-12-18

Hold onto your seat it’s a bit of a ride!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I will start with saying that the first one was a bit better imho but that is NOT to say anything bad about 2 just that 1 set a VERY high bar and with the very obvious “to be continued” ending of 2 it just felt like there was not quite enough substance to the story within to meet the expectations set by the first. There isn’t much that I would change were I editing or anything but the bit after the sudden departure for a particular pair up until reunion (vague to avoid spoilers) seemed to drag a bit more than necessary and there could DEFINITELY have stood to have been more content and substance to the post reunion wrap up, I get the Epilogue or whatever sure but even that added in seemed more like “well crap I can’t just leave it at that, better add something to either make fans drool while waiting or REALLY piss them off while they wait that the next book isn’t available yet.” So yea I fall into the pissed off for having to wait because the ending did NOT satisfy sufficiently and thus those 2 bits give you a 4 star rating for story rather than 5, maybe you’ll earn back that last star next go round.

  • Rapture

  • Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Schinhofen
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502

Alvin woke in a room that was not his, to discover that he had died and his brain had been bargained off cheaply to pay off someone else’s debt. It did not sit well with him. It didn’t surprise him that even in death, people were still using him for their own purposes. He had never exactly been a good guy, but everyone had their breaking point, and he had found his. The bastards in charge had uploaded his mind into a virtual death game. The whole world could now pay to see him play it and probably die. Regardless, he was not about to wait for death to come for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great twist to the game genre. I highly recommend!

  • By Nicole C. on 03-24-18

Dear Schinhofen, can I come live in your imagination?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-18

I love good LITRPG stories, given my broken body the idea of living in a new virtual body is inherently an attraction for me. Daniel Schinhofen is hands down one of my favourite LITRPG authors now that I found his writing or at least the Alpha World series and now Apocalypse Gates as a new series. If you like LITRPG and post apocalyptic stories you'll fall instantly in love as I did, if just one or the other you should enjoy yourself at the least, but I wouldn't be at all shocked if you fall in love with the stories anyway. I don't do spoilers in my reviews but I will say I was quite shocked to find sex scenes more explicit here than in Alpha World with a sucubus involved.

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  • Battle Mage

  • By: Peter A. Flannery
  • Narrated by: RD Watson
  • Length: 34 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,209

The world is falling to the burning shadow of the Possessed and only the power of a battle mage can save it. But the ancient bond with dragonkind is failing. Of those that answer a summoning too many are black. Black dragons are the enemy of humankind. Black dragons are mad. Falco Dante is a weakling in a world of warriors, but worse than this, he is the son of a madman. Driven by grief, Falco makes a decision that will drive him to the brink of despair. As he tries to come to terms with his actions Falco follows his friends to the Academy of War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Volume needs to be adjusted!

  • By Nate on 02-12-18

Great story odd narration

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

Loved the story and enjoyed every minute of it but I’ll have to get a print or ebook copy to check if the author just made some odd word/spelling choices for emphasis or if the narrator RD Watson just pronounced the given words quite strangely either for emphasis or as a personal quirk for now I choose to suspect more towards the latter. Ultimately however it didn’t do much to detract from my enjoyment of the work as a whole so still good overall.

  • The Ten-Cent Plague

  • The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America
  • By: David Hajdu
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 419

In the years between World War II and the emergence of television as a mass medium, American popular culture as we know it was first created in the bold, pulpy pages of comic books. The Ten-Cent Plague explores this cultural emergence and its fierce backlash while challenging common notions of the divide between "high" and "low" art.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Art can't hurt you

  • By Don M on 05-03-08

A great read if you want to learn about the origins of comics

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

While a little dry this is a great source for any who wish to learn about how comics as we know them today started out and the great upheaval that they underwent about half way through this past century.

  • Patch 17

  • By: G. Akella
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612

A new update arrives to the ultra-popular online game, Realm of Arkon. With Patch 17, the level of immersion experienced by players in their gaming capsules has made virtual reality indistinguishable from the real world. But every gamer's dream becomes a nightmare for Roman Kozhevnikov after he gets confined to Arkon against his will. And not just to Arkon, but to its deadliest zone - Demon Grounds. Playing - or rather living - as his character Krian, it's not just about survival for Roman.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Usual LitRPG book, but interesting

  • By Steve on 02-15-17

I wish I could join them!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

I'm disabled and cannot walk nor even have a single day without pain so the idea of being able to join the characters of this world would be an absolutely enticing concept and if it were possible I would be sorely tempted since waking up able to walk again and NOT hurting every moment of my existence would be too much to resist. As for the story I loved it and would recommend this book to anyone who likes the description from the editor or whoever wrote it! To ARKON!!!

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  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,402

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

The first taste is always free!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

Where does FREE: The Dispatcher rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I don't often write an actual review beyond just the star ratings but this one is still very newly released as I type this out. With this story, the first thing which comes to mind is the phrase in the subject line, "The first taste is always free!" This, of course, is most commonly quoted in reference to its origin with drug dealers and I say that because this story is so very engrossing and enwrapping that I myself stayed awake until it was finished and at "The End" I found myself with an immediate desire for MORE! This is a story with what is to my knowledge a truly unique concept which has changed reality in a way that is so deep and fundamental that the mind races and is astounded at the variety and impact of possibilities. If this is effectively a teaser for more to come I am without reservation awaiting further entries!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think my favorite character was one I think I'll only call 'Godfather" because I hate spoilers and wouldn't want to put any in a review but his motivations and way he does things is just fascinating to me.

Which character – as performed by Zachary Quinto – was your favorite?

I think that the best and most unique character voice for me was a character I will simply term 'the wife' for spoiler reasons.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Most certainly

  • Black Tide Rising

  • By: John Ringo, Eric Flint, John Scalzi, and others
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris, Tanya Eby
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 369

The news that humanity had been dreading for ages had come true. Zombies are real. Worst of all, we created them. The apocalypse was upon us, and every man, woman and child had to answer a simple question of themselves: "What do we do now?"

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • read what your buying first.

  • By sean on 08-18-17

Disappointing after the original 4

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

This compilation only has I believe 2 stories written by John Ringo and in many cases bringing in outside points of view can enrich and enhance the world into which you as the reader are drawn but when several of these authors can't even bother to get details right based upon information already established by the original authors works, for myself at least it shatters the illusion of immersion and starts to fray and pull apart the entire narrative which the author was attempting to paint for the reader. Several details ranging from errors or at least apparent errors in timeline continuity to what I considered unforgivable errors in details regarding the incubation periods and behavior of turning infected as well as the absolutely stupid error which at least one author made in reference to the quantity of vaccine which could be produced from the processing of any given infected; it's 10 units by the way I don't remember the amount given here but it pissed me off given how much loving and exquisite detail Ringo obviously went to in order to ensure that every possible detail he could ensure was accurate as could be hoped for or if not 100% accurate then at the very least internally consistent! So for Ringo and Tristan Morris 5 stars but for the rest they range from a few who would earn 4-5 to the rest ranging from 1-3 stars and for that I give an overall 3 stars, if not for the stories by John Ringo I would have probably gone as low as 2*s overall but there you have my 2 cents.

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  • Beyond the Shadows

  • Night Angel Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 22 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,374

Logan Gyre is king of Cenaria, a country under siege, with a threadbare army and little hope. He has one chance---a desperate gamble, but one that could destroy his kingdom. In the north, the new Godking has a plan. If it comes to fruition, no one will have the power to stop him. Kylar Stern has no choice. To save his friends---and perhaps his enemies---he must accomplish the impossible: assassinate a goddess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful and tragic

  • By Mark on 05-14-16

A fitting conclusion to one of the best stories I've heard/read.

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

Reviewed: 03-13-16

If it tells you anything about how much I enjoy this series this is the second time I have purchased these books. I really only dislike one thing about this series or more accurately this book in particular and that would be that I would have loved for it to go on for a good bit longer to find out a detailed disposition of what became of all the characters. Though in all honesty if mister Weeks HAD done that I would likely have then desired for him to have gone on to tell stories about their children and so on ad infinitum. In short no true "ending" would have made me truly content as I love this story so much.

  • Dead Beat

  • The Dresden Files, Book 7
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,130
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,061

When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish it was about 20 hours longer

  • By Dan on 04-18-12

It's a bit surreal to think of "Spike" from Buffy being the voice behind Dresden

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

I have to say that I'm writing this after having read every book as far as Skin Game and I have to say Dead Beat is one of my favorites if not down right number one and I hope that the abberation that was Ghost Story is never repeated. What the hell was anyone thinking in having anyone else but James Marsters read this series? There isn't much I can say that wouldn't be a spoiler but I'm sure you will all love Sue as much as I did. Happy listening/reading!!!

  • Side Jobs

  • Stories from the Dresden Files
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,599
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,064

Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Know what sucks about this book?

  • By Brian on 11-02-10

Great book but don't read it out of order

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

This book is a compilation of Mr Butchers short stories that occur between or in one case before the other various novels if the Dresden Files series I find them a wonderful set of mini adventures into the Dresdenverse, especially the two written from the perspective of Thomas and Murphy.