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  • Path to Peace

  • Alpha World, Book 6
  • By: Daniel Schinhofen
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560

Life in Alpha World has been a blessing for Alburet, more then he had ever thought it could be, and still more then he thinks he deserves at times. With allies and friends all around him, and the love of three beautiful, unique women, he knows that this might be the best life has to offer. But all of life has complications, and his are many and varied. A quest from the Overlord requires he level as quickly as he can for the "End Game", or risk losing all the happiness he has found.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So much repetition...

  • By Aeonir on 12-12-18

Amazing installment of the series!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I deeply love all of Daniel Schinhofen’s stories and worlds which he has created and Alpha World is definitely a firm second in my order of how much I love them immediately behind the Binding Words series/world. This installment of the AW story was truly excellent and I loved it from the first word to the last! If you haven’t read the previous 5 books in this series I recommend them without reservation and doubly so for anyone already a fan of the LitRPG or GameLit genres! If you have already read the 5 prior books and enjoyed them then BUY IT NOW! Wait, why are you still reading this and not watching the few seconds of time it takes to download and open the book after you bought it? Seriously GO! There’s a monster at the end of this book!(reference to a set of Sesame Street children’s books my mom read to me as a kid)

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ritualist

  • Completionist Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,045

The decision to start a new life is never an easy one, but for Joe the transition was far from figurative. Becoming a permanent addition to a game world, it doesn't take long to learn that people with his abilities are actively hunted. In fact, if the wrong people gained knowledge of what he was capable of, assassins would appear in droves.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ritual is necessary for us to know anything

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-18-18

Awesome story with a fresh take on casters

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I thoroughly LOVED the story and would heartily recommend it to ANYONE who is a fan of fantasy and doubly so for fans of LitRPG! Excellent narration throughout! The MC is an entirely unique class archetype as far as I know(never seen another story about a Ritualist) though as with a large portion of LitRPG the class has a high likelihood of becoming quite broken in later levels due to versatility and extremely few limitations. In short MCOPAF Main Character Over Powered As Frack! Lol I credit Schinhofen for where I picked up that particular acronym.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 6,257
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,917

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
  • Got better

  • By leaf on 05-08-18

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 1,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109

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
  • HAve fun with the apocalypse and zombies

  • By Ray Johnson on 10-03-18

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.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Battle Mage

  • By: Peter A. Flannery
  • Narrated by: RD Watson
  • Length: 34 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,473

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
  • loved it.

  • By Chiron on 01-05-18

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 631
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 449

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 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793

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 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,869

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 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415

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?"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great stories in a great universe

  • By Tim G. on 06-11-16

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond the Shadows

  • Night Angel Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 22 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,009

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.