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Eric Travis

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  • The Land: Raiders: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 6
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,195
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,500
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,466

The time of hiding has passed. The Mist Village will make itself known. Goblins have invaded Richter’s lands. Though the first incursion has been defeated, the anger of Chaos Seed remains. Those who challenge Richter’s power will learn there is a reason all creatures fear the mist.... It is the home of monsters. For the first time, Richter takes the battle to his enemies. He will live up to his name, and the very Land will shake with this power.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • to much of the same .....

  • By Tom on 01-07-18

Aleron has lost the plot.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

This book is a quagmire, in that it's pace is bogged down and the plot, despite being more linear than previous books, leads nowhere.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Escape

  • Adventures on Terra, Book 2
  • By: R.A. Mejia
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

Armon Ellington died on Earth and was transported to Terra, a world governed by rules eerily similar to the RPG games he loved. He found he could gain levels, skills, abilities, and magic just like he could in those games. In addition to finding a way to become more powerful, he also found the friends and family he'd always longed for. Unfortunately, he also discovered the pain of losing them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first.

  • By Tim Ward on 11-08-17

Filler over Flavor

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

Reviewed: 09-23-17

You could easily skip this book and not miss a beat when the third one comes out. Character development is nonexistent and the new characters added are so cookie cutter that you can fill in the blanks. The overall plot isn't advanced until the last chapter. First part would have worked better as the end of the first book. The middle part is padding the page count with a mini arc that goes nowhere (could have been a good stand alone). The book finishes as a bad Harry Potter rip off, names included.

Character wise, Armon is still clueless (which is good considering how OP he is if he thought thinks through). Mary (Captain Hindsight) is still annoying, worthless, and toxic to the groups progression. Verax is one track minded that he becomes underused. Newcomer Kitsune's one character flaw is pointless given her role in the group. I would have rather seen them play up the "rescued royalty" angle for her.

As for the LitRPG elements, they seem meaninglessly tact on. Levels don't seem to matter. A group of 4 (levels 3-5) outmatch a group of 7 (levels 7+). Stats are used for jokes (Mary can't open a door or lift a glass because of her strength stat) but have no bearing on Armon duel wielding shield and spear. Characters can't keep track of their skills. Armon only uses his Aspect of the Kobold skill as a disguise vice as armor in fights.

TL;DR: Book feels like a cash grab and trying to keep the series in the minds of the community.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Level Zero

  • The NextWorld Series, Book 1
  • By: Jaron Lee Knuth
  • Narrated by: John Pirhalla
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

The never-ending wars, pollution, and overpopulation of the near future have caused the outdoors to become uninhabitable, and the government is forced to create a new world, a virtual existence that allows civilization to continue. Shopping malls, schools, concert venues, and religious gathering places all exist in the infinite confines of this new reality, yet the most popular domain for most teenagers is the one that houses the endless array of digital games.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different

  • By Deamone on 02-08-17

Gap filler for those waiting for other series.

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Off the back read the chapters as normal numbers vice reading the binary each time. It jars you out of the story flow to hear a string of 1's and 0's.

What could Jaron Lee Knuth have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The begin drags a bit before getting to the setup. It could have used a little more player interact with other parties.

What three words best describe John Pirhalla’s performance?

Only polish so much

Was Level Zero: A LitRPG Adventure worth the listening time?

passes the time

Any additional comments?

Not a lot of RPG elements. This could have easily been trapped in a first person shooter.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shadows

  • The Game Is Life, Book 5
  • By: Terry Schott
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Dawn belongs to a secret group of teenagers who play a cloak and dagger game on their cell phones. Her world is turned upside down when the players' actions begin to affect reality, and not in good ways.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bait and Switch

  • By Eric Travis on 06-25-17

Bait and Switch

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

Would you try another book from Terry Schott and/or Luke Daniels?

I'm still planning on reading the story that was previewed, twice now, at the end of the book.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Soulstone: The Skeleton King by J.A. Cipriano

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

I want to say Sam but the lack of character development makes him a hard sell.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shadows?

The subplot with the two girls and the "Red Hoodie". It served no purpose towards the story and only made the characters more foolish. Those pages could have been used to flush out the Kyle character.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful