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  • Temple of Cocidius

  • The Complete First Adventure
  • By: Maxx Whittaker
  • Narrated by: Soren Gray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

I'm Tamlir Kynthelig, mercenary. I lost my home, my family was slaughtered, and my kingdom was usurped. And then things really got bad. I saved King Mynogin and won the honor of a likely-fatal run through the Temple of Cocidius to gain him its treasure. Trust me when I say this isn't a change in my luck. Gathering the temple's eight artifacts has never been accomplished, and a thousand men have perished to its beasts and puzzles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No bullshit, my HANDSDOWN favorite book

  • By Gavin Markowitz on 07-09-19

yes. just yes all around. excellent job done here

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

Reviewed: 06-23-19

if u r looking for a monster girl harem with just the right amount of plot, romance, anatomically unique sex scenes, and quality narration, then look no further

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • ReDeath 1: Raven

  • A Scifi LitRPG
  • By: Jaeger Mitchells
  • Narrated by: Carver Claeys
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

After the dust settles, Jackson awakens to a world torn apart by his own actions. Just when defending his homeworld seemed impossible, Jackson hatched a desperate, last-ditch plan with is CO: activate and launch highly experimental nuclear missiles contained in a nearby silo. Unfortunately, the missiles were far more effective and unstable than they could have imagined. Waking up in a cavern, Jackson quickly realizes that the world around him has changed, and not for the better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great start to an exciting series!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-17-19

an excellent addition to harem litrpg style novels

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

Reviewed: 06-15-19

This was a very good addition to anyone harem litrpg fans collection. Honestly, I liked this more than the others other title, oblivion online. It was really quite good and had significant # of surprises that made it all the more interesting. There was plenty Of appreciation of the scenery. The narrator also did a splendid job.
That said, there is always room for improvement. One thing id definitely like to see more of from the author is a bit more variety and subtlety in his descriptive verbiage. For example, there are a lot more things to call a p$&%y than saying the word p#&%y all the time. And there is more to describe about a woman than fixating on a single mental title (like "battle goddess"). But, every author has their strengths and weaknesses. We cant hold every little thing against them, b/c they can never please everyone.
This was an excellent harem litrpg book for those who r fans of such things. Has e everything u could ask for. Bear in mind, this is a sci fi style litrpg, not fantasy. So u will be dealing with mostly technology based levelling, rather than magic.
Great book, looking forward to its sequal.
I was given a promo code by the author, so received this audio book free Of charge, in the interest of full full disclosure. However, I'd like to think I've been as fair and honest as possible in my review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dungeon Bringer 1: A litRPG Adventure

  • By: Nick Harrow
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

When the Inkolana Cartel's experimental computer network comes under attack, they give white-hat hacker Clay Knight two hours to fix the problem. If he succeeds, he'll be rich beyond his wildest dreams. If he fails, he's a dead man. But when Clay hacks the hackers, he stumbles into an ancient ritual that summons him to the dusty, forgotten world of Soketra...Clay finds dungeons, monsters, and a fierce pride of beautiful cat women who believe he is the reincarnation of the ancient Dungeon Lord Rathokhetra. Listen to find out more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another great gamelit harem.

  • By pldittrich on 05-29-19

another great gamelit harem.

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

Reviewed: 05-29-19

This was an excellent title of its type. Now, it didnt blow my socks off with its creativity and unique genius, which is the only reason the story didnt get a 5. You wont see a whole hell of a lot that truly surprises you, if u r into the harem gamelit genre. It hits everything you would expect. but that isnt necessarily a bad thing. This genre is fairly niche. But this book hits all the right buttons for people who are into this sort of thing. Including hot catgirls, with a neat egyptian theme that is just waaayyyyy underappreciated in its hotness. so glad somebody finally recognized that.
Now, if you are looking for graphic sex scenes, then you may need to go elsewhere. fade to black is device used here for MOST of the actual sex scenes (there is some, just not a lot). Frankly, i prefer it this way. These types of stories are way better when the author takes the time to descriptively help u appreciate the scenery as you go, and build the tension. the little, constant things, that all add up to a great experience. Thats so much better than just one flimsy excuse after the next for people to start humping. Frankly, it kinda kills a book like this if i have to keep hearing certain 4 letter words for male genitalia ALL THE TIME. id much rather enjoy subtle and detailed descriptions of his female companions in their various states, because women can just be sexy in a lot of different ways doing a lot of different things (that's just how most of us with Y chromosomes see it).
So, while this mostly wont blow u away with originality, its an excellent book of the genre and well worth the listen. And the author seems to have been like "i dont care how cliche it seems, catgirls are awesome, and so i see no reason there shouldnt be plenty in my story". And i applaud him for this. There is nothing wrong with finding an excuse to use what people LIKE.
The author also made the very wise choice to enlist James Patrick Cronin. Not only does this show he did his homework and found a good narrator, it also shows he was willing to invest in the best for his book. I'm not knocking authors who go for more bargain deals when looking for their narrator. Tough world. i get it.
However, when an author cares enough to invest in someone well known in harem gamelit circles, and favored by those listeners, it makes all the difference. Hell, i often look for new audio books based solely on what certain narrators have been doing, and james patrick Cronin is one of those narrators.
On the narrator, i saw some reviews above complained about Cronin's use of a "french" accent for the sort of egyptian cat ladies. Initially, i would have said that he needed a foreign accent to help distinguish characters, and i would have been fine with that argument alone. However, look up arabic and egyptian accents. if u start googling it, you will find many links talking about how similar they are to the french accent. Like, native speakers will sometimes mistake it.
What does this mean? it isnt just a french accent, its the accent most appropriate for the setting. Cronin did his research. those people who complained about the "French accent killing it for them", had no idea what the appropriate accent for the setting would have actually sounded like. Because it would have sounded very much like a french accent. so, if you go into the book and are like "why does this egyptian catgirl sound french?", just ask urself if u know what an EGYPTIAN accent would actually sound like. Because u probably dont. Cronin nailed it. look it up if u dont believe me.
So, fans of gamelit, monster girls, and dungeon core novels, go for it. This book hits all the right buttons. well worth a listen. im looking forward to book 2.

- note: i did receive a free credit for this book as part of a random giveaway. just want to b upfront. but it isnt like they were paying me to leave a review, or made me legally obligated. Its just the decent thing to do, if they are kind enough to give u a free listen. Ive tried to be fair and honest with my review though, and hope thats adequately reflected here.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Oblivion

  • Hazard Online, Book 1
  • By: Jaeger Mitchells
  • Narrated by: Maximillian Breed
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

A freak accident leaves childhood friends Aiden and Scarlet dead and stranded in Hazard Online, a VR MMORPG. They're pushed to the brink of their sanity as they awaken with the knowledge of their death and are thrust into an experimental expansion, which only further threatens to tear them apart.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • so so

  • By jessie on 04-08-19

an interesting take on the litrpg style.

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

Reviewed: 04-23-19

this was a good addition to the harem litrpg genre. listeners should be warned that it definitely isnt a "fade to black" book, but it isn't the bulk of the book. the author knows how to appreciate the scenery, but could maybe use a little more refinement in the subtlety. then again mmorpgs, by nature, aren't exactly subtle, so u have to make allowances.
where the author really shines is in the psychological dept. I don't want to spoil anything, but he explores a lot into the sort of deep psychological mischief and confusion that can b done to people who r suddenly existing in a purely digital state, along with the question of what's real and not real, and what still counts as human (fans of ghost in the shell would understand this). but the psychological dysfunction applies to those still outside the game. alot of nuances and mental jiggery. good stuff. a good first book, and a nice hook at the end.
a book truly has to blow me away to get a 5 star, and while this is definitely worth a listen, I couldn't justify a max rating. this author does well, and I'm looking forward to seeing how he expands on the excellent foundation laid out by this books end, but there is certainly room to grow.
the narrator is alright. id put him squarely in the middle of the road. not amazing enuf to buy more books based on his being the narrator alone, but he was understandable and improved alot at distinguishing between characters as the book progressed, though thats usually true for most narrators starting the first book in a series. like the author, he's a little rough the edges, but shows promise. he's no luke Daniels or jeffrey kafer, but he doesn't kill the experience either.
again, this is definitely worth a listen, if you are looking for a new harem litrpg.
i confess that the author gave me a code for this audio as part of a promotional, requesting only that I leave a review. I apologize for taking so long, as things came up, but I'd like to think that i wrote a fair and informative review. I hope this helps new listeners find his book, as its definitely worth a shot.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Fostering Faust: Book 2

  • By: Randi Darren
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Savannah
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 937

Alex has taken firm control over his county as the Count of Brit. By and large, everything has settled into a fairly normal pattern for him, his numbered, and his wife. There's still an ongoing war between two Duchies, and Regina Tannulf, Alex's liege and lord, has plans for him. Plans that he wants no part of. Except that he doesn't really have a choice in the matter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great work as always

  • By Anonymous User on 04-02-19

another awesome hit of moral ambiguity.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

as usual, randi Darren has delivered us another unique story that makes u rethink the way we see the world. who is the villain, and who the hero? what would it be like if the greatest master manipulator villain was on YOUR side (and didn't let ego get in his way)? brilliant. truthfully, it is a little toned down,compared to book one, where the morally reprehensibleness is concerned. focus is a little more on MC protecting those who matter to him, rather than degredation (it still happens, But Anna is arranging majority unseen). so some of the complainers should be satisfied.
Stephanie swift pulled off a fantastic performance, and really brought the characters to life, especially Anna.

  • Power of the Lost

  • Celestine Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Cebelius
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 715

A man is only as good as his word.... Celestine is a vast world, filled with mysteries and peopled by creatures most men consider nothing but flights of fancy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • cebelius definitely scored another home run

  • By pldittrich on 03-23-19

cebelius definitely scored another home run

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

no part of this book was ever boring. The characters are ALL dynamic, rather than only the main character (which is what gives u EXCEPTIONAL writing rather than merely good writing). There is definitely healthy amounts of adult situations, but it never feels forced. I hope this author continues his now well established pattern of quality storytelling for many years to come. I will certainly continue buying his work so long as this is the sort of quality I can expect.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Dan the Adventurer

  • Gold Girls and Glory, Book 2
  • By: Hondo Jinx
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

During Dan Marshall’s second year of college, the real world melded with a home-brew Towers & Trolls adventure. Dan got barbaric and battled giant spiders, an apocalyptic death cult, and an undead necromancer bent on flooding the universe with eternal darkness. Luckily, Dan has two amazing women at his side: Holly, a grey elf druid from a powerful family; and Nadia, a streetwise shifter with heavy connections in the local thieves’ guild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great adult fun and listening!

  • By 9 Mil on 03-19-19

loved it. worth every penny

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

good sequel to an awesome series. can't wait for the next one to come out

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Arena

  • By: Logan Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Joshua Story
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490

When the aliens came down and told us they’d enslave all of the human race if we didn’t send our bigliest warrior to participate in their arena death games, I laughed at them. It was really funny because they obviously didn’t know who they were dealing with. Know what I mean? Then they said they would pick the greatest warrior, and they picked Marc Havak. He seemed like such an average guy, but he was a true-blue American. He even worked as a truck driver! That’s the kind of good guy we want defending us from aliens.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • he really did a great job

  • By Laurie Lavelle on 02-18-19

excellent book of its type

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

great. Joshua story did an excellent performce, and the book had just the right amount of attention to scenery detail to make u hungry for more, without making u want to cringe at the over drawn out passion scenes

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Immortal Continent

  • The Godking's Legacy, Book 2
  • By: Virlyce
  • Narrated by: Mare Trevathan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

 

Lucia's the strongest person in the world, and she's perfectly content with living out the remainder of her life gorging herself on acorn stew and hot chocolate. Unfortunately for her, her sadistic sword spirit, Durandal, has different plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the detractors and enjoy it for what it is

  • By Jamie on 02-04-19

what u expect from this series

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

If u listened to the 1st, expect more of the same, in a good way

  • Super Powereds: Year 4

  • Super Powereds, Book 4
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 60 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,631
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,324
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,305

The final year at Lander has finally arrived for the Melbrook students and their peers, and with it comes a whole new set of challenges. Still reeling from the events of their junior year, the remaining students will have to push past their pain - and so much more - if they hope to be one of the 10 to claim the title of Hero upon graduation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its finally over....what do I do with my life now?

  • By Jared on 07-11-18

amazing finale!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

I could not have dreamed of a greater finale than the one found here, and the narration is as impeccable as always