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  • Epic

  • By: Conor Kostick
  • Narrated by: Samuel E. Hoke
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Welcome to a society governed through computer games! On New Earth, society is governed and conflicts are resolved in the arena of a fantasy computer game, Epic. If you win, you have the chance to fulfill your dreams; if you lose, your life both in and out of the game is worth nothing. When teenage Erik dares to subvert the rules of Epic, he and his friends must face the Committee. If Erik and his friends win, they may have the key to destroying the Committee's tyranny. But if they lose....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read especially if you are a gamer.

  • By cosmitron on 03-01-18

An Original

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

The story tells of a boy in a dystopian society facilitated by Epic. A fantasy computer game that can be manipulated by those that control it. Resources, jobs, and opportunities in the real world are decided by how well you can play epic.There is no middle ground. Fail early when young and you will have little chance to change your fate.

There is a common boy becoming a man trope throughout the story. But for a little while, you might find he role plays well as a woman to.

When listening to this audiobook you can be slightly surprised by the slow meticulous manner the story is told. I enjoyed the performance but felt the voice seemed to not exactly fit the young characters involved. Mostly, I attribute the careful performance to the authors writing style. If its to slow for you raise the play speed and it will be fine.

I enjoyed Epic, I would recommend this novel especially to those that tend to choose the female character in RPGs games.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this review.

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  • War Aeternus: The Beginning

  • By: Joshua Swayne, Charles Dean
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays Soundbooth Theater
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314

Lee is a quiet and unassuming office worker who leads a life of solitude, comfort, and routine. Day in and day out, he shuts off his brain, keeps his head down, and goes about doing his job and minding his own business. That is, he does until a drunken god shows up randomly one day and whisks him off into another world, demanding that Lee serve as his pawn in a game between the gods. Now, trapped in a completely different world full of danger, magic, and creatures, Lee has to figure out how to stay alive long enough to make it back home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For Beginners.

  • By Austin on 09-30-18

Liked it but didn't love it

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Do you have any additional comments?

It was one of those novels that I really wanted to love but settled with a liking. It had all the special ingredients. An unlikely hero, a justice seeking bloodthirsty barbarian, even a love interest or two. Heck the meddling gods were just about as awesome as could be described.

But it just didn't come together in the way I would have loved. Let me say it was a very good listen. I actually went through Jeff Hayes new novels to find this one and bought it on the spot. He never lets me down with his narrations.

The problem was the disconnect with the story and the main character. He was such an unlikely hero that he didn't want to be there. There were moments he would spring into action and make it seem like he could become better than himself, say like a hero should. But then wham I do not want to be a hero I wanna go home. And that really left a bitter taste in the mouth sometimes.

Without spoilers more than I already have alluded to I gotta say it does redeem itself in the later stage of the novel. He grows up, character growth is really important and maybe I'm just so used to clear concise goals that this novel left me a little off.

I will of course get the next book when it comes out to audible. It was by no means bad it just wasn't a shining beacon,, I have a feeling the next book the hero will be the hero I thought he could be from the beginning.

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 42,394
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,589

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

Would you consider the audio edition of For We Are Many to be better than the print version?

Ray Porter is Legendary. His enactment, tempo, and changing speech patterns for each individual Bob is distinct and engaging. I do not believe the print version is any less compared to the audiobook but I will say Ray Porter adds a new dimension to the novel that cannot be appraised enough and would suggest to any reader to give the audio version a try.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Howard. He showed the humanity of the Bobs in a new way that was never explored in the first novel.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Death. Immortality is beginning to wear down on the first generation of Bobs. In a way, they are truly becoming akin to the sky god bob always joked about. It really shows the diverging character that is bob after every copy is born. How they handle each situation is completely different but yet so similar that you can see the Bob in them.

Any additional comments?

This series has blown my mind. Very few novels have I ever thought improved from the first as this one has. I'm looking forward to the next novel in this series and have officially added the author to my "Read any book they write " list.

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