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  • Critical Failures VI

  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 6
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983

In the wake of their recent loss, the Caverns and Creatures gang are left hanging. Do their choices amount to more than waiting around to die of thirst and leaping to a quicker death? Probably, or else this would have been a much shorter story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So happy it's out!

  • By Joe W on 01-02-19

Damn it, Bevan!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

Another cliffhanger ending and another story I will no doubt be listening to for next time! Jonathan Sleep's narration is (as always) on point for this story, too. damn good work all of you!

  • Out of Spite, Out of Mind

  • Magic 2.0, Book 5
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,841
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,534
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,523

When you discover the world is a computer program, and you figure out that by altering the code you can time travel and perform acts that seem like magic, what can possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything. Just ask Brit, who has jumped around in time with such abandon that she has to coexist with multiple versions of herself. Now, Brit the Elder finds that her memories don't match Brit the Younger's.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Philip to Remember / A Britt To Forget

  • By harbinger on 07-11-18

Scott, how do you think women are supposed to act?

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Seriously, though. Gwen? She's angry until suddenly without context she's not and all Martin does is be honest and forthright with her. The Brits? They're normal until Philip tries his best to save them all and has to keep things from them/her. All be ever did was his very best to help and was forced to lie. The resolution is deeply unfair and unsatisfying on all sides and NOBODY else in the cast calls out Brit for being a bitch or being irrational. Honestly, this would have been a better resolution if Brit had died. The book is a slow, downhill slide into yet another unsatisfying resolution and a little lead in to another story where I'm sure it will be yet another downhill slide into mediocrity. Scott, please. You can do better than this. the first book proved that. your characters have gone from goofy and lovable to increasingly one dimensional and rigid.

62 of 67 people found this review helpful

  • Fight and Flight

  • Magic 2.0, Book 4
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,237
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,705
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,683

Martin and his friends discovered that their world is computer generated and that by altering the code they could alter reality. They traveled back in time to Medieval England to live as wizards. Almost everything they've done since then has, in one way or another, blown up in their faces. So of course they decide to make dragons. It does not go well.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Major stumble in a great series

  • By Lily on 05-11-17

Wasted Potential

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

Where to begin...

No spoilers here, so feel free to read on. Scott, your writing so far has been really excellent. Through the first 3 books, you've created and expanded the universe within the series in truly fantastic directions. That being said, you have introduced NOTHING new in this book. If read the story, you'll realize nobody has to really explain anything to anyone else. There is no miscommunication between the main characters. Why? No new concepts are introduced. You have a world where you can build anything; do nearly anything, and through the the course of the book you choose to introduce an antagonist that literally cannot harm anyone permanently. This story should have a subplot in a grander story, or a side story not in the main series (like the D6 books in Robert Bevan's Critical Failures). This whole thing felt rushed and weak compared to the rest of the books.

Now for the voice acting: Luke Daniels has classically been great with these voices, but again, it seems like he was rushed, and the acting really doesn't have the polish that the other books have.

Scott, you are better than this. You had so many more options: addressing the greater reality of the world, introducing a faction that believes the file to be some evidence of sacred divinity, aliens, space travel, literally anything and you chose a toothless antagonist and a half-assed morality play?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • D6: Caverns and Creatures

  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,660

This is a collection of the first six short stories in the Caverns and Creatures series. It includes "Cave of the Kobolds"; "Zombie Attack"; "Orcs, Bears, and Assholes"; "Shipfaced"; "Dungeon Crawl"; and "The Creep on the Borderlands".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keep the Series Coming!

  • By M. Maryanow on 05-20-15

Hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

if you like the critical fails series, D6 and 2D6 are something you need to get. they are just as funny, if not more so than the main story. totally worth it.

  • Sword of Destiny

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,698
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,261
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,229

Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: His targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enter the Witcher

  • By David S. Mathew on 09-30-16

slow at times, but the ending... oh, that ending.

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

It's hard to put into words good enough to describe, but even if The Witcher as a video game series doesn't interest you in the least, these short stories that preface the main series give you all you need to know about all the main characters to make them feel real and alive. The writer did his job fantastically, and if I could give the narrator a pay raise I'd do it in a heartbeat. 10/10

  • The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Volume 2

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Wayne June
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400

Howard Phillips Lovecraft has been hailed by literary critics as the inventor of modern horror and a cultivating force behind such modern writers as Robert Bloch ( Psycho), Wes Craven ( The Craft, Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), and Stephen King ( Pet Semetary, Carrie, Children of the Corn), just to name a few.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wayne June made this a must-listen

  • By Emily Han on 01-17-17

Wayne June is a national treasure

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

Seriously. The story is amazing (because HP Lovecraft), but the delivery is singularly amazing because Wayne June has a voice that (as far as science can tell) narrated the birth of our universe and the subsequent elder god invasion shortly thereafter.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,007
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,984

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing, but somehow still worth a listen.

  • By Bradford on 03-06-13

Definitely Worth the Listen

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

The story itself is awesome. As a bit of a literature buff, I have to say to Scalzi: STOP WITH THE HE SAID-SHE SAID. That aside, the content more than makes up for such a shortfall. Will Wheaton is also a great narrator if you appreciate his style. Definitely worth it.