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  • Freehaven Online: Dragonsbane

  • A LitRPG Adventure
  • By: Jun Prince
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

Freehaven Online is more than a game to Justine. By day, she creates monsters for the world, by night she's raiding dungeons. Most importantly, it's her one connection to her dead brother whose buffs still linger within the game. When his virtual shrine is threatened by an update, Justine reforges his guild to complete the Dragonsbane quest in his honor. As an experienced tank, she's no stranger to the bandit attacks, PvP combat, and dragons Freehaven will throw at her. Little does she know, a hacker organization known as Archangel tampers with the update.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A look at grief via gaming

  • By Ray Johnson on 11-04-18

cadence-bound narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

I think I really would enjoy the story if I were reading it, but I just can't handle the narrator. she does alright with the voices, but she gets into a particular rhythm and tonal cadence that just... it's very repetitive and grates on my nerves.

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars)

  • By: Renée Ahdieh, Meg Cabot, Pierce Brown, and others
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Ashley Eckstein, Janina Gavankar, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,994

Experience Star Wars: A New Hope from a whole new point of view. On May 25, 1977, the world was introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and a galaxy full of possibilities. In honor of the 40h anniversary, more than 40 contributors lend their vision to this retelling of Star Wars. Each of the 40 short stories reimagines a moment from the original film, but through the eyes of a supporting character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No One has Raved About this yet?

  • By Michael J. Stewart on 10-05-17

Mix and match

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

some of these stories are beautifully written and moving. some of them... are written by authors who think repeatedly typing the phrase "eyes scream saber pain" is a valid story-telling technique. or by Chuck Wendig.

that said, this title was definitely worth buying and I'll probably listen through a second time, there's lots of good star wars works building all throughout.

  • Brief Cases

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters, Jim Butcher, full cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,678
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,253
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,231

An all-new Dresden Files story headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring the Windy City's favorite wizard. From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies, incubi, and even fey royalty appear, ready to blur the line between friend and foe. In the never-before-published "Zoo Day", Harry treads new ground as a dad, while fan-favorite characters Molly Carpenter, his onetime apprentice, White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio, and even Bigfoot stalk through the pages of more classic tales.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The original story is great

  • By Ronald G. Overton on 06-06-18

Well made

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

James Marster's Chinese accent sounds an awful lot like his French accent. A splendid collection, and the different readers only add to the production.

  • The Science Officer

  • By: Blaze Ward
  • Narrated by: Matt Weight
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

When pirates commandeer Javier's starship, they give him a choice: corpse, slave, or volunteer. Javier chooses to survive as well as keep his honor and his sanity intact. However, when things get rough, will he save the pirates from someone even worse?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Short Story

  • By Striker on 03-12-15

Narrator issues

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

I couldn't do it. I genuinely tried to get into this story, and for all I can tell it's a good book with decent writing--I think. The narrator, while he does try to do voices (props for that), is stuck in a captain Kirk -esque speaking pattern, where he makes every word its own sentence. The resulting monotone and repetitive, mind-blowingly dull cadence was too much for me to deal with.

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,321

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Caught me by surprise, and held me till the end.

  • By Brian Perry on 07-21-15

excellent reader, little errors in the writing

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

RC Bray, as always, does a fine job narrating. I enjoyed the story quite a bit, finding it original and fairly logical. It is, however, full of little technical errors. Not just unrealistic "special effects" like cars and diesel trucks exploding when shot, but also little problems with language usage--grammatical and wording errors that really should have been corrected in editing. Still worth the read, but maybe not worth the price.

  • Awaken Online: Retribution

  • Side Quest
  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,112

Riley's real-life took a nosedive after her confrontation with Alex. The girls at school torment her and she feels powerless to do anything about it. At the same time, Jason has mysteriously disappeared, sending only a terse cryptic message to Riley and Frank. With some time on her hands and with her frustration with her real-life reaching a breaking point, Riley decides to strike off on her own in-game. Her goal is to investigate the quest related to the strange bow she discovered in the dungeon north of Peccavi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic expansion of the AO universe

  • By Mike on 11-03-17

cliffhangers!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

The first story? A cliffhanger. The second story? A cliffhanger. The third story? The same cliffhanger!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Furies of Calderon

  • Codex Alera, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,683

In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, how I HATE the horns!!!!

  • By Sarah on 09-14-13

Took a while to get off the ground

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

Reviewed: 12-25-16

Narrated well, but with bad splicing (pauses between splices were truncated, and the trumpets were decidedly odd). Fine story but only got interesting halfway through. Once he got going, though, Butcher delivered.