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  • Dragon Seed

  • Archemi Online, Volume 1
  • By: James Osiris Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James, Jeff Hays, Laurie Catherine Winkel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082

Before being conscripted to fight in the Total War, Private Hector Park had a shattered family, a collection of old video games, and a promising career as a motorcycle stuntman. Now, he is dying from a virus threatening humankind with extinction. He has three days to live. When Hector’s brother contacts him after years of hostile silence, Hector goes to try and make peace. But his brother has an offer even more unbelievable than reconciliation: the chance to cheat death by joining him in Archemi, a full-immersion fantasy VR-RPG video game. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good story, well told

  • By Fievel on 12-10-18

great

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

great all around. one of the better litrpg books out there. I hope it continues down this path.

  • Rapture

  • Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Schinhofen
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102

Alvin woke in a room that was not his, to discover that he had died and his brain had been bargained off cheaply to pay off someone else’s debt. It did not sit well with him. It didn’t surprise him that even in death, people were still using him for their own purposes. He had never exactly been a good guy, but everyone had their breaking point, and he had found his. The bastards in charge had uploaded his mind into a virtual death game. The whole world could now pay to see him play it and probably die. Regardless, he was not about to wait for death to come for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HAve fun with the apocalypse and zombies

  • By Ray Johnson on 10-03-18

great, but could do without certain parts

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

great story, pretty unique premise and excited to see where it goes from here. I think the narrator did a great job.

could do without the unnecessary and gratuitous scenes between Al and Gothy (Becky). I understand that they are young (he's 26 ish and she's 18), but I could do without the too often overly detailed sexual interactions. I think there is a way to show they're young and in lust without the overtly graphic detail.

I am looking forward to the next installment, but if it continues at the same pace in the next book, I probably won't finish.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,473
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,264

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Carla on 11-22-17

heading

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

l like Drew Hayes' stories and this another that is quite entertaining. Hope there will more from this troupe

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Gods of the Second World

  • By: Arthur Stone, Mikhail Yagupov - translator
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576

The Second World is a mire of intrigue; the game's creators have left several back doors permitting them to terminate anyone at will, and an unlikely sequence of events has brought someone unsuspecting into their field of attention. One player has managed to upset the game world's balance, and now he's hunted by everyone. Every clan wants to recruit him for his achievements while other powers want him for their own, more sinister purposes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • crappy

  • By Suzanne OBrien on 02-28-18

Just not good

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

it was difficult to finish, in fact there were multiple times I just fast forwarded to the end of the chapter because they were rambling on about something not important. If they started on chapter 11 or 12, which ever one, where he enters the city I would have rated this higher.

I really enjoyed their first two books, but this was painful. It's like the first half of the book, they are trying to fill up pages because the book won't be long enough and by the time they get to the meat of the story they have to shorten it because it's about to be too long.

I also believe that the narrator's straight forward, fast paced style didn't help in some of those painful areas. Was I scratching my head for 20 minutes because the writers were going back and forth, seemingly contradicting themselves, or did the narrator blow through comas and pauses? I probably spent a third of the book going, huh?

I did jump from the beginning of chapter 7 to chapter 11 or 12- can't remember, but it's where he finally gets to the city- because I couldn't take the ramblings any more.

I'm not sure he ever made it to the mage guild to collect all of his bonuses from achievements...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hell to Pay

  • Ascend Online, Book 2
  • By: Luke Chmilenko
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,531
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,292

Lazarus Cain is a member of the Grim Shadows, one of the Thieves Guilds in the city of Eberia. Unfortunately, Lazarus is having a bad day. Waking up in a torture chamber, suffering from amnesia, he'd be pretty much screwed if not for the mysterious, magical sigil burned into his chest. Sometimes a really bad day should be shared with others, especially professional torturers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a continuation

  • By Greg A on 09-26-17

Not a continuation

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

Would you listen to Hell to Pay again? Why?

Only a couple of hours in to this book and it seems to be on par quality wise with the first Ascend Online. Just a notice that this is NOT a continuation of the first book, but a story regarding a different character entirely.

Only reason I am writing this is I was quick to order this book and expecting it to continue where the first left off. Slight disappointed as I was expecting something different, but the story so far is strong and I have been enjoying the listen.

If you enjoyed the first book, go ahead and purchase this one, just know this is a different story arc.

85 of 87 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 707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663

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

Not bad

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

to start, I luke Jill as the narrator. I saw negative reviews of her, but I think she does a good job, especially with Mary. as the DM- meh. overall the story is not bad, there are some points where I wonder how long this part of the story will go on and want to skip ahead.
I did read in the reviews that the lead character is of questionable intelligence, and there are some areas where it is apparent that he should have known something, but needs to be reminded by his team mates. some really duh moments.
with that being said, this is an entertaining story, if not slow in some areas, and i am looking forward to the next installment.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Land: Alliances: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 3
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,755
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,954

Richter and Sion are in a fight for their very lives. Their enemies are circling, and the powers they have awakened are barely under their control. Death and war are on their doorstep, but they have a simple message for the enemies of the Mist Village. "Kiss your loved ones goodbye. The Mist will claim you." A wonderful blend of humor and adventure, The Land: Alliances will transport you to the world of your dreams...and your nightmares.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does not disappoint.

  • By Nevrynal on 07-22-17

more

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

want more. I know that there are at least 6 books of this series already written. If he can keep Nick busy recording the next 3-4, I'll keep buying!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,664
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,506

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

instant classic

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

excellent all the way through. I am very much looking forward to his next book.

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56,749
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51,523
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 51,523

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

Ugh.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who like monotone and robotic voices. I am only 3 hours in to the book and it is all character introduction and background. The story (because of narration- mostly Kramer's) is dull and angonizingly slow. The only reason I am still trying to listen to it is because of the overwhelmingly positive reviews.

What was most disappointing about Brandon Sanderson’s story?

narration

Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performances?

Nope

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment, boredom.

Any additional comments?

At times it sounds like my GPS is reading me a book. The narrators are so monotone that my interest just wonders away.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 53,173
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48,464
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 48,497

"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth your time

  • By Robert on 09-08-11

great but....

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

another fantastic book, but there is no 3rd book not does there seem to be one anytime soon. I figured this out when I was nearing the end and was going to get the 3rd book. honestly, it ruined the book for me a little. especially the ending as there waa no need for me to get emotionally involved 'to be continued' ending. it is sad really. the story is great and the narrator is beyond fantastic!

there have been plenty of series that I have had to wait for the next chapter to come out. I've done this with great anticipation and counting the days. so it's not just that I have to wait a while. it's that there is no time period and it has already been 5 years since this book was written. even on his website there is no news or timetable for release. for me this is an obvious tell tale sign that it will be years before day 3 arrives. to be honest, I will have moved on from this series and him as an author by this time.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful