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  • Asgard Awakening

  • VeilVerse: Asgard Awakening, Book 1
  • By: Blaise Corvin
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542

After years of slavery, subjected to torments of body and spirit by the inhuman Kin, Travis Sterling can barely recall his old life. Memories of Earth, and of disappointing his family barely seem real anymore. But even without the occasional voice in his head, Trav knows he’s different. A vast amount of rune crafting knowledge has mysteriously taken up residence in his mind; too bad he doesn’t have any mystical power. If he could find a way to actually use any rune magic, his situation could change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good series to listen to

  • By Steven Don Porto Carero on 01-18-19

Non character players

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

While the voice acting and performance in this is wonderful, and the beginning set up is well done; the lack of real character development kills this story. I got about to the last hour of it and I just did not care about what happens because I did not care about most of the characters. One character, who is dead and we never meet, has been more characterized than some main characters we are reading about!

The author has tried and failed to explain this lack away with the protagonists circumstances and prejudices, but hes also using the same excuses to explain-away some major plot issues.... pick one, or neither, not both.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dungeon Deposed

  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,368

Ryker only has one goal in his life right now: Turn a certain adventuring guild into a flaming wreck while dancing merrily through the smoldering ruins. All for the chance to get back at a handful of people. It isn’t as if they didn’t deserve it either. They had driven him from his home. Chased him physically from the very guild house itself.  Simply because he wasn’t as strong as they expected him to be. As strong as he’d expected himself to be. He’d returned the next day and left with something he’d hidden away and told no one about when he found it in one of his few Dungeon Dives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dungeoneering 101, how to become a dungeon for fun

  • By Ray Johnson on 06-01-18

Slow down a bit...

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

This is not my first William D. Arand read, nor is it my first 'become a dungeon' read. Sadly on both accounts I liked what I've read before much more than this. This feels rushed. Like i'm listening to the summery version of a much longer book.

There were many great moments and great characters, I just did not have any time to immerse myself or collect thoughts on the story because the rate of disaster escalation was off the charts crazy. Story implications were raised then made moot in record time.

I appreciate getting to the point of things, but this is a manic pace and it is not the better for it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Lessons

  • A Learning Experience, Book 2
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888

Fifty years after Steve Stuart and his friends captured an alien starship, the Solar Union is a thriving interstellar power while Earth is increasingly backward and falling into barbarism. For two youngsters from Earth, the Solar Union offers the only chance they will ever have to make something of their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Now we have Space Opera!

  • By E. Atkinson on 08-23-16

Enjoyable Political Hyperbole

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

Reviewed: 08-20-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. This book and the entire series are speaking (I think) to a very specific audience. A lot of people are turned off by this books 'preach-y-ness' and dont get to see past that to the way its also pointing out flaws in a hyper libertarian vision of the future.

Could you see Hard Lessons being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I could see this being made in a similar way to starship troopers... for the same reasons that movie was made.

Any additional comments?

I think for me the reason I enjoy these books is that its making fun of both progressives and libertarians. Its drawing out very fundamental ideas and their issues when being executed purely without reason on both sides. This in a reductio ad absurdum story, and it's fun read knowing that

The fact that most of the victories and revelations that the protagonists make is due to luck chance or incompetence of selves and others. further that problems are brought up then dismissed trivially. Skipping over basic logistical or logical progressions..... the book is a big "what if every thing went the way we thought it would go" day dream.

That's interesting to read more for what is obviously omitted rather than what is actually there at times.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gods of Risk

  • An Expanse Novella
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,618
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,439
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,434

As tension between Mars and Earth mounts, and terrorism plagues the Martian city of Londres Nova, 16-year-old David Draper is fighting his own lonely war. A gifted chemist vying for a place at the university, David leads a secret life as a manufacturer for a ruthless drug dealer. When his friend Leelee goes missing, leaving signs of the dealer's involvement, David takes it upon himself to save her. But first he must shake his aunt Bobbie Draper, an ex-marine who has been set adrift in her own life after a mysterious series of events nobody is talking about.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story! Weird narrator..

  • By bryan c. on 03-29-17

A perfect bite size world builder.

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

Reviewed: 09-09-14

Would you recommend Gods of Risk to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book if you are current with the expanse series.

I would not recommend this book as a stand alone, or an introduction to the expanse, or as a sci-fi short.

Which scene was your favorite?

The graduation party

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

I liked the sense of low danger but high personal distress described when he thinks he will be late.

The expanse has a lot of reality shaking moments of unfathomable horrors... James S. A. Corey has shown me here that he is good at writing distress regardless of the inflicting agent.

Any additional comments?

As a novella in well along book series this is an excellent example of giving a section of the readership what they want as far as world building and character development - without adding an extra chapter to a main story release.