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  • Dungeon Born

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,108

For eons, conquering dungeons has been the most efficient way to become a strong adventurer. Although not everything is as straightforward as it seems. Several questions have always plagued the minds of those who enter these mythical places of power: why are there so many monsters? Where do the amazing weaponry and heavy gold coins come from? Why does the very air fill with life-giving energies? Cal has all of the answers to these age-old questions, for a very simple reason. He is a Dungeon Heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem in the RPG/Fantasy Genre

  • By SirMehr on 04-01-17

WHY is this not a video game?!

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

Reviewed: 05-16-17

What made the experience of listening to Dungeon Born the most enjoyable?

So much potential and exploration is available here. This made my visual imagination go WILD! If this was a video game, I would have so much fun!

What did you like best about this story?

The by play between characters. I actually loved the switch of points of view, it added depth to the experience. The world building was such fun, very immersive

What about Vikas Adam’s performance did you like?

No complaints. Very well read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Reign of Madness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 2
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,364
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,348
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,308

Equipped with skills far beyond those of the outworlders, Rezkin has been suddenly thrust into a foreign world. The young warrior clings to his only known purpose as he continues his search for any information about his identity and the reason for his existence. While the hardened warrior scorns both dueling and tournaments, he believes some of the answers he seeks may be found at the King's Tournament, the greatest dueling championship in all of the kingdoms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, very WELL DONE!

  • By Lorraine on 10-05-16

Oh, very WELL DONE!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

If you could sum up Reign of Madness in three words, what would they be?

Only need two: VERY SATISFIED

Who was your favorite character and why?

I stated in my review of the first book in this series that the main was my favorite because the other characters didn't have much to them. I am very happy to see that the author has had his cast of character grow! I thoroughly enjoyed the maturing of these characters, all of them.

What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narration of this book was done very professionally. Nick Podehl brings much to this medium. Each medium has its pluses and minuses and I don't like to say one is better than another.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yup and did! I don't regret that in the slightest.

Any additional comments?

It is painful to leave the immersion of this story and I will be checking a lot for the next in the series! BRAVA Kel Kade! Keep going!

34 of 38 people found this review helpful

  • Free the Darkness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 1
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,638

Raised and trained in seclusion at a secret fortress on the edge of the northern wilds of the Kingdom of Ashai, a young warrior called Rezkin is unexpectedly thrust into the outworld when a terrible battle destroys all that he knows. With no understanding of his life’s purpose and armed with masterful weapons mysteriously bestowed upon him by a dead king, Rezkin must travel across Ashai to find the one man who may hold the clues to his very existence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck people?

  • By Mbot on 03-12-17

This has potential

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

Would you listen to Free the Darkness again? Why?

Yes. That said...
This story is in what I would call the beginning stages of author development. There is a lot of potential here as the build of this story arc is mostly fluid. There are some rough edges that need some desperate smoothing, like character development. The central character has some layers to him but there are some aspects that are just too perfect. Like his beauty allure to the females and some males. This had me rolling my eyes at some points and at others just plainly irritated. Shallow much? That is how it came across to the reader at least.
I understood why the author went this way as some of the humor aspects of the story depended on it after a fashion. The main reason why I would listen to it again is for the humor and the world building. The author has potential and I am hoping for more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It would have to be the main as he is the one that has the most development. The others don't really so how could they be a favorite? I prefer dynamic characters, those who develop within the story. Only the main does this after a fashion as he has been somewhat brutally trained and when launched into the real world, he has to figure out what most people would consider more normal things, like friendship and all its complexities :) that is truly where the humor in the story comes in.
If I were to categorize the rest of the characters in this story, they are too minor. There personalities do not match enough in inner strength to the main. They shouldn't have his skill, but strength can be emphasized in other ways and is not. That strength could help the main grow and vice versa.
I think this is where the author made a mistake in a way, as it would have been more interesting if the group of characters most focused on, the friends, had more to them. Innocent does not mean stupid and I am sorry, most of the main group of female characters were immature to say the least and a bit selfish. They are too determined to see just what they want to see in the main, or more specifically, what they want him to be instead of just getting to know him. The assumption games here were just a little too much for me. The male friends had more commen sense to them, yay, and they actually made a bit of an effort to get to know the main vs just assuming they new everything based on a few things.
If the Author wants a point to be friendship, well, he should actually make the entire main group as truly friends and not illusions, from both sides of the spectrum.

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't say. I have to read a book more than once to determine that. Personal preference. I don't understand people who don't read a book more than once when they at least liked it the first time. People change viewpoints as they grow, so who is to say you won't notice something different after a re-read?

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I wouldn't make this into a film. It doesn't have that depth to survive without some serious character changes.

Any additional comments?

I admire all authors and their willingness to try at something so hard. Keep trying! You have the potential for this if you keep growing.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Assassins of Altis

  • The Pillars of Reality, Book 3
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,051

Trapped within the dead city of Marandur, Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain must escape both merciless barbarians and the pitiless Imperial Legion. Beyond those dangers lie the mightiest and most unforgiving powers in the world of Dematr: the Great Guilds that rule the world with iron fists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great addition to a great series

  • By Marcela - The Bookaholic Cat on 08-07-15

Can't wait for the next one!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Assassins of Altis to be better than the print version?

I usually know fairly soon in starting a story if I would prefer to read the print version or listen. I love both mediums. This series, I prefer to listen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Assassins of Altis?

I don't like to pinpoint a specific event. I enjoyed the entire book and didn't want it to end.

Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't so cannot.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yup and did!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Graveyard Book: Full-Cast Production

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,498
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,703

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack - who has already killed Bod's family…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique children's story... Loved it!

  • By shelley on 12-04-17

Glad I took the chance

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

Reviewed: 02-02-15

I had already listened to the original version read by the author and enjoyed it immensely. After looking into this version a bit I decided to take the chance and buy this copy. I don't regret it in the slightest. A better recommendation I cannot give.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Coraline

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,860
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,875

In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scary, but interesting for both adults and kids

  • By Melise on 03-19-08

Frequently used as a bedtime story

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

Reviewed: 01-26-15

I am usually plaques by nightmares or depressing dreams. Falling asleep is not an easy thing for me. I don't know what it is about this story that is so appealing to me but it helps with that. It is by no means boring. It just helps to distract my brain enough with something interesting and imaginative to help me fall asleep. It sometimes helps with the nightmares as well. I almost wish audible had a repeat feature :)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Firelight

  • Darkest London, Book 1
  • By: Kristen Callihan
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 500

Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family's fortune decimated and forced her to wed London's most nefarious nobleman. Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it's selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can't help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn't felt in a lifetime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What's behind the mask?

  • By Jennifer on 10-30-12

Interesting but fractured

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

Reviewed: 01-01-15

What did you like best about Firelight? What did you like least?

There is always an appeal for me regarding mystery/magic/fantasy when merged with the Victorian era. However, while the premise of the story pulled at me, this was a bumpy ride. It was difficult to see the story at points because as the reader, you were allowed peaks inside the world and characters and once you just got comfortably immersed, the transition to the next scene was jarring...and not in a pleasant or exciting way. I don't always need or even want such a smooth transition but I found myself craving it in this case.
My star scale listed above is based on the following: *Dreadful _ **poor _ ***Eh Good _ ****Very Good _ *****Excellent!.
This story was Eh Good but left me dissatisfied.

Would you be willing to try another book from Kristen Callihan? Why or why not?

....Yes? As stated above, there is potential in her storytelling.

Which scene was your favorite?

Hmmmm...hard to place. Probably when Miranda forced the issue of trust by turning on the lights...by doing it the way she did....lets just say that the scene was layered enough for me :).

What would have made this romance irresistible?

A more complete and comprehensive picture. The colors, plots, worldbuilding and characters were very interesting but the ride as I said above was bumpy and hard to see.

Any additional comments?

One major point in this stories favor was the narration. Very well done. Moira Quirk did a very good job of telling and conveying the feel of this story. Technically, I would have given her a five star but that is reserved for narrators that can top five or more voice characters that are believable in my opinion. She came very close to it though.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Rest for the Wicked: Immortals After Dark, Book 3

  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,702

Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire - a nightmare in his mind - against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live - until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead. When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow - accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever she encounters Sebastian, her feelings emerge multiplied.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE THIS SERIES!!

  • By Lupdilup on 04-17-12

Nice!

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

Reviewed: 07-31-12

If you could sum up No Rest for the Wicked in three words, what would they be?

Fun, Free, and well...Wicked :) . No seriously, this series has been very fun to read. If you are a fan of Gena Showalter, Shelly Laurenston, Christine Warren, etc, this is a series for you. It has the classic vampire/werewolf/shapeshifter whatever fun but with a twist that is all Kresley Cole.

What did you like best about this story?

What I like best about this story and in all the rest of this series is that Kresley Cole makes the situation between the characters difficult. All romance has this but this series really has a focus on this, or at least it seemed so to me. There is a real struggle as there are metaphorically brick walls, cliffs, sometime chasms between the two main characters and they have to work to be together and Kresley Cole ties it all together very well in such a way as it is entertaining (sometimes hilarious) but not too frustrating for the reader.
The world building is also well done. I really like the different dynamics between the characters and and how they mix with others in the series.
No rest for the Wicked is a story between a vampire and a valkyrie and the two do not mix very well. Kaderin the Cold Hearted has a real hatred for them as she has been at war with them for a millennium plus and they also killed her family. She hasn't felt anything since hence the cold hearted part. Sebastian is a vampire who was turned against his will and pretty much hates what he is....he also isn't a real fan of the other creatures of the lore either. Enter a contest that only happens every couple of hundred of years and a major prize at the end that both want and everyone (vampire, werewolf, witches, demons oh my!)is out to maim or kill each other...and you have a set up that had me either LMAO or cringing in sympathy. Have fun.

Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nope, but I have been listening to audio books for more than 20 years. He hit the big three: tone, character and "didn't irritate". If I had a complaint it was when he did womans voices....need a little work there.