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  • Six Sacred Swords

  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,085
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,894

Keras Selyrian is already well on the way to cutting his name into the annals of legend. He’s fought false divinities, thieving sorcerers, and corrupt demigods - and left them defeated in his wake. But he’s a long way from home, and Kaldwyn offers a different brand of danger than he’s used to. He’s already got a sword of unfathomable power, but it’s damaged and leaking world-annihilating mana, so he’s in the market for a new one. Possibly six. The more the better, really.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but...

  • By Susan Stevens on 05-05-19

great but for tying everything together

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

Nick podehl it's great. the performance was as consistent as the other books and the storyline was a nice mixture are the other two books. Overall I was missing book 3 of each of the other two books so this was a good book 2 tie me over until the third book of each of the two series comes out. this was dictated by Google

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  • 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 17,516
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,438
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,395

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 Who? Me? on 10-05-16

Great

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

Reviewed: 04-22-19

this is a great buck and great fall onto the previous. the tone is just right

  • On the Shoulders of Titans

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 2
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,411
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,825

Corin Cadence finally has a firm reason to believe his brother, Tristan, is still alive. Unfortunately, finding more information isn’t going to be easy. Tristan appears to be entangled with a clandestine organization that calls themselves Whispers. And Corin’s last brush with the Whispers didn’t exactly end well. As much as he wants to follow that lead, Corin has more pressing problems to deal with. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fills a void.

  • By Robert Taylor on 01-18-19

great story great performance

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

this is a great story and a great consistent tie to book one. The quality is consistent with the first and any swear words are in another language so you can listen to it around kids. There's only one time towards the end when someone refer to someone else as a female dog during a fight but it was very fast and other than that I would say the whole thing is PG as far as language and PG-13 as far as situations but it was great to listen to. I'm really looking forward to the next book even though I read online that the author is only 5% done book 3 his words not mine. I also like at the end of the story he alluded to other Back stories that could be told on their own. I like this world and I hope the author continues to grow and expand it.

  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,286
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,967

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't make it through the whole book

  • By David on 07-11-17

Great

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

Reviewed: 03-28-19

this was a great creative story. when trying to explain it to others I've described it as a mixture of Harry Potter and Maze Runner. but it's more than that. At first I was hesitant to listen to it because I thought the whole book just took place in the tower. I'm so happy to find out that's not the case. I felt suggested relationship or potential relationship between gin and the main character it's almost a non sequitur but didn't distract me from anything. I also love that swear words are in another language I was able to listen to this in the car with kids no problem. overall it's a Great Entertaining book. and of course Nick podehl is amazing although if you've listened to the land you will recognize it as I did some of his voices but I didn't mind listening to him again best different characters cuz each voice is a home run

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  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes, Book 3
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,861
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,672

Felix would like nothing more than to take a vacation. A long one. One where he didn’t have to wake up every morning and worry over casualty lists for the day. Ever since he and the Legion had been forced to flee their headquarters four years previous, nothing had gone quite right. In fact, Felix and the Legion have been locked in a shadow war with enemies unknown. Ones with magic that could carve through their technology easily.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too Ambitious for Its Own Good

  • By Couch Potato on 02-25-19

Better than 2, not as good as 1

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

Book one is still the best but as I said in my review of book 2 it is more or less a standalone in tone and character motivation & development. Book two is a jarring non-sequitur not just because the narrator's different but the characters completely change in attitude and the story wasn't the best I guess. Book 2 was so bad it took a lot for me to listen to book 3 and to be honest with you the only reason why I gave book 3 a chance was because book one was so good I knew the author had it in him to write another kickass book and I just chalked up book 2 to a fluke.

Book 3 is a lot better than book 2 and I mean a LOT better! I actually care about the characters again. It's just written so much better. It's exciting and there's interesting tension and even though there are gods doing crazy stuff it's reasonable and all propels the plot and character development.

Felix doesn't act as much of an unrealistic cartoony ass as he does in the second book either. The second book is like a cartoon or bad anime (very bad) and the third book is like a live action adult feature. Since the third book takes place years after the second book my recommendation is read the first book and be amazed. Then respect differences and the way characters act but read the third book... and by "read" I mean listen... and you will probably enjoy it.

Honestly I would only pick up and listen to the second book if you are bored, curious or... well I really don't know why you would listen to the second book unless you are studying how not to write a book... actually if that's the case Book 2 is amazing because it gives you a lot of insight on what not to do come to think of it.

I have to say, in summary, book 3 is amazing but not as good as book one but both are exciting, captivating and a good time. They both make me care about the characters even when things are getting crazy. Book 2 was an unfunny joke and disappointing. I hope book 4 is more like one and three and we just quietly forget book 2 ever existed.

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  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes, Book 2
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,990
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,618

In a world full of super powers, Felix had a pretty crappy one. After learning to harness his ability to modify any item he owns, he now runs a corporation that is rapidly expanding - Legion. After tangling with the local Heroes guild they’ve finally settled into a semblance of stability. Sounds great on paper. Run your company, make money, be your own boss, settle down. Except that with running a business, comes an inordinate amount of responsibilities. Like making sure everything keeps running and your people are paid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Got better

  • By leaf on 05-08-18

below expectations

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

they say the only way you can get disappointed is if you have expectations so maybe if I hadn't read the first book I wouldn't be disappointed. the two main jarring things that took almost entirely the whole book to get used to where are the vocal portrayal of the voices and the writing.

when I say vocal portrayal I don't mean it's a different voice so the pitch is higher or whatever the technical issues are with different voices. I mean in the first book the tone of Felix was much more robotic and you really got a sense of an awkwardness and uncomfortableness that he was feeling. he was very logical and relied on that logic and you could feel from the way it was red the awkwardness and certain situations. also the characters confidence was very different he never objectified the girls around him and that created an awkward tension when they would flirt with him which was really fun to listen to.

book 2 was a stark contrast. Felix went from sounding like a logical awkward guy that was very smart to basically a road salesman part of that had to do with the different voice but having read the land Nik Podehl can do awesome voices so I blame the director not the narrator. it was red perfectly and I imagine exactly the way the author and director wanted it read but man it was so different to hear him as almost a cocky Road salesman type accent or voice. and Felix's interaction with the girls was just crazy different. It wasn't bad different it was just a non-sequitur in fact this whole book might as well been a non sequitur intern and writing style to the first book.

like I said in the beginning if the first book had the same time and was written the same then it would just be what it is but the first book pulled you into this world and each character had depth but they just did not have in the second book. there were a few times when I almost decided to give up and not continue because it was just very different and basically a pseudo extension of the first book as far as character development. the best way to describe it is almost a non sequitur to the first book in tone and narration.

so I just can't emphasize enough there was Major disappointment and listening to this book. in fact I wish I had just started listening to the second book and the first book never existed then the book would just be fine and I would just continue to book 3 as if it were a book 2. I mean hell if you're going to have the main character be written and portrayed in stark contrast to the first book anyway it might as well be a different book all together other than book one is some sort of background.

I read so many reviews that were negative about book 2 but I dismissed them out right since I love the narrator and book one was so good. Someone said the author wrote book to as weak fanfiction. I don't know if that is true and calling it fanfiction implies intent and I have no idea what was going through the author's mind when he wrote this. As I said it's not bad it's just so different it's as if the author decided he wanted to take everything and different direction not just the storyline but even the characters themselves and how the characters are portrayed so they are almost different characters. Actions that Felix would never have taken and things that Felix never would have imagined sang in the first book he says with he's in the second book. it's just very odd I've never seen a non sequitur from book 1 to book to like this before. I'm talking up book 2 as a different reality or different space altogether and I'm contemplating listening to book 3 but book one is a stand-alone book don't even think that you're going to get a similar experience with book 2 where you will be disappointed but if you go into book 2 not caring about the backstory and just loving good narration and decent writing then book to might be for you. sorry if there are words in this that don't make sense I'm using Google dictation if Audible allows me I will go back and clean up it and edit my review at a later date otherwise Anyone who reads this should get the gist of what I'm saying basically disappointing okay mediocre and oh yeah did I say disappointing?

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,226
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,766

In a world full of super powers, Felix has a pretty crappy one. He has the ability to modify any item he owns. To upgrade anything. Sounds great on paper. Almost like a video game. Except that the amount of power it takes to actually change, modify, or upgrade anything worthwhile is beyond his abilities. With that in mind, Felix settled into a normal life. A normal job. His entire world changes when the city he lives in is taken over by a super villain. Becoming a country of one city. A city state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lot better than I thought it would be

  • By Phillip hinch on 07-08-17

great new and different

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

having just read the chaos seeds litrpg this was a really interesting book and I really like the twists and take on things. Just when I thought our hero was basically God and was untouchable bad things happen which is good cuz it kept things interesting. the author is right with the epilogue it leaves a lot of questions unanswered hopefully they will be answered in book 2 but I have to say the way it was handling delicate issues was very good taste considering. I give it five out of five stars

  • The Land: Predators: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 7
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 46 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,984
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,202
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,144

In The Land: Predators, the Mist Village has harnessed its power. With core buildings, professional fighters, and now their own dungeon, the settlement is primed to grow into a kingdom of true power and magic. The path to power has not been without risk, however. The MistVillage has been noticed. Evil nobles from the Kingdom of Law, bloodthirsty goblins from the Serrated Mountains, an undead lord with a penchant for human sacrifice, and fanatical kobolds from the Depths all plot the village's destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BOOK 7!!!!

  • By Nicholas Hess on 07-06-18

best book yet

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

When I first started listening to these books I wasn't sure if I liked the style but I found it intriguing and pushed on. Each book became more enthralling and interesting but then there's this book. This is the book I guess I've been looking for and waiting to read. It's deep. It has several arcs, an overall Arc and when you think the "big bad" can't get any bigger... it does. The way that the characters get out of situations or don't get out of situations isn't predictable (except for one time but I chalk that up to me being a good guesser).

All in all this is my favorite book in the series and it is one of my all-time favorite books ever. the character development is complex and it's no longer just listening to the game being played the way people watch games on Twitch . The story is intense and you actually feel for a lot of the characters. it's not easy to characterize different event happening and two different time speeds but he does an excellent job characterizing this and what is happening in different dimensions or planes of existence without taking the reader out of the story. also this cliffhanger is more of a lead into the next book then an absolute Cliffhanger as the authorized done in previous stories. I appreciate that.

on the one hand I'm bummed the next book won't be this long. at least that's what I've read that the author has said to the press or posted online . That means the next book is not going to be as Epic but that doesn't mean it's not going to be as good it's just this book was definitely Epic it had several climaxes and battles as well as huge character developments . I guess the Silver Lining is if the next book is not as long it should come out sooner (fingers crossed).

I was trying to explain this book to a friend of mine and I said if you take the Lord of the Rings series, the intensity of The Avengers movie, added some meta humor and made the experience more raw... that's pretty much this book in a nutshell of course with the comedy and twists that are completely different from my analogy... so it's not exactly the same but it gives people who don't have an idea about this book some idea. A co-worker of mine is wondering if he should skip the other six books and just read this one I hesitated and said no but I'm not sure if he start at the beginning he would get all the way to the seventh book due to his limits on time and a bit of ADD. So I'm leaning towards him reading the seventh book first and then he can go back and read everything else. this book does do a good job both referring to the previous books and explaining where Richter comes from and some of the backstory so that if you haven't read the other six books you aren't left Clueless . Yet another great thing about this book . Anyway great job author! this was not probably easy to write so major kudos.

lastly no matter how good this book is its performance was amazing and made the book even better. I can't believe Nick podehl can do so many different voices and variations of inflection within the voices. he truly brings this book alive. I hope he sticks around for the following books. I thought they did a great job linking up with him to narrate these books. keep up the great work! thanks for the adventure, expanding my imagination and bring me back to my Dungeons & Dragon Days.

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  • The Land: Catacombs

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 4
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,798
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,740

What's that you say? You want more village growth? Well be careful where you stand, because the Mist Village just took a Viagra-Cialis sandwich, and there is a stiff breeze blowing! (I can make some more references if you're still not getting the point...did you see what I did there?) 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly Addicting

  • By Andrew on 08-23-18

Great.

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

I have to admit book one took a little getting used to but after that everything kind of fell into sink. the performance of the reader is amazing and the writing gets better and better. book 3 and book for our right now my favorites looking forward to listening to book 5. already I recommended this to two of my co-workers. easily I must listen if you I really into role-playing games especially Dungeons & Dragons as a kid.

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  • The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 1
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,365
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,119

Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter's destruction. Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm? A tale to shake "The Land" itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter's choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside in it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whoa!! The Begining of something Amazing!!!!

  • By Tmplrknght on 05-14-19

different but good

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

it took me a little bit of time for me to get used to listening to this style. The best way I can sum this book up two friends is it's like listening to Twitch where someone's playing a role playing game. Having grown up playing role playing games I appreciate it a lot of the details that went into this. 3 actions and explanation for things was definitely helpful and making it more real instead of being very dry. however there were a couple times during the book where it seem to repeat itself and stats and I couldn't help but think the author or narrator could have done something interesting like all the rest of the stats are the same except for and then going to the detail of things that changed rather than listing people's or Monsters stats over and over again that were already told to us unless it's changed as a reader or even a player for that matter I don't really care and if you have to repeat things for audio listeners then they need to pay more attention but this wasn't like one or two times and it was just two or three minutes sometimes of listening to stats of random things. that said that's kind of what makes this book unique as well and had a sort of nostalgia to it that made me think of ad&d. by the way the reader was amazing his versatility was pretty commendable

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