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  • Kingdoms and Chaos

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 4
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,089
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,594

The future of the Ashaiian haven, the newly founded Kingdom of Cael, is anything but secured. Rezkin must seek recognition from the King of Gendishen if his people are to maintain possession of their island home and the enchanted secret it contains. In an unexpected twist, events overtake Rezkin, and he is thrust into a frustrating adventure to seek a worthless prize. He finds that his carefully constructed reputation as an indomitable foe has consequences as others seek to use his strengths for their own gain. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than book 3. Not as good as 1 and 2

  • By Darrin Mahlum on 11-21-18

Right back on track!

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

I'll be honest and say that the 3rd book threw me for a spin and that I did not like it at first. However after i accepted the new spin I read the third title again and found that I did enjoy it.

This book however, was wonderful. From start to finish I have come to expect how much Kel Kade and Nick weave a perfect story. Like the previous times. I simply cannot wait for the next book.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Destroyer: Book 4

  • The Destroyer Series
  • By: Michael-Scott Earle
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Xe Sands
  • Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

The Empress almost has control of the world she was promised and soon her enemies will not be able to thwart her. There is just one man keeping her from her prize: Kaiyer. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Gorden on 09-23-18

Ending?

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This ending has me confused. Are there suppose to be more books coming out? Was the ended rushed? Why so many questions left unanswered...

For a series that has built up such a wonderful world, I almost feel robbed that the end was so sudden and unfulfilling. Hopefully 2019 will have some closure.

Overall I loved this book and this series. Definitely recommended for other high fantasy lovers to read.

Narrators grew on me and I feel like I disliked both of them at first, but now I would say that I "Like" them both.

  • The Destroyer

  • The Destroyer, Book 1
  • By: Michael-Scott Earle
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157

After untold centuries of absence, the evil Ancients have returned. Their magic appears unstoppable and their hunger for conquest is insatiable. To protect the country of Nia, Duchess Nadea and Scholar Paug make a desperate journey to find a human legend: a man known to have destroyed these Ancient foes with a powerful army. But legends can lie. When Paug and Nadea revive their hero from sleep, his virtue is far from clear. Is he really their savior or their destroyer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dont know what the fuss is about

  • By Erik on 05-06-18

Outstanding series!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

If you do not like the graphic sex scences they are easy to skip over them. These four books are a masterful high fantasy experience. At the end of the 4th book I was blown away by how much I have grown to love them. At first I though the book was going to go through the same old story we have heard before with a Main character with a 2d personality. By the end of the series it was clear to me that I was wrong and I am glad I read them. VERY RECOMMENEDED.

The narrated was not bad at all, however I would definitely not say he was the best I have listened too. I will say the narrators grew on me as the books progressed.

  • Ascend Online

  • Ascend Online, Book 1
  • By: Luke Chmilenko
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,507
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,997

Diving into a revolutionary new video game, Marcus and his friends escape a stagnant society, entering into a world that defies their wildest imaginations. But from the moment that he logs in, Marcus finds himself separated from his friends and thrown into a remote village under attack by a horde of goblins. Forced into battle, Marcus rallies the beleaguered villagers and, with their help, manages to drive off the invading creatures. With the village in ruins and their supplies spoiled, the villagers turn to Marcus for help in rebuilding the village.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Luke Daniels and a great LITRPG; enough said

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-07-17

A great start to a new LitRPG story

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

This was a great start to the series. The fights kinda dragged on a bit, but overall it was a solid book 1. I wonder if he is going to be able to carry the story on.

  • Legacy of the Fallen

  • Ascend Online, Book 3
  • By: Luke Chmilenko
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 24 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,301

Fresh off their victory over Graves and his followers, Marcus and his friends have managed to enjoy a few weeks of relative calm and peace as they continue to build Aldford, preparing the town for a new wave of settlers coming from Eberia. But as the days wear on with no new arrivals in sight, they begin to fear the worse, eventually setting out to search for their promised reinforcements and soon realizing that they weren’t as alone on the frontier as they thought they were.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listening

  • By AY4 on 03-12-19

This is an okay book for fans of the genre

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

If you just absolutely love the LitRPG genre than this book will be a decent read. The fight scenes drag on a lot, and progress for the plot is slow. However the author does wrap climaxes up well, and develops a lot of the characters pretty well so it was not all bad. I did find myself struggling to finish it however. I will keep the book tho and buy the next one "assuming it is the same story not like the 2nd book". It's just not something I am going to be super excited about.

Narration is fine. Luke Daniels does a good job.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Pen Is Mightier

  • By: J. A. Cipriano
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

What if anything you wrote became true? When an angry dwarf at a traveling carnival promises Roger something that could change his life, he never thought it would come in the form of a magic pen. Now, anything the introverted college student writes becomes true, and with its power, he'll finally be able to take revenge on the bullies who have tormented him. There's just one problem. A group of assassins will do anything to get the pen, he accidentally made a entire squad of dancers into slaves, and his best friend somehow got an all-powerful mech. Maybe that's three problems....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed Feelings

  • By Carole Wooten on 02-15-18

This book is a perfect short story for it's genre

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

This book is has a lot of sex in it. This book has a lot of silly things happen, a shaky plot, and a lot of roll your eyes kind of dialogue. However, it IS a fun book if you are looking for that kind of stuff. The main character is OP and all the girls love him and he gets his way and... and ... and ... ... ..

I'll definitely be keeping this book to read again one day, but remember this is not a book for everyone.

  • The Land: Raiders: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 6
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,091
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,302
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,260

The time of hiding has passed. The Mist Village will make itself known. Goblins have invaded Richter’s lands. Though the first incursion has been defeated, the anger of Chaos Seed remains. Those who challenge Richter’s power will learn there is a reason all creatures fear the mist.... It is the home of monsters. For the first time, Richter takes the battle to his enemies. He will live up to his name, and the very Land will shake with this power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing adventure!

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-17-19

Starting to realize this author is not going to...

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

...finish 80% of the loose ends.

At this point if our author, Kong, wanted to wrap up all of the existing plot lines, that endeavor would easily take 3 or 4 more of his short 15 hour books. That time frame is assuming he is not going to add a plethora of new plot lines (which this far is the opposite of how he writes). So now I have to ask myself if I want to continue on with books that are starting to lead me in circles. I will try one more book from this guy, if that book continues to expand plot lines without completing previous plot lines, I am going to assume that is all this author can do and abandon the series. Which is a shame because I really enjoyed the world Kong has built, and the characters he has put into it.

The author just dedicated this entire book to one battle that wrapped up basically a "new" problem, while at the same time making no progress towards the issues that were generated from previous books. There was no mention about multiple threads like the trade agreements, boat building, underground kobold conquest, bugbear blood oath, nobles from other kingdom issue, alliance with the dwarfs, and perhaps another 10-15 other quests that seemed important. Zero progress or mention on all of those, however a new problem came up inside this book, and the entire book was about solving that problem, however during that course another three issues come up that need resolving, but nope we are going to have to wait until the next book. Yeah right. These books are not long. Either the author is going to sting his audience along for 30 14hour books, or he is going to abruptly stop and leave us hanging. Sanderson, a great author, has books that are 30 or 40 hours long. Inside those book are entirely finished plot lines and outstanding stories.

I love the LitRPG genre, I honestly love "The Land" and the stories Aleron Kong has created inside of it too. I love the way Kong writes, how real his main character feels, how he uses current idioms and cultural references. He has truly done a great job at all of those things. However I am starting to realize Aleron Kong's weakness, long term strategy and design. The first few books lead me to believe there is a grand plan, or a story that has a fulfilling beginning, expansion, building, and end. I now realize that the story is more just a cluster of random events roughly thrown together with no intention of finishing.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,771
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44,265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,258

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2nd to the Storm-light Archives.....

  • By Mitchell on 03-30-18

Sanderson is popular for a reason

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

Not often do you find a use of magic that is truly unique or totally original. Yet here we are with a new way of looking at some magic properties that are so logically thought out that my brain tingled with excitement as I discovered more and more. Memorable characters and growth. I am overall very satisfied with this book.

  • Eragon

  • Inheritance, Book 1
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,302

Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes he is merely a poor farm boy - until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now, his choices could save - or destroy - the empire. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful and Enjoyable

  • By Mfsm2001 on 02-23-04

Love the book. hate the dragons voice

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

The author develops the protagonist well throughout the series, although this book is not written as well as the others... it is still a very good book.

The narrator is very skilled, and I like him a lot. BUT holy smokes why did he choice to do a yoda voice for the dragon. I NEVER pictured the voice like that. Saphria is a girl... she also speaks with her mind NOT her mouth. there is zero reason it should sound like that. it latterly distracts from the entire story.

  • Legends of Ahn

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 3
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,197
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,502

Rezkin is an elite warrior who aims to restore order in Ashai after Caydean's attack on the King's Tournament transformed former allies and trading partners into enemies. With no army and only a ragtag group of refugees, Rezkin must wrest control of the kingdom from the mad and powerful usurper, who seems bent on destruction, and this may not be the biggest challenge. If he fails, the kingdom will be ripped apart, and Rezkin will have violated Rule 1 - to protect and honor his friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Are you kidding me?

  • By Kimberly C. on 12-13-17

Not what I exspected, but thats not a bad thing.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

I want to start off by saying that the 1st and 2nd books of this series are some of my favorite books I have ever read and I have probably read them three times now. Before I dive into what I liked and disliked about the 3rd book, I want to also say that I WILL certainly be buying the 4th book.



So the first ten chapters of the book were wonderful. Kel Kade picked up the momentum from the end of the 2nd book and transitioned away from the King's Tournament in the same likeable style. I was so excited about that too because I was afraid Kel might have wrote himself into a corner with that.

About halfway through the book I was feeling optimistic because of how much I liked the book up until around that point, however I started to realize that this would not be a trilogy (which is fine) because there was definitely not enough time for the book to finish it's loose ends with how much time was left on the audible track. That isn't a problem however, I like the story a lot so more books is definitely not a bad thing.

My problem is this: the tone of the 2nd half of the third book undergoes a major change. The way the story is told is such a gear shift in the way the other books are presented and the 1st half of the 3rd book that I would swear that a DIFFERENT author wrote it. It just feels like it's almost a different book/writer altogether. It had never felt so odd in my entire reading life. I don't mind a change in pace or tone, that fine, but that was not the only thing, the character development stalled. People stopped talking to each other or with each other in meaningful ways. Thrisa turned from one of the main characters into a one dimensional minor character with perhaps 10 pages total of "screen time". The nobles we were so involved with in book 2 lost all of the character development of book 2 and we don't hear anything from them so I honestly don't even know why they are acting the way they do or how they even feel about the events that are occurring around them.

The story has such an abrupt ending that I was genuinely surprised that it was over. I don't mind different writing styles and the creation of new characters or new plot lines. I love all of those elements in this book actually. But the tone of the last half way so different and annoying that if it persists in the 4th book I will not buy the 5th book (if there is more). Also the 2nd book was much longer than the 3rd book AND more stuff happened between pages. So not only did kel make this book shorter than the others but LESS stuff happened per page.

Maybe I got my hopes up to much. But I genuinely fell in love with book 1 and 2, and the beginning of 3 was great too. But the last half was so bad that it has tainted my feeling about the series. Let me also be clear that it is not "what happened" in the books, but it's "how the events are presented to us".

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