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Endgame cover art

Fantastic ending!

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

Reviewed: 30-08-18

This was 18 hours of none stop pure adrenaline action and my heart couldn't take it at some points. I could break down the story and the way this all came together, but the truth of the matter is I just can't.

I felt everything these guys/gals went through, I got angry, I laughed, and I cried in buckets. There's no emotion that this series can't get, even sometimes a little frustration... these are serious military men in the hardest of situations and you kind of expect the utmost profesionalism, but they show that humans are flawed and that being on the longest and most profound mission can make them do stupid things. I respected that and I enjoyed the fact that although we do want more from the men who serve, they are just people. :)

What made this series so special for me from the get-go was just how epic I could see it was, and that it gave me something I'd not experienced before in audio.

These books and this adventure I will savour for a long time. As an audiobook fan and a writer, I will come back to these for the moments I remember and I'll enjoy it again and again. (I do not do this, I usually don't re-read or listen, too much to experience in life for that) but for this guy, this series and for RC's performance, I'll be back!

Awesome job, I am a fan of both this writer and narrator for life. Thank you so very much for a years worth of amazing stories to take me away somewhere exciting! off to find a new series to gobble up now.... I'm not sure I will be able too :'( tears of sadness here... guys. loved it.

Dawn

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Couldn't be better

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

Reviewed: 30-08-18

It actually took me a lot longer to get through the last two books than I had hoped. But I did it.

The world that Michael created here is by far one of the most enjoyable audiobook worlds I've had the pleasure of being involved in. I am a true fan.

There's a lot coming together in these last two books and as a writer who manages a large world, I wondered how he could pull this off without it seeming too much. I have to admit I admire Michael even more so for his consistent work to make sure that everything really does come together well enough for us. This has been one hell of a journey that I've been on the edge of my seat for the last 6 books. I am stuck between wanting to actually finish it, and really not wanting too.

The characters we love are still put through the mill, there's carnage as the title says and there are great joyous moments too.

Thank you for this ride, and I am going to see what else I can now pick up from you :) These last two books were something else, I just hope that anything else I read/listen to from you, hits the mark.

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Hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 23-10-17

I loved this, Wraith Knight was good, but this is so much better.

It's not your typical vampire story. there's calamity galore. The jokes had me laughing my head off while driving and I must have looked hilarious as there were a couple that had me in tears. So many references that just made this story one of my all time favs!

Charles really knows how to do funny! And Cary was the perfect voice for the characters, especially the MC Peter Stone. Great fn all around and I want more of this one too! well just more of this to be honest.

Thank you for sharing this one.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 23-10-17

Finally trying to catch up on my reviews.

I picked this up because I'm a fan of Charles work and Audiobook are my best friend.
The story here is grimdark, with lots of epic battles and much more!

Some of the things I really love about Charle's style is his humour. I think that with every book I've read/listened to there's just this fun side that oozes off the page to your ears.

It took a little while for me to get used to Kevin's tone and sounds, but his characters were distinct and I totally did enjoy the performance.

Jacob is an interesting character, totally thrown in at the deep end waking to find himself missing a huge amount of time... and that he's not human and that he's been doing the horrid deeds of the guy he was trying to kill.

I love the banter between the characters, there are some really good bonding moments and though sometimes I think the action is a bit too quick. It was such an easy listen I just wanted more.

So where is the next one :)

Thank you for a great listen!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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labour of love

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

Reviewed: 22-10-17

I picked the audio and e-book version of these and read and listened to it.
This book has absolutely been a labour of love from the author and it shows.

What we have here are two different worlds that clash together. When we're introduced to the MC Amanda and all the happens to her when she's crossed to the other world. The things she can't know or talk about.

It's an interesting start, we're thrown in right in the deep end. And the adventure begins and takes off with some great pacing.

For me, the audiobook was easier to listen too at work as I drive. And honestly, I didn't know the author was the narrator till I came back to review. Which is why I'm a little hesitant to say a couple of production choices put me off.

Music for the one thing is something that doesn't work for me, and it detracted a lot from the wonderful story that was being told. Hence why I also picked up the e-book. It was too much of a distraction. Sorry.

However, the audio itself was done well and once I got used to the voice and cadence of the author/narrator I found there were improvements along the way. The narrator's voice fits the MC because of the writing and the pacing.

I would buy the next book, and I have, and I look forward to reading it.

Thank you

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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not too bad at all :)

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

I have to admit this one took me a little longer to pick back up than some other second books have. And I really wasn't sure why. I think the characters in the beginning of this and the situation they find themselves in just didn't grab me as much as the MC's being stranded on Ludus in the first book.

However it did pick up, and I was glad that I stuck around.

The POV switches were handled a lot better in this book, considering there were only a couple of changes in the first, this had a lot more balance in it, and because I'd gotten to know the others, it was good to get inside their heads a little more.

I've seen some of the other reviews and comments about Thirsty as a character, and I have to admit, I loved him/her. I think this is exactly the kind of situation and personal event that would happen. It wasn't his fault he ended up on Ludus anymore than it was for Henry and Jason, and Jeff's characterisation of him/her both were fab. I really enjoyed the performance and the person underneath it. Thirsty plays a great and integral part in this book and I hope that we do see more of her :)

Overall, this book did seem to take on a life of it's own, there was the onset of their journey and then it was taken over by having to defend against a horrific attack. I thought it all came together really well. And Jason, was just fab. No spoilers, but the ending, brilliant.

It may have seemed a little on the short side, but only because we know that although this was a novel and story on it's own that there's a lot of set up and more adventures to have.

I kinda think this would be the series for me that I'd binge listen to, one after the other because that would make this much more fun. Waiting on the next one is hard...

Come on Blaise and Jeff. More!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Really makes you think! (and laugh)

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

Reviewed: 29-07-17

The good thing about this genre is all the new audiobooks coming out in it!

I did get a little behind in my reviews, but here are some thoughts on this as audio.

The main characters are really nicely done. We're thrown into the deep end of this story and world without getting to know them before, but during and in the game. I loved this more so than most might because some stories really do slow up the drama and tension of their world with the long intros with little conflict. Very nicely done here.

The fact that there was trans gender, and different sex's playing different characters was so refreshing and expertly handled by the writer and narrator. It really makes you think about not only the world inside their story but in our own and how people handle things in the wrong ways. (I've seen some of the reviews put up) but this really didn't deter from the story and enhanced it in a way that a lot of people can relate to and of course enjoy.

There's no rest up for us or the MC's as they go on this journey, and the narrator kept a wonderful pace throughout. I really loved her choices with each person, from the Mc's to the NPC's which each spoke just as if they were real people.

There really is a lot of twists and turns in here, some I did think were coming, but others were a total shock! It keeps you guessing and thinking which is what all the best books do.

Highly recommended and although this was a great book on its own although my only real jibe is the length, (cause I wanted more) I do think there's another on the cards, which I can't wait for!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great listen! more please!

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

Reviewed: 29-07-17


Concept/world-building – 4
Plot – 4
Character – 5
Dialogue – 5
Prose – 5
Conflict/resolution – 4
Overall rating 4.5


I picked this up as Luke's highly recommended in the litrpg facebook groups. So, when the audio was put up for pre-order with Luke Daniels as the narrator I nabbed it quick.

It's a long listen, so it did take me a while. But it was well worth it.

Plot

For me, the start to anything takes a while, and I do admit this was a little slower for me than usual, but it's more than worth it.

Where the world that Marcus actually lives in, isn't very well defined or spoken about much. The interaction with his friends at the start and then into the game is. I enjoyed all what each character brought to the story, and more from the NPC's.

Once the story really does start to move forwards, you get the experience of Luke’s gaming and background as the world of Ascend Online develops, bits of history and information are peppered in just the right places so not to feel like too much of an info dump and you are as excited as the players for the challenges they’re about to face.

It’s got enough crafting, fighting and loot to make all the gamers want more, and the stats read out aren’t as heavy as some other litrpg books. It doesn’t slow the pacing at all, and Luke does a great job with reading them so they’re also not just hard core skill lists. The story telling around these alone helps make this a book to remember.

Character

There wasn’t quite enough of the ‘real’ world for me. I would have wanted some more interaction with it through Marcus, even if it meant he had to log off once. However, each of the characters that Marcus/Lyrian enter the game with are well defined enough once he meets back up with them in the game.

As for them being supporting characters, they’re pretty great all by themselves. As for a fav one, I’d have to say Natasha has a spot, but defo Amaranth has the biggest. (sp)

Dialogue

I thought all the characters had decent dialogue. And also with Luke narrating, they were a breeze to listen to, each with their own personalities which really shined through. Luke did a great job with the ladies in the group and also with the demons and other worldly creatures. I did however think that the two overlords of the game were brother and sister at first, till I realised they were sisters.

Graves’ character drawl was also really good to listen to. Awesome job from both narrator and writer in design of the bad guys and in the way he really stood out in the narration.

Conflict/Resolution

I think because this has so much scope for the series, that there’s always going to be underlying threads we don’t see tied up. But the overall conflict in this book was left with a satisfying ending. Even if I did want more of the book and story world.
You can’t expect me to listen to almost 18 hours of something and not come away with a book hangover! Omg give me more!

I am glad I picked this up. And I really do look forward to more in this series from both Lukes’

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great tie in and follow on!

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

Reviewed: 15-07-17

This series has been a great fav and I should have gotten it ages ago but I get so swamped with all the books I do buy I almost forgot! till I saw an advert....

However, it was great to be back with these fab and sexy characters. S. E. Smith writes wonderfully and David has just a perfect voice for narrating. He brings that ultra sexy and unique voices that really match the storyline and characters.

From the very start, we're right back where we left off with Destin and Kali on Rathon, he's visiting his sister and his niece, and is really enjoying it. But he is desperate to return to Earth and to make the most of his life there.

Jursula is a great touch to the series and brings in with her politics, family and hope for Destin. There are alien messages and hints to a future... the story lines from the previous books intertwine perfectly and I couldn't help but want more of this. I really think the writer has a lot more up her sleeve for these characters and I can't wait for more.

Thank you to both S.E and David, great series. When is the next?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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So long, but so worth it!

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

Reviewed: 15-07-17

This series has been on my list for some time, but my actual reading time is so limited. When it came to audio I was super happy.

Michael is a complete wiz at weaving stories in and around characters that have amazing depth and motivation.

What starts off pretty slow build till you actually can't stop listening... there's good back story woven in, crafting (a must for anyone who loves litrpg) and intense action.

The 18 hours totally whizzed past me, and I wanted more. I know this series is a huge one, and I seriously hope that Tristan keeps with it because he was a great choice as far as voice and tone go. I'd not listened to Tristan before, but the tone and voices he had for each character, especially Dave were great. The sarcastic and then funny side to him just had me laughing while driving. Some parts I literally was on the edge of my seat. A total joy to the ears, and it made the book go so much quicker. I believe Michael and Tristan nailed this one, and I'm so excited for more.

Now for some deeper thoughts.

As I said the plot itself was slow to get going, I do admit that there were some word choices and lengthy sentences that even made me think twice about the meaning, but it really didn't detract from the story.

Dave is a very interesting character, from a big company to the game he wants to play it's totally opposite to his usual life and it's relaxing and interesting. The game mechanics aren't hard to follow and they develop nicely along the way, of course, there are some huge things for Dave to learn and to develop but he does so at a good pace. It's not over the top for me even though he does develop some interesting items and skills.

Overall this is good start to a series of over 7 books and I do believe he has more on the go! the man is insane.... can't wait for the next one on audio :)

9 of 9 people found this review helpful