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  • D-Boys

  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: Kevin Arthur Harper
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

The year is now. Islamist terrorists hack into America's defense networks, launch chemical weapons attacks on Western cities, and stage a raid on nuclear storage facilities in Pakistan. They are using a massively multiplayer online video game as a platform for planning and rehearsing their attacks - forcing a squad of supremely elite Delta Force operators to go inside the game to fight them. These weapons, tactics, tech, and 21st-century warriors will be unlike anything you've ever heard of before.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Narration

  • By Sean Kelly on 26-04-18

Teenage gamers wet dream

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

Reviewed: 20-05-16

I really wanted to like this book.
I have listen to and thoroughly enjoyed the full Arisen series.
The problem with this book is that it's just too unbelievable. There are so many holes and inconsistencies in the story. I can understand that the intense detail and description around the gameplay might appeal to those who are addicted to 1st person shooters but for someone who doesn't play these games it becomes rather tedious.
I also found the story pretty basic and the plot without substance. That was way too much padding in the form of an interesting detail.
What made it worse was that the narration made half of the characters sound like 12-year-old boys. This added of the lack of one of believability.
If SMF writes another Arisen book then I will definitely buy it but I won't be wasting my time on another of these.

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  • The Chronicles of Lumineia Omnibus: Books 1-3

  • By: Ben Hale
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 34 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

Elseerian, book one: The assassination of heroes was once a warning...for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. Nations were slaughtered, cities were erased from existence, and defending armies were crushed into oblivion. With hundreds of thousands dead, the races stood on the verge of extinction. But the end did not come. Instead the black horde vanished, leaving terrified survivors in its wake.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing, Inspiring, Edgy, Mesmerising

  • By Lulu on 27-10-15

Should have been rated age 15 and under

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

Reviewed: 19-11-15

What disappointed you about The Chronicles of Lumineia Omnibus: Books 1-3?

After reading the synopsis and listening to the sample, I was expecting an exciting, fast paced and gritty action novel. What I got was a slow and tedious teenagers fantasy. The characters are totally unbelievable and lack any depth whatsoever. The story is very slow and predictable, leaving me totally uninterested in what might happen next.
Part of the problem springs from the fact that the main characters are, to my understanding, meant to be adults having trained for many years to become martial masters however they talk like young children. This isn't helped by the narrator reading the leading characters parts like he was reading a nursery rhyme. I'm not sure these trained warriors would be talking in baby voices!

Has The Chronicles of Lumineia Omnibus: Books 1-3 put you off other books in this genre?

No, not really. I just need to find a well written one.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

No

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No.
I should also explain that I gave up listening after chapter 16 out of over 100.
Life is just too short and thank God for Audibles refund guarantee.

Any additional comments?

Really, don't waste your money or credits.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful