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Dastardly Deeds Done

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-17

If you have made it through the previously four books then this one will not be a surprise to you and the writing and presenter continue to do a great job.

Some people may see the ending coming from a long way away others (myself) didn't see it until closer to the end.

Shaman Mahan continues his journey and adventures in the game and struggles to overcome the various challenges and basically happily progressing along as he works his way through his 7 year imprisonment sentence.

Nothing really major happens in this story until the end just continuation of various plot lines and character development but it is still quite enjoyable even with the few minor holes in the plot. The more sensitive of us will hate the ending and will have high expectations of the next book in the series.

Love the book, love the series, hate waiting for the next one.

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Interesting beginnings

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-03-17

The Bobiverse is big and filling up with replicants of Bob.

The story takes an interesting premise and extends it to the future and extremes. The main Bob acts in a manner that is both believable and understandable. You come to invest yourself in the character and his struggles.

The novel starts off straight forward enough but as the number of Bobs increase so do the storylines and the challenges. It never becomes too much but the novel does lose some focus as it starts to jump around.

Character development is good and the main characters are well rounded with intelligence and humour. The villains are a bit less developed but the basic struggle over power is sadly too believable.

By the end of the novel some story lines have been resloved but many are still in progress. It is not a cliff hanger ending but it is obviously the ending of a book that expects to continue in the next volume.

This is novel well worth listening too. The story and characters are good and the narrator does an excellent job.

A nice continuation of the series

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-17

Overall this was an enjoyable listen and the story generally moved along well.

First thing though is that the narrator has changed from the one that has done the previous 5 novels. If you haven't listened to the previous novel in some time you might not notice but if you are listening one after the other you of course will be jarred by the change. The new narrator does a credible job and is fine.

The novel itself continues the various plot lines and resolves a few while starting up some more and ends with you wanting the release of the next one.

One bad habit that seemed especially noticeable in this release was the use of villians answering questions to advance the plot. Nate and his group would find some villain and ask them why they are doing something and generally get an answer or if not they would fight a bit and ask their questions and get some answers. It really did not seem very plausible and felt more like a plot device to advance the information and story.

The similarities of the spell scrolls and the sorcerers nightmares seems obvious though Nate did not pick up on it but it will undoubtedly be a part of the next story.

If you have made it this far in the series then this novel will easily met your expectations.

Gamer geek fest

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-16

First, I found the narration by Wil Wheaton to be great. He spoke clearly, was well paced and had nuance and character that made each character distinct without going to vocal extremes. I am going to search and see what else he may have narrated.

The story itself is set in a dystopian future that is quite bleak and the outlet that is the game Oasis is the only life for many even though it is not really a life.

The challenges faced by Wade in his quest to find the ultimate game Easter egg are interesting, challenging and full of 1980's trivia when video arcades were all the rage. The villain and evil corporation that wants to gain control and to further enslave the populace is properly reprehensible and willing to do anything in the name of advancing themselves and the company.

I did find the middle of the book lost pace and was a bit slow but it picked up again and continued to keep my interest.

If you have a passing knowledge of video games and like an action thriller sci-fi novel then this could be one for you,

Highly recommend.

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A bit pointless

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-08-16

The story is well written and the narration is excellent but there is very little in the way of story drama or character development. It is just basically a whimsical comment on religion and faith. Nice enough but almost boring.

What happens if bad people can do magic?

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-16

So this is a series based around a magical realm with Light Mages and Dark Mages in competition with one another. It brings forward the idea of what happens when someone who is indifferent at best or outright mean has power over others. In this magical society the Dark Mages believe that basically if you have the power to take or do something then you do it and to not use your power in this manner is a weakness. For a Dark Mage there is no good or evil there is only can you get away with it and is there someone else around more powerful and meaner than you that wants the same thing.

The protagonist is basically a Light Mage who has the power of precognition which is a passive power in that you can see the future and alternate futures based on the choices and decisions that people make which allows you to manipulate people and items to your advantage. He doesn't have the power to strike an opponent down with a bolt of lightning but he does have the power to get that opponent to stand in the road just when and where the lightning bolt will hit.

So far it is an enjoyable listen and I am about to get the next book in the series and will recommend this. It isn't the best book I have listened to this month but it is good.

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Cliffhanger ending makes me want the next book now

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-16

This starts out looking like a young adult novel with the main character just leaving high school and about to start attending University but it is a bit older than that with adult dialog and situations. The overall story of a hidden magical society is nothing new but the fact that its existence is revealed because of an attack by an alien culture is an interesting twist.

The basic premise and plot is logical and proceeds in a manner that makes sense and doesn't depend too much on all the right things just happening at the right time and place. There is some real sadness and real humour in the story and it moves along at a reasonable clip being neither too slow nor too fast.

The ending is certainly not predictable though again it fits well in the story and leaves you wanting to know what is going to happen next.

I highly recommend this either as a book or an audio though you will end up waiting like the rest of us for the next book in the series.

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Enjoyable second book in series

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-15

I have a love hate relationship with the narrator. She is perfect for the Dakota the main character and excellent for the narrative and okay for many of the aliens. She is less stilted with the male characters but still doesn't pull it off.

The story continues with Dakota swept along in the tide of events and trying her best to survive. Unlike many other space war novels the battles here tend to be intimate and up close as opposed to vast armadas in space which keeps you interested and rooting for Dakota.

All in all a good listen and the second novel ends well with the setup for the third.

Unable to sustain interest

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

Reviewed: 03-08-15

I had a hard time building any interest in this novel. At the beginning it felt as if I was hearing a rather dated version of a Shakespeare drama with very obvious plotting and dialog. Towards the middle of the story it became more interesting but I was not able to build much empathy with the main character and too much seemed to happen by good fortune than by any planning or design. I really struggled to maintain interest to the end.

The narration was good and the basic story was well crafted with no major problems it just was not for me as it felt uninspired and really didn't deliver much in the way of drama or excitement.

A proper ending

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-15

The previous releases all felt as they stopped at some arbitrary point in order to allow them to make four releases out of a single long novel. This one ends at an appropriate story point with many story lines moved along and everything ready for the next instalment.

Overall the crew of the Auroa are coping well though the Captain makes odd choices and is pretty much a passive agent for the latter part of the story and makes room for others including a villain to take control of the story.

The story and narration are of the same quality as the previous releases and if you enjoyed them you will enjoy this one.

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