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  • The Tenth Awakens

  • Maraukian War Series, Book 1
  • By: Michael Chatfield
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Mark Victor was a soldier left broken after the Harmony War ended. What can a broken ex-trooper really do? What are they good for if they've gone through the EMF and been tossed out the other side? If you were to ask Mark...Maybe, doing what the enemy couldn't and following his brothers and sisters. Mark wakes up to a nightmare, to an unfamiliar place with unknown faces. A planet under attack, an enemy he's never seen before. He just wants to escape, but when he sees others in danger, he realizes that a trooper stands for something; they stand to protect their own. No matter the cost.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love it

  • By kian on 12-02-19

Love it

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

Reviewed: 12-02-19

Wow... He does it again. I love this new series of Mark Victor, shame about his brother and sis-in-law thou. Looking forward to the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dan the Barbarian

  • Gold Girls and Glory, Book 1
  • By: Hondo Jinx
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

 

When college sophomore Dan Marshall's life morphs into a hybrid of Penn State and a home-brew tabletop RPG adventure, he grabs his talking two-handed sword and hits campus, seeking gold, girls, and glory. But even with two beautiful badass women at his side, how can a low-level barbarian survive when he’s pitted against a fraternity of gnolls, a dungeon full of nightmares, and an apocalyptic death cult bent on destroying the whole world?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined potential <br />

  • By kian on 05-01-19

Ruined potential <br />

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

Reviewed: 05-01-19

I only read it because of the author, I really like her narration and she did an excellent job but the book was ruined by character flaw, Dan is soo dumb that I wondered why he was the main character, I felt like bashing my head when he couldn't connect the dots and the selfpity is too much to handle.

  • The Recruitment Rise of the Free Fleet

  • By: Michael Chatfield
  • Narrated by: Dan Bittner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

James Cook was a gamer headed for the biggest gaming match on Earth. Instead the Planetary Defense Force kidnapped him, his team and 20,000 others. Their alien trainers don't care how many of them survive, they only care that they can fight. James Cook was a gamer, but his avatar Salchar, he was a fighter, a leader, and the man the recruits need. James must put his doubts about himself aside, there's no guide to this, no strategy and it's definitely not a game. He will need to become Salchar, with one goal, to protect his people.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • childish and incoherent

  • By Len on 02-02-19

WOW again

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

Reviewed: 29-12-18

I don't know how he does it but HE did it, another great start to a new series and this time I won't have to wait for months for the next book and in the meantime forget most of what happened in the past book.

I like the story, the characters and the bond they share, I didn't lose interest in any section of the book, I felt the pace was great filled with twists and turn to keep readers interested and engaged. James and his companions are a good leader, embodying the qualities of honor, courage, self-sacrifice, and they don't favor one nation or species but work to free all life and build a connection. I don't wanna hype it up too much and jinx it but I will read all 6 books in this series within a week, I think.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Prime

  • By: Kris Noel
  • Narrated by: D.A. Newton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Sixteen-year-old August is a dangerous criminal. Branded and sent into space to die, he’s rescued by the Pike, a freight ship headed to the capital city of Prime. And to top it all off, August has no memory of who he is or what he’s done. Forced to spend two years aboard the ship, August uncovers a prophecy that pits the Emperor against him. The Emperor’s daughter, Petra, is destined to fall in love with August, and together, they’ll bring about the untimely death of the Emperor. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Potential

  • By kian on 29-12-18

Potential

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

Reviewed: 29-12-18

Potential lost because August seems like a boy who lost his mommy and he's whiny, despite his family being killed and his memory loss AND all the elite training he's still a wimp and even thou he ages he doesn't mature enough, he also blabs to anyone who asks that he's prophecized to kill the Emporer. I can't enjoy a book if I don't like or respect the main characters.

  • Eye of Truth

  • Agents of the Crown, Book 1
  • By: Lindsay Buroker
  • Narrated by: Vivienne Leheny
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

After 10 years at war, Jev Dharrow looks forward to hanging up his sword, relaxing with a cool mug of ale, and forgetting that the love of his life married another man while he was gone. But when his ship sails into port, a beautiful woman wearing the garb of an inquisitor from one of the religious orders waits to arrest him. He’s accused of stealing an ancient artifact with the power to start another war. Jev would gladly hand over the artifact to stop more suffering, but he has no idea where it is or even what it looks like. The inquisitor woman definitely has the wrong person. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Underwhelmed

  • By kian on 15-12-18

Underwhelmed

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

Reviewed: 15-12-18

underwhelmed by the book, unlike LBs Fallen Empire, all of her other lead male characters seem timid, even veteran soldier who fought in the war for 10 years. I really like the narrator, she did a fantastic job, too bad the characters didn't live up to her level. The male lead is not very smart for someone who was the Captain of an intelligence company.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 510
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 488

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. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Whiny 'friends'

  • By Anonymous User on 16-12-18

Cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Damn cliffhangers. I felt heartsick for Rez but it's his path to walk I guess.
He needs to figure out how to overcome his possession from book3. I felt he was lead around on his leash by one kingdom to another which is unlike his usual modus oparandi. It was a good read and I enjoyed it, not as much as book 1 & 2,
where he was proactive rather than reactive in 3 & 4 but I hope book 5 will be soon and he gets his mind together.

  • Void

  • Nightlord, Book 5
  • By: Garon Whited
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 40 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 175

Eric - or King Halar, or Vlad, or any number of aliases - doesn't want to be bothered. It's hard to pin down what he does want, if anything. He lives a quiet life, almost a solitary one, mourning in his own way for the loss of someone dear. His quiet solitude can't go on forever. Despite the empty places inside him, events and creatures move through the worlds and across the void between, forcing him into action, into fighting, into confronting things perhaps better left alone...even forcing him into being a King.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Devestated when it ended!

  • By Dave wilco on 05-11-18

OK, Expected more.

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

I love the storyline but I am disappointed at Eric's character, despite all the knowledge he has he's not smart and is insensitive to the feelings of people around him. He's like a PC hard drive with lots of information but doesn't know how to use it. He creates enemies then instead of ending them, he avoids it and lets them grow in power and He starts something good but then goes away leaving it unprotected then gets angry when his enemy attack/destroys it. I felt 80% of the words in this book are ramblings in Eric's head, he's thought, he's what-ifs. I expected more things to happen in this book, one was to mend his ties with his wife and sons. This story has so many facets and plots to grow in different directions and include many genres also I felt the Narrator did an excellent job that I could read the 40hr book once but won't do it again because it's mostly Eric's inner thoughts and shortcomings. I would've like to hear more of the other charters in depth but Eric is socially awkward and avoids them.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rumors of War

  • Green Zone War, Book 1
  • By: Jake Elwood
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Tom Thrush thinks basic officer training is tough until he joins the frigate Kestrel and finds out what tough really means. The crew resents him. The first officer is actively hostile. As the ship hunts pirates in deep space, Tom struggles to fit in and wonders if things can get any worse. They can. A devastating attack leaves the ship crippled with half the crew dead or dying. The senior officers are wiped out, leaving a terrified sublieutenant in the last place he wants to be.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Had potential

  • By kian on 18-11-18

Had potential

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

The story had potential but didn't live up to it, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone though, it was slow and with minisqual character developement. I skipped through lot of the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,109

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun yarn with some unexpected twists.

  • By Bad Monkey on 26-04-17

WOW what a journey

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

Reviewed: 22-10-18

I didn't think I would like it but boy was I wrong. It was like a rollercoaster ride with great pace and lots of twists, especially the last ones. It's 6am and I need to get some sleep but I can't wait to read the next book.

  • Wild Wastes: Southern Storm

  • By: Randi Darren
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 65

Before World War II could reach its conclusion, the world suffered what could only be defined as a cataclysm. Now, Yosemite city stands as the gateway between two worlds and an equal power in the continent. Unfortunately, it’s surrounded on all sides by those who would love to see them fail. Standing at the top of Yosemite is the warrior king Vince, a ranger turned city state ruler. Supporting him in his endeavors is his inner circle. With a firm grasp on Yosemite, Vince has solidified his borders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • CHOCKING!!!

  • By Peter Karlsson on 26-08-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

I just 're-read the 3 books again and I enjoyed every minute. I hope there're several more books in this series, I like Vince's story more than any other character of Randi Darren's books. I like how interesting the story is getting and it has a little bit of everything. Can't wait for the next book.