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Christopher Young

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  • Free the Darkness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 1
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867

Raised and trained in seclusion at a secret fortress on the edge of the northern wilds of the Kingdom of Ashai, a young warrior called Rezkin is unexpectedly thrust into the outworld when a terrible battle destroys all that he knows. With no understanding of his life’s purpose and armed with masterful weapons mysteriously bestowed upon him by a dead king, Rezkin must travel across Ashai to find the one man who may hold the clues to his very existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshingly excellent!

  • By Aaron on 02-10-16

Well crafted, exciting and believable

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

Reviewed: 26-06-18

A fantastic book that has kept me entranced for many hours. A really original story with interesting characters and lots of dialogue. Nick Podehl’s narration is as always superb such that you forget that the story is being read by a single reader. Highly recommended.

  • Will Save the Galaxy for Food

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,302

Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stumbled across this 'plying' beauty

  • By M.Brad on 11-04-17

For young teenagers

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

Reviewed: 14-06-18

I persevered through the story, however it is completely apparent that children between the ages of 12 and 14 would enjoy the story-however many adults would find it rather juvenile. Perhaps the marketing could make this clear for future reference. Not recommended for most adults.

  • Warmage

  • Spellmonger, Book 2
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 27 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681

After facing a hopeless siege, an implacable foe and an impossible escape, you would think that Minalan the Spellmonger would be able to rest - but the armies of the undead goblin shaman Shereul (known as the Dead God to his human victims) are rolling over the western reaches of the rustic Duchy of Alshar and is headed toward the heart of the Duchy of Castal. Thousands are fleeing for their lives as hordes of goblins pour out of Boval Vale and devastate the rugged fiefs of the Alshari Wilderlands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Series!

  • By Thomas D. on 21-10-17

Boring and little dialogue

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I really thought this book would be excellent. In fact it turned out to have virtually no dialogue and with the story narrated from 50,000 ft. It made the reader and character sound pompous and was just boring.

I tried to like this story .... and fell asleep.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • World Seed: Game Start

  • World Seed Series, Book 1
  • By: Justin Miller
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

The year is 2245, and the world has undergone explosive growth in multiple industries. The age of Virtual Reality came long ago, opening up new fields for people to enjoy and seek employment. There were even those that chose to sacrifice their physical bodies, becoming digital existences that lived within Internet communities. But with the age of VR, everyone still dreamed of that next step, the next level of adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A little of everything

  • By yusif elatmani on 12-12-17

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 22-05-18

The concept behind this book is really good, unfortunately the implementation is poor. The story is entirely engrossed in the technical set up of the character with no narrative, and the narrator makes it sound as though it is read by a computerised voice. Not recommended.

  • The Land: Swarm

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 5
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546

Aleron Kong's number-one best-selling LitRPG saga continues in The Land: Swarm. The enemies of the Mist Village are moving, the storm clouds are gathering, what are Richter and Sion to do? Crush the game, that's what! More of everything you love in LitRPG: powerful items, epic battles, awesome quests, and in-depth world building! What happened to Elora? Where is the swarm? Did the rock giant make Richter jelly? What are the colonel's secret spices?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • decent

  • By AENGUS on 09-09-18

Rather too much stats

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Fantastic action but way over extensive stats and calculations. Otherwise a really imaginative story. Recommend

  • Otherlife Dreams

  • The Selfless Hero Trilogy
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Runner has a problem. He and 499,000 men and women are trapped in a game. He also just happens to be the only person from IT who could log everyone out safely. And he doesn't remember his password. He, like everyone else in this nightmare, had his memory scrambled or lost in the process of being loaded into the game. A single garbled message is his only clue to how to save everyone. The problem is that whoever loaded them into the game loaded their minds completely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • thoroughly enjoyed!

  • By colum on 14-08-17

Really entrancing

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

Reviewed: 16-01-18

Some familiarity with RPG gaming would be useful and sometimes the computer interface can be a little distracting, however the story and the awakening of In game characters is really well portrayed and described.

The only comment I would make is that while Jeff Hays is really excellent, he has employed a quiet voice and a normal voice and sometimes the quiet voice can be difficult to hear. This is in no way a major detractor and I would recommend the story heartedly.

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,011
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,711

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mistake was made and corrected

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-08-17

Excellent series

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Gripping and fast moving narrative with interesting science elements. The narration is also excellent and helped keeping track of all the various Bobs.

Highly recommended.

  • Cormorant Run

  • By: Lilith Saintcrow
  • Narrated by: Emily Cauldwell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

It could have been aliens, it could have been a trans-dimensional rift, nobody knows for sure. What's known is that there was an Event, the Rifts opened up, and everyone caught inside died. Since the Event certain people have gone into the drift...and come back, bearing priceless technology that's almost magical in its advancement. When Ashe - the best Rifter of her generation - dies, the authorities offer her student, Svinga, a choice: go in and bring out the thing that killed her, or rot in jail.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very weak

  • By Christopher Young on 18-12-17

Very weak

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

Reviewed: 18-12-17

Great idea for a story but weakly written and excessively confusing by overuse of imagined street lingo. I stuck with it for over half of the book and finally gave up. Shame.

  • Ancillary Justice

  • The Imperial Radch series, Book 1
  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 777

The spectacular debut novel nominated for every major science fiction award in 2014, Ancillary Justice is the story of a warship trapped in a human body and her search for revenge. Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, a James Tiptree Jr. honour and a Kitschie. Currently shortlisted for the Hugo Awards. They made me kill thousands, but I only have one target now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interestingly feminist SciFi

  • By Jonathan on 16-11-14

Bored

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

Incredible narration but the story is terribly tedious. There is no situational awareness, no attempt to contextualise, and frankly I eventually gave up as it was evidently a waste of my time.

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487

In a world full of super powers, Felix has a pretty crappy one. He has the ability to modify any item he owns. To upgrade anything. Sounds great on paper. Almost like a video game. Except that the amount of power it takes to actually change, modify, or upgrade anything worthwhile is beyond his abilities. With that in mind, Felix settled into a normal life. A normal job. His entire world changes when the city he lives in is taken over by a super villain. Becoming a country of one city. A city state.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me

  • By Darren on 21-11-18

Great narration

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

This is a good story, and while listening to the lists of points can get tedious, the plot is exciting.

The narration is OUTSTANDING. It brings the story to life, the voices are perfect for the characters and special effects are just right.