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Flew through this book

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

Reviewed: 01-10-2018

I had been stuck trying to find a new book that I wanted to listen to. I had never heard of Jeremy Robinson and this book sounded interesting and you know you're going to get top quality narration from the king in R.C. Bray.

This was a decent story and I listened to over 8 hours in one sitting the day I got it as it was an easy listen. Easy to follow and interesting story combined with Bray means you aren't going to struggle through it.

The ending seems to be hit or miss reading other's reviews and I have to agree it could have been better but you can't please everyone. Does that make this a bad book? No. Not by any means.

I will try another book from Jeremy.
3.5 out of 5 as Audible won't let us use half stars for some reason.

Really trips over in the middle

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

Reviewed: 18-06-2018

I'm really disappointed in this book. I love Peter's books and had read the mixed reviews on this book. Some people loved it while quite a few seemed to hate it.

The first few hours I couldn't see why people were hating this book, it was quite interesting and I was flying through the book. Admittedly I was unimpressed by the way time travel is used in the book, it really is kind of a lame take on the idea. Then I found it, I hit the part of the book where that story just got...well stupid.

I've tried several time to continue this book, weeks have gone by and when I return I try to be open to the idea but it is just so out of place in the story to me it makes it too hard to get lost in the story. Peter's ideas are out there and I'm all for his interdimensional escapades and crazy stories, this one just isn't for me.

So sadly I will be returning this book. Better luck next time Peter.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Is it worth a credit?

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

Reviewed: 18-06-2018

This was my first listen to a novel from S. J. Morden and first narration from William Hope.

I'm not going to over hype this book, I have listened to some really excellent novels before and this doesn't crack my top ten...or twenty.
The story is reasonably enjoyable while quite predictable, but it is worth a listen. I listened to a big chunk of it's 12 hours during my first listen. I did however find it was a solid week before I found myself listening to it again as I just wasn't compelled to need to know what was going to happen in the end, as I basically knew what was coming.

Is it worth a credit? I think so. If you don't have anything you're aching to listen to or struggling to choose something then gie this a try.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A grand adventure.

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

Reviewed: 03-03-2018

The reviews for this book are probably a little over the top. This is a good book and I listened to the majority of it in one day. But it is by no means a game changer or one of the best I've listened to (I've listened to hundreds).This book was easy to sit through though and I'm interested in seeing what Jerry writes next.

The narrator does get easier to listen to don't let him put you off at first.

I don't have many time travel books in my collection but I thought this one was well thought out. It did make me search for another adventure involving time travel.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Ready Player 1 meets Expeditionary Force

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

Reviewed: 22-11-2017

Ready Player 1 is one of my favorite books. It was the first LitRPG stories I ever read and it was so much fun. Sadly the next few I read I barely finished and some I didn't. I was hooked quite early with this series and finished both books in about 4 days.

I liken the feel of these books as the title says - Ready Player 1 meets Expeditionary Force.
Skippy the A.I. form Expeditionary Force is nothing like Eve though. But the general premise of an A.I. helping the main character to discover the mysteries of the universe along with some sidekicks to help is essentially the same.
Alan is similar to Wade from Ready Player 1. A down on his luck character who seems to stumble into a situation he is ill prepared for yet despite all odds shines under pressure.

You don't have to like playing games to enjoy these books, just understand how they generally work. If you love a great adventure and science fiction then you will love these books.

Nick Podehl does a wonderful job with his narration. His female voices aren't annoying like most males are who try to perform them, his accents are good and he is easy to listen to for long periods.

Buy this, love it, and spread the word so we can get many more stories from Cosimo.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Ready Player 1 meets Expeditionary Force

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

Reviewed: 19-11-2017

After reading Ready Player 1 and a few other books like it (Off to be the Wizard and Mog World) I wasn't sure anything would be able to hold my interest anything even close to the way Ready Player 1 did. So I was pleasantly surprised that withing the first day I had already listened to half the book.

The A.I. Eve reminded me a little of Skippy from the Expeditionary Force novels by Craig Alanson. But maybe that's just me

Nick Podehl does a great job at narrating and I liked how he was able to perform a range of passable accents and voices for each character. While his voice is not as pleasant as some narrators I have previously listened to I enjoyed his reading.

So if you liked Ready Player 1 and have been looking for another adventure then this is the book for you. Happy listening

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Well it's no "The Martian"

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

Reviewed: 18-11-2017

I loved The Martian. I have listened to it at least 7-8 times over the years so naturally I expected a lot from Andy.

I feel that no book was ever going to be able to follow The Martian. Will I listen to this book 7 more times....no. Probably won't ever find myself listening to it again to be honest. But I didn't dislike it.

I found 50% of the book just felt like filler. The pen pal story telling was just mostly nonsense and barely added anything to the story. It had a very predictable character arc for Jaz. But it was easy to listen to it in long spells and it was not a long book at all.

Rosario was competent at her narration, though her accents were horrible but didn't make me want to stop listening.
I look forward to Andy's next book.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

Are you a bit F*cked?

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

Reviewed: 22-09-2017

Well if so then this book is for you. Russell breaks down the 12 step program addicts use into simple terms everyone can understand. Russell then takes you through how to implement them into your life to free yourself from any form of addiction.

I loved Russell's last book and even though I already meditate and had solved a lot of my personal issues I still found this book helpful. Most of us have probably had nothing to do with a the 12 steps and Russell demystifies a lot of the religious mumbo-jumbo associated with them.

Whether you're a drug addict, social media addict, use movies and TV to escape reality a little too often this book will help you to recognise and overcome these addictions.

Keep the books coming, Russell, can't wait to see what you write next.

28 of 30 people found this review helpful

Missed Opportunity

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

Reviewed: 07-08-2017

I normally don't like female narrators. It's not a sexist thing it's just I prefer listening to a deeper male voice over a long period of time. Julia does a great job with this performance and I have no issue with listening to her at all. (only put this in for anyone of similar taste)

My gripe is with the decision to alter chapters between the two based on who was the lead character at the time. That's fine, seems logical, BUT, why oh why did they make the choice to have the male and female narrators perform both male and female voices during those chapters. It was a horrible choice and a missed opportunity.

You have them both already recording, why not get them to do the lines and splice them into each others chapters. Yes it would've been more editing but FFS.

Okay rant over. Buy this book it will be a fun series.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

Finally a Narrator worth listening to.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-2017

I've wanted to listen to this book ever since the movie came out as the books are always better. But previously the only option was not someone I could listen to for an entire book. Thank you for finally making this happen. While watching the film I was hoping maybe someone like Irrfan Khan would narrate it one day
Enter Sanjeev Bhaskar like a breath of fresh air. What a huge difference he makes, delivering all the dialogue with beautiful accents for each character. Great books deserve great narrators.

If you ever wanted to listen to this but were put off by the previous narrator then listen to it now. It took me less than 2 days to get through this book as I couldn't stop, I just wanted to listen for one more chapter.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful