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  • Conquest

  • The Dungeon Core Gambit, Book One
  • By: Antony W.F. Chow
  • Narrated by: Camille DuBois
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

When Markos Turloch is murdered by his boss, Bobbi Nox, as revenge for whistle-blowing on his employer, he loses his humanity and is reincarnated as a diamond-like dungeon core in another world. When his dungeon helper, Jessica, comes across a dying young man being sexually tormented by a female ogre, Markos' decision to save his life becomes the turning point in Markos' new existence. Upon learning the truth of this new world as one where females dominate in both numbers and social status, Markos decides to conquer the land of Enwald and reassert male dominance as its king!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Author bias fails to deliver a compelling story.

  • By Xravia on 11-01-2019

Author bias fails to deliver a compelling story.

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

Reviewed: 11-01-2019

This is an obvious bandwagoning of the popular litrpg trend without uaing any of the elements which makes it enjoyable. There are literally no constraints on the dungeons power, power levels are inconsistent and always end with everyone shocked at how powerful the dungeon is, the usual tragic backstory and fourtuitous encounters with harem world ripe for the taking...
I mean how much more generic can you even get?

What was the gambit? it is hardly a gambit when the power level disparities are this great.

I would not recomend this audiobook even if you have time to spend.

  • Future Reborn

  • Future Reborn, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Pierce
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Jack Bowman is out of luck and out of money. That is, until he gets an offer to be a part of an experiment for a major scientific research company. All he has to do is get cryogenically frozen for a few years and he'll be rich. What could go wrong? Quite a bit, as it turns out. When Jack's pod splits open and he's met by two beautiful women, he's introduced to a very different world from the one he left behind. There are warring tribes, mutated animals, actual monsters, and even ogres. With so many threats, how can anyone hope to survive?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Convenient and forgettable Mary Sue MC

  • By Xravia on 17-12-2018

Convenient and forgettable Mary Sue MC

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

Reviewed: 17-12-2018

The entire story is convenient AF, nothing feels earned, the love interests arnt developed, the premise is wishy washy, as it never fully commits to what it says and some of the ramifications of being a person from the past are ignored entirely except for the good parts.

And when uou finally introduce some somewhat interesting villians you kill them off the bat out of fear that it might detract from how 'awesome' the mc is...

id recommend you skip this one if you want to save some time.

  • The Crystal Heart

  • Enthralled, Book 1
  • By: Prax Venter
  • Narrated by: Christian Fox
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Mark has big plans to further his education but is convinced by his AI assistant to join her for one day in a vividly real, and sexually themed, virtual world. However, not everything is as it seems. After Mark realizes he is reliving the same day over and over, he needs to find a way out or become trapped forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Crystal Heart book 1 awesome

  • By John on 28-12-2018

I dont see the appeal.

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

Reviewed: 12-12-2018

nothing new or interesting from the series. It takes the premise from feedback loop and makes it, its hook but the story expands too quickly without any time to get attached to the world before the main characters actions basically destroy the world, leaving little to no impact to why repairing the tears mean anything other than them being loot boxes waiting for the protags to snatch them up.

  • Life Reset: EvP (Environment vs. Player)

  • New Era Online Series, Book 2
  • By: Shemer Kuznits
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Laurie Catherine Winkel, Annie Ellicott
  • Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 80

After defeating the hobgoblin threat, Oren is now faced with an even more tenacious enemy: the players themselves. His old guild have discovered his village's location and a deadly strike force is closing in. With time running out, Oren must build up his clan and recruit an army of monsters if he's to have any hope of withstanding the coming attack. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • top 3 favourite LITRPG series

  • By Anonymous User on 08-10-2018

Darker in tone compared to book 1.

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

Reviewed: 06-10-2018

Althrough the plot is a bit contrived and forced. The long runtime and amazing voice acting by jeff hays makes it a worthwhile purchase.

A few things that the novel can improve on in book 3 would be consistency in the game logic, like having a level restriction limit on the sacrificial dagger like being within 50 levels of the sacrifice target otherwise deal times 10x damage or something, otherwise where is the merit in being high leveled.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing world and story

  • By Douglas on 24-06-2017

Spec-tac-oo-lar!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-2018

The audio book was truely delightful, from Tim's narrating to the wonderful variety of situations and predicaments the main character deals with. I loved his flawed bits just as much as the good bits and thats a very fine balance that is pulled off well.

Amazing, Amazing, Amazing.

A triumphant story that blends magic realism extremely well. I would definitely recommend this book just based on its gripping storytelling and runtime alone.

Great job.

  • Valley of Death

  • Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut, Book 2
  • By: Daniel Schinhofen
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Alvin had a rough week. Thrown into a digital death game, Apocalypse Gates, with only his wits and a less than helpful AI handler, Alvin's prospects for survival looked bleak. Managing not only to survive but to thrive, he helped build a settlement of survivors in Green River, Utah. Along the way he met the very sexy and broken Gothy. He's taken on the undead, mutated bugs and animals and the worst possible enemy - other people - and triumphed. Nothing looked like it would be a major problem, except for the flight of dragons.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The MC is reactionary which is dislikable.

  • By Xravia on 29-08-2018

The MC is reactionary which is dislikable.

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

Reviewed: 29-08-2018

The character with the most character development is random asshole 1-12. seriously they went through 12 different permutations of the same and sheep in the flock encounter type. first is the abuser, then it was highscool bully, wannabe settlement leader (and gang), lechers, lackeys, tyrant gang leader, forced lackey, zombie blockers, old time misogynist eventually ending with the redemption arc dragon slayer asshole. Otherwise it's just the same thing that was established in the first book, in relation to the main characters.

The encounters were a bit one dimensional and bland which can be expected with guns in a fantasy apocalypse setting, with the rewards being seriously lacking as a pure exp reward for everything is really bland. The author perhaps realised that if they want to avoid using the repetition of the same story elements that he needed to change things up, yet retroactively changing the game and not showing how the elements will work in practise alongside the story won't earn I high rating from me. along with the minus 10hr runtime for a litrpg story.

A lack of purpose, initiative and urgency makes the novel a vehicle for an author to play put their fantasys, not for creating a compelling story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dodge Tank

  • Crystal Shards Online Series, Book 1
  • By: Rick Scott
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Ryan's life sucks. His brother is a jerk, his mom is sick, and his legs are next to useless thanks to a neurological disorder. Plus the world ended two centuries ago from nuclear war. Now the only escape from reality being the massive VR world of Crystal Shards Online. But even in the game, Ryan's life sucks. He works as a miner, earning not nearly enough to afford the operation that will save his mom. When Ryan discovers an item that grants the ability to dodge any attack, however, he has the chance to become one of the game world's most elite and sought after players: a Dodge Tank.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The world building isn't very believable.

  • By Xravia on 26-08-2018

The world building isn't very believable.

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

Reviewed: 26-08-2018

The story is unbelievable , corny and predictable. There is lots of drama, forced conflicts and author intervention. The gaming system seems exploitable with stats carrying over from other characters and the economy seems beyond broken with how easy it seems to earn money as a high level gamer. The last hour saved the novel for me.

Guren Lagann does the premise better on all levels and The legendary moonlight sculptor has a better underdog arc imo.

  • Dungeon Deposed

  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Ryker only has one goal in his life right now: Turn a certain adventuring guild into a flaming wreck while dancing merrily through the smoldering ruins. All for the chance to get back at a handful of people. It isn’t as if they didn’t deserve it either. They had driven him from his home. Chased him physically from the very guild house itself.  Simply because he wasn’t as strong as they expected him to be. As strong as he’d expected himself to be. He’d returned the next day and left with something he’d hidden away and told no one about when he found it in one of his few Dungeon Dives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Appalling MC and story.

  • By Xravia on 20-08-2018

Appalling MC and story.

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

Reviewed: 20-08-2018

There was nothing interesting, New, charming, or consistent in the book that wasn't done better in the dungeon reborn series, quite a few elements seemed to be ripped wholesale from it to serve this 'Anger management' book.

Rather than the harem premise that other reviews have stated, the book makes it blatantly obvious that this is an anger management book. The novel starts the MC off as an immature, angry, outcast with no one around him and his only goals being revenge and money.

He gains the plot device called The dungeon core and achieves parity with his goals in the first act with the revenge against Rob after swearing a lot and venting. from then on he is surrounded by female characters and after a few inconsistent mood changes he gradually becomes more subdued.

He gains immortality, power, riches, titles, women and responsibilities and flaunts them for the power trips and wish fulfilment of the MC. He then faces consequences for some of his revenge choices and learns to put away his revenge for a purpose because he learnt that it feels hollow.(The church's of light and dark are extremist views in the context of anger management)

While the unlikable MC and the story as whole never really did anything for me. It felt like the novel was actively trying to make me think a certain way rather than providing me with a compelling story or experience. It also dumbed down on some of the more interesting element the genre has and had a lot of self-serving moments.

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  • The Trapped Mind Project

  • Emerilia, Book 1
  • By: Michael Chatfield
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Austin Zane leaves behind his CEO position with RB Corp to play Dave, a half-dwarf in the virtual reality game Emerilia, trying to escape his life. What Dave doesn't know is that Earth as he knows it is really a virtual reality simulation and Emerilia is a world imbued with futuristic technologies to mimic early MMORPGs.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's just quite dull

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-11-2018

Convenient storytelling.

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

Reviewed: 17-08-2018

I suppose this was an attempt to mash together the matrix and the hobbit. The result was terribly paced with 80% being a slice of life build up stage that could have been delegated as a time skip, with the other 20% being a single long raid with most of it focused on characters that were not developed properly. they were introduced in a way told you how they would benefit the Mary sue MC and aren't given a life of their own contrary to MC's established motivations. once they serve their purpose don't be surprised when they are killed off.

The power disparities are insane, he might as well be stuck in a world of Neanderthals as despite 700 or so years or permutations of players none of them made patents to ultra common tech, allowing the MC to skip the money system entirely as it can be explained away as 'patent' money when he spends money.
on top of of all the repetition, inconsequential skill level ups, little or no character progression and unlikable personality.

There are so many plot devices and blatant cheat items that it makes the mind boggle. 1. rich and influential in real life(which he does not exploit at all! even though the grey god explained everything!) 2. runes... basically the coding language of the world allowing him to make broken items and has great potential to be even more broken as he learns more runes. 3. souls stones... aĺlows him to store mana indefinitely and power up abilities beyond their limit. 4. grey mana.. allows him to use every type of mana and combine them for a ??? power increase when it calls for it. 5. stat boosting/ he knows that this is real life so he is planning for the long game not giving hints to anyone else and is actively hiding this fact from everyone else so he can be a messiah or something. 6. nanomachines/ superior body thanks to working on his skills gradually, erasing his height disparity by playing as a dwarf by increasing strength and store memories and can access the web. 7. powerful allies + 1 or 2 gods on your side that gives you skills , info, underground world seeders which conveniently have portals. 8. artifacts from a cabin in the woods 9. friendly relationships with all people because he is a bleeder. 10. The ability to conjure any item or rune in existence 11. The ability to respawn with his own custom respawn point and many more so when he does die he can only be called an absolute bloody idiot with little to no repercussions at all.

The last point I'll touch upon is his motivations, he was the richest man in the world because he was the smartest most drivenest man in the whole entire world *rolls eyes*. He is sad because his family wanted a bit of the wealth of 10 TRILLION dollars and wants to get praised for paying his employees wages on time and destabilizing the entire world economy while keeping most of it for himself? Only to leave it all with a drop of the hat!?!?! I'm done with this novel.





  • Level Up or Die!

  • Underworld, Book 1
  • By: Apollos Thorne
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Elorion has just finished a VR gaming session to find a monster waiting for him. With 19 other students who have also been kidnapped, he is now subject to the whims of a thousand year old succubus, and he must survive deep under the Earth in the lost realm of the Underworld. Gifted with the ability to use magic and advance in power, he is given an ultimatum: Level up or die! 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Now what?

  • By Xravia on 28-07-2018

Now what?

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

Reviewed: 28-07-2018

What does the story even want to accomplish?
He says he wants out of the place yet the next instant he loves the place, the succubus gives him everything he asks for and more and it's explained away as outsmarting her?!?! he even goes into random motivations about wanting to punch her out? The game elements arnt that interesting, side characters are one dimensional and convenient, the mc is being set up as the 'one'. There is little or no payoff that feels earned. The novel length is ridiculously short compared to other litrpg novels.

It's passable but not worth it unless you have time to spare.