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  • The Avatar’s Flames

  • Through the Fire, Book 1
  • By: Benjamin Medrano
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Talented in magic, the young elven woman Ruethwyn didn't fit in in her hometown but was scheduled to attend the most renowned academy of magic in the kingdom and was even building up the courage to confess her love in the hope it might be returned. That all ended in a dragon's fire. Resvarygrath the Gilded destroyed Ruethwyn's village, killed her parents and teacher, and stole away the young women of the village. Maimed by the dragon's flames, Ruethwyn was spared by a curious dark elf who gave her a chance; she had two years to rescue her beloved or risk losing her forever. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Listen, Cast Needs Improvement.

  • By Embrakh on 24-04-2019

Fun Listen, Cast Needs Improvement.

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

Reviewed: 24-04-2019

The author finally replaced the old narrator with one capable of doing male voices well. Which is VERY nice. The writing is also a large improvement over his previous books, albeit character communication and motivations can feel artificial and stiff at times.

To expand and to be overly critical. I really do enjoy this author's works. However, I find they've one major thing they need to improve upon. Unique and fleshed out characters. I own the majority of Ben's works and find the quality starts to drop as he increases the size of the cast. Whilst a common problem in writing, this has resulted in me dropping sequels in both This and the Ancient Dreams series. I hope the author can work on building a story with a much smaller but fleshed out and unique cast in the future; or at the very least make the main cast more interesting. This however is dependent on both Ben and his narrator, in addition to it being a lot of work. So I'm hopeful Ben will continue to improve his writing as he goes.

Overall, an enjoyable listen. If you're interested in this kind of story, I encourage you to give it a go.
Whilst I don't know yet if I'll continue past beyond this book, I'm certainly looking forward to getting my hands on Ben's next series of books.

  • The Wayward Bard

  • World of Chains, Book 1
  • By: Lars M.
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James, Jeff Hays, Laurie Catherine Winkel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

With all the pesky planning out of the way, Daniel set out to realize his ultimate dream: gaining enough money to buy a tropical island and spend his days playing the violin and RPGs. What could possibly go wrong?   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Book

  • By Embrakh on 24-04-2019

Amazing Book

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

Reviewed: 24-04-2019

An amazing spin on the traditional style of RPG-style of story. I'm praying we get a second book but only time will tell. Regardless, the narration is amazing, the characters fun and the story engaging. It's one of the most memorable books of this genre I've read in a very long time.

  • The Laboratory

  • A Futuristic Dungeon Core
  • By: Skyler Grant
  • Narrated by: Gabriella Cavallero
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Emma is an artificial intelligence with a love of science, insults, and devilish traps. When her systems are booted up, she finds herself in control of a long-abandoned facility in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The world is filled with dangerous threats, granted great powers by the same cataclysm that befell the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unfortunately Average

  • By Embrakh on 24-04-2019

Unfortunately Average

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

Reviewed: 24-04-2019

I wanted to enjoy this book. I've a love for Dungeon Core themed stories, and admittedly love the idea of GLaDOS building a dungeon in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. There's unfortunately just a lot of problems. Whilst the book appears to be written with comedy in mind, character's act very unrealistically. None ever show signs of trauma when any normal person would break down. In addition, there's frequently large skips over all dungeon's development to each new encounter (which all feel the same as all characters are pretty flat) which takes away from the experience. In addition, the RPG elements seem like a cheap gimmick and come across as an easy way of giving the AI protagonist cool stuff without earning it; especially as they mostly just appear and the protagonist never has to get creative or work hard for them.

Overall, if you've already listened to all other Dungeon Lord/Core stories on Audible or just want a decent listen; then give the book a go. I found it decent enough to buy Book 2, but quickly refunded it after finding a lot of the problems in Book 1 were a LOT more common.

  • Dungeon Deposed

  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

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

Better than I Ever Expected

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

Reviewed: 24-04-2019

I had for over a year ignored this book because of the art and because the voice actor wasn't to my taste. However, I'm very happy I gave it a go. It's the second or third best Dungeon story I've read next to Divine Dungeon and Dungeon Lord. That says a lot considering how many I've read.

In short, it gets much better as it goes and makes for an awesome listen. Well worth it.

  • Dungeon Lord: Abominable Creatures

  • The Wraith's Haunt, Book 3
  • By: Hugo Huesca
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott
  • Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

The Heroes of the Militant Church, led by Inquisitor Gallio, scour the forest in search of the Haunt, while Ed desperately attempts to uncover the secret behind the Heroes' origin. Can Ed and his friends defeat the Inquisition and secure their own place in the world, or are they destined to become the monsters of their own tale? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Anders Haywood on 25-03-2019

Another excellent read.

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

Reviewed: 26-02-2019

I was worried that the adapted audiobook series had been cancelled. I'm very happy to have found out the author's still having his awesome books adapted by such talented narrators. They really do an amazing job at helping to bring the characters to life and distinguishing them as unique and interesting individuals.

Having said that, I'm very much looking forward to the fourth audiobook's release. I highly recommend both this book and this series for anyone in the fence. You won't be disappointed. I'm still surprised about how the story is only gaining in intensity and general quality. Hopefully the next books released soon.

  • Vortena: Everybody Loves Large Chests, Volume 3

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 62

What happens when one takes a murderous psychopath and forces them to team up with a cowardly tinkerer? Though not a question Jeremiah ever expected to ponder, he is nevertheless looking forward to seeing what the aforementioned duo will cook up. Success or failure does not matter to Richard, only that the journey be entertaining.     

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Anonymous User on 03-11-2018

Great.

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

Reviewed: 19-02-2019

Jeff Hays + good writing makes for another awesome book and hours of fun. Highly recommended.

  • Dungeon Desolation

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 4
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

The necromantic armies are on the warpath and nowhere is safe. Even the presumed sanctuary of the floating dungeon controlled by Cal is threatened! The leadership of nearly all the sentient monarchies has been wiped out, and only the races most suited to repelling the advancing darkness have an intact chain of command. Cal learns quickly that the most pressing threat is not the far-off war, but is instead those entrusted with the general population's protection. As it turns out, the idea of having a flying dungeon for your people is very tempting indeed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never ceases to amazing me

  • By Anonymous User on 11-03-2019

Another excellent book.

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

Reviewed: 19-02-2019

Another awesome book with excellent narration. My only issue was a little confusion surrounding the technique used during the ending.

  • The Games of Supervillainy

  • The Supervillainy Saga Book 2
  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Get ready for the action-packed follow up to The Rules of Supervillainy. This time with zombies, zombified heroes and villains, cults, magic, super-science, a dragon, a giant Nazi robot, a Greek demigod, and so much more! Gary and Cloak have returned from the supervillain prison on the moon only to discover the city he plans to conquer and rule with an iron fist has been overrun with the living dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than the first!

  • By Anders Haywood on 25-03-2019

Merciless, the "Anarcho-Feminist".

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

Reviewed: 06-08-2018

Read if you enjoy political rants and forgettable characters.

The first book was decent. However this book has little charm.
Characters are forgettable, the plot is average and the antagonists were two-dimensional.

Overall, there are worse books out there. There are also much better books.
I'd recommend reading something else. The story and characters just didn't do it for me.

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  • The Destroyer

  • The Destroyer, Book 1
  • By: Michael-Scott Earle
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

After untold centuries of absence, the evil Ancients have returned. Their magic appears unstoppable and their hunger for conquest is insatiable. To protect the country of Nia, Duchess Nadea and Scholar Paug make a desperate journey to find a human legend: a man known to have destroyed these Ancient foes with a powerful army. But legends can lie. When Paug and Nadea revive their hero from sleep, his virtue is far from clear. Is he really their savior or their destroyer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Knows how to pull those heart strings.

  • By Anonymous User on 18-03-2019

Stupid Cliffhanger, Too Much Sex.

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

Reviewed: 30-07-2018

The story slowly degrades in quality as our powerful protagonist tries to sleep with everything female and has Vietnam flashbacks every couple of pages. Honestly, the story wasn't that bad. It would have just been preferable if the author didn't pad the book with so much crap to try force a terrible cliffhanger. The character's unfortunately weren't that memorable either.

Personally, I'd try something else. The quality never exceeds the first few chapters, so give them a listen and return it if you're not hooked in the first hour or so (best part of the book).

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ancient Ruins

  • Ancient Dreams, Book 1
  • By: Benjamin Medrano
  • Narrated by: Gabriella Cavallero
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Sistina awakened after millennia of dormancy, her memories in tatters and born anew. Residing in the ruins of an ancient city, she finds herself drawn into a war between two elven nations and the slaver kingdom of Kelvanis when she rescues a princess from slavery. With her domain containing hints of forgotten knowledge, Sistina becomes a dungeon, stronghold, and source of hope all at once. And perhaps, just perhaps, she could finally find love in her new life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story of a Dungeon.

  • By Embrakh on 27-06-2018

Great Story of a Dungeon.

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

Reviewed: 27-06-2018

I purchased the book because I liked the author's 'Lilith's Shadow' book series. However, I found this book to be of a much higher quality. My only complaint is the narrator's inability to present distinct characters. Although, that may have been in part because of the writing itself.

Overall the narrator is talented and the book is very enjoyable.
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