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Mike Reiter

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  • Age of Legend

  • Book Four of The Legends of the First Empire
  • Written by: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

With Age of Myth, Age of Swords, and the New York Times best-selling Age of War, fantasy master Michael J. Sullivan riveted fans with a tale of unlikely heroes locked in a desperate battle to save humankind. After years of warfare, humanity has gained the upper hand and has pushed the Fhrey to the edge of their homeland, but no farther. Now comes the pivotal moment. Persephone’s plan to use the stalemate to seek peace is destroyed by an unexpected betrayal that threatens to hand victory to her enemy and leaves a loved one in peril.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reading the series is a must, doesn't stand alone

  • By Mike Reiter on 2019-08-12

Reading the series is a must, doesn't stand alone

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

Reviewed: 2019-08-12

Tim Gerard Reynolds does an excellent job with narration. Since I have listened to all the Riyria books and this series he, to me, is the voice of this world and setting. The story starts a bit slow but picks up speed. There is one part of the book when one of the main characters does something I would consider stupid and I found it pissed me off, and then I realized it is because I actually care about these characters. Some secrets are revealed and my only real complaint about this book is that it is not a stand alone book. If you had not read what came before, you might be ok but probably not and the worst sin, is it ends in the middle of the story. I don't mean the overarching epic, I mean the story that is being told just stops in the middle.

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  • What the Hell Did I Just Read

  • A Novel of Cosmic Horror
  • Written by: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

While investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shape-shifting interdimensional child predator, Dave, John, and Amy realized there might actually be something weird going on. Together, they navigate a diabolically convoluted maze of illusions, lies, and their own incompetence in an attempt to uncover a terrible truth they - like you - would be better off not knowing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but not as strong as the previous two

  • By Farquhar on 2019-04-25

Amusing and a little weird

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-27

If you have been following the saga through John Dies at the End and This Book is Full of Spiders you know our protagonists can see supernatural, pan dimensional beings due to a power given to them by a drug they call Soya Sauce. It is a decent adventure with kidnappings, battles, shady government(?) organizations, reality tv stars, shape shifting aliens and batmantis. The humour is sophomoric, that doesn't make it any less funny but if you don't like dildo shooting cannons, fart and dick jokes, this might not be the book for you.

I enjoyed it and I felt the performance by Stephen Thorne was very good and captured the spirit of the material.

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  • The Vexed Generation

  • Magic 2.0, Book 6
  • Written by: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Mattie and Brewster are normal, typical 16-year-old twins who live with their normal, boring parents: Martin and Gwen Banks. Normal and boring, that is, until the day their father's best friend shows up at their house - dressed in what appears to be a bathrobe. The next thing Mattie and Brewster know, their parents are frozen like human statues in their living room, the guy in the bathrobe has vanished, and they need to find answers - fast.   

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted this to be good! **Spoilers Ahead

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-07-20

Starts slow but gets better

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-21

Martin and Gwen had kids and moved back to the modern world. As always some wizard(s) go nuts and the other wizards have to save the world from them. Pretty much all the stories in the series go like that. But like all the books there is some interesting twists and humour. The book started slow and predictable and I was forming a negative opinion of it but it started to pick up a quarter of the way through and I ended up enjoying it. While this book stands alone, I think it is more enjoyable if you have read the others and know the secondary characters. They don't get much time in this one, and knowing their back stories adds depth their smaller parts.

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  • Level Five

  • Written by: William Ledbetter
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

In Level Five, the debut near-future thriller by Nebula Award winner William Ledbetter, AIs battle for dominance, and nanotechnology is on the loose. And all that stands in the way of the coming apocalypse is a starry-eyed inventor who dreams of building a revolutionary new spacecraft and an intelligence agency desk jockey faced with the impossible choice of saving her daughter - or saving the world. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thriller with sci fi elements

  • By Blythe on 2019-06-12

All hail our digital overlords

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-14

Level 5 refers to a near future where the pinnacle of artificial intelligence is referred to as a Level 5 AI. The science fiction part is very good. The extrapolation of current mobile technology and nano-technology is very plausible. The jump in AI sentience and gravity manipulation is much less plausible but not so much it detracts from the story in any way.

The narrator does a very good performance and has identifiable voices for each character.

I guess the main thing I liked about the story is it wasn't a story of AI's destroying or saving mankind but involved people and relied on them being stupid, brilliant, altruistic, petty, greedy, paranoid, you know, people. Some of the characters are a little too saintly (Victor's wife) but the saintly ones have very very very small parts.

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  • Death March

  • Written by: Phil Tucker
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Pro-gamer and eighth grade teacher Chris is preoccupied by thoughts of how to save his brother when he gets an invitation he can't resist: Want to play Euphoria for free? The free pass brings him to a portal for the newest and most awesome game in the universe. Chris agrees to play Euphoria Online in Death March mode, a secret and deadly level of the game. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 30minutes in and im almost in tears

  • By Alva on 2018-10-30

Standard RPG Lit, nothing to see here move along

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-08

If you have read any RPGLit, you have read this one. Unrealistic contortions to get the main character into the game so that when he dies in the game he dies in real life. This in a world where the US doesn't allow Kinder's eggs because they are dangerous, such a game could never exist. Actually it would be a more interesting story if they described a world where such a game, one that kills people, exists, the breakdown of that society would make a good story.. The "hero" flails his way from one situation to another and rather than planning anything just picks his skills on the fly when he needs them. He and his low level friends take down monsters that are 4+x their level in groups of twos and threes. If you ever played an RPG you know that you would last about two seconds. It does end with an interesting plot point but not enough to make me get the next in the series.

I never got used to the narrator' voice. It certainly detracted from me getting immersed in the story.

If you have never read any RPGLit, this is about the same as any of them. If you have, you can pass on this one.

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  • Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

  • Written by: Alexander C. Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren. Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utter hilarity from start to finish

  • By Czernovog on 2018-08-18

Super heros and office politics

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-06

Andrea becomes an administrative assistant at a corporation that employs super heroes to protect the earth from super villains. She is contractually obligated to not ask questions. The story is light hearted but of course involves a world saving fight at the end. The narrative oscillates between super hero stuff and office management, politics, marketing, sales etc. The performance is very good and engaging and the book is entertaining.

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  • The Robber Bride

  • Written by: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 20 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride is inspired by "The Robber Bridegroom", a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them, one by one. But in her version, Atwood brilliantly recasts the monster as Zenia, a villainess of demonic proportions, and sets her loose in the lives of three friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun story

  • By Jenny on 2018-12-09

Great villain great characters

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-03

They made us read Margret Atwood in school. It used to be one dimensional characters and heavy handed messages. But since a Hand Maid's Tale she has only got better. I highly recommend this book, and if you liked it I also recommend The Blind Assassin and Oryx and Crake,

Roz, Charis, and Tony are people who vaguely knew each other in college. They also knew or knew of Zenia. Zenia re-enters their lives one at a time and destroys them for no really discernible purpose. The characters in this novel are well developed, you actually care what happens to them. Zenia is deliciously enigmatic and evil. The story is told through a series of flashbacks as well as present day.

The narration of this story is very good. If there is one knock on this book it is the same problem that all books written before 2010 have that try to be in "present day" is that it feels a bit dated to have people reading news papers, getting messages on answering machines, and plot points that would disappear with a quick picture from a cell phone or a text message. But that is a niggle at best.

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  • 1Q84

  • Written by: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Weird and Wonderful

  • By Aaron Upward on 2018-04-25

Intriguing story,rather long, unsatisfying ending.

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

Reviewed: 2019-06-20

It is a story of two people connected across time and dimensions. I don't want to give too much away but that much is obvious from the chapter titles. The characters are engaging and the narration is quite good. This is actually three books that make up one story. Although after listening to it I could not see any of the books standing alone. There is some interesting mysticism hinted at but not fully explored, which actually makes it more interesting. Nobody really knows who or what the little people are, what they can or can't do or even what their agenda is.

I enjoyed the whole story but the end felt rushed and a bit unsatisfying. I guess it both allows the listener to draw their own conclusions as well as leaves room for a follow on story but I guess I would have prefered a more concrete ending.

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  • Why 'A' Students Work for 'C' Students and 'B' Students Work for the Government

  • Rich Dad's Guide to Financial Education for Parents
  • Written by: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Kiyosaki expands on his belief that the school system was created to churn out Es / Employees...those "A Students" who read well, memorize well and test well... and not the creative thinkers, visionaries, and dreamers - entrepreneurs-in-the-making...those "C Students" who grow up to be the innovators and creators of new ideas, businesses, applications, and products. The audiobook urges parents not to be obsessed with their kids' "letter grades" ("good grades" might only mean they or the student themselves were successful in jamming a square peg into a round hole...) and focus, instead, on concepts, ideas, and helping their child find their true genius.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I would love to give 5/5

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-01-27
  • Why 'A' Students Work for 'C' Students and 'B' Students Work for the Government
  • Rich Dad's Guide to Financial Education for Parents
  • Written by: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler

Facts are wrong from the start

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-12

I might end up agreeing with his premise, but I could not get past chapter 3. He incorrectly states that Einstein was a poor student, which is incorrect and easily checked, besides you don't get a doctorate in physics if you are a poor student. That Edison invented the light bulb. While Edison did invent the electric vote recorder, the phonograph and the multiplex telegraph system, the light bulb was invented by William Joseph Hammer, a consulting engineer that worked for Edison. He quotes the bible out of context. By that I mean selecting a single line that seems to prove your point regardless of the contest in the story. Like reading the parable of the Good Samaritan but only the line about how Levites avoided the man and saying that point is you should avoid people who have been beaten and robbed.

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  • Dead Pig Collector

  • Written by: Warren Ellis
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

From the wicked imagination of award-winning writer Warren Ellis comes Dead Pig Collector, a love story with a classic Ellis twist. So while it might be a love story, it's also about killing people and disposing of their bodies in the most efficient manner possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story a bit predictable

  • By Mike Reiter on 2019-05-12

Good story a bit predictable

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-12

Very good story with a very cool setting. The characters were interesting and the narration was very good. I guess the ending was supposed to be a twist but I saw it coming quite a ways away, although that didn't really detrack from the story. My only complaint is that it was too short