AudioBook Review – Zero Hour

What scares you the most… when the world around you collapses, this kind of novel is truly terrifying.

Great writing, and narration…. just so darned true…

(thank you to amazon who removed this, so I could repost after the world worst typo ever)

Zero Hour: The Blackout Series, Book 2 | [Bobby Akart]

“Scary real story, with excellent characters”

What I really like about this and as a second book is that it’s so so real. It may be fiction, but the true facts behind this are scarily real… and it puts you in the heart of a worst case scenario with devastating consequences.

Bobby Akart brings us characters here that survived the first couple of days, reunited with his family and now is trying to do right by them and the community around them.

When the world collapses and people become desperate, these events would be more likely to happen in your street. The characters here, really make you want to help them, to route for them and of course for their survival.

It is again a shorter piece, but the story moves so fast I think it was gone in a blink of an eye and I so wanted more, to see where the Rymans end up, do they even make it out the street So much is going on around them, so many scared and terrified and dying people.

What I really like about this series and the narrator who does a very excellent job of the story is that as I’m from the UK and essentially not a ‘prepper’ I have picked up several tips and things that I would need, that would be likely just as important over here as in the US.

All in all an excellent second book and I’m going on to pick up the next as I thought I saw it floating out there…. 🙂

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AudioBook Review – Feedback Loop

I got so far behind in my reviews, I’m posting them in no real order, but I’ll catch them up. There just is so so many! haha but I’ve had a blast this last few weeks listening and working when I got home. So here we go catching up –

And of course ya must know I love Jeff Hays and his narrations by now. So it was a pleasure to pick this audiobook up 🙂

Review as follows

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The Feedback Loop, Book 1 | [Harmon Cooper]

“Great story!”

Thoughts –

A very well-known theme in this story makes it very familiar and yet so very different. Quantum wakes every morning, to the same routine, day in, day out, and has he thinks for the last few years. Little does he really know the full extent of what’s actually been happening within the game he nicknames ‘the loop’.

When a message and a mysterious person, Frances, disturbs the loop and his day to day repetition. Everything that Quantum has come to know turns on him and he’s fighting for his life both inside and outside the game.

What I really enjoyed from this audiobook was the great attention to character detail, the depths to which Harmon has gone to make us really think about the situation that Quantum is in. After all, how would we react stuck not only in a game but repeating the same day? The psychological ramifications are evident throughout the story, but they’re realistic and true to Quantum’s character and to that of someone who is playing a game.

What I think could have been improved, there were some great action scenes and sequences, but I think the reasons behind some weren’t as clear as they could have been. The assassins on the outside, part of the ‘reapers’ were underdeveloped. I know money is the bane of all evil, but it didn’t quite add up for me. I wanted more of their need to stop him in the game and out of it, maybe that comes out better as the series develops. I guess I can only hope.

I am an avid follower of Jeff Hays, so I can’t lie that I already know his voices and his traits. As an actor, he’s growing not only in the genres he’s taking on but in the way he produces his work. They’re more and more entertaining, and it’s great to see someone branch out to take on, something as substantial in the writing world, a genre in its own making, litRPG.

I look forward to many more books from both these guys, this one is well worth a listen too. Thanks

AudioBook Review – Secret of the Old Ones

I’ve lots on my reading list at the moment, but I had to take a little time out for this and it really didn’t disappoint. What I’ve come to learn of the genre and gotten to love is how some writers can blow it out the park. Not only with the in-game mechanics and deep worldbuilding, but with character and story.

Awesome e-book and a great listen while on the go!

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Luck Stat Strategy: Secret of the Old Ones, Book 1 | [Blaise Corvin]

“Fantastic!…. more please!”

This genre is fast becoming something I’m really starting to enjoy. These books take me back to my youth where some of the best times of my life where involved rpg and more with my friends.

So, my review follows. –

I never like looking over ‘synopsis’ or other bits of information and I did know that Blaise had posted parts of this on his site and even with his paetron. I’ve done my homework since I listened to Delvers, besides following Jeff’s Soundbooth Theatre and hearing parts of this audio over on there. So I’d some idea on what I was getting into even though I started it straight after a sci-fi.

This story starts off with some great action, there’s no slow build, we’re literally thrown in at a point where some people might think our MC’s already won the online game, so what am I reading on for, but don’t be fooled.

The deep world building and rich descriptions shine in here from that first few scenes, and I have to admit, that I thoroughly enjoyed this a lot more than his first novel. Maybe this is because as with everyone we all grow as writers the more we actually write. I don’t know, it just seems to me that there’s much more passion in here.

Where Blaise takes the MC from the opening is not only very interesting, but it’s also a journey that you go on with Trent/Vale inside the game and out of it because this is a very well balanced novel, with defined scenes from both parts of his life.

As the plot develops the contrast and reality of what happens to Trent in-game soon crosses over to his real life. These scenes to me really added to sympathising with him, his friend Bart and in the situation that they soon find themselves in together inside the game.

I found there were several nice plot twists and turns that I hadn’t guessed were coming. The other characters that were brought in, added not only the gaming mechanics that come with the genre, but they brought with them their own purpose, agendas and reasoning. This changed things up a lot and Trent had to make some quick decisions. I could get behind his way of thinking for some, but there was also one thing he missed and it came back to bite him in the backside.

Overall, so far this has been one of the most enjoyable books in this genre that I’ve had the pleasure of listening too. Jeff delivers on so many levels that he’s very hard not to enjoy. I think his female characters are so believable I find it hard to not picture another person in the booth with him doing the recording. (having seen it for myself I know his voices are all his own) and the accents are divine.

An excellent audiobook and the start of a series that I really think is going places. If you’ve not already checked it out on amazon, go do so now.

Thank you for the entertainment, and hurry up with more!

AudioBook Review – Paragons

Sometimes you know a review gets stuck in the weird thing that is audible limbo! and this one was there for a week or more. But here it is – finally! I think there was one more! haah will go route it out.


 

Sigil Online: Paragons | [Jeff Sproul]

“Good listen, but needed a bit more…”

I’m still pretty new to LitRPG and this is mostly brought on by facebook and the fact I’m a huge Jeff fan, so taking that into account, I’ll post my review.

Jeff did a really great performance with this, some really good female characters as usual, Brenda and Laura for sure. Even with Chace and Aaron, and then Riley as well. I don’t know how they put it all together, but with a Voice actor like Jeff there’s something worth listening to in all the stories he’s done.

So, a little bit of feedback on story. I enjoyed the story don’t get me wrong, but there were some things that just left me feeling a little cold, and miffed. I get that the MC – Riley as Radiance was an ass and being knocked down a peg or two really was tough. But as a character, he didn’t really seem to grow so much and there were many times throughout the story that I wondered why he never thought about certain things, why other characters never got a mention until it seemed it was past late. Some small parts of seeding in his thoughts here and there would have really benefited the story, no matter how much of an ass he was, no one just doesn’t think about certain life events for so long or more so people, things like that play on your mind no matter who you are, or what you’re doing.

Having said all that, and no spoilers for anyone else. There were some things I personally guessed really early on, maybe that’s just my film background, I’m not sure, so I did think that was a little bit of a letdown, not too sure what the writer might have done to aid that. Building their characters up some more, inside the game and out of it might have helped. I understand that maybe LitRPG’s just want to be inside the game but for a real story to take place, there are things we do, on a day in day out basis that are interesting. That needs to be said and done.

Not a bad length, but I think it could have been longer, with better set up and story building. There’s so much potential I’m still interested to see where this one goes, and what they do with the next ‘game upgrade’ so I’m not lost on it, like I have been with others. I’ll be looking out for more, and will poke about to see any ebooks 🙂 thanks for the entertainment.

AudioBook Review – Out of Darkness

This was a pretty interesting story considering I hadn’t read the first two. Easy to get to know all the characters, and the world they lived in. I’ll be looking for more of this, and from Erin. 🙂

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“Enjoyed :)”

Overall
Performance
Story

I haven’t read the first two books, or listened to the audio (if there is any) but this was a really easy listen and made a good story on it’s own. So I might go back and check them out.

I think the story was interesting. And all about fitting in, doing what we must to just keep on going. The MC as a character was strong and had decent values. There were times I really thought he would snap and then the further along I got the more I understood all the reasons behind this world. It is aimed more for a younger audience, though some of the themes were in fact pretty adult and the reactions surrounding the Galdoni in general are harsh.

I enjoyed spending time with Erin as a narrator, he’s a nice voice and fitted the character perfectly. The performance was great and the right tension and pacing when needed. Both male and female voices were distinct and it was easy to soon learn who was who. There was a large enough cast for Erin to master, and I think he did a great job.

Lots of tension and drama and I felt fully entertained while listening and driving. Thank you both. I’ll keep an ear out for some more.