Game Over takes place in the distant future, in a place far, far away from the planet we call home, in the virtual universe called Elisium.
Imagine a society freed from crime and illness, one sustained by a single, eminently logical system that was designed to seek ultimate perfection. The Sibyl System seeks the elusive state of human perfection, and, through the course of its quest, the System will become its greatest enemy.
Now imagine that a reluctant hero is called to save what remains of the human race residing on what was once proudly called Earth by its inhabitants.
Ekko Everlasting is thrust into the world of the game, No-Life, without any corresponding memories to motivate him to think about anything besides himself. Ekko cares about saving his own skin and regaining his lost self - exclusively in that order - not saving the universe, let alone two of them!
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"Consider the consequences of your actions."
All power to the author, Derek Edgerton, for his innovative idea to translate his 'choose your own adventure's novel into an audio format. A great concept but one which needs a little more thought to succeed. Many, if not most, listeners to audiobooks will be doing something else at the same time, non demanding physical work (I garden and cook) or driving, for example, so getting to the device to select from the choices given is not always an instantaneous possibility. And here this book had two major faults. Firstly, there is almost no pause between the selection offered so the book has already moved on. And, secondly, it is not always easy to move forward for x number of seconds or minutes, so the flow of the story is broken whilst the listener fiddles with the semantics of fixing the right place. It would have been better to create two new chapter headings for the different continuations. As it was, it was far easier just to let the book run on, through both possibilities, thus really defeating the whole idea.
Having said that, this was a great idea and a pretty good LitRPG story, full of fun (and frightening) characters, humourous and full of adventure. Unbeknownst to him, Ekko Everlasting, trapped without any past memories in the No Life game, where "the tiniest misrepresentation meant death", has been are fully selected to save not only the world of Ellisium, but Earth's population itself following a 222years old programme to perfect human society.
The narration by Dee Drew is, after a slightly hesitant start, a very good, slick delivery, perfectly matched to the text. He tells the story at a fast pace and his character voices are distinctive, imbued with just the right level of emotion and they add greatly to the ongoing dialogue.
Unfortunately the editting is not well done, with numerous occasions of the narrator's first reading of several words or a sentence left in place so that they are then repeated when read again. It is for this reason that I have reduced the rating from four to three stars - an occasional lapse can be tolerated but this problem occurs far too many times to ignore.
My thanks to to the rights holder of Game Over: a series of Ends, for gifting me my copy of this clever concept book, via Audiobook Boom. Although not fully successful this time, I do hope that the author will persevere with the idea as it certainly would add greater dimension to the listening experience. Meanwhile, for the reader, it is better to stick to the written text.
- Norma Miles
Better in a book format.
This story has a choose your own ending when the main character has to make a certain decision when he gets into a situation. This wouldn't be to bad if they first gave you time to get to the section you needed and two if the author did this through out the book. It would have been better if they gave you the choice to go to a chapter which would have made things more simpler and faster. If you were to listen to it without making a decisions then it would get confusing because you'll end up listening to different scenes. I was surprised when I heard swear words being used (wasn't expecting it) and how violent it is (certain scenes are graphic).
This would not be everybody's type of book. I believe it has potential and in my opinion it didn't needed the bad language, it would have been fine without it.
The Narrator I thought was good however he did repeat a few sentences and he even repeated a few words a few times to get a feel/comfortable for it. This I can understand but we don't need to hear how many time he needed to say a word before he felt comfortable saying it.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audio book by the author.