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OK, so I loved the book and therefore bought the audio version, but trust me that doesn't always live up to the anticipation. Here however, I can confirm it truly does and is well worth the investment of time and money to acquire. If you are on a budget though, you may want to wait until the two are offered together as it is really expensive to get unless you have a credit waiting for a home ( and I really hope you do!)
Having said that you are getting excellent value for money as the Audible version is very well done. Jeff is a great narrator with good diction and timing for the pace of the novel and it is a long book and story, so try and fly to Australia to listen to it, so you don't listen to it at work!
Moving to the story and plot. The opening chapters are, to me a little clunky as the author assimilates the real world and game world to us, but some really thoughtful examples of what would happen to the world if immersion technology really happened, but this is OK and certainly drew me into the story very easily. Once in, it really takes off and the Main Character then starts to develop or to be fair redevelop and you get a rich game world and system with some clever mechanics. This is definitely a game world you would want to play in and be a part of and the system is easy to follow.
Leveling is well done, usually they kill a God in chapter 3 and then are uniquely brilliant. Here there is some uniquely brilliant skills etc, but the story makes it both acceptable and plausible in the context as well as some clever out of the box thinking on gaming lore and procedures.
The plot is good and diverse, though of course following a relatively predictable theme of gaining levels etc. But it is more than that and is engrossing and engaging so 10 out of 10 for the Shemer Kuznits for the plot and for the cast which also fills out the story. Lots of people for you to like, love and treat like old friends when they develop in Book Two..
Now I just want Book Two and the second book on Audible! No pressure, happy to receive them in time for Christmas.......
Seriously, this is a great book and a great Audible purchase and one of the very best in this LitRPG Genre.
Get a copy of this today if you have not already done so.
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Oren was one of the first players in New Era Online, an immersive virtual reality MMORPG. He leveled up in the game until he was a highly influential player, the head of the top guild in the game, with an impressive number of prime badges. All that is taken away when Oren is betrayed and a powerful scroll spell is used against him. Oren wakes up as a tiny green goblin in the unexplored Deadlands of New Era Online.
Determined not to delete his character, Oren decides to continue to play as a goblin and wreak his revenge. To do this, he needs to build a goblin city in the Deadlands and take the fight to the players who betrayed him.
If you're a fan of this genre, you know what to expect. The main character takes on quests, level grinds, improves his stats, and interacts with the game. This book has all that and more. There's really something for everyone here. If you love stats, this book is full of them, Oren's personal stats, the stats of his goblins, his building stats, resource stats, you name it. If you love city building, this is the book for you. You can just settle back and watch him build his new village, weighing food production needs against resource management, watching everything move at a realistic pace. And if you like combat, there's some of that too, as Oren defends his new settlement and takes out those threatening it.
I was genuinely invested in Oren and his progression. In the beginning, he made some frustrating bonehead decisions, and tried to explain why the mistakes actually worked in his favor. But by the end, his struggle to hold everything together made him really likable. There's some other characters I can't wait to see more of. It's going to be interesting to see where the series goes from here.
Jeff Hays did an awesome job with the narration. He has an impressive number of different voices for the characters, and is consistent with them throughout the book. He also has a realistic female voice which I always appreciate. He made the book a pleasure to listen to. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I'd 100% recommend this book to fans of the LitRPG genre.
30 of 32 people found this review helpful
I am not usually into these types of litrpgs, where the world is a game and everyone knows it. But this story is a great take on this type of world.
Well written, funny, smart with lots of action and twists. its a hefty read at 25 hours as well. Shout out to the sound editors and the narrator who do a great job bringing the story to life.
I, for one, welcome our new green overlords and eagerly await the next book.
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