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Ball of Light: Evolution

Narrated by: Scott Ellis
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
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After waking up, Steve doesn't know where he is. Heck, he doesn't know what he is. Despite his spotty memory, he's pretty sure he didn't used to be a floating ball of light.

He's also certain that he's not originally from this dangerous fantasy world...maybe. Okay, fairly certain. To make things stranger, he seems to be involved in something big, something magical...a game.

Who was he before? Will his memories come back? Why does he have an assistant explaining the game's rules to him?

He can evolve? There's a countdown timer?

One thing Steve does know is that he needs to figure out what's going on fast, and if he is playing a game, even a deadly one, he plans to win.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-10-2019

interesting evolution book

i found this novel quite entertaining, it didnt rely on any common tropes poping up in the genre, the flow was well paced and had interesting characters.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 21-11-2019

Shine on!

Ball of light fights right in with this episode since it deals with another god not a god MC. AS in God of gnomes a ball of light, rather than a gem, comes into sapience and begins getting schooled by a mystical entity. Steven, the ball of light pretty much wakes up somewhere he’s not familiar with and wonders about how he’s a ball of light, because he has very little memory. He finds that he has an unseen helping guide who advises him on the do’s and don’ts of his new life. The entire point of what he is doing is to evolve. Evolution depends on points he earns, and his evolution choices are pretty varied, going from a turtle to a god.

There are a couple of questions that I have, because out of the choices, none really intrigued me. There were pros and cons to all of them, but it seemed to me that in the long run the Ball of Light was the best form to take and keep. Why would you opt to become something else? If you have to choose I understand, but honestly the other choices for what to become were kind of lame. Also, one drawback that sort of drove me a little crazy was that all of the evolution bits were repeated over and over, as in every time he looked to see what other options appeared we got to hear the same thing for the dozenth time. It has been over a week or more since I listened to this and I still can hear the vampire’s description when I close my eyes and strain to hear silence as I sleep. Only slightly kidding there.

The book does take its time to get going, almost light it was just searching for its footing, but once it does it is really good. The big battles were fun, and I liked the POV shifts during the fights, it reminded me of how Quentin Tarentino shoots his movies. That sort of back and forth time jumpy stuff without being really bad about it. Steve is an interesting MC, and I liked how he kind of cottoned onto being considered a god by the people he found. I could see myself doing that, but then I have delusions of grandeur. My best friend once made me a tee shirt that had the words God who walks as a mortal embroidered on it because that was my attitude in my twenties. I was too cool for school. Steve somehow touches on that kind of attitude but manages to quell it for the most part. He has a pretty good handle on who he is even if he doesn’t know himself all that well. Does that make sense? There are some clues as to what is going on, and I think it all comes down to what his father talked to him about keeping secret. Honestly, if you think about it that scene is one giant clue, so keep your ears open.

Scott Ellis not only narrates but he plays drums and lead bass in this orchestra of fun. Actually, I liked him and think he did a pretty decent job. I actually know him from a book called See you Later, Ralphie which helps kids deal with grief and grieving. I’ve got a ton of books on the subject and try to check out anything new, and something for kids is fantastic. So I was surprised that I had the same guy narrating this book as that one. I think a few more of these kinds of books and he’d be a great fit for the community.

Over all score: 7.9 The repetition really got to me after a while, and the story kind of wandered about in the first bit, but was good once it figured out what it was supposed to do. I think it is like this because it was a web serial, so I’m trying not to hold it against it.


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  • Ben
  • 07-11-2019

Ball of Fun: series opener

I had a lotta fun with this book! I found it well-written, intriguing, and with enjoyable characters. In some ways it felt like an introduction, but it still managed a full and well-executed story arc. It’s not dungeoncore, but for some reason reminded me of it, in a good way. I’m really looking forward to the next book and hope it drops soon. It’ll be great to find out more about the backstory of the main character and about the structure of the world and it’s magic.

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  • Randy Smith
  • 29-10-2019

Not sure if I liked this story or not.

Let’s get this out-of-the-way first, the writing is very good and well put together. The story on the other hand is a little bit questionable. I was first introduced to the story as a litRPG and after reading it I might contest that, for there was very little RPG elements in it. Keeping track of an energy count and potential evolution path does not really make up an RPG game. Plus there’s the fact that I’m very disappointed in the ending of the story. Having the main character lose all of his abilities at the end and swapped out with some other minor ones is just a way of resetting things so that way you can reuse the same approach in the next story. This story trick is often used in stories where the main character gets too powerful throughout the course of the book and the author doesn’t know what to do with them and so has to reset them back to the beginning so that way he can reuse some of his story tropes in the next book. It is because of this fact that I gave this book only three stars on the storyline. If the writing wasn’t so good I may have given it less.

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  • sam picazio
  • 03-01-2020

Didn't hold my attention.

Just not for me. I might have liked it more but it felt a bit slow and I would have like more details then what was given.

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  • Michael
  • 23-12-2019

good first book

I enjoyed this book quite a bit, the story is different and unique. There are a few issues but it's a first book by the author and most first books have some issues but nothing that really detracts from enjoying the book. I'm excited for the sequel.

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  • sean
  • 24-11-2019

can't wait for the next one

loved it, but now I'm can't wait to see what's next. the story wonderful starts a series worth listening to.

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  • Davis
  • 22-11-2019

I'm not sure.

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Narration
Scott Ellis didn’t do a bad job. That said, he didn’t do a good job narrating this book either. The narration was slow and he clearly isn’t a, (man of many voices), also the tone he used for some characters just didn’t fit. I looked up other books he has narrated and this clearly isn’t his genre.

Basic Summary
Steve wakes up in a forest as a ball of light and no memories. There is a voice in his head (Bonnie) and a counter of five days before he has to evolve. He must also follow a few rules until the counter runs out. Don’t evolve, don’t de-evolve, don’t kill, don’t die, and don’t leave a 10 mile radius from his starting point. On a specific interval of time, he receives a feeling or a memory which may or may not be his. Also, there are apparently others in the same situation.

Steve is brought to a village by some kids. Most people think he is a god or some other type of powerful being. He grinds his skill, tries to figure out what the best evolution is, struggles with who he is, and deals with the villagers. Steve helps defend the village from a rival attacking village and that’s pretty much the whole of it. This book is clearly meant to be the start of a much broader story.

The Good
The writing isn’t bad. The overall concept is interesting and the author’s spin on the whole isekai/litRPG/dungen core thing is rather interesting. I honestly have nothing to compare this book to. It is a unique addition to its genre. I guess the closest thing I can think of is the anime (That time I got reincarnated as a slime.), though the similarities are rather vague.

The Bad
As this book is more or less the start of a larger linear adventure, it suffers from a lack of obvious direction. Steve’s whole goal throughout the book is “gain in power and unlock the mystery evolutions”. I think if the author had put some more thought into the main characters' interactions with the world around him, it might have turned out a little better. The side characters are almost more interesting and there really isn't much to make the reader care about Steve. Bonnie is almost pointless in the book, though I do feel like that may change in further in the adventure. If you want a story about the main character overcoming difficult obstacles and growing a person, or in this case a ball of light, this is not the book for you.

The Interesting
The world isn’t terribly imaginative, it’s basically a video game, but the author does a great job of not info dumping. Mostly, we learn about the world Steve finds himself in as Steve himself learns about it, along with a few bits and pieces mentioned during other characters’ scenes. There is an overarching mystery to why Steve and the others are trapped here. The author gives us enough information for speculation, but not enough to come to any sort of conclusion.

Final Thoughts
This is a unique story. While it does combine several elements of other things I’ve read, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. As Ball of Light: Evolution is just the beginning of a much larger story, I'll be interested to see where it goes, and will likely pick up the sequel. I do think a different narrator might help, but if your reading the book instead of listening, that’s not really an issue.

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  • David R
  • 10-11-2019

Ok story but, the Narrator....

The Narrator, Scott Ellis reads this book like a kindergarten teacher reads a story to the children in class at story time. Really bothered me and took away from the book. It isn't that it isn't produced properly it is just the tone in how he reads it, like you are dumb and he has to read extra slowly and exaggerated so you can understand. It would be 4 stars book if the narrator didn't sound like he is reading to a 5 year old. I may just buy the eBook instead for the next one.

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  • Austin
  • 08-11-2019

Great story with a slow narrator.

I had the book on 1.4X speed. I recommend you do the same.
I normally have books at about 1.2 speed to save time without sacrificing performance. Most authors read rather slowly for my taste anyway. However, even at 1.2 the reading was still drawn out. During the middle of the book I switched back to the normal pace of 1. IT was agonizing. It was completely unenjoyable.

Teenagers. Teenagers everywhere.

Female voices? Not available. Bad guys? Sound like they have a throat condition. Variety? It is there but not extensive.

As described in the forward, it is likely geared more towards a YA audience. I am in college myself, so many places in the story were cringey, however there were many good aspects that any one can enjoy.

The story was dynamic, had a clear linear progression, cool and interesting spells, EVOLUTION, and a pleasant main character. There were several plot holes that I found which is why I deducted a star to the story. Otherwise it was a fun listen. It was short. Or.. it felt short since I had to listen to is at 1.4 speed. Still, after reading The Wandering Inn by Pirate Aba, 9 hours can't compare to 43.