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Castle of the Noobs

Noobtown, Book 3
Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
Series: Noobtown, Book 3
Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
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Jim and his shoulder demon have survived everything the world has thrown at them. So far.

However, there is an encroaching war between two great kingdoms. In between the two armies stands an ever-growing town, led by a Noob.

With goblins, trolls, angry Wargs, and an expanding refugee crisis, will Jim and his companions manage to restore Windfall Valley or have they finally met their match?

©2020 Ryan Rimmel (P)2020 Podium Audio

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A bit too much snark.

A lack of stakes and overuse of troupeish characters made the story a bit too boring yet the litrpg elements want me to see what happens.

I highly doubt Jim even has a wife with how much she is brought up as a source of internal conflict. I just imagine the pizza caller guy from the key and peele sketch saying he has a wife everytime she is brought up.

For a book titled the castle of noob town- 15% of it is about building a castle 25% is about fights 30% is about village affairs and another 30% is fake anecdotes about his wife.

The blooper section that was hyped was only 3 minutes as well and it wasn't that good.

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It keeps getting better and better. Addictive!

This series has definitely "found its feet". With less stat dumps and more storyline and character development, it's become a highly addictive, humorous tale perfect for anyone who enjoys MMOs or just video games and fantasy in general really. The characters and dialogue are always on point and the narrator is hands down one of the best I have ever heard. He is cast perfectly for this series and makes every character come alive. Hanging out for book 4 now. Thankfully this author is just pumping out new titles like it's nobody's business!

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Prepare to enjoy

The story continues and for the first time in a follow up story on an RPGliy book it doesn’t feel like I have to hear the back story of prior releases.
At times I felt that I was not sure were the story was going and I really like it as it is well told and there is a good amount of funny situations that kept me laughing out loud.

Looking forward to the next book.

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Castle of the Boobs

This Series is bloody brilliant can't wait to buy the next book in this series Rayan Rimmel did a bloody great job . And with the voice acting talents and skills of Johnahan McClain who narration makes the characters and world come alive ..

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Moooore!

Seriously, if you haven't given Noobtown a go, get into it.

Why can't there be 10 of these now?! Gimme gimme gimme!

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Fantastic series!

Have thoroughly enjoyed this series so far.Ryan has created a quirky and interesting world. love the humor. Keep them coming!

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  • Joseph
  • 20-05-2020

Misses the mark entirely

This book has too many problems to name, so I'll just go through the highlights which ultimately made me give up on the book.

The humour. Everything I'm about to complain about could be waved away with claims of 'satire' or 'humour,' but none of it lands. Ever. In fact the author has several running 'gags' that hang around like a bad stink. Unfunny the first time? triggering the dozenth...

With the following complaints, I'm going to ignore the humour angle and critique them as if they were to be taken seriously, given the humour didn't land for me, that's how they were received. Seriously.

Bashara.

If you're going to write a mind control wizard character, you best make sure you write them to be incredibly subtle and clever. Even with magic, constant use of it to manipulate everyone to be out of character would become incredibly obvious, if not to the target, then to everyone else.

Bashara being able to go around and do her thing without consequence, teasing several times that she's about to get caught then waving it away and moving on like nothing happened...

Her ultimate downfall won't even be satisfying. If she's not caught given how inept and obvious she's being now, the act that'll prove her downfall would have to be so ridiculous that it would begger belief.

This character needed to be handled with subtlety and finesse. Instead she's the psychic spy equivelant of a child lying to their parents.


His wife/ family.

Ironically, this is an aspect I'm sure I'll differ with most reviewers on. I've NO issue with Jim mourning his family and struggling not to break down when he's constantly reminded of them.

What I take issue with is the 'romance' in the story.

Jim is a reverse widow. He's the one that died, but in effect it's the same thing. He had his whole family taken away from him.

It's been a f*cking month.

Moving on, or hints of romance should be the last thing on his mind.

'You must be gay! Everyone is throwing themselves at you. Jara the healer is head over heels for you! You need to do something!'

Jim's answer: Oh no! What do I do? I love my wife, she looks like my daughter. What about my vows etc etc etc etc etc etc so on and so on and so on x100000 (which is what i expect people to be frustrated by).

What Jim should say and the topic of romance never be brought up again, at least for several years: I'm flattered, but I just lost my entire family, please leave me to grieve.

THEN MOVE ON WITH THE STORY.

Don't keep coming back to it. In every. freaking. chapter.

Finally, Jim being treated like an idiot by everyone and never clapping back.

This one is self explanatory. No one enjoys or tolerates being called an idiot, especially when it's underserved. It feels like every interaction he has with everyone is condescending, and he just grumbles and takes it.

That's not how a real person works.

Ultimately poor writing and bad humour ruin a descent premise.

Hopefully by leaving this review I'll actually remember not liking this series and not buy the next one...

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  • austin
  • 20-06-2020

Not LitRPG

The first 2 books I get to listen to the character develop. Now in book 3 I’m 4.5 hrs in and the character had doubled his lvl in all classes and I haven’t been told what his class choices are. This is LitRPG, or did book 3 switch genre? If this books doesn’t stay true to the genre, which is why I bought it and what I liked about it then I’ll be returning it and quitting the series.

Also, book the MC had a town perk he could have used to bolster the defense of the town and that wasn’t addressed.

Loved the first two books now this series doesn’t want to be LitRPG all of the sudden book 3.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-05-2020

good but tiring with the wife bit

it a good book with a nice storyline but the bits with his wife and kids is overkill. it like almost every chapter that his said something about it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-05-2020

Absolutely 💯

The only thing bad about this series is that i keep wanting more! Excellent work once again.

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  • J. R. Carpenter
  • 26-05-2020

Sir Dalton!

idly I thought he looked much larger than when I last saw him he had just eaten at least a dozen eggs and he was roughly the size of a barge

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  • Onimous 1
  • 24-05-2020

Not on the same level as the first two books

This continuation story was not as focused as the other two books. It tried to address some MC character development issues by giving you a better understanding of the MC's reluctance to let parts of his previous life go. but in my opinion the story fails to clear the stage for the future growth of the MC. On top of all that uneventful mess, there was minimum development in other story arcs. In particular, I found the situation with the New Castle to be completely unfinished but the author's major hint for the next book is to go find Charles for Bagelor. Which I'm assuming will be the reasoning for going into the new Dungeon under the castle. The things in which this book did address well were the development of NOOB Town and it really puts you in touch with some of the other characters. But this is clearly a filler book. Let me be completely honest if the Author put out the next book and that book's mission revolves around finding and killing Charles and it does not contribute to the progression of the MC nor does it address any of the unseen enemies bearing down on NOOB town I will not buy another book in this storyline. I will not buy another filler book.

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  • Orrin Rudolph
  • 25-07-2020

Yes! He speaks about his wife!

An earlier review whined about the main character talking a lot about his wife. Personally it showed a little more depth to a Litrpg character. No one in a situation like this who suddenly is ripped away from their family is not going to be going through inner turmoil about those they love. If that is all you can focus on maybe the reviewer needs to gain some more emotional depth themselves. This wasn’t as great a listen as the previous two books but I’ve still given it 5 stars as the story, humor and RPG elements are all there in spades. Good book, great voice acting and fun humor. Overall a great experience to listen to!

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  • Matthew Bousum
  • 01-07-2020

Very Frustrating Listen

Another author who thinks their readers are dumb. No character progression. Reads like children's book.

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  • Matthew J Rose
  • 18-06-2020

Too much.

I get that Jim cant move on, in a month who would be, but why is it every dang chapter, i miss my wife, she reminds me of my daughter blah blah blah. Its not healthy and just painful to listen to, its like hes in a state of shock of his loss of his family, for an entire month incapable of processing the he should be grieving as well instead of wondering if he was grieved. Next the whole "Jim" thing, dude is the most powerful person there, literally saved everyone and they constantly rag on him for his name, its beyond ridiculous, not to mention him just taking it like that is worse. Next Jim being a literal floor mat, getting disrespected in almost every interaction and nearly never standing up for himself, when he finally does stand up its so minor or to a character only mentioned in passing, If this is supposed to be a hero tale, it fails. If it represents a real person then that person may need to seek help, or a spine.

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  • Dre
  • 06-06-2020

Good premise, bad writing

The plot snails along at a horribly slow pace. The main character is a clueless beta, and that is what most of the jokes are based around. It got old by the end of the first book and continues to beat the dead horse over and over.

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  • Maks
  • 03-06-2020

Great but for one thing

More of what was in the 2 previous books and that more is exactly what I chose this book for. A lot of that sometimes even childish humour with characters I like make this book a really great listen.
I would have given this book 5 stars except for that one thing, it sometimes reads like a ntr book. See, I’m not married so I don’t know how it feels but with this being the 3rd book in the series I would have liked Jim to get over the fact that he HAD a wife and start enjoying this new life of his. Hearing him say that he wants to do the right thing or that he want to be a gentleman is honestly annoying. Mind you I have like 2,5 hours left of this book and I’m writing this review now because you can hear Jim talking about how he misses his wife half of the time. I get that this might be how this would usually work but this is a fantasy book, I don’t want to spend my time listening to a guy reminisce about a wife he will never meet again instead of looking for different opportunities and Jim doesn’t have to look far.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-2020

better and better

still as enjoyable as the first book. really looking forward to seeing what happens next

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  • L.
  • 01-08-2020

Amazing

I can't wait for the next book!! It was amazing! I might listen to it again. Jonathan absolutely killed this performance.

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  • Rubin Bryant
  • 02-07-2020

Grebthar Day

Throughly enjoyed this third of what I hope to be a lengthy series. I chuckled, snorted, guffawed and creased with laughter many times, so much so that I had to go back and listened to what I missed while laughing.

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  • Matthew
  • 29-06-2020

Another great addition.

Really enjoyed the pace of this book. Did the whole book in a couple of days. I'm liking where the story/town progression is heading and the futher world building is interesting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-06-2020

An absolutte blast to read/listen to.

Love every bit og thise books. Absolutely extra ordinary and yet so mundane in the way it is desceibed, which makes this seires the madterpiece that it is. Cant wait to hear the next one, when it is finished.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-2020

My favorite litrpg series!

Narrator delivers the story in a really captivating way. Great balance between humour, rpg and story!

Whoopie!!

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  • David
  • 02-06-2020

Damn Good Series

This is the 3rd book in a series that combines Dungeons and Dragons with real life and 'magic' (e.g.commerce). I really enjoy the series and I finished this book inside a week while working full time so you can tell I spent a large portion of my free time listening to it.

I really enjoy it and the way it links things together, I can't wait for the next book!

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  • Morris
  • 23-05-2020

¿noobs?

This book is filled with noobtastic fun, entertainment and adventure. It is definitely one of the more hilarious books out there. The magic system and world have great continuity and the author does a great job filling in any 'gaps' from previous books.

I loved this book and this is one of my favourite series. I will be continuing on with the journey!

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  • Deldon
  • 23-05-2020

another great book

lots of lovely humour and likeable characters. cannot wait until the next book. hopefully it will not be too long.