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Couch Potato Chaos: Gamebound

Narrated by: Sarah Sampino
Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Comedy, Other
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You know those times when you’re surrounded by a squadron of bloodthirsty ninjas, your back is to the wall, you’re down to your last heart container, and all hope seems lost? In situations like that, it’s important not to panic, to take a deep breath, and to remember that even if you do shuffle off this mortal coil, by the laws of Etheria you’ll shuffle right back on it again.

Meet Tasha, a couch potato with no accomplishments to her name. That all changes one fateful day when she gets sucked into the world of Etheria. Here, in this world of adventure, she can become the strong person she’s always wanted to be.

After rescuing a princess from ninjas, one thing leads to another, and before she knows it, she’s drawn into a massive quest to save Etheria. With friends by her side, Tasha must figure out who she really is.

This is a LitRPG/RPG Gamelit novel with stat progression, video game mechanics, and narrative spreadsheets. It features heavy satire and the kind of silly over-the-top situations you might expect in a 16-bit video game.

No velociraptors have been harmed in the production of this novel.

©2018 Erik Rounds (P)2019 Erik Rounds

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Couch Potato Chaos

I was surprised that I enjoyed this book so much just shows how talented and skilled author Erik Rounds. Is the story is very insightful and also interesting the characters a well written and informative.And the voice acting skills of Sarah Santino make the characters and story come alive. will definitely buy the next book on audible 12/10 stars..... ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-2019

Great fun

I really enjoyed my time with this little gem. Erik Rounds has a fun sense of humor and the questing was very fulfilling. Sarah Sampino does a great job with narration and helped make the listen flow well. I’ll be looking for more books she narrates.

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  • mountainflour
  • 06-03-2019

Fun story!

Imaginative and fun. Really enjoyed the quirky plot line and characters. Narration was awesome. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

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  • Terry Mixon
  • 17-02-2019

A Very Entertaining Story

This book was fun, and silly in all the places one might expect of a LitRPG based on old video games. The narration was terrific, too. I’ll be looking at the sequel one day, I’m sure.

I received a free promo code for this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Tory Wilson
  • 08-02-2019

Very enjoyable for the average litrpg reader.

The story and skill system of the book are well thought out and enjoyable. The skill system and unique class Couch Potato are entertaining to think about and potentially very powerful but I feel like their use in the book was limited and didn't make sense other than acquiring a skill for a plot point a prime example being double jump she needs it for a plot point and after that its rarely ever mentioned other than for other plot points. The main character is very relatable as a gamer and the story will have you nostalgic for video games you've already played especially classic rpgs. The timing in the book doesn't make much sense due to the fact that the story takes place over about a half a year period and while the journey is progressing the characters level doesn't seem to unless the story is focusing on it the party would be battling monsters every day during the journey but suddenly get 2 or even 3 levels during a battle the writer decides to focus on showing how easy it is to level which makes you question why the characters aren't much higher level by the end of the book. Skill development is about the same The main character finds a skill they have an interest in (usually for a later plot point) then spends the necessary time (usually less than a day) leveling it to 1 too be able to keep it but over a half of year period the main character should have either a lot more skills or much higher level skills and leaves them feeling like they didn't get enough attention. The main character is easy to relate to and her background while not fully fleshed out is done so enough that most readers in the target audience will have enough in common with her to enjoy her adventure but where the story really shines in my opinion is the potential for world building some of which is done in the book and in the supporting cast. Ari and Pan's sub-story quickly became my favorite part of this book and they may very well be my favorite LitRPG supporting characters to date, most of the other supporting characters are defined almost as well as those two making for an enjoyable encounter. In the end despite how I started off this review I really enjoyed this book, the author does a fantastic job of drawing you into the world he created and I only pointed out those issues with the hopes of helping they probably wont take much away from the average reader. Additionally the narrator Sarah Sampino did a fantastic job especially with the characters facing unique speech problems and challenges. I look forward to both the author and narrators future works.

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  • Lonnie Armenta
  • 26-08-2020

Way Fun

Great story and a lot of fun. It was nice to see a girl playing video games for a change. Hope there is a book 2 coming soon.

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  • L. T. Driver
  • 12-08-2020

WARNING:This(Book 1 of 1)ends with To Be Continued

The voice acting is excellent! The story is hilarious if your a Gen X of Gen Y gamer or any gamer who has actually played the original Legend of Zelda, LoZ - Ocarina of Time, Super Mario Bro. 3. The story starts off great with an abundance of well-written, game trope gags. Then about half way through the characters embark on an epic Final Fantasy style quest to Save The World From Destruction - at first this is comical - then it becomes as absurd as the process of gathering all of the crystals in Final Fantasy 5. The story becomes just as boring and monotonous as FF 5's necessary level grinding process. This could have been an excellent - gamer trope comedy, but it's as if half way through the producers told the writer to drag it out into multiple books so they could make more money - just like how Peter Jackson dragged out the Hobbit into 3 whole movies! The worst part is the sudden, asinine plot twist at the end that is immediately followed by, TO BE CONTINUED. Currently there is no Book 2, and even if there was I would not bother!

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  • Chris Adler
  • 19-07-2020

Absolutely Loved it!

This book was absolutely amazing. It's hard to believe that this is a debut novel from the author! Even though it ended in a to be continued, it was still after 17+ hours. This one novel alone could have very easily been broken up into multiple books. Really looking forward to the next one!

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  • JMB
  • 04-05-2020

The dialogue between characters is terrible.

I dunno, maybe it's my wife and I, but we were listening to this and cringed, a lot. The conversations between the characters was terrible. There is actually a line where her boss actual says "let me mans plain this to you". As he was explaining how she was being required to work over that weekend. Who actually talks like that? I think that was in chapter 2, but I honestly don't remember.

The conversations were terrible. We tried to over look it and listen but it never got better. We actually never finished it because the writing progressively got worse as the book went on. My son who is 8 has written better dialogue in his school assignments.

I don't blame the narrator, there is only so much you can do with what you are given.

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  • RJ
  • 21-02-2020

Level 2 in Bullshit Artist!

Compared to some LitRPG titles this one is fairly tame. It tugs at my mind as a sort of YA LitRPG, if there is such a thing. There is a decent story contained within and it’s a humorous ride for the most part. The game mechanics are there, along with the character stats, including some unique classes and skills reserved for this story alone. Leveling, grinding, saving the Princess, and other quests are the meat and potatoes of this first volume. Other sub-plots are discussed or hinted at; such as the mission Ari and Pan are involved in, or the elemental orbs which must be collected to satisfy a world-event quest. Each of those may be an additional volume in their own right. The MC Tasha is genuine, sincere, and fun to follow. The narrator, Sarah Sampino is quite good and supplied an excellent performance. I enjoyed this tale and look forward to more of the series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Phillip
  • 10-02-2020

Fun Zelda-inspired LIT-RPG

I requested this audiobook from Audiobooks Unleashed and have voluntarily left this review.

I recommend the book. The main character, Tasha, is transported into an SNES game world inspired by Zelda and MMO's. In it, she learns she must complete a quest to prevent the world from being destroyed. Along the way, she meets good friends, fights monsters, levels up in her couch potato class, and finds that her experiences change her.

I really enjoyed the humor and laughed out loud at various parts. I liked the pop culture references and found the story to be engaging and fun.

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  • Michael Ennis
  • 04-04-2020

Eagerly awaiting more work by this author

Please Note: I try to avoid spoilers in my reviews, and my Audible reviews are completely based on the audio book, not the written format. As such, the reviews are heavily influenced by the narration.

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The narrator went above and beyond in this one. Sarah Sampino was exemplary in bringing this world to life. Some pronounciations were a little sketchy in my honest opinion, but weighed against the passion brought to the rest of the book they were easily forgotten. It was never difficult to understand what was being said, and although the characters' voices themselves weren't very unique, you could enjoy the effort regardless.

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On the whole, there were no digital enhancements (Jingles, sound cues, etc) other than onomatopoeic impressions (ie "Bing") that were written by the book itself. That being said, a special mention has to be given for vocalising the dialect of a slime.

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This story is not for a quick break. At 17 hours and 39 minutes, or over a thousand minutes, there is a lot to listen to. Personally, I found that the story started to wear a little thinner towards the end. Almost as though the author was struggling to weave together the strands to make a strong conclusion and was having difficulty and/or changing their mind. However, by that point I was strongly invested and it was by no means bad. I simply feel it had more potential than it seemed given. While I avoid spoilers as best I can, I have to include one minor point: The option to continue this book with a sequel seemed hastily made, as if the author was trying to decide which way to go with the ending. This is likely the cause of the book teetering off course. As such, the pacing felt a little unpolished, yet still above average.

As for the narrative pace, there were no unnecessary speed changes, the only times the narration felt slower were outside of conflict. This felt natural, and the only times I had any difficulty in following alongside the speaker were during lore segments. I had to repeat the odd sentence (less than a dozen times in over 17 hours) but that was likely due to me rather than the book itself. I became so invested in this story that I not only listened at night as I normally do, but I also had this playing in the daytime while going about my daily tasks. It was the equivalent of a book I couldn't put down - I just had to keep listening to this story.

Sidenote: There were very minorly repeated sentences in this book. Something that was described at the end of one chapter for example may be repeated at the start of the next in a slightly different way. I am unsure if this was an editing blunder or merely meant as a means to recap in case of breaks between reading/listening sessions. It was not to the point of being annoying, but I felt as far as pacing is concerned it should probably be mentioned.

Overall:
Considering that I listened to this 17 hour story over the course of 3 days, I certainly enjoyed it and highly recommend. The aforementioned points about the odd pronounciation hiccups and plot thinning aside, this has earned a place in my favourites. I have already looked for more audiobooks by the same author/narrator combination and I had the unfortunate realisation that as of this moment there are none. Erik Rounds seems to have only finished this single book and no others. When considering that this book released as written work in Oct 2018, audible in Jan 2019, I am hopeful that as it is currently Apr 2020 that there won't be too long a wait for more. That being said, writing is not something to be rushed. In the meantime, Sarah Sampino appears to have narrated a wide variety of genres. If they are anything close to how invested she appeared in this work then it may pass a little more time while waiting for news of this collaboration to unfurl.

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  • kharnynb
  • 04-09-2020

A fun litrpg that doesn't take itself too serious.

I really enjoyed this book, it has a great mix of old-school mechanics,mmo-rpg mechanics and just funny game/cartoon references mixed in.

Narration was clear and reasonably well seperated by characters, no majorly annoying voices or other irritations, with fun accents and great "slime language".

the story goes along nicely and doesn't have too much issues, outside of the ending/"twist", which sadly ruins a lot of the build up of the book by making the choices of the characters and the whole "endfight" moot, hopefully this will get corrected in part 2.

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  • Reinaldo
  • 05-03-2019

Litrpg at its finest along with stellar narration.

I don't usually write long reviews but has this is a relative new book I am feeling it is not getting enough love. Incredible new world, innovative approuch to aspects of the isekai genre that normally are ignored like the game world self vs real world self aspect.

The couchpotato class was really fun and the mechanics interesting, however I felt that by the end the specific class mechanics could be better used to bring some more "spunk" to the last quarter of the book.

With such an ending really hope the 2nd installment comes as soon as possible!

Never forgetting to mention a stellar narration by Sarah Sampino, hope to be earing her narration in more books of the genre (LitRPG, Fantasy, Sci-fi) and of course in the sequel.

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  • LGKM
  • 08-02-2019

Really enjoyed this book, light and interesting

Great book full of funny references for anyone into the LitRPG genre. I particularly enjoyed the Couch Potato class.

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  • David Fitzgerald
  • 08-02-2019

Enjoyable

Well written and presented tale. It took a couple of chapters to really become engaged but once "in" was enjoyable to the end

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  • charlie
  • 04-02-2019

Good book but lacking slightly.

I loved this book but I did struggle to keep with it towards the ebd.

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  • Morris
  • 02-02-2019

Bring on book 2!

Great story! The author paints very vivid and colourful world teamed with a great narrator. Moreover the plot is very interesting and includes a few pop culture references which made me laugh. I can't wait for book 2!

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  • Brandon
  • 01-02-2019

A fun ride

Okay I'll start with the negative first and rip that bandaid off, as for performance I think the narrator did a great job on most aspects but I kind of wish there was a male voice for the guys, she seemed to just add am English accent when it was a male and would have rather had a males voice like in some of the other audio books I've heard. The second and last negative point is on the author, this may have been on purpose but I have no clue what any character looks like other than that one character has unnaturally spiky hair.

Okay now for the good, or should I say great, the story had good flow, and I loved that the character used her knowledge of video games top her advantage and her knowledge of programming and feel culture forged her path in the book, too many books in this genre I've read have had the statement that the character is a geek but then ends up in these worlds and acts clueless and acts like they know nothing of monster hunting and basic video game tropes which is where this one grabs on and rides them like a glorious raptor into battle.