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Dragon Seed

Archemi Online, Volume 1
Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
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Publisher's Summary

What would you give to be a dragon rider?

Before being conscripted to fight in the Total War, Private Hector Park had a shattered family, a collection of old video games, and a promising career as a motorcycle stuntman. Now, he is dying from a virus threatening humankind with extinction. He has three days to live.

When Hector’s brother contacts him after years of hostile silence, Hector goes to try and make peace. But his brother has an offer even more unbelievable than reconciliation: the chance to cheat death by joining him in Archemi, a full-immersion fantasy VR-RPG video game. 

Determined to forge a life worth living, Hector undergoes the experimental upload process and chooses the difficult path of the Dragon Knight. To achieve his dream, he must prove himself worthy of imprinting a dragon, a being with whom he will share a telepathic bond more intimate than any human relationship.

But at what cost?

Join Hector on his first steps toward mastering the skies in Dragon Seed, the first audiobook in the Archemi Online LitRPG series!  

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:  

  • Justin Thomas James - narration, music, sound design 
  • Jeff Hays - Steve, Skyr Arnaud, and other supporting characters 
  • Laurie Cateherine Winkel - Rutha, Sergeant Blackman, and all other female characters 
  • Griffin Malnar - proofing, editing, and mastering
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  • Fievel
  • 10-12-2018

good story, well told

This story is exactly what it says it is. Dragons, knights, game mechanics, a hard magic system, what is not to love. The readers bring out the different characters with a really good, but not overdone, mixed media performance. By mixed media I mean some music or background sound effects at specific moments in the story (e.g. rain sounds during a flash back).

More than most litrpg I've read this book establishes the different characters' backgrounds and world without lengthy boring expose. It is a hard balance to strike but this story establishes background through dialogue and that works really well for it.

Overall I liked it and am looking forward to reading the next in the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-2018

The Gold Standard for LitRPG

This book.. No this production is probably the best if not close to the best experience I have had in the LitRPG genre. From the voice acting to the added effects and music everything is on point. I enjoyed myself thoroughly and am eagerly waiting for more. wondefully done.

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  • caleb
  • 05-12-2018

Loved it!!

Now one of my top favorites. I especially like it when vets are the main characters. He may be army lol but he's bad ass.

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  • Couch Potato
  • 17-01-2019

Do yourself a favor and GET IT!

I'll be honest. When I was reading the summary of the book, I was not expecting much out of it. I figured it would be just another LITRPG where some guy gets stuck in a game. I guess the dragon riding thing hasn't been done yet, so why not?

Well, I can definitely say this book is AMAZING! There's so many references to games and little jokes I can relate to. It really let me know the author is a gamer like myself. But more than that, the story is superbly written and demands you come back for more. The protagonist is likable and one can easily relate to his circumstances and understand his actions. As a matter of fact, all the characters were superbly done. Big round of applause for the author.

It definitely doesn't hurt that this book was brought to life by the cast of Soundbooth Theater. Sound effects. Multiple cast members providing their amazing skills. Music. It is ALL there. It was a treat to listen to.

The only downside to this book is I wish there was more, but I mean that's how it always is when you have a good book in your hand right? Do yourself a favor and GET. THIS. BOOK!

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  • Brenner
  • 09-02-2019

New Dispair

Short of the long: I was loving it until the plot and any attempt at immersion sort of disintegrated.

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Great narration, interesting world. But, my issue is with the author's goal, namely to continually pitch the reader into despair. Such a theme is sort of expected at the start of this sort of book, and at first the attempts at despair seemed natural. However, somewhere near the end of the book, in what felt like an attempt to compound despair upon despair, a whole truck load of coincidences start to pile up. In fact there are so many coincidences that the author has to bend and twist the situations so that things can progress. I had to just stop somewhere around CH40 because of a complete loss of cohesion.

How does the story end? Who knows? I do not.

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  • Kenneth
  • 06-02-2019

Great book and wonderful performance!

Great story with a wonderful cast of characters. If you are thinking about getting this book DO IT!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-02-2019

Best performance I've heard.

I wishI could give six stars for the performance. Between the music and multiple voice actors, they went the extra mile and it really paid off.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-2019

Have to say i really like this book!

I think that this Has so much potential. The narration and music was on point i also think that This narrator and the music really added to this story.

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  • Artiem bonganciso
  • 26-01-2019

The quality of this audiobook is ridiculous

The sound effects, music, and voices are vety top notch and along with an engaging and unique story, it's been an enjoyable experience. Can't wait for the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-2019

Wonderful!

Really amazing book, everything from characters and storyline. Music, sound effects. Also I loved that it had rpg elements, skills and levels. Most import I felt like I'm there.
Narrators was amazing. Both. This book is really worth it. You'll never want it to end.
This one and few more books worth your money:
The Land
Dungeon Born

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  • scribbler
  • 23-12-2018

Really, really good

This is probably the best audio book I have listened to in terms of the narration. I can’t describe how superb it was - granted that I enjoyed it more at 0.75x normal speed, but I have started doing that with most audio books now (I read somewhere that the human brain processes words more easily when they are spoken at around 130 words per minute, and most modern speakers and readers clock in at around 180).
It isn’t that this narration is particularly fast, and most wouldn’t even notice, so don’t be put off - I have just started slowing everything down, especially if I am listening before I go to sleep.

In short, the narration was excellent, the story was engrossing and I really liked the main character. I’m new to the
Litrpg genre, and was worried that I wouldn’t be gripped by it, but this book has a lot of depth and realism and I was surprised to be drawn so thoroughly in the world that by the end I really cared about what was happening.

I am really hoping that the second in the series will be available soon, and read by the same narrators.

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