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The gods have set forth in motion five Calamities for the inhabitants of the Other World, and only by enduring them will mankind be allowed to live on. 

The leaders of the Other World do not believe in the possibility of triumph against the will of the gods, and instead squander their time indulging in their desires while the world rots away around them. Mankind’s only hope rests on the shoulders of a man they hate the most. A man who has taken every possible measure, both accepted and forbidden, to attain power. Sungchul Kim, the man who reached the pinnacle of strength, now stands alone against the Calamities. Not because he is a hero, but because of a promise.

Reaching the Demon King’s palace, Sungchul soon realizes his shortcomings. He failed to resolve the first Calamity due to his inability to wield Magic. He is forced to journey in secret, hiding his identity and strength to steal the knowledge of Magic from the very people who branded him as the Enemy of the World. However, to do so, he must hide among the weakest group of people in the Other World: the newly arrived humans from his homeworld, Earth.  

©2016 Roadwarrior (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Main Character gets a Narrator

This has been one of my first purchases on Audible, and I will never regret it.

The narrator perfectly captures the essence of the story with his voice, changing the tone, the tempo and the pitch to suit each character perfectly. Listening to this gives me flashbacks of when I first started reading the novel, and I must say, the way the audiobook is narrated makes me prefer this over me simply reading it. It's amazing how different the story feels with someone else reading it for me. My internal reading voice could never do the story justice, however, Nick Podehl certainly does.

The story is unique in a way that the Main Character has already had his adventure. He isn't some rookie still wet behind the ears, no, he's one of the most powerful living beings in the world. This story is his life 20 years into his otherworldly life and how he saves the world despite being called the Enemy of the World.

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disappointing

to be honest I was intrigued by the premise but was quite disappointed. I found a lack of description and immersion, and it seemed like the author had limited vocabulary when it came to the dialogue. I'm posting this review because I found my self been pulled in by the enticing comments and reviews. this book reminds me of a poorly published anime.

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  • Christopher
  • 06-03-2021

It was alright...

This book was ok. In spite of excellent narration by Nick Podehl I often found my mind wandering. I’m not sure if it’s the translation, the fact that a lot of the cultural references were from a society that I’m not very familiar with, or the chronological setting, but overall the plotting of the story felt clunky and disjointed.

Unfortunately, this is one of those books that starts out in the middle of the main character’s storyline. By which I mean that the MC has already spent 25 years battling his way up to the pinnacle of his power and the book begins as he is facing the ultimate fight at the end of those 25 years. So you spend the rest of the book trying to get enough backstory for the character’s motivations and personality to become apparent.

In my experience this plot device is a pretty big pitfall for most authors and Mr or Mrs Road Warrior definitely spent a fair amount of time digging the story out of that hole. It’s especially problematic because the author doesn’t use flashbacks or dialog with other characters to present what appears to be an entire book series worth of backstory. Instead they just make random declarative statements about what the MC did or what skills he acquired but they certainly don’t relate the information with any drama or storytelling devices.

Moreover this MC is extremely uncomplicated and his personality lacks nuance. Add this to the fact that this is the most OP character that I have ever encountered in this genre. And I mean that literally... in this book it’s stated several times that no living being on the planet has any hopes of challenging him whatsoever.

Normally I have no problem with OP characters, but in this instance all the drama is removed because the MC, in spite of being in the most dangerous situations that one could imagine, is never even slightly challenged nor is he ever confronted with any true peril.

With all this said, the vast majority of gamelit and LitRPG on Audible is so unquestionably unlistenable that this story is still worth checking out. When held up against the poorly written and sometimes tragically poorly performed (see anything narrated by Wayne Mitchell, Jack Voraces, Daniel Wisniewski, etc), this is probably one of the better LitRPGs to come out in the last couple months on Audible, which is a bummer.



In an unrelated note, after listing the three narrators who are at the bottom of the list of really not very good Audible performers I realized something... Somebody should call Ember Lane and tell them that they really need to be more discerning with who they get to perform their audiobooks. Half of their releases are performed by those three over-acting, ear-molesting hacks. Which is a shame because I really dig Ember Lane’s writing, but I’m not willing to put myself through the torture of listening to Wayne Mitchell ruin another audiobook via the literal worst-affected accents in the history of recorded literature. ...Somebody should also call that dude and tell him to just use his normal speaking voice.

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  • Al Martinez
  • 05-03-2021

Who has a problem with too much power?

The Enemy Of The World was Amazing. At first you have that overwhelming guy who radiates an oppressive presence, but then you see all these restrictions limiting him. The story is awesome and I sure as hell want the a second part as soon as possible.

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  • Aaron Zupan
  • 04-03-2021

Awesome listen

Very fun book from start to finish. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up.

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  • Ralph Howard
  • 08-03-2021

Good start.

As a translation of a Korean work, the story is solid, given enough translation and work to make sense without falling into any of the pitfalls translated works can have.

Nick puts a lot of flair and work into the story, and does a great job not only narrating, but making the characters feel distinct and alive.

The story is. . . Well, it is. It's fairly typical isekai/litrpg fair, with a lot of emphasis on societal corruption. So our jaded protagonist has decided he'll just do it all himself. Which has it's own set of problems with him having already become a social pariah and outlaw for the way he goes about rocking both the societal boat and just outright stealing things he needs since others won't help him. It starts in the middle of the story, but it seems like it starts where he'll actually have human interactions after an eight year period of being on his own, which likely wouldn't have been interesting from a character development perspective. The Other World (Which is kind of a terrible name, but descriptive) seems like a pretty dark and terrible place.

Looking forward to volume two.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-04-2021

Not worth the time

Not even Podehl could salvage this experience for me, which is rare. All the whams squeaking and squaking in the action sequences ruins emersion. The characters have no personalities, just exaggerated traits and mc comes off as a weird edgelord. Not a fan.

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  • jason brinson
  • 12-04-2021

Great book

loved it from beginning to end.
can't wait for the next book to come out.

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  • Jake Rewerts
  • 17-03-2021

This book is an Incel's deluded fever dream.

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Decent world building and an interesting premise.
Narrated by Nick Podehl.

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Main character is a clearly the author's idealized version of himself. All powerful, all knowing, and lacking in any flaws. He never has any tough decisions or character growth. There are plenty of ways to make an overpowered MC interesting. This author doesn't accomplish any of them.

Every female is portrayed as condescending and snobby. They scorn the MC until they realize his true power, at which time they throw themselves at him and beg for his mercy/favor. This is clearly the deluded fantasy of a clearly disturbed individual who has absolutely no understanding of people and is incapable of imagining other people as anything other than what his jealous and hateful self sees in those who have rejected him.

Every male is also cocky and rude. They all push the MC around until he "punishes" them. Then they all worship him and grovel at his feet (if he decides to grant them mercy with his infinite power). The author even takes the time to show and stereotype different classes of people that he clearly envies for having at least a modicum of social skill. His portrayal of college students as all burnt out stoners and partiers with no redeeming qualities also stands out.

In all, I picked up this book since my favorite narrator performed it. I wasnt expecting too much from the title, but I have to say that this turned out to be the worst book that I have ever read. It reads like the deluded manifesto of a pathetic person who dreams of lashing out at society but is too much of a coward to actually do anything about it. Whoever "Road Warrior" is, I hope that they get some professional help. They need some serious therapy.

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  • Duck
  • 07-03-2021

👍👍👍

If you are looking for an OP MC this it. Bring on the next book!

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  • Alexander
  • 06-05-2021

Ehhh

Listening to this made me feel like there were two MCs, one had a rational mind and was able to accomplish objectives using what he knew and another who was just there to be an edge lord. 75% of the cast hindered the story and made it a chore to get through with intolerable and irrelevant whining and those are the ones he kept around. all around meh, a great narration couldn't save this abomination.

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  • alon
  • 06-05-2021

perfect narration

I often give the narrator 5 starts but Nick Podehl outdid himself with the humanculi voices and I wish I could have given him more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-2021

Gary stu

Not a Long review, can't be bothered.

5 hours in and i've had enough.
MC knows everything, if you didn't listen to him you'll regret it. The performance was the one tving keeping me from dropping it earlier. Peace

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  • Mansoor786
  • 29-04-2021

great

cant wait for the second book, the story was very engaging and with the narrator, better.

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