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Chronicle, Book 1
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In a not-too-distant future ripe with marvels of technological convenience, wage and work disparity are as rampant as they ever were. A new game makes a claim that's bolder than its competition: So long as players are logged in, they'll have extra time to live. 

Like most, Corbin has been stunted by the real world. Now that chance has given him a new lease on life in the form of a game, he'll do whatever it takes to pursue it. 

©2017, 2018 Kevin Murphy (P)2018 Kevin Murphy

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Loved it, want more

loved the story and performance, cant wait for a sequel. Great addition to the litrpg genre

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Ready or not

This story was so fun to listen to, the main protagonist cannot stop facing trail after trail and its pretty much a isekai sort of thing I've been craving for, however that initial excitement and the way it started to pull me in started to decrease, whether that be the fact I binged on this doing nothing else or it being the actual story I don't know, however nonetheless despite that it is still a good read!

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  • Umaros
  • 20-12-2018

Great start

This is an adventure story (not a city builder, no crafting so far) and a welcome addition to the Litrpg genre. Top points:

1. NOT a harem story! No romantic inclinations at all.
2. Actually good writing and description
3. Interesting and unique game mechanics without being overly complex
4. Some OP elements, but they are balanced by adequate weaknesses
5. MC is a good person without being sappy, lawful-good, or submissive
6. Other characters feel like real people, not cardboard cutouts

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  • Erik
  • 16-12-2018

Simple but enjoyable

Nothing groundbreaking for the genre but this book is very well written and executed. I have nothing negative to say but there isn't much to gush about either. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone that loves litrpg and wants to listen to a good story in between more popular titles.

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  • Digital Rogue
  • 28-01-2019

Ready Player One meets The Land

Chronicle is an emersive virtual reality game where the player gets eight hours in game for ever real hour and the in game currency is worth more than real money.

Corbin is an average guy who manages to buy a second hand pod and get into the game. From there he has a good run of bad luck or so it seems.

I loved the way that Kevin Murphy made Corbin completely fallible as well as his in game character who made mistakes but persevered. I like the way the story progressed and did not end the way you thought it would. I also appreciated that Kevin wrote the book from a realistic point of view of it being a game, but Corbin still had to go to work.

Nick Podehl gave another masterful performance and is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators. Of you like fantasy and lit rpg I recommend this book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Reviewer
  • 18-01-2019

Really contrived writing at times

Listened to the story til the end, but regularly hit parts with bad writing — MC suddenly losing all ability to judge dangers and getting taken advantage of by the most obvious ploys. Just frustrating to listen to at times.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-12-2018

Great Audiobook with THE BEST narrator!

Really enjoy the book and have always loved the work done by Nick Podehl. Prefect for for anyone who loves the narrator and/or for anyone who loves games/scyfi books.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 05-02-2019

I logged in and never left

Well, well, well, it seems first time author Kevin Murphy has crafted a pretty cool series starter. I enjoyed every minute of this book, and I have to say that I think that is because the main character acts a lot like I would in the same situation. This book doesn’t have an overarching goal, and the MC sort of meanders around, but I wouldn’t call this a slice of life book. Too much happens, and there is an undercurrent of mystery that gets slightly revealed at the end of the book. The MC Dakkon loses his job and ends up playing the game for real life credits. You know that I hate that trope.
Anyway, first day in the game kinda sucks for him, and he ends up lying to some guards just so he can get inside a city by claiming that he was mugged. Oddly, the guards show up later with his “stolen” gear, which just so happens to include a really cool looking knife. Now, here is where the wandering part comes in. Dakkon has literally no clue as to what he should be doing, and basically bounces from one thing to another. He meets a guy, then a group and they hunt together, and he learns that his new knife has some super killy powers. Later efforts to discover what the knife is sort of fail, and he is left clueless.
The story is pretty much Dakkon either conning people to score some cash, and I have to say he’s a decent liar, or fighting higher level mobs and leveling up. One thing I have to warn you about is that there is no clear and concise system here. At least not one that is revealed. The writing seems geared to keeping a lot of things about the game obscure too. So, don’t expect to come out of this knowing all about the game system or the game’s storyline (if it has one). Dakkon pretty much deals with everything as it comes at him, he isn’t much of a planner (as in looking ahead) but he is apt at thinking on his feet and detecting an enemy’s weakness. It is his unorthodox play style that makes him able to defeat foes that are higher level than he is, and earn the cash he so desperately needs.
He allies with some interesting people, such as a lettuce salesman, and a mysterious player who is far more than he seems. Dakkon also manages to garner the attention of a player that wants his mysterious dagger, which eventually leads him to joining an organization of relic hunters. So, basically, the book is more about what adventure is going to occur today? So, slice of life dammit! But there is an undercurrent of things that are revealed at the end just enough to whet your appetite. Personally, I liked Dakkon, just because he wasn’t a know it all smart ass who cracked jokes at every turn. He really appealed to me because of his devious nature, the guy makes a better con man than he does a fighter, that’s for certain.
Nick Pohdel really does some fine work here, and I have to say that I am liking his incorporation of sound effects into the reading. Not only did they fit, but they were also pleasant to the ears, I don’t know if he found them or made them up, but I enjoyed the addition. My only complaint with Pohdel is that he is a one trick pony when it comes to women’s voices, that is why I didn’t swoon over his work on Super Sales on Super Heroes book two, that book had ton of women to work around, and his ladies sound very similar to one another. Here the female factor isn’t overly high, so it isn’t all that noticeable or bad. Still he did great otherwise and I anticipate more growth from him in the future.

Over all this is a solid first effort, and I am going to just barely give this one an 8 star review. There were a lot of things unrevealed, the class set up wasn’t really well explained, and it was a wandering aimless book to be honest. Still, the characters and the fun outweighed a lot of that and I say give this a go and eat an imperial salad while you do so.


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  • Sailfish
  • 16-01-2019

Well Written, Interesting Story Arc

Kevin Murphy writing is quite good and he provides an acceptable amount of backstory for Corbin, the protagonist of the story. While he has teamed up with and 'friended' several other players, their backstories are left unclear for now. The various encounters and quests are engaging but the continued recitation of player stats becomes distracting very fast. While this is not uncommon with this genre, it still is disruptive and adds little to the story flow since the listener/reader really won't spent much time attempting remember them.

For now, Corbin is still in the early phase of his game play and has shown an uncommon knack for analyzing opportunities and choosing wisely (luckily?) when presented with choices. I've not invested much interest in the various other secondary characters since there really hasn't been any significant personal engagement with them other than when battling on encounters or quests.

Overall, I enjoyed First Login, not the least due to Nick Podehl's youthful voice and excellent narration skills.

Looking forward to Book 2.

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  • Jonathan
  • 11-01-2019

pretty good

overall, 4.5 stars.

the first couple hours I didnt really like, but after Dac gets his class it gets great. highly recommend

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  • Cory
  • 25-12-2018

I Chronicle to start a great series

this is the beginning of a series that shows great promise well it doesn't always seem as though the math checks out it does show great promise and we'll hopefully spark interest in the genre for new readers

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  • Sean
  • 26-12-2018

One of the most genuine books I have experienced.

I really loved this book I hope the next one makes it's way to audible. overall this book takes the best part of Lit RPGs with out falling for many of the obvious pit falls.

to assuage any doubt
1. there are not constant stat updates that derail the storyline
2. the world is richly developed but the reader is introduced slowly in the building blocks of the world so it's not overwhelming.
3. the protagonist is not a God child who can do little harm so your not left with a sense why should they even try.


some things that are not as positive
1. the protagonist fails to grasp some basic principles of the game and then rails against it.
2. the story passing is hampered by the passage of in game time providing an odd sense of scale which is probably unavoidable it's not a huge issue it's just odd some times.

overall a great book can not wait for the next one.

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  • scobie
  • 18-12-2018

Chronicle first login

well well if that was the first book I'm well looking forward to the next book it also helps that it is by one of my favourite narrators Nick hope it does not take too long for the next book to come out

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  • Norma Miles
  • 28-01-2019

I need money and I want power.

This first book of the new Chronicle series was a disappointment. Don't get me wrong: the narration by Nick Podehl was superb -well modulated and paced, expressively delivered and with appropriately voiced individual characters - even the female protagonists sounded very, well, female!. The story line was okay, too: the usual battling rogues and monsters, the voiced stats. and scrambling up through the levels, lots of sword swinging and dagger stabbing and other magic pointings. The usual stuff of a LitRPG novel.
And that was the trouble.
It started off so well. Frequent gamer, Corbin, dreamed of getting the new, revolutionary game world, Chronicle, launched just six months before. Inside it, time was extended, with days of life in Chronicle taking only twelve hours of real time in the world. All that extra time to read, study, party, watch movies - whatever the user wanted. And after working, scrimping and saving, Corbin had finally been able to purchase his very own refurbished Chrompod.Sent
He logged in.

So much potential, for things to go wrong with a second hand machine, or in the world outside of the game, even interaction between the two with the passing time speed causing complications, conspiracies and dire plots, so much could happen. But there is almost nothing about the real world from which he is escaping, although the tiny glimpse given is intriguing (and, dare i say it? more interesting). It is, instead, just another slog-it-out gamer book. A good one, perhaps, but...
So, disappointment.

Perhaps the author has been using this first novel simply to set up the characters for something with more storyline later. I hope so. The characters are starting to develop, albeit not as particularly engaging for the most part, and the overall world system building is emerging. Time to take the reader beyond mere fantasy quests with mages and druids. Please.
My thanks to the rights holder of First Login who,at my request freely gifted me with a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom.
I am intrigued to find out what comes next.

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  • Teitur Ásgeirsson
  • 26-01-2019

Very cool listen

I really enjoyed the audio book. A new spin on magic and the way the system works.. I highly recommended the book. I hope the author is a fast writer...

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  • Dingo 883
  • 23-03-2019

My kingdom for a plot

Nick does his usual great work narrating so I won't waste time with that. It's probably the only thing that got me through this. That's a little harsh. The writing is decent, and character development is good. The problem is that there is NO plot. It's just a guy who is gifted a god dagger and goes around doing random stuff with other random characters. There is possibly a hint of an overall plot in the last 5 minutes of the book, but who can say for sure? If you have a free credit and like LitRPG, this isn't a bad listen nor terribly great.

P.S. GREAVES ARE NOT BOOTS! (Take a listen and you'll know what I mean)

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  • N. Lyons
  • 19-03-2019

so looking forward to book 2

loved this book, one of my fav narrators brings it so much fun to listen to. lets hope i dont have to wait long.

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 15-02-2019

Interesting start to this series

The focus of this book was very much on the in-game stuff, it is unclear if the author intends to split his focus to expand on the real world more in subsequent books, but if that is the style you prefer with these types of book then it might not be an ideal fit for you.

The in-game part of this book amounts to a fairly standard fantasy world with the magic system being well-realised and having some unique elements to it as well, watching the main character slowly come to grips with it actually helps to draw you into the story quite well.

Another thing that draws you into this book is the performance of the narrator, his range of voices for the characters ensures that they are suitably distinctive and he enhances the overall story of the book greatly.

Overall, I found this an enjoyable listen and look forward to subsequent ones in the series.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]