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The World, Book 1
Narrated by: Jason Hill
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After playing Online together for years, Jason and his friends are excited about the possibilities of the emerging technology of Full-Immersion Virtual Reality, aka FIVR. Preparing for the release of The World, Jason is determined to help his friends realize their dream of becoming pro gamers. 

Choosing a 'Nightmare' start to get ahead of the wave of new players starting the game, Jason finds himself alone in the wild tasked with saving a group of refugees from goblin invaders. Although he manages to save the survivors, that's just the beginning of his trials as he desperately fights to bring them back from the edge of annihilation.  

Jason is quickly swept up in the adventure as he struggles to build a home for his guildmates and the NPCs that he’s saved. As the trouble heats up, he quickly discovers that marauding goblins are the least of his concerns. 

Warning: This is a LitRPG story and contains adult situations, foul language, MMORPG-style violence, and other fun things. Listen at your own risk.                               

©2018 Jason Cheek (P)2018 Jason Cheek

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Good start

The blurb reminded me of Luke Chmilenko’s Ascend Online, which meant it’s taken me ages to actually buy this.
But in the end I wanted to see for myself.
And omg how different it is.
My only real complaint is the anti-climatic end, but I can’t wait to see the next book.

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Great

Great! I hope that they make audible copies for all the books in this series.

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Underwhelming.

The author built up the story like it was going to be 30hrs long when its not even 9hrs. It might be a good novel for those who have no idea about these games he is referencing but as someone who knows all of these elements rehashing them is boring.

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  • Nancy
  • 09-03-2019

LIT RPG Geek loves it!!

I listen to and read a ridiculous amount of LIT RPG, possibly my way of re-living my Everquest days. Despite the author's apparent love for WoW, I found this book FABULOUS. I notice that there are additional books in this series and I hope Audible adds them soon. Other reviewers have not cared for the narrator, but I found him engaging and easy to listen to. I am usually too lazy to write a review, so this book has obviously made a good impression on me :) Got SoW?

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  • Michael
  • 10-01-2019

Wonderful start to a new series

I really really enjoyed this book. It's definitely the first book in the series, it sets up a lot and ends without the strongest conclusion but that happens sometimes when your book starts to get long. That aside, I really recommend this book.

The story is coherent, and see well planned out, I have minor fears of out of control power growth but that could be managed or the author could actually have a ending planned for the series (more books would be better if the authors decided to have an end game in mind for the series)
I enjoyed the main character and his story line, I'm excited to see how the story develops and if he succeeds with his "nightmare" mode.

Jason Hill did a great job narrating. There were a few acronyms that were either pronounced directly (MMORPG and PKer) or read as a word, which were new ways to read them, to me at least. Ex: "PKer" was read as "picker" instead of "pee-kay -er"
It's not bad, just different and new to me.

I'm excited for book 2.

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  • James
  • 20-02-2019

Good story, but an abrupt end.

The story is pretty good, but it just ends abruptly in the middle of something. The narration is alright. As others have noted it is kind of flat and occasionally sounds as though he is speaking through clenched teeth. All that said, I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • BlindWanderer
  • 18-01-2019

Decent

What I like about this book is that the world within the game is interesting enough that the author doesn't feel the need to throw in some dystopian plot lines (evil game company, government, ai, gods, hackers) out to enslave mankind or otherwise take over the world. I get just how dangerous the tech is. I don't need that in my litrpg.

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  • pat gunn
  • 15-01-2019

interesting

I rarely give a review actual written reviews but this was a enjoyable book. No forced romance, no awkwardness from the mc, a mc with a brain of a game!

First off o applaud the author, he made the mc actually act like a gamer and not a person who has history of gaming but might as well never touched anything not from the 80s or early 90s. he wasnt to dumb to live and actually took advantage of everything without needing a npc to spoon feed him or take half to book to do the obvious.

overall cant wait for the next few books to come out.

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  • Radamise Arroyo
  • 10-01-2019

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I gotta say for an RP G-type fantasy video game tie book it pulls it away I gotta say if you're into fantasy mix with some action deftly check this out especially the character is very relatable to a lot of people

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  • David Riemer
  • 06-01-2019

Absolutly love the book and hope for more.

This series has a feel of the Survive Week One book series and Awaken Online. The main charadcter trying to get his guild into the pro league of gaming. Lots of character development and action. The flow of the book is great but there are times where the editing of the audio chops words a couple of times. Regardless I will be checking for the second book to drop. If you like this book then check out Ascend Online and Survive Week One maybe also Life Reset.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-2019

this is awesome

i dont even play RPG games. the story is pretty epic. the banter between players and the jerks they gotta deal with is totally believable. the author qill have you wanting to throat punch some punks and cheer for the whole team.
P.S. Hefe wth man why cant you not screw up.
had me rolling!!!!
Leroy Jenkins!!!!!!!

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  • Homelesscouch
  • 25-04-2019

Great story, but sloppy narration

Pronunciation by the narrator was so sloppy, did the author even review the audio?

Just get a female & male duo if you have a heavy female cast.

That aside the book and story line were fantastic, great attention to detail and interesting take on VR immersion.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-05-2019

Small quirk

The only distraction from the story I had by the performance is the unorthodox way gamer acronyms were pronounced. For example, “PKs” or Player killers were referred to as pickers, not “pea-Kay-ers”

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