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  • He Who Fights with Monsters, Book 1
  • By: Shirtaloon, Travis Deverell
  • Narrated by: Heath Miller
  • Length: 28 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (2,250 ratings)

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He Who Fights with Monsters: A LitRPG Adventure

By: Shirtaloon,Travis Deverell
Narrated by: Heath Miller
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Selected as one of Audible's best audiobooks of 2021

Jason wakes up in a mysterious world of magic and monsters.

It’s not easy making the career jump from office-supplies-store middle manager to heroic interdimensional adventurer. At least, Jason tries to be heroic, but it's hard to be good when all your powers are evil.

He’ll face off against cannibals, cultists, wizards, monsters...and that’s just on the first day. He’s going to need courage, he’s going to need wit, and he’s going to need some magic powers of his own. But first, he’s going to need pants.

After cementing itself as one of the best-rated serial novels on Royal Road with an astonishing 13 million views, He Who Fights with Monsters is now brought to you in professionally formatted audio.

©2021 Shirtaloon (P)2021 Podium Audio

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A Great Start to Jason's Story

Without going into too much detail, I'll preface this review by saying I started reading HWFWM around 6 months ago, when it was still on Royal Road. I don't read web novels as a rule, but I'd seen it suggested too often to ignore it, and the plot breakdown of "an Australian goes to a magical world and resorts to the age-old Australian survival tactic of making as many friends as possible" promised, if nothing more, a funny story. I won’t deny that being from Australia myself influenced that decision, because supporting local talent is important etc.

Anyway, I got more than I expected, and, reading through the first thirty chapters, I realised that this writer was on his way to being published in a more traditional format. I hoped it would happen, but was surprised all the same when it happened (for me) so quickly, and with an audiobook release, too. So, of course, I finally got around to starting my Audible subscription, and made this my first purchase.

HWFWM Book 1 is an entertaining start to the story of Jason Asano, covering the first major arch of the story. I really liked it, even on a second reading, and the story wraps up the best it could. This, I think, is the book's only stumbling block. The format of web novels is such that marking an end to an arch can be dificult, and this first book wraps up after a major turning point in the plot, however, it leaves two major plot points in flux. Unavoidable as this is, it may rub some readers the wrong way. Still, it wont be a problem, if the second book gets released. There IS a very easy place to leave that book, which wraps up the current main plot. Still, I would reccomend this book to any who find the blurb interesting. It is well worth it, in my opinion.

Also, of note, I rather liked the narration of the book. I was expecting a fake Australian accent, or none at all, but I was pleasantly surprised to receive Heath Miller's voice, instead.

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do listen to this

slow start where I nearly dropped the book. but ended up being well worth the listen got my ore order for the next one

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Funny and interesting

This book is fun and interesting with a great MC and cast although the MC is a little to smart for me.
The book kept me want more the hole way through and I can’t wait for the next book. The voices are nice with a gray range between characters.
I also love the True Blue Slang .
Overall 15/15.

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Is it just me or ....

I loved the concept and enjoyed the book, but I did find it quite annoying that the ranking system of iron < brass < silver < gold was contrary to what most RPG'ers would be used to.

Copper & tin< brass< iron < silver < gold would be more familiar. Not a big deal but it did spoil the fantasy a little (at least for me).

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"Not too bad", Chris said

"There's just something about how this book was written that annoyed me", Chris said. "It's the way the author is constantly reminding me what each character just said", Chris said. "It makes me question whether I want to continue with the next book", Chris said. "I found this particularly noticeable in the first half of the book", Chris said. "However I think I got used to it towards the end", Chris said. "I'm curious to know what happens in the next parts, but I might wait for it to go on sale", Chris said.

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painfully annoying main character

all I can say is Jason, the main character, acts like nobody I've ever encountered in life. I was rolling my eyes from the vet beginning.

maybe the overall story works out well, but I couldn't finish. I can't believe this got rated as one of the best audiobooks of the year.

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this is garbage

this is not a story, it is a rendition of a terrible computer game. I would find the story lacking if I played the game, but to have it read out is painful

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“Jason said”

The success of this series is unstoppable, and deserved. I would only point out that Heath Miller’s slightly staccato reading highlights every “Jason/Rufus/Gary said”. Once they draw one’s attention they can’t be unheard. Hopefully, this is mitigated in later volumes.
That said, Heath does a good job elsewhere, rendering the pseudo-gameplay messages in a manner that amuses rather than grates, which ain’t easy the umpteenth time he must repeat “One hundred iron spirit coins added to inventory”.
I enjoyed the story overall, and will buy another.

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Don't bother.

I'm so sorry for myself that I have wasted 1 credit on choosing this title. Very juvenile storyline, no character development, no background, I couldn't get through more than few chapters.

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Fantastic story

MC is one of the best I've listened to in a long time, the story is rationale thought out and believable at least concerning relationships, choices and politics. Highly recommended

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