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Life Reset: A LitRPG Novel

New Era Online, Book 1
Narrated by: Jeff Hays
Series: New Era Online, Book 1
Length: 24 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (243 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After being betrayed and cursed by an extremely rare spell, Oren, a powerful and influential player, finds himself as a first-level goblin!

Without even a fraction of his previous power, he vows to pull through and have revenge on those who betrayed him.

His thorough knowledge of the game's world and his unique ability to immerse himself entirely are his only advantages. But first, he must figure out how to survive long enough playing what is basically a low-level fodder monster!

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:

Jeff Hays - Narration, Characters, Production Supervision
Dalton Lynne - Proofing
Alex Tate - Production, Editing, Mastering

©2017 Shemer Kuznits (P)2017 Jeff Hays

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Moo review (amazing)

Ok get ready to hold onto your shit as I bring you a tale of the best city build slash litrpg ever this book is what I want and need in my life ...
if you need a good read this is your book
If you need a great read this is your book
If your cat just died ... this is your book
No matter what this is what you need to make your life compleat omg yes all over my face

Loved it

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Amazing

what a great book. Got me hooked line and sinker from the first chapter.
Likeable MC and easy to follow the story. Really well written and the narrator killed it!

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Fantastic

Really fun read cant wait for the next one. I like the twist of him being a monster nice variation to the genera

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Waiting for the next instalment, brilliant.

Well written, well preformed, great story and this is after Joe Abercrombie ‘s first law series, this is my most favourite audio book, Hurry up ,, get the next instalments on line,,

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fantastic LitRPG

If you like LitRPG stories that involve building bases and in-depth characters, then this is a story for you.

Brilliant character build up and following, the build up of the past and then the events that follow keep you hooked, I couldn't put this book down and can't wait for the next one to be completed.

I recommend this book and give it 5/5 as I haven't heard a story like this for awhile.

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Fresh perspective

I really enjoyed two main themes - an experienced "player" starting from the beginning with a completely different perspective. And all the trouble you can get into before Level 20. Finally the unrealistic expectations of new players who don't respect the whole role.
10/10 and a hunger for a follow up novel, well worth the experience and another author to follow.

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interesting and different

i really enjoyed this book. was a different and interesting change to the usual format. cant wait to start next book in the series

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pretty good lit rpg

for the most part it was an entertaining ride, woth only a few bits of annoying plot armor or forced amnesia to further plot or heighten tension. the narrator however went above and beyond for this including sound effects etc, absolutely nailing it. good listen for it's genre

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Way Better Than Expected

I did not expect to enjoy this anywhere near as much as I did. The story almost has that feel of poor quality fan fiction but somehow it works into the story and becomes oddly compelling. The excellent narrator is a large part of the whole package. I'm solidly onboard for the next part of the series.

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Absolutely Amazingly Stunning!!

By far my new top favourite in this genre and near the top of my of all time favourites list. I could not put it down and when I was forced to I could not stop imaging what could happen next! You all know that feeling. Beautiful.

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  • HeatherY
  • 11-11-2017

All Hail Our Tiny Green Overlord!

Oren was one of the first players in New Era Online, an immersive virtual reality MMORPG. He leveled up in the game until he was a highly influential player, the head of the top guild in the game, with an impressive number of prime badges. All that is taken away when Oren is betrayed and a powerful scroll spell is used against him. Oren wakes up as a tiny green goblin in the unexplored Deadlands of New Era Online.

Determined not to delete his character, Oren decides to continue to play as a goblin and wreak his revenge. To do this, he needs to build a goblin city in the Deadlands and take the fight to the players who betrayed him.

If you're a fan of this genre, you know what to expect. The main character takes on quests, level grinds, improves his stats, and interacts with the game. This book has all that and more. There's really something for everyone here. If you love stats, this book is full of them, Oren's personal stats, the stats of his goblins, his building stats, resource stats, you name it. If you love city building, this is the book for you. You can just settle back and watch him build his new village, weighing food production needs against resource management, watching everything move at a realistic pace. And if you like combat, there's some of that too, as Oren defends his new settlement and takes out those threatening it.

I was genuinely invested in Oren and his progression. In the beginning, he made some frustrating bonehead decisions, and tried to explain why the mistakes actually worked in his favor. But by the end, his struggle to hold everything together made him really likable. There's some other characters I can't wait to see more of. It's going to be interesting to see where the series goes from here.

Jeff Hays did an awesome job with the narration. He has an impressive number of different voices for the characters, and is consistent with them throughout the book. He also has a realistic female voice which I always appreciate. He made the book a pleasure to listen to. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I'd 100% recommend this book to fans of the LitRPG genre.

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  • Christopher
  • 27-10-2017

A truly good litrpg

This is one of those books I wish I could forget, just so that I could read it again for the first time.

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  • Michah Rutledge
  • 23-11-2017

Surprisingly great! Good design.

A very fun and very long first entry in what i hope is a many book series. I usually avoid litrpgs where the people can log out (which most of them can) but the way the mc gets stuck is very believable and gives him a real goal to work towards. Only one game mechanic made me cringe and go, "no one would make or play a game like that." Which is high praise for this genre. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys the litrpg genre. I can't wait for the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-10-2017

Write faster!!!!

I can not wait to read the next one in this series. I LOVED it. I only say that about a handful of books if that. this story and the performance was amazing. like I was there. Please hurry with the next one =)

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  • Nathanael
  • 27-10-2017

A great adventure

I am not usually into these types of litrpgs, where the world is a game and everyone knows it. But this story is a great take on this type of world.

Well written, funny, smart with lots of action and twists. its a hefty read at 25 hours as well. Shout out to the sound editors and the narrator who do a great job bringing the story to life.

I, for one, welcome our new green overlords and eagerly await the next book.

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  • Christopher
  • 22-10-2017

Above the cut

This is another one of the few LitRPG series on audible that is truly well written and more importantly seems to have actually been edited.

If you're like me and love classic LitRPG, but can't bare to face-palm your way through another unedited string of beginner writer's mistakes then you know what I mean.

This book actually deserves the 5 stars.

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  • Murdok
  • 26-10-2017

Great LitRPG

This would be a perfect first title for someone wanting to see it they like these types of stories. Very thorough, but keeps the pace steady and easy to follow. I will be eagerly waiting for the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-11-2018

Not worth the time.

An "expert" gamer struggles with basic city building mechanics. Fails to utilize a system that allows him to design his own spells effectively. most of his strength coming from the fact hes a boss and not his own merit. has an epiphany moment of standing up instead of being pushed around by stronger forces, then immediately goes back to getting screwed over. I could go on but not worth it. hard pass on this book.

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  • ♡Louise♡
  • 26-10-2017

Entertaining

Really enjoyed this book! 20+ hours and you'd expect a ton of filler, but surprisingly it was all story. Good story :)

Definitely a unique spin on the typical litrpg books I've read. A kind of "the player gets stuck in the game" but not exactly. No spoilers!

The main character is a likeable (not always good though) guy you can get behind. The narrator Jeff Hays, is amazing as always.

Worth a credit or purchase - absolutely!

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  • Jacob
  • 07-11-2017

decent premise in serious need of editting

the good: interesting premise. A slight twist from the standard new game super AI standard. If you like litpg you'll like the premise

the bad: the exposition was painful at times. he would explain something and comment on the logical nature of the exposition. like telling a joke and telling your audience it's funny. the story uses the game company as an evil corporation and a lawyer comes in to get him to sign documents to relieve them of culpability. this section is loaded with exposition and reeeeally bad legal theory that is laughable. I almost asked for a refund at that point but trudged on. The love interest with a goblin AI is weird not because of the computer human aspect but because the goblin has little intelligence. basically mentally handicapped. luckily it isn't a primary plot imo.

overall I wish a professional editor had gone over this with butcher knife and carved out the bad parts because there is a decent story in there. just a lot of unnecessary exposition and clunky side plots that feel awkward.

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  • David
  • 24-10-2017

Excellent adeptation for audio of a superb story

OK, so I loved the book and therefore bought the audio version, but trust me that doesn't always live up to the anticipation. Here however, I can confirm it truly does and is well worth the investment of time and money to acquire. If you are on a budget though, you may want to wait until the two are offered together as it is really expensive to get unless you have a credit waiting for a home ( and I really hope you do!)

Having said that you are getting excellent value for money as the Audible version is very well done. Jeff is a great narrator with good diction and timing for the pace of the novel and it is a long book and story, so try and fly to Australia to listen to it, so you don't listen to it at work!

Moving to the story and plot. The opening chapters are, to me a little clunky as the author assimilates the real world and game world to us, but some really thoughtful examples of what would happen to the world if immersion technology really happened, but this is OK and certainly drew me into the story very easily. Once in, it really takes off and the Main Character then starts to develop or to be fair redevelop and you get a rich game world and system with some clever mechanics. This is definitely a game world you would want to play in and be a part of and the system is easy to follow.

Leveling is well done, usually they kill a God in chapter 3 and then are uniquely brilliant. Here there is some uniquely brilliant skills etc, but the story makes it both acceptable and plausible in the context as well as some clever out of the box thinking on gaming lore and procedures.

The plot is good and diverse, though of course following a relatively predictable theme of gaining levels etc. But it is more than that and is engrossing and engaging so 10 out of 10 for the Shemer Kuznits for the plot and for the cast which also fills out the story. Lots of people for you to like, love and treat like old friends when they develop in Book Two..

Now I just want Book Two and the second book on Audible! No pressure, happy to receive them in time for Christmas.......

Seriously, this is a great book and a great Audible purchase and one of the very best in this LitRPG Genre.

Get a copy of this today if you have not already done so.

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  • Stephen
  • 16-11-2017

An unexpected suprise

What can I say I loved it so sad there isn't a 2nd book yet was great good story well read I highly recommend.

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  • Ruth Wade
  • 07-06-2018

Excellent LitRPG

I have listened to almost all of the LitRPG books on audible and was struggling to find anything I liked as much as the Land by Aleron Kong. This book did not disappoint.
Certainly the best book I have listened to in a long time.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-08-2019

Good take on LitRPG

As with a lot of the LitRPG i love how this takes a player character and turns him into an NPC with added powers and controls. This gives some great options to the story and although this drags a little in some areas i reckon this is a good 4.5 stars and worthy of getting the 2nd in the series.
Narration is what you would expect from Hays and his good use of the male/female voices always stands out to me. I also liked this Annilator effects.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-10-2017

Not a bad book overall!

Creature stats readouts get a little repetitive, but not too much so that you get bored, part of the format really!
The story seems to progress slowly, but it's part of the protagonists struggle so it fits,
try not to think "Why isn't he doing this?"
Or, "He really could do that, why hasn't he done it already?"
Some of it's a learning curve for him, and other times he has his reasons that end up getting g explained anyway.
Enjoy it for what it is!
The narrator does a pretty good job, even with the voice changer effects I appreciate his work in finding different voices for different characters.
Good solid, quality work.
Highly enjoyable, looking forward to the next!

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  • Voyager
  • 23-10-2017

Brilliant 1st book

23 hours of superb audio enjoyment with only minor points the author should change in my personal view.

The MC is rude and very abrupt with very little, if any courtesy when initiating conversation with other chrs.

The author uses suspense at EVERY turn that it reduces the effect that is intended after a while.

(Spoiler), Not happy with the never ending detail when the MC was captured and tortured near the end of the book.

The MC is constantly thinking negatively and could be more positive at times. This would reduce the suspense sometimes but suspense at every turn is too much and made me jump forward in 30 sec intervals until the so called suspense monent was over. Just too much, too often.

Other than all that, when's the next book, I can't wait. On audio of course.

Overall, terrific 1st book, well done and keep it up please.

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  • The Keyboard
  • 02-10-2019

Unique 'town building' litrpg

Unique, enjoyable story with fantastic narration. Without giving away major plot points, it follows the adventures of a player stuck in a video game who has been turned into a monster and must build a settlement.

Though the book is an easy listen, be prepared for a plethora of stat tables and crunchy numbers which can get tedious. The author also has a tendency of repeating information two or three times in rapid succession. Made me feel like I was back at school, being told what was important by the teacher. Luckily this dies out and isn't an issue after the first couple of hours.

This is my first Soundbooth Theatre listen and I have to say I'm impressed. The audio was clean and beauiful to listen to, with little sound effects that really made a difference, like chimes and reverberation when appropriate that really added immersion to the story.

My one big issue, and the reason this book gets 4 stars not 5 for story, was the inclusion of a reasonably detailed torture scene toward the end of the book. While justified, it wasn't pleasant to listen to and came about suddenly. This, and the inclusion of one 'fade-to-black' sex scene, makes this book 100% not suitable for children.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-09-2019

Best audio book so far.

I've listened to quite a few audio books with this genre but this is the best one so far. The person reading the story does a fantastic job and it is well worth the credit I used to buy it.

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  • john
  • 01-09-2019

really good

this book came as a complete surprise to me it was very good good the characters are well Thought Out out and believable I thoroughly enjoyed this book

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  • Eoghan Cregan
  • 27-08-2019

Best thing I've found on Audible

I'm new to RPGlit but if it's all as good as this I have a lot of reading ahead of me!

However this is worthwhile for the narration alone. So many characters are brought to life here with vibrant creative voices that are reproduced perfectly.

Great job!