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Life Reset: Hobnobbing

New Era Online Book 3
Series: New Era Online, Book 3
Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
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Having survived the first wave of invading players, Oren now seeks to strengthen his clan. With the Breeder's Den destroyed and most of Goblin's Gorge's resources devoted to rebuilding, his best hope lies in creating an army of golems. But for that, he needs Viridium, a rare metal that can only be obtained from hobgoblin towns, where Oren and his clan of goblins are viewed as nothing more than potential slaves. To make his way in the game, and to defeat his former guild, Oren's ingenuity alone will not be enough. He will need to conquer his deepest fears and tap into his inner monster.  

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:     

Jeff Hays - Narration, Music, Sound Design   

Laurie Catherine Winkel - Raystia, Yulli   

Annie Ellicott - Misa, Lolo, Duladeen   

Dalton Lynne - Proofing, Editing   

Ahmed Mahmoud - Production, Editing, Mastering, Music, Sound Design

©2019 Shemer Kuznits (P)2019 Shemer Kuznits

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Great series, disappointing ending.

I really enjoyed the series and really liked where it was progressing but was disappointed with this book. I am relatively new to LitRPG so these reviews should be taken with a grain of salt.

However, the passion for the story by the writer was evident in the first two novels and then it was still there also a little more diluted in the third. He made a few promises to the reader with certain foreshadowing in the first two books. However the ending of the third book felt extremely rushed, leaving with a particularly unsatisfying ending.

He left the ending open for sequels but I am unsure if I will ever read it, considering the sloppy way it was ended this book.

In saying that I found the world enthralling and the story behind it compelling. I was behind the characters and there were characters that I loved to hate.

I would pass this series onto friends with the warning about the ending, so that expectations aren't high.

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Disappointing End or...

For me the premise of him being this high level character is laughable, you are given a small back story of his intellectual ability which is how he achieved his success but as the series progresses it doesn't match up his actions, skill or supposed intelligence which is fustrating. However despite this if you look past this the first and second books set this up nicely I didn't mind this book in sections some bits are just there to move the story and felt like fillers in others I felt compelled to finish all three after starting but was a little disappointed with the ending, it felt rushed maybe to try and squeeze out more? consolation for me is that it does allow you to leave at book 3 if they decide to keep going...

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Absolutely fantastic!

Loved having the multiple readers to give each character there own distinct voice.
Great story, so well written.

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Some sound issues

Sound levels vary from sentence to sentence in some parts which is extremely offputting. It does improve towards the end. The end battle music is actually quite well done and adds well to the atmosphere. Overall a good solid end to this story arc and excellent opportunities for extra books in the future.

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great book

loved the book would recommend to any who like this genre. even outside of genre it is pretty damn good

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about as good as the previous book

a few moments of obvious plot armour and stupidity to push events a certain way, but overall more of the same fairly enjoyable lit rpg fun

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What an epic journey!

Deep characters, exciting battles and surprises abound.

What a wonderful story. Voice acting was impeccable and left me wishing to book 4.

I would definitely recommend listening to this audiobook.

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Keeps getting better!

I can't believe how good this series is. Third book blows it out of the water. Amazing performance from the narrator and audio actors.

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Bring on Book 4!!!!!

Fantastic written, as a dnd fan this hit me at my roots, I love the progression arcs, the in-jokes and charcter tropes. Also, the aussie Aidanriel was hilarious for a week old xD

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Ending was crazy good!

Wow.. what a ride, I thought that it started off slow. But as I got further through, I didnt want to put it down!! Loved the ending!

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  • Fox
  • 15-01-2020

READ THIS FIRST

If you've read through more than 5 reviews then you probably noticed the extremes. people loved or hated. I held off on getting this book for that reason but I'm not really disappointed in pulling the trigger. I think I know why people hated it so to explain,
STORY: The 3rd book goes deeper into the RPG side of the story. the people who hated it for the story most likely are not into rpg games that much I assume. Just like RPG games theres a Main quest or goal and there is 100s of side quest. some side guest further your progress towards your main Quest. This book is exactly that, A side quest that when complete, will get him to where he needs to be. Seems like a dumb and unnecessary quest BUT not all quest can be life changers. The problem here is it wasnt really explained what he was after or why until much later and in the end it seems like a whole lot of effort for something not super important. an entire books worth to be exact.
the ending did feel a bit abrupt and not at all in the direction you thought it would but that could be a good thing.
Narrative; For some AWFUL reason, they decided to go heavy in the YA side and add oddly placed sound effects and theme music. annoying. I like having multiple readers but that's it. quality starts off subpar but picks up after a chapter or 2 bit sound effects are random and throughout. stupid.
All in all it's still worth listening to if you liked the 1st 2 books. If there is a 4th, I'm clueless as to where it's going but I want to find out so obviously the book did its job and keep me engaged.

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  • Steven B. Fleming
  • 05-10-2019

A broken ending to a brilliant series

Up until this book I would say this series was one of my favorite litrpgs of all time. Definitely in the top 5 which is saying a lot based on how many litrpgs I've read so far. There was just so much to like about it - the style, the prose, the battles, the systems, the dialog, the overall story, the village build up, etc. If litrpgs were ranked like games I would put the first two books at the AAA game level. Which makes me wonder what the hell happened with this 3rd book.

Warning: spoilers ahead...

At first glance, it would seem like this book simply was another in the series where the main character is still trying to build out his village and get stronger in order to gain this Tier 4 boss rank and ultimately escape the game. In that regard his side quest to another city in order to gain access to veridium to make golems and build out his village makes sense. It's all part of the continued strategy that has been a constant theme (and a great one) in the first two books. So I didn't mind his side journey. It was still entertaining to me. Also, the parallel story of taking the fight to the enemy before they can regroup and come in force while the village is still recovering made sense too, A surprise strike back at the guild would have been a great finale of the book, assuming they only did enough damage to stop them for a little bit. And that would have been at great ending to the book in the end: the main character gets his trade route, the village gets stronger, he cripples the enemy and buys himself some more time in order to keep growing and stay consistent with the goals and theme that was established in the first two books. Yet for whatever reason the author simply decided to tank all of that and choose a totally different ending and finale, cutting major threads that have been highly anticipated from the start. Wtf?

Honestly I can't figure out why. The best I can reason is those parts about the world ending and Shiva being created was supposed to be from a book later on in the series, a final conclusion to everything. It was supposed to be written AFTER the character finally attained Tier 4 and AFTER Nihilator had been released, two things I was eagerly hoping to see happen. The sudden cutting of those two main threads was jarring. I can think of no reason to kill them other than the author simply didn't want to write anymore about it and so just hacked on that totally alternate ending path from the final book. And sadly it DOESN'T WORK. Yes, there has been the side goal of Vick to replace the main AI, but it was very easy to see that was something that was supposed to happen FAR into the future of the series, not suddenly rushed into being in this installment. Unfortunately by doing so the author leaves a very empty hole, and the disappointment at the lost potential of what could have been and what should have been.

I don't know if there will be another book where Orrin goes back into the game and perhaps completes those objectives, it did seem as if the author sort of left it open, but even if he did it wouldn't really matter since the original reasons for those objectives are now gone. I can only hope this series might be salvaged with further books, but for me this installment has made me change my opinion from having it as an essential litrpg that any fan put on their must read list, to only a slightly recommended litrpg with two great first books but ultimately a broken series.

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  • Christopher
  • 19-06-2019

Strange ending to the trilogy

This book does fall off relative to the other 2 in the series. As a LitRPG style book, it follows many of the conventions of this genre, and indeed the world established continues from the other 2 in the series. Without trying to give too much away, I'll try and detail out some of the issues as to why this book has gotten so many negative reviews as compared to the other 2, though you may infer some heavily hinted at spoilers from this review, if not directly outlined....

First off, there is the whole "quest line" as described at the end of book 2- the MC takes a trip to a hobgoblin city to establish a trade route, to eventually try to be able to see the ultimate expression of his sphere golem creations. This whole thing feels little more than a side quest, but fully takes up roughly 2/3rds of the book- it's considerably more tedious and less interesting without the stakes that were in the other 2 books. It's not completely horrible, but it just doesn't hold your interest. Eventually, the "dread totem" continues to build and plan for the betterment of his people and his eventual revenge against his old guild, the "manapulators" in the last part of the book, which is much like the storyline from other 2 books had been headed.

Second, the last big battle in this book is accompanied by a great amount of expanded sound effects, and even a game themed soundtrack that plays alongside the narration during the battle. It's ridiculous and annoying, subtracting from the overall enjoyment of the audio performance as opposed to adding to it (IMHO)- it's just too "over the top".

Lastly, the apparent conclusion to the series wrapped up in the final 2 hours of the book. The V.i. storyline comes to fruition, and the whole plot line of the 3 books takes a radical shift into a new direction. The characters that you invested in over the 3 books are not well wrapped up in terms of their story arc, to the point that you wonder if this really is the end of the trilogy or not. If it is, then it's extremely unsatisfying, as I don't think anyone (with the exception of Vic) winds up with a fully resolved conclusion.

I suspect that we'll get a 4th book in the series perhaps, as this just does not feel like a satisfying ending, but that will be completely up to the author. Exactly what he has planned for this world and these characters from here out (if anything) is anyone's guess.

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  • Jackson
  • 30-08-2019

Good series that falls apart spectacularly

I really enjoyed reading/listening to these books, so it became that much more disappointing by the utter garbage that was an ending. I’m not sure how it can even be redeemed in a 4th book outside of telling everyone to pretend the ending of the third book was a bad totem dream.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-07-2019

did not like the ending. Seemed abrupt and rushed

did not like the ending. Seemed abrupt and rushed and choices characters made were illogical

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  • Kaz
  • 05-06-2019

Great series, good book, ahhh ending

So big fan of this series and of the length of the first two books.

Characters are entertaining and joyful. It’s a pleasant read and they did a great job enhancement the music and with the extra readers. Throughly entertained.

The book was great till last 35ish minuets then felt rushed. Definitely could of extended the series and done it true justice.

I look forward to listening to whatever new work the author has planned.

As I said great listen, great series, good books.

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  • Elvolganta
  • 17-07-2019

Disappointing

Loved the series, but this installment was a vast disappointment. About 3/4 of this book took place in an area that held little to no investment for (me at least as) the reader, coupled with a high quantity of audio editing errors, especially prevalent in the first few chapter, the sickening overuse of auto-tune to make Vic's voice (altering it to a disturbing degree from the remainder of the series) only ever accomplished to fuel my contempt. The final battle had some nice editing and effects but this does not suppress the more than 13 hours of poor quality presented in this audio book. The ending felt extremely rushed and unsatisfying, leaving more questions than answers. If you are invested in this series (as you should be after reading or listening to the first two installments of it) and still want to proceed with it.. Consider yourself warned.

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  • BombasticPossum
  • 29-07-2019

Absolutely hated the ending

The last two chapters were awful, plot points were ignored, and the build up to the ending wasn't even there. It totally fell flat. I feel like I wasted my time on this one. The first two books were amazing, this one, not so much.

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  • Crispy Bacon
  • 08-06-2019

The M Night Shyamalan of LITRPG

This is not a compliment in any way.

This series is trying to shock you with the typical 1 twist wonder that you only see from crappy directors above. I am actually dissappointed because not only did I see this coming, I was actually hoping it wouldn't happen. Now that is has, I see the huge lost potential in such a unique idea for a book.

I am starting to not like the main character and would have preferred more of the book to be about Rastia and her mission. There was so much potential for exploit in such a flawed system, I'm surprised the author didn't capitalize on it. All that was accomplished was a mission that was doomed to fail from the start, and only through dumb luck did it all turn out in the end. Sad

As was said before by other commenters, the ending was bad. My suggestion is to skip to the end to save yourself the 14 hours of buildup that turns out to be worth nothing, because it all goes to waste. Terrible letdown for fans. Might as well told us that the entire book is a dream and the main character wakes up just to forget it 2 hours later...

The one good thing that came out of the ending is that Vic is no longer going to be around and annoying as ever. Would rather have the Aussi guy take over permanently, He was awesome!

Come on Shemer, you can do better!

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  • Avid reader
  • 14-06-2019

terrible ending

loved the series hated the ending. author has a new series on Kindle but will not start it as I have no faith in the author's ability to end a series.

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  • Sean M.
  • 16-06-2019

good narrators, good story, poor audio effects

The story progressed well but the audio effects detracted from the production quality. the narration was good as always but the post production is lacking with too much echo/reverb and inconsistent sound stage. so this is a step back from the production values of the first two instalments. looking forward to the next instalment in the series.

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  • MK
  • 08-06-2019

wished the noises would stop

drop in quality from the last books all around don't know what the author was thinking

The shitty noises ruined the experience

a shame because I wanted to enjoy this book but found it impossible

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  • Daniel H
  • 22-08-2019

Split into two halves - good start, bad ending

If you are listening to this, it likely means you've enjoyed the first 2 books. The start of this book is more of the same, with the story mostly taking place in a new city, alongside new characters and mechanics. So far so good.

However, after this initial adventure is over, I felt the story was rushed towards its unsatisfactory ending. To me, it seemed an "easy" ending, lacking depth or excitement. It's as if either the author ran out of ideas or decided to move into something new and to end this series.

This book also introduces more sound effects than the previous books. Whilst they don't do anything for me, it does bring something different compared to other audiobooks. Be warned if you like listening to your books at increased speeds though, as it was distort the sound effects.

Overall, if you want closure then book 3 will give you that as it can be viewed as an end to the series. Books 1 and 2 were much better in my opinion. I'm not sure if the author intended this to be the final book, but I will not be listening to any more in this series.

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  • Peter Szegedi
  • 11-08-2019

Decent closing for the story

The story was decent although I liked the first book the most.
The sound effects for the spells and golem, etc. don't really fit imho hence my 4 stars only.

For anyone considering, it is still a well spent credit

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-07-2019

possibly one of the series on audible

loved it awsome story. great performance. best series of fantasy novels I have heard on audible so far

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  • michael
  • 01-07-2019

Adequate

The book was just ok, definitely the weakest of the 3. I was surprised at how quickly it ended, I thought this series would go on like the land it definitely had a lot more potential. Seemed the author got bored halfway through and looked how to tie everything up quickly.
Great narration , not keen on the sound effects. Nearly had a heart attack when the first one came with my headphones in

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-06-2019

Nope!

Will be a enjoyable experience for most. However In my opinion, this installment felt rushed, so much could have been explored and wasn't, left me wondering if shemer got fed up or just ran out of Ideas. Mostly really missed the detailed settlement development.

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  • Mr. R. Chvapil
  • 13-06-2019

Well done again

consistently entertaining story. every book was packed with good balance of action, romance and intrigue

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-05-2020

An disappointing end to a fun series

I have listened to the entire Life Reset series and this is by far the weakest one of the trilogy. Jeff Hays is wonderful, but Annie Ellicot's voice acting was painful to listen to. I found myself skipping entire chapters just so I could avoid hearing her. This coupled with sound effects that change the voice of one of the main characters of the book made it feel like a chore to get through. The narration at the end was drowned out by over the top sound effects and repetitive music, and leads to an ending that left me feeling dirty and unsatisfied. A true shame, I really enjoyed the first two books but this one felt rushed and overproduced at the same time and crammed in so many extra effects that the soul of the book was lost somewhere along the way.

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  • james pearce
  • 11-05-2020

Still great but not as good as book 1 and 2

The story is faster paced from here and could have done with another 5 hours. The sound effects at the end are awful , they make it difficult to hear the actual story and add nothing. Over all it was still really great to listen two and the new character really funny. Sad to see the series end. 4 star apposed to 5 from me as it needed longer and no sound effects.