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Alpha World, Book 4
Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Alpha Company is embarking on a grand mission, crossing the Dead Lands to find and conquer Gwain’s Keep. Led by Alburet, most of the guild embarks on what could be an epic and memorable journey, as they aim at being the first Two-souled guild to capture a keep.

Besides safeguarding the members of the guild, Alburet also has to worry about the natives that are with them on their journey. Deidre Crowley, Stacia’s sister, is the one he worries about most, having sworn to see her safely across the lifeless desolation of the Dead Lands.

Having to be ultra-vigilant during the day, night brings welcome relief and relaxation to the raid.

For Alburet, Karen, and Stacia, it also brings their chance to help Fluffball come to grips with her past.

©2018 Daniel Schinhofen (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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great rpg read!

this is a really good rpg series with a great blend of action, gaming and character development. brings back a feeling of playing elder scrolls while listening to a great story.

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18 chapters of increasingly disturbing child abuse

i dont recommend this to anyone thats been threw a trauma the 18 chapters of increasingly disturbing child abuse fantasies is complete trash it makes no sense to the story and the same trash repeated for 18 chapters.

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Is that it?

Slightly 2much sexual & emotional content clouded the story line which could have had more than 1 objective..... Ie. Travel to keep... Conquer keep... End?

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Awesome book

I love this book from start to finish the characters a well written and informative the narrator did a great job with the narration and the author did a great job with the story. 5 out of 5 stars.

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Breathtaking

Alpha world becomes more beautiful and deadly with each book. Could not put it down

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  • Quinn Alford
  • 24-06-2018

LIT PORN, NOT LITRPG

I'm finally done with this series. The author is obsessed with threesomes in most of his writing. It get so boring and stale. I pretty much fastforwarded most of the book trying to get to the story and not having to listen to the teenie bopper sex fantasy parts. Shame, it could have been a great story, and sadly it's not.

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  • alton Styron
  • 05-07-2018

Frustrating

There is a fun story somewhere in there surrounded by a Texas ranch worth of Bull S....I think I abused the skip button so bad I cracked my phone screen. Technically I finished the whole book, but I probably only listened to 50% of it (the parts where they killed stuff and had an adventure.) I want a refund for the rest. I don't mind the sex or harem stuff, but this confused relationship stuff is a solid miss for me and almost ruined a good story. The narrator was great. I feel bad that he had to read the whole book though. Trim the fat and this is a great 6hr listen for the genre. I like the series overall and hope the next book sticks to the stabby stabby and leaves out the I'm confused about monogamy stuff that's been smothering it since book 3.

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  • John
  • 12-07-2018

Dont be fooled

This is not a litrpg. This book is 60% cringy, clumsy attempts at erotica, 30% stories about abusive fathers and maybe 10% fantasy adventure. I couldnt finish this one. The "adventure" gets lost completely because it is sprinkled in sparingly in between sessions of daddy issue therapy and some garbage about the protagonist fighting the urge for a foursome.

if you are looking for adventure, go elsewhere

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  • john
  • 21-06-2018

Disappointing

Loved the 1st 3 books. Was really looking forward to listening to the 4th. And what a 4th it was. Less litrpg-more cheesy romance/sex, and that's pretty much it. I will not be finishing this series. Shame on the author for writing this nonsense. And then charging anyone for a book that's 90% Filler.

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  • Duke danso
  • 31-07-2018

dont do it.

no longer a litrpg. I've literally given 5 stars to everything I've read as I've really enjoyed audibles and the entire litrpg genre this however is not a litrpg anymore this is trash I skipped so much of the same repetitive sex scenes and nonsense memory diving just stop after book 3...at least that was partially decent or skip to chap 35 I guarantee you arnt missing anything.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-07-2018

LitRPG Harem

To bad. This book is more Harem and romance and very LitRPG elements. But if yoi are into that.. this is a book for you. Liked the first one.. then..

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  • Deborah
  • 02-07-2018

phychobabble

Author goes way off into boring phycology, mental health, snore. This slowed down the pace of the whole book with more of that crap then action and adventure. What a total let down this 4th book is. I am done reading any more.

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  • Krysten
  • 17-07-2018

When there's action, it's great, otherwise... no

Most of the story was sex and mental health analysis of the main characters. it was very repetitive. walk for a day, party, sex, mental health, sleep, repeat... except 3/4 of each of the chapters for the day focused on that mental health and sex. I started this series for the action, so I ended up skipping the chapters that focused on it. the latter 1/4 of the book was amazing, finally getting back into the action.

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  • Matthew Van Buskirk
  • 03-07-2018

Not a LitRPG any more and not worth the time

TLDR - this book isnt worth the time. It is possible that it gets better by the end but the first half is repetitive and dull. It is mostly focused on the other members of the main character's party trying to convince him that he should give up his principles that he should be loyal to one woman and form a harem. This is combined with painful psychobabble as thry party dives into the traumatic past of each member.

The narrator is great overall but some of the accents became grating as well.

Agree with others that the first two books in the series we're good but I will not be buying any more in this series.

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  • Austin
  • 11-11-2018

Amazing!

This series just keeps getting better and better!

The delve into the memories of the main characters really brings them to life. Watching them walk through their past and conquer their fears and worries together brings me great joy.

The trek through the desert is a nice balance of combat and level gaining with character progression. The down time at night always seems to be enjoyable.

The keep itself is a nice break from all the emotions from the nights before.

There were many times I felt myself boil with anger or hold my breath in suspense. For a book to get such a rise out of me is exactly what I love.

I dont want it to end as I move onto the last book. If you have made it this far in the series, you need no warning about what this book entails, you already know just how amazing it truly is.

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  • Ben
  • 02-07-2018

I like a character story as much as the person BUT

Now to start I loved the first 3 novels in the series, but this one...

I like a bit of character background and focus just as much as the next person, so at the start of the novel, it was nice to learn a bit about the characters. The problem is that it never ended. It got to the point when I could skip chapters and miss nothing about the actual story which I enjoyed, instead, I got some well written, but unwanted s&m content that didn't end.

You would expect a story to be at least 80% story and maybe 20% character... not the other way round (if that).

In total very repetitive and boring with the interesting parts being far and few.

What A Shame

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  • TonyG
  • 21-06-2018

Series started well but has got toxic

The toxic male s&m sex fantasy takes up more of the book than the adventure.

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  • Peter Karlsson
  • 19-06-2018

Dream lands.

Alpha World.
The world I wish I was in as I listen to these books.

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  • Kieran
  • 29-08-2018

Roughly 1 hour of book content

This book is a cash grab. Nothing really happens and it fills up hours wasting on sexual relationships which are getting a bit boring now. Almost 2 minute recap on character sheet of protagonist wastes at least an hour of this book.

Compared to first book, this has about 2-5% amount of content about alpha world and about 10% is back story of characters. Which isn’t terrible but not what I’m listening for.

Won’t get next one sorry. I’m out.

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  • WerX
  • 23-07-2018

Too focused on erotica

Compared with the previous books in this series, far too much of the story is based on polygamy. Questionable at that, unless later books point out a sinister goal behind the AI programming, because as it stands, more than half of this book is people getting involved in sexual situations immediately after confronting very painful memories. There was very little continuation of plot compared to the previous books, and whilst we do start to get a better understanding of the main characters backgrounds, instead of that being interspersed between plot, it's between rather creepy sexual encounters. The journey to the Keep itself is barely touched upon by comparison, and only the last 2 hours of the book really push anything regarding the world's plot.

I didn't hate it, but the balance in this book was very different to the previous ones, and I have to say, I found the (to me at least) obvious manipulation of people in a vulnerable state to be a little unnerving. More so because there was no hint that it was intentional.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-2018

Not the best, but still good!

enjoyable but not as good as the last 3. it was just the middle dragged on on bit for me.

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  • richard
  • 08-07-2018

i love thease book but

i love thease book but this one was not as good as the others i found it repative and it did not seem to have anything exicting about it at all a little dull infact

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  • Darren
  • 26-06-2018

Great book amazing series’s

This is a great book part of a better series can’t wait for the next one.
Just wish it was a bit longer.

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  • SBRAL
  • 20-06-2018

More!

Thoroughly invested in the world and the characters created in this series. Cannot wait until the next book is released. 5/5

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  • Aslanenlisted
  • 22-08-2018

A fantastic road trip adventure.

This series has continued to get better and better, and book 4 is no exception. The narrator is incredibly talented and breathes life into each character. There are some possible triggering moments that are beautifully handled.

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