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Queen in the Mud

By: Maari
Narrated by: Larissa Thompson
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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A girl suddenly vanishes from her world and finds herself drifting in and out of consciousness in a world of pure darkness. The only insight into her precarious situation is a prompt opening before her eyes indicating that the system failed to delete her.  

The doggedly optimistic and naive teenager, Naomi, is reborn as a monster into a fantastical world governed by the rigid rules of a suspiciously game-like system; a world full of magic and danger where the familiar mingles with the inexplicable. She finds herself deep in the bizzarre, savage forests of the unclaimed lands where deadly monsters prowl in the shadows just out of sight. 

After a close brush with death, any hope that this could be a lighthearted adventure evaporates as she feels real pain for the first time. The realization sinks in as Naomi comes to terms with this not being just a game; it’s her reality now. 

As if coming to grips with the life or death survival situation she finds herself in isn’t enough, the description of one of her skills seems to be speaking to her....

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I need more

Very good Narration and a good twist on the LitRPG genre I need more :(

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  • Andrew
  • 01-07-2020

Likable Characters and Plot

If you enjoy LitRPGs this is a hit, plain and simple. Queen in the mud especially for the first half of the book is extremely straightforward. Frankly that is a relief. So many LitRPGs throw out about a billion mechanics that make the reader feel like he is trying to carry all the groceries from the car to the house in one trip. Queen in the mud takes an abrupt turn in style in the middle of the book with different perspectives and a more complex world. It worked by adding in a lot of complexity after the reader has a while to understand the layout of the world and really dip a toe in. The content was typical LitRPG with some newish twists that are interesting ideas. Overall the mood was lighter which is a nice change from the typical intense LitRPG. My main pet peeves were the repetition of stats and character sheets. Usually I will just stop listening if a character sheet recurs especially in an audiobook. IMO it is lazy and wastes the listeners time but in this case it didn't reach critical mass and the rest of the story made up for the inconvenience. Also the book has too many stats and ability terminology but again it didn't reach critical mass. Comparing each of these to the genre as a whole I would say it was in the bottom half of stat and character sheet overuse which is rampant in LitRPGs, which is quite good in perspective.

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  • Greg
  • 16-08-2020

Not sure where its going, but I am onboard

Fun MC. Fun kids. Cool world. A not-too-self-explanatory time travel incident. ...ok, I am in....lets go.

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  • Cody
  • 21-07-2020

Her voice was familiar most of the way through.

I couldn't put my finger on where I'd heard her voice before for more than half this book. Finally it clicked. She narrated The Greater Terran Union Stellaris campaign on the YouTube channel 'Templan Institute'. She does a great job, though her delivery of some of the funnier moments (such as calling a flying platypus monstrosity a "Magnificent Bastard") while still funny overall, then could have been greater enhanced by a better delivery. That being said, the punch line at the end of the book made me shed a tear. It was fantastic. That's how you end abook right! On a story aspect, it's among the more well put together litRPGs I've listened to. Though the overarching mystery aspect doesn't feel to cohesive to me. I'm a sucker for a litRPG from monster points of view. Granted she was human before, but that doesn't diminish my enjoyment much. So far the protagonist seems intelligent. Asking questions when a normal person would, no pointless plot induced ignorance here. She thinks of solutions as fast as I do, and doesn't complain. I count the story as a success if I'm not constantly yelling obvious answers to stupid situations. All and all, a solid addition to the genre.

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  • Poor College Student
  • 17-08-2020

loved this!

this was a refreshing new addition to the litrpg genre. I can't wait to see where the sorry goes!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-2020

Good book, not so good narrator.

The book is good and I would definitely read it on its own, but audio books are more convenient for me. The narrator is the only issue, the actual narration is ok, it’s the character voices that make me cringe. The male voices sound like a girl trying to talk in a gruff male voice, and the female ones sound too “kawaii” and childish. Yes I understand, they are children, but for me personally it got to the point that I was consistently skipping through character dialogue. For the fact that this is Larissa’s first real novel, and she hasn’t done much yet, I will say she does a remarkable job for someone who doesn’t have as much experience. I might get the next book to see what happens, but I might just go read it directly to not have to listen to the character dialogue. Overall, I recommend this slower paced take on a reincarnation litrpg, if only for the actual content and thought put into the book itself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-10-2020

need more of this please

amazing book just need the second one now. book was all around amazing wish more books was like it.

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  • coy
  • 16-09-2020

New addition to my top five litRPGs to recommend.

I am excited to see the queen in future installments. I love the non human MC. It's not done very often. Tho she is the queen she is still relatable.

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  • dara
  • 09-09-2020

A great read with few flaws

It was a very great story, felt different from other isekai stories. I feel a lot of emotion behind it and the creatures while familiar are truly unique and special. It has some dark moments, but the beauty, cute and funny moments balance it out greatly. The only dowsides are the stat readings which can be very lengthy and the fact a girl was used for all voices. It really made the voice of male characters feel fake. Still a great read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys this genre

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  • Nathaniel DK Walker
  • 03-09-2020

Interesting Science Fiction Fantasy

As I didn't recognize the author or narrator and didn't know much about the audiobook beyond Audible suggesting it over and over, my expectations were low as I finally broke down and gave the story a chance. I was very pleasantly surprised. Lately I have been a LitRPG kick and love the work of Aleron Kong, Xander Boyce, Dakota Krout, and Ryan DeBruyn in the genre. The genre is very hit-or-miss with me, and many of the other authors in the genre have well-put-together works that just don't do a lot for me for one reason or another. Maari's Queen in the Mud was enjoyable, the stats added to the story without becoming too distracting, I became emotionally invested in the characters, and I am intrigued with where she is going both with the main present plot with the characters as well as the background plot mystery of how the world/system is run and how that plot relates to the main character. I will be continuing to follow the series to see how things play out and am genuinely interested in the mystery of the pillars.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-08-2020

A good listen.

Majestic Bastards. I really want to see them in a video game now. That is all.

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  • Jason Burton
  • 15-09-2020

MC is a female salamander!

I read this book first and loved it. I then also got it on Audible and loved it again. This is a great story without it being too heavy on the leveling mechanics. After reading/listening to many litrpg's finding something different is great. I will be reading/listening to all of this series without fail.

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