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Skree loved playing Massively Multiplayer online role-playing games. When he becomes the first player to reach level 100 in his favorite game, he is offered the chance to test a brand new game. Never one to read the fine print, he jumped at the chance to be the very first player to see the brand new game.

But some opportunities are just too good to be true.

Awaking to find himself trapped in a brand new world and struggling to survive, James must find a way to master the game and escape the world of Raiya. Angry wildlife, gargantuan monsters, and mysterious allies are not the only things he has to worry about. Will he have the backbone to do what is right and not what is easiest?

Will the carefree Skree find something worth fighting for? Something worth dying for?

©2018 Russell Wilbinski (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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  • Conrad Doroff
  • 25-12-2018

Good story but seems really quiet at times

I enjoyed this story, but the narrator was really quiet at times. Good book altogether though and worth a read.

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  • David
  • 20-12-2018

Just wasn't my kind of LITRPG

This book okay but the main character is too emotional. Crying, hugging, being introspective, and being such a disney character. Here is an exerpt from the book to drive my point home, "Why are you try8ing to crush me?? Sawbones asked with confused interest. Crush you? Chuckling skri considered the word for a moment. He supposed technically a hug was indeed crushing someone; with love." This book strikes me as being similar to The Wayward Bard in the main character being all let's hug it out. Don't get me wrong he does fight and kill but unless they are monsters he gets all choked up about it. I more enjoyed the series Dungeon Born, Ascend Online, Survive Week One, Countdown, Chaos Seed, and Life Reset to name a few. This one not so much.

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  • Christopher
  • 24-06-2019

Picky About my LitRPG

I feel like I have to make a point of the fact that I don’t give unedited, poorly performed, superfluously bad-pornified (yes that is a word, damnit), GameLit audiobooks 5 star reviews. I, in fact, give them one star reviews but only because you can’t give an audiobook no stars.

All that is to say that giving this book 4 stars not only means that it is none of the things listed above but is actually fully worth your credits. My only complaint about this book was that the next installment hasn’t come out yet... shame on you Mr. Author-Man. Daddy needs more good LitRPG!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-2019

Great book I loved the rpg elements

can't wait for the second book to come out . Definitely worth the credit any day or night

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  • Adam Dintelman
  • 24-04-2019

a really good litrpg can't wait for the next

this is one of those books I started listen to too kind of pass the time then I started to get really into it I'm really looking forward to win the pirate Adventure Starts ARHhhh

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  • Cody
  • 15-02-2019

It was better than I expected

OK, there will be spoilers in this review.

So, our boy Skree (his name sounds like a squeaking bird) beats a forgettable game. Gets to the end and "does something out of the box" according to the prompts at least. I refuse to believe no one has tried sneaking past a monster. Anyway, Sharktooth, a god apperantly, is set free by him beating the game. Who put him there? How could he have been there for a 1000 years if it was somehow connected to a video game in the human world? Why does he want a human to 'Beta test' a new "game"? Why does he even have a "game" to test if he JUST got released from a 1000 year prison? I don't know, you won't know, but luckily it didn't really matter at all. It would have the same impact if the story started on the beach.

You'll save yourself a headache and skip the first 2-3 chapters. Believable motivations aside, or lack there of, once it actually dives into the world it does an OK job of keeping you interested. It goes from one encounter to another as the author trys to blow past normal human reactions and limitations. These are explained away by body altering Stat points, skill points that dump knowledge into his brain, and him being an unfulfilled desk drone with a miserable life.

Eventually they do address it a bit, and in a pretty good way, but I don't believe it's enough really. He kinda just breezes past killing sentient beings like he's a war vet or something. It makes no sence.

Now your probably wondering why I still gave this book 4 stars after all that ranting, well it's simple. This book was far more entertaining than it had any right to be. The jokes and references aren't ground breaking but the timing pacing, and emotional bits of this book were excellent. The voice actor did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life, and carried solo scenes well. I expected this to be a generic litrpg, and I have listened to A LOT of litrpg, but it wasn't. The real drive of this story, what kept me listening wasn't the game mechanics(which are sub par at best), or the world building(we see 1/10 of and island, an underground Warren, a temple, and a boat. We also only hear about 2 places beyond the island), nor the whopping 4 different monsters we see(1 of which is a sentient race Skree interacts with, and another is a wolf that becomes a pet? Don't worry, it's so obvious it's going to happen its laughable). No, the real linch pin is the emotional connections the author seems to be able to will out of thin air. One after another I found myself liking character after character. The impact of the final few chapters hit me harder than I though it would, and that's saying something considering I've listens to over a 100 books with similar stories.

All and all, if your looking for an entertaining time killer, I'd give this book a chance.

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  • warren burton
  • 09-10-2021

Entertaining

it seemed to move a little bit too fast without sufficient character development. but overall enjoyable

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  • Desert Badger RC
  • 14-03-2021

Good book

Great LitRPG story with a great narrator. I can’t wait to listen to book 2!

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  • MH
  • 26-02-2021

I’m really torn

I really enjoyed this book till the end. I’m all in favor of books taking surprising turns. But the author sets up a whole story line then decides f it and changes everything. Spoilers ahead. He sets up this interesting plot line of the MC being the ambassador/champion for the kobolds and helping them rebuild he sets the whole thing up that I’m super interested in seeing where it goes. Answer no where all the good he did all the places he could go mean nothing. The jewel he gave up to the kobolds in a great moment of personal growth. Oh it’s his again because they are all dead. The people he helped pull out of savagery, nope all dead except for a couple kids, there is some bs about how they will rebuild the kobold people but there are to few. There is no chance of them rebuilding a viable population with like 20 something kobolds. The author just has villains show up and kill everybody. No rebuilding just super depressing everyone dies. spoilers over. The narrator did a great job. But I’m still pissed, very few times do I like a book so much only to dislike it just as much at the end. That’s why I gave it three stars. First half 5 last half 1 so 3

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  • Christopher
  • 23-02-2021

Treasure Island fingers crossed

Good listen. been for a litrpg with Treasure Island themes. Hoping the next book continues this way.

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  • Jamillah
  • 29-06-2020

Great start

What a great book.
I was sure initially but the story really takes of and doesn't slow down.
The characters are so good and you get really involved. Great balance between lit and RPG - I wouldn't have minded more game mechanics but I think the balance works well and I don't feel like I'm missing anything.

The MC is good as well, a nice mix between lovable and leader which these books often miss the mark on. I'm looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-2019

Great book!

Great voice acting, action oriented story. Strongly based on protagonist development. Excited for the next book!

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