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Reboot

Afterlife Online, Book 1
Narrated by: Justin Thomas James
Series: Afterlife Online, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
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Tad Lonnerman is having a crappy day stuck in crappy traffic late to a crappy meeting. On the bright side, his game development career is the only non-crappy thing he has going for him, so life isn't all bad.

At least until he dies.

Now Tad finds himself uploaded to a beta test of Haven, an unannounced hyper-immersive MMO where the dead have a second chance at life. It's not virtual reality, it's digital reality. A true afterlife online.

Except Haven isn't exactly blissful paradise. Tad bumbles into a pagan blood feud, crosses paths with fallen angels, and gets lied to by saints. His only allies? A frat boy with a penchant for dying and a pixie who won't give him the time of day.

Second chances be damned. All Tad wants is to return to his old life, and he'll do anything for the opportunity. Even make a deal with the devil.

©2017 Domino Finn (P)2017 Domino Finn

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meh

I read a fair amount of litRPG but this one I just could not get into.

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started off slow but I was hooked by the end

I can't wait for the next book. just to see where he takes the story.

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  • Zeadman
  • 27-12-2017

Amazing, better then the vast majority LITRPG's

Honestly one of the best LIT RPG's out there. I've listened to most that are available here on Audible, and only a few are actually interesting. I originally cut my chops on the Chaos Seed's series (Still love it), and was in love with it.

Everything interesting about that series, is in this one, and much much more. The characters are interesting, the world is unique in many ways but familiar in most, and the over arching story actually makes sense and doesn't end with "Evil capitalists = evil" (unlike a lot of LIT RPG's i can name out there.)

Also, this one is appropriate. Other then one scene that got a bit racy near the start, the rest of this book is one that i would let my nephews listen to. Clean, enjoyable, a few swear words yea, but for the most part tailor made for a clean and fun experience which is big for me.

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  • Andrew Smith
  • 18-10-2017

I’m definitely equally as addicted to this new series as one can be!

Just as countless MMORPG’s have captured the hearts and minds of many of us, this series will have you staying up late and shirking your duties just for a taste of escape. Tad (Talon) is by far one of the most entertaining main characters I have experienced in my audible journey. One instantly empathizes with him and feels the twists and turns in real life as he does in this DR environment. Beautiful concept, excellent writing, imaginative storyline, and inventive use of the MMORPG genre.

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  • Swiftblade
  • 15-02-2018

Fantasy LitRPG meets Frat house...

Part of the appeal of this genre for me is the transporting of a modern day character (like me) to a fantasy world of dragons, magic and possibility. But after the tutorial the main character is transported to his home base... a frat house where he is invited to play beer pong, air hockey, and call of duty by his roommate. The contrast didn't work for me, I found this distracting and annoying. The main character also spends a lot of time regretting being in this new world and trying to figure out how to get back to the old one. I found that the fantasy world was as unappealing to me as it was to our main character. The characters weren't much better, our main character is constantly trying to "fight smarter, not harder" which usually ends up with him running away. It wouldn't be so bad if he was searching for advantageous terrain or gaining time to plan his battle, but all our hero is doing is running with his tail between his legs. Add in a doormat of a college frat boy as a sidekick and you end up with nothing worth following. I dropped the book half way through and have no intention of finishing it.

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  • Xavier
  • 22-02-2019

Be weary of the "BEST LITRPG EVER" reviews...

TLDR -The world and setting are at an interesting start, and could potentially go places. They don't, but the possibility is there. The main character is one of the most disappointing in a series I've read, and can do everything right, even when he's very, very wrong.
Read this book if: You're new to LitRPGs, it's on sale, you like invincible protagonists, you enjoy nerdy references like chapter titles being video game titles.

Reboot is about Tad Lonnerman, and how he's set up in a virtual world to after a car accident to be given a second chance at life. Things proceed as normal for a video game, choose name, title, race, body build, etc. He meets his roommate, they play air hockey then go out adventuring. While out adventuring Tad remembers his little brother left alone after the accident, and his motivation becomes to get in contact with the brother.
It's a fairly solid story up to about this point, where Tad's flaws start to show up. He suffers from the "I've always had a temper" syndrome that many LitRPG protagonists seem to suffer from, and he'll get pissed off and have an outburst for almost no reason and give little more than a sorry or consideration as to why he exploded. He also suffers from the "I'm right, why can't you understand this" and "Oh, that was lucky that worked out", the former being more subtle, while the latter happening pretty much at every turn. Tad can apparently do no wrong and all his choices are justified, sooner or later, in his eyes or someone else's and even when there are consequences they're usually removed or forgotten. Even when he messes up and gives a half-heart apology or claims it "wasn't his fault" or "it was an accident", he's lying, he's still right, and nothing happens.
Suffice to say by the end of the book he's beaten multiple creatures he's had no right to have (level-wise, ranging from ogre to titan), gotten the vast majority of the player-base to think he's the best thing since sliced bread, and talked his way out of getting arrested then immediately after going to lead the NPC's and players in a war like a general. Oh, and by the end of the story has found a legendary weapon, got a castle as a house, kissed the purple-skinned Japanese girl (really.) and brought his frat boy roommate out of a depression state. Did I mention this is all within a day and a half? Yeah, there's a point where you're reminded about 3/4th's in that "oh, and it's only been my first day here!"
Look, I love this genre, and the story and setting could go places. I understand it'd be boring if the main character didn't have incredible luck/skill/smarts/something interesting to drive them forward. But all of this combined, without questions or consequences or danger? It's too much, and nothing will drag me out of a story faster than a character who has god-like survivability, who can do everything just by happening to pick the right skill or choice.

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1: The character creator mentions that you can choose your race, Tad breezes by saying he's always preferred human and makes a joke about elves. Fair. However, this is one of only two times race is mentioned for players or NPCs. The second is for the icy, stand-offish, totally-not-a-love-interest, strongest player in the game female character who's beta testing a pixie race (essentially a purple human with wings). As far as the author seems concerned the main city is populated by 99.99% human/department store mannequins and 00.01% Pixie. A great point of world building is setting up characters, both human and non-human, to show how big and diverse the world is. Doesn't work if you never mention it.
2: Reputation is mentioned once, with the enemy faction "The Pagans". It's mentioned multiple times in the story how "Talon has lost X rep with The Pagans" and Tad makes a note at the beginning about reputation gains. The Pagans are apparently the only faction in this world, or at least the only one that uses reputation, it's never mentioned in any other context, and feels like it was forgotten a quarter into the book.

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  • Raistlin Majeres
  • 11-07-2018

Reboot

Pretty decent book.
Enjoyable story, and an engaging MC.
Well written, and narrated.
Finn wrote a good story.
James’s performance was great.

Overall the experience was well worth the time.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 23-01-2018

Fun, Fun, Fun. . . .rebooting. . . MORE FUN!!!

This is a sharply written tale that has some good characters, and a great setting. The premise that you get uploaded into a video game when you die is fun, and is quite upseting to the main character. The overarching story is really riveting, but I'll be honest, I was having fun just listening to the MC's level up. Very enjoyable for RFPG/Gamelit.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-01-2018

a thought provoking narrative

what makes you human. is it your body or your mind. this story takes a simple fantasy mmo and explores what it really means when you are notjing but a bit of data on a server

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  • Jeremy R. Snyder
  • 11-12-2017

Great and satisfying fun

Reboot was a jaunty, amusing, and page-turning (so to speak) story. I've never played an MMO, so I suspect there were references that went over my head. Nonetheless, easy to enjoy characters and a smooth story that entertained some interesting questions made it fully worthwhile for me. If you enjoy LitRPG this is a great addition to your collection. If you enjoy fiction and MMOs, you'll love this. If you've never tried an MMO and haven't read any LitRPG yet, this is still a great place to start.

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  • Eddie
  • 28-12-2017

Mediocre

What did you like best about Reboot? What did you like least?

I like the overall idea that was presented as the foundation for the plot. Additionally, some of the ideas or concepts that was tied into the story was fairly funny.

Has Reboot turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, just this series.

Which scene was your favorite?

The duel in the arena.

Did Reboot inspire you to do anything?

Nope

Any additional comments?

I find it fairly hard to believe that MC was a game developer. For someone who is a game developer the MC made some decisions that doesn't seem accurate to me. For example) the scene where he gives a beggar a coin with full expectation of a quest/reward or the scene where he walks into a shop and begins breaking pots at random. While in games these concepts can be a real thing the way the MC does not logical assess the situation or even just ask his friend does not seem like a probable action or way of thinking a developer with years of experience would take.

I understand what the author wants to do with the whole "don't make deals with the devil" theme, but the consistent emphasis on the theme I feel is unnecessary. As the reader I already understand what happened/is happening the first time you mentioned it. It wasn't as clever as it could have been.

The lore that was used to help with the final scenes was sub-par. A cryptic poetic message that tells the MC to do what they were already doing in the first place doesn't make a good reveal or realization.

For the sake of not spoiling too much for those that still want to read it I will just say that the ending is cliche.

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  • jason young
  • 26-11-2019

Immersive, and entertaining

I have listened to a few Lit Rpg's before, but I think Domino nailed it. the characters were relatable, the circumstances unusual, and plot devices kept the story moving at a good pace. I enjoyed this story very much, and have downloaded the second book already. I did request this book and recieved it free of charge, however I have left this review of my opinion voluntarily.

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  • Stu
  • 07-10-2019

enjoyable

decent twist on mmorpg , good listen overall. a clever twist for the character back story near the end. hopefully book 2 delivers?