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Respawn: An Epic Fantasy LitRPG

Killstreak, Book One
Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
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Lord Kadorax Darkarrow was born on Earth, but in Agglor, he's the highest-level assassin anyone can find. The leader of the famed Blackened Blades, he's made a name for himself, built a kingdom of sorts, and only had to respawn once along the way. 

Then a rogue band of jackals sends him all the way back to a dreary tavern in a tiny village to start over at level one. 

Hellbent on revenge, Kadorax sets out on a path littered with bodies - level up, find the jackals, slay their god!

©2018 Stuart Thaman (P)2018 Stuart Thaman

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  • No Dice
  • 27-07-2018

A fun diversion in an interesting MMO style world

Overall this was a quick and enjoyable story, this world has an interesting game system and the mechanics are satisfying but the leveling and power scope is less defined than I would like. We have no idea what a level 73, 45, or 10 means in the grand scheme when we don’t know the level cap or if it is an open ended leveling system.

I found the characters to be difficult to connect to, the main character’s backstory is disappointingly left unexplored, and the sidekicks are not really developed beyond sidekicks. Since the nature of the game world is not clearly defined (is it a game, another planet, or a parallel dimension?) it makes it hard to understand if people like Brina are supposed to be scripted NPCs, players, or natives of another world. I believe the emotional detachment to death and how quickly people get over tragedy stems from the respawn feature of the world. Near the end of the book we do begin to explore more into these points but I feel it would be more helpful near the set-up.

The plot is pretty simple the liner summary basically gives you everything you need, this isn’t really a bad thing as it actually conveys the experience you get in a single player RPG or even a MSQ focused MMO. My biggest complaint is simply that the book ends too soon and it doesn’t quite feel finished it’s unfortunately anticlimactic in that aspect
Now, it seems like I have a lot of negative things to say but I really did enjoy it and got exactly what I expected from this novel and exactly what I expect from a litRPG; It is a solid entry in the genre and if you, like I do, enjoy a bit of video game inspired fiction and don’t really mind not over analyzing the writing then this is what you’re looking for.

As for the narrator, it took some getting used to the man’s tone. It isn’t bad it’s just quite dissimilar to many of the narrators I listen to. I found his pacing and deliver steady and reasonably quick, my main complaint is that I felt some dialogue was lacking the emphasis that the description presented. A good example of this is when he says in a normal emphasis or volume” ‘we need to run’ She Yelled.” Those small annoyances aside I enjoyed the performance and felt it was adequate for the material.

This is the author’s first entry in the series and I think there is a lot of room for growth and a lot of potential in this world and the characters, particularly in the main character’s mysterious new class. The author has left quite a few options open so I am interested in seeing what direction this takes.
Disclosure: I was given this title in return for my review

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  • MeDi
  • 30-07-2018

Respawn

The plot is pretty simple the summary basically gives you everything you need, This is my first book of LitRPG. It took me sometime to get used to it. If you are a fan for this format, you will enjoy it.

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  • Max
  • 05-09-2018

Love it!!

More! MORE! MORE!!!! I must have more! Please come out with the next audiobook SOOOOON!
(If you like litrpg you will love this book! If u don’t know what litrpg is read-listen to this book and fined out!!! I want a snake person friend!

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  • Tony Acree
  • 01-09-2018

My first LitRPG

This was my first foray into LitRPG. As a life long gamer, I found the genre interesting. Thaman does a great job of weaving a classic style gaming experience into a literary story. I greatly enjoyed the new class of Bastion and the related skill and weapons sets. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

This book was provided to me in return for an honest review.

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  • Dragonis
  • 24-05-2019

Looking forward to the next one.

No spoilers. I found the character building and backstory a little light but this kept me going with the way the story unfolded. I really like the respawn system. I can't wait for the second to see how much stronger then everyone else is the MC gets.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-04-2019

I would definitely recommend this book

great book overall. There's a good mix of action and dialogue, and the character isn't God moded straight out of the gate. I'm looking forward to seeing what lies ahead for Kadorax and company.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-09-2018

Incredibly good!

Wow - this is an amazing LitRPG. I love the uniqueness to the story, but also the originality. One thing that exemplifies this is the Bastion of Chaos class. Not a barbarian or orc, by something original which leaves me guessing what’s next with the character.

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  • Daniel Luiken
  • 31-08-2018

Always a good listen

Bennet is always a good narrator. He shows a wide variety of voice talents and really gets into the story. He can transport you right into the middle of the fight.

The story is detailed and a great listen. Thoroughly enjoy the video game aspect while still bringing great depth and emotion to the characters.

I was able to listen to this book thanks to a free audible credit and willingly provide my review.

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  • Backlash
  • 07-08-2018

Enter here to restart

A man mysteriously trapped in a game with his pet snake is killed and has to start over as the world the game is in suffers for the monster he released. This was a good story but there were several things about the game mechanics that were not revealed that I thought I needed to know. Still, I am excited for the next story to come out. If you get a chance, listen.

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  • Arielle Joy
  • 05-08-2018

well written and original

I have grown to really enjoy this narrator, he does a good job giving each character there own voice and pulling me into the story. I felt that the story was well written and original. I love that 90% of the people in this world have there own character sheets. I like that the story starts off in the middle of the action and explains things gradually through the story. the fact that the main character unlocks a new and mysterious clash and we discover it with him is pretty awesome.

I have received this audio book free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Scott R
  • 27-08-2018

An interesting LitRPG

This is quite well done as the MC dies early on and wants revenge so changes class and starts as a lowly Bastion of Chaos.
The world building is pretty good although i have seen better. Stats dont turn up every few pages so it's not too annoying which i find can be a problem especially in Audio LitRPG.
The MC and his supporters have good back stories and I found this an easy listen as the narration and overall flow of the story is quite in depth with well spaced out action scenes as they level up. The main opponents are random outside the main focus of our MC but it looks to have an intriguing outlook so im quite happy to look past this first book and see the potential for further adventures. This is the first i have seen of the author but i would go back for more as i would with the narrator who is also new to me but both work well together.
I requested this audio and have left my thoughts on this for you to peruse.

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  • Troy
  • 23-01-2019

Great fun, looking forward to the end of the story

I really enjoyed this novel. It's fast paced and the premise of the main character slowly losing his grip on reality is an intriguing part of the revenge quest driven narrative. I was disappointed to find there is no second book after the cliff hanger ending.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • mark ralph
  • 29-09-2018

Won't b getting the next one

The narrator was fine in this book but in my opinion the writing wasn't great. At some point the ending to books stops being a cliff hanger and starts just stopping mid chapter. I think the writer could have used more detail in the character progression stats to make it a true litrpg. I also think that the protagonist seems to have very little depth and has given up on earth way too easy. There is no desire to work out why he is in the game.

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  • ScottishJay
  • 27-08-2018

Hooked on this genre

I am absolutely hooked on the genre of people getting stuck inside games and similar ideas, and this one continued to satisfy my thirst for this type of story.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Lee
  • 07-08-2018

Not Bad

I don't know what say about this book, I am still a bit lost, the story is good, don't get me wrong, but unlike other LitRPG's there is no reason for the main character to be there, I'm not going to say, hero, because so far I haven't really seen anything heroic from him, in fact, he is a little dark, jaded and only out for what he can get out of others, which is fine, but I digress, when I say no reason to be there, what I mean is, nothing has been said by how he came to be in this new world, only that he has been there for about 30 years.
But that said, the story is good, it isn't the best, but so far so good, the narrating is very good, so overall, I'd say, if you like LitRPG then get this. If you are new to LitRPG, then I would try something else first, this isn't the book to get you hooked on the genre.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.