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SpeedRunner

Tower of Babel, Book 1
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Series: Tower of Babel, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Launch day.

That was what they called it. The day when over four million people vanished in an instant from the island of Manhattan. The day earthquakes ravaged the east coast. The day a 101-kilometer tall tower rose from the wreckage of the now empty city. The day every screen, newspaper, and smart phone displayed a single message from an unknown source: The Great Emperor has issued his challenge. From the ruins of the Old World rise the Tower. Its doors will soon open, and the great game will begin. A hundred floors and a hundred challenges await the worthy. And to the victor? A Wish of Unlimited Power.

Cayden Caros yearned to play that game. His only problem? The Terms and Conditions. A strict set of rules that, among other things, prevented anyone under the age of 16 from entering the tower.

Forced to wait for over two years, Cayden did the only thing he could do to pass the time. He researched, he practiced, and he prepared. It would take a lot to catch up to players with such an enormous head start. Lucky for him, he was a special type of gamer.

©2017 Adam Elliott (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Moo review

Oh this is interesting and fun I loved this book and recommend it for all readers

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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good read but a missed opportunity

this book is a good example of where less would be more. the speed runner angle is interesting but ruined by the usual litrpg special snowflake tropes. the two main plot points should have been 2 separate standalone books

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Great intro to the series

great book to listen to. I recommend the narrator and the book wasn't bad either. good action all the way through Too!

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  • adam
  • 10-05-2018

Honest Review; No Hype No Hate

I really liked this book and it was hard to put it down once I started. It's geared more towards the younger generation and has it's bumps along the way. However the main character is believable and develops slowly along the way. I will break it down for fellow readers.

1. Story Consistency
The Story starts out as a Speed run, but it slowly diverges away from that. In my opinion this is a strength since it adds real story instead of kill this, go here, and repeat. However it still keeps some of the tropes of the "Streamer" generation to be relateable. The main character is going to encounter roadblocks. The same roadblocks you encounter in life that regular video games are devoid of. I feel this makes the tower of babel seem more realistic than anything.

2. Plot Holes
This is probably the weakest part of the book. There are quite a few deus ex machinas in here. But unless you only read the best of the best it's hard to get around. Part of the tower though is it's mysteriousness and the hidden aspects that power gamers will probably miss and casuals won't understand.

3. Character Development
This is a strength of the book. The main character starts out the same way many of us as the same dumb kid next to us. But no were all super unique am I right? He starts growing up in the tower, facing real life consequences and deciding why he is the person he is. It isn't a great work of literature but it does a decent job and gave me a few laughs along the way.

5. Character likeability
The main character is generic in a lot of ways but echoes a lot of what the gamer generations feels. Perhaps (Spoiler Alert, fyi this isn't word for word) my favorite line is this "Exploration, seeing new worlds, quests, etc. It's all I ever wanted and I feel like I was robbed of something that doesn't exist."

6. Overall
I rated this a 4/5 because it is way better than most litrpgs out there but not a show stopper. If you like the genre you'll love the book. If not it's still a good book to pick up and enjoy.

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  • zeft
  • 27-12-2017

If you are into Litrpg, it is worth the credit

The plot line is different from the usual approach to Litrpg. Usually it people accidentally get transported for some reason or the world is ending and people go in the game to seek refuge.

Tower of babel instead went the route of a tower mysteriously appeared in NYC. A real life tower dive with game like mechanics. Kinda like SAO where you will perma die but you are not trapped in the tower where you can leave any time. People just live there for there own reasons.

Its not perfect but it is a good enough listen.

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  • Anthony
  • 17-12-2017

Wow

I really hope that the next book is on audible soon, this was a very good listen!

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Joona
  • 17-02-2018

Yeah, I'm going to be that guy.

Since no one likes long ranting reviews or spoilers, I'll try to keep this short.

The book in whole is boring, predictable, unoriginal, rushed and full of cliches. The speedrunning aspect feels like it was added as an afterthought and is forgotten after the first chapter. Character interactions are forced. Rules are convoluted to cover the plot holes and plot devices are just...ugh.

Narrator was pretty much the only good thing about this audiobook. Definately getting my credit back from this one.

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  • Ron-Kristin Cardarelli
  • 09-12-2017

Great story

Beginning = good, Middle = great, End = cant wait for the next book. Story was way better then I expected and I'm glad I decided to purchase.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Steven Ng
  • 12-02-2018

interesting world, spoiled main character

a decent story and interesting world. I find the main character to be spoiled, unlikable. the worst stereotypical gamer that is self obsessed, ungrateful and has no specific strengths. he has and succeeds only with great luck. I actually like the villain and parts of his plan.

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  • Zakery Tippins
  • 13-01-2018

Good, but not great.

A good story with an interesting premise, but it tries to hard in places. Some of the comedy seems a bit forced. The main character also seems to lose his motivation and focus about half way. Overall though a good book.

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  • Greg
  • 26-01-2018

Very slow start.

Only problem is first half is lots of world building and the game's mechanics. Game skills are easier to deal with on paper. In audio book format it much more jarring.

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  • Ryan Hooey
  • 04-02-2019

Good but bogged down with details

Actually a 3.5 star rating. This was my first dive into this genre and I did enjoy it for about 80% of the book however the other 20 had a little bit too much explaining rather than doing. The story, premise and universe of this book was great and progressed at a really good speed however, at times throughout the story I found it there was a little bit too much explaining of player attributes, weapons or items and other such materials. Please don’t get me wrong I understand this is the start of a series and some explanation is required but it really slowed down the progression of the story as well the rhythm of listening. You do really learn to love the characters and root for them from start to end in this book. I will be moving onto the second book in the series which I hope will touch on some of the storylines I felt got lost along the way in the main story. The performance was wonderful and really adds value to the story. There are so many male, female and monster voices to sink your teeth into that it gives a lot of flair to the story. I really like the changing pace he uses from chapter to chapter and seem to scene. Best of all, and you all might find this a little strange but I love the robotic and computerized voice we here many times throughout the story. It was very well done and very very realistic as robot voices come. I am hoping for more answers rather than questions and book 2

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  • Vincent P Short
  • 05-11-2018

Not a great start

This book is boring. I really love lit-rpg's, but this one is sloooow and unitersering.

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  • David Cooke
  • 07-03-2018

made it through quickly but not great tbh

managed to make it to the book but the story wasn't cohesive and I felt as if it jumps all over the place. I wasn't sure if it's game or if it was reality.

performance was good but story not so much

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  • RickG73
  • 15-04-2018

Seriously? 4mins of just reading out menus

I started enjoying the book until it keeps reading out the new menus and stat points. Wouldn't be bad if it only took 10 seconds. But really! Reapeaing it over and over. One time A full 4mins just reading out new menus that got a bit too much. Sorry I'm not a mmrpg player, maybe you all like to hear every menu every hp, lp, and whatever else there is. But it really grated on me.

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  • Miss Ruth Hurley
  • 29-01-2018

Astonishingly Brilliant take on MMO stories!

First came across this whilst browsing audibles list of mmo stories and im glad I did because this story is enthralling and I couldn't get enough of it! I do think that Cayden can seem quite cocky at times but if that's his character then that's ok because it actually works and doesn't make you dislike him at all.

I'd say that this story was definitely well researched and gives fantastic twists and complications which really sort of bring the atmosphere of the fantastical world Adam Elliott has created, I look forward to the next audible book

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  • Andrew Lowrie
  • 16-01-2018

A fun journey

Well written for the genre, fun and unique with some twists to catch you off guard.

If you enjoy this genre then you’ll enjoy this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-06-2018

Excellent

Absolutely loved it. Brilliant story and narration. Can't wait to listed to the next one.

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  • Mr P A Daines
  • 01-06-2018

hooked from the first...

An absolute must for any fan of the fantasy gamer genre. I was hooked from the first to the last.

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  • Ibraar Hussain
  • 23-06-2018

Not My Type of Audiobook

If you like books like Game of Thrones you will enjoy this book.

As I am not in to fantasy books I did not enjoy it and will be giving it back.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful