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What's that you say? You want more village growth? Well be careful where you stand, because the Mist Village just took a Viagra-Cialis sandwich and there is a stiff breeze blowing! (I can make some more references if you're still not getting the point...did you see what I did there?)

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enjoyable but average, author manipulates ratings

if you use fakespot.com on any of aleron Kong's books on Amazon you can clearly see that aleron kong or people he employs are artificially inflating his 5 star reviews as well as using slur campaigns and attacks coordinated to silence critics and vote that more honest reviews are unhelpful, so whilst I somewhat enjoyed this series, I'm now forced to give it an abysmal review to both reflect my disappointment in Aleron Kong at his dishonest and bad faith business practices, as well as do my small part in counteracting his devoted legion of monkeys (and perhaps even boys) that are employed and coordinated via his Facebook page amongst other means. If you think I am making this up then you are a sheep, as a few good Google searches, Reddit or fakespot.com make the truth visible if you bother searching. For my actual rating, the story is a solid 3/5, the author has very little talent towards writing, but makes up for that with incredibly detailed world building. The performance by Jeff Hayes smooths over many of the authors flaws in writing style and he deserves 5/5 for giving the performance life even where the books were lacking. I enjoyed the books 4.5/5, but I truly love fantasy and litrpg both, and would objectively only give the story an honest rating of 3/5. All that being said though, my rating of the author would be 1/5 or lower, due to his arrogance, pride and dishonesty. Not to mention the number of deadlines he has missed just for the release of book8, but that's neither here nor there when compared to how he dishonestly manipulates ratings and reviews for profit and fame. Shame on you Aleron Kong, I may enjoy your books, but I'm only 1 step away from boycotting your future works! TLDR: I really enjoyed the series, but objectively it's very average and the author has been shown to be heavily manipulating his ratings and reviews... Now watch as his team of worker monkeys bury this unbiased, critical review in with "unhelpful" markers... please vote helpful if you found this to be informative

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awesome book and narrator was amazing.

i can't wait for the next book couldn't stop listening will start again as soon as I'm finished them all.

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better and better

loved the book and story, as a fan of mmorpg I can enjoy imaging playing the game as the story unfolds.

The audio for this books makes it so much better tho, it's a perfect partnership for the two to make an amazing experience.

Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Saturation

I'm not that sure why I continued with these books. the first was okay but after that it's just a series of dungeon crawls with the main character finding a new remarkable magical item or resource at every turn and then everyone else being amazed by the find. It never feels like anything gets resolved and with every amazing item all the rest of his amazing items are a bit less amazing. It's an over saturation of magical items.

However my real issue is that the story gets nowhere fast, there always seems another distraction and anything which seems important other characters do while you follow around the main character who is almost unendingly in a dungeon accomplishing nothing narrative wise.

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great books

loved everything except the reader repeating each monsters exp. add them together you redundant potato

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The Land Volume 4

This story continues to grow legs and is fantastic fantasy listening. Highly recommend you continue your journey

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Continuing goodness

A great continuation of the story. Characters continue to evolve and there is great humour throughout this book. Highly entertaining!

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another great addition to the series

great book, enthralling story, awesome narration. can't recommend it enough. Nick Podehl puts other narrators to shame with his enthusiasm, use of different voices and audio effects

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Loved it

The epic story continues to deliver. I hope it doesn't stop. Truly, a great story

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the sound effects

another good story nearly completely ruined by terrible sound effects whose ever idea it was to put them in clearly didn't listen to the finished product

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  • Andrew
  • 23-08-2018

Incredibly Addicting

Just like the first 3 books, this one will captivate you and keep you wanting more. Highly recommend

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  • Daniel Bellick
  • 02-02-2020

Frat boy in a Fantasy world

I want to love this series, a lot of cool stuff happens and some of the characters are genuinely likable, but the main character is a bit of a douche. I stopped here to take a break from the series, the MC's inner monologue make me cringe all the time and although he has gotten pretty strong throughout the books .. this guy remains the same d-bag we've been given in book 1, he hasn't developed as a person at all. Most characters he interacts with feel like they are just a means to an end, with no real substance, and it's the same with his leadership and advancements. He doesn't really learn, just kind of goes with the flow and let's other people do everything, while obtaining overly valuable resources. Check out Dakota Krout, he's a perfect example of excellent character development, both his series have me looking back in wonder how each major character changed throughout their journeys .. but that just isn't here.

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  • Anonymous
  • 18-03-2019

Catacombs?

What the hell just happened? This book felt like it was all of a sudden written by a frat boy with non stop horrible dick jokes. And the title doesn’t make any sense. They don’t even go into the Catacombs. This entire series just took a horrible turn. I thought the first three books were enjoyable and was looking forward to the rest. But wow was this book bad. Beyond the title the author just keeps inventing new story lines. None of the ongoing lines get addressed at all. The author has made a big world and his writing has gotten lost. His writing also turned very juvenile. Maybe if there is some sort of sale I’ll pick up the next book, but I don’t have high hopes for it after listing to this one.

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  • RJ
  • 01-09-2018

Continued growth for Richter and Mist Village!

We are introduced to Stridex the Exile; a before unknown group of powerful creatures who will undoubtedly come into play at some future point. Richter, Randolphus (Randy) his Chamberlain, Scion his other-brother-from-another-mother, Fueton the floating misty ball, and of course Alma his familiar all continue to contribute to the growth of Misty Village. Richter continues to grow as well; his spells and abilities increase in level and power, as well as Richter’s physical self. Richter and Elma getting drunk at the village celebration were quite funny. The self-examination after the bear kill was interesting as well as the first group Richter formed as War Leader. Heaven’s Forge and the Dragon’s Philosopher Cauldron were also amazing. So much going on; it’s a great adventure!

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  • Michael Wallace
  • 30-05-2019

I'm easy to satisfy but this book let me down.

I'll start this off positive. I love the LitRPG genre! I have a blast listening or reading the books. Now for my opinion about this book. This is the second book I've not finished in my 50 years. I really struggled to keep going. The story lacks intrigued, conflict, everything comes to easy for the main character. Every detail of the daily routine is the story. I can't recommend this book.

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  • Robert J. Tavares
  • 08-05-2019

Best series I've read all year!

My son introduced me to this book and I picked up the audiobook for a long work commute. The narrator is probably the best I've ever heard. The book itself is a combination of Piers anthony punny humor, world building, and a dude encountering a plethora of "oh crap" situations. I've read the series twice and don't plan on stopping. Well worth the time/cost.

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  • Matt Marchand
  • 05-06-2018

An unfortunate turn in the series

The first three books, leading into this book, have steadily become more juvenile and crass. What began with a sense of allusion simply became a cheap explicit potty mouth book. It is like a comedian that relies on shock rather than cleverness. What makes this an unfortunate turn is that the series is good/entertaining now feels like I'm hanging out with a teenager who is trying swear words for the first time and is proud of the new accomplishment. I'm not sure the benefit of the crass immaturity does to sales, but the demographic has narrowed to exclude me.

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  • J. Orman
  • 09-07-2019

The books continue to degenerate.

In what was acceptable in the first book or two the constant reading of statistics and items that has grown to fill a more and more significant portion of the stories. Beyond that, there are other aspects of the book that are getting to be just downright annoying. every female ex-girlfriend, wife, random passerby is regularly referred to as "fun sacks", or implied to be nothing more than a set of holes waiting to be stuffed. The constant references to ex-girlfriends, wives, etc and the huge phallus of every character in the story makes the books feel more and more like a Fratboy diary than a story. The icing on the cake was the author clearly trying to be inclusive by having lesbians in his story , then referring to them as a nice way to get a three-way.

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  • Jacob
  • 16-05-2019

Stop with the terrible jokes and references

Self proclaimed "Father of American LitRPG" cannot write a story to save his life. The jokes and pop culture references makes me cringe as every turn. I can space out for 2 hours and still be in the same spot after he talks about his one night stands and how his mother raised him. The only thing keeping this together is the Narrarator who is amazing.

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  • J. Barron
  • 07-09-2019

Some things just don't translate to audio

This started wearing on me by the end of the first book. But the story was good so, I was able to get over it. At this point, I'm so utterly exhausted from endless stat pages, item and ability descriptions, and analyze information that I end up completely tuning it out. Then my attention is elsewhere and I miss when it gets back to actual story. Then I have to rewind and pick up where my brain left off.. I can see how, if this were in paperback format, an image on a page would suffice. That stuff does NOT translate the same to audio. It's EXHAUSTING. I can't even bring myself to listen to the rest, no matter how much I want to see where the story goes. a 12 hour audiobook that could have taken up 6 hours without all the "repetitious detail" is just too much. My other complaint? I'll save it. It's a spoiler. PS: Major Kudos to Nick Podehl - he does an AMAZING job narrating this series. I can only imagine how tedious the stat stuff was to record.

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  • D. N.
  • 10-10-2018

Good story but...

Good story but too much character stat Reading. It almost reads like a rulebook rather than a story

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  • Mr. L. HALL
  • 05-02-2018

Getting dragged out

The series started well but now feels like it's getting dragged out to make more money. The author keeps telling the same story but in a different location. The increasing use of sexual innuendos show clearly the decline in writing quality. And the skill leveling really gets on my nerves, a good quarter of the book at least is duplicate content. The author also forgets what he has previously written so there is little follow-up or development on decisions made. Its not worth a credit.

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  • eloy grana
  • 09-10-2018

Another quality installmet from Aleron & Pohdel

I incredibly enjoyed listening to this installment of The Land saga. The story remains consistently entertaining and I had an immersive experience thanks to the many funny and relatable references, the development of characters and the fantasy of it all. The combined feel of the Elder Scrolls and the Wheel of Time make this series the perfect audiobook for fans of the fantasy genre

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  • neil garrett
  • 22-02-2018

fantastic

love this series. simply can not get enough of it. was my first time listening to litrpg.

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  • MEJP
  • 20-09-2017

would not recommend...

This is the fourth book and it's all the same.
It's like the main character is a cult leader.
does not learn. Just repeats over and over.

The back store is sort of ok. I wanted it to be good but same old same old.

I felt sorry for the town's people that had to put up with the main character.






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  • Ian
  • 06-08-2018

It gets better and Better

Not much to say other than amazing.... again I'm totally hooked highly recommend to anyone. 5 stars

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  • Michael
  • 02-01-2018

Books are good but artificially shortened

Narrator is excellent, but books end in places that makes little sense from story perspective

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  • Alexander
  • 27-06-2020

Great concept but seems to accelerate.

I've been loving listening to this series, however the story is lacking at the moment. He's yet to leave his own backyard still and the stats are beginning to take over. like I said I have been loving it but it's beginning to get old and I feel the stats need to be skimmed over some more to give time to developing the story more.

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  • avidreader
  • 19-06-2020

This book is crass

The book has a weak story and the humour is juvenile and moronic at best. Nick Pohdel must have struggled to narrate this audio book.

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  • Gruzenburg
  • 15-06-2020

excellent story. well performed

I enjoyed this a lot. I especially like the village building, and the feeling of being part of a team. and it is FUN

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