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The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga

Chaos Seeds, Book 1
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
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Welcome to The Land, Audible's 2018 Customer Favorite!

Enter a mesmerizing tale reminiscent of the wonder of Ready Player One and the adventure of Game of Thrones

Book 1 of a 7 Book series that will Amaze and Delight you for weeks! 

Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter's destruction. 

Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm? 

A tale to shake "The Land" itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter's choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside in it? Can he grow his power to meet the deadliest of beings of the land? When choices are often a shade of grey, how will Richter ensure he does not become what he seeks to destroy? 

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There are much better options in the GameLit genre

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

That mountain seems too high to climb.

Has The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga put you off other books in this genre?

If this was the first novel I had read in the LitRPG/GameLit genre, i would have been put off. I certainly would not have had the same excitement I had when I read my first novel in this new genre, written by one of the Russian authors who coined the genre name, LitRPG. There are so many better examples in the LitRPG/GameLit genre.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance was okay, however it was completely ruined by the narrator’s use of sound effects. The constant and repititive bells ringing as the MC levelled up made it impossibke to listen to the book before bed as my partner could hear the noises through my noise cancelling headphones and I was unable to relax and listen to the story. The noises constantly broke my immersion.

What character would you cut from The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga?

The main character. I didn’t like the guy, which made it very hard to like the book. He had no back story and seems completely unphased by his new reality and the life he has left behind. His humour is sophmoric and he lacks any deeper inner life.

Any additional comments?

I wanted to like this audiobook but it had none of the elements, like a compelling, layered storyline and likeable characters that I care about, that make me lose myself in a story.

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Social Disconnect

Feels like it's written by the father of a gamer. Such a boring story, and the references to now old pop culture makes this story terrible.

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Terrible writing and story

Worst book I’ve ever read, returned this ... don’t waste time... unable to finish ... it was that bad

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Rubbish

Kept on waiting for it to get better. Terrible story full of plot holes and a waste of time. I had just finished a Brandon Sanderson before picking this up which probably led to the huge feeling of dispointment. No where near the same league of writing.

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An engaging LitRPG that is well narrated.

Where does The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

With an excellent narrator, this audiobook is as immersive as any other LitRPG you will find.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that the story stayed a bit more in-line with gaming experiences and gradual power. While the character does seem unusually powerful to what a gamer might expect a 'character' to start as, this is not a "powerstomp" that you might expect from the Russian authors. If you enjoy the journey of the character, this story has it.

What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Nick Podehl was a great narrator and gave Momma a hilarious accent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There is perhaps one criticism to be had, and that is that the main character doesn't strike a lot of emotional chords. He seems very accepting of what has happened, spends almost no time adjusting, and while he has an admirable motive, he has yet to face real dilemma and challenge. That being said, this is the first book, and I expect more to come when the budding relationships kick off.

Any additional comments?

A great book. The author is ambitious in calling himself the "Father" of American LitRPG, but time will tell.

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Love this series. Funny, action and great characters

This book had me at hello.
The audiobook (nick podehl) has the characters just right. (Specially muma). Quick humour, better fights and a gamers wet dream.
If you're into military scifi, fantasy and gaming, you will fall in love with this series and read it over and over.
Warning... you will buy the next books in the series and eagerly await the latest release, so allow time to immerse yourself in this ripper universe!
Thanks Aleron!!!

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Not worth your time

The story was a bit bland and the sound effects were very annoying. The was also a lot of repetitive content, like spending minutes listening to a list being read. would not recommend this as an audiobook, may be okay in print

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  • al
  • port hedland
  • 01-07-2018

That’s 4 hours I’ll never get back

This book was the worst piece of rubbish I have saver encountered, the fact that someone took the time to write RPG stats into a book and then repeat them over and over and over and over and over and over and over again, made it frustrating at the least. I had to turn it off after about 4 hours.
The story is thin on actual, well, story. If this is the future of contemporary fantasy literature the world is in dire straights!!!!! I’d also like to know how it got a 4.5 star rating on audible

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Not for me

If you like DND board games you will like this. Well i like a good fantasy fiction but this is not it, seems that stat menu's and quests come up with a toll bell, that rings all the time (its so annoying) and the main character starts off as a self centered power hungry guy put into a world that is running exactly like a board game, then desides to change to a guy that still wants power but to help others and build a better board game world, its not even his world why should he give a crap lol the guy doesnt even miss anything about his life in the real world( the guy must have had no life at all). 😥

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Exceptional.

I read the book. Loved it. Thought I'd try it as my first Audible. Loved it even more!

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  • Jeremy Schultz
  • 13-03-2018

A bit cringy

The narrator was great, but the story is terrible. It felt like a 46 year old man trying to write a book that had, “hip” dialogue. Maybe it’s just not for me though. I see a lot of people liked the book, but I just don’t get it. I had to turn it off several times, because of the horribly unfunny and dated references.

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  • SMULLET
  • 25-10-2017

Tedious

I had a different idea of what this book would be coming into it, I was excited at the concept of a book involving a rich world and characters like an MMORPG, but not understanding that the gimmick was such a central part of the book. To me it got worse as I went. I kept waiting for the writer to get to turn off the interface and get to a story and none came. Side quest, side quest, side quest. If this were a game it would be tolerable, but twenty chapters in and were not out of the tutorial yet, and the elements being added to the "story" are for the most part completely irrelevant. While there are a few moments where the stats, dings, menus, and interface perform a moderately necessary function, for the most part it is contrived and immersion breaking. It never feels real to the character so it never felt real to me.

I never connected with any of the characters in the book except Richter, and even he was mostly unrelatable with the over the top geekery and his talk of punching frat boys and his real world feminine companions. There's really nothing at risk to the character with his ability to respawn and endless potential. I can't be worried about him losing some majestic item or article of clothing. There is no action of consequence taken in the entire book so far (up to chapter 20), and I have no reason to expect there will be.

The fact that all other characters are basically NPCs makes them useless props and basically means they bring nothing more to the story either. The enemies lack depth or any sense of concrete purpose, they just exist for the sake of giving the player something to fight to level up.

It is a shame since it does feel like there could be some moment where he finally turns off the "game" and turns on the world but at this point I've been waiting for a purpose so long it feels silly to wait any longer.

TL:DR
All of the tedium and grind of an RPG (online or otherwise) with none of the story, rich characters, consequence, tough choices, or fun.

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  • TT
  • 08-04-2018

Too many level stats

Good story line but felt like roughly 20% of the book was nothing but reading level stats. Not my cup of tea

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  • Robert Davenport
  • 04-07-2018

Basically a RPG blog

If you enjoy listening to a blog of someone playing a RPG then this maybe for you.
No originality, very little story line. A very weak pathetic attempt at storytelling.
I tried very hard to get into this book. I listened to over 50% of the book before giving it up.
Just for grins I went to book #6 and listened to the sample. It was the same as book one. No improvement in the storytelling so I have crossed this series off of my list of must reads.
How this thing ended up with a 4.6 average rating is mind boogling to me.
One of the rare instances that I have invoked the return policy for a book.

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  • Micah
  • 02-03-2019

Great story, but has its flaws.

First, I want to say that Nick Podehl is one of the best narrators I have ever heard. He is awesome!

I really liked the story and the 'LitRPG' method of telling it is very interesting. I would have given this 5 stars, but having read the entire series, I have to say, Why is all the swearing and sexual violence necessary? It seems harsh for harshness sake. I had to fast forward through a few parts because the torture, descriptions of pain, rape, etc. just seemed a bit over the top and added nothing to the story.

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  • Matthew Christopher
  • 20-03-2019

the sound effects are driving me up a wall

good book but the sound effects are some of the most irritating noises I have have ever had the displeasure of listening to just ahh!!!

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  • Michael
  • 20-03-2019

It's alright.

This book was one of the first LitRPGs I read. I did enjoy the pick and Nick, the narrator is awesome as usual. I have read (listened) all the books in this series and it really is an okay book. Kong is no Sanderson, so don't expect literary genius. If I had to do it over again I would still make this my first litrpg series. It gives you good baseline on what the middle ground is. If the writing is worse, run away.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-03-2019

Just don't do it.

The narrator makes even the decent lines or opinions of the main character sound painfully cheesy. The book itself probably isn't bad when read from paper, but it is absolutely not designed for an audiobook. Especially when they read an endless list of items collected or skills earned. Those probably work great in a novel, but not like this. I won't be investing in the 2nd one and I'm returning this one.

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  • Jago
  • 06-01-2019

To use my DM's catchphrase, it's halfway decent

It's a moderately entertaining story that was good for filling the hours I spend driving for work. However, for a novel the writing isn't great. the plot is almost perfectly standard for an isekai manga, a fact the author seems to indicate both he and the main character are aware of without putting in much noticeable effort to depart from the typical isekai tropes aside from better story pacing as well as a clear basis in D&D and other western style RPGs instead of the typical JRPG framework. Anyone familiar with a tabletop RPG will be able to clearly hear language indicating success or failure of a roll that would have been made for a skill check or will/ref/con save. For a story set in the future the character often makes references and uses jokes and slang that would have been outdated when he was 3 years old (the time of the book's publishing.) The occasional spelling aloud of abbreviations like FML and WTF can be quite off-putting. On that note, the dialogue is more like what I would expect to hear improvised in a session of D&D than in a published book. While I don't expect other players to be able to improvise good dialogue appropriate to their character and the campaign on the spot, hearing characters in a book speak like that is kind of disappointing and jarring. The narrator was good for the most part, especially in making sure to flatten his voice for system messages, but the accents used for some of the characters were pretty hard to listen to. The "system sounds" as well sounded like they were from a much older game and some of them (the item noise) were really irritating to hear over and over. While the story was interesting enough, I don't think I will be picking up the next book in the series unless I have a credit to waste.

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  • Michael Q Crawford
  • 06-08-2018

Good book, once you get past the prologue

All in all, good book with an interesting storyline as far as LitRPGs go. Truth be told, I almost stopped listening during the prologue, as the grander schemes alluded to are both farfetched in plot and shows lack of creativity ("The Land" and "The Prince" being the actual official names). However, for as much as the prologue is supposed to reveal the grand scheme within which the story takes place, it's moved past quickly and not discussed again.

One additional side note, the author needs to get over himself. Add "The father of American LitRPG" after his name in the credits is both egotistical and factually wrong. Others did it before you, pal.

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  • Mr. M. Mazourov
  • 14-10-2018

I don't get the style of the "narrated RPG"

what this is, is an RPG game for someone who does not play games. the literary value of this is close to zero. and although there is a place for books that do not require any brain power whatsoever, I never thought that you can pay no attention to the content and yet know exactly what is going on.

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  • Peter Szegedi
  • 13-08-2018

Boring story with superb narration

I have bought this book, because of the great reviews. I can't recall a single moment when I was in doubt about the turns of the story. I think it was because there are no turns, or surprises. Go to X or Y location, understand the context, kill the bad guy, loot. Repeat over and over.

The narration is superb, but I do not recommend this book under any circumstances. Boring is an understatement.

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  • Lee Brace
  • 13-08-2018

Not for me...

Never would have downloaded if I'd listened to sample. Suitable for a younger audience probably.

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  • Stephen P Whittaker
  • 14-01-2019

DING, this book sucks

Play a video game instead, very difficult to get through maybe it would be easier to read? The narrator does a good job but constantly reading off stats and DING notifications becomes very frustrating also incredibly boring.The storyline is had potential but becomes very basic with little in depth story or any real emotions. Maybe I missed something but the character is awfully accepting of the loss of his reality and friends/ family, its bizarre. I have no idea how this book has such a a high rating.

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  • Mr
  • 12-08-2018

it's ok.

The good: there are some good characters, and lots of funny moments, the world is decent enough.

The bad: it's slow, there's too much description of individual items, there's an annoying ding a lot, there's nothing about the real world once the main character leaves it.

Overall: it's enjoyable but lacks complexity.

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  • Fatboy101
  • 09-05-2018

Perhaps I should have expected less

I thought when similarities were mentioned to ready player one that this would be worth a listen. However the plot is thin and it is literally like someone describing a friends gameplay. This may be the point but it was not for me. Narrator was very good - although he should know the word is pronounced ‘herb’ not ‘erb’!! 😃

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  • CW
  • 08-03-2018

"What does the fox say" - It says this book is bad

What would have made The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga better?

Stop with all the dead references, as soon as I heard the "what dos the fox say" reference it absolutely killed the book

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  • Wolf
  • 17-03-2019

Male Teenage Fantasy

Firstly, I can not fault the narrator, he does an excellent job, but that is the only saving grace of this eye-rolling, plodding, behemoth.

The main character is annoying. He enters a new world and doesn't care. From the get go it's all about resource gathering, point allocation and never-ending descriptions of rare items he just happens to stumble across. Within about a week he's calling a being that happily let him die 'brother'.

Plot wise, nothing happens. It's a long slow trek on minor quests, skill updates with major events getting a mention but don't happen for two or three books. One of the most irritating things is the titles of the next few books. The title event simply doesn't happen inside that book instead there is endless filler that could have been summarised in two or three paragraphs. The whole thing is very much number driven which I ended up skipping over constantly.

Character development - meh. Respect for life is constantly given to the main character after a petty statement or trinket and relationships just don't work that way. MC is also stupid, never learning from mistakes, never thinking ahead but of course, survives due to plot armour.

As for the humour? Pathetic. If I wanted to listen to endless dick jokes I'd go to the pub.

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  • Mr. N. R. C. Kiley
  • 18-07-2018

More like listening to a computer game

This could have been OK. But I barely endured it. Brrriiinnggg! You have encountered a creature. Big long list of stuff. Really? I'll not be getting the others.

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  • Capt kirk
  • 07-02-2018

Disappointing!!

This was a great story,but the fact that it has to give us the full list of stats every time something was achieved was frustrating. The narrator Nick was fantastic as usual.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful