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Publisher's Summary

Being a mage isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Especially when you’ve witnessed the end of the world and the demise of all you’ve ever loved. 

As a particle physicist, William Jenkins is as unsuited to survival on an alien world as any normal 30-something post-doc could be. Thankfully, he’s not alone. With an AI, magic, scientific curiosity, and, most improbably, a deity on his side, Will must come to terms with his new reality before otherworldly terrors forever extinguish the light of hope on this new world. 

Meanwhile, as the forces of darkness amass to invade her home, Effni Naridia, Qaseri Ranger, and Guardian of her peoples, must face her own demons. By undertaking a trial, Effni could determine not only the fate of her city but unravel a mystery aeons in the making. 

The Last Physicist features elements of progression fantasy and Gamelit and is perfect for those who enjoy stories by Andrew Rowe, Will Wight, and Andy Weir. 

Warning. This novel contains questionable quantum mechanics, general relativity, and magic.

Note: This book also features profanity, vivid depictions of violence, pain, and gore, along with depictions of mental health issues (including PTSD, generalized anxiety, and depression) some listeners may find distressing.

©2021 Dominic Stal (P)2021 Dominic Stal

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Your physics is in another castle.

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My review isn't going through, I expect to be able to see my reviews as a pseudo bookmark system to see which books I like/dislike and what I thought about them. This basic requirement is not being met and is a detriment to my experience on the Audible app. The story itself is a worse than generic referential wish fulfillment power fantasy with no story just observations of a random dude in a random place with random forced conflicts with forced plot interactions and poverty shifts. It's serious subject matter like suicide, gang violence and existentialism in the face of humanity's extinction is handled very poorly. Example: humanity is wiped out and only I survive due to my A.I. finding mysterious particles in its collapse... I feel depressed, I fix my brain chemicals, I find a random elven princess, through fighting in slow motion I learned to toughen up and get over my depression....

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There are so many things wrong with this fan fiction that I don't even know or want to start.

This is a cultivation novel that tries to engineer the ultimate character by wasting the concepts of A.I.'s time and space powers and evolution though mana or something. This is explained though metaphors and physics buzzwords. And that the A.I. are plot devices. The 'story' is so contrived that it hurts. -walks around and finds a rock that summons God's into the universe. - it tells him there is a stratification of mage levels and he is autatically at the top by being an archon -sees a random spot then goes on about how he would make a tower university city or something before he meets anyone else. The first half of the book was a struggle to get through as it's just 5 hrs of setting up events to justify the MC's power level, with the pov shifts going over the same events twice.

The tens of references/ metaphors that just lift elements from other stories. The lack of pacing, the terrible fights ( uses time powers to fight and win is basically 90% of the battles). The awfull backstory that gets thrown away anyways since 'this is a new life'. The fact that a physicist also knows and wants to know how to code a top of the line 4th generation A.I. project worth billions. even if it's just compiling and setting some parameters. And the first person he runs into is a wish fulfillment twin sister queen combo. then she happens to run into another A.I.... I'm done I have no interest or curiosity to continue with this prophecy by another name (proberbility) book.

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excellent

I love everything he has put in there and how many possible ways he can take the book it's not a narrow minded adventure, it could go anywhere at anytime and it would still have you at the edge of your seat. the magic, the physics and the best part is that he is right this could be someone's story who knows right with an infant multivers. I love it and can't wait for the next book

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Deep and Captivating

I enjoyed the physics based explanation of magic based world. The MC takes time to come to terms with his new situation and it was refreshing to have him to struggle with the physical and moral implications of his new world through the novel. Im interested to see what comes next.

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Cool take on the genre!

I really enjoyed this, the narration was good and the story kept me invested.

I do think the power progression was a little fast. I would have liked to have the powers explored more slowly with William discovering more cool utilities etc like working out the dimensional storage.

I also really liked Isk and was disappointed we didn't get more.

hopefully we don't have to wait to long for the next one!

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great performance and concept story not to my tast

I wanted to love it but felt the story jumped around a bit and didn't really resonate with any of the characters

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really really good

cool story, always love mixing magic and science, well worth a credit for a fun active story that it's hard to stop listening to.


Justin felt perfect as MC and narrator, Annie's voice was a bit tinny like her mic wasn't as good, at first I thought it was on purpose because she was voicing an AI but it's for all the female voices, not to annoying. wish the twins didn't get the exact same voice, supper hard to tell who's talking when it's just them.

there were a few words that we're obviously wrong like spell check put the wrong word but then it was read as is rather than changed very jarring but I only noticed it 3 times in the first few hours of the book before I sunk into the story.

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Great book

This is a great book with great characters who have complex emotions that are understandable in the situations they’re in. The voices are great and the little sound affects just make it better. Overall 15/15 give it a go

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Honest review

As a University physics student i was so glad to find very little wrong with the science involved in this story, while there is alot of technobabble it all means something. The story is fantastic; realistic protagonist, suspense, power gains, gamelit elements without too much of the long lists of abilities. Laughs, edge of your seat, and thrilling experiences to follow.

My only regrets with this book was binging this audiobook in three days, and the unknown wait for the next to come out.

Thanks to everyone involved in the making of this book!

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  • Alex Faust
  • 27-09-2021

Intelligent story I wish I could have written...

This is a gritty and semi dark story but WELL written and kept me entertained the full 19 hours. The main character gains power quickly but is not OP - just barely keeping pace with the challenges he faces. I felt the author was very clever in how he introduced game mechanics and fantasy tropes into what is actually more of hard science fiction. If that doesn't seem to be possible, you'll have to listen to understand. I was surprised that the other reviews were lukewarm. I found this to be a fantastic story and well worth the credit. Enough so that I decided to write this review so you wouldn't miss out on a new author that will go far. As a note, I'm one of those people that almost never leaves reviews but I'm also brutal about what I spend my almost 10 credits a month on (yes, I have a job that gives me lots of time to listen to books and am somewhat addicted). Anyway, if I don't like a story I'll happily return it and this book is definitely staying in my library. If you value your credit and are constantly looking for that next great listen, give this one a chance.

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  • Justin
  • 26-09-2021

lot of crying

there's a lot of times spent with introspective thought from the main character it kind of gets old after a while.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-09-2021

Ouch

Given a physicist, ai, and magic i was expecting a power fantasy. What I got instead was an endurance run of abject torture. Granted some people are into that and the story was gripping, I don't know if I want to subject myself to a sequel.

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  • xhianil
  • 10-10-2021

Only the physics are semi consistent

This book is terrible about keeping its own thread or a consistent world, it feels like the book was written over 2 years in spurts of a chapter then a a few months break without looking back once. When a something is said to zero reaction then 5 minutes later said again to shocked gasps and many questions, it really breaks narririve immersion. The world also seems to retcon itself near constantly and arbitrary limit a op mc to make the plot more action-y.

Also am annoyed that this book doesn't show up if you search Soundbooth Theater, only know it came out because I go out of my way to check the website every so often.

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  • Ryan
  • 20-10-2021

Hours and Hours of Depressive Introspection

The 4 star reviews have been very kind. When I read the complaints about how depressive the MC is, I thought, surely it's an exaggerated.

I'm 6 hours from the end of the book. And it has been nearly constant suicidal/depressive Introspection. Despite having a truly god level op set of abilities, despite gaining magic, the MC is left in a constant state of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. It gets so bad at points you almost wish it'd happen, because then maybe the story would shift and a new main character would emerge.

*A minor spoiler follows*

At this point, the MC has at last met another being and is no longer alone. Yet, despite this being his stated goal, his suicidal depression continues. And despite all his training, and increasing levels of deific power, he is still basically one shot by random creatures. At this point, the only reason I'm still listening is because I'm most of the way through, and because I hope to get more story from the perspective of the other character that has been introduced. Absolutely could not listen to a sequel in this same style.

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  • Ryan
  • 01-10-2021

Good performance, story drags a bit

Well done performance by the narrators but the story definitely drags quite bit. I did enjoy the premise but the story got a bit too caught up in the physics excitement.

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  • Christian
  • 09-10-2021

Truly unique

The writing. narration and story are on point. Waiting for more and wishing the author much success.

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  • Aaron Zupan
  • 08-10-2021

Fun story with a diverse male MC

This was a fun listen for all of you isekai fans.
It got heavy into the magic system, maybe too heave for some. I highly suggest picking it up, either way.

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  • Christopher L Rader
  • 01-10-2021

good till just before the end

why do authers feel the need to "nerf" there MC right at the end of book 1? I mean it happens so often it should be a trope but it is very annoying to me, kind of feels lazy, so that's why the story only gets 4stars.

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  • William Zimmerman
  • 31-10-2021

new favorite

as an old guy that is also a first person shooter gamer, I can identify with all the gaming references in this book. I loved the half life references. I liked his writing style also. I hate it when an author shows that the hero is about to be betrayed or something else bad is about to happen and let's you worry about it through most of the book. he doesn't do that here. he is my new favorite author. I'm crushed that audible doesn't have anything else by him.

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  • Ben
  • 09-10-2021

Fantasy and Reality combine.

This is by no means a perfect book, but it has now become one of my all-time favourite LitRPG's.

A dorky physicist/programmer (hybrid?) helped create a new type of AI whom, by the protagonist off-hand comment, predicts an underway experiment will cause the end of the world. End of the world happens and basically, we get a very entertaining superhero origins story following the two.

There are ups and downs, over-powered abilities, high-impact fights, all grounded in reality... There's also a lot of whining. Most of which you can forgive as it's trying to be realistic. We all like to think we'd just accept and get on with it if we were in such situations, but that's untrue and we all know it... but I mean, there's a lot of whining. So much so that it grated on me consistently, but hey, I said it wasn't a perfect book.

There's is also a moment of just plain out-of-nowhere twist that doesn't flow right with events up to that point involving a bat .

It's worth a listen or read.

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  • Mansoor
  • 04-10-2021

Really well written book

I am now a fan, well developed story and characters not to mention the addition of science. One of the best LitRPG books out at the moment. Can’t wait for the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-2021

Cursing

Main char cursing 24/7 like a little child or teen….embarassing….cringy so if u cant handle it leave it be.

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  • Orestis Cleanthous Saar
  • 13-10-2021

So close yet so far away.

Narration is EXCELLENT, and the world is fascinating. Characters are... I can't say I connected to any of them.

At times, the prose is WAY too purple with flowery speech grinding the pace to a halt often enough to be very distracting.

The dialogue is sometimes... preachy, where it feels like the characters are being used as mouthpieces for the author's views.

I had to stop listening to it because whilst the magic and the world were fascinating and I wanted to learn more about both of those things, we spent a little too long on a character going on MULTIPLE tirades about her people not being the "caricatures" that are depicted in our world's fiction yadda yadda yadda.

Also, the progression of the story is both glacial and break-neck. The character attains IMMENSE power at INCREDIBLE speeds, but... Nothing progresses in the story other than the MC gaining power.

Bleh. I'm very disappointed because this had a LOT of potential, and I was very excited to see where it could go, but I just can't.

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  • HUGH SHARKEY
  • 18-11-2021

A solid start

The idea is pretty standard but when you've listened to so many of this genre it's bound to get derivative. My biggest criticism of the book is the amount of time the character spends on introspection and his dark thoughts at his plight. Some authors are better at handling how to explain the world a character inhabits, I prefer to find out in a more organic way than one character explaining how things work in a rote fashion to the protagonist. There is also too much ruminating over the relationship between science and magic again in the guise of naval gazing.

It might sound like I am bashing the book but I'm only pointing out it's weaknesses as I see them. I think it is a promising start and I will read the next in the series which is as good a recommendation as you give I suppose.

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  • Samuel M.
  • 11-11-2021

An extremely well written book.

I had a lovely time listening to this audiobook. At first I thought the book was too fast-paced but as I continued with the audio I could tell it was not as I had thought.

Keeps you entertained and excited to see how strong the main character gets.

Highly recommend.

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