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The Mayor of Noobtown

Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
Series: Noobtown, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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It could be worse. You could be stuck with a literal shoulder demon.

After dying and being reborn into a world that's built like a video game, Jim has found himself stuck in a very old-world style new-player zone for low-level adventurers. Unfortunately, the zone fell out of use centuries ago, and no one told the monsters they were supposed to take it easy on the Noobs. Even worse, the only new player around is Jim.

Jim has been given an opportunity, and he'll do his best to take advantage of it.

©2019 Ryan Rimmel (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Love it!

Great story, full of humour, beautifully narrated. Noobtown is now a 'must have' series for me.

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Enjoyable story, but lots of stats!

Loved the characters and their voices, and loved the world and the story, albeit it was a tad short. Hopefully there'll be more coming soon. But the sheer amount of stats was a bit much. it worked in some areas, but grew to be quite huge in others. Kind of slowed the story down.

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One for gamers and simulation theorists.

This sounds remarkably similar to.....

I cant quite put my finger on what it reminds me of.

OOhhh wait, our life on earth.

Are we living in a simulation within a simulation?


The story is centered around a man who dies and goes to an afterlife which is a game, with demons, goblins and wolves etc.


Yes, I did just liken some living entities on earth to demons and goblins. 


It explores the question that we are continually trying to Level up, or reach a higher level in life, as we know it, even in an afterlife, and that there is never a perfect or final level.


He must qualify for different levels, you earn points with the use of weapons and rankings, just as you do in a game.


He must prove himself, to reach the next level of life in the computer game, through different quests


Quite funny in parts with a dry wit. 


Definitely one for gamers or people interested in the theory that we live in a simulation.

The terminology and references with the levels and stats is best suited for people who appreciate and understand the gaming experience.

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Heavy on the Stats

An interesting story but definitely heavy on the stats, if you are ok with level descriptions and statistics popping up on more than a few occasions, you will love this start to a new litrpg adventure series.

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Great Humor.

If the first half was 5 stars the second half was 3 stars, The plot comes down to the demon asking a question, leveling, then at the end finding a way forward with the demon even though Jim could expanded on that same question at the start.

And it ends on a roll the credits moment when that should be the part where the story ramps up it suddenly comes to an end.

Im going to have to reserve my opinion on the series untill the second book.

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  • Dan
  • 27-08-2019

Excellent

Very well done. Humor was on point and not overdone. Great performance by McClain. Interesting world and world building. A very powerful/lucky MC, but I think it is deserved and not OP, though that may be in our the future judging by his progress. However, Rimmel seems to be scaling his encounters well and realistically, and keeping it interesting.

My only true criticism is the jarring way the MC looks back on his past. We haven't really discussed in it a while, then BAM: Rimmel remembers that Jim cares about his family and is sad for a minute. Still, the way he pops in tidbits to shed light on Jim's past while keeping the focus on his new life is well done.

Again, as most litrpg is a guilty pleasure for me, I found this to be refreshing and don't feel guilty in the least. Highly recommend if you enjoy litrpg or are curious about the genre. As long as the series holds up, this will easily be a top 5. Looking forward to number two.

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  • Jzang
  • 03-09-2019

Like the land but actually finishes story lines.

This book reminds me of the Land, different mechanics but solid lit rpg. Humor is a good borderline between tasteless and pre-teen boy. Just the right amount in between to make it enjoyable.

Oh and this actually finishes some story lines lol. Over all a great listen. I say give it a chance.

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  • Kindle?LLD Customer
  • 07-09-2019

Surprisingly good

I avoided this one because of the goofy title but it's actually one of the better written LitRPG novels out there. Portal fantasy with hybridized progression. A little pen and paper with a little MMO. Main character is witty without it becoming exhausting. I look forward to the next one.
I am also a big fan of this narrator. He was part of the Ninth City Burning cast and has been under utilized in scifi/fantasy.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 03-10-2019

Al most perfect

This is a rare gem. It is one of those books that is funny from start to finish, is serious, and tells a complete story while managing to leave the door open for more. Technically, the book could have ended right where it does and I would have said great book, wish there was more, but cool. That’s not true, I would have written Rimmel and begged for more.

In truth, I originally thought this was a harem book called Mayor of Boobtown, but was sadly disappointed to learn that I was wrong. I thought it was part of the classic boobtown series). Ok, bad joke, but I have to say that I loved the concept of Noobtown from start to finish. It begins with a man getting run over by a truck and waking up somewhere else. He’s being character built by some mysterious voices and while their attention is turned he begins to explore the “character center” looking for class options. He soon discovers that the voices are demons who want to erase his memories and send him off to fight a dark lord. From there havoc ensues and the MC and one of the demons become bound together beginning the start of a horrible friendship.

As I said, the book is filled with humor, both situational and banter types and ninety percent of the jokes stick he landing. Probably the best and longest gag is that of the MC’s name, Jim. It harkens back to the Monty Python Joke There be those that Call Me Tim, but adds to the silly name in a fantasy world bit. The MC comes off as over powered, but this isn’t a video game MMORPG, even if the world he is in has those elements. His abilities stem from his time spent in the character creation center and are pretty cool. So, Jim can have and level any class in the game from thief to swordsman, mage to sage it doesn’t matter he can be it and gain the skills and abilities for each class he has. Downside is that he has to actually acquire the class via normal means, he can’t just announce that he’s going to be a wizard. He’d have to do some schooling, for example. This allows him to achieve some neat feats that would normally be impossible. The only time I thought Rimmel stretched probability was during the time that Jim was setting traps for a rescue. He set a ton of traps in a very small window of opportunity.

John McClain narrates, and I am so glad to see he stopped doing film franchises. What? Wong McClain? Sorry. Actually, while the guy is new to my ears, he has narrated just under 100 novels, and it shows. He has incredible comedic timing, he also gets the way to tell a joke, or more importantly describe a humorous situation. He does an amazing job, and this is another guy I telling you all to look out for.

Final score. 8.6 stars. I had a lot of fun with this, was sad it ended so quickly and can’t wait for the next book.

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  • Patrick
  • 17-09-2019

One of my new favorites.

This book is great. I have pretty much every LitRPG worth listening to on Audible (and more than a few I wish I could return once the series took a dive), and this is by far one of my favorites. If you like shit talking and sarcasm, as most gamers do, you’ll love this book. I laughed out loud numerous times while listening to this book, which for me is rare…especially in this genre. Spend the credit. You won’t be disappointed. (except for wanting more)

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  • adam
  • 05-09-2019

Warning!

Just as a warning I got so into this that I had to buy a kindle book because the audio version isnt out yet! this was a fun stroll and can't wait for book 3 and the audio book.

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  • hassan
  • 19-08-2019

A surprising delight!

Its the best litrpg I've listened to in ages. I highly recommend. Its really good.

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  • Randy Smith
  • 22-09-2019

I didn’t like this book at first.

My first impression after reading through the first few chapters of this book was I didn’t like this book at least the storyline that is. But I pressed on and the story improved quite a bit. But unfortunately the storyline follows the same old storyline of so many other in this same genre. Plus the main character it’s not very clever and too many times survives by pure luck. And I really don’t like stories where the main character can only survive by having the god of luck (The Author) looking over his shoulder all the time. This is just the author stepping in to push danger level to the extreme just to make it more exciting. Putting the lousy plot line aside the author is very good and talented writer and if you don’t mind all of these flaws this is a good book to read.

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  • Eric W. Brown
  • 09-09-2019

Quite enjoyed it, ready for more.

it's not deep, but it was a fun listen, well read, good characters , if a bit shallow.

top 10% of litrpg audiobooks for sure.

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  • corey
  • 07-09-2019

great

I'm glad I picked this one up. Now I'll be impatiently waiting for the next one. Keep up the good work and pump these out as fast as you can please :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-09-2019

decent

2nd best humour top50 dynamics, basic to good world building.
not original characters outside of mc's. demon is great. true to combat the stilted guidance more than most.

above average litrpg high tier but not very top. As though it's great with humour and dialogue it has not put enough time into the creativeness of creation in creatures, story and world building.

if you are out of 100+ratings litrpg audible and are tempted to clock on something like... guild master... Or god forbid "weirdest noob".. then listen to this before it's too late.

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  • Peter Richardson
  • 18-08-2019

Cracking read

Great light read. Good humour, keeps you listening hour after hour. Narrator does an excellent job of keeping you interested.

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  • Max
  • 18-08-2019

A solid book

It is a really good book. The mc is fun and I like the tone of the dialog. For me it was a bit heavy on the charter table as they were not at the end of the chapter so it was harder to skip if I wanted.

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  • Mark
  • 06-02-2020

fantastic story

awesome book highly recommended for anyone who likes fantasy. really funny and addictive to listen to

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  • Tachikoma
  • 25-01-2020

Great story & the Narrator is fantastic!

A pretty generic beginning with the characters arrival in the game world and the story is nothing hugely original but the characters are great, the gameplay system interesting and the comedy is beautifully timed.
As for the performance; I have a list of 6 readers whose work I know I will always enjoy and that list has now risen to 7. How Mr McClain isn't doing more readings of this genre I really don't know but I truly hope he gets Lots more work out of this.

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  • Miss Ruth
  • 22-01-2020

Really enjoyed this one

Took me a while initially to get into it but once I did I ended up really enjoying it.
I've bought book two as I like where the last one was going, liked the characters etc.

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  • scobie
  • 07-01-2020

the mayor of noobtown

a very enjoyable lesson with some very good humour written into it just about to start the next one hopefully it will be as enjoyable as the first

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  • FREEBIRD33
  • 21-11-2019

fun

great story about jim learnig to lvl up his skills ect like playing a game from the view point of the char explaining how he got his skills and discovered new ones very enjoyable game narative driven book i already pre ordered the second one cant wait to start it keep up the great work hoping theres a 3rd in the series :)

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  • Ben
  • 07-10-2019

A great read

Really enjoyed this book, a brilliant balance of humour and action with a nice twist on the concept

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  • Stu
  • 29-08-2019

great story, very engaging & entertaining

loved it, action packed, fast paced with good humour, great performance by narrator cant wait for next book