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The Two Week Curse

Ten Realms, Book 1
Narrated by: Todd Menesses
Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Thrust into an unknown, unwanted situation, most would feel panic, fear anger, and fall into chaos. Erik and Rugrat are not immune to those feelings, but they have stepped into chaos so many times, it is simply a different challenge.  

Two weeks ago, Erik lost his legs and his arm.   

Today he got a message.   

"You have been randomly selected to join the Ten Realms. One may choose to ascend the Ten Realms, thereupon making a request to the Gods of the Realms. Only those who are Level 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, and 90 may ascend to the next realm. Fortune favors the strong!”  

For a retired combat medic and Marine Recon sniper, the Ten Realms offer a clear challenge and sense of purpose that they had only found on the battlefield.   

How much trouble can you get into in a new realm?

©2018 MC PUBLICATIONS INC. (P)2019 MC PUBLICATIONS INC.

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Character Sheet Reader Simulator

Imagine playing DND, but everything always goes good. and when you level up you need to stop the game, tell everyone to keep quite as you loudly explain where you are putting your points and then you read it out loud to everyone. in addition Everytime you pick up a weapon you repeat the same process with it's stats. seeing where this is going? it's repetitive and sound like a maths lecture not a story. Also preformer kinda mono tone

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Excellent book

this book is really good and I even got a few laughs out of it to. The book is in the style of LiteRPG that I like, where they travel to another world instead of just being in a VR pod which is great. Can't what for the next book

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Awesome

Awesome audio, can’t wait for the next adventure. A bit slow at the beginning but once into the main part of the story it was a great ride.

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  • e
  • 15-01-2019

everything I love.

pacing was too slow/thorough on building and too fast/vague on the drama and explaination near the end. the dialogue was a bit boring since most spoke in an identical fashion. the power exploration and joining of mana, wuxia, and sciences was exciting to the point of being engrosed like watching Avatar lastAirbender as a kid.

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  • Jason P Lebeau
  • 19-02-2019

Better than Expected

I love the LitPRG genera, but it's become absolutely saturated in the last year with sub-par, self-published books with the same rehashed plots and mechanics. For that reason I didn't go into this book with high expectations, I expected it to just be a generic time filler, but while the book was not perfect, it was refreshingly different and very enjoyable.

PLOT:
The book is about 1/3 adventuring and 2/3 base building. Honestly I didn't expect any base building, so I was surprised by this. I personally like that style of LitPRG, but others might not. Some sections of this become a bit dull as I think too much time was spent on the mundane aspects of city management, but most of it is good. There are plenty of scenes outside of this base building, but they are all focused at the beginning and end of the book. There are some interesting sub plots from the first part of the book that do get followed up on in the end, which is nice because in a lot of LitRPG those things sort of get forgotten, The Land series is a prime example of that. I don't want to give up too much about the plot, because it's hard not to spoil it, but I will say the story does not proceed in the way I was expecting.

I should mention pacing and chronological order is a problem for me with this book. Sometimes it feels like a month of activity will go by, taking up a dozen chapters, only to be told later the amount of time passed was 5 days. Things seem to be completed in unrealistically fast time. This would be OK if there was some reasoning behind it, but we are lead to assume time flows normally. Some mentions are made later about the amount of time it takes to, for example, build a building, but it feels like too little too late and it still does not explain how you can do things like turn farmers into grizzled veterans in a matter of days. The worst part for me though is feeling like the timeline got messed up.... almost like entire pages were misplaced. Sometimes it feels like they are talking about something they are planning to do in the future as if it already happened, or that they are discovering things they should have already known about. Sometimes it feels like things happen more than once. I actually wonder if the Audible app messed up the chapters or something, I will have to re-read it to be sure.

CHARACTERS:
There are two main characters, which is a bit different for the genera, as most LitRPGs focus on a single player. They are a bit different than your typical MC as they come in with a military background. The other characters are mostly decent, with a couple that stand out. Character development is not the best in this book, but it's pretty good for the genera.

WORLD AND GAME MECHANICS:
Lots of new concepts and ideas in this book, most of them pretty cool. Unfortunately some of them don't feel consistent or feel completely thought out. Some of the mechanics are explained over and over to the point of being annoying while others are barely touched on. Most of the mechanics and systems are really interesting though, it's just some of them feel awkward or unfinished. Most of it is not major to the story, just slightly annoying. Some examples are being given a list of resources in the city management screen, but resources are never talked about in the story, there really is no resource management, it just feels like there are infinite resources. Another is how skill books are consumed when they are used, yet they want to build a library where people can go and read them, making it seem like they have infinite uses. Just lots of little strange things like that.

WRITING QUALITY:
It falls somewhere in between self-published and a traditional published book. There are mistakes and awkwardness, It's not so much there are glaring errors, it's more that there are a lot of odd wording choices, and scenes and dialog that could have been executed better. There are times where the writer goes on odd tangents or randomly returns to the same topic discussed a few paragraphs earlier, like when someone is telling a story and remembers an earlier part of the story, so they mention it before continuing with their original train of thought. Again nothing terrible, but it just felt like it could have used some more time in editing. This is pretty common in this genera, especially since many of the books coming out are self published or translated.

NARRATION:
Pretty good, but I took a star off for the bad Chinese accents. Many of the residents of this world are apparently Chinese, but the narrator uses the same cheesy accent for all of them, making it hard to differentiate. The accent he uses sounds more like the type of fake accent someone would use to make fun of a Chinese person. His other accents are fine, he has a decent southern sounding one, and he is not a bad narrator, I just don't think this narrator was well suited to a book with so many Chinese characters.

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  • AY4
  • 13-03-2019

Where's the rest of the series?!?!?!

FINALLY!!! An author that actually sounds like he knows what it's like to have been in the $*** and low crawled out of it, or at least knows some who have. I have never laughed as hard listening to a book as I did for the first 20 minutes of this one, the conversations and actions are exactly like some of the things my old squad mates and I used to do and say to each other all the time back in my time in service. The story line is awesome and while it moves pretty fast at times the narrator doesn't try to rapid fire the words out just to make up for a lack of skill to voice the urgency.

These two make an awesome tandem in a wonderful story line. Now Amazon just needs to saddle up and get the next two books in this series on audible so we can enjoy the others.

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  • charles
  • 17-01-2019

Perfection

First off, how have I never heard of todd menesses before. His narration was absolutely fantastic. The start was a little slow but after that it took off like a rocket. Absolutely amazing storyline wile avoiding most of the clichés. Would definitely recommend.

Note: I paid for this book with my own damn money, and this is a REAL honest review.

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  • Sheldon "Tech"
  • 19-01-2019

Great new addition to the LitRPG space!

The TLDR; loved this story, narrator and character development. The plot is really good, but the character development is the shining point here. I really felt like I got to know the two lead characters. For those who wish to know, this isn't a harem nor does it have sexual situations (lewd content). Neither harems or graphical sex dissuade me from a good story and characters, but there are some that do. It is a LitRPG with stats and development.

Character development is great. Not only for the two lead characters but for the entire cast. The characters that are adults are adults. No overdramatic situations that seem so prevalent in our LitRPG books. The deep situations that pull on our Leads are well deserved and have their place then they don't. But, the memory of it stays with your understanding of the character without needing to be brought up again and again. I love that... LOVE THAT.

And the story... I really fell into the story. So much that I'm getting the books 2 and 3 so I can read them because I can't wait anymore (it's been like 6 hours since I finished... too long in my books), Great plot progression, kept me interested and waiting to see how things turned out.

And the last glue to this great piece of audio work is the narrator. Great job in bringing all the characters to life, fleshing out the small nuances that we all add in our mind if we read the stories, but better... at least for me anyway.

And my one negative would be the really bad jokes. The "pull my finger" variety that has aged to the middle-aged level? Yeah, those. Not bad enough to be "so bad it's good", just mediocre bad... the ones you can see coming from a mile away, like a really slow car crash... you wince and cringe, trying to look away but you can't... screaming "my god, no! Can't they see how bad this is going to be?"... but it happens and it's just... not that funny. I can't lie, a couple of them made me chuckle. And that's really my only negative, not enough to remove a star, cause it's really just my opinion.

So, I loved it! Can't wait for the next books, adding it to my wait list of epic series to follow.

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  • Rory
  • 27-02-2019

He Hit it Out of the Park on His First Try

I've listened to a lot of LITRPG audiobooks and have developed a specific like to certain ways of presenting those worlds ... and, Michael Chatfield more than successfully did this. He brings to life the transitioning, adapting, and growth of a "player" quite well, without overly complicating things with stat updates, etc. It's a well-thoughtout book that's written in an easy going manner. I'm sure that future books in the series will transport us equally well.

Now, as for Todd Menesses ... I can honestly say he's good. I was a little worrisome at the beginning, as I couldn't really tell the differences between Erik's and Rugrat's voices, but as you progress it becomes quite clear. It's subtle ... and that's what Todd brings to the table in his many voices.

Well worth the credit ... ummm, credits ... as, I'll be buying the whole series.

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  • Chris
  • 26-03-2019

great book

love how long yet continuously enticing this book is super excited for number two hope it's just as long and exciting

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  • Evan
  • 25-03-2019

Great Story

I really enjoyed the story. Everything felt planned and well-constructed. 10/10. Four words left, fuck.

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  • Tam E Li
  • 24-03-2019

The main characters are fun to get to know.

I had a hard time stopping listening to this book. I really grew fond of the characters and what they were going to do next. I loved that there is no drama between them, that is always annoying. They are both compassionate, intelligent, funny and endearing.

The only criticism I have is the use of "said". Rugrat said, Erik said. Said is a very flat word, I have no idea what expression they had. Were they happy, smiling, laughing, sad, complaining, irritated, etc. However, since the characters tend to be thoughtful and funny. I just imagined them smiling or seriously thinking.

Todd Menesses was a very good narrator. I thought he did a good job. I was able to easily tell the difference between who was talking by the change in his voice, inflection, and accent.

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  • Blacksher
  • 23-03-2019

What I've always wanted!

Smart MCs, that are Vets, and that shows we are people and not just "Steely eyed killer."

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  • Eugene
  • 23-03-2019

Really enjoyed this book.

Like others have said it starts off kinda slow, but when it takes off it's none stop.

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  • Mr. Ir Pinch
  • 19-01-2019

a few editing errors

great story performance was good there were a few editing errors where a scroll seemed to turn into a book couple of other minor things like that. I did really enjoy the whole thing though

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  • NAOMI STEWART
  • 15-01-2019

😁 I love these books!

love the book, the narrator, the accents (🤣 Rugrat!) - just fantastic! Can't wait to listen to the rest 😍

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  • Mr. N. Gowan
  • 26-03-2019

recommended

really nice take on the massively flooded genre, struggled putting it down. good that there is a limited amount of character stat commentary as that can get tiresome.

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  • Mr. R. Chvapil
  • 12-03-2019

great read

Performance was excellent and thoroughly enjoyable.
I liked the plot and execution. Well thought out and relatable.
Great listen. More please

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  • john
  • 11-03-2019

outstanding

loved this book,
well written
well read
can wait for more please hurry up and get the on audible

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  • Danielle Allan
  • 27-02-2019

great book

loved it, I just want to know when book 2 will finally come out on audible

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  • jeremy cajiao
  • 17-02-2019

Bloody brilliant!

If you like your book slow, chilled and relaxing, this isn’t the series for you. From the beginning the characters appeal to you, their development and backstory makes you want them to succeed, and so when they overcome their obstacles, it makes you cheer all the harder for them! Try the book, you’ll damn well love it.

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  • Recaldo
  • 15-02-2019

10 Realms!

You know your on to a good thing when your attention doesn't drift.

Looking forward to the next realm.

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  • Ian
  • 13-02-2019

fantastic, totally enjoyable

I loved this book from the start, the characters are great. brilliant start from real world to the 10 realms. I would deffinatly recommend this and I'm soo looking forward to the next I'm the series.
it's a MUST amongst LITRPG

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  • Dehs
  • 13-02-2019

Perfection

Everything about this audiobook screams perfection. This may sound over stated, but I can assure you it isn’t. I bought this for my long commutes to work, and swiftly found myself listening whenever I had chance.

The narration is spot on, with voices distinctly different for each character, allowing easy following of conversations.