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World-Tree Online

World-Tree Trilogy, Book 1
Series: World-Tree Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
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In 2056, the world's most powerful AI System, ARKUS, comes online. Created to extend human lifespans, it quickly makes world-changing discoveries in health science. It also develops an advanced VR headset that uses consumable nanomachines to let users experience time faster in virtual worlds.

Two years later, ARKUS releases World-Tree Online, a game where players scale a giant tree with thousands of unique game worlds hanging from the branches. The game's time-dilation makes it so that one hour of playtime feels like one month to those in-game, allowing humans to virtually extend their lifespans. However, after an old gamer named Vincent joins World-Tree Online, an update begins that stretches the time-dilation to one year for every five seconds. Players are unable to exit the game during the update - with an estimated wait time of three hundred sixty years.

After experimenting with an exploit, Vincent begins to develop new spells that will take him higher in the game than he ever thought possible. Unfortunately, he crosses paths with the last moderator, a young man named Lucas that uses his mod abilities to torture and subjugate other players.

Lucas is willing to abuse his power to conquer the World-Tree, but Vincent's exploit might just be the key to stopping him.

The Soundbooth Theater Team for this Production:

  • Justin Thomas James - Music and Narration
  • Jeff Hays - Jim and Killer Sam
  • Laurie Catherine Winkel - Quinn, Alexandria, and the rest of the female cast
  • Dalton Lynne - Proofing and Editing
  • Ahmed Mahmoud - Editing, Mastering, and Sound Design
©2019 E.A. Hooper (P)2019 E.A. Hooper

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An excellent book that just makes you feel good.

Absolutely brilliant, cant wait for more of these. Perfect voice acting and excellent writing. Good job.

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interesting idea, could have been better realised.

plagued with 30 year time jumps where literally nothing happens in the interim other than people slightly increasing in stats and gaining new spells. cast spell, drink mana potion, cast spell, drink mana potion, cast spell........ it gets tedious. worst of all, this is another litrpg which suffers from awful "game design" and administration: no system to actually uphold game rules etc, instead player moderators can be overcome and/or run from instead of just being able to execute a ban. if this game was real I don't think anyone would play it for anything but the time dilation, 15 actual years solely working on one spell and 37 years grinding on a single world for mediocre stats is the definition of tedium. nty

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Tweens only may apply !

Not sure what is sadder, the lack of any real depth to this story or that I listened to the end !

Essentially a really good idea that felt entirely dumbed down and stripped of authenticity !

Make the sequels more edgy and a bit more Raw and I’ll give you another spin !

In the meantime, I’ll Try flower arranging for a bit more Ooomph !

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Ready player one meets D&D!

I found this to be a little predictable, it was very fun but lacked a bit of oomph! Hard to describe, the narrator performance is great but the story lacked a little for me. I think it is partially due to the old age of the protagonist and the lighthearted approach to torture. I feel like it needed a bit more WOW factor around big events in the book. Similar in ways to ready player one but less relatable.

I’ll still get the second book but I’m not racing online to get it.

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World-Tree Online

This book was bloody brilliant Can't wait to buy the next book in this series 12 out 10 stars a must to listen to and buy.

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im going mad waiting for the next book!!!

i can't wait for the next book. Best book I've read to date and that's very hard to say considering I have read many

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wow

What a great book, probably the best set of main characters iv had the pleasure to read about. highly recommend!!

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Perfection

Oh my god this audiobook was absolutely incredible! The narration and emotion was completely out of this world, and the sound affects and music were fun. The villain was performed so well I got chills.The writing was great, as was the plot, characters, and every other narrative aspect of this book. The ending was very satisfying, I cried tears of joy when it was done.

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Good Spin on Gaming Fun.

Strong well-thought-out characters with entertaining interactions. Couple that with a well paced story arc and a good finale made this book quite entertaining. Well read and narrated voices and story by The Voice cast. Thanks for the entertainment guys

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Satisfying yet flawed

First I have to say the performance is absolutely amazing and I hope all the narrators keep up the good work. The story is satisfying however doesn't leave much up for the imagination by the end. The major flaw to the story which I feel warrants lowering the overall rating of the story is character development. The multiple time-skips within the novel doesn't leave room for characters to grow and rather just feels like a power spike for the plot to move forward. By the end it leaves an indifferent feeling about the series.

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  • Trey
  • 05-06-2019

Good book. One minor-ish gripe.

I enjoyed this book however. the characters were likeable and the bad guys really got on your nerves. My only gripe is this, the whole system with Mana potions felt way overused, it felt like in combat scenes every other sentence included "the protagonist drank aether" "the protagonist sipped aether" etc etc. not only did it continued to make me sit there and think where is he getting all of these potions but the system felt kind of lame and distracting to the point where I'm mentioning it now in my review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-05-2019

Villain stole the show.

The whole book was great. Several time skips, so be prepared for that. The characters were well written. The world/s were very interesting.

The main antagonist though was perfect. Rarely have I so thoroughly hated a bad guy in a book. And my God was this one of em.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 21-11-2019

Climb that tree and build a house

Ok, so I’m going to commit some blasphemy here and I think a lot of it comes from all the hype that hit the book before I’d gotten to give it a listen. It’s a lot like being told how amazing a movie is by everyone you know and when you finally get to see it, it does not meet your expectations.

So, here’s the gist of the story. An old man who is mourning the loss of his wife finally breaks down and joins one of his long time buddies in the VR world. The man, Vincent, is a long time gamer and is looking for something that will help him take his mind off of the upcoming anniversary of her death, or birthday, I don’t remember and it really isn’t relevant. He enters the game and decides that he’s not going to party like he’s 20, as his buddy, Jim, is doing but he’s actually going to play the game. Low and behold, the game has a time dilation that allows you to play for super long periods of time in your head, while in actuality only an hour passes in the real world.
So of course, a glitch occurs that ends up making it so that everyone in the game will exist without being able to leave for over 300 years. Closer to 400, but hey. A moderator loses his mind, and decides that he likes the way Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini ran their countries and decides that he wants to do the same thing in the game world. He does some really creepy stuff and I’m honestly stunned that the book didn’t become waaaay darker than it did. That’s the compacted version. Vinnie and pals band together to fight the evil moderator. Do they win, fail, or continue on to the next book? Not ganna say, cause spoilers.

Now, I’m not saying that the book isn’t good, only that it was not what I had expected. Although there were a few things that sort of set me back a bit. So. I’m going to get all the negative stuff out of the way first. First off one thing that I did not appreciate were the time jumps. Granted, when you have characters who are stuck in a game for hundreds of years I can understand that you want to show some passage of time, but having them level up in the off time was annoying and it sort of robbed the readers of seeing what they did to get to that point. For example, one of the book’s blurbs talks about how Vin exploits a cheat. We get to see him figure it out, and then start to work on it, but then time passes and he is at 99% of the way finished with figuring it out. Granted, you do get to see him finalize his project, but a huge number of years have passed. Secondly, the simple acquisition of a new spell or skill seems to take forever. I realize that time dialation occurs, but there is no way I’m going to spend thirty years of my life trying to figure out a spell or other skill, when other games pretty much let you add stuff as you level. Leveling becomes impossibly difficult, too. There is one part where the party spends decades on some dead monster inhabited world just so they can become stronger. I don’t think that is even remotely realistic, even if you are under a threat of perma death. And that brings me to the real issue I had, in so far as the time they were trapped in the game really only had relevance to the first book. Crazy mod takes over, so no one can escape thus there is a need for the trapped in the game trope. But the trapped part is so long. Even if Hooper had just made it a hundred years it would have been so much more palatable. It would still have been horrifying, by just cutting away decades and making them single years. The horrors committed by the crazy mod would still be horrible. Oh, and a side note or two. Why would you play a game to forget about the emotional day that you are trying to avoid, when once you leave your memories are compressed and feel like a dream? Also, how much trouble can you get in for doing things in a game? Again, at the beginning of the book the mods are hunting bad guys, some of whom are known to have raped other players. Did they get jail time in real life for what they did? I know they got permabanned, but it is a very pertinent question because things transpire that will make some of the book wonky if that isn’t addressed later.
Ok, now onto the good stuff. The characters were developed and well fleshed out, and their teamwork flowed. The bad guy was admirably whiny and annoying to a point that he was utterly irritating and you hated him easily. There was an unusual game system that worked well, and it was pretty cool to see it in us. The fact that you could craft new spells was a great concept, even if I don’t understand why known spells weren’t easy to use. The fights were fun and well written. My favorite part is that the book isn’t stretched out into a needles trilogy in regards to the main villain Lucas. His arc is completed, and so there is now an opening for more changes to come in the series. The book has a lot of positive things going for it such as. . .

. . .The amazing work by the SBT team. I have said for a long time that LCW and JTJ are the Bonnie and Clyde of SBT. The go together like peas and carrots. Ugh, I hate peas and carrots, how about Ice Cream and Sprinkles? Much better. Justin and Laurie carry this book and probably made it more than it would have been just reading it. Jeff plays Vin’s pal Jim and has a ball with the womanizing alcoholic. Probably more fun than he should have. As always, SBTprovides a kick ass quality to the story they tell.

Final Score? 7.4 stars. Yeah, I had a lot of issues with the way the time dilation played out, the difficulty of creating spells, and the leveling between time jumps in general. The fights were great and well written, but jumping over a lot of levels and learning made me feel like I lost something that should have been there.



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  • B Brown
  • 07-05-2019

10/10 Would Recommend

All of the voice actors did a amazing job. The noises and fanfare that accompanied the narration enhanced the experience.

The story I find is thrilling and captivating. The characters are very memorable and the ending is very satisfying.. the perfect blend of emotions.

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  • Alie Brown
  • 04-05-2019

Science fiction at its best ...

E. A. Hooper gets the fundamentals right:

- Characters and some character development
- World building, including world monsters and world events
- Balanced fights
- Well connected plot

which is all used to explore the what if of infinite time to enjoy life and to explore the condition of being human. I wish there were more authors writing elevating books like this one and that books like this one made it to the best-seller list more often, instead of all the incongruent post-apocalyptic gloomy c**p ala Stephen King and George R. R. Martin.



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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-05-2019

GameLit that doesn’t fall victim to typical pitfalls

This book really surprised me. I was going out on a work trip and wanted to find a fun read for my travels. For background, I have listened to some GameLit RPGs prior (Chaos Seed, Ascend Online, and a few others) and will be measuring most of my review based on comparisons from those books. I’ll do my best not to put spoilers in here.

First thing I recognize is the combat-pacing. When listening to some of these books, you have to manage the pace in your head. Authors will typically over-explain a battle or fight to where by the time the narrator finishes reading that part, five minutes have passed in real time while you’ve been listening. While I’m sure some (if not most) readers appreciate the flowery adjectives describing the fight, for me it seems to take me out of the story. If I’m watching a fight, I notice what is happening and not thinking about the superfluous description of it. This book did a great job in that regard. If someone got hit by a weapon, the author wrote that and moved on to the other action taking place around (and there is a LOT of action). That’s not to say the author did not use adjectives at all, but that he seemed to write with combat-pacing in mind and the narrator delivered, making you feel like you couldn’t disengage from the book without missing something (something I commend them both for).

Second, is the overall lack of tedious number recitation. As a reader, I love the world-building mechanics and learning about “how stuff works” in the books I listen to. I rarely feel the need to skip the skill levels recitation and I do not typically want to miss the in depth description of newly obtained skills/items/abilities/etc. But for those that may be reading this that do, you’ll be happy to know there is a markedly different method utilized in this book. The author still has some numbers in here, but most of it is not “Player loses XX hp from sword slash, or enemy regenerated XX from magic potion”. It all seems to be relative and assumed as if the author is saying “yeah he got his mana back from that potion, now let’s get back to what really matters”. Very refreshing and kept the plot moving. This also contributed to drastically cutting down any lengthy battle sequences.

There are a few other things that makes this book stand out but I just got home from my work trip and am going to hug my kids now.

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  • Mary
  • 09-05-2019

Finally a Change BRAVO

This book is the best interpretation of a fantasy LItRPG book. Instead of everyone playing the game is a prepubescent teenager or an overly sexiest young male and female, there are players of multiple ages and experiences. The story kept my attention and the cast excited my imagination. As a older gamer, thank you for a great story. It also provides a lesson, that all came learn from.

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  • Britt Osborne
  • 17-02-2020

Unique and enjoyable

This was very satisfying because the characters actually grind and get stronger. I feel like a lot of times after the first book of a litrpg series the characters aren’t all that powerful and there are mountains of untapped potential. Here they actually get there and it makes the action and pacing fantastic. This is a must read for a LitRPG fan.
The main narrator was just ok. I understand Podehl can’t do them all, but a lot of characters sounded so similar it was hard to tell them apart at times. And his non English accents were pretty bad. Still, I love ensemble narration and it added a layer of depth that made the story very engaging.
Get it now!

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  • Chris Buzon
  • 09-05-2019

This was phenomenal

This was one of the best books I've read this year. fantastic narrators, great story, suitable for many audiences without being childish. I cant wait for more in this universe.

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  • Alex
  • 25-03-2020

Wish audible had more of the series.

love this book and it makes me excited for the future. only wish audible had the rest of the series.

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  • Alexander
  • 15-05-2019

Excellent and fairly unique!

Absolutely loved it - the descent into tyranny, the magic system, the worlds! I don't usually write reviews but this book deserves a special mention.
enjoy :)

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  • Andrew
  • 01-08-2020

The One

Honestly this was the book I’ve been looking for.

Loved it 10/10.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-2020

Just read it!!

Honestly, this is a flipping amazing book. Really well written and good pace. Just read it you won’t regret it!

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  • Jamillah
  • 29-06-2020

Super addictive and great narration

I really enjoyed this book.
The concept was different and I really enjoyed it.

It can be complicated at time but I've read a lot of this type of genre and dint struggle to follow what was happening.

I like the story progression and the skipping of certain time to moved it forward - I didn't feel like I lost anything by this and was grateful not to have lots of padding.
Fantastic narration; emotions are really felt.

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  • Vee
  • 05-06-2020

Unfathomable

Unfathomable. Unless you are an avid fantasy video game played i would not recommend this book.

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  • Muzzy
  • 30-05-2020

sword art online in a book for the west

The premise for this story is almost exactly the same as the anime sword art online from 2012.

The story is entertaining. I enjoyed the anime and this book re-lives some of that for me but I do feel it doesn't add anything new.

A decent listen none the less. Would recommend if you liked the anime

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  • Sam Daniels
  • 18-05-2020

phenomenal

from beginning to end this book gripped me and never let go! highly recommended to any fantasy fans out there

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  • Dingo 883
  • 28-03-2020

Decent story with a perfectly written villain.

Within minutes I was like, "OK, this guy watched Sword Art Online and decided to write a book." That's fine. Inspiration comes from many places. It certainly isn't anything close to a play by play rewrite, but I'd be surprised if the author hasn't watched the show.
Anyway, the story is good as are the characters. The narrator isn't my favorite from Sound Booth Theater, but he does a good job as always. What really made this book stand out to me was the villain. I don't think I've ever read or listened to a villain written in a realistic manner as this one was. Most villains are villains because they want to be. "Mwah, I'm a bad guy because I want to be a bad guy and to horrible things to people." That's not how real villains are made. Often they are a physically/emotionally weak person who feels like they deserve far more than they've been given and suddenly come into the power they think they deserve.

That's what this author did with his villain. He's an emotionally weak, immature little twat who suddenly becomes a bigshot. In his mind, he's a hero, saving the world from itself. He then begins a downward spiral when people and events don't all go his way. He has so thoroughly convinced himself that he's the hero and anyone who opposes him is the villain. Bravo.

My only issue with the story is the timeframe. The book takes huge leaps forward in time. I'm talking decades in the virtual world, yet the characters advance only marginally. I don't think such massive chunks of time was necessary to convey the level of oppression and suffering some people felt under the villain's rule. In the end, it's a small thing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-03-2020

This is great!

First of all this is my first review on audible ever. I have listened to alot of litrpg-books, from the land and awaken online to dodge Tank and the idle system and this book is one of the best!
Ok, so this story is great! Everything from the MC, his friends, the story, the mechanics to the villan and world building!
Especially the villan is great. Probably my favorite in any litrpg or any other story. I highly recomend this book.

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  • Adam
  • 03-12-2019

A Surprising Gem!

Can't believe how good this is, only thing I disliked was Lucas, too childish.