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Sigil Online: Paragons Audiobook

Sigil Online: Paragons

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Loss was nothing new to an orphan like Riley. But when the online persona he'd spent years building was ripped away by a monster with unbelievable power, everything changed.

As a gamer who made a living from Sigil Online, losing his character meant losing his job and any means he had of paying his bills.

Now, he had to start from the beginning, just like any other player joining Sigil Online for the first time. All the fame and fortune of a high-level character was gone.

Experience the harrowing quest that will leave Riley changed forever, as he's molded by the pursuit of the monster that took everything from him.

©2016 Jeff Sproul (P)2017 Jeff Sproul

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    Norma Miles 04/03/2017
    Norma Miles 04/03/2017
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    ""Green acid sprays, red bullets, yellow discs...""
    Any additional comments?

    I am not a gamer, nor will ever be, but I do enjoy occasional visits into the electronic fantasy worlds so many seem to frequently inhabit.
    Sigil Online is set in a time not far distant when the game has become a huge part of life for everyone, rating news updates and even video clips of recent action played to the general population by the media. Successful gamers are able to make a living by playing, the best can earn a lot of money. Reilly was one such player. At only 16, orphaned and alone in the world, he has built a comfortable life for himself as Radiance, an advanced player, 2nd tier: a Paragon. He has followers but, apart from one, no friends. But he is content.
    Then his in-game character, Radiance, is killed and he loses everything. With almost no money left and fearful of not being able to pay his rent, he goes back to work: in Sigil. But he has to start the game again from the beginning with a new persona and no powers. And this time he is surprised by the kindness of others - occasionally - and as he progresses in the game, also grows as a real life person.

    No real surprises in this basic coming of age story but the journey through the levels, the characters and, especially, the brilliantly conceived powers and described fight scenes make this a very memorable book, far better than some others I have read. The writing is very visual, the characters well drawn, although a little additional 'real' life background could have added deeper interest.

    Juggling miriad character voices, a complex text of colour and action, narrator Jeff Hays is outstanding. Pacing his reading to match the speed and intensity of the storyline, this is a superb dramatisation, sounding as if there were a whole array of actors, male and female, taking part and not just a single voice artist. He binds the whole book together with his distinctive performance.

    Simple story, complex and visual fight scenes, superb narration, this was a book which I could enjoy without deeper knowledge of gaming. My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me my copy of Sigil online:Paragons, via Audiobook Boom. Hopefully, there will be another following soon. If so, I will most certainly be looking out for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kanundra 15/02/2017
    kanundra 15/02/2017 Member Since 2016

    Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!

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    "Good listen, but needed a bit more..."

    I'm still pretty new to LitRPG and this is mostly brought on by facebook and the fact I'm a huge Jeff fan, so taking that into account, I'll post my review.

    Jeff did a really great performance with this, some really good female characters as usual, Brenda and Laura for sure. Even with Chace and Aaron, and then Riley as well. I don't know how they put it all together, but with a Voice actor like Jeff there's something worth listening to in all the stories he's done.

    So, a little bit of feedback on story. I enjoyed the story don't get me wrong, but there were some things that just left me feeling a little cold, and miffed. I get that the MC - Riley as Radiance was an ass and being knocked down a peg or two really was tough. But as a character, he didn't really seem to grow so much and there were many times throughout the story that I wondered why he never thought about certain things, why other characters never got a mention until it seemed it was past late. Some small parts of seeding in his thoughts here and there would have really benefited the story, no matter how much of an ass he was, no one just doesn't think about certain life events for so long or more so people, things like that play on your mind no matter who you are, or what you're doing.

    Having said all that, and no spoilers for anyone else. There were some things I personally guessed really early on, maybe that's just my film background, I'm not sure, so I did think that was a little bit of a let down, not too sure what the writer might have done to aid that. Building their characters up some more, inside the game and out of it might have helped. I understand that maybe LitRPG's just want to be inside the game but for a real story to take place, there are things we do, on a day in day out basis that are interesting. That needs to be said and done.

    Not a bad length, but I think it could have been longer, with better set up and story building. There's so much potential I'm still interested to see where this one goes, and what they do with the next 'game upgrade' so I'm not lost on it, like I have been with others. I'll be looking out for more, and will poke about to see any ebooks :) thanks for the entertainment.





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    30/01/17
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    "Great"

    Great story and great performance!

    the story itself is mostly carried out inside a VR/AR world called Sigil online. the main plot of the story imo is the redemption and Frank maturing of the the main character who starts out has an arrogant just for me player and after an incident kills him, he makes a new one and grows from there to the conclusion.
    side note; it's tough to give a good review without spoilers.

    The narrator did an excellent job with the performance using a variety of different voices to give more depth to the story which helped with the immersion.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Reg
    McKinney, TX
    03/03/17
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    "Coming of Age:::In Virtual Reality"

    Riley is a bigshot VR star who supports himself through an online game called Sigil. He spends his days inside the game hooking up with various groups, killing monsters, and picking up loot. Until the day his bigshot character is killed and he has to start over.

    Riley makes the mistake of reading press about his now dead character. It’s not good. People didn’t like him. They thought he was a jerk. So, he starts over and tries to fix the flaws in his game that made him so unlikeable. He meets other gamers. They allow him to tag along on their expeditions to build his levels. Something happens. Riley begins to care about the other gamers. He thinks of them as friends. Soon, he must make a decision. Will he go back to his former ways and bounce from group to group to use whoever he can to get more loot and move up in the game? Or will he stick with his new friends and watch their back and maybe move more slowly but have the comradery he is missing in his real life as an orphan?

    I liked this story. I cared about Riley and wanted to see him get his levels back. But I wanted him to include his real life friend more in his life. And I wanted him to have friends and people he cared about because he was so alone in real life. I was rooting for him. I saw where the story was heading and who the white worm was long before it was revealed but enjoyed they story and stuck with it to the end.

    The narration for Jeff Hays was somewhat subdued in this listen. There were no sound effects and his voices were less varied than I’m used to. So, it was just OK for me. I usually jump at Hays’ narrations because they are phenomenal. This one wasn’t a standout for me but it was still very good.

    I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vigg
    MD, USA
    14/03/17
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    "Interesting world, but lacking in plot development"
    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. It had a strong start, but just floundered in the middle due to a lack of plot development. Things wrap up hurriedly at the end, but there's no pacing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nick Smalley
    15/05/17
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    "A new narrator would take this story a lot farther"

    Beginning
    It's terrible. The narration is only good to sleep to. no emotional inflections. bad editing and the voices of all the characters are just grating.
    Story wise you can guess the big surprise early on. The author really makes it obvious. The main plot point of the main character being a selfish bad person just isnt true. He didnt do anything bad or selfish and helped and saved his friends. the fact that he didnt keep playing with some people he grouped with isnt being a jerk. They are different levels.

    Middle
    You get used to the narration and it becomes slightly less grating.
    Story. The plotholes and bad writing become normal and you enjoy the story and characters more.

    End
    Story is still terrible but your invested now and just go with it.

    To summarize change the narrator and your ratings will go up. If this is meant for 7th grade and below great job. if this is the authors first book its a solid start. If not, well dont change your name so I dont have to waste my money and time again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boua
    15/05/17
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    "Hard to care for the main character."

    Story had a great ending fight and reveal. But it was hard to care for the main character. I wasn't sold on him being reformed and his ability was lack luster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gusbuster
    Detroit, MI
    21/03/17
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    "Nice LitRPG story. Good addition to the category."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sigil Online: Paragons to be better than the print version?

    YES! Love audible editions and virtually anything Jeff Hays does. He is excellent as usual


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love the category in general. This book isnt overly original, but if you like the category, you'll enjoy this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - I found myself not wanting to stop. Very good, easy listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • atexasuser
    08/03/17
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    "Gamer must read"

    I enjoyed this very much. Gamers will love it. I might even listen to it again one of these days. Different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Spiegel
    07/03/17
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    "Well performed, unique in ways"

    Book provided by author, or affiliate for honest review ....
    Well crafted and somewhat unique in a market almost as saturated as zombies. Narration then becomes a key distinguishing aspect. Jeff did well, if you like this genre you will enjoy this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kingsley
    Henely Brook, Australia
    23/02/17
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    "Ready Player One without the nostalgia"

    Paragons tells the story of an Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG), Sigil Online, somewhat similar to a steroids version of World of Warcraft. Set sometime in the future the game is played using virtual reality sets that allow the player to move their characters and 'experience' the game. Sigil Online has become so massive and renown that the currency in the game is able to be traded for money outside the game, allowing people to make a living through playing the game. It is also so large that television news is filled with stories about the game - deaths of major players, updated to the game etc.

    This is not too dissimilar to Ready Player One, the recent smash hit revolving around an MMORPG. However in Ready Player One the outside world's obsession with the game is explained through a huge monetary prize for finishing a super-quest. The reasons for Sigil Online being as famous as it is isn't given in the story.

    Riley is one of the Sigil Online players making a living from the game, while playing with a major, well-known character. When that character is killed Riley is suddenly back to Level 0 and back to having no income and almost no way to get it. He has to build up a new character, all while finding new friends, discovering old friends weren't actually friends, and that his old online persona was generally disliked for being a selfish jerk.Riley is given a second chance to remake himself, not just his character.

    The online story is interesting, and the action is well told. The powers hte characters have a diverse and interesting. The story is breakneck and has a few good twists in it, and it's all a little tense... until you remember that it is a game and it doesn't actually matter that much. Sure Riley makes money form the game and needs it to survive, but it is stated he has several months savings so that risk is not imminent. It never really gives much details of the world outside the game and how he lives and what other opportunities he might have if he didn't play. The outside world is so vague that the risk of him being forced into the 'real world' isn't really there. Add this to the fact that several character actually do say it doesn't matter if they die because they have other income and just play for fun. There is therefore no tension with them.
    If this was real characters in a fantasy universe it would have been great, but adding the extra MMORPG layer that means the effects on half the characters aren't real really reduced the impact.

    The pacing of the book is a little off too. While it is clear throughout what the climax will be about, it doesn't actual build the tension to it. It just is suddenly there. And then it is done and there is almost no details of the aftermath (at least not for the characters, there is an 'afterward' presented as a news story showing how Sigil Online will change).

    Narration by Jeff Hays is great. Well paced, and very easy to listen to. He performs the book, not just reads it. Voices, emotions, comedic timing, building tension. It is all there and well done.

    He makes the book better through his narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • matt
    21/02/17
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    "Went in as a sceptic."

    This book was suppose to be background noise while i was at work. while listening the book drew me in, grab me by the shirt collar and shoved all my game knowledge and thoughts i have down my throat. loved the book and cant wait even another day to get the next book. edge of the seat excitement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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