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Another great story of my favorite space marines

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-20

You already know I like the story and the excellently written and portrayed characters. My favorite space marines since Starship Troopers continue their saga.

Should have wrapped it up in the first book

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-20

Took hours for the plot to make its first showing. Introduced several new main characters that required constant timeline leap frogging back and forth that made it confusing and totally unnecessary. The MC's "invention" of negative energy spells turns out not to have been revolutionary afterall since pretty much everyone had them in this book decades before he even started playing the game. Again there's massive jumps in time with a 43 year training montage toward the end, all the while people are being tortured for no good reason other than a poor attempt to create a sense of urgency. I didn't care for the extraordinary length of time the story uses for some unfathomable reason. There simply wasn't a purpose for a second book other than to burn the remaining 200+ years for the patch to come out by rehashing the same plot from the first book and free everyone.

felt a lot shorter than 9 hrs

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-20

Maybe that's a good thing? Love the series, but this one really left me unfulfilled. Felt very short with little in the way of story advancement. Minimal plot and advancement. Felt more like a side story.

Been a while since a series hooked me so fast

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-20

You might say it starts out as a slow burn, at least action-wise, and yet the story and narrating are engrossing. I know I truly like a story when I start looking forward to my walks (where I do 99% of my listening) and am bummed out when I can't. Great story and cast of characters all brought to life by Jeff Hay's excellent narration. My only quibble is that there are times when the recitation of character sheets comes too often.

Decent story with a perfectly written villain.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-03-20

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.

Sing it: Everything is awesome!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-03-20

Love this series. Probably my favorite. The voicing, characters, and story are all top notch.

Decent story well told

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-03-20

I wasn't captivated by the story nor was I bored or disinterested. Kafer does a great job. I like his narration even though he has limited voice range.

Great story and performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-20

One of the most enjoyable stories I've listened to. Every book in this series makes you want more. Can't wait until the next one is available.

Good shootem up with a strong story and characters

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-20

Very enjoyable listen. kafer does an outstanding job. So far, my favorite Audiobook from Mr. Phipps.

Continues to be a great series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-20

As one of the first and few sci-fi LitRPG listens, I've really enjoyed the series and look forward to more.