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Meaningless

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-20

This author is always talking about progression and after listening to the 3rd book in this series I can say with absolute certainty that its meaningless.

The main character runs into some people 30 times stronger than him no problem the plot requires him to defeat this person so he does. In a fight that is a bit like dragon ball without the satisfying ending just the endless power ups which are secondary to the plot.

Imagine if you had a story of a slave on a plantation but every 5 seconds it sidetracks to oh he's cycling his madra call the fucking cops. Anyway now I think about it he only actual harvest aura 1 in all three books so that brings up the question if he never cultivates how does he advance down the path of cultivation? Well not really sure but the plot requires it so he randomly leap frogs forward. Never to a level that would actually allow him to defeat the opponents he regularly defeats but whatever.

The characters are literally personality vacuums the main character is sad... the friend the is boring yervin, Yarvan ,yahoo something like that... is angry. The elders everywhere are arrogant prices because reasons...

They have no progression at all in any thing he does the cultivation is meaningless a charecter arc is something the author has likely never heard of. Everything is poorly explain or not at all. He's writing a book like fan fiction for a really well established world except there is no established so everything is confusing and sucks.

This is the second worst cultivation novel I've ever read thats only because the worst one lied about having cultivation while in this book its meaningless.

Not sure what has caused the hate

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-20

this book seems to have gathered a unusually large amount of hate and after listening to it I can't understand where its coming from.

for example the character development is the worst part of the book describing it as lack luster being generous but it certainly doesn't ruin the book.

next there is perspective drift. the author can't seem to keep the focus on the mc including far to many perspectives and side chare characters for the reader to care about. however this is mainly a issue in book 2 so I don't think that's the reason.

I can only come to the conclusion that the people who poorly reviewed the book are not familiar with the cultivation style book of which this is a somewhat average example.

tldr: if you like cultivation stories you'll proberbly like this if you don't know what that is research what it is and the writing style before you spend your credits.

much worse

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-20

has none of the things that made the first bareable it's just a op kid being a idiot all book. might of had some comedic value for one scene not the entire book

a nice listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-20

it is nothing new or interesting but it's good progression.
a little preachy at times which is why it lost a star.

Surprise

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

Reviewed: 13-05-20

I was shocked to find that this was really good all three books in the series are really good. New concepts for me but still relatable to what I learned in school.

Great for intro to science fiction for new readers

Beat me to unconsciousness

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-20

at least that's how I feel at halfway point in the book it's just not good.

Firstly everyone sucks except the MC which is a shallow character because he has no choice in anything. the reason everyone sucks is because there all horrible people not in the obvious villain way but in the I don't think though my plot as a author kind of way let me explain...

Head priest, definitely cast as a villain but his deeds are completely out of proportion to his 'motivation' he forces MC to become a worker a really bad class ruining his life. then we never hear about the head priest again not a throw away sentence or anything he just no longer is plot relevant because the author can't be asked.

Assassin Kia, leader of a group of 'good guys' she is a monster I don't know what it is with authors and accidentally creating cults but Kia has her cult in a dungeon. Kia drags MC down a path to become a spy 'a useless class' because she wants more members of her cult... AcTuallY ItS BeCausE ThE GoddEss AsKeD To hELp MC wiTH SurViVinG. That brings us on to the...

Goddess, using a goddess as a all encompassing figure of good is a common trope but it's done so poorly here it makes me want to tear my eyes out and puncture my ears so I can't ever experience this bullshit again. The goddess takes a personal interest in the MC after his death and revival a coming of age ceremony as the Head priest forced the MC to become a worker does the Goddess who has taken a interest change this and make his main class mage the only thing he will ever be good at? does the goddess dismiss her High priest for his crime of treason against a herself and her champion now being MC? NOoooOoOOO SHE DOES FUCKING NOTHING ohh wait that's not quite true granting him as her champion status means he can have a second class which will reset on his death also doubling his death penalty making him a potato after a single death and being her champion means he's being targeted by pretty much every one good at anything and funny thing is he can't defend himself because he is a FUCKING WORKER. Stupid incompentant goddess with out a single shred of remorse in there stupid body for ruining a innocent boys life who have lost there parents. the point I've been trying to make is that this is a fantasy book where MC has his life ruined repeatedly by others and thanks them and even prays to them for the privilege.
Railroading plots without thinking of the characters or what's happening often ends up like this book infuriating because the author is portraying a group of poorly though out characters and going though the motions of a story but never actually really telling a story rather allowing a series of unfortunate events to fall on a orphans shoulders.

if it wasn't obvious I wont be going past the 3/4 mark of the book I dislike this authors writing style intently its disingenuous and annoying.

This is a poor man's dante's immortality so read that if you haven't already.

Hidden gem

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-20

this was surprisingly good but made me laugh which I haven't done while reading for a long time. strong characters and litrpg themes made this a really good time for me at least.
looking forward to more!

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disappointing all round

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-20

I have now listened to like 8 books in this series. As much progression happens in the first hour of this book as the entire rest of the series this is a huge underlying problem in the authors writing but I will cover the other problems with this series and why it eventually leaves you dissatisfied with it.

Firstly 1 dimensional characters and a railroad plot make this impossible to invest in. For example everyone expects John to do everything all the time.

"hey John fight literal everyone in the universe who wants earth with no help and then come here and pay for my new start up which will literal never pay you back a thing also I'm gonna betray humanity and destroy our chances of freedom see you later."

This is lana perhaps the worst developed character in history 1 diemnsional, demanding and annoying to no end.
Despite being the main character and having the main character tax imposed on him having to pay for everyone else mearly for existing the MC is still undeveloped. The only defining thing about him is that he has anger issues that's it nothing else. I'm not hating on anger issues just that it is not a replacement for a real personality.
Because of this no motivation is possible because the character are poorly developed it's like getting a dog to solve a rubik's cube, possible but almost never going to happen and if it does it's a coincidence.

Progression is a Litrpg most important element and this book only allows a mockery of it. John literal gets as much or more progress at the very start as he gets almost the entirety of 8 books later. Getting powerful is great except he is ALWAYS fighting someone more powerful so there is no change. what I'm trying to say is that almost all the litrpg talk could be removed and the only difference remaining would be the name of the abilitys that actual do something tangible.

The reason this book and the entire series is so unsatisfying is because the author never finishes a story. He doesn't defeat the duchess he just let's them take over he doesn't unify the humans and drive off the invaders instead opting to leave for plot reasons? maybe. he does everything poorly and gives away everything its fustrating that the author portrays EVERYONE like the definition of abusive in relationship terms. Also despite constantly fighting MC is so unskilled at fighting that everyone except his students lecture him on fighting its ridiculous.

I have tired to portray the underlying problems with the authors writing with examples but this book does one nice thing it doesn't preach it could very easily fall into that category but it avoids it well despite a highly political plot at some points.

Narration was decent nothing note worthy.
I will not be following this series any further because the author is drawing out a plot which should have been 3 books long at most and doesn't deliver well even then.

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Good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-04-20

A decent story made even better by narrator that is my new favourite great voices for all the characters and no sound effects in sight!
Great job to both author and narrator

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what happened?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-04-20

Why with the sound mashup of bad music during the book so bad incredible disappointing after the clean uninfected first copy of the series

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