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Alpha Test

Angromoria, Book 1
Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
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Summary

The advertisement offered the ultimate Virtual Reality experience. Using a new technology known as Immersive Virtual Reality or IVR, you could truly experience the game as if you were in it. For someone who has been confined to a wheelchair all of his life, the promise was impossible to ignore, but only a few would be invited to take part in the Alpha test of the new game. Devon decided he would be one of those few. 

To ensure he would be chosen he took the most unlikely combination of skills specializing primarily as a craftsman and secondarily as a healer. The best race for these skill trees is a Gnome but that further weakens his ability to fight and survive. Still, it is only the Alpha test and once in he can change it when they move to Closed Beta. 

What could go wrong? Soon he finds out just how weak his choices seem to the developers who figure he will die a lot and always be a nobody. Name chosen, Gnobody sets out to take on Angromoria and it is everything he could hope for, until it becomes the only thing he may ever know.

©2018 David R. Pendleton (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Great book

Really good story line I really enjoyed listening to this book
But the ending is a little disappointing it feels like it was unfinished and ended in the middle of a chapter
Other than that it was a great book

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  • Christopher
  • 30-06-19

Pretty Good

The writing mechanics are all there and this book has been professionally edited. Sad to say that this low bar has become a litmus test for me in the GameLit genre. The story is interesting and engaging, and the MC is not a total moron. This is a refreshing change from the inexplicable trend of LitRPG authors thinking that anyone wants to listen to a book about an MC who is too stupid to be credible as a fully functional human being.

The only glaring flaw in this book is the pace of the plot. The story kind of meander’s and there are long stretches where the plot just kind of marinates. I didn’t find it too bothersome, but I can see how some listeners might want more action and momentum. I’d still recommend it as a worthwhile addition to the straight-up LitRPG genre.

It’s really sad that the author has passed away. According to the author’s note there will be a second book released, but it’s a shame that a promising new author in the genre will most likely have left this series as an unfinished, two book work.

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  • Kelsea
  • 27-06-19

Best book I’ve listened to in months

For me LitRPG is getting a bit Repetitive. Guy enters world, guy stumbles upon overpowered items, guy doesn’t understand how he is so lucky..
It’s so refreshing to listen to a story that actually holds my interest. A story where I really care what happens to the characters.
Really looking forward to the next book. It’s Really sad to hear about the rider.

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  • Justin
  • 26-06-19

Goooood.

Overall the story and narration are excellent. The MC isn't over powered but uses group tatics and planning to win. An excellent start to the new world.

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  • Lionelle
  • 25-06-19

love this book

this book is amazing. I hope he does twick his Carter just a lil bit to add more combat but over all it's a great book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-19

Great!

Great story I love the narrator he did a great job and I've also listened to him in other books and he's pretty good I am sorry to hear about the author at the end and hopefully he wishes the story to go on it's way to good and I wish he could still be here to write more best of wishes to his family and friends and thank you for releasing this great story

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  • corey m.
  • 03-07-19

Really enjoyed the humor in this book

loved the story and the characters even though some of the decisions just didnt make any sense to me. Good characters and has a lot of potential for more books until the about the Author really put a stop to that. Was looking at a lot of the reviews on Amazon and I'm amazed that so many people say such hurtful things about the book and I hope his family doesn't have to read that trash. If the second book is released I plan on reading it asap and may David Pendleton RIP.

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  • Jeanne
  • 29-06-19

Great book super sad author note

I loved the book great Rpg it's kinda like world tree on line but the author note made me cry I want a second book but not sure if we are going to get one. as for the performance really good but for the skill read out some times they drag on way to long

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-08-19

The best I've listened to in a while!

I don't generally write full reviews of books I listen to, I just give them the rating I think they deserve and then move on. This book, however, is one of my new top favorites. I love the Gamelit genre and most of my 100+ audible books in my library are part of it, but I have to admit, I feel connected to this character, and the way that they explain the reason why (Spoiler... read at your own risk)

he cannot log out of the game,

is done in such a different and even believable manner, that it sets this novel above some of the others. I love that he isn't OP and his greatest strength is merely his high intelligence, and I personally feel like I can connect with this character. Eric Micheal Summerer does a wonderful job expressing emotion and giving each character their own voice, except for the times when I can't tell if Gnobody or Urgtha is the one talking (doesn't happen often). This has become one of my instant favorites and I hope that there will be more on the adventures of Gnobody, the kitchenware inventor extraordinaire, in the future!

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  • Under dog RGM
  • 04-08-19

great story. character sheets bad

as the story progressed the main protagianst had an ever expanding character sheet. in the begining this was fine but as the changes grew so did the length of time spent per character updates. other than the character sheet updates there was never a moment i dreaded. i enjoyed the comical portions of the story. only noticing a few errors towards the begining of the book. after the first chapter i understood The protoganist's point of view well enough without having to know how many times his wheels got stuck or something. i look foward to the next book.

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  • coco
  • 03-08-19

Ended too soon

This book was really good and I hope the next one is just as good. Message at the end about the author was sad to hear. Highly suggest getting this one.