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Axillon99: A LitRPG Novel

Narrated by: Avery Reid
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Death isn't a big deal in the virtual world of online gaming, but after poking her nose where it doesn't belong, Dakota Marx finds herself running for her life - and reality doesn't come with a respawn.

At 22, she's still slinging coffee at an Amazon Cafe despite having a degree in programming. It's not because she's unlucky, unmotivated, or even that she fancies herself an underground activist crusading against evil corporations. Hunting for a real job would take time away from her game.  

Axillon99 is the world's most popular multiplayer online experience, with a universe containing billions of planets to explore. Ever since video games broke the screen barrier, plunging players fully into their characters, reality just can't compete.

Cognition Systems International announces a 10-million-dollar prize to celebrate the release of the next generation Neurona 4 interface helmet. After her crew decides to try chasing the money, Dakota discovers a sinister intent behind the new technology. Going public threatens the lives of her friends, but keeping CSI's secret could destroy the very fabric of society.

©2017 Matthew Sean Cox (P)2018 Matthew Sean Cox

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  • Kara
  • 28-02-19

Wow! What a ride!

"Axillon99: A LitRPG Novel" is the first, but will certainly not be my last, book by author Matthew Cox and narrator Avery Reid. Wow, what a ride!

MC Dakota Marx is a purposeful underachiever, preferring to work as a barista so she has plenty of time for online gaming. She and her boyfriend, MC Erik, even limit their cuddle time so that they have plenty of time in-game. Axillon99 does a fantastic job highlighting the differences between a humdrum life in the near future, and the exciting life of risk, adventures, battles and death in the immersive game world.

Even more, the book does a terrific job as game activities and dangers crossover into the real world, real world anti-corporate concerns and personal memories are found to tie-in to the gaming world, and we find game characters teaming up in the real world to survive and find love. Wow. As I said earlier: what a ride!

Throughout the book, the level of detail is astonishing. I felt I was at the coffee shop as Dakota dealt with customers and stalkers. The in-game battles, large and small were amazing. Dakota's experience in the warehouse and her flashbacks were painfully realistic. Dakota bonding with co-worker Blake as he deals with his unwanted breakup with his boyfriend was amazing. Such delicate humanizing in a book of fantastically detailed space battles and alien monsters.

The other members of Dakota's in-game team all have their own distinct personalities, and Dakota's brother Nebraska went from an odd distraction to an important helper for the team IRL.

Are you in real life or the game? Is music playing?

Definitely 5* for "Axillon99"!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

My rating and my review was not in anyway affected by my having been provided a review copy.

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  • Daniel Delgado
  • 12-02-19

Wow, loved it!

I received this title free in exchange for an honest review.

I an a big fan of the LitRPG genre, so when I saw this title I was excited to give it a listen. This story exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed it throughout. The future setting, 2031, has some humorous, and not so unfathomable, notions. The idea that a coffee will cost over 9 bucks, and drones delivering all kinds of products, are just a few examples. The most important advancement to the plot, however, is full immersion gaming. While not the full haptic suits of Ready Player One, the helmet interface is integral to both the gaming and the story.
There is plenty of action, both in game and out, some daily life elements, and interpersonal dynamics as well. Each member of the Stormbringer’s crew comes to life through Matthew S. Cox’s writing. There was only one thing that disappointed me, which I will leave with pseudo-spoiler details after my comments on the narration.
Speaking of the narration, Avery Reid is EXCELLENT!!! She truly delivered an outstanding performance. She is apparently new, as this is only the third title she has on Audible at this time, but she is someone to pay attention to. She is already one of my three favorite female narrators, doing a solid job with character voices and an amazing job with the narrative.

*Pseudo-Spoiler Alert*
I’m not going to deliver any specifics, but I will say that I was disappointed with the ending, how things played out over basically the final 30 minutes. I really thought the story was cheapened with a crucial decision that was made. However, Matthew S. Cox won me back during the final two minutes. You’ll understand when you get there.

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  • HeatherY
  • 08-02-19

Great LitRPG!!

It's 2031 and millions of people around the world are playing Axillon99, an immersive sci fi virtual reality game. Dakota is one of those players, she got her degree in programming but prefers to work as a barista in order to spend more time in game. Being a programmer gives her an advantage when a new quest with a 10 million dollar prize is announced. Dakota and her crew of the Stormbringer are among the first to figure out the first clue.

This was a great LitRPG! I love reading character driven stories that are heavy on the world building, not too many stats, with a game I'd love to play myself. I prefer stories where the main character goes back and forth from the game to real life, I feel like it allows the characters to be more developed. Seeing Dakota in real life really fleshed her out and made me root for her.

While the bare bones of the plot may be similar to Ready Player One, Axillon doesn't suffer from its flaws. The world and the game are thoroughly described without huge info dumps, the pace is perfect. It references other games without being heavy handed, I remember playing LSL back before I was old enough to understand the innuendos and it cracked me up when it was referenced. Dakota is likable without being a Mary Sue, isn't overpowered, and can be kind or a badass as it's called for. And I loved having a strong female lead. The whole thing is just well written.

The narration was really well done, Avery Reid performed voices for each of the characters that fit well, and her voice for Dakota was perfect. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I'd recommend this LitRPG for just about any older teen or adult, and it would be perfect for fans of fantasy/sci fi and gamers.

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  • Mattias Salomonsson
  • 24-07-19

Best litrpg in a while

Love this audiobook, love everything about this especially the section in the beginning when the protagonist speaks about big corporations like Amazon owning everything.... The funny thing is that audible is owned also by Amazon :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-19

Good performance; good story

I love me some litrpg's, when they're not derivative. In the case of Axillon99, it did feel a bit derivative at times. The premise is that there's a cash prize up for grabs on solving a series of quests/missions that are secretive and difficult. It's more traditional of a litrpg then, say, Ready Player One which I liked. It didn't have niche references to nerd culture. These people were just playing this game that they love. It had a healthy balance of time spend in the game and the real world. The world outside of the game felt believable enough, as well as the game itself. The main heroine was not some overpowered wrecking ball. She was just another person playing this game that she's genuinely addicted to.

The narration was top-notch. Avery was perfect to voice Dakota/Fox. Not sure what else to say other than the delivery was perfect. Words were not mispronounced and there was no cringe when talking about the aspects of the game itself. It was genuinely believable that she was this person that was addicted to Axillon99 and loved every moment of it. Also, the different characters were voiced distinctly enough to differentiate between them. So props to Avery Reid on being one of my favorites now.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Chris D. Jones
  • 13-03-19

Similar to Ready Player One, but with a better ...

Similar to Ready Player One, but with a better world (more believable) and better characters and no 80s nostalgy. The main character is a female and I (a male) thought she was a believable and strong female MC. I'll leave it to the female reviewers to verify or deny that though :) I can say that I liked her and he shipmates and found her in-gme and normal world interesting. The game itself made me nostalgic for Star Wars: The Old Republic, which I used to play for the first few years it was out. Avery Reid is an outstanding narrator, and each main character (there are 5) and secondary character (three) had distinct voices and even the lesser characters were noticeably different from these. She really helped me buy into the main character.

I regularly found excuses to listen when not on my commute, so that's the point when I know I'm listening to a 5 star book, but the ending seemed a bit neat and rushed, so I dropped one star from the story. Overall a great listen!

I got this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review. Based on my great luck with he last two, more people should be taking advantage of Audioboom!

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  • Heather
  • 01-03-19

More believable than Ready Player One

Axillon99 is more of a believable than the wildly popular "Ready Player One" title with similar themes. Its lacking the nostalgia that seems to be a bigger selling point, but has a more believable story for me. The book does end a little abruptly, with not as much wrap up the sap up as I typically want from my books, but does have a concrete ending that gives readers the answers that most of us want when finishing up a book. The characters (other than perhaps the main) are not strongly written in the beginning of the book, and I fell as if you don't get a strong sense of who they are until a bit latter on. All and all, an enjoyable read, if not with an amazing payout at the end. Good for a board Saturday afternoon on the couch.

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  • SD
  • 28-02-19

You will never guess the ending!

This was my first "first person shooter game" theme book. It got me curious.
The story is about a girl that lives to play Axillon 99, a total immersive game, kind of like "Player One" movie from Spielberg, also in space. In this book we are introduced to all the dynamics of the game (the characters, weapons, ships, missions, etc), but also with the real life world. Even though some of the language could be hard for non players or non english native speakers, I still find the story well balanced and totally worth it to read/listen.
The narrator is very good by the way!
But I have to say, the cherry on top this very good story, that revolves around the heroine team finding a way to win an impossible mission and win real life dollars (enough to never work again), is the ending. I didn't see that coming, not the usual way to finish, and even after that another twist. You definitely have to read to find out!
I just wish some corporate guys would read this book to learn something.

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  • Justin
  • 05-10-18

Good

Interesting twist to litrpg. To much rl and not enough game for my tastes. plus a little to much like ready player one.

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  • norman
  • 20-02-19

Interesting litrpg novel

Axillon99 is an interesting litrpg novel. Entertaining, fast moving plot, well developed and sympathetic characters, intriguing online world, and good narration. The narrator’s voice is a good choice for the main character.