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Beginner's Luck

Character Development, Book 1
By: Aaron Jay
Narrated by: Rhys David
Series: Character Development, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
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Summary

Miles Boone is finally an adult and able to roll up his permanent character. He will join the Game that the world has become. Most of the planet is now dominated by feral AIs and nano who behave as all the monsters of man’s imagination. Every adult left alive plays, striving to keep the the AI and nano from wiping us out completely. Success in the Game is survival itself. Success in the Game is success in life. If only the game wasn’t rigged against anyone who isn’t a member of the Party.

A desperate bid to get the same chance at success in the game as Party members lands him at the mercy of his family’s enemies. Now his freedom and life rest on winning a bet. Lose and he will grind the rest of his life in the beginner’s area for the Eastman clan. He will need all the luck he can get. Too bad his enemies have broken his character and gotten rid of his luck stat. How do you play a game without any luck?

Miles is going to have to outplay and outsmart his family’s enemies, corrupt Game Masters, the Party, and of course the game itself. Life is a game. His father always told him, win or lose, it’s how you play that matters. Now he is praying his father knew what he was talking about.

Beginner’s Luck is the first book in the Character Development Series.

©2017 Aaron Jay Weingrad (P)2019 Aaron Jay Weingrad

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Ironic luck

Really loved this book. I would highly recommend this book. I also enjoyed the cheeky "The Land" reference.

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Couldn’t stop listening!

This book is an amazing addition to litrpg and has you enthralled from the moment it starts, from great character development to finally having a smart main character this book will tickle every fancy my only complaint is that the second is not out yet, however the author does and will keep you updated on further updates. Thank you again for a gripping story to fuel my imagination.

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Great gamer fun. Excellent voice actor

I loved this book as it brought out the fun of gaming with DnD and MMORPG references with a unique twist. Lots of enjoyment and didn't want to put it down.

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Fantastic

One of the best litrpg books available. A brilliant world with well thought out characters with real character development.
I would have preferred more time with the MC in game rather than IRL, but there isn't a single part that I can think of that could go in favour of something else. There are just so many parts leaving you angry for the MC or thrilled at how he bests his enemies.
Cannot wait for the next part in this story.

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  • Mitchard Apides
  • 02-09-19

Post-Apocalyptic+VR+LTRPG+Cultivation

PROS:
- Steadfast MC, doesn't give in with his principles and morals
- Finds unique ways to solve problems or fights which kept me on edge on what he is going to do, not a lot of cliche here.
- Has the balls to stand up and speak up to his enemies, uses it to bait a lot of fools. And his arguments actually made sense.
- The leveling system is fair and balanced, while he gets somewhat of an advantage it comes with a lot of downside
- The world building is okay, there is still a lot of things not explained and I hope the next book expounds on it.
- Uses a lot of different weapons, doesn't stick to one. Every advantage is eked out.
- Inner monologue is well thought out, makes you understand why he does what he does. Its not one of those min/max characters.
- Narrator adds a lot of emotion and is not monotone, thank god.

CONS:
-There is a lot of genre going on and it kinda is too much at first but it kinda made sense at the later parts. But I still think it is too much.
- Narrator needs more practice with female voices, he kinda sounds like and angry little male child. I mean no offense dude.
- I hope the cultivation is fleshed out more
- I hope the next book every time he passes an achievement he won't get pulled out and punished for "CHEATING". It gets old real quick. I want him to give them the hurt.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
I really like this book, It has its faults but the overall experience is positive. I can't wait for the author to flesh it out and bring more to the table. Will pre order for the next.

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  • Kelsea
  • 01-09-19

Litrpg to live by..

This is the best book I have listened to in quite a while.
I was already invested in, and attracted to the main character in the first few minutes. The supporting characters seem real and have a purpose in the story. I love the game mechanics, and the way the magical system is introduced is amazing.. (namaste bitches😂)
I will be following this author, thank you for bringing the realness.

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  • Christopher
  • 03-09-19

A solid 4 star book with a few non-fatal flaws...

So you ask, why did I give a 4 star audiobook a five star rating? Because this is Audible and this is a promising new author. I try not to give a 5 star rating to anything that isn’t at least a near masterwork. I wish this was the case for more people on Audible. It’s frustrating when you see the reviews that list pros and cons and flaws underneath a 5 star rating. Anyone with a 4th grade understanding of math should be able to figure out why regularly handing out 5 star (and 1 star) reviews to books without any discretion results in a crappy and mostly useless rating system.

Honestly, I think if Audible would just switch to a ten point scale it would at least add some nuance to the ratings and help get rid of how heavily skewed the system is at present. Anyway, back to the book,

I broke my own rule and gave this 5 stars because it deserves listeners and is a gem hidden amongst the unedited/poorly written/harem-cringey garbage that has been polluting my recommendations list for the last two years. This book has an imaginative and somewhat unique setup for the problem that all LitRPGs have... why should the characters care about the game they are playing?

Moreover, the characters are compelling and the outside world has as much depth as the game world does... It was an interesting and enjoyable listen.

The Non-fatal flaws...
The author’s explanation as to how the politics of the pre-dystopian world resulted in the collapse of society shows a childish understanding of world politics. It definitely has the flavor of the oversimplified and ignorant rhetoric of the current idiocracy that we’ve been living in for the past 25 years or so. And of course it leans heavily towards one side of the Isle vs. the other.

To be clear, my problem isn’t about which side of the political divide the author seems to be adhering to. It’s that the things, ideologies, and “events” that are sited amount to the same fatuous reductionism that has been crapping all over the political discourse for over half of my lifetime...
Most importantly the political slant is totally superfluous to the story.

So boo to that.

My other main complaint is the narrator’s ridiculously annoying insistence to pronounce the word “again” so that it sounds like a-GAYN and the word “been” so that it rhymes with “spleen.” It would be fine if he had the accent of a stuffy old English barrister..., but he doesn’t. He sounds like a dorky, middle-aged American except when pronouncing those two words. And yet every now and then he forgets to jarringly pronounce these two words so you know it’s just a stupid affectation. He should just stop. It pulls you out of the story every time he says been or again... which turns out to be all the effing time.

Lastly, the book is told in first person by a teenager. So it’s weird when his voice and inner thoughts are narrated by your not-very-cool, 55-year-old uncle.

Again these aren’t deal breakers but they are definitely WTFs.

So spend the credit and forgive me for contributing to the continuing inaccuracy of the Audible ratings system.

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  • Lee Fischer
  • 19-09-19

Great new author

I really liked this book. Solid characters and story telling. I listen to a lot of LitRPG and it can get very derivative. This book had all the essentials parts of a game based book, but with a fresh take on the system and origins.

The author also managed to make to have character development. Not a lot of the authors in the genre manage this. A very solid read. Looking forward to more from this author.

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  • Eric W. Brown
  • 12-09-19

Loved it

great book, started slooow, but once things are set up it really took off. good characters, good reader.

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  • Jake
  • 12-09-19

Amazing just amazing

I’ve been listening to lit RPGs on audible for the last two years. This stands on its own as an amazing testament to the trials and tribulations life and game life can throw at you. Even if your new to the genre, give this one a shot and I promise you won’t regret it! So excited for the sequel and bummed my next one most likely won’t be anywhere near as good. Amazing writing, story and voice casting, what more do you need.

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  • BlindWanderer
  • 11-09-19

Asimov's ghost

If it weren't for a little eastern religion, it would be easy to mistake this was a lost work of the late master of science fiction.

Usually I steer clear of dystopian-futures, especially those in litrpg. The plots are all to often all the same. The government/company is corrupt, people get trapped in the world, deus ex machina, magic in meetspace etc. This book was refreshing, it's got the Singularity going horribly wrong, grey goo and political commentary that hits the mark.

As to the eastern philosophy, it lands pretty well too. Just enough to get some good stuff but not so much to get lost in the weeds. It even fits with the world.

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  • Vincent P Short
  • 10-09-19

Fantastic

I loved this... a lot. The characters have a ton of personality. The plot did a great job of showing both sides, and was very interesting.

What I loved most was the antagonist. It has been a while since I've hated a villain for their actions. It's very easy to just make the villain bad by having them do really horrible things. But in this book you hate these people for every calculated action taken against protagonists.

Narration was pretty good. Loved the way the dad sounds, but some female characters suffer.

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  • Fred
  • 07-09-19

a litrpg with an actual story

As mentioned in the title, the actual story part of this book felt fleshed out quite well. Where other stories tend have rushed plot this had a lot going for it. I look forward to this Author's next books.

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  • Cory
  • 31-08-19

to start this game no genre

this is one of those ones where if you don't know the science fiction genre a lot of the subtleties will be lost but if you do know your science fiction then this is going to be a puck you will love

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