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Summary

Karl is worse than a newb. He doesn’t even like role playing games. Still, they did give him a choice: totally immerse or die.   

Now Karl is on his very first adventure into the gaming world of Bridge Quest. It’s a world so real that it’s hard to tell the difference between NPCs and the players; where tastes, smells, sounds and experiences are so vivid you forget you’re in an artificial world. Except for those pesky popups and stats charts, Karl discovers he’s having more fun than in real life. He even gets to kill orcs, gnolls, trolls, and goblins, and then hang out with gorgeous women.  

And the best part is that he’ll never die…at least that’s what they told him.

Unfortunately, there is one significant drawback – there’s no coffee.

©2019 Pdmac (P)2020 Pdmac

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Very mediocre and totally lacking in any fun.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

With so many LitRPG books on my radar, I was drawn to this one due to the idea that the protagonist is a n00b and knows nothing about video games, which I think is something I've not seen before. Aside from this, the whole 'terminal disease' angle to explain his situation is a little common now but, with the success of the LitRPG genre, original ideas are becoming a rare thing indeed.

The story itself is pretty original. While science attempts to find cures for the players' cryogenically frozen bodies, the players are logged into a fantasy world consisting of islands, all of which are separated by bridges which require certain measures to cross to the next island.

Our protagonist, Karl, is ex-military and as such is a no-nonsense, serious kinda chap and this does lead to his character being pretty unlikeable. Not due to anything he does but purely because he's just a little boring. A lot of the fun of LitRPGs is in the players excitement and wonder over what they're seeing but Karl seems to treat it like just another day on the farm and lacks any real sense of adventure in his demeanor.

Through this, his initial adventure across the starting island, Karl and his fellow players (all of whom have terminal illnesses) join forces with Karl assuming a leader role due to his military history and what follows is a pretty mediocre journey journey across the island, with pretty repetitious battles and a severe lack of fun throughout.There is some light harem thrown in but this feels very much like 'ticking a box' in the story planning.

The Narrator, Marc Szewcyzk, does a good job or reading the tale and instills as much excitement as the book allows but both a lack of variety and a sub-standard recording makes the whole experience very flat.

Being just 11-chapters long, and ending on a pseudo-cliffhanger, I was happy I read the book as there were a few 'real-world' moments that caught my interest but overall it was a very mediocre tale with an average performance which really did very little to impress.

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Good for new LitRPG listeners

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was a food intro to the genre but skownin the beginning but still useful information.
A lot of boob and sex references which felt a bit unnecessary at times.
The narration was good but i had a hard time telling the female characters apart which was frustrating at times.
Interesting story, looking forward to it developing more on game and IRL which i usually don't find as interesting. But repetitive in the book but I Will read book 2.

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  • 15-05-20

another duffer

MC is led around by his little head. Some holes throughout the story big ones.

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  • Ihab
  • 21-07-20

not bad, but some flaws

overal, it is an enjoyable story, but with a few flaws. first of all, the first time gamer thing felt a bit forced. many things carl didn't know should have been obvious, even for non gamers. so i had some trouble getting through the first chapter.
second, he is supposedly ex military. but honestly, it didn't feel like he was. we keep getting references to his old military life, but from his behaviour i would dout he ever was any part of the military, let alone some elite soldier. it would have been better if that part was left out, in my opinion.
his leadership isn't bad, though he misses some obvious clues.
other than that, i really enjoyed listening to it. the narrator did a great job, and i will be looking forward to the next book.

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  • T. Heidner
  • 24-06-20

RPG or something more sinister?

This is a great start for a multi book series. Be forewarned that the book does more slowly at the start, but picks up later. There are actually two plots to this book. One inside the game world and one outside in real life.

Like most other RPGs the protagonist plays a game. They are "uploaded into the game and instead of playing the game via controllers or keyboards are fully immersed into the game. most of the characters have had little or no experience in playing RPGs, so part of the plot is watching them learn how to interact with the game world. Meanwhile in the real world, there are hints of something more sinister going.

I agree with other readers that while the narrator does well with the male voices, something is missing with the female voices.

I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • John Stringham
  • 28-07-20

Fantastic Gamelit

This is the second Gamelit/Litrpg that I have listened to with a Mc that isn't an avid "Gamer". I feel like it really is a very different view of these VR game world type scenarios. Very interesting game world with intrigue wrapped real world events. Very enjoyable with great narration. Can not wait for more in the series.

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  • Mr. Lee
  • 01-06-20

Excellent book! But needs to be dual narrated!

This was a excellent story. I really enjoyed and didn’t expect the authors take on being in a game. The characters were well thought out and I enjoyed the dialogue.
The only thing I think this series needs is a dual narrator. With as much female dialog as is in the story. There really needs to be a female doing those characters.
The narrator did a pretty good job with the male voices. Could use some more emotion the bring the story to life.
All that being said I definitely recommend this book!

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  • Kenny ray
  • 24-05-20

Good first book

the story was well written, the character development was pretty good for a first book. there is enough to keep you interested in them. I like the fact that the author has the mc act like a man. what I mean by this is.. he acts on his desires , he is also not afraid to speak his mind and do what is needed for his team.

the narration is done well. easy to listen too.