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Couch Potato Chaos: Gamebound

Narrated by: Sarah Sampino
Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Comedy, Other
4 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Summary

You know those times when you’re surrounded by a squadron of bloodthirsty ninjas, your back is to the wall, you’re down to your last heart container, and all hope seems lost? In situations like that, it’s important not to panic, to take a deep breath, and to remember that even if you do shuffle off this mortal coil, by the laws of Etheria you’ll shuffle right back on it again.

Meet Tasha, a couch potato with no accomplishments to her name. That all changes one fateful day when she gets sucked into the world of Etheria. Here, in this world of adventure, she can become the strong person she’s always wanted to be.

After rescuing a princess from ninjas, one thing leads to another, and before she knows it, she’s drawn into a massive quest to save Etheria. With friends by her side, Tasha must figure out who she really is.

This is a LitRPG/RPG Gamelit novel with stat progression, video game mechanics, and narrative spreadsheets. It features heavy satire and the kind of silly over-the-top situations you might expect in a 16-bit video game.

No velociraptors have been harmed in the production of this novel.

©2018 Erik Rounds (P)2019 Erik Rounds

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Litrpg at its finest along with stellar narration.

I don't usually write long reviews but has this is a relative new book I am feeling it is not getting enough love. Incredible new world, innovative approuch to aspects of the isekai genre that normally are ignored like the game world self vs real world self aspect.

The couchpotato class was really fun and the mechanics interesting, however I felt that by the end the specific class mechanics could be better used to bring some more "spunk" to the last quarter of the book.

With such an ending really hope the 2nd installment comes as soon as possible!

Never forgetting to mention a stellar narration by Sarah Sampino, hope to be earing her narration in more books of the genre (LitRPG, Fantasy, Sci-fi) and of course in the sequel.

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  • Dundee, Tayside
  • 08-02-19

Really enjoyed this book, light and interesting

Great book full of funny references for anyone into the LitRPG genre. I particularly enjoyed the Couch Potato class.

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Enjoyable

Well written and presented tale. It took a couple of chapters to really become engaged but once "in" was enjoyable to the end

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Good book but lacking slightly.

I loved this book but I did struggle to keep with it towards the ebd.

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Bring on book 2!

Great story! The author paints very vivid and colourful world teamed with a great narrator. Moreover the plot is very interesting and includes a few pop culture references which made me laugh. I can't wait for book 2!

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A fun ride

Okay I'll start with the negative first and rip that bandaid off, as for performance I think the narrator did a great job on most aspects but I kind of wish there was a male voice for the guys, she seemed to just add am English accent when it was a male and would have rather had a males voice like in some of the other audio books I've heard. The second and last negative point is on the author, this may have been on purpose but I have no clue what any character looks like other than that one character has unnaturally spiky hair.

Okay now for the good, or should I say great, the story had good flow, and I loved that the character used her knowledge of video games top her advantage and her knowledge of programming and feel culture forged her path in the book, too many books in this genre I've read have had the statement that the character is a geek but then ends up in these worlds and acts clueless and acts like they know nothing of monster hunting and basic video game tropes which is where this one grabs on and rides them like a glorious raptor into battle.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-19

Great fun

I really enjoyed my time with this little gem. Erik Rounds has a fun sense of humor and the questing was very fulfilling. Sarah Sampino does a great job with narration and helped make the listen flow well. I’ll be looking for more books she narrates.

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  • mountainflour
  • 06-03-19

Fun story!

Imaginative and fun. Really enjoyed the quirky plot line and characters. Narration was awesome. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

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  • Terry Mixon
  • 17-02-19

A Very Entertaining Story

This book was fun, and silly in all the places one might expect of a LitRPG based on old video games. The narration was terrific, too. I’ll be looking at the sequel one day, I’m sure.

I received a free promo code for this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Tory Wilson
  • 08-02-19

Very enjoyable for the average litrpg reader.

The story and skill system of the book are well thought out and enjoyable. The skill system and unique class Couch Potato are entertaining to think about and potentially very powerful but I feel like their use in the book was limited and didn't make sense other than acquiring a skill for a plot point a prime example being double jump she needs it for a plot point and after that its rarely ever mentioned other than for other plot points. The main character is very relatable as a gamer and the story will have you nostalgic for video games you've already played especially classic rpgs. The timing in the book doesn't make much sense due to the fact that the story takes place over about a half a year period and while the journey is progressing the characters level doesn't seem to unless the story is focusing on it the party would be battling monsters every day during the journey but suddenly get 2 or even 3 levels during a battle the writer decides to focus on showing how easy it is to level which makes you question why the characters aren't much higher level by the end of the book. Skill development is about the same The main character finds a skill they have an interest in (usually for a later plot point) then spends the necessary time (usually less than a day) leveling it to 1 too be able to keep it but over a half of year period the main character should have either a lot more skills or much higher level skills and leaves them feeling like they didn't get enough attention. The main character is easy to relate to and her background while not fully fleshed out is done so enough that most readers in the target audience will have enough in common with her to enjoy her adventure but where the story really shines in my opinion is the potential for world building some of which is done in the book and in the supporting cast. Ari and Pan's sub-story quickly became my favorite part of this book and they may very well be my favorite LitRPG supporting characters to date, most of the other supporting characters are defined almost as well as those two making for an enjoyable encounter. In the end despite how I started off this review I really enjoyed this book, the author does a fantastic job of drawing you into the world he created and I only pointed out those issues with the hopes of helping they probably wont take much away from the average reader. Additionally the narrator Sarah Sampino did a fantastic job especially with the characters facing unique speech problems and challenges. I look forward to both the author and narrators future works.

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  • Kenny ray
  • 11-10-19

really well done

liked the couch potato concept and the references that comes with it. looking forward to the next book.

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  • Jacob J.
  • 10-10-19

Great book with some unique ideas.

Disclaimer: I received this audiobook at no-cost from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

So I really enjoyed this book. The MC was relatable and enjoyable to follow. The humor in this book led towards absurdism and references to other movies and games, though I never felt like I wasn't getting the joke if I didn't know the reference and the references didn't feel dated, though some may be more sensitive to that than others. Most of all, the book was unafraid to poke fun at itself.

The author built a video game world where the video game mechanics are explained and treated as we would the laws of the universe. in addition, the main character's class is a unique take on a cliche idea that takes something overpowered and makes it comparatively underpowered, but still useful.

One thing I feel I absolutely need to point out us even though it's a hard LitRPG with statistics and experience and leveling, there are minimal stat listings. Usually it's only the relevant stats at that moment and the only outright listed stat block is at the very end of the book in the character listing.

The narration was easy to follow, and the book's writing translated well to being read aloud. If I had to point out one thing that I didn't particularly care for about the book it would be that there is minimal actual challenge and repercussions that the main character faces, the stakes feel low. This is partly due to the nature of the book, but at the same time, it is something I feel could use improvement.

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  • jgames111
  • 16-05-19

Fun, brutal, charming western isekai

Isekai, when someone transported to another world is a common trope especially in anime. This is obviously inspired from games, anime, , rpg element in general to make a reall fun story. With lots of pop culture reference that feel geniune and an amazing narrarator giving the characters life. Cannot wait for the sequel.

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  • clinton
  • 23-04-19

so-so

The initial idea of thus book was good I found myself intrigued interesting character build up interesting design. But as you get further in the names of things just started to be super annoying and the numerous upon numerous references to Disney movies was definitely kind of weird and felt completely unnecessary. all in all it was not a horrible book but it was by no means a great book.

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  • Sean
  • 02-04-19

Good story

The book follows an almost retro version of games and is thoroughly enjoyable. I look forward to book 2

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 30-03-19

Certified by a couch potato

When I first saw this title I said, finally, somone has written a book for me. I am a loud proud and avowed couch potato. So. I was intrigued. The story is one that you see in nearly every LITRPG novel, a gamer gets sucked into a game, but I have to say that it has a few aspects that differentiated itself right out of the gate.
The book centers on an unassuming young lady who is over worked, under appreciated, and underpaid, who is given an option when she is heading home one night. She can either follow one route to excitement and adventure or follow the other path back to warmth and comfort. I have to say that this was pivotal moment for me as a listener, because if she had followed the path to adventure I would have called shenanigans and gone my merry way. No real couch potato, regardless of gaming love or experience, would EVER go somewhere that required exercise. So, that hurdle jumped my suspension of disbelief became solid and I settled into the story.
The book takes its gaming stuff in a neat direction with the couch potato class that the MC, Tasha, is granted. Her abilities and strengths fluxuate by how entertained she is. I just picture Russell Crowe screaming, “Are you not entertained?”. So, she also has to make herself happy in order to enjoy the full benefits of the class. I wasn’t wowed by the variations that made the game about earning hearts and magic vials, but I was absolutely blown away by the ramifications of death and respawn. It made the whole concept creepy and not something that you’d just shrug off as another death. In fact, I think that was my favorite gaming aspect of the book. I think it was smart and well played. I also enjoyed the stat shuffling ability, but I think that it was underplayed, and should have been used more.
The book has some hit or miss humor, bouncing from jokes to parody, but it does pay homage to a lot of games and pop culture. Overall the book becomes what is often referred to as a slice of life piece, and I am not a fan of life slices unless it comes from Dexter Morgan. My only real complaint came from the portrayal of autism in the book. Speaking as the father of two children with autism I don’t think that Erik knows how it works. I will humbly apologize if you have kids or someone close to you with the illness but it did not come across like you were familiar with it, and had only read about it. It just looked like the perspective of someone who sort of has an idea of what it is, rather than having an understanding about it. Still, that did not taint my perspective of the novel overall. I will say that the book did seem like it needed some trimming, as it was rather long and there were some things that felt like they’d been tossed in just to make sure they got into the book. I think for a debut novel the book should have been about half its size, so that it could have flowed much easier and not felt like things had just been injected for the sake if getting it in. I will say that it has some really good secondary characters

The narration is pretty good. I was not familiar with Sarah Sampino prior to this, but I think she did an excellent job. The only issues I had were that on occasion I had a little difficulty telling part who was speaking until it was sentence tagged, as in Ari or Pan said . . . . Her style and delivery were nice, and she was pleasant to listen to as she told the story.

Final score is a 7.7, with one extra point tossed in for a War Aeternus shout out. I think there is a lot of potential for the next book, I would just cut it back a bit. Oh, and watch it with those cliffhangers!


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