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Dragon Seed

Archemi Online, Volume 1
Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)
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Summary

What would you give to be a dragon rider?

Before being conscripted to fight in the Total War, Private Hector Park had a shattered family, a collection of old video games, and a promising career as a motorcycle stuntman. Now, he is dying from a virus threatening humankind with extinction. He has three days to live.

When Hector’s brother contacts him after years of hostile silence, Hector goes to try and make peace. But his brother has an offer even more unbelievable than reconciliation: the chance to cheat death by joining him in Archemi, a full-immersion fantasy VR-RPG video game. 

Determined to forge a life worth living, Hector undergoes the experimental upload process and chooses the difficult path of the Dragon Knight. To achieve his dream, he must prove himself worthy of imprinting a dragon, a being with whom he will share a telepathic bond more intimate than any human relationship.

But at what cost?

Join Hector on his first steps toward mastering the skies in Dragon Seed, the first audiobook in the Archemi Online LitRPG series!  

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:  

  • Justin Thomas James - narration, music, sound design 
  • Jeff Hays - Steve, Skyr Arnaud, and other supporting characters 
  • Laurie Cateherine Winkel - Rutha, Sergeant Blackman, and all other female characters 
  • Griffin Malnar - proofing, editing, and mastering
©2018 James Baldwin (P)2018 James Baldwin

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Really, really good

This is probably the best audio book I have listened to in terms of the narration. I can’t describe how superb it was - granted that I enjoyed it more at 0.75x normal speed, but I have started doing that with most audio books now (I read somewhere that the human brain processes words more easily when they are spoken at around 130 words per minute, and most modern speakers and readers clock in at around 180).
It isn’t that this narration is particularly fast, and most wouldn’t even notice, so don’t be put off - I have just started slowing everything down, especially if I am listening before I go to sleep.

In short, the narration was excellent, the story was engrossing and I really liked the main character. I’m new to the
Litrpg genre, and was worried that I wouldn’t be gripped by it, but this book has a lot of depth and realism and I was surprised to be drawn so thoroughly in the world that by the end I really cared about what was happening.

I am really hoping that the second in the series will be available soon, and read by the same narrators.

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  • Fievel
  • 10-12-18

good story, well told

This story is exactly what it says it is. Dragons, knights, game mechanics, a hard magic system, what is not to love. The readers bring out the different characters with a really good, but not overdone, mixed media performance. By mixed media I mean some music or background sound effects at specific moments in the story (e.g. rain sounds during a flash back).

More than most litrpg I've read this book establishes the different characters' backgrounds and world without lengthy boring expose. It is a hard balance to strike but this story establishes background through dialogue and that works really well for it.

Overall I liked it and am looking forward to reading the next in the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-18

The Gold Standard for LitRPG

This book.. No this production is probably the best if not close to the best experience I have had in the LitRPG genre. From the voice acting to the added effects and music everything is on point. I enjoyed myself thoroughly and am eagerly waiting for more. wondefully done.

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  • caleb
  • 05-12-18

Loved it!!

Now one of my top favorites. I especially like it when vets are the main characters. He may be army lol but he's bad ass.

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  • Couch Potato
  • 17-01-19

Do yourself a favor and GET IT!

I'll be honest. When I was reading the summary of the book, I was not expecting much out of it. I figured it would be just another LITRPG where some guy gets stuck in a game. I guess the dragon riding thing hasn't been done yet, so why not?

Well, I can definitely say this book is AMAZING! There's so many references to games and little jokes I can relate to. It really let me know the author is a gamer like myself. But more than that, the story is superbly written and demands you come back for more. The protagonist is likable and one can easily relate to his circumstances and understand his actions. As a matter of fact, all the characters were superbly done. Big round of applause for the author.

It definitely doesn't hurt that this book was brought to life by the cast of Soundbooth Theater. Sound effects. Multiple cast members providing their amazing skills. Music. It is ALL there. It was a treat to listen to.

The only downside to this book is I wish there was more, but I mean that's how it always is when you have a good book in your hand right? Do yourself a favor and GET. THIS. BOOK!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-19

Wonderful!

Really amazing book, everything from characters and storyline. Music, sound effects. Also I loved that it had rpg elements, skills and levels. Most import I felt like I'm there.
Narrators was amazing. Both. This book is really worth it. You'll never want it to end.
This one and few more books worth your money:
The Land
Dungeon Born

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  • Michael Diviesti
  • 12-01-19

Great story, good performance

As others have mentioned, my one small issue is that sometimes it's difficult to know who's speaking at the moment as some of the voices are a little too similar. Overall, the performance itself was nicely done and the story has me hooked. I really can't wait for the next one in the series.

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  • Curtis Wright
  • 05-01-19

Excellent story line, yes it is a litrpg

There is a very good introduction to the story. Lots of action the dual narration and excellent studio touches make this audible presentation five star.
Well worth the money. I have already purchased the kindle version book two and eagerly await the audible release for book two .

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  • T. F. Coleman
  • 01-01-19

Kind of depressing

The MC goes from an apocalyptic California to and apocalyptic VR.

The leveling and stats seem insignificant.

The story is good enough to keep you interested but doesn’t really have much emotional impact. The performance by Soundbooth is somewhat disappointing as the five or so female characters are the exact same voice.

Overall disappointment, however there is potential enough to maybe continue reading the series depending on what else is available.

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  • Beth Turner
  • 28-12-18

Fast paced, exciting and funny!

I really loved it and can't wait for the rest to come to Audible! Great story, great narrators, and laugh out loud moments with plenty of sarcasm. Highly recommended!

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  • Nighteyes
  • 20-12-18

very good

the story is smart, entertaining and well crafted.
I wanted to know what happened next.

it doesn't give you a lot of stats most of the time or when actually relevant. so a fairly good entiry point to the genre.

the narration is on point, but by Justin the main narrator and the rest of the cast.
the inclusion of music several places only heightened the experience, where in other instances it might have been distracting, the clever way it is used makes it's impact perfect and makes you look forward to hearing it again...

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