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EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel

Level Dead ,Book 1
Narrated by: Jeff Hays
Series: Level Dead, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Summary

From Bram Stoker nominated author Jake Bible, comes an exciting new LitRPG adventure series!

In the 23rd century, the world is at an end, and a group of gaming and programming friends decide that their only way to survive is to discard their bodies, and send their minds into the quantum matrix of a virtual gaming world. They have created the Domains, and there they plan to reside forever.

Except, the nightmares of reality have followed them into their new quantum dimension, and those nightmares threaten to destroy it all!

Now it is up to one of them to help navigate the quantum platform known as EverRealm, a fantasy MMORPG of epic proportions, in order to complete a quest he neither wants to complete nor knows how. With the help of his friends, and a lot of luck, he will have to face trials and tribulations like he's never faced as a player! Because now it is no longer a matter of Game Over, but of life or death!

Can he survive it all and come out a winner? The only way he'll know is if he plays the game to the bitter end!

©2017 Jake Bible (P)2017 Jake Bible

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If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who accept information without thinking about it - at all

What was most disappointing about Jake Bible’s story?

Well let's see.. 10 minutes in and we have a dog that apparently only needs vocal cords to be able to form complex sentences, a magical computer that can run pretty much forever, a plague of decaying zombies that never decay enough to actually fall apart but which can perform as well as they did while alive and a girl slave who gets put into an expensive, networked virtual simulation by her captors when she gets annoying?! ... Someone didn't bother with the worldbuilding.

What about Jeff Hays’s performance did you like?

He read the words without cracking up

What character would you cut from EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel?

everything between page 1 and the end

Any additional comments?

Writing a book about an RPG that I can only imagine is aimed at a YA audience doesn't excuse you from having to make a believable explanation for why things are the way they are ... and besides Adults like RPGs too. This however reads like the laziest thrown together concept imaginable.. Errm need protagonist to enter a virtual world.. I know it's the Apocalypse! A Zombie apocalypse, but all the tech works.. hell everyone has seen zombie movies no need to have it make sense.. Throw in a damaged girl as a love interest and a non threatening pet and there we go... A steaming pile of litrpg

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LitRpg with a Zombie twist

This was an interesting take on litrpg, one I haven't come across before, in that it successfully combined zombies with the more standard elements of entering a fantasy RPG world. Generally I'm not really into zombie stuff but the way this mixed with a bunch of rpg fantasy stuff worked well. I also liked that it seems like each book will be set in a different type of rpg world, this first one has fantasy, the next probably cyberpunk.

Although I mostly enjoyed this book there were a few elements I did not.
At times I found the main character irritating, he could act in ways that seemed to be wilfully stupid, and I began to have a hard time believing that he would have been capable of surviving a zombie apocalypse. He frequently does things that would be just annoying in a role-playing character, but which become suicidal in the context of a world that he knows can actually kill him, if he was designed as a stupid or oblivious character that would be one thing, but he is clearly written as a survivor with at least some degree of sense and intelligence.

Also a couple of times the violence got more graphic than I personally like (probably because I'm more into fantasy/rpg than zombie stuff) and there were two or three times where excrement bizarrely (and to my mind, unnecessarily) cropped up, one particular bit I felt was especially awful and I really hated. Those elements and a couple of others mean that while I enjoyed the book I'm not sure if I will continue with the series.

Also anyone with a severe spider phobia may want to avoid this title.

While it is not a comic novel there are funny moments and I particularly loved a confused encounter with some river trolls which became my favourite bit of the whole book. I also enjoyed the characters of Bubba (a virtual recreation of a grandmother) and Hollow (a dog who becomes human in the virtual world) quite a lot and would have liked for the story to be more about them.

The narrator, Jeff Hayes, is really good, giving each character a unique voice. I realised as I listened that he also narrated another series of books I've listened to and he's becoming one of my favourite narrators.

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.

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not quite sure how this works as an l i t r p g may have to give one more book a try this is the first time that I have read anything by this author they may give one of his other books instead

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  • John G.
  • 06-08-17

Not litrpg

more of a zombie survival novel with VR elements, there is no actual "rpg" components such as stat distribution or looting etc. The dialogue seems more like a text conversation between people playing a game than people actually speaking to one another, and it's unfortunately apparent when the narrator tries to make it sound natural.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 25-02-18

The dead must eat the living even in the Virtual

This book definately has a lot going for it. Zombies, Jeff Hays, Zombies, and an excellent writer. I have to begin by praises Hays' performance. The man is a vocal machine, and I am always impressed when I find out an author was luck enough to snag him as a narrator.

The book itself kind of reminds me of an old RPG from the early 90's called All Flesh Must be Eaten. They put zombies in every genre you could concieve of, and stuffing them into a virtual world is something they would have done if they were as smart as Bible. He takes a simple concept like RPGLit and injects it with a dose of pure adrenaline. This comes across as Game of Thrones meets VR. He nails it, too. The threat is there, looming and ever present. The hopelessness of facing an opponent whose power only grows and grows, becomes bigger and bigger with every passing moment. You feel it. It is fresh and new for a book full of rotting corpses.

If you are fan of RPGlit, zombies, or fantasy then you will really love this book. I cannot wait to get part 2! This book was blast from the very first word all the way to the end.

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  • SquishyWire
  • 12-09-17

not as captivating as I thought

the beginning of a story usually is a hard start for anyone. for me that this book did have a quite exciting beginning but somewhere down the line I lost interest. I don't know if it was my fault or the story spent too much time trying to explain things. I will give the second book in the series a chance. but if it gives me the same feeling as I did for the middle of this story I probably will not continue the series.

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  • Tiffany
  • 11-09-17

EverRealm

Which character – as performed by Jeff Hays – was your favorite?

Loved Kip

Any additional comments?

This was an okay story with a unique take on the zombie apocalypse. I didn't really like the main character. Jeremy was just straight creepy. I generally like Jeff's performance and this one is no exception. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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  • Charles A.P. Wetherington
  • 11-08-17

Way Beyond The Walking Dead !

What made the experience of listening to EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel the most enjoyable?

Humor written throughout the story line.I was laughing at several instances throughout the whole audiobook!

What other book might you compare EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel to and why?

This was my 1st LitRPG book

What does Jeff Hays bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excellent vocal inflection at the perfect times

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Of course ! But even though I may want to, my schedule would not allow it, I'm in the Service Industry which requires much public interaction.

Any additional comments?

A bit too much on profanity. Where there was sexual interaction,it was done with excellent taste and nothing graphic. Also, the grammar flowed quite well,which is most important for a good listen or read !

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  • robert
  • 06-08-17

over used

overused plot mixing zombie in light air RPG horrible can't stand it makes the story and completely boring and overused.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-09-19

Phenomenal!!!

Absolutely hilarious fresh take on litrpg a bit light on loot and stats but well worth anyone's time hope to see more soon.

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  • Logan Ferromann
  • 01-08-18

Zombie Horror Litrpg

unexpected but enjoyable

this is more of a survival horror than a standard litrpg novel but was good.

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  • thymespace
  • 09-12-17

Underwhelming

While I think this was an interesting plot, I think that it got absurd real fast and ended up being really repetitive. It is not a book that wants to make me continue reading this series.

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  • Aaron Shahin
  • 10-11-17

Freaking Amazing and Funny

"I was voluntarily provided a free review copy by the author, narrator, or publisher at my request"

This book was amazing. I loved the storyline and the characters. It made me feel like I was the main character going on his adventure. I would strongly recommend this book for anyone who loves sci-fi fantasy. The narration was amazing.

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