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The World, Book 1
Narrated by: Jason Hill
Series: The World, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
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Summary

After playing Online together for years, Jason and his friends are excited about the possibilities of the emerging technology of Full-Immersion Virtual Reality, aka FIVR. Preparing for the release of The World, Jason is determined to help his friends realize their dream of becoming pro gamers. 

Choosing a 'Nightmare' start to get ahead of the wave of new players starting the game, Jason finds himself alone in the wild tasked with saving a group of refugees from goblin invaders. Although he manages to save the survivors, that's just the beginning of his trials as he desperately fights to bring them back from the edge of annihilation.  

Jason is quickly swept up in the adventure as he struggles to build a home for his guildmates and the NPCs that he’s saved. As the trouble heats up, he quickly discovers that marauding goblins are the least of his concerns. 

Warning: This is a LitRPG story and contains adult situations, foul language, MMORPG-style violence, and other fun things. Listen at your own risk.                               

©2018 Jason Cheek (P)2018 Jason Cheek

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difficult to get into at start

Very short intro which begins in a random mmorpg game, very thin back story overwhelmed by long player stats recital. just sounds like "any gamer" boring narration of player stats. this made identifying with the characters difficult, almost binned it at that point but decided to percivere and give it a chance. the story picks up a bit when the new mmorpg game central to the story begins and the tale begins to form around what is the central character BUT, just as the story looks like it's going somewhere it abruptly stops in a "dungeon" . No well thought out cliffhanger it just comes to a naff point where the author seemingly randomly decided: " ok, that's book 1 done!"
I know this seems like a fairly damaging review but it is what it is!
I am going to listen to book 2 to see if it improves then decide whether or not to continue the series, I am a fan of this genre so will try and give it a chance in the hope that the story warms up and becomes more engaging?

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another one of them books where you were just getting into it then it finishes looking forward to the next one

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  • Michael
  • 10-01-19

Wonderful start to a new series

I really really enjoyed this book. It's definitely the first book in the series, it sets up a lot and ends without the strongest conclusion but that happens sometimes when your book starts to get long. That aside, I really recommend this book.

The story is coherent, and see well planned out, I have minor fears of out of control power growth but that could be managed or the author could actually have a ending planned for the series (more books would be better if the authors decided to have an end game in mind for the series)
I enjoyed the main character and his story line, I'm excited to see how the story develops and if he succeeds with his "nightmare" mode.

Jason Hill did a great job narrating. There were a few acronyms that were either pronounced directly (MMORPG and PKer) or read as a word, which were new ways to read them, to me at least. Ex: "PKer" was read as "picker" instead of "pee-kay -er"
It's not bad, just different and new to me.

I'm excited for book 2.

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  • Nancy
  • 09-03-19

LIT RPG Geek loves it!!

I listen to and read a ridiculous amount of LIT RPG, possibly my way of re-living my Everquest days. Despite the author's apparent love for WoW, I found this book FABULOUS. I notice that there are additional books in this series and I hope Audible adds them soon. Other reviewers have not cared for the narrator, but I found him engaging and easy to listen to. I am usually too lazy to write a review, so this book has obviously made a good impression on me :) Got SoW?

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  • Legend Belfaclon
  • 13-04-19

great book but funny audio at parts

book amazing if very slow progression the whole thing literally is about one day logged on but with great scenes in that day.

audio however is clearly done by a non gamer, who messes up words like PKer by calling them pickers. This is corrected in book 2 luckily

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-19

Refreshing!

A LitRPG where the Protagonist isn't trapped in the game world! a logical and skilled Main Character who actually feels like a Pro and avid gamer. Using his abilities to their utmost. using creativity and a genuine understanding of Game mechanics to his advantage. Too many MC's in this Genre are either oblivious to everything going on around them or are just plain moronic for the sake of creating Drama. The main Character also takes the Game world seriously and isn't a complete dick to NPC'S or really anyone. He seems like a genuinely nice guy and a good person overall and it's refreshing to have a Protag that's not a complete Douche canoe and doesn't take anyones shit. like he actually has a spine. I'm thoroughly enjoying this series so far and my only complaint is that there isn't more of it yet.

The Narration is solid as well and very well done. I was really able to lose myself in the story and wasn't brought out of it by shoddy narration. there was some issues in the editing of the narration near the end but nothing too horrible.

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  • James
  • 20-02-19

Good story, but an abrupt end.

The story is pretty good, but it just ends abruptly in the middle of something. The narration is alright. As others have noted it is kind of flat and occasionally sounds as though he is speaking through clenched teeth. All that said, I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • rasmus
  • 10-02-20

Just not that amazing

So yeah,

Its pretty much a copy of Luke Chmilenko's books, except not as good (Luke Chmilenko books are decent, not amazing, so that should give an idea of this book).

The book abruptly ends and as many has said before, its like the author split the books to get more money,
which I can see him doing since the next book came just 3 months later, not only that the author is a bit of a
a... Well, lets just say I wouldnt invite him out for a beer, go check out some of the responses hes left on his
goodreads page to people reviewing the book, even going as far as to mock another author for saying the book
is too wordy because it explains things about games that most people reading the book would already know
(Which I fully agree on).

Over all, give this a pass unless you REALLY need a new book to listen to. Its very middle of the road, does nothing
amazing, it over explains stuff that most people would know already and the lead character is basically what all
nerds wish they were when growing up.

I have a feeling this book is a self insert fanfiction made for the author. He keeps going on and on about how cool
the main character is while also trying to make him seem like a nerd.

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  • Iasky
  • 25-04-19

Great story, but sloppy narration

Pronunciation by the narrator was so sloppy, did the author even review the audio?

Just get a female & male duo if you have a heavy female cast.

That aside the book and story line were fantastic, great attention to detail and interesting take on VR immersion.

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  • Dusty
  • 11-04-19

Worth a try

I'll admit it was a bit difficult for me to get through the first third of the book or so that takes place outside of the game, mostly due to the detailed character backstory and repetive information, however, once he actually starts the game the story picks up pretty fast. Overall not a bad listen, I particularly liked the narrator and if not for the trouble at the start I probably would have given it 5 stars.

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  • David
  • 06-01-19

Absolutly love the book and hope for more.

This series has a feel of the Survive Week One book series and Awaken Online. The main charadcter trying to get his guild into the pro league of gaming. Lots of character development and action. The flow of the book is great but there are times where the editing of the audio chops words a couple of times. Regardless I will be checking for the second book to drop. If you like this book then check out Ascend Online and Survive Week One maybe also Life Reset.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-19

this is awesome

i dont even play RPG games. the story is pretty epic. the banter between players and the jerks they gotta deal with is totally believable. the author qill have you wanting to throat punch some punks and cheer for the whole team.
P.S. Hefe wth man why cant you not screw up.
had me rolling!!!!
Leroy Jenkins!!!!!!!

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