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Last Horizon: Beta

Last Horizon Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
Series: Last Horizon, Book 1
Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
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Summary

Advances in technology have led to the creation of ever more realistic virtual reality games, but now Full Immersion Virtual Reality is finally coming true. Join David and his oldest friends as they sign up to beta test the first game of its kind. Last Horizon will give the old gamers the chance to live out one last adventure together.

©2016 Daniel Schinhofen (P)2017 Tantor

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Narrator has no clue how to tell a story

The narrator makes me want to rip off my ears and never hear anything again. He emphasis almost every single sentence, raising his voice slightly at the end, or, he makes it sound like it was meant to be a joke and it doesn't fit. I've made the mistake of buying audiobooks from this narrator before and I CANNOT get past ten minutes. I have no idea what the story is like, because I just can't look past the narrator. Please PLEASE stop using this narrator!!!

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So sad but great

This is a great story with life lessons 😥, you will need a hankie at the end.

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A brilliant debut

This is the Authors first book and it is brilliantly told. I enjoyed it from start to finish. Some genuinely heartfelt well developed characters. one of the best books on this genre.

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Elderly sex fetish

Well damn...

Basically the book is about two 90 yo f&m who are cock-blocking a 70 yo m(three so called "best" friends) who want to get it on with a 44 yo f... and all of these lovely personalities are in vmmorpg world as 21 yo chars.

(90yo f conversation with the 44 yo f in question)
"90yo: yes you know our common friend the 70yo dude, you like him? yes?!
44yo: yep, i wanna date him!
90yo:well you should not, he is an idiot, hes awkward as f***, and he hasn't dated ever, you should not even talk to him... hes a piece of s****, yeah hes weak, no confidence, hes horrible
44yo: i kinda like him aaamm, im akward tooo
90yo: don't be silly, just forget him, hes horrible, but very very sweet, but not a good choice for you.."

This setup is immensely fucked up. I have no idea why anyone would find this elderly sex fetish genre appealing.. LitRpg was added as an error i suppose here and there there are some mentioning about gold or items or something. All the LitRPG elements are totally unrelated and just random, but basically story goes like this:

"70 yo: hehe she's(44 yo) riding a horse
90 yo : yeas she rides it good hehehe
70yo : rides hehehehe
90yo: a rider hehehe.
70yo: oh yeah ride it hehehehe...
44 yo: oh cut it out heheheh
hehehehe
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WTF, all the book is like this

some other episode at the beginning of the book:

some regs ambush our group of adventures calling them noobs, but wait our noobs have the best equipment just from the start and they are insanely awesome(wtf 1lvl dudes, way too op, they should be easy prey for anyone)
probably has something to do with the issue that one of the 90 yo was a tank for like 40y in a row WTF?! this is a new game start, story makes no sense... and sure the regs that ambush our adventurers act like complete retards, so conveniently, probably it was too hard for the author to think of some support chars that are not retarded, our adventures obliterate the regulars PK'ers. ... ..


I feel that if you are a redneck, simple minded person with an elderly sex fetish this just might be a book for you!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-01-18

Old fuddy duddys have a VR experience

This book involves geriatric adults in their golden years having the chance to experience the VR we dream of today. This book is the first of two and involves a group of three people jumping into beta testing the 1st full immersive VR game. There's a great contrast where the characters have health issues in the real world and in the game World feel alive vibrant and able to freely move once again. However there's another character that says deviants far too much.

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  • Jason
  • 30-09-18

Had to exchange it

Such a basic, bland story and performance. Could not get into this book at all. As far as LitRPG books go, this one never took the training wheels off. Many other books out there, don’t waste a credit on this one.

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  • Irshad Karim
  • 31-07-17

Felt like an 18 hour trip to the grocery store

I'm wrestling with myself in writing this review, and there is a chance that I will not submit it. While I am certainly a bitter person, I'm not often publicly mean, and so posting negative reviews are not something I do lightly.

I did not enjoy this audiobook. The story was boring and uninteresting, the painfully cheesy attempts at humour regularly fell flat (and were throughly unaided by the narrator's exaggerated, forced delivery), and the use of language was exceptional in its repetition.

I will admit that I went into this knowing I did not like the narrator's work from other audiobooks, so I tried my best to separate my thoughts on his particular vocal style from the story itself. Despite this, there was nothing to enjoy. The characters were flat and uninteresting, their interactions were awkward and unrelatable, and nothing really ever happened. It wasn't much more than the author dictating his ideal personal romp through a virtual world.

The primary plot device were the quests themselves, which at no point felt like they carried any weight. They are, after all, meaningless even within the context of the story. Sometimes a reader can suspend their disbelief if the characters are deep enough for their own sentiments towards their in-game missions to carry over, but that certainly wasn't the case here.

There were some conflicts with other players within the world, but they felt more like afterthoughts, and failed to deepen the story.

Please, for the next book you write, remember that your job is to spin a tale with peaks and valleys, with bitter conflict and satisfying resolution. Not a trip to the grocery store.

...For the bananas.

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  • Jaryn Drakeln
  • 19-07-17

Dullards Play Bland Game Badly, Are Praised

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Fundamentally flawed.

Has Last Horizon: Beta turned you off from other books in this genre?

This was my second book in this genre. The other was okay. If the next is like this one, it will be my last.

What aspect of Jonathan Yen’s performance would you have changed?

He was fine.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Extreme Boredom.

Any additional comments?

This story completely missed the point of this genre. With the potential to showcase an mmo idea completely unfettered by marketing, real life, and financial constraints, we get a group of retirees (which is very strangely emphasized in the book) playing an extremely bland game that has only three classes and three professions and its BORING. Really. REALLY. BORING. They do the simplest things and its a WONDER to their eyes. "Oh wow that was worth 2000 experience!" Is that a lot in this game? I doubt it. "Wh-What??? You killed a level SEVEN BEAR???? How!!!!"Nevermind the completely insane underreaction to a sexual assault within ten minutes of them getting into the game (which they literally don't get into for several hours. Before that its some old guy reading a forum. Yes, you have found it. Forum Reading: The Novel.)

When I see a book like this that presently has a 4.4 star rating, I question the integrity of the star rating system. Here's a big fat 1-star for the sane readership.

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  • anthony
  • 07-07-17

Corny!!

If ned Flanders and Mr Rodgers wrote a book together. I believe this is what it would sound like. Silly jokes that make you cringe. And just immature dialogue. The author is either really old, really young. Or some weird basement dweller.

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  • Erik
  • 24-04-18

this is a minus 4 star book..

The most memorable thing about this book is how bad and boring it is. 1. There is nothing exciting about any of the quests. 2. there is NO payoff for any quest 3. the two main women are HUGE drama queens 4. there is a rape scene (woman hollars rape then "hero" steps in)where afterword the "hero" blames the women, basically saying they were asking for it the way they were dressed 5. the protaganist of the story is that a woman wanted the "hero" to sleep with her but since he declined she wanted vengence...um, yeah. 6. the "hero's" are BORING and overly judgemental.

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  • Nicholas
  • 06-07-17

Old Man Wars meets Ready Player One

it was a great read, loved the characters, and the world building. Looking forward to the next one. Hope to get a good monk class character in the next one. Definitely lots of directions to take this series.

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  • Matthew
  • 29-07-20

Might not be the book for you.

I checked this book out as part of a recommendation from online based on the Genre of books I’ve read. It’s charming but after about an hour or two I just wasn’t into it. It starts off a bit slow talking allot about their real life and very clearly states they are elderly reminding you of this bit of info in every other section of audio. This next part only really covers maybe the first few chapters and in little detail as possible to not spoil but SPOILERS FOR THE BEGINNING: it then continues on with the main character (an elder male) making most the decisions for his adventure with his wife and old friend. He apparently spends 15k without talking to them first for this game(this also means all future vacations with his wife were canceled without him asking her about it but he felt this was more important... alright maybe he knows what his wife likes, I get that), there are dad jokes all over this but it does have a charm... I disagree with how certain things are approached. A female PC put dancing in her name and apparently made her bust a bit to big and was groped by another player lead to a whole paragraph of one of the side characters (after defeating the groper) telling her and other females that they need to think about this game like it’s real life, “consider the fact that armorers and clothiers won’t be able to make clothes in that characters size due to the bust unless it’s custom made” (when it’s heavily implied armor is likely going to be made by other players most of the time) and that if they put dancing in their name or make themselves look that way they have to expect people may attempt to do bad things to them. Keep in mind he said this after saying think of it like real life, and then all the females logged out implying they likely took his advice to delete and remake all their characters. In what world should a gamer not treat a game like it’s a game and do what they want to have fun, also in what world would real life people just grope people because their dancing with a big bust... after that part and then a 10-30 second conversation where they make bear puns back and fourth because of a bear quest repeatedly and it becomes a bit unBEARable... I realize this book is not for everyone. Please know it is incredibly charming if you like the idea of a book where a married couple and the guys friend go on an adventure in a MMO VR at like the ages of 60 you may like this and perhaps the entire way this story is changes later on and Im stopping way too soon. That being said though I recommend listening to the sample. If you like the sample then you may like this book, I’m not saying it’s a bad book but don’t just buy it because of the genre it is in without considering the sample first 😅 that’s all.

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  • Marcopolo
  • 15-06-19

Another excellent story!

I believe this is the last Schinhofen series I have to listen to and as usual it is excellent! This is about more mature people and there isn’t as much playing around in an adolescent way. It deals with issues that I find happening more frequently in my world. I enjoyed the ride and am looking forward to the next book! Jonathan Yen did an excellent job with the narration and I was very happy with the book!

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  • evan
  • 01-12-18

One of the best MMORPG books

This is by far one of my top 10 favorite books of all time. The story is well thought out and if you are a gamer it is a very relatable story. I enjoy how the characters interact with each other it’s very organic. And the concept of the world is well thought out. The only issues I have with the book is the narrator does not change his tone for fight scenes, I do enjoy his voice I just wish there was a little bit more excitement during fights.

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