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Summary

After being betrayed and cursed by an extremely rare spell, Oren, a powerful and influential player, finds himself as a first-level goblin!

Without even a fraction of his previous power, he vows to pull through and have revenge on those who betrayed him.

His thorough knowledge of the game's world and his unique ability to immerse himself entirely are his only advantages. But first, he must figure out how to survive long enough playing what is basically a low-level fodder monster!

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:

Jeff Hays - Narration, Characters, Production Supervision
Dalton Lynne - Proofing
Alex Tate - Production, Editing, Mastering

©2017 Shemer Kuznits (P)2017 Jeff Hays

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An unexpected suprise

What can I say I loved it so sad there isn't a 2nd book yet was great good story well read I highly recommend.

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Excellent adeptation for audio of a superb story

OK, so I loved the book and therefore bought the audio version, but trust me that doesn't always live up to the anticipation. Here however, I can confirm it truly does and is well worth the investment of time and money to acquire. If you are on a budget though, you may want to wait until the two are offered together as it is really expensive to get unless you have a credit waiting for a home ( and I really hope you do!)

Having said that you are getting excellent value for money as the Audible version is very well done. Jeff is a great narrator with good diction and timing for the pace of the novel and it is a long book and story, so try and fly to Australia to listen to it, so you don't listen to it at work!

Moving to the story and plot. The opening chapters are, to me a little clunky as the author assimilates the real world and game world to us, but some really thoughtful examples of what would happen to the world if immersion technology really happened, but this is OK and certainly drew me into the story very easily. Once in, it really takes off and the Main Character then starts to develop or to be fair redevelop and you get a rich game world and system with some clever mechanics. This is definitely a game world you would want to play in and be a part of and the system is easy to follow.

Leveling is well done, usually they kill a God in chapter 3 and then are uniquely brilliant. Here there is some uniquely brilliant skills etc, but the story makes it both acceptable and plausible in the context as well as some clever out of the box thinking on gaming lore and procedures.

The plot is good and diverse, though of course following a relatively predictable theme of gaining levels etc. But it is more than that and is engrossing and engaging so 10 out of 10 for the Shemer Kuznits for the plot and for the cast which also fills out the story. Lots of people for you to like, love and treat like old friends when they develop in Book Two..

Now I just want Book Two and the second book on Audible! No pressure, happy to receive them in time for Christmas.......

Seriously, this is a great book and a great Audible purchase and one of the very best in this LitRPG Genre.

Get a copy of this today if you have not already done so.

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Not a bad book overall!

Creature stats readouts get a little repetitive, but not too much so that you get bored, part of the format really!
The story seems to progress slowly, but it's part of the protagonists struggle so it fits,
try not to think "Why isn't he doing this?"
Or, "He really could do that, why hasn't he done it already?"
Some of it's a learning curve for him, and other times he has his reasons that end up getting g explained anyway.
Enjoy it for what it is!
The narrator does a pretty good job, even with the voice changer effects I appreciate his work in finding different voices for different characters.
Good solid, quality work.
Highly enjoyable, looking forward to the next!

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Brilliant 1st book

23 hours of superb audio enjoyment with only minor points the author should change in my personal view.

The MC is rude and very abrupt with very little, if any courtesy when initiating conversation with other chrs.

The author uses suspense at EVERY turn that it reduces the effect that is intended after a while.

(Spoiler), Not happy with the never ending detail when the MC was captured and tortured near the end of the book.

The MC is constantly thinking negatively and could be more positive at times. This would reduce the suspense sometimes but suspense at every turn is too much and made me jump forward in 30 sec intervals until the so called suspense monent was over. Just too much, too often.

Other than all that, when's the next book, I can't wait. On audio of course.

Overall, terrific 1st book, well done and keep it up please.

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Weirdly entertaining

I don’t understand why the story with all the stats and player options being read was so enjoyable nut it was. Nice how the layers and scope of the story keep expanding.

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Amazing!

loved the book. must say it started a little slow but it was worth the low level grind.

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my favourite litrpg

3rd i have gone through and has the most potential, has key aspects to it which will build up to a great story. Improves on the land mainly through the guide character (ex plainer)

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One of the most engaging LitRPG books

LitRPG is my genre of choice when listening to audiobooks and this one really draws you in. You know it's good when you start to really worry about what's going to happen next. There was a little redundancy in character descriptions (I really don't need to be told about her shy looks every time she comes into the frame. She's shy. I get it.) and an occasional plot hole, but that tends to happen when you give a character some OP abilities and you need to create some extra tension and danger. "Why don't you just use your I win button, you idiot?" kind of moments. Again, kind of a hallmark of a good book when it spurs your emotions. Really good series so far. One of the best.

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Fun book but a bit slow

I enjoyed this but would have liked a bit more story progression or world progression. Would also have liked an occasional glimpse of the larger game world.

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  • Stu
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  • 26-09-18

engaging storyline from the monster viewpoint

interesting twist to the usual litrpg, still waiting for book 2 on audible. the second book is out in kindle format but keen to continue the story with this narrator who really brings it to life.

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  • HeatherY
  • 11-11-17

All Hail Our Tiny Green Overlord!

Oren was one of the first players in New Era Online, an immersive virtual reality MMORPG. He leveled up in the game until he was a highly influential player, the head of the top guild in the game, with an impressive number of prime badges. All that is taken away when Oren is betrayed and a powerful scroll spell is used against him. Oren wakes up as a tiny green goblin in the unexplored Deadlands of New Era Online.

Determined not to delete his character, Oren decides to continue to play as a goblin and wreak his revenge. To do this, he needs to build a goblin city in the Deadlands and take the fight to the players who betrayed him.

If you're a fan of this genre, you know what to expect. The main character takes on quests, level grinds, improves his stats, and interacts with the game. This book has all that and more. There's really something for everyone here. If you love stats, this book is full of them, Oren's personal stats, the stats of his goblins, his building stats, resource stats, you name it. If you love city building, this is the book for you. You can just settle back and watch him build his new village, weighing food production needs against resource management, watching everything move at a realistic pace. And if you like combat, there's some of that too, as Oren defends his new settlement and takes out those threatening it.

I was genuinely invested in Oren and his progression. In the beginning, he made some frustrating bonehead decisions, and tried to explain why the mistakes actually worked in his favor. But by the end, his struggle to hold everything together made him really likable. There's some other characters I can't wait to see more of. It's going to be interesting to see where the series goes from here.

Jeff Hays did an awesome job with the narration. He has an impressive number of different voices for the characters, and is consistent with them throughout the book. He also has a realistic female voice which I always appreciate. He made the book a pleasure to listen to. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I'd 100% recommend this book to fans of the LitRPG genre.

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  • Nathanael
  • 27-10-17

A great adventure

I am not usually into these types of litrpgs, where the world is a game and everyone knows it. But this story is a great take on this type of world.

Well written, funny, smart with lots of action and twists. its a hefty read at 25 hours as well. Shout out to the sound editors and the narrator who do a great job bringing the story to life.

I, for one, welcome our new green overlords and eagerly await the next book.

27 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • Murdok
  • 26-10-17

Great LitRPG

This would be a perfect first title for someone wanting to see it they like these types of stories. Very thorough, but keeps the pace steady and easy to follow. I will be eagerly waiting for the next one.

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  • Christopher
  • 22-10-17

Above the cut

This is another one of the few LitRPG series on audible that is truly well written and more importantly seems to have actually been edited.

If you're like me and love classic LitRPG, but can't bare to face-palm your way through another unedited string of beginner writer's mistakes then you know what I mean.

This book actually deserves the 5 stars.

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  • Michah Rutledge
  • 23-11-17

Surprisingly great! Good design.

A very fun and very long first entry in what i hope is a many book series. I usually avoid litrpgs where the people can log out (which most of them can) but the way the mc gets stuck is very believable and gives him a real goal to work towards. Only one game mechanic made me cringe and go, "no one would make or play a game like that." Which is high praise for this genre. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys the litrpg genre. I can't wait for the next one.

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  • FOSTERBDAV66
  • 09-11-17

A fine and wonderful story

I had a very difficult time taking breaks from this story, it was so very engaging. It's a long story, but well worth the time. I'm starting the next book as soon as I finish this review.

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  • Truffle
  • 26-10-17

Who doesn’t love an under dog.

Life Reset does a great job exploring the often neglected game aspect of strategy game play of builing up your town and running into resource issues with a nice mix of combat and character development. The story could use a little more refining but it’s a great and enjoyable story.

For the person that complained that it’s a complete ripoff of Re:Monster they are completely wrong as that story is about a dude that dies and is reincarnated with his previous life’s ability to gain powers from eating his enemies and builds up a haram and fights other monster, the only shared aspects of these two stories is the main character is a goblin. As someone who has actually read both story, unlike the person that claimed it was plagiarism, I can honestly and truthfully say they are completely full of it and have no idea what they are talking about...

Life Reaet will have you pulling your hair out sometime asking why the MC makes some decisions he makes but if you get over that one problem you will completely enjoy it and waiting for the next one.

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  • Christopher
  • 27-10-17

A truly good litrpg

This is one of those books I wish I could forget, just so that I could read it again for the first time.

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  • David Riemer
  • 30-11-17

I'm invested in this series.

This is a geat lit rpg series I hope that audible will continue with. Through a twist a player gets to play as a mob character. We gamers all know how over powered a player would be with dungeon boss powers so this is a fun idea that I haven't seen explored until now. Excited for the second book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-10-17

Write faster!!!!

I can not wait to read the next one in this series. I LOVED it. I only say that about a handful of books if that. this story and the performance was amazing. like I was there. Please hurry with the next one =)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful