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Life Reset: Hobnobbing

New Era Online Book 3
Series: New Era Online, Book 3
Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (276 ratings)

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Summary

Having survived the first wave of invading players, Oren now seeks to strengthen his clan. With the Breeder's Den destroyed and most of Goblin's Gorge's resources devoted to rebuilding, his best hope lies in creating an army of golems. But for that, he needs Viridium, a rare metal that can only be obtained from hobgoblin towns, where Oren and his clan of goblins are viewed as nothing more than potential slaves. To make his way in the game, and to defeat his former guild, Oren's ingenuity alone will not be enough. He will need to conquer his deepest fears and tap into his inner monster.  

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:     

Jeff Hays - Narration, Music, Sound Design   

Laurie Catherine Winkel - Raystia, Yulli   

Annie Ellicott - Misa, Lolo, Duladeen   

Dalton Lynne - Proofing, Editing   

Ahmed Mahmoud - Production, Editing, Mastering, Music, Sound Design

©2019 Shemer Kuznits (P)2019 Shemer Kuznits

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good narrators, good story, poor audio effects

The story progressed well but the audio effects detracted from the production quality. the narration was good as always but the post production is lacking with too much echo/reverb and inconsistent sound stage. so this is a step back from the production values of the first two instalments. looking forward to the next instalment in the series.

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wished the noises would stop

drop in quality from the last books all around don't know what the author was thinking

The shitty noises ruined the experience

a shame because I wanted to enjoy this book but found it impossible

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Nope!

Will be a enjoyable experience for most. However In my opinion, this installment felt rushed, so much could have been explored and wasn't, left me wondering if shemer got fed up or just ran out of Ideas. Mostly really missed the detailed settlement development.

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Split into two halves - good start, bad ending

If you are listening to this, it likely means you've enjoyed the first 2 books. The start of this book is more of the same, with the story mostly taking place in a new city, alongside new characters and mechanics. So far so good.

However, after this initial adventure is over, I felt the story was rushed towards its unsatisfactory ending. To me, it seemed an "easy" ending, lacking depth or excitement. It's as if either the author ran out of ideas or decided to move into something new and to end this series.

This book also introduces more sound effects than the previous books. Whilst they don't do anything for me, it does bring something different compared to other audiobooks. Be warned if you like listening to your books at increased speeds though, as it was distort the sound effects.

Overall, if you want closure then book 3 will give you that as it can be viewed as an end to the series. Books 1 and 2 were much better in my opinion. I'm not sure if the author intended this to be the final book, but I will not be listening to any more in this series.

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underwhelming

underwhelming ending to say the least.
as usual great interpretations but the story final, built up to pop like a soap bauble... disappointed

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Good but different

I enjoyed the book but the change of structure and a lack of allot of the rp elements in the previous books did take away from the flow of the book. Jeff Hayes great as always but I did nodice allot of inconsistencies with the voices during the book and the added effects to the voices during the ui and quest notifications is just annoying was fine before with out them. Over all great story just hope they go back to the way book 1 and 2 is for book 4.

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Decent closing for the story

The story was decent although I liked the first book the most.
The sound effects for the spells and golem, etc. don't really fit imho hence my 4 stars only.

For anyone considering, it is still a well spent credit

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Good, but....

A good continuation of the story but I was disappointed by the ending. Overall 6.5/10.

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A brilliant conclusion!

This was a brilliant conclusion to the life reset trilogy. The story covers a lot of ground and balances great action scenes with fabulous character development. My only complaint is that i have had to say good bye to these brilliant characters.

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Good start then fizzled

I enjoyed the previous two books, particularly the first, so I was happy when I saw this and was looking forward to listening.

It was going great until three quarters of the way through, when it appeared that the author got fed up of the story and decided just to wind it up as quickly as possible. The end was very clumsy and unsatisfying and I was rather disappointed.

It's a real shame that an otherwise solid and fairly enjoyable series was dropped like a Saturday night kebab...

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  • Christopher
  • 19-06-19

Strange ending to the trilogy

This book does fall off relative to the other 2 in the series. As a LitRPG style book, it follows many of the conventions of this genre, and indeed the world established continues from the other 2 in the series. Without trying to give too much away, I'll try and detail out some of the issues as to why this book has gotten so many negative reviews as compared to the other 2, though you may infer some heavily hinted at spoilers from this review, if not directly outlined....

First off, there is the whole "quest line" as described at the end of book 2- the MC takes a trip to a hobgoblin city to establish a trade route, to eventually try to be able to see the ultimate expression of his sphere golem creations. This whole thing feels little more than a side quest, but fully takes up roughly 2/3rds of the book- it's considerably more tedious and less interesting without the stakes that were in the other 2 books. It's not completely horrible, but it just doesn't hold your interest. Eventually, the "dread totem" continues to build and plan for the betterment of his people and his eventual revenge against his old guild, the "manapulators" in the last part of the book, which is much like the storyline from other 2 books had been headed.

Second, the last big battle in this book is accompanied by a great amount of expanded sound effects, and even a game themed soundtrack that plays alongside the narration during the battle. It's ridiculous and annoying, subtracting from the overall enjoyment of the audio performance as opposed to adding to it (IMHO)- it's just too "over the top".

Lastly, the apparent conclusion to the series wrapped up in the final 2 hours of the book. The V.i. storyline comes to fruition, and the whole plot line of the 3 books takes a radical shift into a new direction. The characters that you invested in over the 3 books are not well wrapped up in terms of their story arc, to the point that you wonder if this really is the end of the trilogy or not. If it is, then it's extremely unsatisfying, as I don't think anyone (with the exception of Vic) winds up with a fully resolved conclusion.

I suspect that we'll get a 4th book in the series perhaps, as this just does not feel like a satisfying ending, but that will be completely up to the author. Exactly what he has planned for this world and these characters from here out (if anything) is anyone's guess.

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  • Crispy Bacon
  • 08-06-19

The M Night Shyamalan of LITRPG

This is not a compliment in any way.

This series is trying to shock you with the typical 1 twist wonder that you only see from crappy directors above. I am actually dissappointed because not only did I see this coming, I was actually hoping it wouldn't happen. Now that is has, I see the huge lost potential in such a unique idea for a book.

I am starting to not like the main character and would have preferred more of the book to be about Rastia and her mission. There was so much potential for exploit in such a flawed system, I'm surprised the author didn't capitalize on it. All that was accomplished was a mission that was doomed to fail from the start, and only through dumb luck did it all turn out in the end. Sad

As was said before by other commenters, the ending was bad. My suggestion is to skip to the end to save yourself the 14 hours of buildup that turns out to be worth nothing, because it all goes to waste. Terrible letdown for fans. Might as well told us that the entire book is a dream and the main character wakes up just to forget it 2 hours later...

The one good thing that came out of the ending is that Vic is no longer going to be around and annoying as ever. Would rather have the Aussi guy take over permanently, He was awesome!

Come on Shemer, you can do better!

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  • Thomas S Carr
  • 18-07-19

Not a trilogy

I bought these books based on them being advertised as a trilogy...It wasn't what I usually bought, but thought I would get a conclusion. I don't fault the author...It is a great story, well contrived, but Adible sheesh...this could be a 10 book series...and to call it a trilogy....is not honest for prospective readers.

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  • Elvolganta
  • 17-07-19

Disappointing

Loved the series, but this final instalment was a vast disappointment. About 3/4 of this book took place in an area that held little to no investment for (me at least) the reader, coupled with a high quantity of audio editing errors, especially prevalent in the first few chapter, the sickening overuse of auto-tune to make Vic's voice (altering it to a disturbing degree from the remainder of the series) only ever accomplished to fuel my contempt. The final battle had some nice editing and effects bit this does not suppress the more than 13 hours of poor quality presented in this audio book. The ending felt extremely rushed and unsatisfying, leaving more questions than answers about the future that we will likely never get answered. If you are invested in this series (as you should be after reading or listening to the first two instalments of it) and still want to proceed with it.. Consider yourself warned.

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  • Avid reader
  • 14-06-19

terrible ending

loved the series hated the ending. author has a new series on Kindle but will not start it as I have no faith in the author's ability to end a series.

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  • Kellison G Taylor
  • 05-06-19

disappointment

I am very disappointed that you ended to series this is one of the best litrpg series there is and it was so much more story to be told. the book was going so good until the ending that you rush

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  • Giles
  • 12-06-19

A good book but felt slightly off

Jeff Hays is a great narrator and the music, sound effects and featured voice actors really pulls you in.

Oren once again struggles to find his way out of the game before his mind breaks. Working with his friends NPCs and Travellers alike he works his way up. Our MC is in a new city causing a heap of trouble like always. He is gaining some skills that in the start of this series seems impossible but is not out of line for where he is now.

The amount of times that Vic has to shout Oren out of his goblin breakdowns get to be annoying. You would think he would go learn some mental strengthening techniques to stop them from happening so often.

Really enjoyed the interludes with Raystia and the mob squad. Nicely done.

The ending was felt like it could have been awesome but was only okay. To use a metaphor: Oren was racing using Mana infusion overdrive, ran out of mana, tripped, fell and rolled into 4th place. If this is the last book there are too many unfinished plot lines that lead nowhere. Hopefully if there's a book four it can fix the loose ends.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-19

Loved the series, but...

I totally loved this trilogy, but i feel it ended too fast. There is so much more to explore and and experience in this world so my only disappointment is that there are no more books in this series.

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  • T. F. Coleman
  • 04-06-19

5-Star if not last book in series. 2-Star if it is

Life Reset has everything you want in an LitRPG, except a good ending. After learning that book 3 will most likely be the last of the series, I feel like all the work Oren put in to build his character and settlement was for NOTHING.

The first two books were excellent. Book 3 is shorter than the first two, and could have also been excellent if extra time was given to extending the ending. In Book 3, our Dread Totem takes a trip to another city to secure an important mineral, where he meets many new characters and causes quite an uproar, as usual. The ending is not bad, but requires answers that, apparently, will not be given. It could be a huge cliffhanger.

This is such a difficult book to review. The series thus far has been fantastic, one of my favorites, but the author has said this “Trilogy” stands on its own, implying that he will be moving on to a different series altogether. The question is - If the author can’t commit to completing a series, how can the readers? This ending falls far short of completing such an outstanding story. Maybe the author’s creative mindset is forcing him to go in a different direction. Idk.

Kuznits has a new Interstellar Space MMORPG. I wonder if he will come back to this series in some way.

Shout out to Jeff Hayes, Laurie Catherine Winkel & Annie Elliott. Tremendous work. The production team added many sound effects that weren’t that bad.

It seems that coming up with good endings to LitRPG series is not easy. But it has been done. Ready Player One, World Seed, & The Dark Herbalist had good endings. Not sure about Way Of The Shaman, and we’re waiting on The Land and other notable series.

Life Reset is still worth the credits.

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  • Andrew
  • 13-07-19

Great book, distracting sound effects

Seriously ruined in many places by the performers need to add sound effects.
The epic fight scene at the end was incredibly hard to follow due to the fact you could barely hear the narrator over the sound effect.
Thankfully it was a good enough book to make up for it, otherwise i would have returned it.
Terrible performance!
To add to the sound effects was the constant volume changing, sounded like the narrator kept leaning closer and further from the mic, or the worst was when he'd try to imitate a far off person and make it muffled.

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