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Colonel James Raytak is about to die. The 93-year-old combat veteran is living his last days in a nursing home; his only hope for survival is an experimental Medpod life support system controlled by an artificial intelligence. 

Co-developed by the world’s largest gaming company, Qualitranos the AI will also control the soon-to-be-released game Limitless Lands. Without its creator’s knowledge, the AI decides the best course of treatment is to import its patient’s consciousness directly into the game. 

Colonel Raytak must dust off his military training and lead his virtual troops in a fight to repair his broken body and mind while exploring the Limitless Lands.

©2018 Dean Henegar (P)2018 Dean Henegar

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Looking forward to more...

Saw the ebook get a lot of traction on amazon but waited for the audio to come out and was pleased that I did.

Dean Henegar has brought a breath of fresh air into the LitRPG genre. It seem so many of these books are focused on sword and sorcery style RPGs. Limitless Lands seems to take its inspiration more from RTS games and has the MC in charge of a platoon of men rather than fighting alone or in a team of other players.

I cant wait to see how this mechanic plays out in further books as it could get really interesting as the MC is given more troops to command. Im thinking castle siege or large scale battles.

Jack Voraces did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life. He had a distinct voice for every character and was able to play into the more emotional parts as well.

Looking forward to more from them both. When is book 2 coming….!

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Amazing book! Defo in my top 5 litrpg

This book is amazing. I planned to listen it for a couple of hours each day and ended up binge listening it in one run. The plot follows a unique levelling system and the story is just as unique. I love the MC and can't wait to see how he develops in the later books.
EDIT: On my second read. Need more!!!!

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Narration ruined it for me.

I'll be honest and say I can't really comment on the story; I didn't get very far...
The narrators voice is fine for standard narration, but as soon as he has to "voice act" it becomes very difficult to listen to.
Sorry Jack Voraces, just not for me.

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A great book for teenagers

A solid listen. Interesting ideas. Narration took some getting used to personally but this is, of course, always subjective. My 15 year old son loved it.

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Great fun, slow start

This book starts a bit slow but after the first 1/2 dozen chapters I was hooked.

The book is an interesting mix of world building around Hayden’s Knoll, a frontier town in a game world and battle stories focusing on the main character, a veteran field commander.

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You feel like you are there

Great story, which the narrator brings to life.
I was quickly absorbed and felt I was right there watching it unfold.

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Haha so headings are definitely not optional

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook and will likely get the next book in the series some time in the future. I enjoyed listening to the different perspective that the author presented in the book and will look into if there are any other audiobooks or books written by the author.

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Enjoyable listen

Worth a listen if u like the genre. Can’t wait to start the next book. In fact it’s downloading as I type this.

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Fantastic book

Really loved everything about this book. I am going to bing all of them, I would totally recommend to anyone. enjoy.

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Great book and a refreshing read!

With this genre I usually find that I'm either interested in the world or sometimes just the main character. However, with Limitless Lands I have found myself liking BOTH the character AND the world, and absolutely yearning for it to continue.
Absolutely loving it all, and the only thing stopping me from grabbing the next book is writing this review for a worthy book!

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  • Austin
  • 13-02-19

Good book with a bad narrator.

The summary of the book describes the first couple chapters. I recommended you skip to chapter 5 if you know what virtual reality is.

I don't like this narrator. He sounds like he is trying to add inclinations and emotions to his words as he is reading them, instead of planning ahead as to how the conversation should go. It sounds vaguely like if a robot were trying to figure out how to emulate human speech patterns and only go it half right. His vocal range is decent and I was surprised at his first female voice but his normal narrator voice grates on my nerves. The sound effects added are more of a nuisance than a benefit

The story of "Dirks" seemed a bit extra and out of place.

The robotic/walkie talkie effect on nearly every character is aggravating. Old people sound young and young people sound old. The town mayor specifically sounds nasally and old despite being a college student. The only characters that fit are Colonel Datec and the young druid.

I may be complaining too much but these are all my opinions. You may find little or nothing wrong with the narrator.

The story is interesting and I like the unique classes. The plot isn't huge but it continues on at a solid pace. The idea and effort behind the book is genuine and I believe in the message. If you can get through the narrator, it is genuinely a good book.

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  • Dewey Gough
  • 30-01-19

Well worth a Listen!

Personally speaking ive listened to 90% of the LITRPG books on audible and can say that this book has a far different focus then most if not all the other ones. without giving to much away, it focuses mostly on military and the development of a unit and commander, with aspects of a developing loot system for units and some forshadowing to potential city building elements(although it could be minor).

The story itself is short, but well worth the listen especially for people that are a bit older, as the MC is an older man with a military background. The real world aspects develop well with the in game aspects creating a more complete story. The battles were okay but at least in my opinion the focus seemed mostly on the commanders perspective, so although the MC saw and was part of numerous battles the command was more of the MCs focus.

Finally the preformance, for some listeners the narrators choice of sounds and effects could be off-putting, an assessment i dont believe is fair in this genre as most narrators do it but to each their own. looking past those elements(regardless of opinion) the narrator was an outstanding choice for the role the MC plays and the general vibe of the story. To say he brings alot to the table in this story is an understatement, the narrator clearly worked hard to produce this and it shows. His voice even fits the MC perfectly.

Overall this book although different from most in the genre, is more than worth picking up if you are a fan, it brings a newer aspect and amazing preformance.

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  • Dungeon Matt
  • 11-05-19

Terrible narrator, good story

Unique take on the genre. Enjoyable story. The problem was the terrible narration. Weird sound effects that sounded like a 10 year old did them. Even mispronounced easy terms such as under fed. The narrator's poor performance was a distraction.

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  • Tim
  • 17-02-19

It is acceptable

I might have been a bit generous with the star rating but really I am making this review to get a few things off my chest.

Story: It is a litrpg in that it takes place mostly in a game but there really aren't alot of stat windows or character sheets, it is mostly quest pop ups and exp... It is kind of weird as it would make me forget it is supposed to be a game then remind me in the most mundane ways (Pop up window says would you like to complete this transaction etc.) I found it irritated me... and the story kept a steady pace but was a bit slow.

Reader: OK I think I read a number of reviews saying he is awesome and a couple of reviews saying he was terrible. I shal explain why both make sense. The story starts out with a timeline (think movies starting with news headlines that are updating you on what has been happening upcoming to the actual movie involving the actors) and it is read like a voiceover for those headlines. Understandable. However once the headlines stop, the narrator has gotten stuck in reading like that and is reading each sentence like it is a headline. Eventually he breaks out of this when doing different voices for the most part. But... I'm gonna do the rest pro/con:
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Unique voices for each character, you can usually tell who's talking without prompting.
Honestly he puts alot of emphasis in his character voices so I am reinforcing it so you understand as much.
Cons:
His narrator voice isn't very good.
underfed is under fed, not un derfed

I can see the character voices making the story for people and I can see the narrator voice ruining it for people. underfed was also quite irritating to me, it was funny at first when I realized what he was trying to say, but the word got repeated like 20 times in the next 2 hours.

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  • Midwestbonsai
  • 10-12-18

Fresh ideas for LitRPG, real-time and fantasy

“Limitless Lands” is a blending of a LitRPG, real-time strategy, and a fantasy world containing some unique and fresh ideas. Who would have imagined and army of Roman soldiers in a fantasy-like setting? It is the first book in the Limitless Lands series and a premiere work from author Dean Henegar. The audiobook edition is narrated by Jack Voraces, who appears to be a newcomer to the narration scene having three audiobooks listed on Audible at the time of this review. I found the author’s closing chapter impactful even though it was short, detailing his reasons and perspectives driving him to write the book; in many ways I which it had been the first chapter listened too. Overall, I liked the story and found enough fresh ideas to make it interesting and entertaining even though there were a few potholes along the way. I felt the author attempted to blend too many elements and genres which at times made the story more muddled, faded and disconnected from the core reasons people often listen to this genre. Additionally, I had issues with the overly used sound effects, character voicing, and production quality in the audiobook edition. Some of these audio problems may have taken away from the story itself instead of enhancing it. In such a crowded and rather hot LitRPG space, it can be hard to stand out. For me, the book was not bad, but it also was not to the standards that many now expect from the genre. If you are more a fan of military tactics and movements, this might be the book you are looking for. I thought the story diverged from many of the basic RPG fundamentals (stats, experience, etc.) for me to recommend it to people interested solely in LitRPG type books. There was some stats usage, but this was not the focus nor did one feel it was necessary nor impactful to the story’s outcome. I felt more like I was watching a real-time strategy game being played then an RPG, and I was never a fan of that type of game.

I enjoyed both the physical and virtual worlds the author created in the book. In the physical world we have a very utopian futuristic place where drones and robots are now the way wars are fought. Physical human military personnel are no longer required and many of those who remember wars involving humans are few and far between. Like many of our remaining World War II veterans today, the story’s main character is aged and finds himself in a rather different world. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR) and game immersion are the things that some use for both escape and entertainment. The new system being brought online may have the ability to not only entertain, but help in slowing the aging process of our ninety-three-year-old veteran. A way to keep him alive is by having the all-knowing AI, running the game, import the patient’s conscience directly into the game. Here the main character leverages his skills and knowledge of war to win the many battles he faces all the while his body and mind are sustained and even enhanced in the physical world. There were some good transitional periods where the story shifts between the physical and virtual worlds. As with many other books in the genre, we have nanobots, medical reasons, and a few other standard tropes, but again it felt well-thought out and planned.

I liked some of the extra detail the author included such as the time compression of those in the game from those outside. A language translation system being included to make conversations with others around the world much easier, and there is the concept of one earning and converting virtual currencies to physical real-world ones. The world consisted of goblins, dryads, wolfs, spiders, and halflings along with quite a few others one meets along the way. The writing style was detailed and descriptive allowing the listener to be dropped in to the story having a good visual understanding of both worlds. What felt somewhat different for me was the additional RTS components around town building and resource management. It simply did not seem to fit the mold of a fantasy-based LitRPG, and in some ways it worked, but in others it just seems like an odd fit. A town requiring one building to be constructed before another could be built just did not feel right. I felt there was a good balance of action, adventure, strategy, and even emotion throughout the story. As I said earlier, it was entertaining but at time too different for my comfort level.

I think one of the main issues I had keeping me from enjoying the book was its audio quality and narration. No offense to Jack Voraces, the narrator, as such quality production takes time and honing and I’m sure will improve as he performs more books. But it was a bit too much for me and I can say that it was more a distraction than help. Many of the notes I took while listening to the book related in one way or another to the audio. During very quiet times or silence, I could hear audio compression artifacts. These were not excessive, but quite noticeable. Some of the character differences and voicing felt forced and a few times confused with another during conversation. As with many male narrators, voicing of female characters was not fluid, nor did it feel natural. In situations like these, I would rather a narrator just read the portion of text and not attempt to voice it as a character. I understand this is not easy for most narrators to get right when dealing with the opposite gender. Lastly, I think the sound effects often overpowered the narration and I would have liked to have had them more in the background.

For parents and younger readers, the book had some graphic scenes of war and violence which is expected in a book of this genre. I do not recall any mature subject matter or vulgar language used by the author which is quite unusual and in my opinion a welcomed change. I believe the book could be enjoyed by both younger and older audiences.

In summary, the premise, story and world are solid. A few of the components I felt did not belong in a LitRPG and I would have liked to have had more integration and impact of the main character’s stats as I watched him grow. I just felt this was a bit lacking. My biggest concern was with the narration of the different characters, the overpowering sound effects, and the annoying background compression noise. The story is detailed, yet it seems to lack continuity. I hope future books in the series are more RPG focused. A good listen if you can get past the issues I found while listening.

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  • Ricky
  • 18-10-20

A Different Take

I've read quite a few books in the LitRPG genre and thoroughly enjoyed this book. Oftentimes, the protagonist will somehow be transported to another world and will either stumble into an overpowered item or find a loophole, never before thought of. In this book the Raytak's class feels deserved, based upon his life experiences, and his choices/decisions do seem to align with how I would see a commander act/progress.
Some books in this genre go overboard with stat progression updates. There are some updates throughout the book which should be expected but I didn't feel that they were overdone.
The first hour or so of the book was a little slow while the initial premise was being established but once we're introduced to Col. Raytak, the book really starts hitting its stride and I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
The narration in the beginning is a little rough at the beginning as well because the voice used for the book narrator was drastically different than most of the early characters. As I listened further and the book narrator voice became synonymous with the voice of Col. Raytak, the difference between the book narrator voice and those of the other characters completely stopped being an issue. Voraces did a good job making each characters' voice distinctly unique as well.

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  • Aramis
  • 13-10-20

Loved it! Binging the series now!

Loved it! It took me a bit to get used to the narrator but im glad I stuck with it. This is quickly becoming my favorite series, I have already purchased the second book

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  • thompson
  • 21-11-18

Unique take on LitRPG

Fun listen, good world building, new perspective with interesting mechanics, look forward to next book

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  • HiViolet
  • 11-10-20

old veteran reliving his hey day

an enjoyable heartfelt story about the recovery of a wizened veteran exploring a creative world. truly enjoyed it.

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  • Jhangang
  • 09-10-20

Great listen!

I enjoyed this book quite a bit, and would recommend to anyone looking for a new adventure!

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