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Lost Portals

Czarzakian Multiverse Online: LitRPG Omniverse, 1
Narrated by: Rhett Samuel Price
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

This litRPG, Lost Portals, is like if they installed Star Gate in the Matrix except the Matrix is a multiverse explored by the Federation using portals.    

Seven Game Master Corpsmen are in a coma after trying to explore an anomalous glitch in humanities multiverse simulation, the Czarzakian Multiverse Online. The GMC has classified the danger associated with the anomaly. They call the phenomenon a "lost portal".

Newly commissioned Game Master, Priest McKenna, makes the mistake of leading his team into a lost portal. Priest and his wife are the only two corpsmen to return from the lost portal and not go into a coma but the event changed their lives forever. They lost their team, their memories of what happened inside the portal, and they lost their marriage.

Priest also loses his class and powers and the Game Master Corps questions his ability as a leader. His ex-wife becomes a dangerous rival.

Now Priest must create a new team of multiverse explorers to get his powers back and find the lost portal where his friends are still trapped. He recruits a timid portal mage, an intern developer, and others. The only way to get what they want is to level up and journey deeper into the multiverse.

Can the team grow in skill and ability to even survive exploration of the multiverse? Can they find the lost portal and save the team stuck inside? What is the source of these anomalous portals with no destination?

©2019 Bruce X. Brown (P)2019 Bruce X. Brown

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Paced as series opener over standalone book

When you get a book one in a series there are two approaches that an author can take, they can focus on producing as strong a story as possible with some hooks into the subsequent series or they can focus on the world-building etc that the series needs. This one tends towards the latter and is a weaker book because of it, but it is still enjoyable enough that it is worth reading and does more than enough to interest you in the series as a whole once the pace picks up later in the book.

The narrator does a good job with a varied cast of characters, providing suitably distinctive tones for them to help to enhance the overall impression of the book quite well.

This is a strong start to a series that could have been a bit stronger as a standalone book, but I am more interested in the series than not after this first book.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Max R
  • 21-05-19

More Wormhole Xtreme than Stargate...

Man, I really wanted to like this book...

I did (for the most part) enjoy the premise of the book. There are TONS of great elements of story here, but I feel like the book itself could have been tightened up a bit from a pacing perspective. When you're going from world to world ala Stargate, you need a laser-like focus on the overall arc of the story and the motivations of the characters. I definitely feel like Bruce Brown had that in his head, but didn't always have it on the page. Credit to him for getting as much right as he did though. Multiverse story lines are difficult to keep straight by their very nature.

There are a great many things to like about the book. The characters are largely compelling, the worlds they visit are interesting, and the idea of interdimensional travel via portal-magic is pretty rad. What doesn't necessarily work super well is the overall flow of how all of those really good things intertwine to create a complete story.

From a narration perspective, I was not a fan. Rhett Samuel Price just didn't feel like he was able to take hold of the material and give it sufficient life. I'm not familiar with his other works, so I won't speak about his overall quality, but this one just didn't do it for me. I think some of the staples in the LitRPG space would have had an easier time of it. LitRPG is such a unique subgenre that you have to really "get it" in order to perform it in a believable way that supports the story.

Ultimately, there are enough good elements to keep me interested in a return to the multiverse for book two, if for no other reason than I hate not knowing what happens to characters!

**Note: I was given a promotional copy of this book at my request in exchange for an unbiased review**

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  • Ceiling Chair
  • 14-06-19

Nothing of Value

I really do not want to be harsh, but I don't think this guy has a voice to be doing narration. It sounds like he is talking from the very bottom of his throat. It doesn't sound that way from the low quality sample but it was definitely very unpleasant when downloaded on high quality and listening with a nice pair of headphones. It can make him a difficult to follow normally which isn't helped by the meandering storyline. He absolutely cannot do character voices and his attempts at them make it harder to understand him and even sometimes impossible to understand.


The story itself is pretty poor. It really is all over the place and its filled to overflowing with meta crap and references to other media. There was at least one obvious reference to another litrpg author that seemed insulting. There are a couple interesting ideas, but with so little coming across as original it might just be more references I didn't "get".

Pretty much any time the author described a female character or wrote their perspective it was an uncomfortable experience.


It wasn't a great time reading this, I would recommend passing on it.


*A copy of this book was provided to the reviewer upon their request, but the review is their honest and voluntarily provided thoughts.

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  • perezdev
  • 31-05-19

Too much world building led to a very boring book

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Too much exposition, back story, and character building for my taste. It was very frustrating to get through several hours of this book and basically nothing had happened. I was learning about the back story of characters I had no reason to care about. Details of the world were thrown out all at once. It was not enjoyable. Had these details been introduced as the story progressed, it would've been good. But it's hard to continue listening to a LitRPG book where very little action occurs in the first few hours.

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  • Cyphers Fallen
  • 13-06-19

Multiverse Awesomeness!!!

Definitely an original idea and it is an awesome concept. It is one of the better Lit-RPGs out there and has some thought provoking concepts that does excellent world building. I love the idea of multiverse and how it is implemented in this story.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 06-06-19

MIB meets Matrix and the meeting is awesome

So imagine a group that guards, maps and explores the virtual universe that has been created/discovered. What happens when they encounter a being they can’t get past? What happens when some of their own enter a “lost portal” and go into a coma in real life? Nobody knows yet. Nobody em has ever returned from a lost portal. Until now. 2 people have returned. They have no memory of what happened while in the portal and they have a drive to find their companions who are still lost. Welcome to their adventure. Many will be offered the chance to awaken are they really just NPC’s?is this really a virtual world or is this something else. Get ready for the first installment in a great new LITRPG series. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 04-06-19

I don't know

I'm really trying to Cipher my mind about this book because from the one hand our life World creation that the author did with this book but from the other end it was like too much of world creation and less of a solid story it was a little bit problematic in my point of view don't get me wrong the world creation was very very good very Vivid and I liked it but I rather get some less of it then getting so much description that you're left without a solid story I want to know more about the character is not about what happened to them yes I do understand that the world creation was very very important in this story but yet again I waited for more of the story and of the characters

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  • Matthew Thibault
  • 21-05-19

Leaves you wanting to learn more of the world

***I RECIEVED THIS AUDIOBOOK FOR FREE IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

"In post-singularity Earth, we develop a computer system to travel the Multiverse as a game. Lost Portals appear, and anyone who explores one goes into a coma in the real world. At least until two people emerge safe and sound, but with no memory of the portal. Did the computer create the Multiverse, or are these other universes real? What happened in the Lost Portal, and what happened to the rest of their team?"

I rather enjoy LitRPGs, which is why I requested this book. As with all LitRPG novels, I thought this would either be really good, or really bad. There are few in-betweens when it comes to LitRPG. However, I'd say this is one of the few in between.

The plot was interesting. On AudioBoom, I wasn't a fan of how the summary was worded. It just sounded odd. But, I do like both LitRPG and multiverse stories, so I requested the book anyways, which I am glad I did. One aspect I find interesting is that the characters don't actually know what the multiverse is. Did the computer system create the multiverse, or is it just allowing them to travel what was already there? Are the NPCs in the other universes actually NPCs? Or are they real people and creatures that just don't know how to travel? Unfortunately, this book doesn't answer that question. It does, however, explain what happened to the rest of their party in the Lost Portal. The answer of which definitely makes me want to listen to book 2, when it comes out.

Magic systems are important to me, and this one seemed to have a mostly typical magic system with MP. I did find the rest of the system curious, though. It keeps mentioning how they inhale mana, which has me thinking that they actually hold their breath and focus to use spells. NPC characters can be made "system realized", which enables them to get classes and abilities. This also uses MP to do, I believe the main character said he could do eight or nine NPCs at once (though this review is written about four days after I finished the book, and may be wrong about that number).

The narrator is always an important aspect with audiobooks, and Rhett Price was both good and bad. Most of his character voices, I really liked. However, some of the characters (one of which was a main character) were a bit lacking. They sounded like a slurred version of another character. The narrator was a bit off in his screams, work needs to be done on those. But, the majority were pretty good. One scene has a couple main characters drunk, and Rhett was good at getting the drunk speech down.

Overall, I would give the book and narrator a 3/5, giving the total audiobook 3/5 stars. I will look forward to book 2, and am interested in seeing how the story and narrator evolve over the books.

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  • Courtney Odor
  • 21-05-19

My favorite read of the summer

First, I have to start off by stating that I got this book free of charge in exchange for a review, but as I always state, this does not in any way impact my review. My reviews are always honest and my own.

Out of all the books that I got to read, this one has been by far, my favorite! I love it! The end is actually pretty good with some nice resolutions and some touching moments.

Overall, while I liked the end and the Samantha-Gina plotline, it’s not enough to make up for the so-so slice of life adventuring that doesn’t matter to the plot or the beginning that I didn’t like.

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