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Master of None

All Trades, Book 1
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Series: All Trades, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
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Summary

Alex is broke.

He's pretty much always been broke. A misspent youth led to mistakes that led to convictions and plea deals. No career, no education, no hope.

Now he has a chance to make things right for him and his family when the newest immersive MMO comes with the ability to convert money earned in the game into real currency. Well, it's cryptocurrency, but that's real-ish, right? Seeing an opportunity, Alex joins The Realms as Jack Alltrades, looking to make money any way he can. He may be a Master of None, but he's determined to learn every way possible to make money and turn his life around. Along the way, he'll find answers to important questions like:

  • Can he win employee of the month?
  • Do gnomes dream of electric sheep?
  • How many kobolds does it take to swing a pickaxe?
  • Can NPCs commit tax fraud?

Okay, maybe he won't answer most of those, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't come follow the high-margin adventures of Jack Alltrades!

©2019 Shane Walker (P)2020 Podium Audio

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good start to a series.

the main character seem to have limitless luck. things fall into place that all align perfectly with how he wants to play. skills. traits. jobs. weapons. friends. the story builds fast. Still loved it and look forward to the next one. nick podehl is a fantastic reader and always makes me smile.

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excellent story well performed

I enjoyed this very much. it is a strong litrpg story with good clear mechanics and a strong plot. The links to the real world do not slow the story down.

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  • David R
  • 22-07-20

Meh, Unrealistic and not Exciting

So, this is a story about a player who decided to chose an ability in a brand new game where he can't do magic but can become a crafting genius and can hold multiple job classes because of it. There are quite a few things that make this story unrealistic and that the MC is a Garry Sue character.

First it says "master of none" yet he can master all the classes he can take in terms of crafting, and in actuality he can level them faster AND do it BETTER than the people who didn't take this talent and skill only in those jobs. Example is in the book he out blacksmiths the "incredibly talented brothers" and then out levels and out does them in less than 1 weeks playing time. Even though all they do day and night is smith. There are more but I'll leave it at that one.

Another thing, the MC is able to make items in less than 7 days of playing the game that the inhabitants of the world are unable to do in their several thousand year history. And it isn't "O I come from a world of tech" thing either it is like basic stuff like steel armor. His is just better because he is "the master of none"! Which again doesn't make any sense.

Then he is getting world firsts in several profession in the game even though he doesn't spend all of his time on it. He can spend 1/5th the time on any of these jobs and somehow manages to be get world first in ALL of them and is higher level than anybody in ALL of them.... the few I remember off the top of my head are alchemist, blacksmith, merchant, ranger, and thief, and there are more. Now in order to get these professions he needs to get 5 related skills in each of those job categories to lvl 10. Which not only does he do, but he gets them to lvl 20-30 by the time the people who only focused on one gets them to 10 or 12. In the entire book there is no other player who succeeds at anything that he hasn't already done like last week while also soloing dungeons and working on other professions.

O! He is SOO smart, he solved the problem with the thieves guild. You see, he convinced them that you should only steal from nobles, (who by the way in this book aren't corrupt and actually do their job) because of course rich people have extra money and it is OK to steel from them and everybody is happy!

Then lastly, he enters into several contracts where like it sounds good but if he made those deals in real life he would get screwed over SOO bad. Like taking a LIFE LONG flat rate deal for iron at 2G per bar that he is obligated to deliver and cannot get out of. When inflation kicks in and 20 years from now and the guy who is selling the bars for him is selling them for 20g and only giving him 2g... HAHAHAHA noob got swindled. but that won't happen to our MC Gary Sue because the author has made sure that no matter what dumb thing the MC does it is the right thing!

The MC's past is really boringly cliché, he was a gangster teen that tried to get out and got his sudo family shot in a drive by because of course you wouldn't quietly getting out and once you had money and power protect the people he loved. NOO! The MC announced it and had a big party and spit in the crime lords face.

So basically, the MC is dumb but presented as a genius, or maybe the author doesn't know about economics, people, or politics and so they think they are making the MC smart, but no... the MC is dumb and is rewarded for all his "smart" choices and everybody in the new game he plays thinks he is the next Steve Jobs and throws rose petals at his feet for being so smart for solving the world problems. That last line is actually true, he is single handedly solving the game worlds problems of economics and crime and hunger.... as said so in the book.....

OTHER THAN THAT it was ok. I guess. The stats kinda don't mean anything when the MC gets like 8 levels every 3 hours in w/e he wants for no reason. The side characters are ok unless they are interacting with the MC then they turn into stupid idolizing noobs.

This book wasn't so bad I had to return it, but I don't think I will ever re-read this. So maybe I will return it. Maybe this was intended to be more of a YA book and that's why it is so not like real interactions with people and everybody becomes friends and share because kindergarten rules. Dunno, but if you are looking for excitement, actual problem solving, overcoming struggles, or realistic human interaction, this book isn't it.

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  • Christopher
  • 21-07-20

Not bad, but not great. Won’t be for everyone.

The majority of this book is a linear recitation of the MC’s day to day activities. We follow him around as he levels up his character and trains and does quests. Interesting things happen but for the most part there’s not much of an actual plot until very near the end of the book.

I found it entertaining enough to follow along through to the end without feeling put off by the lack of a story arc, but I imagine that might not work for some listeners. Of course Nick Podehl is such a good narrator that to some extent it might be the quality of his performance that kept me engaged.

In the end this was a decent way to pass some quarantine time. If you’re a GameLit fan and you’ve listened to all the really good LitRPGs on Audible, then this audiobook will probably be a better choice than the super-cringey harem nonsense, and the poorly written fanfic LitRPGs that are all that’s left after you’ve burned through the actual good stuff that’s available on Audible.

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  • Loweti
  • 21-07-20

Not a fan of the combat

(What I did like)

This is probably nick's best work
I really like MC he reminds of richter from the land (but not an asshole)
And the interaction between each characters is very well done


(What I didn't like about it)

The combat is basically nick reading a combat log
And I don't like game worlds I'm more of a real world with game machanics kinda guy
(but that's my preference)

Overall I love the MC and the story was okay. But the combat got old real quick
And game worlds are not for me

Forgive me for my shit writing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-20

Worst Book I Ever Listened To

This is hands down the worst novel I've ever wasted my time listening to. Here's a bullet list of why:

- There's hardly any descriptions at all. This is a novel, a fantasy, a new world, and we don't even get so much as character descriptions? Really?
- The main character has notification going off every 5 seconds. Half the book is "You were hit for 3 damage" repeated over and over.
- The main character swears in every sentence non-stop. Like really? Is he 5? I thought he was supposed to be a con-man, how come his silver tongue is never shown and instead he has the vocabulary of a 12 year old playing Call of duty?
- Unoriginal plot, boring characters, auto-huge money making set up for main character with huge lucky level gains cuz plot armor?
- This isn't 1st person, 2nd, or 3rd. Instead, the main character is talking to you, the listener half the time, then the Pov switches to first person, then goes to 3rd person, only for him to make a joke in his head then tell the reader he didn't try to make a pun! Really?
- Unoriginal skills, explanation of some things we know but nothing else.
- SOOO much show and never any tell. As I've said before, no descriptions, the characters words and actions don't mash with his back story, and nothing is explained or told instead there's just random "you dodged attack" notification for every movement.
- Main character being stupidly high level things by poking it a bunch.

And this was all within the first 2 hours. This is like the Land, an already not good novel, watered down and stripped of everything interesting it had going for it and replaced with cuss words and more notifications. Like really?! How do you add in more notifications then the land??!

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  • Marlon
  • 21-07-20

Overall Good

I enjoyed it, I could say it was one of the better LitRPG books. I found that it was good, but still think that it needed a bit more stronger on the side of being willing to kill people. An ex-gangster is unwilling to kill people to move ahead in a game is bit unreal to me. Let's see how the next one goes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-20

Master of All

Great LitRPG/Crafting book that adds a strong basis for the users need to strive so hard in the game. I'm looking forward to the second book and seeing where the character's corporation goes.

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  • clinton
  • 08-08-20

Well....

Bluntly put I thought I was going to hate this book just bye the first few chapters, in fact, I disliked it so much I was to the point I was contemplating deleting the book and not even attempting to pick the book back up again. The first few chapters though intriguing we're horrible the amount of repetitive overused fluff and filler to make the word count higher about drove me crazy with aggravation and annoyance.

HOWEVER, I did push through mainly because of how intrigued I was with the concept of the story. Essentially after you get to a part of the book where you're in the main city the book gets better. But the character progression feels extremely rushed though it is very unique and creative, I'm not sure exactly where this author is trying to go with this book meaning it doesn't feel like there's a focus on the content of the book. The combat in the latter part of the book is rushed to the extreme. There's also really not detailed crafting sure they throw things together it just doesn't have the feeling of being thought out it has the feeling of just being fluff.

However, all that being said I do like the concept of the story I will probably check out the second book but it's definitely not going to be a rush to read it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-08-20

Good first book

In my opinion the story was a little to short. I would have appreciated a little more action. Nick Podehl’s performance was exceptional. I did enjoy the story line and will look forward to book two.

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  • Kuana
  • 06-08-20

Masterful

An absolut best. This is a series I plan on following to the absolute end. Wonderful voice over and compelling story with a believable character. Who could ask for more.

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  • Bee Yang
  • 04-08-20

A fantastic start!

This book is an amazing start to a new series. It’s filled with good crunchy numbers, tons of action, and a non-overpowered character that uses his wits more than his brawn to win battles. I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves the genre. The little cliffhanger at the end also leads to curiosity as to what book2 might bring. And of course Nick does an excellent job at narrating. Can’t wait for book2!!