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Patch 17

By: G. Akella
Narrated by: Zach Villa
Series: Realm of Arkon, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Summary

A new update arrives to the ultra-popular online game, Realm of Arkon. With Patch 17, the level of immersion experienced by players in their gaming capsules has made virtual reality indistinguishable from the real world. But every gamer's dream becomes a nightmare for Roman Kozhevnikov after he gets confined to Arkon against his will. And not just to Arkon, but to its deadliest zone - Demon Grounds. Playing - or rather living - as his character Krian, it's not just about survival for Roman. He longs to exact revenge for his banishment to the virtual world where the sensation of pain has reached 100 percent...

©2015 G. Akella (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Within about 10 minutes of the start, a woman is nearly raped and the main character explains to the reader that it's her fault…

I read/listen to a lot of sci fi and fantasy. I've played World of Warcraft on which this is clearly based.

Surprisingly, there are fewer women tied down and cut with knives in most of these than in this book.

Two rape/sexual assault situations within 20 minutes... I stopped listening at this point because that's really not fun.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Litrpg at is Best!!!

What an amazing ride is this book I loved every second of it bring on the next one!!!!

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A brilliant story, a lacking performance .

I have listened to over 40 audio books in the last few months. This is the first I've listened to where I was distracted by the performer to such a degree, that it took me out of the story. Over all this is a fun Litrpg tale but it may not be to everyone's taste.

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An excellent take on the genre and recommend it

This Book starts well and has a good pace and interesting story start. Early gaming discussions and story development also goes well. The dialogue is really good and the game story goes well.

I found some of the "vision scenes" are not as well written, but having said that maybe that is the point! But I found I was wanting to skip though these sections as it was very irritating to listen too.... I felt it was not as well written as the rest of the book and would relook at how this is edited (though I recognise I could not write this well anyway so no offence).

The book setting is really good and I really enjoy the character development and the world development. Although there is a little power leveling in the early stages, which is typical of these books it is done well and I recommend the book to all who like this genre.

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  • Steve
  • 15-02-17

Usual LitRPG book, but interesting

Patch 17 does not stand out in the LitRPG genre. The genre is fairly new and many books are falling into the trope where the MMO locks the players in permanently and either kills them or puts the person's body into a coma. This is one such tale. It is an easy driving force for the story. Without it the story would need a compelling reason for the characters to stay in the game. Patch 17 also goes for the trope where most of the special and unique things happen to the MC.

It's not a bad book, and it is interesting, but the story really goes nowhere. The MC does have an end goal, but it's rather flimsy and vague, he'll get there eventually. But before that he has to level up. So off questing he goes.

There are a few other negatives to the book. Firstly, as you'll hear it throughout the book, the character and item stats readouts are awful and awkward. In the kindle version it's neatly laid out with a nice readable format, audible, not so much. Secondly, there are some character transitions where the jump cut is very quick and brief with hardly a pause. It can be a little confusing. Third, there are a couple NPC backstories that the MC has a vision of. They tend to be absurdly long and have little to no impact on the story going forward. Lastly, the book just ends without any kind of resolution to anything.

Despite all of this I will be getting the next book. I'm a sucker for the LitRPG genre especially when all the special events happen to the MC.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Fitzwibble
  • 06-04-17

Excellent story, great narrator...except...

Where does Patch 17 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My favorite LitRPG novel so far.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Roman, because he's who we spend the most time with.

What three words best describe Zach Villa’s performance?

can't pronounce correctly

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I'd already read it, but the narrator sounded very similar to how I had imagined Roman sounding (except without a Russian accent).

Any additional comments?

Please ask Zach to learn how to pronounce words he's unfamiliar with prior to recording. Chitin, wily, err, reagent...the list goes on. He is a good voice actor but it really really detracts from his performance (and the enjoyment of the story).

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  • nanner
  • 15-01-17

entertaining

this is one of the better written LITvrpg series that i've read recently, though it has its flaws. the main character is interesting and the story is mostly engaging. my biggest problem is the endless recitation of numbers and probabilities while he plans out his character progression out past level 200. most people are casual gamers who throw their stats in without much planning ahead unless they're following a guide FAQ, and the MC is supposed to be even less experienced than the casual gamer so its a bit hard to believe he'd bother (or even know about the stat generator). Moreover, its boring (unless you're an obsessive gamer yourself) to listen to five or so minutes of him talking about nothing but numbers and probability. its even worse because it happens multiple times in the book.
the narrator is pretty good but he mispronounces a LOT of words; from melee, to armor pieces, to the name of the iconic One Piece MC, Luffy (pronounced loo-fee). i don't think he has much exposure to lit/anime/manga/ rpg gaming cultures and it shows.
those complaints aside, its an interesting story where it seems like, so far, the more our MC give in to his rage, the less human he becomes. i can't wait to find out how he escapes the demon-ground and finds his sister.

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  • Phoebe
  • 01-03-17

Partial

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, but not the audio book.

Would you be willing to try another book from G. Akella? Why or why not?

The narrator does little to differentiate between characters. Hard to tell when the perspective changes. Makes it hard to follow and keep track of the conversations.

Would you be willing to try another one of Zach Villa’s performances?

Not at this point, to many other narrators that make the stories immersive.

Any additional comments?

The flashbacks really threw me off, got completely lost during these and took away from the experience

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-07-17

fun book, although...

The narrator sounds good, and the book is fun, but holy crap dude, learn to pronounce words properly, one word that really got to me was "taciturn" he kept pronouncing it "takiturn" instead of "tasiturn" there were others, but that stuck out. And my personal opinion is a 20% level drop for dying is rather obscene, typically it's only a percentage current level progress or all of progress on current level at worst, I can just imagine the rage of customers if that were the way it actually was in games. Ridiculous that the author put that in there. Sure you can often times best the game several times then play nightmare mode and have that or worse things happen for dying, but not right off the bat first run through from the beginning. But, I'll get the other books eventually, I don't regret getting this one, just some pet peeves about this and that.

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  • erpl
  • 17-04-19

Poor LITRPG knowledge

LITRPG is about Players struggling to improve themselves, in the authors mind they gain 10-20-30 levels for 1 battle, they get 300-500 hit points with just a few levels, there stats are in the 10s of thousands and creatures have several hundreds of thousands of hitpoints if not 2-3 million hitpoints, There is no struggling in this book, and it gets confusing what skill points are being allocated and what skills provide for the Player. When the author goes thru the main charactors stats you cannot fallow along because the stats are so high, you cannot grasp if there better or worse, you never get a feel for the progression of the character. Die and lose 15-20 levels, no problem 1-2 battles will yield 30-50 new levels,
The author does not know what LITRPG is, and is not familiar with how to write LITRPG, he believes that by using a Large scale, it is better but all it is...., is more confusing for the listener, harder to follow,
He jumps from scene to scene and loses his focus quite often the listener has to pay attention or he completely gets lost and does not know what the character is doing and why he is doing it, or even how the character got where he is.
but the narrator is superb

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  • Samuel Palmer
  • 25-03-19

Homophobic

Way to alienate over 10% of your audience, bro. More words here cuz I have to

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-09-17

Great story, not so great narrator

I loved this story when I read the book. I was really looking forward to the audio version. But the narrator doesn't pronounce all the words properly. And it's really aggravating when it's one of the characters names and you hear it over and over again.

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  • Ryan
  • 19-09-17

Good story bad narrator

The story wasn't anything that I haven't heard before but it was good if you enjoy LitRPG's. The narrator was terrible though. There was some emotion in his reading but mostly bland. The worst part was that he kept mispronouncing words including a main characters name.

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  • Drathstar
  • 27-07-17

I wish I could join them!

I'm disabled and cannot walk nor even have a single day without pain so the idea of being able to join the characters of this world would be an absolutely enticing concept and if it were possible I would be sorely tempted since waking up able to walk again and NOT hurting every moment of my existence would be too much to resist. As for the story I loved it and would recommend this book to anyone who likes the description from the editor or whoever wrote it! To ARKON!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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