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Pickle Pie

A Cyberpink Story
Narrated by: Luke Rounda
Series: Cyberpink, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
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Summary

Blood runs pink. 

The Hunger Games meets GLOW in this bloody mess of a sport story.

When a bankrupt armorer ends up owning a second-rate jugger player, he decides to go for it. But will he manage to even turn a profit when he knows little about the game and its seedy world, when the opponents play dirty on and off the field, and when the game's popularity grows with every player injury and death?

Do you want to watch the bloody game of Cyberpink? Do you want to meet Pickle Pie? Then listen to this exciting story where popularity is queen and blood runs pink.

©2018 George Saoulidis (P)2019 George Saoulidis

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Rats in expensive clothes

Futuristic Athens and the 'fastest game ever', Cyberpink. Meet the girls, five to a team, and the game itself, a dirtier, faster, more vicious game even than Rollerball. And one girl in particular, known later as Pickle, and her impoverished owner, an expert armourer, who'd known nothing about the game before acquiring her contract.

As so often with Mr.Saouliditis, expect a visual barrage set in an horrendous world of gratuitous survival. Always unexpectedly immaginative, this one dazzles. Sardonic voiced narrator Luke Rounda picks up and runs with the story with great delivery and intonation and additional sound effects (from Freesound.org) contribute to build atmosphere.

I am indebted to the rights holder of Pickle Pie, who, at my request freely gifted me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. Crazy characters, terrifying 'game' and great fun. Thank you. I will certainly be looking for more.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-04-19

trippy fun trip

This book was a good time around. There is very little explained in the beginning but just go with it and except the insanity. By the time you've got your bearings you'll find yourself rooting for the home team and betting on Pink.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-10-19

Action packed and fun!!

I was provided a promotional copy of this book for an unbiased review. This book was amazing. I was a little weary about it judging by the cover and title but I'm glad I gave it a shot! I'm so hooked I've been looking all over for a release date for book 2 on audible. The narrator is great too. He does an excellent job voicing all the characters. If you like action packed futuristic stories this is the book for you! I highly recommend it. Great work to all involved with the making of this book.

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  • Brian
  • 19-10-19

Future Sleazy Sporty Fun

This was a fun listen in the near future (but not real close) where people have cyberpunk enhancements and debt. Some women get into sexy blood sports with their "owners" backing them and profiting off them. The main character finds himself in the middle of this world where he needs to balance his needs against his values. And when that's not happening there's a good bit of action and violence and a decent serving of necessary humor.

I received the review code for this audiobook and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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  • Karson Lee
  • 15-10-19

Great!

Wow, definitely hooked my interest! Pickle Pie is set in a futuristic society where those with debt can be sold, essentially as slaves, to the highest bidder. Although a strange tale, it is a rather believable path that society could eventually take. Entertaining from the start, it left me itching to read the follow-up and keep up with these characters' stories. Well done, George!

The audio production and narration were impeccably done. Awesome sound effects and voices.

I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • G C
  • 05-10-19

EXCELLENT READ!

I really enjoyed it! The narration is excellent! The author did an excellent job with the characters. I look forward to reading more books from this author. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jason
  • 01-10-19

Unexpected

Interesting plot and story concept here, very unexpected but enjoyable. It's a little dark look on a corrupted legal system and a corrupt gaming owners. There is so much here to work a series with, the leveling, the team, Hector himself. Well worth the time and credit.

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  • Tina Gundy
  • 28-09-19

An enthralling Cyberpunk GameLit fantasy!

Pickle Pie (A Cyberpink Story) by George Saoulidis and narrated by Luke Rounda is an entertaining and crazy good cyberpunk tale sure to keep you interested from start to finish. Strongly recommend if you enjoy Cyberpunk/GameLit or just looking for something new in the genre.

What’s it about? Hector unintentionally becomes owner of a part cyborg athlete named Patty, who plays for the Pinup Girls in Cyberpink. Cyberpink is a brutal, almost anything goes, popular sport (Google Jugger if you’re not familiar with the sport). From there Hector learns to navigate the sleazy, violent world he is now a part of, despite being reluctant do to so (the extent of his bad boy self is making armor for the local organized crime). Not long in, you will find yourself rooting for Hector and the girls.
Some of the other elements of the story: game stats, debt bondage, Greek mythology (nicely reimagined), humor, cryptocurrency/blockchain, tech, violence, death, repairing cyborgs, friendships, villains, ARO (augmented reality object), hackers, the responsibilities/moral dilemmas of owning an athlete, blood (pink blood- wait, what? Read/listen to the book), robotic mule, and swearing.

The added sound effects are perfect- not too much, not too little. Instead of chapters, it’s told as drops. The first couple drops set up the story, so stick with it if you’re a bit muddled- it will all make sense shortly (not saying more due to spoilers). I listened in one session.

The narrator, Luke Rounda, was a perfect fit for this one. He nailed the voices and effects.

Overall I strongly recommend. It’s nicely written and it’s clear there was a lot of thought put into fleshing out this world.

Parental advisory/trigger warnings: read the warning for the ebook. If you read it and are still wondering if you should read/listen to it, the answer is yes.

“I was given this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.”

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  • Shannon G
  • 01-05-19

A Different Sci-Fi Story

I have listened to several of George Saoulidis' stories and I can't get enough. I love his writing style. He's doesn't write the typical Sci-Fi. His work usually has, and this does, humor, action, and a unique look at a futuristic world. If you enjoy Sci-Fi then you really should check this author, you won't be sorry! The narration by Luke Rounda is very well done. He adds sound effects and really gives each character their own voices. I thought he really helped the story to come alive and more enjoyable.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Keith LaDue
  • 01-05-19

I love this book!!

I found this book to be quite entertaining. The characters all were at a little bit crazy. The Narrator did very good with the different voices per character. That was somewhat funny also. I recommend this audiobook. Now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Logical Lady
  • 02-04-19

Great story, narration

When I first started the book I thought I was going to hate it. The narrator isn't as animated with some of his readings as others, but the other audio engineering that went in to this was awesome. There's lots of sound effects that go with it and I got really into the book after 30 minutes. The story was unique, I really enjoyed it and I am happy I got to listen to this. I rated the performance a 4, but really it's like 4.5

The story is based off a blood sport fighter, Pickle, and her indebted armor-crafter owner. He works with Pickle to get her up to fighting shape in a sport he knows nothing about after accidentally owning her. They work together in order to both make money and keep their butts on the correct side of the ground.

I did get to listen to this for free after I was offered a credit for this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

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