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Rise of the Grandmaster

Rise of the Grandmaster Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Sean William Doyle
Length: 20 hrs and 36 mins
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Summary

Some people just knew how to go out in style. Tim had never been one of those guys.   

Tim was always a planner. The plan was to get into college, graduate, and find a well-paying job.  

That plan was coming together nicely until he saw a presentation to get paid to play The Etheric Coast. At his graduation ceremony.  

After watching the company's employee recruitment video, Big Richie's words had a whole new meaning. He could spend his life going from a cubicle at work to a one-bedroom apartment and back again...or he could take a leap of faith by entering a virtual world of unlimited possibilities. And get paid.  

Now he just has to figure out how to get the job of his dreams, help his parents financially, and catch the attention of the girl of his dreams.  

It was time for him to catch his wave. Tim sure hoped it didn't kill him first.

©2019 Bradford Bates and Michael Anderle (P)2020 Tantor

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Loved every minute of the book 5 🌟

Amazingly well written and loved every step of it and the audio is suberb. I could gone without that much swearing.... 5🌟

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  • Joseph
  • 23-07-20

This got worse the longer it went on.

Where to start... I think the least offensive thing this book did that irritated me was how preachy it is. Both authors would see fit to randomly completely take you out of the story to espouse issues of morality. Completely out of place from the narrative, Tim would just randomly go on spiels internally on his thoughts regarding women, the justice system, schooling etc and he'd babble on about it for a couple of minutes before returning to what was actually happening... he'd do this more than once too, just in case - god forbid - you forgot his incredibly unimportant opinions on a subject. More irritating is his inconsistent character. He'll go from driven and spikey one second to mousey and ditzy the next. It feels like the two authors had two different ideas for the same characters. Fight scenes are just awful. This ties into the first complaint about the unrelated tangents, but you'd be in the middle of a fight scene only to veer off and listen to him monologue about something stupid like frat parties or pancakes. Also, despite how driven and desperate to succeed he supposedly is, you'll often find him acting like a deer in the headlights and accepting death when the authors seem a situation life threatening. Worst of all has to be the dialogue though. This reference may be a bit insider baseball, but all the dialogue sounds like the actors hired by video game companies to stimulate discord chat while gaming. It's so fake. People don't talk like that. It constantly rips you out of the moment. If you get banter wrong, I don't think there's coming back from it. It's arguably the most important aspect of whether a book is relatable for me. I'll definitely not be continuing with this series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-07-20

Honestly Refreshing

So this is a long book and picked it up on whim I saw no reviews or anything and I didn't get this book free to review it i have something like 300 books and don't generally leave reviews so here's my unbiased thoughts Overall this book is similar to Alpha Test the MC isn't a white knight and chose the healer class but not a Mary Sue in my opinion he has his own depth and personality along with a darker side all people have a darkness in them none of us are perfect its about being honest with yourself your desire and what your willing to where to draw that line for what you aspire to do and how far you will push the author made him relatable not an op monster but someone who put effort into his growth his back story is fleshed out enough to understand him and where he is in life the additional characters are decently fleshed out without overwhelming detail i personally loved that the MC had a life partner i do like and listen to harem books but this isn't one and honestly I can't get behind books without any sexuality no matter the flavor its human nature and was tastefully done the story has everything you could expect the hero the villain the friendship and the hardship but the hardship isn't the soul crushing awful most authors place their MC in so thumbs up for not being a sadist I'm all for hardship but hate books where the poor guy can't catch a break and ends up in the depth of despair every other chapter the villain has his own point of view and is well done the story takes unexpected turns and I couldn't directly plot out what was going to happen next so it kept things lively unlike most books where you can basically tell where its going off the bat so great work loved the book Sean did great hope to see more of your work and listen to it

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  • Vincent P Short
  • 24-09-20

Boring

This book had potential. It had a nice set up and some interesting characters. However this book relies on tropes to distract from how uninteresting the world actually is. It became pretty clear after the introduction that this book has some major issues. The story progresses at a snail's pace, the world and characters are paper thin, and the narrator is horrible at doing a womans voice. Now there are other things that get on my nerves, like the fact he picks the "worst" starting area and ends up with the biggest advantage. But ya know what, I'm gonna save you the trouble and tell you to save that credit for something better.

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  • Bobsquatch
  • 30-07-20

Goody twoshoes

Definitely a book the side of good as far as games go. Some adult language may make this for at least IMO the later teens but at the same time it felt like a young adult book to me. I like litrpg so I will buy the next book to see if the drama of it all thickens.

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  • Michael
  • 26-07-20

Amazing listen

just listen its worth the buy. i know people go a crazy with details and shizz but yo this book has help me get back into lit rpgs.

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  • Joshua southwell
  • 30-10-20

just kill'em already

stop taking so long to get to the damn point. the inner monologue thing gets old really fast.

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  • Keith
  • 12-10-20

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overall great story and characters with a performance that really drew me in. cannot wait for book 2 to hit audible.

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  • Timothy Allan Crowder
  • 01-10-20

Fantastic

Anxiously waiting for book two. This is a fun Start a novel they get you through the first part of what looks to be an epic adventure I enjoy the gameplay and side quest it continue to be taken on with the smaller amount of stat checks while still knowing that there are gains being made.

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  • Jose
  • 29-09-20

Rolling a critical

I used to play D&D years back and this brought back fond memories. Thank you for that. The story is awesome and can't wait to listen to the next one. Keep up the awesome work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-09-20

lots of fun, great story!

I really enjoyed this book, on AUDIBLE. It got me from Albuquerque to Indiana, without falling asleep or having a minute of boredom. I enjoyed the game setting and the characters. The process of leveling up is slow enough that it doesn't seem like cheating. I'm looking forward to the next volume ! ,