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Ascend Online Audiobook

Ascend Online: Ascend Online, Book 1

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Diving into a revolutionary new video game, Marcus and his friends escape a stagnant society, entering into a world that defies their wildest imaginations. But from the moment that he logs in, Marcus finds himself separated from his friends and thrown into a remote village under attack by a horde of goblins.

Forced into battle, Marcus rallies the beleaguered villagers and, with their help, manages to drive off the invading creatures. With the village in ruins and their supplies spoiled, the survivors desperately turn to Marcus for help in rebuilding the village.

Realizing that this game is nothing like he's ever played before, Marcus is swept up into a whirlwind of adventure as he struggles to defend his new home, quickly finding that marauding goblins are the least of his problems.

©2016 Luke Chmilenko (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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    despie 01/08/2017
    despie 01/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great example of a litrpg story!"

    Very good gripping story. The author did a brilliant job with the plot and characters and the narrator did a great job. Looking forward to the next one.

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    kanundra 29/07/2017
    kanundra 29/07/2017 Member Since 2016

    Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!

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    "Great listen! more please!"


    Concept/world-building – 4
    Plot – 4
    Character – 5
    Dialogue – 5
    Prose – 5
    Conflict/resolution – 4
    Overall rating 4.5


    I picked this up as Luke's highly recommended in the litrpg facebook groups. So, when the audio was put up for pre-order with Luke Daniels as the narrator I nabbed it quick.

    It's a long listen, so it did take me a while. But it was well worth it.

    Plot

    For me, the start to anything takes a while, and I do admit this was a little slower for me than usual, but it's more than worth it.

    Where the world that Marcus actually lives in, isn't very well defined or spoken about much. The interaction with his friends at the start and then into the game is. I enjoyed all what each character brought to the story, and more from the NPC's.

    Once the story really does start to move forwards, you get the experience of Luke’s gaming and background as the world of Ascend Online develops, bits of history and information are peppered in just the right places so not to feel like too much of an info dump and you are as excited as the players for the challenges they’re about to face.

    It’s got enough crafting, fighting and loot to make all the gamers want more, and the stats read out aren’t as heavy as some other litrpg books. It doesn’t slow the pacing at all, and Luke does a great job with reading them so they’re also not just hard core skill lists. The story telling around these alone helps make this a book to remember.

    Character

    There wasn’t quite enough of the ‘real’ world for me. I would have wanted some more interaction with it through Marcus, even if it meant he had to log off once. However, each of the characters that Marcus/Lyrian enter the game with are well defined enough once he meets back up with them in the game.

    As for them being supporting characters, they’re pretty great all by themselves. As for a fav one, I’d have to say Natasha has a spot, but defo Amaranth has the biggest. (sp)

    Dialogue

    I thought all the characters had decent dialogue. And also with Luke narrating, they were a breeze to listen to, each with their own personalities which really shined through. Luke did a great job with the ladies in the group and also with the demons and other worldly creatures. I did however think that the two overlords of the game were brother and sister at first, till I realised they were sisters.

    Graves’ character drawl was also really good to listen to. Awesome job from both narrator and writer in design of the bad guys and in the way he really stood out in the narration.

    Conflict/Resolution

    I think because this has so much scope for the series, that there’s always going to be underlying threads we don’t see tied up. But the overall conflict in this book was left with a satisfying ending. Even if I did want more of the book and story world.
    You can’t expect me to listen to almost 18 hours of something and not come away with a book hangover! Omg give me more!

    I am glad I picked this up. And I really do look forward to more in this series from both Lukes’

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • matt
    24/07/17
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    "Excellent LitRPG!"

    I won't go into the details of the Book, but as someone who has almost 24 months of logged listening time on Audible, this book not only has excellent content by Luke Daniels (who is a fantastic narrator) but it also has the hours to create the background and build the story.. it is a great listen. if your like me and you look to reviews before spending the credit then trust me, this is a worth while listen.
    I was not given this book for free, I purchased it, and I did not have to write this review. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    25/07/17
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    "Luke Daniels for the win"

    as always Luke Daniels is a treat to the ear. the story was good the characters were well done and overall I can't wait for the second installment. well done all around

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    24/07/17
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    "One of the better RPG noveld"

    Good story and as long as you can accept a story about a Role Playing Game you will enjoy it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Springfield MO
    22/07/17
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    "excellent job great story line and performance."

    Really enjoyed the entire package, not another fast level to super man status and become king story but some real challenges thrown in.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John C Crabtree
    22/07/17
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    "I want more"

    loved it, great story. And Luke Daniels continues to be one of my favorite narrators.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Arthur
    05/08/17
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    "Yes!!"

    This book was so good, I was on the edge of my seat the entire listen. I may have taken an hour break between listening to take a nap. The narration seemed kind of dull at first but it picked up quality quickly and I loved every moment of it.

    This book is already ranked in my top 5 of this genre and I can't wait for it to continue.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • albert
    02/08/17
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    "The author found the right narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ascend Online to be better than the print version?

    Most authors have to rely on the readers sense of humor to get their joke across, but this narrator knocked those parts out of the park. I found myself laughing from this book more than any other.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book is better than your average Litrpg audiobook. While the first part of the book is great, it picks up a lot around 35 percent through. You will notice the difference


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Once, i found this to be the best one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    That would be spoiling


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't want to waste another credit one a lit novel, considering how often the genre tends to stack to the same formula, but this book strays far enough from the normal path to make it worth while.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Stem
    18/08/17
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    "great listen"

    loved it from start to end. when is book 2 coming!!! seriously well developed world and gaming system. makes me jealous of the future .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James D.
    17/08/17
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    "One word "Captivating""

    I was pulled in from go couldn't stop. I dont listen to books twice but this book is different. I felt I missed so much in going to listen again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lucas Peinador
    17/08/17
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    "Great stuff"

    Have been listening to a lot of these RPG game novels, and this one is of the most enjoyables . Full of action, realism in the mechanics and an amazing narration.
    The action scenes were a little confusing, beside that, everything all right.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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