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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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    Amazon Customer 08/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "No Awaken online "

    narrator amazing as ever but some of the later voices are quite smilar. Cant really remember any of the secondary characters. not really any hold to story. The whole game aspect of the book seems to be lost with it having very little to do with story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark H. 07/09/2017
    Mark H. 07/09/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "A fun adventure!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ascend Online to be better than the print version?

    Certainly easier to enjoy in a casual setting. It makes walking to work more fun.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ascend Online?

    The climactic final battle was suitably gripping I'd say.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    A good flow of narrative that leaves me free to do other things.


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

    I chuckled a few times at some of the funnier bits, and was suitably eager to listen to the action scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    A very entertaining story, one that I hope to see continued soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kanundra 29/07/2017
    kanundra 29/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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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’

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Damian C. Hatcher 16/10/2017
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    "For the resource grinders, the skill hunters and the obsessed mmorpg lovers"

    I loved this book. It’s an awesome adult representation of online RPG gaming. The story is told well. The actor does a great job of portraying the spirit of the story. Loved it.

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    mr 11/10/2017
    mr 11/10/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "worth a Luke"

    I loved it, though I do feel that the only let down was the reading aloud of every empty item slot when reading the character sheet more than once,, especially as none of the empty slots really saw much use in this book.

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    Allan MANCHESTER, United Kingdom 06/10/2017
    Allan MANCHESTER, United Kingdom 06/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Much more entertaining than I was expecting"

    I wasn’t really expecting very much from this book what I found it much more entertaining than I was expecting the characters seem to be well written and well performed I’m hoping series doesn’t drop as it goes along definition looking forward to the next book

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    ben 19/09/2017
    ben 19/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Very enjoyable"

    Worth the time to enjoy and easy to get sucked into. Looking forward to the next book now!

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    Anonymous 14/09/2017
    14/09/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "great"

    brilliant book can't wait for book 2,hope it doesn't take to long to come on audible

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    Lola Phoenix 10/09/2017
    Lola Phoenix 10/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Takes a little while to get into"

    After listening to the bobiverse audiobooks I didn't think there was anything else I'd enjoy listening too. When I started this book all I could think of oh god it's another sword art online clone. Where they're going to be locked in and unable to leave. Thankfully this doesn't appear to be the case. Some of the characters are a little cliché but they are enjoyable to hear the stories of. And after a while I began to really enjoy the story SPOILER seeing a town prosper and not having my favourite characters die.

    Perhaps it's the way the book is written. like a dictionary description. It's difficult to get the same feel in an audiobook but after a while it becomes easier as the stats become familiar and the context behind them clear.
    oh and my favourite character is the bon of olford

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    N. Lyons United Kingdom 25/08/2017
    N. Lyons United Kingdom 25/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "bring on book 2"

    the possibility of expanding this universe is awesome. I love this book and blasted through it in a few days.

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    07/08/17
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    "Luke Daniels and a great LITRPG; enough said"

    There are many LITRPG stories coming out seemingly every day, some good some not so good, “Ascend Online,” narrated by Luke Daniels is a great entertaining experience. My personal favorite in this genre has been “The way of the Shaman,” series and I rate the first book in this new series just as high, maybe even higher given the narrator. I hope the next book is just as good; can’t wait.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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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.

    5 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.

    10 of 11 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.

    4 of 4 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

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jack
    07/09/17
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    "a new way to tell a tale"

    really liked this book overall, performance was top tier, story was interesting and paced well. the only negative is the listing out of players attributes and stats doesn't translate to audio well. like the scoreboard in ready player one or powers in sale on super hero's somethings don't work as well in spoken form. outside that this is an easy recommendation and I will be getting the 2nd book the moment it comes out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    37 of 49 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.

    7 of 9 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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • jerimia
    17/09/17
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    "definitely entertaining"

    this is a fun story. I love the character development and the system. keep em coming, please.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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