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Summary

Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He's in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life.

Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn't expect. In this game, he isn't the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish.

In fact, he might just be the villain.

©2016 Travis Bagwell (P)2016 Travis Bagwell

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Loved it!

If you are a fan of Ready Player One, Super Powereds or the Off to be the Wizard series then you will love this. Great all round concept and story, the best audiobook I have listened to in a good while.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Best played at X 1.05 speed as narrator is slow

Takes a while to get into but eventually all comes good. Best played at X 1.05 speed as narrator's speech is a bit on the slow side.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Instant addiction

I found this soon after listening to Ready Player One. I became addicted to this book within the first chapter. The story is good, the reader did a very good job on the voices and the way the plot unfold and twists between the game and real life was fantastic. I have already bought the second one. I highly recommend the heck out of this audiobook​!

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Great story, okay narrator.

Loved the story. Narrator was okay. Kept saying trebuchet with a hard t, which was jarring.

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A great listen!

I was on the look out for a book like this, I really enjoy mmorpgs and also love reading works of fiction around the themes

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great start to a series.

I started listening to this book whilst running a few errands, I ended up listening to the entire story in one go. The LitRPG genre is my current addiction this is one of the better ones. I thoroughly enjoyed the main character and his tactical playstyle. My only complaint would be that the main character seems to be overpowered from almost the beginning of the game.

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David Stifel learn how to pronounce trébuchet

The story is slow to start but soon gains momentum…unlike the narrator.
David Stifel is a bit slow, but the most annoying thing was his inability to pronounce trébuchet correctly…the end ‘t’ is silent.

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fun for gamers

a fun read for gamers or sci fi types. overall very positive. parts of it were a little on the unbelievable side when it came to reactions to a computer game which were immersion breaking but i still enjoyed it

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Great story

Really loved this book. Will definitely get the next one. Anyone reading this should grab a copy

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Great book, will definitely continue the series

Great example of LitRPG, thoroughly enjoyed the book and found myself looking forward to the next chance I got to listen. Narrator was very good, not quite as good as some others (e.g. R C Bray), but certainly brought the whole world to life. My only comment is one that someone else also made - trebuchet kept being pronounced trebu SHET with a hard T, which was irritating. Still, Americans and pronunciations sometimes, eh?

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  • John
  • 11-11-16

This is more of a YA novel than reviews indicate

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book. its clearly part of the emerging genre of "LitRPG" - and reads like playing an MMO video game. And just like such games, the characters are stock and predictable: outsider, loner high school kid; rich jerk; decent girl caught in the middle. But it was still a fun ride.

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  • Charles
  • 04-06-17

Great series and great narration

I've really enjoyed listening this series. The narration, in my opinion, is really great and voices between characters is very consistent which is really important in my opinion. After reading ready player one, it left an itch that I think this series scratches really well. Between this and ready player one, I've found a new favorite genre in litrpg.

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  • Skylar Troupe
  • 22-05-17

interesting, but a bit plodding.

somehow 2076 has made very little advances in technology in last 60 years. Book is interesting, though doesn't feel realistic.

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  • Bryce Bilbo
  • 21-04-17

Gravely entertaining!

Would you consider the audio edition of Awaken Online: Catharsis to be better than the print version?

Hard to say. For me personally, I may have enjoyed this book more in print. Regardless, it is a very good read if you can deal with some minor eyerolling moments.

What other book might you compare Awaken Online: Catharsis to and why?

Probably "Ready Player One" though that is only for the mmo theme. Otherwise, Im not too sure.

What does David Stifel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr. Stifel was perhaps not the best choice. He does do a great job at building a good atmosphere, but falls short on some deliveries and tone of certain characters. He is just a tad too robotic and doesn't really fit with the book, in my opinion. When it comes to the cities, describing events, coming through with a building atmosphere or the clashing of titans, he nails it. When it comes to dialogue though... eh. It can be a tad underwhelming or just plain jarring. His voice just seems out of place and the voices aren't too varied. Still he did do a pretty good job and it wasn't enough of a mismatch to make me overlook the good things he did.

Any additional comments?

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, recommend giving it a read or listen even. It has hiccups without a doubt, some enough to make me roll my eyes or frown a bit.

The story itself is very enjoyable, but there are issues. Realistically, I think the Mr. Bagwell did wonderfully on capturing that general teen guy frustration, but at the same time after going through my own phase like this just made me groan. It did seem to be over the top at times.The hatred for the rich and just people that treated him badly was too edgy for me. Don't get me wrong it wasn't too much of an issue, just a small gripe. This bigger issue was that you hear a lot of repeating phrases and descriptions. Normally not something that bothers me, but here it did. Could just be personal bias after listening / reading a different book that had a larger range, but still.

Okay okay, so I whined about the bad. What was good, right? The author is damn good at describing battles, fights, horrors of beast and demon. These monstrosities that linger and tear out of nightmare. The times and convos when the main isn't being your average angsty teen are well-done and usually funny. He captures being an awkward boy in a place he doesnt feel he belongs like a champ. The parts with magic on average, while the casting is about what you'd expect, the description of how they act is pretty good. There are some magics though that made me sit up a little straighter and give the book/computer a respectful nod. Mr. Bagwell is also pretty good at the whole "Hey this guy is getting torn apart. It's not pretty and not everyone can watch it." Killing while plentiful in the book is never really completely normalized. There are parts where spectators or people have to leave cause they cant watch. There are part in some fights or battles where the battle isn't one side of unwavering freight trains versus the solid rock cliff of never crumbling foes! No. People run. People get scared. People leave and are never seen again. The frustration and fear is sometimes palpable.

Mr. Stifel just wasn't the right fit here, for me. I enjoyed his voice, but it was out of place. Went into enough about my issues with that already.

TL;DR - Pretty simple, the book overall is worth your time. I personally don't agree with the choice in reader, but the performance wasn't bad. In some places it was damn fine. The book has issues, if you hate or can't deal with a taste of highschoolesque angst and drama here and there, I'd recommend not listening. It is few and far in between though, keep that in mind. The fantasy and dark magic side is very good to the point of making this book almost amazing.

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  • Ben
  • 27-07-17

Slow start, but awesome

The book starts slow and I'll be honest, the narrator at first grates on my ears. That said, if you stick with it through the first few chapters it's well worth it. the book is well written and makes you really feel the main characters perspective. I found myself grinning and laughing at several scenes not because they were necessarily funny but because they were awesome. I could see myself in the characters shoes and being overjoyed at what was going on. I'm not sure if the narration improved or if I just got used to it but after a few chapters even that didn't bother me. Overall, I highly recommend the book. It was great to see a story from the "villains" perspective. Excited to start the next book!

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  • Joe Rykowski
  • 05-07-17

fun story

power listened through this! Good book. Going to buy next instead of waiting for monthly credit.

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  • Renato M. Lellis
  • 11-04-17

For Gamers

If you like videogames, RPGs in special, you will like this book.

Much like "Ready Player One", the author tries to translate the videogame mechanics and tropes into an adventure story.

Here the main character is allowed a little development, but the narrative is swamped with points, levels and stats.

Fun and quick listening, but I don't think that somebody that does not like videogames will like it.

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  • zachary m orr
  • 11-04-17

How 3.5/5 raise undead can break a campaign

Summary: Fun for the dread necromancer but annoying for everyone else.
Book's moral: power corrupts.

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  • blaine
  • 04-05-18

Definitely a twist from the norm!

I'll be honest...at first I was kinda bored with the book. It didn't grab me from the start. But man was I glad I did!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-18

A-mei-zing

I loved it and can't wait to listen to the next one. the story was great and the ending had me wanting more.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful