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EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel Audiobook

EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel: Level Dead ,Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

From Bram Stoker nominated author Jake Bible, comes an exciting new LitRPG adventure series!

In the 23rd century, the world is at an end, and a group of gaming and programming friends decide that their only way to survive is to discard their bodies, and send their minds into the quantum matrix of a virtual gaming world. They have created the Domains, and there they plan to reside forever.

Except, the nightmares of reality have followed them into their new quantum dimension, and those nightmares threaten to destroy it all!

Now it is up to one of them to help navigate the quantum platform known as EverRealm, a fantasy MMORPG of epic proportions, in order to complete a quest he neither wants to complete nor knows how. With the help of his friends, and a lot of luck, he will have to face trials and tribulations like he's never faced as a player! Because now it is no longer a matter of Game Over, but of life or death!

Can he survive it all and come out a winner? The only way he'll know is if he plays the game to the bitter end!

©2017 Jake Bible (P)2017 Jake Bible

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    David Worthing, United Kingdom 05/08/2017
    David Worthing, United Kingdom 05/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "level deceased"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who accept information without thinking about it - at all


    What was most disappointing about Jake Bible’s story?

    Well let's see.. 10 minutes in and we have a dog that apparently only needs vocal cords to be able to form complex sentences, a magical computer that can run pretty much forever, a plague of decaying zombies that never decay enough to actually fall apart but which can perform as well as they did while alive and a girl slave who gets put into an expensive, networked virtual simulation by her captors when she gets annoying?! ... Someone didn't bother with the worldbuilding.


    What about Jeff Hays’s performance did you like?

    He read the words without cracking up


    What character would you cut from EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel?

    everything between page 1 and the end


    Any additional comments?

    Writing a book about an RPG that I can only imagine is aimed at a YA audience doesn't excuse you from having to make a believable explanation for why things are the way they are ... and besides Adults like RPGs too. This however reads like the laziest thrown together concept imaginable.. Errm need protagonist to enter a virtual world.. I know it's the Apocalypse! A Zombie apocalypse, but all the tech works.. hell everyone has seen zombie movies no need to have it make sense.. Throw in a damaged girl as a love interest and a non threatening pet and there we go... A steaming pile of litrpg

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 25/08/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "LitRpg with a Zombie twist"

    This was an interesting take on litrpg, one I haven't come across before, in that it successfully combined zombies with the more standard elements of entering a fantasy RPG world. Generally I'm not really into zombie stuff but the way this mixed with a bunch of rpg fantasy stuff worked well. I also liked that it seems like each book will be set in a different type of rpg world, this first one has fantasy, the next probably cyberpunk.

    Although I mostly enjoyed this book there were a few elements I did not.
    At times I found the main character irritating, he could act in ways that seemed to be wilfully stupid, and I began to have a hard time believing that he would have been capable of surviving a zombie apocalypse. He frequently does things that would be just annoying in a role-playing character, but which become suicidal in the context of a world that he knows can actually kill him, if he was designed as a stupid or oblivious character that would be one thing, but he is clearly written as a survivor with at least some degree of sense and intelligence.

    Also a couple of times the violence got more graphic than I personally like (probably because I'm more into fantasy/rpg than zombie stuff) and there were two or three times where excrement bizarrely (and to my mind, unnecessarily) cropped up, one particular bit I felt was especially awful and I really hated. Those elements and a couple of others mean that while I enjoyed the book I'm not sure if I will continue with the series.

    Also anyone with a severe spider phobia may want to avoid this title.

    While it is not a comic novel there are funny moments and I particularly loved a confused encounter with some river trolls which became my favourite bit of the whole book. I also enjoyed the characters of Bubba (a virtual recreation of a grandmother) and Hollow (a dog who becomes human in the virtual world) quite a lot and would have liked for the story to be more about them.

    The narrator, Jeff Hayes, is really good, giving each character a unique voice. I realised as I listened that he also narrated another series of books I've listened to and he's becoming one of my favourite narrators.

    I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    scobie 15/08/2017
    scobie 15/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "level Dead"

    not quite sure how this works as an l i t r p g may have to give one more book a try this is the first time that I have read anything by this author they may give one of his other books instead

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  • John G.
    06/08/17
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    "Not litrpg"

    more of a zombie survival novel with VR elements, there is no actual "rpg" components such as stat distribution or looting etc. The dialogue seems more like a text conversation between people playing a game than people actually speaking to one another, and it's unfortunately apparent when the narrator tries to make it sound natural.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • SquishyWire
    Texas
    12/09/17
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    "not as captivating as I thought"

    the beginning of a story usually is a hard start for anyone. for me that this book did have a quite exciting beginning but somewhere down the line I lost interest. I don't know if it was my fault or the story spent too much time trying to explain things. I will give the second book in the series a chance. but if it gives me the same feeling as I did for the middle of this story I probably will not continue the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tiffany
    Bellevue, NE United States
    11/09/17
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    "EverRealm"
    Which character – as performed by Jeff Hays – was your favorite?

    Loved Kip


    Any additional comments?

    This was an okay story with a unique take on the zombie apocalypse. I didn't really like the main character. Jeremy was just straight creepy. I generally like Jeff's performance and this one is no exception. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Charles A.P. Wetherington
    11/08/17
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    "Way Beyond The Walking Dead !"
    What made the experience of listening to EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel the most enjoyable?

    Humor written throughout the story line.I was laughing at several instances throughout the whole audiobook!


    What other book might you compare EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel to and why?

    This was my 1st LitRPG book


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

    Excellent vocal inflection at the perfect times


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Of course ! But even though I may want to, my schedule would not allow it, I'm in the Service Industry which requires much public interaction.


    Any additional comments?

    A bit too much on profanity. Where there was sexual interaction,it was done with excellent taste and nothing graphic. Also, the grammar flowed quite well,which is most important for a good listen or read !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • robert
    06/08/17
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    "over used"

    overused plot mixing zombie in light air RPG horrible can't stand it makes the story and completely boring and overused.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • thymespace
    WA, USA
    09/12/17
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    "Underwhelming"

    While I think this was an interesting plot, I think that it got absurd real fast and ended up being really repetitive. It is not a book that wants to make me continue reading this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aaron Shahin
    Vegas
    10/11/17
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    "Freaking Amazing and Funny"

    "I was voluntarily provided a free review copy by the author, narrator, or publisher at my request"

    This book was amazing. I loved the storyline and the characters. It made me feel like I was the main character going on his adventure. I would strongly recommend this book for anyone who loves sci-fi fantasy. The narration was amazing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • MelHay
    Adamsburg, PA
    09/10/17
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    "Now they have to fight to save their dreamworlds"

    *I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    The human world has ended. Humans and animals are now the undead and own the world. Steve is one of nine who have created virtual worlds that join at the place they call Center. They plan to live in their own Domains for eternity, as long as the main power keeps going. But, when they arrive at the Center there are two of the nine missing. Trying to help his friend, then warn others, Henry brings the nightmare of the real world to them when he thought he could filter the infection out while transitioning to where they were to be safe. Now they need to find the infected that's loose in their worlds...somewhere...

    When I go into an audiobook knowing Jeff's the narrator, I have high expectations. I look for different voices and personalities to come to life. And I get them. I love listening to Jeff voice all the characters differently. It's entertaining for me in listening along with makes it easy to differentiate everyone. When a voice actor puts this much effort into a piece, it shows and makes the book along with his work shine. Sometimes the small things make the book all the better, like overlaying several voices at one time when all speak. Jeff does that, and it's totally cool. He really makes me feel as though it's a show and live.

    Let me talk about the world creation. I wasn't sure how it was all going to relate at the beginning. Jake gives us the ground work as to why and how this is done, though it's quick to not slow the pacing of the story. I followed it all easily and found it interesting to see it come together when I get into the Center with Steve and others. And what we learn through the book in how the worlds are connected.

    Undead, gaming worlds of different structure... action has to happen! Cool combo!

    Steve's relationships with each of the characters grows more as they fight together to save the worlds they've created for themselves. And we get to know his friends as we go. I like the humor Steve's written with. And felt bad for him because when he tried to make a joke or state anything he was wrong in his doing in EverRealm it Always seeming to cause problems.

    Speaking of problems... wow, do things really get messed up here in EverRealm. With the undead and with what Steve and friends do. It's crazy! But it all works together and somehow works out in the end. For me, the story felt smooth in flow with these problems. It all fit the world, characters, and situations.

    Another cool creation for the LitRPG world in books. I really like that they are leaving the "real" world behind for virtual ones, and the reason behind it all. This gives the solid reason for coming to the gaming worlds in my mind. We get the explanations of how it's done, but it's not over science-y to lose us. It's just what it is.

    I will say this is a game RPG setting, but I don't feel like I'm in a "game". The RPG setting is actually to be their homes. That makes the world important real and important to them. What they do here has an impact and they try to live knowing that. Also, we aren't always grasping for our tool bar to see supplies and stats. Steve does do it, but it's not a constant thing.

    I'm really enjoying the LitRPG books I've been getting lately. Jeff's voice acting is fun and fits the worlds and characters so well. And the stories are alive and feel more than just a "gaming" atmosphere. Well done with this one Jake!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • W. Pierce
    06/10/17
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    "Ehh"

    So I don’t really think it’s an over all great book. It’s an ehhh 7 hours long and they don’t get into the game until 2.5 hours in. No game mechanics discussed (other than you can’t talk bad about the game) and only mildly described. In general I don’t really think I’d call it a litrpg it’s closer to a character going to another plane kinda thing.

    I’d give it between a 2.5-3 stars over all but if you like the zombie kinda thing... you might push it up a bit more. To me it almost feels like a ohh litrpg is new and people are buying everything put out so I’m going to try to get into that market.

    After getting into it I don’t even feel the author is a gamer of any sort. Not even a pen and paper gamer. Gamers like stats... the book gives no stats and the main character after getting one damage notification removes that completely as well. The closest it comes to talking about stats is % str is at 45% it took a bit for me to understand it’s like health if he gets tied his stamina goes down % but you never hear raw numbers just the %. If he plays games it might be old shooters or some other game with no stats at all listed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AudioBook Reviewer
    Madison, WI, United States
    14/09/17
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    "If you like zombie books"

    This was a tough book to review as I have liked the previous works produced by Jake Bible.  As one of the main characters says early on in the book, “It’s complicated…”  Mr. Bible’s writing style is often unique and each of his stories brings action, adventure, and excitement.  However, that was not the case with his recent releases into the Literary Role Playing Game (LitRPG) genre with “EverRealm”.  Even with a weak story, the audiobook edition is expertly narrated by Jeff Hays.  It is the first book in what is to become the “Level Dead” series.  Bible blends the lines with this book and it appears I’m not the only one confused as to the category the book belongs.  It is part virtual game, part zombie apocalypse, along with a blending of Family Guy and South Park.  Vulgar language flows freely and at times may even make a trucker or sailor blush; no offence to those two professions.  There are few RPG element, too much slap-stick, and more undead than you can shake a stick at.  For me, it is too much over the top humor and not enough focus on the core genre mechanics; something most who enjoy the LitRPG genre are looking for.  It is difficult for me to recommend this book unless you are looking for more of a humorous zombie (or undead) survival story wrapped in a fantasy veneer.

    Because the story revolves mostly around the undead, it has a bit darker than many of the other LitRPG books I have listened too.  It is amazing the number of undead who appear to love their technology in this book.  Not only do we have zombies, but the book includes trolls, orcs, dragons, and automatons; or robots.  In this rather unique world of the undead taking over and people becoming fodder, our party of survivors set out to live in a new virtual world that does not have any undead.  But wait, an event occurs releasing a hoard of zombies into this previously pristine fantasy world, and our party is now forced to fight to survive.  I enjoyed a few of the humorous parts the author included such as Hollow the undead pet Schnauzer, Bubby the mythical aunt, along with the family of trolls.  There is also a fair amount of banter between characters of the party.  The author adds a decent amount of interesting and unique magical items found by the characters on their journeys. Who does not like a dragon with a slogan such as “fire fixes everything”, or a ranger character who doesn’t know how to track, forage, or understand the importance of a forest.  However, the use of modern vulgar language and how much it gushed from all the characters ruined the fantasy world feel for me.   The book included aspects of romance, but even this was minimized to the act of sex and did not really develop into what I would consider a deep loving relationship.

    The book is exceptionally narrated by Jeff Hays and even though the material was lacking, the narration was top notch.  For those accustom to his work, Jeff narrates the many different characters, including female ones, with ease.  He gives the characters life by breathing in to them unique personalities making each easily distinguishable while listening.  Jeff’s works always go above and beyond by including special sound effects for a few of the characters.  I did not observe any issues with the quality of the audio itself.  A professional narration even when the book’s story is a bit weaker than I would have liked it to be.

    For parents and younger audiences, be aware this book contains heavy use of crude and vulgar language.  It also contains topics involving sex along with multiple uses of sexual innuendos and crass humor.  If you are not a fan of Family Guy type humor, I recommend you keep your distance from this book.

    In summary, the book’s concept, setup and overall premise had such potential I was looking forward to listening to it.  However, the light-hearted or comedic parts seemed to clog the stage where it should have been the story, the game, and the characters getting all the attention.  It is not a bad book, but if you go into it thinking you are getting a great LitRPG, you may be disappointed; as I was.  If you like zombie books containing a pile of vulgar words and crass humor, this may be the book for you.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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