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Opening Moves Audiobook

Opening Moves: The Gam3, Book 1

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The Earth is changing. The alien invasion brought social upheaval, advanced technology, and an armada of peacekeeping robots. But Alan, a college student pursuing a now-useless degree, cares little about all of this. He has only one thing on his mind: the Game.

A fully immersive virtual reality, the Game appears to be a major part of the invading civilization. Alan can't wait to play, recklessly diving into the digital universe. Soon though, Alan realizes the Game is anything but simple, and the stakes are higher than he ever imagined.

©2016 Cosimo Yap (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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    JONAH8208 25/02/2017
    JONAH8208 25/02/2017

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    "Very Good"

    Bit like the classic Ready Player One but more complex. Dunno how the author is going to get through this story in less than 20 books but looking forward to more

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Hoggan 11/01/2017
    Dave Hoggan 11/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Experience Online Role Playing - Without Playing"

    As an ex-MMORPGer (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) this book caught my attention by its somewhat novel concept; aliens invade Earth and give us peace and a virtual realty game the whole galaxy is playing. Not the usual outcome of such a scenario that you've probably come to expect. I gave up MMORPGs as I no longer have the time, but miss the fun, challenges and character building. So bear that in mind as it will colour my views.

    The author has obviously has played MMORPGs. A lot. The book delights in the player's experience of building a character and is heavy on game mechanics. Heavy yes, but not to the point of being distracting. With an engaging and novel story concept, the reader experiences all the major aspects of what a player has to contend with when playing a MMORPG: character creation; chosing skills; chosing a moral standpoint; decision making - the list goes on.

    But before all this sounds somewhat dull, it is presented against the backdrop of a very interesting story concept. Aliens "invade" Earth and stop humanity from tearing itself apart with war, famine, bigotry and the rest. They give us technology. They give us The Game, a virtual reality simulation where players from cross the galaxy interact, trade, do business, fall in love, and go to war. For the game is the only place where war is now fought. Our protagonist, Alan, is a newbie only equiped with an seemingly overpowered AI assistant Eve. He enters this virtual world only to find that there is a lot more to it than he ever inagined and that the actions in the game will have far reaching and devastating consequences back in the real world.

    For the first published book by unknown Cosimo Yap, this really was a pleasant and engaging surprise. So much so that I went looking for the print version only to disappointingly discover there is none. It was also disappointing to discover that volume two is not yet available on Audible, simply as it is still being written.

    My Audible reading list is already set for the next few months, but when book two arrives - and I really hope it does - it will be bumped to the head of the queue.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 23/02/2017
    Chris 23/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Probably better as a book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The idea of entering a virtual world and levelling up yourself to become more powerful whilst gaining new weapons and armour etc.. was an addictive storyline for any RPG gamer. Entering the Gam3 and meeting multiple races battling over various things brought great depth to the story. <br/><br/>Nick Podehl is fast becoming my favourite narrator, but even he couldn't make the, seemingly endless at times, list of the main character's abilities when he 'levelled up', which was fairly regularly. There ws one chapter towards the end where I think the list took more than 10 minutes to get through. For example: Health +10 points, Armour +5 points, Dexterity + 3points, Agility +20 points. You think this is too much, you wait for when it gets to the sub categories of the specific class of the character like the "ability to communicate with an unidentified artificial intelligence +30". It was so ridiculous it made me laugh,<br/><br/>I enjoyed this book, and will listen to the next if it is released, but if you're also a reader I think this book is best read so that you can skim read the long list of attributes following a level up.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard L 20/02/2017
    Richard L 20/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Straight onto the next thank you!"

    Extremely accessible (not really a gamer), well paced, expanding the richly fabricated world minute by minute. I've seen comparisons to Ready Player One, I enjoyed this a lot more and it is quite different. I'm in for the series, thank you.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas West 19/02/2017
    Thomas West 19/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Very interesting book. Looking forward to the rest"

    This is one of the better books I have listened to with regards to the performance of the narrator.
    The book itself is interesting, having listened to ready player one and we are legion, we are bob recently I would say it's right up my ally. My problem is that it seems just like it is the beginning of a much larger story. There is little to no middle or end. That being said it was still a good listen and I will definately get the next

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Soren 13/01/2017
    Soren 13/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "MMORPG"

    Good. waiting for the follow up.
    Anyone who have dabbled with online games will most likely enjoy this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan M. 18/04/2017
    Susan M. 18/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Good gamer, BAD writer"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you're really into gaming, you might be able to overlook the bad writing. The author seems to get stuck on one word or phrase and will re-use it over and over, even in the same sentence. I wanted to like this book, and the story was reasonable, so I kept trying to ignore this, but it never stops. That, along with the endless reading out of lists and tables every time the protagonist levels up, became too much for me to put up with. If you don't care about literacy, and you love gaming, this might be acceptable to you. The narration was good, the story would probably have ended up ok, but the writing style is bad, and it's particularly badly-suited to an audio book, where you can't just skim over the frequent lists of who has which ability at which level and how far said ability has improved or decreased since the last time it was read out.


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    Mr. Richard Furr London 27/03/2017
    Mr. Richard Furr London 27/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic!"

    I'm an avid RPGer, but life seems to get in the way these days meaning I don't get to play anywhere near as much as I'd like.
    I stumbled across this book by accident as I'd not heard anything about it and it really was brilliant.
    The story was exciting and interesting and the narration was by far the best is heard on any audio book so far.
    Really looking forward to the next part!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Russell 26/03/2017
    Kate Russell 26/03/2017
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    "especially mmo gamers will enjoy this"

    really enjoyed this... it weaves gaming into tall life nicely. I would like to know when the next books are due out?

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    Darren 22/03/2017
    Darren 22/03/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Newbie to LitRPG"

    Picked this up because love the VR constructed world in Ready Player One and synopsis sounded interesting. Wow, if all LitRPG is like this, I'm a new genre fan. Beautifully paced, feels epic with likeable characters. Narrated well with each character feeling well defined. Can't wait to see how this unfolds..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Viesturs
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    02/12/16
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    "Quite good LitRPG"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, as long as the friend is into fantasy or gaming.


    What other book might you compare Opening Moves to and why?

    Awaken Online is the most recent I listened to that was similar in nature.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to. <br/>I got anoyed that his female voice acting at the begining reminded me of "kings dark tidings" books bimbos voices, but that was present only at the one chapter.


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

    This is no tearjerker, this is entertainment for nerds.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice mistery filled story with decently OP MC

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • George
    14/01/17
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    "Rating based upon promise of future installments"
    Any additional comments?

    Opening Moves is a LitRPG. If you don't already know what that is, you should probably move along as this book will probably leave you scratching your head. It is a story that combines literature with MMORPG video games (character levels, quests, loot). <br/><br/>The book is decent, but short. It reads like the first few chapters in a much longer book or the tutorial in a video game where we are still building up to something important happening. Opening Moves by itself leaves a lot to be desired as it just kind of ends without the protagonist going through any kind of character arc, so it's not very satisfying. My recommendation would be to wait for additional books to be written before diving in.<br/><br/>Nick Podehl nearly catfished with the voice he did for Daisy, one of the minor female characters, so, uh, that's cool. I questioned as to whether there was a second narrator for a while.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Wife of Doug
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    05/01/17
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    "Refreshing LITRPG"

    I love the LITRPG genre, having read Ready Player One, Alterworld, Awaken Online, and all are very good. But The Gam3 is a bit different. First and most obvious is the setting, more sci-fi in nature than fantasy based. There are still some fantasy based aspects but the sci-fi inclusion opens up some very interesting story lines and abilities for the characters. It works. Secondly is the massiveness of the RPG world, it's big.....really big. I'll let you find that out on your own.

    The back story of the alien rpg world, the politics and interactions of the different alien races is unique and fascinating. It really adds a nice touch to the genre. This is a very good start to what I expect will be an epic tale.

    The characters are well written and interesting while Nick Podehl does an excellent job bringing them to life. I finished this book in 2 days, easily wanting more when finished.

    Nice job Mr. Yap, I look forward to more.

    Hope you enjoy as much as I did.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Andromeda
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    28/01/17
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    "Just a prequel"
    What did you like best about Opening Moves? What did you like least?

    There were parts of this book I really enjoyed and parts that drove me nuts. Here is this guy that was selected for a super AI, that has an investment made on his behalf, that can accomplish anything, yet he is so obtuse that he can't make basic decisions. He has no friends. He has no relationship with his family. He agrees to everything people ask him to do. This book is more about an AI and it's human servant than a human with an intelligent virtual assistant. It did improve by the end (thank the Bunny Overlords for that!)<br/><br/>My biggest gripe about this book is that it's just a prequel. I invested money and time in a book that sets up a world and a game but never gets past the beginning. It's like buying a video game and realizing all you got was a tutorial.


    Any additional comments?

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • cg
    11/03/17
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    "Glad I found this one."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Opening Moves to be better than the print version?

    I can't objectively answer this because I get headaches from reading.


    What other book might you compare Opening Moves to and why?

    "Ready player one" comes to mind (do you quote or italicize books.. or was it underline? Ha). The "Magic 2.0" series, "Expeditionary Force" series. It gave me the same joy I got from the "Hyperion Cantos" and oddly enough the "Dark Tower" series.


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

    Bringing out personalities that I feel are key to the story (as I said above, I get headaches when reading so I miss out if not for audio versions)


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

    Yes, I only have 20 minutes left and am bummed it's ending (until the next part anyway).


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the books I (my opinion anyway) compared this to; you won't be disappointed. Rarely do I write a review, but this one deserves kudos.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr & Mrs Miller
    Galveston
    05/12/16
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    "Too good. =("
    Would you listen to Opening Moves again? Why?

    This has ruined other lit rpg of the same style for me =/ I no longer enjoy them and just wish I could have more of this. so very sad. But yes I would listen to it again. I am not quite forcing my wife to listen to it.


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    weehawken, NJ, United States
    05/12/16
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    "Ready player one meets wizard scout saga"

    Fantastic story. Nick does great narration as usual. Cannot wait until more books are released. A new favorite of RPG-Lit

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor
    18/02/17
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    "Excellent Litrpg"

    This is one of the best books I've purchased. It's like Ready Player One on a galactic level. If you are a gamer you will love it. The details about skill trees, abilities, etc. are pretty in depth without being too distracting or annoying. If your not a gamer, you will still enjoy the story. I can't wait for Book 2.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    07/12/16
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    "Wow."

    I was starting to lose my interest in litrpgs but this one made me realize how poorly the others are done.

    will listen again over and over.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • bre
    31/12/16
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    "Must download if you like Ready Player One"

    I'm going to make this pretty easy if you enjoyed Enders games or ready player one This is your book it's different from ultra world I think it's a more up graded version and makes a lot more sense and it also has the potential for the series to expand because you still have the real world and you still have the virtual world coexisting. I'm excited for this series!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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