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The Feedback Loop, Book 1 Audiobook

The Feedback Loop, Book 1

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Quantum Hughes' life is stuck on repeat. While trapped in The Loop, a virtual entertainment dreamworld, he struggles to free himself from a glitch that forces him to re-live the same day over and over. Everything changes after Quantum receives a mysterious message from a woman named Frances Euphoria, the first human player he has made contact with in years. Once Frances appears, members of the Reapers, a murder guild, begin surfacing in The Loop, hoping to capture Quantum, or worse - kill him. To further complicate matters, The Loop itself is doing everything it can to stop Quantum from escaping. With time running out, will Quantum break free from The Loop before he's captured or killed by the Reapers? Who is Frances Euphoria, and what does she actually know about how long Quantum has been trapped in the virtual dreamworld? The thin line between dream and reality is pixelated.

©2015 Harmon Cooper (P)2017 Harmon Cooper

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    kanundra 14/04/2017
    kanundra 14/04/2017 Member Since 2016

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

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    "Great story!"


    Thoughts –

    A very well-known theme in this story makes it very familiar and yet so very different. Quantum wakes every morning, to the same routine, day in, day out, and has he thinks for the last few years. Little does he really know the full extent of what’s actually been happening within the game he nicknames ‘the loop’.

    When a message and a mysterious person, Frances, disturbs the loop and his day to day repetition. Everything that Quantum has come to know turns on him and he’s fighting for his life both inside and outside the game.

    What I really enjoyed from this audiobook was the great attention to character detail, the depths to which Harmon has gone to make us really think about the situation that Quantum is in. After all, how would we react stuck not only in a game but repeating the same day? The psychological ramifications are evident throughout the story, but they’re realistic and true to Quantum’s character and to that of someone who is playing a game.

    What I think could have been improved, there were some great action scenes and sequences, but I think the reasons behind some weren’t as clear as they could have been. The assassins on the outside, part of the ‘reapers’ were underdeveloped. I know money is the bane of all evil, but it didn’t quite add up for me. I wanted more of their need to stop him in the game and out of it, maybe that comes out better as the series develops. I guess I can only hope.

    I am an avid follower of Jeff Hays, so I can’t lie that I already know his voices and his traits. As an actor, he’s growing not only in the genres he’s taking on but in the way he produces his work. They’re more and more entertaining, and it’s great to see someone branch out to take on, something as substantial in the writing world, a genre in its own making, litRPG.

    I look forward to many more books from both these guys, this one is well worth a listen too. Thanks

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  • Norma Miles
    08/03/17
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    ""France is dangerous? Maybe if you're a snail.""
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Easily one of, if not the most enjoyable audiobooks I have heard for a long time. Colourful characters, well constructed interesting storyline, ongoing often hilarious action, dialogue humour - sometimes laugh out loud - and a brilliant narration. This book has it all.<br/>The Feedback Loop is a type of Groundhog Day, set in cyberspace. Quantum ("Call me Quantum") Hughes is stuck in a loop, the only real player in a Proxima Galaxy game, his logout having stopped working some 540+ 'days' before.- he knows that because he added a new item to his inventory after each awakening. He can't die but he's often murdered only to return the next morning to the predictable day ahead, starting at 8.05 when the Morning Assassin crashes through his window with some new way to kill him, or be killed. Then the crow flies past his window ...<br/>Quantum is sick of it. He wants out. Then into his cyber life comes something strange, a new player - and she is a real person.<br/><br/>Written in the first person, Quantum is trapped with his emotions on edge, yo-yoing between boredom, depression, hopelessness, self pity, paranoia, callousness, anger, gallow's humour and fear. And Jeff Hays is Quantum, the slick, fast talking fighter, tired of being alone, afraid of what might have become of his body in the real world, hating the loop in which his is stuck. As the book progresses, the humour intensifies. And the narration echos it all. I have been an admirer of Mr.Hays' work for some time but in this performance he excels both in his interpretation of the text and in giving fitting voice to each and everyone of the other characters. (There is even a delicious little throwaway joke in which Quantum remarks to one of the in game personalities about another group, that their "accents are off ...like Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins." and receives the reply that, looking for cultural diversity, the game makers " had voice actors create characters. Some were more successful than others." ). <br/><br/>There is so much I would like to write about and quote from this book. Snippets keep being recalled to make me smile. I want to recommend it to everyone I know. As soon as I heard the last sentences played, I purchased book two, Steampunk is Dead, in eBook format. But I haven't opened it yet: I am waiting to see if it, too, will be made into an Audiobook with Jeff Hays narrating. If so, it will be top of my shopping list.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Epping, NH, United States
    19/03/17
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    "I don't think I'm ready for this video game."

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
    A great story. This was my first book by this author and I loved it. It was a little short, but nice to get a feeling for the the authors style. I will be listening to the next book in the series and this one as well I'm sure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bikram Agarwal
    11/03/17
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    "Awesome narration, good story."
    What does Jeff Hays bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I find it hard to believe that all the characters were voiced by Mr. Jeff Hays. All the voices sounded different and he pulled off female voices brilliantly too. And the voice acting during the scenes with the uncle were outstanding.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this just days after finishing Ready Player One. I liked this quite as much as I had liked that one. I finished this one in a single day. (That's a first). Looking forward to the next one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    11/02/17
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    "Great LitRPG story"

    This story was fast paced and full of action. It was exciting to listen to and the narrator did an amazing job bringing the story to life. I only wish it was longer! I can't wait for the next one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bobby and jenni
    Winthrop Harbor, Illinois United States
    10/02/17
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    "Really great book combined a superb performance."

    The story was excellent. it is full of action and humor that is spot on. The pacing is great with a good ebb and flow to the story. The narrator did a really good job. I had read this book before, but he brings the story to life on a whole other level. Voices used for the characters match the personality perfectly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • NoMan
    Armchair
    08/02/17
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    "Noir inspired video game"

    Harmon Cooper's "The Feedback Loop" is a game where the protagonist has been stuck in an infinite loop in a video game he can't log out of. Every day is the same for years on end. Worse, the game is an extremely violent noir based video game, so his morning routine is dodge an assassination, avoid being killed by random NPCs, get drunk, visit his video game girlfriend, every day the same. There are no more player characters in the game, there are only NPCs. Dying doesn't do anything other than reset him back in his motel.

    One day, something changes. A femme fatale comes into his life and immediately kills him. But she's an actual player. This is one of the weakest scenes in the book because her reason for killing him is incredibly lame.

    But from there, the game starts to change. Old routines change and new interactions start occurring. But a group of real assassins are also sneaking into the game, and if they kill him, he's gone for good.

    The plot stumbles here as well, as the reasoning for the assassins is weak. The people stuck in these virtual Worlds are given a huge settlement payoff, if they can escape. But the new assassins are there to kill them so they can collect the payment. This is hinky logic, because what government wouldn't understand what's going on, or relatives, etc. A better choice would have been to make it so that they would help him leave the virtual World if he relinquished everything to them, signing off a digital signature. Else they just keep killing him and resetting him every day until he relents.

    The main character is an ass, so if you want a warm and charming protagonist, this isn't your book. It's partially because he's been stuck in the same place day in and day out, and also because the environment you find yourself in is tailored to your personality. This is not a book about nice people, it's about a dark and dangerous World.

    Harmon Cooper doesn't have the writing chops of Marlow, Hammett, or Chandler. While he clearly loves the noir genre, his "patter", the name for the distinctive way that characters talk in noir, isn't up to the legends of the genre.

    Nonetheless, the book is a good thrill ride in the same vein as the action noir chronicles of yesteryear. Jeff Hays does an outstanding narration and carries the book through.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    Niagara Falls, NY
    07/08/17
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    "A really great start to the series"

    Disclaimer: this was my first LitRPG but I love playing video games and I especially enjoy a well thought out RPG or MMORPG. With that being said I really enjoyed the heck out of it. Cooper was able to build a world that was completely believable and incredibly detailed.

    Quantum lives in a world that is the same day in and day out. He lives in a digital Groundhog’s Day where every day the same thing happens to him and around him. The monologues around this were both funny and sad (sad because I cannot imagine reliving the same exact thing every day). Except for one day, things start to change. His 8:05 isn’t the same anymore. The NPCs (non-player characters) are starting to act weird.

    The Feedback Loop was a really enjoyable Sci-Fi LitRPG. Cooper was able to combine elements from a lot of my favorite parts and subgenres and make them into one well thought out and a deeply interesting world. Quantum as a character was perfect for this. A little more than a little cynical with an incredibly dry (and a little sadistic) sense of humor – he was fun to follow around this generated world. He reminded me a little bit of Tex Murphy (this would be an old callback if they didn’t make a newer version recently). I mean that he had this self-hating noir-detective intermixed with a cyberpunk type musing. Also, Quantum memorized his item list was a nice touch. I know that playing games like this you always remember what number or slot your favorite weapons are in, so I thought this was a really nice touch.

    The story itself was also pretty awesome. It had a The Matrix feel to it, and I won’t explain why because I think it’ll give too much of the story away. The other protagonist and seemingly first and only human character he’s dealt with in many years were also well written. She was tired of his crap within the first few minutes of meeting him and seemingly tried to help him change his ways.

    Overall, The Feedback Loop was a great intro to the LitRPG world for me and I hope for you if you decide to pick this book up. Cooper created a wonderfully detailed world that will be memorable for me long after finishing this book.

    Add in the narration by Jeff Hays, which felt like it could have been a full-cast recording, and you have a total hit. I know that I’m a little late to the party in reading and reviewing this book – but don’t be any later, grab this book now and see what you’re missing.

    I received a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review of my opinion.

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maxxxxxy
    26/07/17
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    "felt short"

    but in a really good way. Hays yet again does a fantasic job narrating. Really bringing the characters to life.

    The story also has some fantastic plot twists.

    If you like lITRPG books, be sure not to miss this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joel seibert
    MCGREGOR, MN, US
    03/06/17
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    "Blown away!"

    Jeff Hays brings Harmon Coopers feedback loop to life ! It was so much fun listening to my favorite characters brought to life . Each character has their own voice their own inflections .The punch lines are spot on and all the gritty dark dialog takes you to the loop.The pace,the ebb,the flow is spot on Quantum is just how I pictured him. And the voices of the females are incredible! Jeff makes me feel kinda dirty knowing it's him lol. I would recommend this book to just about anyone that enjoys extremely gratuitous violence and non stop action that will keep you laughing the whole time.
    Jeff Hays is my new go to man for anything audible I can't wait to order more of his books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • D. Beda
    San Francisco, CA
    30/05/17
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    "Great LitRPG-cyberpunk story, excellent narration."
    If you could sum up The Feedback Loop, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    This is my first LitRPG/cyberpunk book and I really enjoy this genre.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Quantum. He didn't give.


    What about Jeff Hays’s performance did you like?

    This is my first book listening to Jeff Hays and he did an excellent job with the different characters so you could more easily follow the characters and enjoy the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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