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Video Game Plotline Tester Audiobook

Video Game Plotline Tester: Dark Herbalist Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Would you be prepared to work for free? How would you like to bust your hump for a large corporation 60-plus hours a week without a wage or a single day off for the vague promise of some mysterious perks in the distant future?

You'd refuse point blank, wouldn't you? But what if the job in question was playing a state-of-the-art fantasy MMORPG game? And what if this was the only thing you're really good at? Especially considering that your in-game partner is someone really special to you - and this person already lives a virtual life?

Knowing all this, would you consider the mysterious future bonus worth your while?

©2017 M. Atamanov; English translation copyright 2017 by Andrew Schmitt (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Irshad Karim
    28/04/17
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    "Definitely worth a listen"

    Engaging characters, interesting conflicts and a very cool world. I think that last point was the biggest draw for me, though in general it was a fun and relatively stress-free romp. The ending did fall a little flat, but I'm certainly eager for the sequel.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Midland, NC, United States
    14/05/17
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    "Absolutely loved it."

    I read this book and it makes me wish I could have that job. The world is very interesting and the PC and NPCs are very well thought out and mysterious. leaves you with a hunger for more.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Saphenous
    California
    29/05/17
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    "highly amused"
    What did you love best about Video Game Plotline Tester?

    I like how big ears has an unusual character and seems to succeed at it which is what you figure will happen when you follow a character around.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Video Game Plotline Tester?

    There were a lot of memorable moments. I found it interesting they get in capsules to physically be in the game. I liked him meeting up with his sister in game and she is disabled and can't walk in real life but in the game she can and she feels whole in the game. I caught myself smiling through some events and chanting in the background for other events. LOL


    What does Eric Michael Summerer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like the way he did the voices of characters and the inflection he used while reading. I had a hard time pushing pause to go to sleep or answer the phone at work.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope there is a book 2 to continue where we left off. We aren't even lv 30 yet so there is a lot of room to make a 2nd book. I almost didn't get this book because the title was a little ambiguous and it seemed like a book for kids, I'm glad I took a chance on it though because in my mid 30's I really enjoyed this audio book! I loved that it was a longer audio book, I really had no idea the book was originally in another language and translated to English. It was really well done!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Heath L. Doolin
    Somewhere else
    20/04/17
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    "Solid litRPG"

    What happens when you are put into the worse class with the worst stats and your job depends on making it fun? You think better...

    Great story with a blend of R/L and RPG mixed in and an engaging storyline of a guy doing his best in a bad situation. Great for those MMO players who are not your standard golden triangle types and want a person who succeeds by his wits (along with some helpful misfits) Looking forward to the ongoing series very much!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    Cedar City, UT, United States
    02/02/18
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    "Ready Player One, but less AND more epic"

    The sub-genre of sci-fi/fantasy that is developing around videogames is fascinating. I've read a few books because of that fascination. This book. Well, it has elements that made Readu Player One great, but it doesn't have the flaws that made that book hard to read. The title is anti-climatic, but the content made me want to stay up late to listen. This is worth your time. Especially if you've enjoyed books like Reafy Player One. It relies significantly less on reference and nostalgia, and stands firmly on its own as a good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ray Johnson
    Ohio
    23/01/18
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    "A fun read!"

    I'll definately be getting the next two books in this series. It does have some flaws, but nothing that can't be overlooked. The biggest thing is it seems like english isn't the writers first language, a lot of text is pretty simplistic, almost like you know the language but not a lot of synonyms to change up what is being written. Still the characters are pretty cool, and it keeps you interested. I listened to it all the way through in one sitting. Definately give the book a try you won't be sorry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jonas
    New York, NY USA
    21/12/17
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    "Sexist but good"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and no - I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I hope to see many more in the series; I'd just like to see the author temper his sexism - it doesn't add anything to the plot. The obvious excuse is that the author is from Chechnia and I'm guessing they haven't caught up to the western world's train of thought on the matter. I considered giving the book 3 or 4* and penalizing the author for it but then I thought better of it - it is a fun and exciting story and book after all. So 5*s and a here's to hoping some of the sexism will be tapered.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's a relatively new genre (RPGLit) which straddles Fantasy & Cyberpunk. Ready Player One is perhaps the best known book - but this book (and others) go deeper in the RPG piece and you are literally 'reading' the damage given and taken, options when leveling up, some of the grinding tasks etc - it's awesome if you like RPGs!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    30/09/17
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    "Such a fun nonstop roller coaster ride of awesome!"

    If your a LitRPG fan or fan of SOA, .Hack sign. Give this a listen. Still one of the fun & entertaining books I've read in this genre. Do yourself a favor & pick this up. The narrator is incredible as well. Solid performance!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • dustin
    19/04/17
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    "Great"

    At first I was afraid that it might be boring due to the fact that it has two separate story's to follow but the two worlds mess beautifully in this particular story. Looking forward to the next book....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    29/09/17
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    "2nd best LitRPG series I've read."

    Obviously, I'm only one book into the Dark Herbalist series, but after Chaos Seeds (which is so much better written than any other LitRPG I've come across that I was starting to think it was the exception that proves the rule) VGPT is the only other LitRPG book that I haven't had to face palm and cringe my way through.

    Don't get me wrong, there are other good LitRPG plots and story ideas out there but so far I have found that almost all of them were edited by developmentally disabled chimpanzees or not edited at all. And very often the writing is so full of beginner pitfalls that the language obviates my desire to try to make it to the end of a book... regardless of the strength of the plot.

    While the Dark Herbalist sometimes suffers from an overly literal translation and consistently suffers from nonsensical sexual situations, it's otherwise very engaging and well written. For once I'm not sitting here wondering what's wrong with all the people who are giving a LitRPG story 4 or 5 stars.

    I can't wait to download book 2.

    P.S. If you think I'm dead wrong about the genre, I'd love some solid recommendations for well written LitRPG books.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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