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Survival Quest

Way of the Shaman Series # 1
Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
Series: The Way of the Shaman, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (318 ratings)

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Summary

Barliona: a virtual world jam-packed with monsters, battles - and, predictably, players. Millions of them come to Barliona, looking forward to the things they can't get in real life: elves and magic, dragons and princesses, and unforgettable combat. The game has become so popular that players now choose to spend months online without returning home. In Barliona, anything goes: You can assault fellow players, level up, become a mythical hero, a wizard, or a legendary thief. The only rule that attempted to regulate the game demanded that no player be allowed to feel actual pain. But there's an exception to every rule. For a certain bunch of players, Barliona has become their personal hell. They are criminals sent to Barliona to serve their time. They aren't in it for the dragons' gold or the abundant loot. All they want is to survive the virtual inferno. They face the ultimate survival quest.

©2015 V. Mahanenko. English translation copyright 2015 by Natalia Nikitin (P)2016 Tantor

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Excellent Sub-Genre

I liked the strategy, the technical aspects of the game and the humour. I recommend that you find somewhere comfy to sit as once you start you will want to keep on listening to the end.

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Fantastic!

What made the experience of listening to Survival Quest the most enjoyable?

Jonathan Yen's voice acting was fantastic

What other book might you compare Survival Quest to, and why?

It's similar to Ready Player One where everyone plays within a full-body immersive MMO.

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Ever played an MMORPG? Then the Protagonist is You

What did you like most about Survival Quest?

Recaptures all the reasons people love to play online games with each other, and translates it into an interesting, and relatively relatable storyline. There is a fashion in books these days that turmoil relates to pages turned, but with this story the main character seems to have the same initiative and common sense ordinary people are blessed with, so there's no need to yell "you're making a mistake" at a fictional character that can't hear your wisdom.

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Surprisingly Good

With this being a translation i was curious but wasnt holding out for anything spectacular, so i was quite surprised when i found the quality to he top notch.
The story in itself isnt anyhing too new but has some fresh aspects which make me want to read or listen more. The main character comes across very amiable and you soon find him to ve very likeable and happy to listen to his annoying habits of inner monologuing frequently.
Narration is very good although this is the first i have heard from Yen.
Overall an almost 5 but as i found myself quite taken with this overall its 5 stars.

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A very long short story

A pretty fleshed out short story that gives very few answers to the many supposedly important questions it raises.
not terrible all told but only just scrapes "average" for me.

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good listen

I had my doubts at first but after a chapter or two I got in to it now I just want to listen to the rest. I have listened to books like this before such as adventures on terror but I think this book it better

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The Best performed audio book I've heard.

I have over 300 audible titles and I have to say that the narration and performance of this book is one of the best I've heard. It's a compelling universe with a great story and awesome characters. I can't wait for a sequel.

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The Real King of LitRPG

I've listened to a lot of LitRPG recently and while some have their shortcomings, this is definitely one of the best books and the start of an excellent series. The narrator does a good job, drawing you into the world that the author has created and bringing the story alive. Beware, once you start this book, you're unlikely to stop; I finished the book in a couple of days and dived straight into the others which are even better.

If you're interested in LitRPG then bear in mind that the author Vasily Mahanenko is a trailblazer in the genre. I one hundred percent recommend you get this book because I'm sure you'll love it as much as I have.

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Pretty good,.

Like that it got started quickly.
The outside world is fun to.

Happened once but still its easyer to remember the bad stuff.
Only bad thing was a spoiler, making stuff into "this will happen soon" . Then back to present a few minuter later that happened. Ruined the moment.
And thats the only bad part so now got to buy the next one.

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Enjoyable romp for geeks

Ok I’m an old Dungeons & Dragons geek. But this book spoke to me from the off.
Enjoyable, humorous and fast passed.
Over all too soon.