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The Idle System: The New Journey

A LITRPG Series, Book 1
By: Pegaz A.
Narrated by: Roman Howell
Series: The Idle System, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Summary

There's a single ambition no man can reject: immortality. 

For John, death was merely the beginning. Transmigrating into a new world granted him an opportunity to change his view on life. With power and immortality as new goals, he is willing to pay any price. Unfortunately, there are those willing to take advantage of him and his unfamiliarity with a new world. Shadows behind the curtains, unwilling to reveal themselves, will trick him into doing their bidding.  

Now, John faces an entire kingdom on his own. Deceived? Conned? They don't care. His actions carry a sin none of them are willing to forgive. With the world as an enemy, John will fight to accomplish his goals. His path will be stopped by no one. 

Listen to this novel to enjoy a journey of self-discovery, ambition, and revenge. 

©2018 John Allen (P)2019 John Allen

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Fantastic!!!

Just wow!!! I couldn't get enough. At the start, the story was a bit dodgy. But, you can tell the author rapidly improves the story. By the end of the book I was hooked, now waiting for second installment of this beauty.

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  • 04-04-19

Not bad for a system novel

Interesting idle system. It's like your typical system novel with a twist. It's kind of like you're playing a mobile idle game while experiencing a new world...? If that makes sense.

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In For A Treat

Quite a delightful experience listening to this one overall. A story that kept me intrigued about what was going to happen. The author definitely nailed the process of writing a thrilling story in an RPG-like setting, which is quite rare in most LITRPG stories that I have read and listened to.

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Great story, would recommend to everyone

Great story, very interesting. I have just finished listening to it now and have already started again, I would recommend it to everyone.

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  • Athena
  • Wolfratshausen
  • 26-02-19

A great Book!

This book is child safe, they do kill monsters and there are some assassinations but nothing you have to pause if a child enters into the room.

Oh, some light swearing, not alot it's not overdone just the occasional swear now and then.

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got halfway through

I got halfway through the book before I couldnt stand it anymore.
Very unlikable mc.

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Decent story, bad narrator!

The narrator gave me a headache within minutes of me starting the book! It’s just him droning on at max speed and it’s irritating as all hell!

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  • Cody
  • 06-03-19

Surprisingly fun.

There's something oddly satisfying about a main character who has little to no conscience. Our guy starts his adventure out on an unknown world by discovering he now has an ability called idle system. To be honest I've never heard of that type of game before, but after finding out what it actually was I realized I've played a few games like that. Anyway, the author does a bad job of explaining to us, as if we're already supposed to know what it is. I was very confused by the explanation. Hell, the character seemed just as confused for a while as well.


After that it's just ramps up continuesly. Our boy seems to care very little about taking life. The first glimpse of this is when he decides to hunt a species of monster bear to extinction, because he got caught under one and literally had to eat it off him after he punched it to death. Then he takes on assassin jobs with no hint of remorse at all. Essentially after he finds out killing humans can speed his grown. He starts trying to find excuses to kill people, even going so far as to willing go to jail for two days for a bar fight so he can kill criminals in "self defense". And it just gets crazier from there.


The main character, or only character really, doesn't seem to care about much else but getting stronger. No greater goal, no friends, no nothing. Hell, he barely stops killing long enough to sell his stuff. If your looking for character development, world building, or serous plot, then your barking up the wrong tree. However, if your looking for pure fun and entertainment then I doubt you'll find much better in the genre. I found myself grinning thorough most of this book. There's something oddly freeing about listening to a character with no inhibitions, no emotional hang ups, or a goody goody. Dudes in it for himself, and I'm completely cool with that. I've listened to probably over 100 litrpg books at this point, and I recommend this to anyone that wants to take a break on a book that didn't take itself to seriously, or at least I don't.

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  • Petter
  • 08-03-19

Great start for Pegaz

Eve online leveling, one punch man action and prince of thorns power hunger and morales . Nice to see a book without any harem. really looking forward to the next book.

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  • Michael
  • 30-05-19

Interesting concept, flawed recording, good story

If you don't want to read the whole review the title says most of it. First off the recording on this first in the series has a serious humming noise anytime the narrator speaks. I am not sure if the narrator is new but he is a bit wooden early on in the book, the story and concept kept me listening. From what I understood in the book the main character is supposed to be British and he has an american accent.

I can only imagine if this was read by one of the top notch narrators. I would have given it 5 stars across.

I have listened to the first 3 books of the series and the narrator does "grow" in that his narration gets better. The hum noise is only heard on the first book and only when listening through headphones.

I have listened to a lot of the litrpg and life change type novels on audible. This was a refreshing take on the litrpg genre. I could almost imagine cookie clicker in the first part of the book when the character started growing his skills. I did enjoy that it is NOT an angsty novel about killing and doing things you wouldn't normally do to "level up".

If this is ever re-recorded I would suggest you have a second narrator read the system messages and the character sheet when it is read. It would give a more system feel to it.

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  • Steven B. Fleming
  • 01-04-19

Interesting Flavor

Haven't played too many idle games so not an expert on them. Have played Eve Online though and many games with similar concepts so understand the theory. Was actually pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed the concept expressed in a litrpg. Applaud the author for making the attempt at something new, even if the rest of the aspects of the book were a little lacking.

The main pro of this book was of course the Idle system which the author really delved into in detail. It's far more rpg than it is lit. If you're the type that really likes to have the mechanics of skills spelled out in a litrpg then this is the book for you. The author spends a strong amount of time with the skills and how the math and time affect each one, as well as the hierarchy main skills and subskills. Min\maxers will thoroughly enjoy themselves.

The story itself however was pretty shallow. Character interactions were weak and one dimensional. There is practically zero real struggle of the hero so no real traditional hero's journey here. No real emotional ties or drama. It's as bland as whole grain cereal or plain rice crackers. The story is all about power leveling, and absurd and borderline ridiculous power leveling at that. But hey - that's a strong selling point for some litrpg's and for some people that's all you need. It's not necessarily a bad thing, particularly if you enjoy that kind of ultimate power fantasy narrative. I prefer things more balanced and the hero to struggle somewhat and have some decent story in a litrpg, but do occasionally enjoy just good old fashioned crushing everything too.

Speaking of character power leveling, it's definitely interesting that the author puts little to no moral qualms into the main chars decision to attain his goals, including mass murder and species extinction. You definitely don't see that in most of today's novels. Although we still have a lot of harem litrpgs, you don't really have this level of destruction. It's a bit refreshing to be honest, even if it's not my normal fare, though also may put some people off if they are sensitive to such things.

Overall I think this is a good first entry for the author. I like that he tried to introduce something new into the genre and think it's worth checking out.

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  • Riley
  • 23-03-19

A lazy story about a lazy protagonist

Garbage is the best word I can use to describe it. Thought it might be a fun read, but it is unimaginative and superbly boring. With plot conveniences left and right. If you are looking for a waste of time go play an actual idle game it would be more fulfilling than this. This writing is really just lazy and rushed. Please don't waste you money on a book where the protagonist can't even tell that he is naked. No I'm not even kidding about that.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-06-19

interesting story, lackluster narration

I had trouble listening to this audiobook due to the narrators lack of inflection and it honestly seemed like he was just trying to read the book as fast as he could.

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  • Paul
  • 16-05-19

Awful

I forced myself to give this book a full hour of listening. The narrator has decent reading skills, but cant pronounce the word Miscelaneous correctly, and does not differentiate characters with any alternate voices. The story has no characterization at all. The main character is described as "just a regular guy" who one day walks to his car, has an apparent heart attack, and wakes up in a new world. He then spends hours in this new world without noticing that he is naked other than some boots. The hour I spent in this book was painful. I really wanted to like this book, I gave it an extra star because the premise of an idle game is unique to the litrpg genre at least.

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  • Alex
  • 21-03-19

fav book

wow that's a great book I love the characters and can't believe the end hope for book 2 soon

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  • Chris Buzon
  • 04-04-19

this was a really great take on the litrpg genre.

This isnt for everyone. the mc is not an idiot, is ruthless,bl and the idle gaming mechanic is important. no romances, few characters, and somehow better for it.

I can't wait for book 2.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-05-19

Get Nick podehl or Jeff Hayes next time!!!

I've been listening to audiobooks since I was in high school, I've been and audible member for 5 years now. I don't get why anyone would hire someone who obviously cannot narrate a book. The Man sounds like he's reading to a third grade class for the first time. Don't waste your money on someone who isn't going to perform. It's pointless, and it completely obliterates the chance of sales on the audiobook. When someone can't narrate properly and everyone suffers all around. Your book sales, my ears, no one's happy. Fix-It

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