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The Land: Forging

Chaos Seeds, Book 2
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Series: Chaos Seeds, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
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Summary

The second captivating installment of Aleron Kong's Chaos Seeds series.

"We are life takers and heartbreakers," Richter shouted. "Let's go!"

Richter and Sion are at it again! Even more of what you loved in the first book. Leveling, world building, awesome items, and what's that you say? Sure! Why not? What's a little necrophilia between friends?

Join your favorite Chaos Seed as he answers the call of adventure and deals with the invaders, greedy dwarves, and a wood elf that keeps telling him he has a pretty mouth. Welcome back, my friends!

Welcome back...to The Land.

©2016 Aleron Kong (P)2017 Aleron Kong

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Amazing LitRPG

Loved it. Best LitRPG series I have come across. Would definitely recommend it. A must.

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Another triumph for Aleron Kong

loved it, this story gets better and better, a must for anyone and everyone, Can't wait for the next one.

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Probably the best Litrpg Audiobook series?

I’ve read a LOT of Litrpg and I’m no Land fanboy. However, this series, this author and this Narrator consistently deliver quality writing, interesting plot lines and engaging performance.

Well done you two, good work.

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Nick Podehl is great!

And the story of the series is compelling as well. still going strong through the first two books at least.

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Superb listen, unique

I hadn’t expected this, but I was pleasantly surprised. After half an hour I was hooked! The Skyrim/World of Warcraft stories are straight from any RPG you may have played. Normally, the thought of listening to someone else’s RPG experience would be a drag, but not in this case.

Truly unique (for me); I’ve never come across anything quite like it. Also, where does Nick Podehl get all his voices from. The man is a marvel!

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The characters are infuriatingly immature.

I gave the first book a pass, hoping it would improve and that circumstances would teach the protagonist some lessons.
But I can't do it any more.

The characters are paper thin and prone to the most childish of tantrums. Even the supposedly older and more mature individuals don't seem to have any subtly or nuance to them.
The way its written belies that this isn't the author holding something back: there's a strong reliance of clichés and lazy shortcuts to convey character traits. A mischievous glint in the eye is used rather than actually having someone behave mischievously, etc. We're just told how a group's disposition is, rather than getting to witness them interacting. It's a study piece in telling rather than showing, and it really suffers for it.

I suspect the author just doesn't know how to write characters with depth, and so must rely on simplistic arguments and emotional outbursts to create opportunities for growth and learning.

The narrator is excellent and has a good range of character voices that he keeps consistent.

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worth a listen

enjoying this series. been through a few of this type of book and struggled with them. And although this perhaps isn't my type of read. I am enjoying this series. eager for the next infact. theres a good story and an emerging world. tied nicely with game mechanics. there possibly the best iteration of this style I've come across. give it ago. it's a pleasurable way to spend an afternoon.

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epic

epic book with great narration and is easy to get lost in worth a read

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good but not as good as the first

drags a bit but still good. not as fun as the first one, gets very dark towards the end

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  • 18-01-19

A strange format the works surprisingly well

great read, I completely rattled through it in days. The characters status updates are a little annoying but nothing that would stop me listening to book 3

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  • M. B. Richards
  • 17-07-17

This RPG is LIT!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Land: Forging to be better than the print version?

This book was AMAZING. It blended so seemlessly with the first book that I didn't really feel like it was a sequal, but a new episode in a miniseries with the same overarching story. So engrossed in the story, and so completely enamored with it, I honestly couldn't tell you know where the end of the first book left off and this one began. And yet, the first book ended in a way that I remember being satisfied and that the book was over. I don't know exactly how the author managed to create an ending that felt like an ending at the time, but also now barely feels like a brief pause in such an engrossing story.

What did you like best about this story?

Absolutely. This book made me fall in love with the LitRPG genre all over again. In preperation, I've already set aside enough credits at Audible to purchase all the books in the series once they are released. I'll be listening to each and every one the same day they are released. I haven't been so excited for a series since The Wheel of Time was still being written. Move over, Song of Ice and Fire. You've been replaced in my audiobook library as most anticipated!

Which scene was your favorite?

The author managed to either anticipate questions the reader will have, or writes so well, he leads you to ask the questions he wants in the first place. And then, he answers them! He doesn't keep us starved for more, he is generous and mindful enough to give the reader exactly what they want and in a timely manner.

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

Absolutely! Sadly, I had to sleep in the middle, but the book had engrossed me so completely, I actually DREAMED of the characters.

Any additional comments?

Nick Podehl was an AMAZING choice as narrator. As one of the best male narrators in the game, I honestly couldn't have been happier with anyone else's performance. He is truly a master of his craft.

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  • Jonathan
  • 26-09-18

good book leaves you wanting more

very relatable I love all the pop culture references from my day I can really connect with the characters can't wait to start the next book

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  • Sprsteve
  • 26-06-17

Still loving it

Really enjoy this series. Read the books first as e-books and now I'm going back and listening to them as audio. Very much looking forward to the rest of the series coming to audible and the 7th book, which is coming out soon. Crossing my fingers that by the 8th book, ebook and audible version will release simultaneously. Also, the author Aleron Kong, really churns out the novels, so as a reader, you have confidence it won't be years in between releases. It's more like months. The main character is evolving nicely, but I'd love to see some more deeper relationships evolve for him. His relationship with Sion is great and you really feel that sense of camaraderie. Eventually you get the same with Terrod and Krom but I feel like the relationships with the females are a bit more superficial and not well fleshed out (mostly simple flirtation and so on). But the series appears to be setting up for a lengthy run of novels, so here's to hoping those will come. Here's hoping for some strong and prominent female characters.

Nick Podehl continues to be an outstanding narrator with a great range of voices that he lends to the characters. He also just has an excellent feel for pacing as he reads the book. Can't recommend him as a narrator enough.

I personally feel the series rewards my continued investment as a reader and honestly, that's what I'm looking for anytime I start a book.

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  • Robert J. Tavares
  • 08-05-19

Best series I've read all year!

My son introduced me to this book and I picked up the audiobook for a long work commute. The narrator is probably the best I've ever heard. The book itself is a combination of Piers anthony punny humor, world building, and a dude encountering a plethora of "oh crap" situations. I've read the series twice and don't plan on stopping. Well worth the time/cost.

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  • Oscar
  • 26-12-18

Hehe

This book makes me giggle. The RPG elements are something I never expected in a book.

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  • Josh Hellewell
  • 25-12-18

A great mental adventure!

Every moment you think you know where the story is headed, another twist or quest to explore, but then the story shifts and presents you with a new thought or exploration! It is fantastic listening! The reading performance is well done with character voicing being consistent and spot on!

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  • steve. k
  • 20-07-17

loved the book, good writing and good narration

What did you love best about The Land: Forging?

i liked every single thing about it. the fact richter goes from irl to living a rpg out is pretty coo. first litrpg ive listened to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

richter obviously, now i have only listened to the first two books as i dont have time to sit and enjoy a book.

Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

krom the blacksmith. pretty funny and when you picture the dwarf as he goes on it is even better.

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

i laughed at many points and was moved by some things. no tears though i dont cry

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  • Truffle
  • 21-06-17

Keeps you wanting more!

Nick Podehl does an amazing job brining Aleron Kong's characters and world to life again making that just 5 more min before bed turn into hours. I continue to love the sarcastic humor between Richter and Sion. This book has it all video game / role playing game mechanics, amazing characters, dungeons, and monsters to kill.

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  • Spencer
  • 02-07-17

Bring the rest of the series to Audible!

My only complaint is that the books are not longer. Nick does an amazing job bringing the character to life. The story keeps me wanting more. Plenty of laugh out loud moments. I really hope the rest of the series gets here faster.

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  • Jeffery
  • 22-06-17

expands upon the first exceptionally

Begins right where the first left off. The story picks up the pace dramatically.

Richter develops his powers and his village in this installment. In addition, he learns of several looming threats in the distance.

It never slows down and I love it.

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