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Summary

It could be worse. You could be stuck with a literal shoulder demon.

After dying and being reborn into a world that's built like a video game, Jim has found himself stuck in a very old-world style new-player zone for low-level adventurers. Unfortunately, the zone fell out of use centuries ago, and no one told the monsters they were supposed to take it easy on the Noobs. Even worse, the only new player around is Jim.

Jim has been given an opportunity, and he'll do his best to take advantage of it.

©2019 Ryan Rimmel (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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MC references the "High ground" twice

Revenge of the sith quote referenced twice, so automatic five stars across the board.

Aside from that it was an enjoyable if short listen that doesn't take itself too seriously.

Edit: yea, I was about an hour in before I bought the next two books. I was fairly drunk but sometimes you just know when you've got a winner. This book made me laugh repeatedly laugh in a park when I was on my onen, which is even more awkward when there's a global pandemic on.

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I like where this one is going.

Keeping it sort for this one. Really like the first book good fix for this LitRPG addiction I have a the minuet. Nice start with the slow addition of people into the town more of a adventure book than a city builder in the first book any can't say I don't mind it though the name of the book and the cover art does have very little to do with what occurs in the story. Good voice action as well

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decent

2nd best humour top50 dynamics, basic to good world building.
not original characters outside of mc's. demon is great. true to combat the stilted guidance more than most.

above average litrpg high tier but not very top. As though it's great with humour and dialogue it has not put enough time into the creativeness of creation in creatures, story and world building.

if you are out of 100+ratings litrpg audible and are tempted to clock on something like... guild master... Or god forbid "weirdest noob".. then listen to this before it's too late.

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Not worth it

This book just feels like someone reading character sheets and trying to find ways of leveling up. Not much of a story.
There are better books in this genre out there. Try "The wanderins inn" instead.

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Cracking read

Great light read. Good humour, keeps you listening hour after hour. Narrator does an excellent job of keeping you interested.

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A solid book

It is a really good book. The mc is fun and I like the tone of the dialog. For me it was a bit heavy on the charter table as they were not at the end of the chapter so it was harder to skip if I wanted.

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Solid LitRPG

I'll start with performance and then talk about the story.

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Starting the book, I was uncertain with the narrator, something about his accent didn't sit well. After 5 minutes however I was entirely sold on him. His accent is perfect for the character and for the book, he knows how to lean into the mood of the book and his performance reflects the attitude and tone of the character precisely. I wouldn't necessarily give the narrator 5*s in every book, but he was so well suited for this one I had to give him a 5th star.

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Overall the story is rather average, person from our world discovers themselves in an RPG world but has one special power. For me this would still be a recommend read but a 3* rather than 4. Why the fourth? Partly is that character fails, while they have a special power its such that it doesn't make them invincible and one wrong move can easily lead to their demise. The story also does one thing few LitRPGs I've read do and this is give the character something they have lost. The MC wasn't someone in their early 20's obsessed with D&D or computer games, un-content with their life but was instead a regular person with a family who found themselves in a situation they can never go back from. That the MC occasionally looks back at what they had before missing their family. These aspects of the story really do help to add an extra layer and I hope they continue to affect the character in later books.

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Great Dry Sense of Humour and fitting Performer

Love this series, the Adventures of Jim ..

Johnathan McClain's style reminds me of Larry Miller, I do keep expecting the phrase "Lets drive to Mexico!", especially as Jim has a demon on his shoulder.

Wonderfully dry comedy and great series.

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interesting concept but a whole book is too much

Like an RPG tutorial manual. I have played such games for over 40 years and basically love the genre so I enjoyed the concept for a while but I started to lose enthusiasm about halfway through. If the "volume" of the game mechanics description could be toned down a bit it would let the story and the characters be heard more clearly.

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Like a good D&D session

This quitea simple story. Sounds like a mix of D&D and rpg games like Oblivion. Easy to listen while at work :)

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  • Dan
  • 27-08-19

Excellent

Very well done. Humor was on point and not overdone. Great performance by McClain. Interesting world and world building. A very powerful/lucky MC, but I think it is deserved and not OP, though that may be in our the future judging by his progress. However, Rimmel seems to be scaling his encounters well and realistically, and keeping it interesting.

My only true criticism is the jarring way the MC looks back on his past. We haven't really discussed in it a while, then BAM: Rimmel remembers that Jim cares about his family and is sad for a minute. Still, the way he pops in tidbits to shed light on Jim's past while keeping the focus on his new life is well done.

Again, as most litrpg is a guilty pleasure for me, I found this to be refreshing and don't feel guilty in the least. Highly recommend if you enjoy litrpg or are curious about the genre. As long as the series holds up, this will easily be a top 5. Looking forward to number two.

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  • Kaz
  • 03-09-19

Like the land but actually finishes story lines.

This book reminds me of the Land, different mechanics but solid lit rpg. Humor is a good borderline between tasteless and pre-teen boy. Just the right amount in between to make it enjoyable.

Oh and this actually finishes some story lines lol. Over all a great listen. I say give it a chance.

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  • Kindle?LLD Customer
  • 07-09-19

Surprisingly good

I avoided this one because of the goofy title but it's actually one of the better written LitRPG novels out there. Portal fantasy with hybridized progression. A little pen and paper with a little MMO. Main character is witty without it becoming exhausting. I look forward to the next one.
I am also a big fan of this narrator. He was part of the Ninth City Burning cast and has been under utilized in scifi/fantasy.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 03-10-19

Al most perfect

This is a rare gem. It is one of those books that is funny from start to finish, is serious, and tells a complete story while managing to leave the door open for more. Technically, the book could have ended right where it does and I would have said great book, wish there was more, but cool. That’s not true, I would have written Rimmel and begged for more.

In truth, I originally thought this was a harem book called Mayor of Boobtown, but was sadly disappointed to learn that I was wrong. I thought it was part of the classic boobtown series). Ok, bad joke, but I have to say that I loved the concept of Noobtown from start to finish. It begins with a man getting run over by a truck and waking up somewhere else. He’s being character built by some mysterious voices and while their attention is turned he begins to explore the “character center” looking for class options. He soon discovers that the voices are demons who want to erase his memories and send him off to fight a dark lord. From there havoc ensues and the MC and one of the demons become bound together beginning the start of a horrible friendship.

As I said, the book is filled with humor, both situational and banter types and ninety percent of the jokes stick he landing. Probably the best and longest gag is that of the MC’s name, Jim. It harkens back to the Monty Python Joke There be those that Call Me Tim, but adds to the silly name in a fantasy world bit. The MC comes off as over powered, but this isn’t a video game MMORPG, even if the world he is in has those elements. His abilities stem from his time spent in the character creation center and are pretty cool. So, Jim can have and level any class in the game from thief to swordsman, mage to sage it doesn’t matter he can be it and gain the skills and abilities for each class he has. Downside is that he has to actually acquire the class via normal means, he can’t just announce that he’s going to be a wizard. He’d have to do some schooling, for example. This allows him to achieve some neat feats that would normally be impossible. The only time I thought Rimmel stretched probability was during the time that Jim was setting traps for a rescue. He set a ton of traps in a very small window of opportunity.

John McClain narrates, and I am so glad to see he stopped doing film franchises. What? Wong McClain? Sorry. Actually, while the guy is new to my ears, he has narrated just under 100 novels, and it shows. He has incredible comedic timing, he also gets the way to tell a joke, or more importantly describe a humorous situation. He does an amazing job, and this is another guy I telling you all to look out for.

Final score. 8.6 stars. I had a lot of fun with this, was sad it ended so quickly and can’t wait for the next book.

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  • RandomD
  • 07-01-20

Preview is misleading

The sample that played did not go with the book. Different narrator. There were some sound quality issues. Sound started soft and ramped up occasionally. Not horrible, but distracting. Not sure if on purpose, but seemed to be read slowly as if to draw out duration time.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-09-19

Warning!

Just as a warning I got so into this that I had to buy a kindle book because the audio version isnt out yet! this was a fun stroll and can't wait for book 3 and the audio book.

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  • Alain Gyger
  • 04-06-20

Language and inuendo

Interesting story, but the language and sexual inuendo makes it not worth listening to. Enjoyed the narrator though.

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  • Randy Smith
  • 22-09-19

I didn’t like this book at first.

My first impression after reading through the first few chapters of this book was I didn’t like this book at least the storyline that is. But I pressed on and the story improved quite a bit. But unfortunately the storyline follows the same old storyline of so many other in this same genre. Plus the main character it’s not very clever and too many times survives by pure luck. And I really don’t like stories where the main character can only survive by having the god of luck (The Author) looking over his shoulder all the time. This is just the author stepping in to push danger level to the extreme just to make it more exciting. Putting the lousy plot line aside the author is very good and talented writer and if you don’t mind all of these flaws this is a good book to read.

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  • Patrick
  • 17-09-19

One of my new favorites.

This book is great. I have pretty much every LitRPG worth listening to on Audible (and more than a few I wish I could return once the series took a dive), and this is by far one of my favorites. If you like shit talking and sarcasm, as most gamers do, you’ll love this book. I laughed out loud numerous times while listening to this book, which for me is rare…especially in this genre. Spend the credit. You won’t be disappointed. (except for wanting more)

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  • hassan
  • 19-08-19

A surprising delight!

Its the best litrpg I've listened to in ages. I highly recommend. Its really good.

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