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The Two Week Curse

Ten Realms, Book 1
Narrated by: Todd Menesses
Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
5 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)
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Summary

Thrust into an unknown, unwanted situation, most would feel panic, fear anger, and fall into chaos. Erik and Rugrat are not immune to those feelings, but they have stepped into chaos so many times, it is simply a different challenge.  

Two weeks ago, Erik lost his legs and his arm.   

Today he got a message.   

"You have been randomly selected to join the Ten Realms. One may choose to ascend the Ten Realms, thereupon making a request to the Gods of the Realms. Only those who are Level 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, and 90 may ascend to the next realm. Fortune favors the strong!”  

For a retired combat medic and Marine Recon sniper, the Ten Realms offer a clear challenge and sense of purpose that they had only found on the battlefield.   

How much trouble can you get into in a new realm?

©2018 MC PUBLICATIONS INC. (P)2019 MC PUBLICATIONS INC.

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a few editing errors

great story performance was good there were a few editing errors where a scroll seemed to turn into a book couple of other minor things like that. I did really enjoy the whole thing though

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😁 I love these books!

love the book, the narrator, the accents (🤣 Rugrat!) - just fantastic! Can't wait to listen to the rest 😍

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Bloody brilliant!

If you like your book slow, chilled and relaxing, this isn’t the series for you. From the beginning the characters appeal to you, their development and backstory makes you want them to succeed, and so when they overcome their obstacles, it makes you cheer all the harder for them! Try the book, you’ll damn well love it.

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10 Realms!

You know your on to a good thing when your attention doesn't drift.

Looking forward to the next realm.

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fantastic, totally enjoyable

I loved this book from the start, the characters are great. brilliant start from real world to the 10 realms. I would deffinatly recommend this and I'm soo looking forward to the next I'm the series.
it's a MUST amongst LITRPG

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Perfection

Everything about this audiobook screams perfection. This may sound over stated, but I can assure you it isn’t. I bought this for my long commutes to work, and swiftly found myself listening whenever I had chance.

The narration is spot on, with voices distinctly different for each character, allowing easy following of conversations.

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Great book

Loved to see a older main character that had no previous gaming experience. I loved this book and can hardly wait for the next.

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  • charles
  • 17-01-19

Perfection

First off, how have I never heard of todd menesses before. His narration was absolutely fantastic. The start was a little slow but after that it took off like a rocket. Absolutely amazing storyline wile avoiding most of the clichés. Would definitely recommend.

Note: I paid for this book with my own damn money, and this is a REAL honest review.

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  • Sheldon "Tech"
  • 19-01-19

Great new addition to the LitRPG space!

The TLDR; loved this story, narrator and character development. The plot is really good, but the character development is the shining point here. I really felt like I got to know the two lead characters. For those who wish to know, this isn't a harem nor does it have sexual situations (lewd content). Neither harems or graphical sex dissuade me from a good story and characters, but there are some that do. It is a LitRPG with stats and development.

Character development is great. Not only for the two lead characters but for the entire cast. The characters that are adults are adults. No overdramatic situations that seem so prevalent in our LitRPG books. The deep situations that pull on our Leads are well deserved and have their place then they don't. But, the memory of it stays with your understanding of the character without needing to be brought up again and again. I love that... LOVE THAT.

And the story... I really fell into the story. So much that I'm getting the books 2 and 3 so I can read them because I can't wait anymore (it's been like 6 hours since I finished... too long in my books), Great plot progression, kept me interested and waiting to see how things turned out.

And the last glue to this great piece of audio work is the narrator. Great job in bringing all the characters to life, fleshing out the small nuances that we all add in our mind if we read the stories, but better... at least for me anyway.

And my one negative would be the really bad jokes. The "pull my finger" variety that has aged to the middle-aged level? Yeah, those. Not bad enough to be "so bad it's good", just mediocre bad... the ones you can see coming from a mile away, like a really slow car crash... you wince and cringe, trying to look away but you can't... screaming "my god, no! Can't they see how bad this is going to be?"... but it happens and it's just... not that funny. I can't lie, a couple of them made me chuckle. And that's really my only negative, not enough to remove a star, cause it's really just my opinion.

So, I loved it! Can't wait for the next books, adding it to my wait list of epic series to follow.

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  • Nancy Laura Stacie Bood
  • 31-01-19

Innovative and entertaining

A unique story with excellent presentation
Characters are well written
Looking forward to book 2

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  • A. Walling
  • 22-02-19

The okay voice for the awesome story.

I might have found a new author for my top five list. I did the Emerilia books and now here I am digging this series. The voices (okay so mostly Eric's voice) aren't great but not bad either (except maybe you Eric, most of the book you sound dumb).

I as a Marine especially enjoyed the crayons.

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  • DNAngel
  • 21-02-19

breath of fresh air

I've listened to a lot of these kinds of books and this was a nice change of pace. I highly recommended it

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  • Khoa Nguyen
  • 20-02-19

Great book

I love this book. It was a little slow to start, but once it gets going, I couldn’t stop listening to it.

The concept of this liteRPG was different than other I have read.

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  • Austin
  • 29-01-19

Surprise, Shock, and Startled.

Potential Minor Spoilers
Please read this Michael Chatfield.

I have gone through 9 of 11 of Micheal Chatfields Emerila series. After that and getting through this book I feel as if I have a better understanding of his style.

My biggest concern as you will find with my other reviews of his books is how he handles the "shock" factor. It seems to me like has yet to learn that these things need to come in more moderation. Everyone around the main characters are always either shocked or surprised by the actions of the two combat veterans.

While there is a different narrator I can still tell by the writing that he overused phrases. Comparing someone's actions to a God is one of his favorites. I do like this narrator better though. He seems to pull it off better than the narrator of the Emerila books. I was scared in the beginning because his voices for the MC's were that of Macho men and the voice of the first female character was atrocious. I only learned later that was planned and he actually has a good range to choose from.

The first two chapters put me off with all the lingo. After the accident, I felt the raw emotion and was much more invested.

After the transfer, things were exciting for me. I loved their progress and the things they did. The fact that there are two main characters is also a huge part of it. Also, it's not a game, there is only one life. AND there are no "gamers" around.

I loved the book up until the first days of Alva. The RTS portion of the book feels like the weak point. The characters have two weeks to get things done. The time they get it done in is unreal. Now. That is usually fine, since its science fiction/fantasy. But the absurdity with how fast they train, build, hunt, kill, and everything else is extreme. It is all a bit too much. I dont want characters who are no longer afraid to die or be injured. Give them more weaknesses!

One of the next faults comes a bit later as I am starting to realize that the characters are OP. They know everything and can adapt to any situation. They can't? Well, let's just hand them the skeleton key. They become overpowered and are given handouts. This took away from the realism of it all.

I was won back with the medical aspect of the book. I love the detail and innovation of combining magic and healing. If not for that this rating would be much lower.

I am not looking forward to more of Alva, as I dont think the author can pull it off correctly and convincingly.

Overall, it has many faults and plot holes but the unique experiences make it worthwhile.

TL;DR : There are faults in the book but it offers unique experiences you cant find in any other. The emotions portrayed in the beginning and end of the book made it for me. I hope there is more emotion and less handouts in the second realm. I recommend this and I will be getting the next when it comes out on audible.

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  • Margaret Stempson
  • 19-02-19

Fantastic!

I found it a little challenging to engage my attention in the first few chapters but it took off quick enough and once it did I have literally nothing bad to say. It was a very good book and now my only complaint is that only one book has been ported so far. Very well done definitely among the better executed book ones for the lit RPG genre.

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  • Dewey Gough
  • 19-02-19

Great story and Main characters

The story is amazing and the MC's are very likeable. The book doesn't lack LITRPG elements so a must read for fans of the genre; magic, items, progression, adventures, town building, dungeon building(minor in story so far, but easy to build upon) in a very very large "Game world". Although referenced once they are teleported to the game world going back to earth seems unlikely so the author is allowed to completely focus on the fantasy world and characters. This also makes the consequences of the world and characters seem much more real than "you can just respawn" or "they are just npcs". The MCs are good hearted men, but maybe a little over-powered or come across as so in this novel, not to spoil the plot or story but to say they are still on the "tutorial island realm" at the end of the book would be fair. Overall well worth picking up as the author left mear endless options for progressing his story.

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  • Yorbal
  • 19-02-19

A new favorite

Almost as soon as the book started I couldn't stop listening, which lead me to the rest of the books. By the end of the week I had gone through all of the books and now I am eagerly awaiting the fourth book and hoping writing this will help the series in some small way. So spend the credit the book is worth it.

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