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Way of the Immortals: Path of the Divine

Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
Series: Way of the Immortals, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

Thrust by a mysterious portal into an unknown world, Nick Barnette does what anyone would do in his situation: he runs. Now separated from his friends, and being pursued by powerful forces he doesn’t understand, Nick must navigate the Kingdom of Lhasa and figure out how to get home.   

Through his trials and tribulations, Nick notices that he has developed a strange power that allows him to slow down time, vastly improving his combat ability. But he doesn’t have any control over the power. And as far as he knows, the only way to cultivate this new power and find his friends is by studying the Way of the Immortals, an ancient tradition practiced by monks and hermits high in the mountains of Lhasa. 

It won’t be an easy task, but if anyone is up to the challenge, it’s Nick, who might be the most unconventional hero the Kingdom of Lhasa has ever seen. 

Way of the Immortals: Path of the Divine is a western cultivation series weaving Tibetan and Bhutanese lore into a fast-paced novel that xianxia, wuxia and progression fantasy fans will love. Way of the Immortals is written by Harmon Cooper, best-selling science fantasy GameLit author of series like Fantasy Online, House of Dolls, Cherry Blossom Girls, the Feedback Loop, and Monster Hunt NYC.

©2019 Harmon Cooper (P)2019 Harmon Cooper

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  • MK
  • 06-02-20

cultivation novel without cultivation

I found myself having to force myself through this. Let's be clear, this is a portal book with very light xianxia(cultivation) flavor. My main issue is with the main character, he's doggedly set on finding his friends and a way back to Earth despite having a a less fulfilling life there, ignores the culture around him refusing to even slightly accept that he has to work within it, refuses to accept he might be special in any way despite fighting at a level that shouldn't be possible out of "instinct", and is as dumb as a rock. There were moments I hoped things would correct itself. I actually liked that he might be humbled early on but nope only days to get out of that instead of years. I'm fine with, no, I like smart op main character stories. It's why I like the xianxia genre. There are better options for this genre on audible. Try a Thousand Li by Tao Wong or the Cradle series by Wight if you want a good western take on this genre. If you want translations of where all this is coming from they're mostly web novels at the moment. Just search Xianxia or cultivation novels online. Stay away from this.

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great story

thoroughly enjoyed the story and audible narration. came to like the characters and found myself drawn in with anticipation for what is next for them.

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great

loved it
Can say it something I will listen to again.
Would recommend to any one who loves a good book.

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Really Enjoyable Story

From the very beginning I was drawn into a very entertaining story that kept my interest throughout. Looking forward to getting drawn back into this great story with the second book.

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Brilliant!

I was given a free copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary.
I loved this book from the start, it draws you in very quickly, and take a you on an adventure.
The concept is great, the characters are very likeable.
The narration is superb giving each character individualailty.
A very easy 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I'm cultivating a taste for the genre

I rather enjoyed this portal fantasy which, from my perspective as an outsider, fits what I understand of the cultivation sub-genre. Nick is sucked into a fantasy world via a portal at a stag night (bachelor party) along with the other people there. He's immediately separated from his friends and not sure if any survived.

He has some pleasant things happen, gets enslaved, gets free and then finds himself on the Path of the Divine. If he can cultivate his abilities he'll be on the way to immortality and it'll give him the ability to fight the enemies he makes on day 1 in this new world, find his friends if they're still alive and free the slaves. Which is nice.

I happen to volunteer at a mindfulness charity which is run by Tibetan Buddhists so a lot of the cultural references and discussion of meditation were very familiar to me. It seemed the author has a good handle on that or at least, good enough to make it seem plausible (bearing in mind the world the main character is in is fantasy so it's only drawing on Earth culture for inspiration).

I really enjoyed Roger, a companion that Nick picks up early on and was amused by the running joke that people ignore what he's telling them about him and don't take him seriously/believe him.

The action is fine and the author throws plenty of stones at Nick along the way, he doesn't get much of a break.

I'm looking forward to the next one and will definitely check out more of the author's work.

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An amazing intro to wuxia

I just need to say this before I review the book: Neil's voice is absolutely amazing. I had to pause 5 minutes into the book, and message the author about how ridiculously fitting Neil's performance was! Lately, I have been leaning more into dual narration for audiobooks, and didn't think I could go back from it. But with the performance Neil gave, I would easily listen to his other works.

I've gone through this book twice now. The first time through, I immediately admired how the MC not only goes with the flow, but applies his common sense to issues at hand—other than the times he got screwed over after seeing the best in people. He was able to learn from his mistakes, simultaneously going through the motions of the way of the immortals. The second time, the audible version, allowed me to pick up details I haven't noticed before. Not to mention reinforcing the voices my mind put on the characters prior to listening to Neils performance. I enjoyed how the story progressed but was still disappointed by some things.

Although the MC, Nick, goes through a zero to hero phase, it lacked emotional turmoil and inner conflict of getting thrown into a new world. The sense of urgency seems to be amiss, when dealing with killing other sentient beings—since he isn't used to it from his life in earth—and his devotion to his friends. However by the end of the novel, the issues I had can be explained by the MC possibly going through a "Rebirth," and reacting on an instinctual level.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, and will most definitely listen to it again right before the next one comes out. I highly recommend it to others and its a wonderful introduction to the wuxia world.

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a decent start

it's pretty obvious that this is the authors first attempt at this particular genre, but it's a fair jumping off point for the series and I have high hopes for the future books.
the world is compelling, filled with interesting lore and characters.
our MC is relatable and occasionally funny.
I'll be picking up the next book as well, but that might be because I enjoy Coopers books in general

Neil does a fair job, never outright impressing me, but neither does he ever disappoint, he just delivers good solid work

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solid book

solid book gd start to the story well performed . if u like the authors work u will probably like this

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A great listen

This is a departure from what Harmon usually gives us, but the characters and humour are still there. The pace of the story was good, and I could feel myself becoming immersed in the story.

The main character is Nick who is drawn into a place that he does not know, yet he adapts well and grows. The characters that he meets are intriguing and some are funny as hell, all of whom keep you hooked. I liked the way that Nick was upfront with the other characters which enabled their story to come through which made them all relatable (even Roger the bird). Towards the end of the book, Nick reminded me of a shaman with his fire elemental helping him fight.

I know some may not like Neil narrating this, but I've listened to others that he's done for Harmon and I've enjoyed every one of them.

I would highly recommend this audiobook.

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  • Josh Noneya
  • 09-10-19

Unconventional Cultivation!

Good story and Narration!

Nick is a live in the moment and don't worry about tomorrow sort. He and other members of his buddy's bachelor party are sucked through a portal into a harsh world where it is everyone for themselves, and cultivation is (for some) a way of life. As they are quickly separated by strange twists of fate, how will Nick's live in the now attitude serve him in a world full of people looking for any opportunity to take advantage?

This one was an interesting twist on the typical cultivation theme.

I can't wait to find out what happens next!

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If you are into cultivation stories and are having some trouble getting into this MC - keep going - Nick is adjusting to a world where his previous outlook is not compatible. He comes around.

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  • Matt
  • 04-10-19

great story

Mr. Cooper again delivers what it's sure to be the beginning if an epic journey. I will be excitedly waiting to continue this series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-01-20

A cultivation novel without cultivation...

I found myself having to force myself through this. Let's be clear, this is a portal book with very light xianxia(cultivation) flavor. My main issue is with the main character, he's doggedly set on finding his friends and a way back to Earth despite having a a less fulfilling life there, ignores the culture around him refusing to even slightly accept that he has to work within it, refuses to accept he might be special in any way despite fighting at a level that shouldn't be possible out of "instinct", and is as dumb as a rock. There were moments I hoped things would correct itself. I actually liked that he might be humbled early on but nope only days to get out of that instead of years. I'm fine with, no, I like smart op main character stories. It's why I like the xianxia genre. There are better options for this genre on audible. Try a Thousand Li by Tao Wong or the Cradle series by Wight if you want a good western take on this genre. If you want translations of where all this is coming from they're mostly web novels at the moment. Just search Xianxia or cultivation novels online. Stay away from this.

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  • Dragonis
  • 04-10-19

Impressed

As this is my first cultivation story of any kind I have to say it was enjoyable. It certainly had Cooper's flair and was well done by the narrator. I am looking forward to the next one.

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  • jon
  • 03-10-19

It was good

It made me laugh a lot it was cool funny enjoyable and all around sweet

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  • Ben
  • 04-10-19

A different, enjoyable divergence from Xianxia

This is a cultivation novel, but of a different style than what is currently most popular among the recent Western releases of that genre. It very much reminded me of classic mythology and tales of the style of Journey to the West, where the focus is as much on strange interactions with strange creatures and people as it is on combat. I was surprised by the differences from what I've grown unconsciously used to, but it was a pleasant surprise. I was uninterested in sex scenes, but it was a very minor and short portion of the book. The characters and world introduced are really the stars here- I want more Roger and Landon, and to learn more about the upper and lower realms and how reincarnation functions in this new world. I'm eager to read the next one!

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  • Erik
  • 20-01-20

Engaging Western Cultivation Novel

Nick, along with his friends, gets whisked away to a different realm where bad things start happening to him right away. It seems as though everyone he meets betrays and tries to exploit him in some way. I found it easy to empathize with the main character and was engaged the entire time.

So, I really enjoyed some of the concepts in this story. The idea of a karmic balance is front and center, people do good acts in order to raise their karmic index which decides how they will be reborn in subsequent lives. It's the first time I've seen the idea of karma used in this way.

I do consider this LitRPG, due to the presence of cultivation and a karmic index. There are no stat tables or any of the system feedback that people normally expect from the genre, however.

The narration by Neil Hellegers was top-notch. I've listened to several of his audiobooks before and find his narrations easy to listen to.

If you enjoy cultivation or LitRPG stories, you can't go wrong with Way of the Immortals.

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  • Dystro
  • 14-01-20

Outstanding book

The author and narrator did a stunning job of bringing the world alive. Not often do I get attached to a plucky bird sidekick. I'll have to buy the rest of the books in this series now.

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  • A. Hutto
  • 11-01-20

A Great start to a Cultivation series

Harmon Cooper does it again with a great start to an epic cultivation series

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  • Asher
  • 08-01-20

Great book

It was really enjoyable well written and interesting progression. This is a series that I will continue following and think others will enjoy as well.

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