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Dominion of Blades Audiobook

Dominion of Blades: A LitRPG Adventure

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Publisher's Summary

For over 30 years, Dominion of Blades has been the hottest online role-playing game in the world. Any gamer with an immersion rig can enter the world of sword and sorcery, of goblins and dragons, and they can hack and slash their way to glory. But the game is too real for some, and after an epidemic of real-life fatalities, public use of the immersion technology has been banned, causing the game to be shut down.

Jonah wakes to find himself in-game, level one, with no memory of how he arrived and no way to eject. With only two companions, trapped in a world that once hosted millions, Jonah must battle his way across a treacherous landscape, fighting virtual monsters, all too real pain, and a very human enemy in a desperate bid to survive.

©2017 Matt Dinniman (P)2017 Matt Dinniman

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    kanundra 29/07/2017
    kanundra 29/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Really makes you think! (and laugh)"

    The good thing about this genre is all the new audiobooks coming out in it!

    I did get a little behind in my reviews, but here are some thoughts on this as audio.

    The main characters are really nicely done. We're thrown into the deep end of this story and world without getting to know them before, but during and in the game. I loved this more so than most might because some stories really do slow up the drama and tension of their world with the long intros with little conflict. Very nicely done here.

    The fact that there was trans gender, and different sex's playing different characters was so refreshing and expertly handled by the writer and narrator. It really makes you think about not only the world inside their story but in our own and how people handle things in the wrong ways. (I've seen some of the reviews put up) but this really didn't deter from the story and enhanced it in a way that a lot of people can relate to and of course enjoy.

    There's no rest up for us or the MC's as they go on this journey, and the narrator kept a wonderful pace throughout. I really loved her choices with each person, from the Mc's to the NPC's which each spoke just as if they were real people.

    There really is a lot of twists and turns in here, some I did think were coming, but others were a total shock! It keeps you guessing and thinking which is what all the best books do.

    Highly recommended and although this was a great book on its own although my only real jibe is the length, (cause I wanted more) I do think there's another on the cards, which I can't wait for!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • jakob
    09/07/17
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    "Original "

    Most original and well written litrpg I've read in a while. I returned the last two or three litrpg audiobooks I bought because the clichés and bad writing was getting to be overwhelming. I'm happy to finally find a book in this genre that takes the writing as seriously as it does the litrpg conventions.

    I look forward to the next book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    27/09/17
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    "Something extremely special and promising"

    Truly I can't espouse the positives of this book enough. Don't judge this by the authors previous works, this is the start of an opus. There is just enough actual tension, comedy, action and character growth to fill your soul here. The twists are smart enough to not be obvious but if your observant you can figure them out just as they get confirmed or disproven..... all the way to the last sentence.
    This is not LitRPG like you know it.
    It's a thriller, a mystery, a few other genre I won't go into. This is a true novel that brilliantly incorporates the traits of the LitRPG genre into the basic fiction structure we know today. Don't get me wrong I LOVE the genre as a whole but you get used to the tropes and cliches that are starting to show up.
    This is not like that (very much at least)
    On top of a unbelievable engaging story, I was EXTREMELY skeptical of a female narrator covering a male MC. I almost feel kinda bad even thinking it now, it also fits in a way you'll start understanding throughout the novel. This is truly a book above any sort of labeling or stereotype.
    DESPITE my hesitation, Andrea is unbelievably wonderful. Her range is amazing, various nuances, accents, even deep gruff voices are well done. She truly made this brilliant story come alive, especially poppy and Alice. I am truly happy she narrated this novel.

    This book is wonderful, though it will show some flaws like most books do. I do not claim it to be perfect. It may not fit your style. But I think this is worth more than a credit, it's worth buying outright. I truly had a wonderful riveting time listening and I cannot tell you how much I crave more of this world, even if the perspective is to shift in book 2 as reports suggest. May you enjoy this book, and if my review helps you decide to try it I hope you come to enjoy and love this book as much as I did.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Elkridge
    06/07/17
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    "So Good"

    this is a lit RPG of the highest quality. the characters are well-written the twists and turns well delivered and wholly enjoyable I had a great time reading it and I know you will too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • G T.
    04/07/17
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    "Litrpg for the win"

    in am about half way through this book and am loving it, story is excellent! narration is epic, andrea breathes life into each of the characters and makes each of them unique. sign me up for more!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Irshad Karim
    26/06/17
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    "Far more interesting than the name suggests"

    To summarize, I am very happy that I decided to spend my credit on this one. After a string of disappointments, this was what I needed. It was a healthy serving of the familiar LitRPG romp, but with an honest, intimate perspective. There's a sense of closeness to the protagonist's struggles, and it channels something that many of us struggle with - the concept of our own identity.

    Personally, I don't read the genre for the stats or the grind, nor for the levelling or the quests. I've always felt that quests in these kinds of books seem like a form of exposition - they don't need any kind of believable motivation, because hey - it's a game. That's the way they are designed. I read LitRPG because I feel the genre provides a fantastic backdrop for the interactions between the characters. Usually the player characters, but even those particularly well written NPCs. That, combined with the speculations on virtual reality and AI has made for quite a few exceptional stories that have really brightened my day.

    Dominion of Blades, despite its uninspired title, certainly did just that. It gave me characters to connect with, with problems I cared about. It gave me a strikingly beautiful world with all kinds of interesting little quirks. It somehow made me fear death, in a world where it is only temporary - and I don't even mean the particular case of the protagonist. I mean for all of them. Whenever death came, it did so with a moment of panic. It was thrilling.

    Lastly, unlike too many LitRPG titles these days, this one tied up all of its major loose ends, and felt complete. There's certainly room for a sequel, and I'd be glad to listen to it, but this ending left me quite satisfied.

    Story aside, the narration was also superb. Andrea Parsneau's range brought each character to life, and kept me engaged throughout.

    Long story short: you should probably buy this. It's not my favourite LitRPG book (which may be odd considering how I have only positive things to say about it), but it's definitely up there.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    14/07/17
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    "woe"

    my first few pages I guess you would say wasn't terribly impressed but after that started really coming together and I love it just can't wait for the next one this definitely blew me away

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • C. Knight
    03/07/17
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    "Absolutely fantastic!"
    What did you love best about Dominion of Blades?

    It's a unique take on the the new genre LITRPG. I loved the the characters and the plot has some great zingers for you. I'm not going to go into the story because I hate getting spoilers when I read reviews. The author and narrator did a great job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The little plot twists throughout the book keeps you guessing.


    What about Andrea Parsneau’s performance did you like?

    She is very talented! She did a wonderful job!


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

    I did just that! Couldn't stop!


    Any additional comments?

    Hoping for book 2 lol

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew K Rowe
    20/11/17
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    "Great, distinctive characters"

    I enjoyed this considerably. It has a distinctive cast, interesting mechanics, and some story elements I would have loved to hear more about. I'll be interested in reading the sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • gdoreza
    USA
    23/10/17
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    "Wow!"

    The story grabs you from the beginning. You care for the characters and fear for their fate. The mysterious past of all the characters is intriguing and leaves the reader clamoring for more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blaine
    Hayes Center, NE, United States
    12/10/17
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    "VERY well done"

    This is one of the best in this genre. The characters are a bit OP but it makes sense and it works out, but realistically I'm still very satisfied with this LITRPG. Poppy is an awesome character that I feel could've been incredible with just a bit more attention.

    Anyways get this book if you need a litrpg fix that won't disappoint you. I do need the next book though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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