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Dominion of Blades Audiobook

Dominion of Blades: A LitRPG Adventure

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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

    Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!

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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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • 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 8 people found this review helpful
  • James Foster
    08/07/17
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    "Best book in the LitRPG Genre"

    Most LitRPG novels are little more than a pleasant, formulaic diversion, and I love them for what they are. I purchased Dominion of Blades on Audible expecting more of the same.

    I was wrong.

    Dominion of Blades is the best LitRPG book I have ever read. It stands out in its genre in many ways - quality writing, fresh and complex characters, humor, inversion of tropes - the list goes on. I would absolutely recommend the book on those grounds alone, but Matt Dinniman has done even more. As far as I can tell, he's the first LitRPG author to employ the genre to talk about bigger issues. What better genre to use to discuss identity?

    I truly hope that this novel will be expanded into a series - I will be first in line if it is. To the author: keep up the great work, and don't let criticism of your themes or subject matter deter you. If I could give more than five stars, I would.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Heath L. Doolin
    Somewhere else
    15/07/17
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    "A very solid addition to LIt-RPG"
    What did you love best about Dominion of Blades?

    This was an interesting tale that intermixed a litrpg trope with a sci fi trope and did it well. I really enjoyed the take on the old standard of someone becoming a master at something and using it to its full advantage. The twist here is the characters did it by grinding and did it unlike any way you have ever seen. Also Matt did a great job of mixing some truly horrifying situations into his story both with curses and time....I still shudder at some of the outcomes of some of the poor souls in the game.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Everyone is gonna say Poppy. Who knew a Blue collar, Pittsburgh native, foul mouthed man wrapped in a little girl's body could be so fun. Giggles abound. Just having the very idea of a 10 year old barbarian in a pink dress going full ham in a gladiator arena alone is worth the price of the book.


    What does Andrea Parsneau bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She really took to the voices very well and injected a ton of character and balance into the roles. Her acting was superb as she gave the mains different inflection and the correct pronunciation based on their backgrounds and descriptions and made them believable. For instance above, Poppy had a great blue collar accent and could put derision into a line that made you think "yea that's a dude who smells bullshit speaking through a little girl's voice." Even e main Charlie/Jonah was an interesting blend of uncertainty and fear combined a distinctly neutral inflection that makes a lot of sense when you get down the road in the book. Very well done.


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

    Definitely after the first chapter. It was a slow roll but things get damn interesting once it starts. Also one of the few books that really demonstrates a scale to it that imtimatedes the reader somewhat. And good grief, those quests. Some seems so dangerous I would be fearful of actually playing this type of game.


    Any additional comments?

    Really, really looking forward to the ongoing story. The end shows a lot of promise and puts together a ton of potential adventure and danger. Gonna be one hell of a series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Derron Blackwood
    14/07/17
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    "The Best"

    One of the best book I have the pleasure of listening to...the narrator PERFECT...the author PERFECT👍
    Just buy the book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    2 of 2 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
  • 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
  • Amazon Customer
    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
  • Maxime Lariviere
    Québec
    29/07/17
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    "Shut up and take my money WHERE is the next one!"
    Would you listen to Dominion of Blades again? Why?

    again no because its not forgetable plus im not one to *** watch*** the same thing twice


    What did you like best about this story?

    the gore the crude language how can i go back to the fluffy dory stuff now?


    What does Andrea Parsneau bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    andrea brings a lot of voices that i would do in my own head but its still gonna be all right and wall but there would have tose moment when you feel the emotion or get gose bumps


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    READ THIS BOOK OR YOU ARE FUCKED!!...? nan!? maybe not... hope i made you laff tho


    Any additional comments?

    is there still book of that series that is not yet in audio book or when is it gonna come out... the part 2 i mean

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tina L.
    28/07/17
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    "This is the best book I have read in a long time"

    Excellent story, excellent storyteller! This was one of those books that you could really get into, it was deep and detailed enough to enable me to visualize the story. I didn't want it to end. I'm not into video games so I wasn't sure if I would like this story, but I absolutely loved it! I would recommend it to everyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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