Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He's in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life.
Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn't expect. In this game, he isn't the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish.
In fact, he might just be the villain.
©2016 Travis Bagwell (P)2016 Travis Bagwell
Great book great narration, story kinda reminds me of Anakin Skywalkers rise to power with Jason the main character being Anakin and the old man being the Emperor.I'm not really a gamer but you really don't need to be one to find interest in this story.this is actually my first litrpg and it peeked my interest in this genre thanks AO!
Very good! I couldn't stop listening. The narrator surprised me when he used sound effects to add to his performance so it took me a while to get used to it. Once I got into the swing of things though, I really enjoyed what he was doing. Add to that the fact that the story is engrossing and addictive, and it led to a very late night of giddy childish squeals of delight. If you are looking for that nich of video game books, then this scratches that itch in a powerful way.
For me it was an interesting take on the LitRPG genre which I'm happy to see that Audible is getting more books from. I travel by car a lot and Audible is my friend!
Anything from the play to live series or Project Daily Grind. All from the new LitRPG genre and all really good.
During the final battle when he raises/creates the 'Bone Lord' demon.
I really hope Travis Bagwell keeps writing!!!
Awaken online is a marvel among a growing genre of immersive mmorpg books. The main character, Jason, is unique, clever, likable, and flawed and the world around him grows and changes to parallel his own personal growth.
Unlike other lit-rpg books, no one is trapped inside the game during this book, there is no contrived death-is-real shenanigans, and the MC doesn't exploit some miraculous luck or cheap exploit to mindlessly indulge the audience's power fantasies.
The game is run by a borderline illegal AI (from the future *spooky noises*) that's sole prerogative is to enhance the lives of its players. To do this, it gets personal and the quests reflect MC's real life issues. Overcoming them helps him to become the player he fantasizes himself to be outside the game world.
So if the game enhances his real life, lets hope his real life is interesting! Well, it isn't. He's got parents who have high expectations but pay him very little attention, he's got an extremely cliche elite jock bully who's out to make his life miserable (complete with teachers and principal who are hellbent on his expulsion), as well as an assortment of other problems dealing with being an insecure teenager. Most of these issues are pretty generic, but they're symptoms of an underlying problem with the MC's lack of self-worth and ability to stand up for himself. As he delves into the gameworld and grows - his bitterness and desire for righteous vengeance dissolve - the symptoms of his problems are made irrelevant and he begins to focus on his own happiness and future. This is a refreshingly adult take on a generally YA style power fantasy
I loved this book, but I am somewhat a videogame nerd. If you liked Ernest Kline's - Ready Player One, you'll love this read as well.
Most of these types of books I've read have not left an ending on which to build, however AO has me anxiously awaiting its sequel.
The narrator did an overall good job, but I couldn't seem to get used to some of his pronunciations and accent.
Was anxious at the beginning because the main character is quite unlikeable at first, and I didn't know if he grows out of it over the course of the story or not. Ended up decided to stick it out and I'm so glad I did. Before I knew it, I was rooting hard for jason and fully into the plot. Great narration too, I hope he sticks around for the sequel.
Actually reminded me a lot of Mother of Learning, as far as character power and personality growth, if that's of interest to anyone.
it was absolutely amazing the next book needs to come out now! the story was amazing even though i was skeptical at first and the narrator didnt care for him at first but i think he might be one of my favorites now, the slight use of sound effects was a nice touch on his part and he does a great job with character voices. anyone on the fence whether or not to get this, GET IT! you will not be sorry.
One of my new favorites! I couldn't stop listening! If you liked the play to live series and ready player one then this book is for you! My only complaint about this series is that the next book is not available yet!!!
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