Game Over takes place in the distant future, in a place far, far away from the planet we call home, in the virtual universe called Elisium.
Imagine a society freed from crime and illness, one sustained by a single, eminently logical system that was designed to seek ultimate perfection. The Sibyl System seeks the elusive state of human perfection, and, through the course of its quest, the System will become its greatest enemy.
Now imagine that a reluctant hero is called to save what remains of the human race residing on what was once proudly called Earth by its inhabitants.
Ekko Everlasting is thrust into the world of the game, No-Life, without any corresponding memories to motivate him to think about anything besides himself. Ekko cares about saving his own skin and regaining his lost self - exclusively in that order - not saving the universe, let alone two of them!
©2016 Derek Edgington Productions (P)2016 Derek Edgington
This book is like the choose your own adventure books from my youth. The audio isn't organized in ways to skip to the correct section and choose a complete story thread. Listening strait through makes the story jump all around and makes it confusing.
A reader of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and non-fiction Christian books. A reviewer for Audiobookboom.com
Let me start by saying that the book is not one that should have been released in audiobook format; at least not Audible. It is quite difficult for me to review it based on the ratings options that Audible provides; story, narration, and overall. The story itself was interesting with some unique aspects from others in a somewhat crowed genre. However, I cannot recommend the book be purchased in audio format for many reasons listed below.
If you like the VR/game genre of books, this one is like those with an additional “Choose your own Adventure” element. At selected points in the story, one is requested to forward the audio to a specific location based on the decision made. This brings the reader to the next part of the story. Story choices in Game Over are not as common as other books in this category, but it is enough that it does not work for me; and I would assume most who use the Audible application.
The book did have action, an evil AI, PvP play, and various challenges to overcome for our main character. I was somewhat surprised to hear vulgar language used in a book of this type. The book also has some darker aspects that may not make it appropriate for younger readers. The author does a good job of keeping the action flowing and there are necessary breaks in the action at good locations also. However, the language could have been removed without impacting the story and potentially opening it up to a younger audience.
Due to limitation in the Audible application and because I often listen to books while driving, the ability to fast-forward to a specific location is not practical. Had the book been published where the choices were instead selectable via chapters and not some random amount of time, it may have easier to overcome this limitation.
Overall the narration by Dee Drew was acceptable. This appears to be his first narration released on Audible; at the time of this review. There were many noticeable places where the book’s audio should have been edited, but was not. Quite a few sentences were repeated with the second being the correct wording and the incorrect one not being removed before it was released. He did a decent job of voicing the many different characters, but again the book should have been formatted using chapter breaks where decisions needed to be made; or the ability to jump several 30 second forwards for yes and another number for no. That would be make the book easier to listen too in this format. The book does not permit enough time delay after being asked a selection for someone to take the action requested before it moved to the default selection.
As stated above, a few times, I cannot recommend this book for younger readers due to the book’s content and language. I also cannot recommend it in audiobook format due to the complexity it adds to one enjoying the book. If the book itself sounds interesting, pick it up in a different format and you may enjoy it.
I received a copy of this audio book free of charge so that I can write an honest review. There is apparently a slew of books on the market involving gamers. Having entered into the gaming experience early, (Pen and Paper D&D) and consequently on line gaming earlier than most, I enjoy seeing these books become available. This is an enjoyable read and the narrator does a good job. If you like gaming, this is a credit worthy read!
"Better in a book format."
This story has a choose your own ending when the main character has to make a certain decision when he gets into a situation. This wouldn't be to bad if they first gave you time to get to the section you needed and two if the author did this through out the book. It would have been better if they gave you the choice to go to a chapter which would have made things more simpler and faster. If you were to listen to it without making a decisions then it would get confusing because you'll end up listening to different scenes. I was surprised when I heard swear words being used (wasn't expecting it) and how violent it is (certain scenes are graphic).
This would not be everybody's type of book. I believe it has potential and in my opinion it didn't needed the bad language, it would have been fine without it.
The Narrator I thought was good however he did repeat a few sentences and he even repeated a few words a few times to get a feel/comfortable for it. This I can understand but we don't need to hear how many time he needed to say a word before he felt comfortable saying it.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audio book by the author.
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