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- Crystal Shards Online Series, Book 1
- By: Rick Scott
- Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
- Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
Ryan's life sucks. His brother is a jerk, his mom is sick, and his legs are next to useless thanks to a neurological disorder. Plus the world ended two centuries ago from nuclear war. Now the only escape from reality being the massive VR world of Crystal Shards Online. But even in the game, Ryan's life sucks. He works as a miner, earning not nearly enough to afford the operation that will save his mom. When Ryan discovers an item that grants the ability to dodge any attack, however, he has the chance to become one of the game world's most elite and sought after players: a Dodge Tank.
Multiple Classes?! Mostly, but Multiple Classes!!
- By Sheldon "Tech" on 06-17-18
Excellent Narrator & Story
Narrator has a nice, clear voice that moves the story along very well and keeps you interested from start to finish. He's able to give life to each character and this keeps it fresh throughout the entire thing.
The story itself is a very engaging one, though admittedly you might get a bit lost on the lingo if you've never played a MMORPG before. However, even a non-gamer can still follow the story if you're into the sci-fi / fantasy genre and like the idea of a virtual gaming world. What makes this world more interesting is that in-game money and real life money are one and the same, which makes everything mean a lot more and when it comes down to it, raises the stakes on what goes on in the game world. There is a nice mix of both the virtual gaming side and the real world side and good transitioning between the two.
The other major high point is all the mysteries surrounding both the in-game world and the real world outside the game. There are plenty of secrets that are kept from you just enough to keep us interested, and then revealed with perfectly placed timing, leaving you even more intrigued.
TL;DR - excellent narrator, very interesting story with good mix of gaming life and real life.
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