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Alpha Test

Angromoria, Book 1
Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (144 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The advertisement offered the ultimate Virtual Reality experience. Using a new technology known as Immersive Virtual Reality or IVR, you could truly experience the game as if you were in it. For someone who has been confined to a wheelchair all of his life, the promise was impossible to ignore, but only a few would be invited to take part in the Alpha test of the new game. Devon decided he would be one of those few. 

To ensure he would be chosen he took the most unlikely combination of skills specializing primarily as a craftsman and secondarily as a healer. The best race for these skill trees is a Gnome but that further weakens his ability to fight and survive. Still, it is only the Alpha test and once in he can change it when they move to Closed Beta. 

What could go wrong? Soon he finds out just how weak his choices seem to the developers who figure he will die a lot and always be a nobody. Name chosen, Gnobody sets out to take on Angromoria and it is everything he could hope for, until it becomes the only thing he may ever know.

©2018 David R. Pendleton (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Best book I’ve listened to in months

For me LitRPG is getting a bit Repetitive. Guy enters world, guy stumbles upon overpowered items, guy doesn’t understand how he is so lucky..
It’s so refreshing to listen to a story that actually holds my interest. A story where I really care what happens to the characters.
Really looking forward to the next book. It’s Really sad to hear about the rider.

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Goooood.

Overall the story and narration are excellent. The MC isn't over powered but uses group tatics and planning to win. An excellent start to the new world.

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love this book

this book is amazing. I hope he does twick his Carter just a lil bit to add more combat but over all it's a great book

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Great!

Great story I love the narrator he did a great job and I've also listened to him in other books and he's pretty good I am sorry to hear about the author at the end and hopefully he wishes the story to go on it's way to good and I wish he could still be here to write more best of wishes to his family and friends and thank you for releasing this great story

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Really enjoyed the humor in this book

loved the story and the characters even though some of the decisions just didnt make any sense to me. Good characters and has a lot of potential for more books until the about the Author really put a stop to that. Was looking at a lot of the reviews on Amazon and I'm amazed that so many people say such hurtful things about the book and I hope his family doesn't have to read that trash. If the second book is released I plan on reading it asap and may David Pendleton RIP.

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Pretty Good

The writing mechanics are all there and this book has been professionally edited. Sad to say that this low bar has become a litmus test for me in the GameLit genre. The story is interesting and engaging, and the MC is not a total moron. This is a refreshing change from the inexplicable trend of LitRPG authors thinking that anyone wants to listen to a book about an MC who is too stupid to be credible as a fully functional human being.

The only glaring flaw in this book is the pace of the plot. The story kind of meander’s and there are long stretches where the plot just kind of marinates. I didn’t find it too bothersome, but I can see how some listeners might want more action and momentum. I’d still recommend it as a worthwhile addition to the straight-up LitRPG genre.

It’s really sad that the author has passed away. According to the author’s note there will be a second book released, but it’s a shame that a promising new author in the genre will most likely have left this series as an unfinished, two book work.

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Great book super sad author note

I loved the book great Rpg it's kinda like world tree on line but the author note made me cry I want a second book but not sure if we are going to get one. as for the performance really good but for the skill read out some times they drag on way to long

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  • Matthew
  • Evansville, IN, United States
  • 07-15-19

Fantastic!

I really enjoyed this story. It delves into subjects and areas that I believe too often get ignored. I really enjoy the MC's approach to game play and all the crafting. This was refreshing! Anxiously await the sequel.

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book for people that have a love of their life

never wtite reviews but i found the book extremely enjoyable and had a true connection with the character i have been with my girlfriend for 10 years and i can fully understand how the author wrote the mc as a devout lover and am fully enthralled by this book

sorry for your loss

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It kept me entertained the whole time.

The framework of the story isn't all that unique. Any fan of Gamelit can attest to that. However, the author does an excellent job of making me care about the MC. Not only him, almost everyone gets a believable, relatable personality. My favorite is Mongo. I'll admit I'm uncertain of the reference, but the character himself is quite fun. There is something strangely satisfying about a tiny Gnome giving a him orders.

This books interactions were genuinely fun. It's one of the few books that kept me grinning the whole way through.

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  • 07-10-19

loved this, so sad to hear the author passed away

I really enjoyed this book, a great idea and with so many familiar references to my own gaming experiences.

from a performance point of view, the reading of the stats charts could have been significantly improved. stepping away from a verbatim reading of the tables. I could visualise how the tables were presented with indents for sections and subsections. but that didn't come across at all from the narration.

so very sad to hear the author passed away

I will definitely get 'Beta Test'? when it is released

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  • Simon
  • 06-26-19

Loved it

Very sad to hear the author passed, he did a great job, a note at the end states book 2 is going to be released, not sure if it will resolve the series but I will be getting it.