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Axillon99: A LitRPG Novel

Narrated by: Avery Reid
Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)
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Death isn't a big deal in the virtual world of online gaming, but after poking her nose where it doesn't belong, Dakota Marx finds herself running for her life - and reality doesn't come with a respawn.

At 22, she's still slinging coffee at an Amazon Cafe despite having a degree in programming. It's not because she's unlucky, unmotivated, or even that she fancies herself an underground activist crusading against evil corporations. Hunting for a real job would take time away from her game.  

Axillon99 is the world's most popular multiplayer online experience, with a universe containing billions of planets to explore. Ever since video games broke the screen barrier, plunging players fully into their characters, reality just can't compete.

Cognition Systems International announces a 10-million-dollar prize to celebrate the release of the next generation Neurona 4 interface helmet. After her crew decides to try chasing the money, Dakota discovers a sinister intent behind the new technology. Going public threatens the lives of her friends, but keeping CSI's secret could destroy the very fabric of society.

©2017 Matthew Sean Cox (P)2018 Matthew Sean Cox

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Great LitRPG!!

It's 2031 and millions of people around the world are playing Axillon99, an immersive sci fi virtual reality game. Dakota is one of those players, she got her degree in programming but prefers to work as a barista in order to spend more time in game. Being a programmer gives her an advantage when a new quest with a 10 million dollar prize is announced. Dakota and her crew of the Stormbringer are among the first to figure out the first clue.

This was a great LitRPG! I love reading character driven stories that are heavy on the world building, not too many stats, with a game I'd love to play myself. I prefer stories where the main character goes back and forth from the game to real life, I feel like it allows the characters to be more developed. Seeing Dakota in real life really fleshed her out and made me root for her.

While the bare bones of the plot may be similar to Ready Player One, Axillon doesn't suffer from its flaws. The world and the game are thoroughly described without huge info dumps, the pace is perfect. It references other games without being heavy handed, I remember playing LSL back before I was old enough to understand the innuendos and it cracked me up when it was referenced. Dakota is likable without being a Mary Sue, isn't overpowered, and can be kind or a badass as it's called for. And I loved having a strong female lead. The whole thing is just well written.

The narration was really well done, Avery Reid performed voices for each of the characters that fit well, and her voice for Dakota was perfect. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I'd recommend this LitRPG for just about any older teen or adult, and it would be perfect for fans of fantasy/sci fi and gamers.

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Good

Interesting twist to litrpg. To much rl and not enough game for my tastes. plus a little to much like ready player one.

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Wow, loved it!

I received this title free in exchange for an honest review.

I an a big fan of the LitRPG genre, so when I saw this title I was excited to give it a listen. This story exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed it throughout. The future setting, 2031, has some humorous, and not so unfathomable, notions. The idea that a coffee will cost over 9 bucks, and drones delivering all kinds of products, are just a few examples. The most important advancement to the plot, however, is full immersion gaming. While not the full haptic suits of Ready Player One, the helmet interface is integral to both the gaming and the story.
There is plenty of action, both in game and out, some daily life elements, and interpersonal dynamics as well. Each member of the Stormbringer’s crew comes to life through Matthew S. Cox’s writing. There was only one thing that disappointed me, which I will leave with pseudo-spoiler details after my comments on the narration.
Speaking of the narration, Avery Reid is EXCELLENT!!! She truly delivered an outstanding performance. She is apparently new, as this is only the third title she has on Audible at this time, but she is someone to pay attention to. She is already one of my three favorite female narrators, doing a solid job with character voices and an amazing job with the narrative.

*Pseudo-Spoiler Alert*
I’m not going to deliver any specifics, but I will say that I was disappointed with the ending, how things played out over basically the final 30 minutes. I really thought the story was cheapened with a crucial decision that was made. However, Matthew S. Cox won me back during the final two minutes. You’ll understand when you get there.

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LITRPG goes sci-fi

Love the LITRPG genre. Most of what I have read so far has been strictly fantasy and some post apocalypse style. This one is sci-fi at its best. Both in game and out of game. In game we have starships, aliens, blasters, technomancers, robots and more. Out of game Walmart Disney and amazon rule the world and the corporations that run axillon 99 are poised to do far more than any of them. Spoiler alert: what if a company created a headset that could not only immerse you in the game more fully but could also access your mind to bring your fears into it? Your favorite tastes and smells? What if it didn’t stop there? How far could they go into your mind? What could they learn? What could they affect? Get ready for one helluva great ride through an awesome story with great characters. Well narrated. Enjoy. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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great story

great story with twist and very interesting characters I liked it a lot it was between if you like sci-fi you will probably like this book
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Excellent Sci/Fi Adventure

Though I normally don’t listen to a Litrpg, I thought I’d try this one on a whim. I was interested from the start because of the Professional Style of the Narration. This book became so engrossing that I had to keep reminding myself that it was Litrpg. It presents itself as a well-written Sci/Fi Adventure! When I though the author was being repetitive, I soon realized that he was laying further groundwork for the storyline.
Good read Matthew! Excellent Narration Avery!
I was given this audiobook for free, and I freely give my opinion, evaluation, and recommendation

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Familiar story line – well executed

This book reminded me a lot of Ready Player One. And that’s a good thing. As usual for this genre, a fast paced thrill ride with lots of action and adventure. Not sure about most of the genre but this one brought the action and adventure into the real world as well. Highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a first person adventure that never sets you down.

There were a couple points early in the book where you jump from reality to game play or vice-versa in such an abrupt way that it takes a few moments to realize you have switched. Nothing bad but the closest thing to a negative I had for this one.

The narration on this book was right on with the story. Kept up with the action and changing emotions of each character. Since this was first person, all the voices were filtered through the main character but it was still easy to identify each character.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Not Just For Gamers

The action in this book takes place in "the real world" and in the virtual world. In a lot of LitRPG once you get into the game everything else is forgotten. This book is exciting on both levels. A quest with a ten million dollar prize is at stake. The characters' personalities remain consistent in both universes. The good guys are both interesting and likeable. Even if you are not a gamer there is a lot to enjoy about this book. If you like a little science fiction with your action adventure stories I think you might like this.

Avery Reid did a great job as narrator.

I was given this book at my request for an unbiased review.

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Ready Player One Dethroned

Axillon99 is undeniably the best LitRPG I have read. Having read dozens of books in the genre, I have finally discovered a true “Easter Egg.” This book was fun, real, and griping. It flawlessly combined the harsh realities of life with the imaginative entertainment of a Game world. In my perspective, Axillion99 has replaced Ready Player One as the new LitRPG gold standard.
First, it must be said that this book is extremely similar in plot to Ready Player One: Immersive Gamers enter in a contest to win a huge prize while taking on an evil corporation. Although it gets no points for novelty, the plot is perfectly executed. It is well-paced and combines the thrill, suspense, humor, and action in a masterfully crafted tale.
Characterization was a high point for me. Unlike most LitRPG authors, Matthew S. Cox focused on characters development both in and out of the game. This made the story far more immersive and the characters far more real and relatable. This is characterization at its best.
While extremely similar to Ready Player One, Axilllon99 takes all the things that it had and perfects them, somehow making them come more alive and more real. This book is worth your time.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Morality Rating- Axillon99 contains violence, language, sexuality, nudity, torture, kidnapping, drug references, homosexuality, and crude humor.

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Hidden Gem

I found myself rather enjoying this story and not for the first time wishing we did have full immersion gaming. The world of Fawkes sounds like a place I would love to get lost in.