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Publisher's Summary

For fans of Scott Pilgrim or The Guild comes a story of Xbox, Denny's, and awkward beginnings.

Not too long ago, in a town that, depending on your current location, is either not super far or actually quite close.

It is a time of chaotic hormones.

Two nerdy gents home for winter break have discovered a female gamer at a midnight release.

During the break, the gamer trio manages to reveal the game's secret boss, a hidden enemy with enough power to destroy anything in its path.

Pursued by other gamers who want to be the first to beat this boss, George and Katie race to level up, and, in so doing, restore decency and sexual activity to their personal galaxy....

©2013 Sarah Daltry and Pete Clark (P)2014 Sarah Daltry and Pete Clark

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So darn cute

This beautiful story of young, geeky romance made me smile the whole time I listened to Angel's sweet voice narrate it. Well, almost the whole time. There were some tough spots in there for the main characters but they pull through. I won't spoil too much! Great summer listen.

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Hilarious!

Where does Backward Compatible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a funny one. As a fairly new listener to audiobooks (I traditionally like printed word), I was able to be taken into the minds of the characters brought to life by the narrators!

What does Angel Clark and Robert Peters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The dorkiness of the characters are brought to life and make it hilarious!

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super mario wooo

What made the experience of listening to Backward Compatible the most enjoyable?

just the nerd of it

What was one of the most memorable moments of Backward Compatible?

the girls voice over of it

What does Angel Clark and Robert Peters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

robert is ok but angel stole the show and kept you listening the entire time

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

laugh alot

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Awesome!

I wasn't sure that I was going to like the book, but I loved it! Very geeky, and incredibly amusing! I felt more 'normal' after listening to it. The audio was awesome, very highly recommended!

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Simple, Easy , well written characters

Is there anything you would change about this book?

May be more jokes or sarcasm.

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The performance by the artist that what keeps these book entertaining.

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What a wonderful listen!!

This book was so special that when it ended, I had to thank the book gods for letting me find it. I. Loved. It.

I'm not a gamer so some of the awesomeness of this book was lost on me. I am a bit of a nerd though so that aspect I could totally relate to and relish in.

George and Katie are the two nerds front and center but the supporting cast, not the least of which was Lanyon, made this listen something special. A new game, a guest for greatness and romance...there's nothing better.

The narrators were incredible!!! The story shifts POV's so duo narrators was a good call. What makes these two next-level is that they cross-pollinated - Clark took on the female voices during George's POV; Peters took on the male voices during Katie's POV. It was probably a serious effort to coordinate but it paid off!!!!!

This story was a perfect escape with no angst and great characters.

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Probably Gamers would enjoy this more?

A lot of the lingo is geared towards gamers, which I am not and would probably land better if you understood the references. Otherwise it was a cute NA romance of epic geeky proportions.

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  • 07-17-20

So much geeky fun!

This book was an absolute blast. I hadn't read anything by the authors before and didn't know what to expect, but I found myself grinning ear to ear in the first ten minutes. This is a smart, snarky, sarcastic, totally gamer-geek with a good helping of other fandoms romance. The romancey bits are wonderfully, refreshingly free of the typical romance tropes. They might even be anti-trope (and yay, ace--or demi?--character!) Quite a bit is actually unromantic, in a romantic sort of awkward gamer way? I'm not even sure, except I loved it. It's pretty much an authentic gamer romance--and not of the LitRPG variety, but hardcore gamers in the real world. The authors nailed gamer speak!

One thing I didn't quite enjoy was how mean the characters were sometimes. Sarcasm is definitely a part of gamer culture, but it was sometimes hard hearing people I was growing to love always bashing each other. In a loving way, but still.

And I loved the side quest! That was a blast!

Overall, this was one of my favorite reads in a while. So much fun!

I received a free review copy at my request and happily left this review.

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As it said on the tin.. Geek love story

Cant believe I heard the whole book.. Sitting here now I am just thinking :what on earth was it about..

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  • 12-22-14

Truly disappointing on every level

It tries waaay too hard to be relevant (I can't emphasis the number of 'a's needed there) throwing out an endless stream of references to every game/character, with a sprinkle of movies, imaginable in almost every conversation. I quote a lot of things when talking with my friends but this was utterly ridiculous. The net was just cast wider and wider trying to get more and more in. Entirely ham-fisted and just became annoying.

Overall its not well written and the narration is terrible.

The female narrator almost sounds like it's done through txt to speech. It's like my gps was reading the female parts of the book.