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Big Trouble

By: Andrew Seiple
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
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Chase Berrymore dreams of adventure, excitement, and getting the heck out of her pastoral halven village. But when adventure finds her, she'll be scrambling to save her family and friends from a necromancer's wrath. Outmatched in almost every way, she'll have to use her wits, charisma, and a bit of divine favor to figure out the path to victory. 

Even worse, she'll have to figure out ways to deal with the weird and nigh-immortal beings that call themselves "playas"...and she'll have to do it with the most powerful weapon she has available: words.

Violence is not her forte, but cunning, deception, and careful negotiation with unstable and self-centered sociopaths might just win the day and save herself and her family from this horrible situation which she is absolutely not to blame for in the slightest.

A LitRPG romp from an NPC's point of view!

©2019 Andrew Seiple (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Great continuation of threadbear-verse

It's not completely apparent from the description, but this book is set pretty soon after the Threadbear trilogy, though it is only loosely tied to it. This book is of a similar, humorous style, but deepens the world quite a bit.

After Threadbear was over, I wanted the story to go on, but couldn't imagine the main characters doing it. This book is definitely a great way to do it, and I can't wait to see more in the series!

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Stop! Read this Small Medium trilogy first

If you haven't already read the other two trilogies in this world, DON'T, not yet! Read this one first, then Threadbear, then Blasphemy Online. It's in reverse order, so you will get a few spoilers, but they are small. In exchange, you go from hearing about Silvania to BEING there, and from learning about the Crash to learning how it came to be; there's a lot more investment, I think, than if you go the other way around. Plus, Blasphemy has several nods to the later books that don't make sense if you go the normal way.

This is a great story set in a great world and it has a cast of engaging characters brought to life by the skills of the narrator. I could listen to him doing Dijorno's voice for hours. The one drawback is that the skill readings occasionally get tedious, because you can't easily skim them like you would with text, but it never got too bad, and the reader's "announcer voice" is brilliant.

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I could've loved it but....

I liked the MC but not the story. It was well written, sometimes even great, but ruined for me by horrible or stupid messages. There's no winning just losing less badly. Like surviving a horror movie where the villain gets away. It wanted to be cute but was often too gross. I just didn't enjoy the journey.

The narrator did a good job.

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Tim Gerard Reynolds Squee!

So.. I just started this book and I honestly just want to tell Andrew THANK YOU for having Tim Gerard Reynolds read again for you. The Threadbare Series was, honestly, one of the best series I've ever read and TGR brought it to LIFE! I already love it and am so excited you've added to the Threadbare Universe. You're amazing!

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I hope the next one is better.

I bought this as it was another book in the Generica universe.
It had the same theme of video game levels and jobs and it even gave a few hints toward some bigger things to be revealed.
It just seemed rushed or forced. The reason I liked the Threadbare series was the passion and diversity of the characters. I felt like this book didn't have that same passion.
Tim Gerard Reynolds did a fantastic job bringing the book to life, I was just a bit disappointed with the story.

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pretty good!

I enjoyed the book, like others from this author, I found my attention wavering around the 75% mark. I'm not sure why. I powered through and finished what turned out to be a rather smart, interesting novel. I like the golems, it's a neat detail.

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Absolutely Amazing

I cannot get enough of Chase!!! Or Generica!!!! Andrew Seiple's writing is inspired and Tim Gerard Reynolds performance really brings the Seiple's world to life.

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A very fun read

Really enjoyed listening to this book. I'm now looking forward to hearing the next books in the series.

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Not bad

SPOILERS AHEAD!!







Learning that the world is an actual game and not a world that suddenly got turned into a game kinda ruined it for me. The story is still fine tho, and so are the many puns. The Mc did kind of bother me tho, there would be tense moments and suddenly she'll want to giggle or do something random that totally threw me out of immersion. Yes I know the fox toy is cute! Get back to the raging clown zombies!

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Pacing.

I apologize but I just cant continue. The pacing is all wrong. The writing combined with the narrator's reading makes for an incredibly dull listen.

The content itself is unique and fun. The story looks like it goes interesting places.

I have had this book in my library for about 2 months. Every audiobook I buy, I binge and finish with a day or three. I had to start and stop this book 7 times. Whatever is about the pacing and content that cant get me interested, I just cant finish it.

I half regret this but since the author has failed to keep me interested and invested, I must give this only a few stars. I may finish it one-day, but it shouldnt be a mental slog to pay attention.

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  • Angelique
  • 08-03-19

addicting!

This book is about Chase Berrymore, a haven girl who longs for adventure - and finds it. With her world crumbling around her, both figuratively and literally, it's amazingly exciting and thrilling to listen. she was once the information broker of her village, but soon her charisma would help her in things much much mode important.

This perticular book is one of many featuring the fantasy world of Generica. 'Theadbare', was the series before this, and it was an incredible read/listen (?). I suggest you listen to that one beforehand, but you don't have to.
This book series, by Andrew Seiple, is the perfect book for fantasy junkies.

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  • Miss Ah
  • 01-17-22

Loved this

I listened to the Threadbare series and loved it so I gave this a try as it’s set in same place. If you enjoyed threadbare you’ll almost certainly like this. Narration is same guy and he really adds to it.
Already bought the next one.

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  • Xravia
  • 10-16-21

Hard to get invested.

I get that there is meant to be a level of intextuality in the book but the leveling system is quite basic and the automatic refills on level ups kinda made the stats pointless.

The fate and god stuff is a minus in my eyes as its just a contrived plot device. with the predeterminism angle being a bit boring.

I'm hesitant to get the second book as this doesn't feel like it will culminate in a full story as the content in this book was episodic in nature.

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  • The Keyboard
  • 06-04-21

Good... but not as good as Threadbare

So I can see where the author has tried to replicate his previous successes, but it doesn't quite work in this case. I mean, the book is still a 5 star listen, but just not... exceptional, as was the previous series. If you liked Threadbare then temper your expectations and you'll be fine.

The book is set in the same universe as Threadbare, which is basically a fantasy-heavy world where the inhabitants mysteriously started getting stat screens and the ability to upgrade themselves 'as if in a computer game' a couple of decades previously. There are a couple of characters from Threadbare that make cameos, but for all intents and purposes it's a totally different story. If Threadbare was set in the equivalent of that universe's medieval England, then Small Medium is set in medieval Italy.

Basic story in a nutshell is that that a hobbit (though called by a different name in the book) has to go on an adventure but all her specialities are non-fighting, so she must get out of all the trouble she ends up in via brains, not brawn. For the most part, the story works, though I got pretty tired of the dungeon that takes up the first half of the book and was glad they got out.

Narration is decent - same narrator as threadbare - but this time it didn't work as well. Maybe I was just tired of the cutesy English Paddington Bear voice? Anyway, add to this the smattering of text-based humor (things like purposefully misspelled words) within the book and this might be a book that is better read then listened to.

On the plus side, this is definitely a book for those that want a thinking MC. The character is small and weak and the story plays to this - she's constantly having to outwit her foes as she knows she'll just lose in a head on fight.