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A realm aside from our own is the center of the realities, home to every spectrum of magic. From the beautiful to the terrible, it was all held in delicate balance by the Eternal Emperor and his children. For 10,000 years, the empire was the bastion that protected the sentient races from the darkness, but the revolution changed all that....

Jax is a pretty regular guy, has a job he tolerates, a girl he kinda, sorta loves...and he fights creatures from the UnderVerse in his sleep, leaving him covered in horrific scars when he wakes up.

When his brother vanishes and five years later he's kidnapped as well, he's given a stark choice by his asshat of a father: Go to the UnderVerse in reality, travel to the capitol of that ruined realm at the center of reality, and open a portal for the Noble Houses to return home...or die.

Slowly.

That's the good news. The bad is that he has to survive the arena first, to prove his right to go. Twelve will enter, only one can leave....

©2020 R J Cajiao (P)2020 Tantor

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  • JJ
  • 12-01-20

Good Story, Terrible Narrative Performance

This book has a good story, it is very imaginative and while it has a few dead spots manages to draw in the reader. The Narration is horrible and may completely destroy the listener experience as it did mine. I would not recommend this book solely based on the narration.

I want to re-emphasize how badly this is narrated. This book should be re-recorded and released with a different narrator or narrative style. The accents the reader uses (PARTICULARLY THE PROTAGONIST CHARACTER’S) are infuriating to listen to and inconsistent. Random shouting, inconsistent cadence, and falling in and out of accent are behaviors littered across these hours of dialogue.

do not spend your money and credits on this production. Read the book to enjoy this solid story.

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Why all the screaming?

Having a hard time getting past why the need to scream everything. Everyone single announcement for advancing or review of character the narrator has to yell. A lot of the interactions with other characters involve a lot of screaming and this makes this audio recording almost unbearable. Also, the harsh unimaginative accents of the characters are really poorly done.

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Decent book overall but I have no idea how no one else is mentioning how annoying the narrator is. It would probably be fine if he didn’t use such a over exaggerating Australian accent.

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Good story; distracting narration

I don't understand why the narrator chose to use every kind of frustrating or distracting voice in his arsenal all in one book. If they don't sound like they have a lisp, or talking through lock jaw, there is way too much very loud, bordering on screaming, during this book. I'm 1/4 of the way through the book and I'll update the rating when I've finished it.

Edit: A book of this length would normally take me 2 days to listen to. I had to rotate to different books while listening to this book. While it is a good book the narrator made it difficult to enjoy. The accent used and sitting of the announcements were very distracting.

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a good listen

has a good story my only complant is the fact that when they're reading the statues sheet he sounds like a used car salesman on the radio:COME ON DOWN AND CHECK OUT OUR GREAT DEALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Good story, annoying narrator

Enjoying story so far but narrator is SO overdoing it with MC accent. I wish it would be just pain, well articulated narration.

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Action Action and more Action.

The story is fast paced never seems to slow down with the mc being a likeable brute. Hope the next book comes out soon.

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Really good

The story is really good m.c. can be a bit dumb some times especially when he doesn't remember or intelligently utilize his own abilities, it gets pretty frustrating. For example using your spell that's specifically for killing undead one time through multiple battles with undead over several days, after noting to himself how effective it was was particular frustrating. I actually like the narration, accent and all. I do agree with all the other reviews that the system narration is a bit obnoxious, it quite literally sounds like a used car salesman during a commercial and it really doesn't fit with the tone of the other characters and voices. However everything else is good enough I was definitely willing to overlook it.

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f n a man amazing!

I loved this audiobook! the narrator was amazing! definitely worth listening to.

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Experience

Clearly the narrator was a poor chose. But what about the xp gains? He gets 420 xp for killing a level 27 while level 6 or something. Not to mention he needs 16,000 xp to reach level 7? How does anyone become level 27 without hundreds of years of training and killing! Just makes it seem unrealistic when he manages to kill these individuals who should be absolute powerhouses in comparison.

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  • OB
  • 09-30-20

Ok story. Bad lit rpg

Frustrating MC that oscillates between blushing virgin, nieve fool, and possessive blood thirsty manic with anger management issues.

Hit points and levels don't seem to matter. Neither does class choices for that matter. And don't get me started on female representation. Even for this genre, it was fucking awful.

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  • Curt Cadwallader
  • 01-22-21

Great Book, Great Main Character,

I stumbled across this book on LITRPG Aleron Kong page and inquired about it! I spoke to Jez Cajiao (sound bloke) and decided to give it a whirl!! Instantly I was hooked, the pace of the book is spot on with plenty of action, the main Character Jax is great and I took to him straight away. It has plenty of funny quirky parts also and the narrator Wayne Mitchell does a Stella job!!
All in all an excellent read and recommend a journey to the underverse I for one am looking forward to book 3 and many more to come, keep up the great work lads and don’t be a DICK👏😂

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-29-20

Smeagol and C**kgoblins

Honestly as first I wasn't particularly fond of the rough voice but I must say the voice actor is incredibly skilled, at one point I had to double he didn't play smeagol for one of the voices and it just feels like the character has actually lived in out world with quick funny witty insults and lines like c**kgoblin the story seems slow but suddenly picks up pace in intermittent shorts, it's a great listen a great story and the perfect voice actor for the characters

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  • Micke
  • 10-01-20

Really good and refreashing book!

I really like this one. Good story. Developed unconventional characters. Dark and gritty! Loved the narration, sounded like a pirate and it fits the MC. I would have prefered explicit sex scenens, why go Disney there. 😀

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  • S. Reid
  • 06-03-21

Very surprisingly entertaining

A great book especially written for my sense if humour or anyone who has served will get a lot of the situations and sayings. The start is a bit unusual but soon picks up and Jax is a fantastic character which voiced by Mitchell is quite good although not what i was expecting.
This took me some time to get used to and some of ths characters were done very well although some of the females could do a little better being a bit critical. His narration was better as the audio went on and I would look at more of his work outside this series.
Loved the book and outside the Jax surprise this helps the character and story along very well so have got more of the audios out as well.

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  • chris
  • 05-11-21

Really good

Thoroughly enjoyed this one. The narrator took a bit of getting used to (is Jax an aussie or a cockney or a geordie? His accent seems to fluctuate between all 3!) but the style of reading really grew on me. Fun story although there were a few bits that were weird like a level 7 taking down a level 27 with one sneak attack but you know, plot armour I guess. Nothing that dramatically spoiled the immersion.

Lots of swearing and rude jokes, all to the good. Nothing explicit but defo not safe for kids.

Just got the next 2 books as well and hope the series keeps going in the same vein.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-21

why THE shouting annoying like hell

could be a great Book but THE reader slaugther it. unfortinatly sorry for bad English

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  • NorthBouy
  • 10-08-20

Like the new story style

I enjoyed the story and the style. some of the accents were pretty shocking especially the Scottish ones. Being Scottish myself, that's probably why I thought so.
Not sure if the main character is meant to be Australian or English. Either way it starts to match the character.
Lots of laugh out loud moments.

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  • Da-en
  • 03-21-21

Terrible accents and narration but a good story

Can’t help but wonder this would be a great series if they had a better narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-21

900 dolarry doos?!?

good story line fairly unique, but the bootleg aussie accent was killing me. No offence to the narrator but it sounded like the main character was Russell crowe from south park. Making movies singing songs and fighting round the world.

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  • Alexander Devitt
  • 10-24-20

Very interesting

This story is a unique take on an increasingly stale genre. I was horrified at the new perspective I was drowned by in the beginning, but I very quickly grew to enjoy the main character and the narration. While the storyline is not unlike other stories I've listened to, the mc and narration is very new to me. I imagine it's difficult to portray uncouth with eloquence, however Wayne Mitchell performs it well.

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  • Seanotaur
  • 07-26-21

Simply incredible.

This series is absolutely a must. The performance of Wayne Mitchell is brutal in all the best ways - my first time exposed to his brilliance. This series delivers across the board. Keen to re-listen. Thanks

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  • Beekee
  • 06-07-21

Under rated Preformance

Story and pace is great for a first entry.

Narrator captures the simple minded brute of an MC. The shouting aspect of the system that appears and demands attention when it pops up.His range is quite good.

Alot of reviews focus on the accent with a preconceived idea of how it should be, a British smooth clear voice, but given the context of what the MC is, the narrator takes it a step further. Something you don't usually get and he is consistent with it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-15-21

Great story line but.......

Would love to give more stars, but....
The story line is great, I loved the entire concept.. Plenty of action and wasn't inundated with stats every 3 pages as some of these LitRPG books can have.. However, the narration is absolutely abhorrent.. The accents are horrendous, I am barely invested in continuing with the series only because the narration is so bad.. Old mate is better off sticking to acting on film and leave the voice acting to the professionals. Can't help but wonder how awesome this series would be if someone like Nick Podehl or Jeff Hays did the narration..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-21

great story

great story well worth getting past the voice acting of Jax which slowly grew on me, would have liked a female to voice the female characters voices.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book however, the picture and explanation on the fights and damage was portrayed excellently giving me a clear movie like scene in my head.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-13-21

Worth the buy, 9/10

The Story is great. good build up from the start to the meat of the story. definitely buying the next installment can not wait to continue the story.

only flaw was it took awhile to get into the narrator choice of delivery and voice. honestly can't tell what sort of accent he is going for but butchers it none the less. however I must say once it grows on you it sticks so recommend sticking with it, if you're like me and didn't enjoy the narrator from the start. it does work in an odd way

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  • Xravia
  • 12-03-20

Chosen/foretold vibes

Alot of build up and set up without quite utilizing the advantages provided at his start, There are quite a few tetris pieces falling in place giving the feel that the MC is on a plot railroad, these are either caused by the emperors voice in his head, instincts or charging in without thinking.

gonna reserve my judgment for the next book.

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  • Owen Smith
  • 11-04-20

Ok book. But much better out there.

A couple of points.
- The MC’s accent was grating. I thought I would get used to it but even towards the end it still annoyed me.
- The beginning of the book was good (I like the idea), but the action was very confusing. The was compounded when he finally ended up on the other world and it was non stop action. More story and less fighting is needed.
- The main character is a moron. The voice doesn’t help that characterisation. But I really dislike the main character being a complete idiot.