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Couch Potato Chaos: Gamebound

Narrated by: Sarah Sampino
Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
4 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

You know those times when you’re surrounded by a squadron of bloodthirsty ninjas, your back is to the wall, you’re down to your last heart container, and all hope seems lost? In situations like that, it’s important not to panic, to take a deep breath, and to remember that even if you do shuffle off this mortal coil, by the laws of Etheria you’ll shuffle right back on it again.

Meet Tasha, a couch potato with no accomplishments to her name. That all changes one fateful day when she gets sucked into the world of Etheria. Here, in this world of adventure, she can become the strong person she’s always wanted to be.

After rescuing a princess from ninjas, one thing leads to another, and before she knows it, she’s drawn into a massive quest to save Etheria. With friends by her side, Tasha must figure out who she really is.

This is a LitRPG/RPG Gamelit novel with stat progression, video game mechanics, and narrative spreadsheets. It features heavy satire and the kind of silly over-the-top situations you might expect in a 16-bit video game.

No velociraptors have been harmed in the production of this novel.

©2018 Erik Rounds (P)2019 Erik Rounds

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A Very Entertaining Story

This book was fun, and silly in all the places one might expect of a LitRPG based on old video games. The narration was terrific, too. I’ll be looking at the sequel one day, I’m sure.

I received a free promo code for this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Very enjoyable for the average litrpg reader.

The story and skill system of the book are well thought out and enjoyable. The skill system and unique class Couch Potato are entertaining to think about and potentially very powerful but I feel like their use in the book was limited and didn't make sense other than acquiring a skill for a plot point a prime example being double jump she needs it for a plot point and after that its rarely ever mentioned other than for other plot points. The main character is very relatable as a gamer and the story will have you nostalgic for video games you've already played especially classic rpgs. The timing in the book doesn't make much sense due to the fact that the story takes place over about a half a year period and while the journey is progressing the characters level doesn't seem to unless the story is focusing on it the party would be battling monsters every day during the journey but suddenly get 2 or even 3 levels during a battle the writer decides to focus on showing how easy it is to level which makes you question why the characters aren't much higher level by the end of the book. Skill development is about the same The main character finds a skill they have an interest in (usually for a later plot point) then spends the necessary time (usually less than a day) leveling it to 1 too be able to keep it but over a half of year period the main character should have either a lot more skills or much higher level skills and leaves them feeling like they didn't get enough attention. The main character is easy to relate to and her background while not fully fleshed out is done so enough that most readers in the target audience will have enough in common with her to enjoy her adventure but where the story really shines in my opinion is the potential for world building some of which is done in the book and in the supporting cast. Ari and Pan's sub-story quickly became my favorite part of this book and they may very well be my favorite LitRPG supporting characters to date, most of the other supporting characters are defined almost as well as those two making for an enjoyable encounter. In the end despite how I started off this review I really enjoyed this book, the author does a fantastic job of drawing you into the world he created and I only pointed out those issues with the hopes of helping they probably wont take much away from the average reader. Additionally the narrator Sarah Sampino did a fantastic job especially with the characters facing unique speech problems and challenges. I look forward to both the author and narrators future works.

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Great fun

I really enjoyed my time with this little gem. Erik Rounds has a fun sense of humor and the questing was very fulfilling. Sarah Sampino does a great job with narration and helped make the listen flow well. I’ll be looking for more books she narrates.

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Fun story!

Imaginative and fun. Really enjoyed the quirky plot line and characters. Narration was awesome. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

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Great book to check out

Loved the fandom found in this book. Great story. I really liked the use of ninjas. Can’t wait for the next book.

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  • TU
  • 02-21-19

I rather quite liked this one

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

I liked the unique class the author created for this book. The whole couch potatoe thing was funny and made for a unique approach to the genre. The narration is pretty good for the most part. Her male voices were a little hard to diferintiate, but it wasn't so bad that I couldn't follow the story or track the character speaking. All in all, I rather quite enjoyed this book and would definitely be open to more in the series when it comes out.

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Fun light-hearted LitRPG

Couch Potato Chaos is the story of a woman video game developer who is timid and closed off and gets whisked into a game world with a long history and back story. While there she gains confidence and grows strength as a person which helps her back IRL professionally. The Couch Potato player class was unique and it made her combat style fun to follow because no other LitRPG trope has followed that. I enjoyed a lot of well placed pop culture, anime, and LitRPG references sprinkled throughout (War Aeternis shoutout for the win). I’ll probably grab the second book when it comes out.

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Great LitRPG book with an awesome female MC!

Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

That being said, I definitely enjoyed it.

The things I really enjoyed:

Some of the 80s and 90s humor throughout the book. If you like Labyrinth, the Dark Crystal, and old NES and SNES games from around that time frame, you will most likely enjoy the references.
Pan, who provides a good representation of an autistic person. And although jarring and almost over the top for me, lets you connect with her and in my case root for her.
Lots of fights and action throughout, with some cool loot and weapons.
The narrator did a good job with the heavy accents, especially the Scottish ones.

The things I did not enjoy as much:

While Erik is incredibly well written and does an excellent job of world building, sometimes it is to his detriment. There was so much detail that it often detracted from the story, the action sequences in particular. I think the story could have been about four hours shorter if a lot of the excess info was removed.
This was the first book that I had listened to from Sarah. I really enjoyed the calmness and clarity in her narration, although sometimes it was hard to tell characters apart. There are a lot of characters throughout this book and I found myself having to rewind a bit in order to make sure I kept the characters apart. Also, there were some odd pauses and spots where the inflection was off.
The amusement gauge or meter, I felt was unnecessary and I kept waiting for it to come back into the story.

Other than that, if you want a light enjoyable LitRPG/Gamelit story that is well written and solidly narrated, I would definitely suggest checking this one out.


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I dislike ham-fisted cliff hangers

I had two other problems with this book I will try and not give anything away but that will be difficult. There is a younger character in the book and for some reason, the main character just forgets that she is young and stupid things happen. The other thing was that this is a video game world with certain roles but I guess that the author just did not like them sometimes
"cough steal cough" that stuff combined hurt the book in my thoughts.

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Pretty good book

Good story. Good audiobook performer.
Lousy “ending;” basically a cliffhanger.
Not sure if there is a second book planned.

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  • Reinaldo
  • 03-05-19

Litrpg at its finest along with stellar narration.

I don't usually write long reviews but has this is a relative new book I am feeling it is not getting enough love. Incredible new world, innovative approuch to aspects of the isekai genre that normally are ignored like the game world self vs real world self aspect.

The couchpotato class was really fun and the mechanics interesting, however I felt that by the end the specific class mechanics could be better used to bring some more "spunk" to the last quarter of the book.

With such an ending really hope the 2nd installment comes as soon as possible!

Never forgetting to mention a stellar narration by Sarah Sampino, hope to be earing her narration in more books of the genre (LitRPG, Fantasy, Sci-fi) and of course in the sequel.

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  • LGKM
  • 02-08-19

Really enjoyed this book, light and interesting

Great book full of funny references for anyone into the LitRPG genre. I particularly enjoyed the Couch Potato class.

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  • David Fitzgerald
  • 02-08-19

Enjoyable

Well written and presented tale. It took a couple of chapters to really become engaged but once "in" was enjoyable to the end

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  • charlie
  • 02-04-19

Good book but lacking slightly.

I loved this book but I did struggle to keep with it towards the ebd.

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  • Morris
  • 02-02-19

Bring on book 2!

Great story! The author paints very vivid and colourful world teamed with a great narrator. Moreover the plot is very interesting and includes a few pop culture references which made me laugh. I can't wait for book 2!

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  • Brandon
  • 02-01-19

A fun ride

Okay I'll start with the negative first and rip that bandaid off, as for performance I think the narrator did a great job on most aspects but I kind of wish there was a male voice for the guys, she seemed to just add am English accent when it was a male and would have rather had a males voice like in some of the other audio books I've heard. The second and last negative point is on the author, this may have been on purpose but I have no clue what any character looks like other than that one character has unnaturally spiky hair.

Okay now for the good, or should I say great, the story had good flow, and I loved that the character used her knowledge of video games top her advantage and her knowledge of programming and feel culture forged her path in the book, too many books in this genre I've read have had the statement that the character is a geek but then ends up in these worlds and acts clueless and acts like they know nothing of monster hunting and basic video game tropes which is where this one grabs on and rides them like a glorious raptor into battle.

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  • John
  • 02-03-19

Couch Potato Chaos

I was surprised that I enjoyed this book so much just shows how talented and skilled author Erik Rounds. Is the story is very insightful and also interesting the characters a well written and informative.And the voice acting skills of Sarah Santino make the characters and story come alive. will definitely buy the next book on audible 12/10 stars..... ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆..

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