Dante's Immortality: Beginnings

Narrated by: Jeff Hays
Series: Dante's Immortality, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
5 out of 5 stars (2,873 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For those who reside in the outer regions of Aleria, the day of bestowal is what determines their destiny. 

It is the holy day of the Goddess. The day that allows those of age to step forward and receive their blessing, to embark on the path that she has chosen for them. To receive their Classification, which dictates their strength and ability. For those people, the holy day of bestowal represents fate itself. 

For Dante, it represents salvation. 

Years have past since he found himself abandoned without memories: years of hunger, ostracization, and solitude on the streets of Alazel without any hope of reprieve; of entrapment at the hands of the creatures that roamed the wilds beyond the city walls that made leaving impossible. 

Now, there is a chance for everything to change. 

In a cruel world where power could be gained through slaughter, strength meant everything. For Dante, that meant that the last his hopes lay in the Goddess' blessing. A combat Classification would be a lifeline, a way for him to escape the hell he had been living in. Anything else would only mean death. 

This is a fantasy story that is heavily influence by LitRPG elements, which include: classes, status screens, skills, leveling, and a form of experience gain, among other things.

©2018 Antonio Terzini (P)2018 Jeff Hays

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Shame that the author has been radio silent

I had been holding off on this book for various reasons but I finally decided to get it and it's REALLY good. It's a shame though because the author has been rather silent and it doesn't seem likely we're getting a second book. I don't know their circumstances so I can't say anything with certainty but I REALLY hope they come back. Read at your own discretion and prepare yourself not to get a second book

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I enjoyed it well enough

I enjoyed it well enough, No where close to loving it but I liked it enough. Not sure Ill enjoy the future books if its combat scenes dont improve.

In this installment however combat plays a pretty small part. And at first it was ok. Basic tactics and strategy was used and it was all written well enough. But as the book progressed, fights have become more and more just lopsided affairs. Either the main character just uses his basic and overpowered attacks and wins or they are ineffective and he loses. And he has too many deux ex machinas attached to him for my taste.

As for the politics that are central to the story. They are too amoral for my tastes. The main character did one particularily immoral act of cold blooded killing. And though the author tried to make it look absolutely essential, the reasons given were rather weak. Triply so in hindsight.

But at least the author tried with him. The nobles in the book are generally completely amoral. Not immoral, but insteD completely without conscience or a sense of right or wrong or duty or anything. They dont even have some sort of greater good in mind. Its all straight power grabbing for the sake of power itself.

The first bad noble in the book, Gregory. Is actually the most likable noble in the book to me, because at least he seemed to have an axis his decisions were based upon. Even if it was a cartoonishly exaggerated sense of self worth

The result is the book is filled with what should be interesting and complex political machinations hampered by a complete lack of moral reasoning behind them, good or bad reasoning.

But despite all that, I still found it written well enough to earn a tentative 4 stars in hopes of later improvement.

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An Amazing story that sucks you in in seconds

This is one of those books where I sincerely believe that it could have worked better without the LitRPG elements. This isn't to say that the LitRPG doesn't work. It is cool as hell, but I think that this would have actually been more powerful as a straight up fantasy novel. It is one heck of a magic system. The world is built with precision and purpose, and is one of the best fantasy settings I have ever read. The characters that fill it all seem to be major S.O.B.s, though, lol. This is moste certainly a place where you can trust no one. Everyone has an ulterior motive, and is out to remove you from their way or see what they can get from you.

There are some really scary things here, such as wraith collars and predatory dungeons. Sincerely, this world is a character unto itself, and Dante is just an intriguing character. I have to say that this book does one thing right comparede to 99% of all other books and that is the layout of the nemesis and the fate of said nemesis. It is handled the way any inteliigent person would, and when it happened I shouted out "YES!!!" Terzini knows how to put you in the car, strap you in, hit the buttons, send you up the hill, and just before you go over the top scream at you that the rollercoaster has no brakes!!!!! The ride requires very little set up, and once the story starts going it never stops. There are parts that are just heartwrenching, and others where you cheer and shout for joy! I loved every minute with Dante and want more right now.

Jeff Hays is on point narrating, and dang if this doesn't seem to be his best work. I mean you could just feel Dante's suffering in his voice, and the growl from his anger put off heat. You ever see the movie Dune? Where they have the weirding modules thatallow a person's voice to set fires, rend flesh, and shatter stone? Yeah? Well, I think Jeff is about to lose the need for a weirding module. His vocal powers are legendary, but here he just stomped Zeus into the dirt leaving godhood behind and becoming a full fledged Titan. He just brought this book home in a solid gold limousine. I don't know how he does this everytime, but he is continually improving and getting stronger. Rock Solid narration. Nuff said. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


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Good, but it could use some improvement.

While I understand that the world and time period depicted in the book are complete works of fiction, the use of words like “cool”, “crazy”, “slut”, and worst of all “as-if” stick out like a sore thumb and make the story feel far more juvenile than it should be. This is compounded by the narrators valley girl accent for every female character and horrendous Scottish accent for characters who don’t need to have one.

With those gripes aside, the book was a solid listen for me. It had good storyline progression and a solid main character who I was able to invest in emotionally with ease. I am looking forward to seeing what book 2 holds.

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This is a five star book

Give this book a chance just pst first half hour it takes off and is fantastic. I’m not big in to world building however the author does such an impressive job that I love it. My only issue was that the mc chose different class than I would of in his spot. That is seriously my only issue with this novel it is such a fun listen. Well built and thought out.

Now from my understanding some people bashed the author from the plot of the second book and he took a break from writing. I hope he understands that he did a fantastic job with this book and I hope he gives us more with another listen.

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Wow...

I expected a decent book based on reviews but this book was AMAZING! I have hundreds of sci-fi and fantasy books in my library and most of the recent ones are litrpg, this is easily one of the best books I own! Please deliver more books asap.

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One of my favorite already.

I don't know why I liked this book so much. There is not a boring point in the book and the book rolls along a path that is entertaining if not complicated. I think this will be in my list to re read and definitely look for book 2.

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I listen to it twice

This book was a pleasant surprise. I did not think I was going to like orwould anticipate the next book in the series as much as I do. My only complaint is I wasn't able to find a website to see how the next book is coming.

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This book was amazing. I want book 2 now.

The story was Soo good I finished the book in one day. I really really really want book 2 to be done soon so I can buy it as well.

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Yesss

I was surprised with this book. It was good, like really good and it's different. Hard to put in words what I wanna say but it's basically like a new style of everything that I like and I enjoyed all of it.

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  • Niall B.
  • 04-30-18

Really Enjoyed

Jeff hays was great as always. Looking forward to the next book in the series. Interesting plot. Book only started to drag in the last 1 hour.

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  • Anonymous grackle
  • 08-28-19

Fecking Ace-

really enjoyed the characters and the plot which was both intriguing and moved at a good pace. MC has nice character development adapting to events and his needs ,which a lot of books fall flat on . Plus it helps the mc is likable but still has a few flaws that reflect his story without being annoying, too stupid to live or some perfect vanilla cut out. The world has a unique take and the skill sets are interesting and aren't too bulky or recapped too much. Overall this is one of my favourite books and i'm glad a bought it. Really looking forward to a second book, I hope the author continues the series.

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  • max
  • 04-04-20

One of the best books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.

This book is just what I look for in a book, but I need more please publish the next book soon😅😂

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  • Morris
  • 09-07-18

simply amazing

It's all about survival. by any means necessary. be warned the weak die and the strong survive

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  • Jamillah
  • 06-29-20

Well written and performed

Great book, story progression was great and really got to know the characters.
Bit of a warning that Book 2 audiobook isn't released. It's disappointing but the book it still worth a listen

Great performances and voices.

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  • Conan
  • 05-15-19

absolutely amazing can't wait for number 2

such a phenomenal story throughout great character development with amazing twists and Turns one of my favourite works the main character developed well and isn't too overpowered despite his skills

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  • Glynn
  • 04-20-19

Excellent RPGLit character development needs work

I love this style book and really enjoy Jeff Hays.
Only problem I had was relating to Dante, yes he is in a kill or be killed situation but he’s to ruthless to have affinity with the character.
Still an excellent book.

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  • Teitur Ásgeirsson
  • 01-26-19

Very cool listen I really enjoyed the audio book.

I really enjoyed the audio book. A new spin on magic and the way the system works.. I highly recommended the book. I hope the author is a fast writer...

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  • Poppey
  • 01-09-19

Not Bad

A little different but, nevertheless, interesting. I found the continuous updating of the various specialities which Dantè acquires a little wearing at times. That said. I did enjoy the book, but whether I will buy book 2, I am unsure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-18

Well i like it.

Was an easy book to follow a long. Intresting skill system look forward to The next one.

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  • Xravia
  • 07-20-18

Potato chip novel

While the themes and various world elements are great, the moment any of the elements get engaging, it switches out for something else, by the end you will feel like 'where did all the chips go?'

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-21-19

GOOD

Only gripe I have with this book is the old trope of the MC becoming a bumbling idiot the moment he gets a smile from a pretty girl.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-26-19

Loved it!

Loved this book and the narrator, can't wait for the next one.. bring it on!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-27-19

Loved it !!!!

Can't stop thinking about Dante's adventures and what the futre may bring. listened to this book 4 times now and can not wait for the next book in the series to come out!!

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  • Bradley
  • 07-30-18

Great story

Grate story a, new and different RPG that is really good I'd love to know when the next book is out

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  • Sweetheart1
  • 06-19-18

loved it

not my usual style but i couldnt stop listening...and now im left hanging for the next book....its worth stepping awzy from the usual fantasy books for this one.