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Desire: A LitRPG Adventure (Volume 1)

Narrated by: John Downey
Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
4 out of 5 stars (250 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

An all powerful entity bestows individuals with a powerful brand in the form of a tattoo. Using the system that is controlled by the tattoo, you can learn supernatural abilities, acquire knowledge unknown to man, and acquire objects that would only be found in fiction. The world is changing... and it has yet to be determined if it is for better or worse. 

Two friends who grew up together, Ace and Vincent, have been chosen. Ace lives for physical improvement. He loves the feeling of breaking his records and growing stronger. Unfortunately, he has plateaued in recent months, discouraging him greatly. 

Vincent is plagued by little to no desire in anything he does. Good grades? Successful life? He feels nothing. Except, perhaps, the feeling of pain and fear. Sadly for him, modern day society is a peaceful one. 

The arrival of the tattoo flipped their lives upside down. It granted them the ability to fulfill their desires. However... they weren't the only ones who were given the tattoo. 

©2018-2018 Cameron Milan (P)2018 Cameron Milan

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I like your Tattoo, you should do a sleeve!

Ok, couple of things to go with here. First off, the cover looks awesome, but really has nothing to do with the story. This is clearly the effort of a new author, and so I've cut some slack, but I am going to be honest here and say that you can tell this is a newbie effort. It still has that new book smell. There are some errors in dialogue that you can't miss and some characters are little more than two dimensional constructs. If I had to guess, I would say that the book feels rushed. Again, the cover makes you think this is going to be a LITRPG dealing with Survival Horror. It is not. It takes place in an entirely different direction. What the book is actually about in terms of plot and story isn't bad, but if you are going to judge by the cover, then you will regret it.

As for the good, well as far as game system and world uniqueness Desire does a rather stunning job. I really liked the game mechanics, the aspects of leveling and the intriguing power sets really catch your attention and pull you into the book. Even if the characters are a little shallow of depth and the dialogue may be somewhat stilted the story carries it through.

John Downey is where the book falls flat. A great narrator can elevate a decent story into an amazing one, but he reads this with a minimum of enthusiasm. Kind of how you might read a newspaper outloud to someone else. Sometimes I wonder if his characterizations don't make the characters seem flat. At no point did he WOW me. He does an adequate job, but I was not blown away by his work.

As things go I think this is a great first effort, and with some time, and elbow grease, this series will turn into something grand. I have high hopes as the story does keep your attention, and you will want more from this world. Milan just needs to take a little more time to flesh things out a bit and he would have a powerful series on his hands.

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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26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Finally! A LitRPG without the "Waxing poetic"

I'm a fan of LitRPG. I've gamed most of my life, so naturally, I'm rather partial to the genre. But, a lot of them, and I mean a lot, wax poetic on the great feelings and fear as if each extra elaborate word will force the emotion they want onto the reader. I mean, we are imaging the situation, the emotion is already there. As well as over-eager writers with comedic aspirations who drop a line after tiring line to bring humor to their tale... without much success. This all leaves a bare-bones story that should have been wrapped up stretching over 2 to 3 books when only 1 was needed... if that.

This book has none of that. It introduces a new gaming system, a host of characters and shows progress. Real progress... with action and a clear path that a real gamer can appreciate. True grinding... the veritable backbone of gaming, grinding is actually utilized! I was so happy I used a credit on this book. I'm just sad this is the only work so far by this writer.

If I had a grip, it would be that the performer is not great, but good. I wasn't hating every minute, I actually enjoyed my self. But, from listening to so many other great performers, the level between this performer and the greats is noticeable. If I have to vocalize the issue... it's in the subtleties. It sounded less conversational and a bit like someone reading a book report, if that makes sense. But, I have high hopes that he will develop even more if this series goes on.

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Lackluster Performance

The performance was bland and monotone. There was no variation between characters and emotionless. The story was average.

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Great story but with bad narrator

I loved the story, I really hit home but the narrator is really bad.
actually so bad I almost stopped listening multiple times. but if you manage to get passed this fact then you have a great story on your hands.

this book is one of the few books I've heard that is litrpg and does not have a lot of flowery language that is not necessary. the book lets you use much off your own fantasy to build the world they are in.

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Awesome concept, horrible narration!

The story is very creative with such a cool concept. The narrator however is one of the worst I’ve heard. He rarely would change his voice for different characters or emotions. The worst was his pronunciation, he would pronounce Chi as “key”. It wouldn’t be so bad except that word constantly comes up in the book. I sure hope they get a different narrator!

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Narrator from hell

This is easily the worst narrator I have ever heard and I have been listening to audiobooks for many years. The tone of the guys voice and the monotonous way that he speaks is incredibly irritating and don’t even get me started on him trying to create voices. The story is actually fairly unique and enjoyable but the way the narrator read it basically kills the whole story. I would pass this up as an audiobook but pick it up as a normal book

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  • Clayton
  • Celina, OH, United States
  • 02-14-19

Great concept, boring writing, bad narrator

Love the concept, where the world we know gets turned into an RPG for no apparent reason. I also really liked the point based item/skill purchasing system, and the quests/challenges. Although, the writing was painfully boring, lacking detail and color, with very little character development, and the dialogue was unrealistic. I lost count of the times when I said to myself, "nobody talks like that". What US born college student uses the word "comrade" on a regular basis? I saw in other reviews that the narrator was getting beat up pretty bad, but I have to say that it is well deserved criticism. His performance is seriously one of the main reasons why I am not going to listen to the other books in the series. Monotone delivery, no voice changes between characters (not even accents), and no excitement. And there were way to many painfully cheesy sound effects, sighs, and hmmm's for me to take. Good luck to all involved with this series. I'm out though.

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good listen

it was an enjoyable book. the narrator not the greatest . the voices were almost the same but different timming so you could tell them apart. It had the fill of a older brother or father telling a story just a avenge story teller. once you got used to the voice it was a ez listening experience. looking looking forward to the next book.

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  • Joshua
  • Pennsylvania
  • 06-06-18

interesting with plus' and negatives

pros: great world building and keeping track of the bigger picture. also pretty interesting dynamics of magic and abilities. the two main characters had unique personalities and the storyline remained interesting. lastly the battles were not always so climactic. in some books it seems to make out every battle as epic. this one is while lack luster in battles also refreshingly simple.


cons: not a whole lot of dialogue. plus the character building of anyone other than the main two was practically non existient. also please dont connect ideas across diff conversations. like "oh geez idk if i can take on the responsiblity" it cuts to the general half way across the county " hmmm i think ill teach him for this responsibility" it comes out a little cheezy. more characters need depth and a little less joviality. it seemed like every character was either boyishly heroic or dasterdly evil. zero grey zone or lateral differences.


plz dont take the cons too harshly. all in all it was worth the credit and a bit entertaining. hope the new one comes out soon.

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  • JD
  • 06-02-18

Awesome!!!

Great story. I was immediately engaged right from the start. Made me stop and think about what I would do and the consequences of those decisions. Narration was perfect, easy to listen to. Looking closely at other people's tattoos now!

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  • ThatPerson
  • 06-09-18

One of the better ones.

It's one of the better novels for the novel franchise that is growing somewhat. I wouldn't say it would compare to a very "Well Written" book like Shakespeare and similar titles, so people looking for a grammatical, in-depth heaven probably won't find it here. But for the most part, it's relatively well done. The narrator though stale at times does do the job well, and I've heard worse than John Downey.

I think if you're not that familiar with similar titles you may struggle to connect very well with this book and I'd say save it for after you get a little more used to the genre so you can enjoy it more.

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  • Bradley
  • 02-19-19

This is a really good book

It is obvious that the writer is just starting to write books and the result of that is that some of the store is Rushed and a bit jumbled in spots but if this is the first book in the writers career I am looking forward to the rest of his books it's a great start.

The book at self is good it's got great ideas and with a bit more experience the writer will be able to turn it into a real masterpiece

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  • Stan
  • 07-15-18

could have used a better narrator

could have used a better narrator. the book itself was little rough but not the worst I've heard. the theme is OP MCs. it's funny how the characters are always surprised when a demonstration of power is shown in front of them multiple times.....