Dungeons of Strata - A LitRPG Series

Deepest Dungeon, Book 1
Narrated by: Adam Sims
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
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When Martin's raiding guild join the latest virtual reality MMO, they discover a challenge like no other. Strata Online is a 100-floor mega-dungeon, filled with an ever-shifting ecosystem of monsters.

Martin's team soon find themselves in a race against the world’s strongest guilds, all competing to be the first to reach the unbeatable game's lowest depths. With eternal fame and prizes on the line, Martin risks playing as a rarely chosen race: a Murovan rat-man, combined with the unusual exorcist class.

But unlike other games, he will need as much courage as skill to progress. Because the deeper he goes, the darker Strata gets.

©2019 Graeme Penman (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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One of the best LitRPG's available!

I read a LOT of LitRPGs and this gem caught me by surprise. I was intrigued with the premise of a decidedly non-human game world but I loved the mystery surrounding the game (both inside and out) and the world at large. Oh I can't wait for more. Well done!

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couldn't finish

Maybe it's because I play video games for escapism and pleasure, but I can't stand whining about the game making you miserable. Stop playing and go to a new game.

The concept was interesting, but inconsistencies kept bugging me, especially with the whining of the main character.

All through the story, the MC keeps going on how it's just a game, but he keeps panicking each time he "thinks" his friend might be rushing to die. The MC is fine with other players dying, himself dying, but how dare his friend die.

There's other annoyances that kept me from getting into the book, which is a she cause I was enjoying the idea of a different race other than human or elf.

And the narrator's voice was an amazing job of keeping the whines of the MC a constant annoyance.

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struggled throughout this

MC was ...boring? and story was a depiction of a sad gamers life it was not a fun listen the narrator was quite good thi

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this felt like part of a book and didn't finish

I felt like part of a book and didn't finish enough of it finished .

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fantastic

redwall meets litrpg great idea. the author is very good about progressing his story and creating suspence and intrigue.

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lots of...

there is a lot of introspection. the main character is always down on himself and in his head which I found kind of annoying.

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Fantastic story

It's get to find the story that makes you go thru the whole range of emotions reading it or in this case listen. This game litrpg while similar to many shown thru it's own brilliance. fustration, laughter and excitement coupled with fantastic narrative. I can't wait for the sequel

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Falls short

The “Game system” is clunky. Too much time in and out of game play. Author changes game mechanics and adds real world twists to add intrigue.
Other books are more consistent.

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Choose between Rat, Crow, Wolf or Lizard

Poor, poor techie guy can barely afford to get into the latest game craze, but a benefactor sends the latest equipment, allowing him to enter ... this time it's Strata Online. Much time the book's time is spent in real life where his awful boss antagonizes him almost every minute of his dreary working day. In his free time he has a decrepit apartment. That's a trope I've seen before.

The opening features a game that will have no further updates, Dracolich Online, and the party is trying to obtain one last item from the game's last update. So, time to try the newest game.

Strata is a 100 level dungeon with a long term race to the bottom. Choose between Rat, Crow, Wolf or Lizard.

There is a good mystery/puzzle style to the various challenges faced by the main character. Frequently he's faced with a seemingly impossible challenge. But if you've been paying attention, you can figure out what his path to success will be. Theoretically. At least five times, I thought to myself "I should have figured that out."

Recommended for the excellent challenge set-ups.

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Do You Remember Redwall?

I came across this book from a post in the sub-reddit, r/LitRPG, from the author requesting a review. Upon first glance of the cover of this book I had the immediate impression that it resembled The Redwall Series. Well... I wasn't far off from my estimation.

Meet Martin (No, not the Mouse Hero of Legend from Redwall). Martin is a professional data input professional. He is also an avid gamer and part of an illustrious guild called "Iron Riot". The Guild is well known for going from video game to video game setting records. World Records.

A new Virtual-Reality MMO has been released on the market. Dungeons of Strata. After finally completing a previous VR-MMO, Dracolich. Iron Riot moves over to The Dungeons of Strata.

Unlike most High-Fantasy Fictional reads, we are not dealing with Elves, Dwarves, Humans, and other familiar races and creatures. The Dungeons of Strata utilizes animal-like races. I can't remember the names of the races but they are basically:
1. A Bird-like Race
2. A Lizard-like Race
3. A Wolf-like Race
4. A Rat-like Race

Each Race has their own advantages and disadvantages. Martin, inevitably chooses the Rat-race.

Now, while Martin does choose a character name; Skaffe. He is not referred to this name while playing Strata. This is probably my only real issue with the book. Martin continues to go by his real-world name, despite being given a nick-name "Snack-sized" and choosing a name for his character. It's difficult to separate the "Martin of Redwall" feeling away from Martin of Strata. While I do know some of my gaming friends who prefer to go by their real names rather than their gamer tags. In this case, because of the apparently very close or heavy influence from the Redwall Series... It's not that simple.

Overall - This is a good book. I would definitely rate it among the better reads in the LitRPG Series. I do admit, that I am more interested in Martin's pursuits to learn about the people/company who created the video game, as there appears to be a hidden hand erasing all evidence of it from everywhere. Possibly eluding to some hidden malevolence behind the new VR-MMO. But all in all, if you can get past the Martin of Redwall Series vibe; it is a good read. Not the best, but definitely one I would recommend.

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  • John Cooper
  • 01-20-20

A story on many levels

An excellent weave of Martin’s dull real life and his hero existence in a virtual reality video game with something dark in the background that affects both made this a really enjoyable book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-06-20

Wonderful deep dive into a new world.

Completely loved this book, totally took me back to my RPG days storming dungeons, bosses, online friendships that last beyond the game itself. The storyline has it all with a good narrator to help you sink deeply into the world G.D Penman has so lovingly created

This is book had with great moments in it, that had me laughing, cringing and at times wanting to slap my head at the joke. The characters are delightful and even without much deep delving into each one you can feel a connection with each of them especially if you've ever played a large scale MMORPG they feel real and alive.

I already have ideas of what could be going on with the entire concept of this series (which is now to be a Trilogy the author has announced) and I simply cannot wait to dive into Strata again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-27-20

Not bad

Good story, Lindsey is a touch annoying. Will Listen to more when they come out