Eden's Gate: The Reborn

A LitRPG Adventure, Book 1
Narrated by: Pavi Proczko
Series: Eden's Gate, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
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When Gunnar Long is transported into the first fully-immersive virtual MMORPG, he finds himself in a new world filled with magic, mystery, and adventure.

No more 9-to-5 job. No more studio apartment. No more reality TV.

Finally, he's in a place where he can call home, a place with people he can call friends.

But as more people want to trade their real world lives to get inside Eden's Gate, the government of the outside world wants the "game" shut down at all costs.

Gunnar must learn to survive, grow in power, and find a way to send a message back to his old home.

"We're fine. We're alive. Eden's Gate is real."

Eden's Gate is a LitRPG adventure.

©2017 Edward Brody (P)2017 Edward Brody

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Good start

Thoughts –

I saw this book in some of the LitRPG groups, and seeing there were some reviews that talked in depth about it, I noticed the audiobook and thought I’d give it a chance. Also the narrator I actually really like this narrators voice, from some of his other audiobooks.

So here we go. Some of what I liked.

In terms of story, the idea that the game creator kills 5 million people, eeek. Starts out hitting the ground running for sure, and eases us into this plot with some pretty horrid ways to think. The fact that anyone who has a crappy life, for whatever reason can enter the game and live a totally different life, seems a real sure fire way to get the rest of the human population on the cards for suicide. And that’s one of the biggest plot points in here. That even after the game is turned on, and 5 million people die, that others are killing themselves.

The MC Gunner, is a really down to earth person. And that is what made me love this story more than anything, he hates spiders, I’ve only ever known one guy run from a spider and he was 6ft3 and pure muscle, but he couldn’t stand them haha. So the depth to this character and his reasoning inside the game when he gets there is excellent.

The narrator really has a good soft and expressive voice, he’s super easy on the ears and speaks with amazing clarity. I’m watching him for more books for sure. : )

Some of the things I wasn’t so sure on and I think could have been worked on and what I’d liked to have seen a bit more, of, but of course all my own personal opinion.

In regards to the POV shifting from Gunner to those out of the game, I think this was set up well enough in advance, though I would have essentially liked some more from that POV and maybe even from Gunner and his Girlfriends family. There was a lot of extra potential to really dig in from that view to make us think and feel more for the characters in the game and those out of it. Even from the POV of someone desperate to get in. I think that might have tipped the odd for us really then wanting the people on earth to save them and close the game down.

There were some really overused words in here and a decent editor and proofreader would have chopped a massive amount of this out. I think Pavi did a great job of working around some and still maintaining the flow of the story with only slight bumps in me wanting to click stop. It takes a lot to bring me out of the story world when I’m listening, but there were some in here, that were really avoidable with the right people behind the author.

Story world and game mechanics.

I am a firm believer of you can do whatever you want in your own written world. There’s no need for you to stick to tropes and things done in the past. So, these are easily moved past by myself, but I liked them and it brought this story away from tried and tested methods.

I noticed some other reviewer’s comments on gore, swearing and sex. In all honesty, I’m a varied reader and writer, listener and reviewer. To me this was not over the top for this genre, coming into it having read some reviews I actually expected a lot more and then was disappointed that there really wasn’t.

Gunner really does stick true to his nature. He might see other creature/people in the game as beautiful and visually appealing, but he also doesn’t sleep with anyone, and his mind is consistently thinking of and he’s active in searching out his girlfriend. I think most gals would love a guy to be that honourable and don’t the statistics actually say women think more about sex than men do. I think this was very well written in regards to the portrayal of a young man in a fantasy world, despite it being now his ‘life’ and he’s no way out.

The author and narrator do get 4 stars from me. There are some things to work on in the future, but I believe they will be and I’ll look forward to more, this was defo a little shorter than I’m used to, but a big hook into the world that is Edens Gate and the life that Gunner and his friends now have.

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A great LITRPG series starter

Brody pens one helluva book here. I give him credit, he takes a few tropes here and turns then on their head. For me, this was a really fun ride, and I felt that this is one of those series that has a lot of potential, which means it is either going to soar or crash and burn horribly. Personally, I believe it is going to be the former rather than the latter, there is just too much beefy goodness here for the series to drop off. I can honestly only see it getting better.

So, here is the book in a nutshell. A new innovative virtual reality MMORPG is released, and everyone who is in the game on launch day dies as their minds are uploaded into the world of Eden’s Gate unwittingly and against their will. The games creator happily accompanies them and promptly shuts the game off from the outside world. There is no communication between the game world and the real world.

Gunnar, the protagonist, is told what happens via a message alert, but like you or me, he doesn’t understand nor believe what he’s been told. So he goes forward looking for a way out, and for his girlfriend, whom he believes had entered the game in a distant land due to her being a different race when they started out, but he admits he has no idea if she was in game when the great massacre occurred.

Now, where this book really stands out is the characters, Gunnar and his pals are fully fleshed individuals. I think the best example of how realistic Gunnar is comes when he makes a deal with Jax, a man who takes him in when he first arrives in the game, and then tries to weasel out of it. The entire event had the ring of truth to it. I could see a player doing that to an NPC. The repercussions were even better which just shows that the writing is excellent, and the plot is paced perfectly. Normally, I hate interludes with info from the “real world” but real world event had actual significance and had bearing on events in the game world in spite of there being no communication between the two. And that is the issue. People in the real world are killing themselves to enter the game, and the government feels it has to be stopped. So they implement a plan to shut down everything in an effort to wipe the game out. When Gunnar finds out he reluctantly agrees at first to help try to initiate contact between the two realities. And that is the crux of it all. The gamer’s reluctance to actually try to save the world he is in because of doubt is very believable, as is the staunch belief by the politicians that the game is just a game that must be shut down. The reactions, the reluctance, the revelations are all believable, and I enjoyed the whole aspect that Gunnar wasn’t out to win any prizes, nor was he an uber super character. He was just a player who happened to be at the wrong? Place at the right time. He is drafted more than he volunteers, but once he is onboard he is all in. Plus, he has ulterior motives, getting where he needs to go might just help him find his girlfriend. All in all, this book is really fun and my only concern is that the rest of the books will just focus on Gunnar’s lost love, and if it is just a secondary quest then great, as Gunnar really makes some strides in other game related areas then fantastic. I’ll wait and see, because I am most definitely going to be picking up the next book.


Proczko is an excellent narrator. He hits every mark that I can ask for. He does excellent voices, he is crisp, clean, and easy to follow, he paces the story well, he adds emotion and emphasis where needed and he makes you care about the characters in a way that the written word can’t convey. I keep going to Jax and the betrayal, he handled very well.

This is a solid book that was music to my ear holes. For that, I am going to say that this is a firm 8 out of 10 stars. Excellent work.
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. 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 story

Good story, it drags in parts but this shows a lot of promise. The narrator is ok but nothing special with his variety of voices. Still a lot better than I could of done.

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very melancholy narrator.

men sound like men.
orcs sound like men.
women sound like men.
There is no variation. listen to The Land to understand a better narration of the same type of story.

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Fantastic

I thoroughly enjoyed the narration of different voices. I have listened to a few books were the voice doesn't change much at all but this doesn't get to be categorized like that. I loved the concept of this book and how they implemented the MMORPG aspect. I had already been recommending this book to friends and will hopefully be able to do the same with the next book.

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One of the most overrated LitRPG novels around

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I would not recommend it to anyone.

Would you ever listen to anything by Edward Brody again?

No

What about Pavi Proczko’s performance did you like?

It was a good job, but not remarkable or exceptional

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not that I could find them.

Any additional comments?

A word of clarification: I discovered LitRPG genre over a year ago and have since read or listened to many LitRPG books (my collection on Kindle alone approaches some 60 titles). In this case, I purchased “Eden’s Gate” on Audible. I am also a great fan of fantasy and sci-fi novels in general, which allows me to put any new release in a perspective and (hopefully) stay objective when assessing the quality of the work.

Having said that, I found “Eden’s Gate” thoroughly disappointing on several levels. First, the plot, after an interesting start, quickly becomes utterly unbelievable on the real-life part (and severely tests the patience and intelligence of the reader/listener), while it turns annoyingly predictable in game at the same time. Still, I could have enjoyed it nonetheless if the world/character building and the dialogues/interactions between the hero and his companions would compensate for this flaw.

Unfortunately, this is not the case. After going through several chapters you get the impression that no effort went into customisation of the very generic fantasy clichés (beautiful and wise elves, ugly and stupid goblins, tricky merchants…) and that the author just copy-pasted some of the scenes and settings from well-known fantasy novels/movies/games into this book. Furthermore, the way our hero, Gunnar Long is presented, does not make things any better. At the beginning of the story he is presented as a kind of a pro gamer, who spent thousands of hours playing different games, including RPGs. You would however never know it from the dumb way he behaves in the Eden’s Gate. As a result you feel detached from the main character and your interest in the story development and the world becomes lukewarm after reading just a third of the book.

Another failing of this novel is the implementation of RPG mechanisms into the story. Every now and then we read how the hero and other people are taken aback by the ultrarealistic and immersive character of the game world. The NPCs are realistic, physical sensations are top notch… Yet when it comes to quests they are so standard and unimaginative you have the feeling that they were taken from an old, second-rate cRPG. Surely the hero would note that, as you clearly spot it right on? On top of that I found the character progression completely schewed. If you ever played RPGs, how often did you get 5 legendary items in a row (+ a super-powerful pet) just at the start of your adventures? Well, this is what happens to our hero…

In summary, there are many LitRPG novels around that are just way better written and more interesting than “Eden’s Gate”. My recommendation: stay away.

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not as good as i was hoping

So I recwntly read the choas seed series and compared to that this book has alot of faults that seem to take me personally out of the story/immersion. Without ruining it for others ill just say this the main character is supposedly a major gamer before he starts the new game yet seems to make horrible choises most who play alot of rpg games wouldnt make. the way the real world reacts to the game seems so unrealistic.

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Intriguing enough concept but the protagonist is an idiot

The author has a great world to share with us. And it seems he has a great grasp of the adventuring genre. However, it’s hard to root for a moronic character who consistently chooses the dumbest action in a myriad of possibilities. The author needs to move the plot with better contrivances than just blatant stupidity. I am hopeful that the author will improve this aspect of his writing.

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Good world bad MC

MC is another "expert" gamer that is a complete newb about games. The world is interesting though might give next book a try to see if MC stops being written as a newb. Voice actor is horrible very monotone and will put you to sleep during an action scene.

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smh

for such a avid gamer, poor judgment screwing over npc's for greed, he should know better, what was he thinking

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  • David
  • 05-25-18

Mind blowing

From being a online gamer since the i was able to I’ve loved the mmorpg worlds and this book was like living in it thought listening to the story

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  • Joe
  • 07-31-17

SAO meets paper

Yes this kind of story has been done before but I enjoyed it then and I enjoy it now. Best description is it's what Sword Art Online could have been. It has set up an epic world and I can't wait for more.

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  • Player1
  • 12-29-19

Get it now

If your looking for a super listen/read look no further you have found it. This has risen to one of my top 3 lit rpg.

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  • Tomasz
  • 11-17-19

little rip off from SAO ( ANIME)

generally great story, looking forward to listening next one. sounds promising, well written as well as voiced

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  • Dave M
  • 10-10-19

Great story, shame about sound editing

it's a great story however in audioable the sound editing leaves some of the words clipped off which is annoying at times.

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  • Annabel Hill
  • 04-16-19

One of my favourites

I've made my way through quite a lot of LitRPGs now such the Chaos Seeds series (recommend), Sufficiently Advanced Magic (Recommend), Occultist Online (recommend) and Life Reset (don't recommend), and this was EXACTLY what I hoped it would be.

The storyline is great, the progression isn't too slow and you can see a real potential for an epic story in the world and setting that the author has built.

My only critique would be that some of the humour falls a bit short, but there are some nice pop culture references in there and I'm sure as Gunnar comes out of his shell he will provide more interesting dialogue with the other characters. No doubt it will build into a very compelling series. I can't wait to dive into the sequel!

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  • David
  • 04-04-19

Amazing listen some small issues

This is a very good LitRPG. The has some issues when it doesn’t keep track of the stats once of twice. However even with that the reader has a great range of Voices and tells the story well.

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  • james alway-webb
  • 03-26-19

Fer play.

Yeah it's got everything I want in a game in a book. Love it. And it really makes me wanna play skyrim or something.

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  • Darcielk
  • 03-16-19

Really well done

Slow start, and at first I struggled with the first person narration, but the story quickly sucked me in.

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  • Rachel Norton
  • 03-07-19

Ultima Online meets VR LitRPG world

The game mechanics in this book reminds me of the old game UO or Ultima Online which while not the first MMORPG was certainly one of them I remember playing the game 20 years ago (literally) only this is set in a fully immersive game world where everyone who logs in gets stuck there.

Do not read farther if you don’t want spoilers.









There are some things in the story I find somewhat unrealistic like how the American government got the whole planet to agree to shutting down the internet and within only a week. Such a thing would take a lot longer to arrange just logistically yet alone politically. Then there is the countries like North Korea for example, while I doubt they would let their citizens play to start with as soon as the US says they want to temporarily shut down the whole internet you could pretty much guarantee their government would get the blockchain and install it and keep it online just to spite the US, I wouldn’t put it past China and Russia to do the same as well.

That is the only plot point I don’t really agree wit which is why I don’t give it 5 stars, other than that I love it.

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  • Dale
  • 07-13-18

an ok story but reading is very monotone

The story itself is good and has interesting points but average. The reader is so wooden and monotone it was putting me to sleep. There was no change in his tone in any circumstance eg yelling, excited, shock etc they are all the same like a robot. Reading other reviews praising his performance made me excited to listen, very disappointed, what were they listening too? I wont be reading the sequels. After listening to Ascend online and The Land: chaos seeds, this was no comparison. ill find another series.
If you enjoy the story I'd suggest getting the books and reading them yourself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-29-18

Please never end the series

You would think that writing this kind of story on paper would come across cringy and awkward. But it does anything but that! amazing story with unlimited potential. Very funny and I have already purchased the next in the series.
Discovered this from facebook advertising.

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  • mitchell
  • 09-26-17

predictable other than the frustrating parts

great narrator. unfortunately the plot line is incredibly predictable although still decent. the worst part is how stereotypical and jarring Erin's character was and how so many irrational things happened such as a global black out for almost no reason at all (which is contrived as hell). the worst part is the end: oh no!!! 400 matches out of 5 million and he doesn't even spend a few minutes flicking through their point of views. fk that, worst way to force a sequel. also the 40 seconds of stats every 5 minutes was annoying as hell. ...
will be returning the book and not getting the sequel.

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  • The Keyboard
  • 03-27-20

Mediocre LitRPG

Right, where do I start? Perhaps by noting that litRPG is a relatively new genre – only a couple of years old - and when this book first came out it would have been in the first wave of those books that were written.

It was a time when readers were hungry for *any* litRPG, the best of that small bunch getting 5 stars by virtue of them being, well, the best of a small bunch, regardless of if they were actually good books. Anything half-decent is better than nothing, right?

Now though, the community of books is larger. And while I acknowledge the role this book played in being 'one of the first,' I unfortunately have to rank it against both the newer releases in the genre and also sci-fi / fantasy in general. It comes up short.

Did I finish it? Yes. It's a decent adventure, it has a cool world, ok progression system and standard-but-passable litRPG story. However it's also poorly edited, poorly narrated (the narrator speaks in a monotone for half the book, but does slowly get better), the plot is half baked, there are some ridiculous leaps of faith, the side character is inconsistent and the hero is, quite frankly, a jerk.

All things that I might have overlooked four years ago when there was nothing else like it to read, but not things I'm willing to overlook now. Its only by virtue of it being relatively short that I pushed through instead of asking for a refund. 3.5 stars

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  • Daniel
  • 10-09-19

Poorly written but with a few interesting concepts

Poorly define game world, unbelievable interactions with the real world, the main plot focus relies on humans acting completely unlike humans would.

Sub par at best.

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  • John
  • 09-05-19

Eden's Gate book 1

Just pick up this book by Edward Brody and I enjoyed it greatly. The author did a awesome job with the characters and world he created. and the narration by Povi Proczko was great made the world come alive 12 /10 stars

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-19

immersing.

really awesome book. can't wait for the next one. not 100% on the voice but what can you do its an audio book about an mmorpg.

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  • David
  • 07-05-19

okay but with issues

Start was good, many plot holes and character holes. Rest of the story was watered down, but fun and enjoyable

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  • Chloe Priebee
  • 03-23-19

great book that keeps you wanting more

i loved every second of this audiobook. give it a try when you can, its very much worth it.

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  • Owen Smith
  • 02-28-19

Big disappointment.

Having read lots of litrpg books (such as The Land, Life Reset, awaken online and Gam3 all amazing) I was expecting this to be a lot better. A main character who you instantly dislike that has the brain of a walnut, one dimensional characters and a poorly thought out plot. I honestly don’t know how there are so many books in this series.