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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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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.

35 of 38 people found this review helpful

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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.

35 of 40 people found this review helpful

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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.

24 of 30 people found this review helpful

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a prig protagonist

the main character seems to lack basic ethics at first which might explain his lack of friends except for a girlfriend. there seems to be lots of projection and / or the pot calling the kettle black and being judgmental. I really can't or call disliking amen characters how much. the narrator did a decent job, but this only seems to emphasize the negative aspects of the book such as the random if brief and out of place I suppose it should be called fan service? there is some cursing in the early part of the book that tones down toward the middle. normally I'm able to point out some enjoyable aspects of a book that I dislike, and there were some, I just wasn't really able to enjoy them for whatever reason, so I don't find it easy to list them from memory.

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This book is a "Not so Good Copy of other LitRPG"

This author has never played a significant RPG, the understanding and lack of ingenuity in this book is really annoying. Do not buy this book, I made it to chapter 15. Main Character is one of the most annoying characters I have ever come across. His interactions with other people in the book feel forced and there is not any flow or cohesive pattern. It almost feels like he has just jumped on the bandwagon. Listen at your own risk but know you will want your credit back.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Not the best.

grammar problems, cardboard characters. protagonist is a gamer, but doesn't know how to game. side character, who DESIGNED PARTS OF GAME acts like a moron in game. narrator mispronounces several words. its not "dilapaTated" its "dilapaDated", you dont "grinded" a rune, you ground a rune. useless stats repeated, reads entire characters sheet to fill pages. Not horrible, but after many other good stories, its mediocre.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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As bad as SAo

Lazy super stereotype writing, unlikable characters, a plot like a mid level FanFiction and overall whiny tone. If you want something like sword art online this is a good book for you, but if you’d rather enjoy something with quality look go the dragons wrath or ascend online.

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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the main character seems like a guy with low IQ

story is very not exciting.
I forced myself to listen to a quarter of the book to help me sleep faster, but I can't take the main characters dumb actions anymore.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-18

it's worth the time

I been listing to this when at work and at times I got pissed off but only because I loved it got in to it and was like no don't do that and it was alot better then I was thinking it would be, looking forward to the next one

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  • Johnuk
  • 07-21-18

Best LITRPG book I’ve come across yet

I’ve worked my way through a considerable amount of litrpg books recently, and while many are good I was yet to come across one that really gripped me. Until I came across this book that is.
Maybe it’s the MC’s class, which I’ve wanted to play in D&D for a while now. Or maybe it’s the more natural, slower progression through levels than other books, which leave little room for further advancement when they get a castle by the end of the first book in the series. Maybe it’s that the author clearly put a lot of thought into the world and focuses more on the story than on all the cool stats and rewards. Either way, I’ll be listening to the whole series no doubt, and will eagerly await more.

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  • J Holland
  • 05-12-18

A great first instalment.

This book started my LitRPG journey and kindled my love of the genre. Very much worth a read/listen wether you are new to, or are a veteran LitRPG reader.

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  • Mr. M. C. Hackett
  • 04-11-18

improves as the the book progresses, end result B

Where does Eden's Gate: The Reborn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

below Aleron Kong and a few others, so far About the level of Life reset. As it seems to be improving as it gets into its stride it could easily rank in the top 15 (ive got about 70) currently in at about 25

What other book might you compare Eden's Gate: The Reborn to, and why?

Life Reset because both books start a bit slow and don't really grip immediately, however both also firmly have my interest at the end of the book.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The panther growls, conversely I was screaming inside when Gunnar screwed ver the shop keeper and didn't fess up

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cursed a bit when discovered the ending cliff hanger

Any additional comments?

Feels like the currency system needs work, silver and bronze would have really added value to things.

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  • S. Russell
  • 03-19-18

OK, but not the best

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The pace of the book is slow and lacks the sense of urgency that the story suggests it should have.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have liked some character hooks, I didn't feel like I could relate to Gunner.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Nothing stood out to me.

Could you see Eden's Gate: The Reborn being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Unfortunately, not i cant see this happening.

Any additional comments?

Eden's Gate is a good listen, but if I'm honest there are better Audiobook in the LitRPG genre.

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  • C E SAUNDERS
  • 02-27-18

yeah, easy listening!

it's good, I like this sort of book because of the obvious progression. the story's not amazing but it's cool how everything works and I enjoy the characters!

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  • ChristopherHart
  • 02-26-18

great book! <br />

it has a great story! unfortunately the narration is a bit bland to begin with but gets better with time so would definitely recommend it to everyone

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-10-18

excellent

I thoroughly enjoyed it. a recommendation to all fantasy, heroic fantasy and litrpg lovers. 10/10

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  • Ted
  • 12-24-17

DAO Novelised

I am really adoring the story! I thought i would never find a story more catered for me, but this proved me wrong, and as soon as I finish the first book, I will go on to the next one. :-)

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ryan Treanor
  • 01-30-18

completely hooked.

I loved this book and will be getting straight into the next. if you love fantasy or your a gamer then this is the perfect book for you. Its something fun and different.

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  • james
  • 01-16-18

game changing!

loved everything abouy this amazing book and cannot wait for more! need more asap please!

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  • Archeart
  • 07-07-17

A true Jewel

found this gem on facebook so good and need moar, had loads of fun haha!

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  • Josh
  • 04-13-17

as a lover of rpg games. this is a fantasy of mine

the way the author describes the feelings of power really pulled me in.
the reader also did a fantastic job.
truly amazeballs

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  • Christ
  • 02-18-18

Worse LitRPG Story, by a Non Player Author.

Easy to finish. auther semes to place no wight in stratergy. just DPS and evade. currancy is odd or devalued. starts of with the main character just being given a heap gold by the first NPC, and its not part of the mission. ton of smal things are wrong and makes the biger pictures look like a ragdoll.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful