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Chronicle, Book 1
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (458 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In a not-too-distant future ripe with marvels of technological convenience, wage and work disparity are as rampant as they ever were. A new game makes a claim that's bolder than its competition: So long as players are logged in, they'll have extra time to live. 

Like most, Corbin has been stunted by the real world. Now that chance has given him a new lease on life in the form of a game, he'll do whatever it takes to pursue it. 

©2017, 2018 Kevin Murphy (P)2018 Kevin Murphy

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Great start

This is an adventure story (not a city builder, no crafting so far) and a welcome addition to the Litrpg genre. Top points:

1. NOT a harem story! No romantic inclinations at all.
2. Actually good writing and description
3. Interesting and unique game mechanics without being overly complex
4. Some OP elements, but they are balanced by adequate weaknesses
5. MC is a good person without being sappy, lawful-good, or submissive
6. Other characters feel like real people, not cardboard cutouts

30 of 31 people found this review helpful

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Simple but enjoyable

Nothing groundbreaking for the genre but this book is very well written and executed. I have nothing negative to say but there isn't much to gush about either. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone that loves litrpg and wants to listen to a good story in between more popular titles.

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Great Audiobook with THE BEST narrator!

Really enjoy the book and have always loved the work done by Nick Podehl. Prefect for for anyone who loves the narrator and/or for anyone who loves games/scyfi books.

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Ready Player One meets The Land

Chronicle is an emersive virtual reality game where the player gets eight hours in game for ever real hour and the in game currency is worth more than real money.

Corbin is an average guy who manages to buy a second hand pod and get into the game. From there he has a good run of bad luck or so it seems.

I loved the way that Kevin Murphy made Corbin completely fallible as well as his in game character who made mistakes but persevered. I like the way the story progressed and did not end the way you thought it would. I also appreciated that Kevin wrote the book from a realistic point of view of it being a game, but Corbin still had to go to work.

Nick Podehl gave another masterful performance and is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators. Of you like fantasy and lit rpg I recommend this book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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One of the most genuine books I have experienced.

I really loved this book I hope the next one makes it's way to audible. overall this book takes the best part of Lit RPGs with out falling for many of the obvious pit falls.

to assuage any doubt
1. there are not constant stat updates that derail the storyline
2. the world is richly developed but the reader is introduced slowly in the building blocks of the world so it's not overwhelming.
3. the protagonist is not a God child who can do little harm so your not left with a sense why should they even try.


some things that are not as positive
1. the protagonist fails to grasp some basic principles of the game and then rails against it.
2. the story passing is hampered by the passage of in game time providing an odd sense of scale which is probably unavoidable it's not a huge issue it's just odd some times.

overall a great book can not wait for the next one.

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Really enjoyable book!

I highly recommend this book if you enjoyed the land chaos seed and enjoy listening to nick podehl

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Truly interesting book

I enjoy reading Litrpg books and I have ready numerous books with different styles but I have to say this one kept me thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. I wont give away the story but if you enjoy this genre then you should enjoy this book. I can't wait for the second one to come out in the series.

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I Chronicle to start a great series

this is the beginning of a series that shows great promise well it doesn't always seem as though the math checks out it does show great promise and we'll hopefully spark interest in the genre for new readers

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Very cool listen

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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Good listen

This is far better than most LitRPG books. Well written! Interesting story line. And, Nicely narrated.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 01-28-19

I need money and I want power.

This first book of the new Chronicle series was a disappointment. Don't get me wrong: the narration by Nick Podehl was superb -well modulated and paced, expressively delivered and with appropriately voiced individual characters - even the female protagonists sounded very, well, female!. The story line was okay, too: the usual battling rogues and monsters, the voiced stats. and scrambling up through the levels, lots of sword swinging and dagger stabbing and other magic pointings. The usual stuff of a LitRPG novel.
And that was the trouble.
It started off so well. Frequent gamer, Corbin, dreamed of getting the new, revolutionary game world, Chronicle, launched just six months before. Inside it, time was extended, with days of life in Chronicle taking only twelve hours of real time in the world. All that extra time to read, study, party, watch movies - whatever the user wanted. And after working, scrimping and saving, Corbin had finally been able to purchase his very own refurbished Chrompod.Sent
He logged in.

So much potential, for things to go wrong with a second hand machine, or in the world outside of the game, even interaction between the two with the passing time speed causing complications, conspiracies and dire plots, so much could happen. But there is almost nothing about the real world from which he is escaping, although the tiny glimpse given is intriguing (and, dare i say it? more interesting). It is, instead, just another slog-it-out gamer book. A good one, perhaps, but...
So, disappointment.

Perhaps the author has been using this first novel simply to set up the characters for something with more storyline later. I hope so. The characters are starting to develop, albeit not as particularly engaging for the most part, and the overall world system building is emerging. Time to take the reader beyond mere fantasy quests with mages and druids. Please.
My thanks to the rights holder of First Login who,at my request freely gifted me with a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom.
I am intrigued to find out what comes next.

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  • scobie
  • 12-18-18

Chronicle first login

well well if that was the first book I'm well looking forward to the next book it also helps that it is by one of my favourite narrators Nick hope it does not take too long for the next book to come out

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 02-15-19

Interesting start to this series

The focus of this book was very much on the in-game stuff, it is unclear if the author intends to split his focus to expand on the real world more in subsequent books, but if that is the style you prefer with these types of book then it might not be an ideal fit for you.

The in-game part of this book amounts to a fairly standard fantasy world with the magic system being well-realised and having some unique elements to it as well, watching the main character slowly come to grips with it actually helps to draw you into the story quite well.

Another thing that draws you into this book is the performance of the narrator, his range of voices for the characters ensures that they are suitably distinctive and he enhances the overall story of the book greatly.

Overall, I found this an enjoyable listen and look forward to subsequent ones in the series.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Teitur Ásgeirsson
  • 01-26-19

Very cool listen

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-23-19

Loved it, want more

loved the story and performance, cant wait for a sequel. Great addition to the litrpg genre

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-18-18

Ready or not

This story was so fun to listen to, the main protagonist cannot stop facing trail after trail and its pretty much a isekai sort of thing I've been craving for, however that initial excitement and the way it started to pull me in started to decrease, whether that be the fact I binged on this doing nothing else or it being the actual story I don't know, however nonetheless despite that it is still a good read!