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Galactic Badlands: A LitRPG Space Western

Series: Galactic Badlands, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
4 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Charles Broadstokes is a little confused....

There are cowboy boots on his feet, pop-up hints appearing in his vision, and, oh yeah, there’s a mariachi band in his head. The world's not going to slow down and let him catch up though, no, it's going to throw a chrome hover car at him and hope he gets the picture.

Charles isn't what you'd call inept, though, and before long he's proving himself as a quick shooter, fast learner, and more than willing to immerse himself in his pseudo-digital reality full of cruel crimelords, dangerous wild animals, and all manner of fun allies in this, the first novel of the Galactic Badlands saga.

©2018 Zachariah Dracoulis (P)2019 Spectrum Audiobooks

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Western/SciFi themed LitRPG, a hint of a harem

I enjoyed this book. It is fast paced and loaded with action. The story has several weak points and the main protagonist makes foolish decisions, but overall it was a fun filled listen.

The narration was well done. I think the tone the narrator used added to the character of the protagonist. A more serious and gruff tone would have given a different image of the characters.

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

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A good start....

I felt that this book was a good start to a series. It took a little bit to get going, but seemed to develop the characters and the world well enough to give a good launching point for the next novel. As I am not as well versed in LitRPG as I am Space Opera or straight sci-fi, some of the "exploration" of the world leaves me with some questions (as sometimes the character is very versed in RPG play, and sometimes seems pretty clueless about the development of the game).

However, give the groundwork here, I am looking forward to listening to the next installment and watching the characters continue to grow and the universe to expand.

Now, the obligatory, "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Pleasantly Surprised

I received a free credit to listen to and give this book an honest and unbiased review.

After listening to Code Jumpers and now this; Galactic Badlands is way better. I love a bunch of references to our childhood games like Zelda and Contra and the dialogue between Charles and a bunch of the other characters like Amy, Mags, and Flint are really funny. There's a lot more explanation of how Capt. Charles Stargun got to Shit's Hole and how the game was generated versus what Eddie went through in Code Jumpers.

I am definitely excited to listen to the next books as it's just getting started. I'd love to hear more references all of our cult favorites in games, shows, etc, and would love for the book to be longer.

At first, I was thinking R.C. Bray would have a better, gruffer, voice for this book; but, Chris Mayer did an excellent job.

I was taken by surprise with this book and would definitely recommend this.

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Firefly meets Ready Player 1 in this LitRPG title

As others have said, its the snark between a gamer and his AI that lifts this story above and beyond the typical LitRPG/Gamelit title. The Western setting and mariachi music references are reminiscent of Firefly, while the narrators' performance is an almost spot-on of Mal for the MC.
Yes, the ending is abrupt, but I see the book version has a sequel, so my hopes are for a sequel to the audio as well. Great job all the way around.

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Perfect GameLit

Such an amazing story, the exact definition of GameLit! I highly recommend listening to this if you’re a fan of the genre!

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good story mediocre vo

The story is light litrpg. ok over all. something different. I would recommend if you have a short trip and can listen to it.

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Really good story. servicable narration

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This is my second book by Zachariah Dracoulis I really like the way he tells stories. I really enjoyed the humor of the book. I liked the litrpg elements and I think this is a really great beginning to could be a really great series moving forward. I did not at all like the narrator though I was having a very hard time getting into the story with the narrator. I then moved the narration speed to 1.55x this greatly improved the story IMO. I will listen to more in this series if it becomes one. Hopefully with a new narrator.

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So far.. ugh

I do not know why the author is having the main character be a fool, as far as I can make out it may be some atempt at humor. Sadly it is not funny in the slightest.
45 minutes of listening, every one of which has to this point been a pain..
I would consider it a minor miracle if I managed to get through this book before ridding my library of it.

The narrator sounds like he is suffering from a cold with all which that entales in the throat etc recording sounds area. So if that is a No Go for you then this is not the audiobook for you. Listen to the sample!

I will update/add to this review if I find something that could be considered a PRO as opposed to a CON.

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