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Goblin King

A LitRPG/GameLit Adventure (Monster Slayer Online, Book 1)
Narrated by: Jeff Hays
Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (251 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

To earn a second chance at life, Devrim Bains must die and enter a virtual world of monsters and mayhem. Let's just hope one death is all it will take, because he can't afford another.

When Devrim Bains reaches his 21st birthday, he's finally punished for a crime that was never his fault - being born. In a world of strict population control, his life's been decided for him, and it's about to end. But a stroke of luck gives him opportunity to have his consciousness uploaded into a simulated-reality game world with the promise of paradise.

Except paradise always comes with a cost.

Monsters of legend and myths of old come to life in Lorian, needing to be slain or tamed for Devrim to have a shot at enjoying freedom. It'd be easy enough if one of the fiends hadn't raised an army hellbent on conquering everything. The goblin king has his sights set taking the lands of Lorian in his iron grasp, and Devrim Bains' only chance is to quickly learn what it means to be a slayer.

To make sure his new lease on life isn't cut painfully short, he's going to have to embody the greatest rule in Monster Slayer Online: hunt or be hunted!

Goblin King is the first novel of the Monster Slayer Online LitRPG/Gamelit series. If you loved The 100, the Monster Hunter game franchise, and Dragon's Dogma, you'll enjoy this fast-paced, hard-action monster-slaying novel. 

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Author's note: Goblin King is a LitRPG/GameLit novel featuring gamelike progression/skills and appropriate text/pop-ups in narration. Please keep this in mind while listening.

©2018 R.R. Virdi (P)2018 R.R. Virdi

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Nicely done LitRPG

Very well written story, definitely compares to some of the other litrpg stories that I have listened too in the past few months. Also falls in the length that I prefer being over 10 hours. Not my typical genre but am looking forward to more titles by this author in this particular area. Has tons of potential to be a big name in the future.

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Jeff Hays

the narrator made the book amazing! sound effects, and actual song sung, and the many voices make it come alive for me.

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excellent performance but weak plot

one of the best performance jeff hays did, especially in chapter 30.

but the story tends to be generic and linear. the characters are not well developed and when they are in danger, there is not much impact/tension due to how under develop they are. despite jeff hays excellent performance, the book couldnt hold my attention more than 30 mins at a time. :(

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first time

This was amazing and has pulled me into audible. This was my first audio book but definetly won't be my last. I cannot wait to see some evil slayers,I hope that's what's coming😉

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Excellent book

This book is a really nice listen. It moves at an excellent pace and the narrator has a nice range and keeps you engaged.

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Great author

Loved this story a lil dark but it pulls it off so well cant wait for the second book. Also awesome narration by Jeff Hays

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LitRPG...kind of.

It has the basic frame of any LitRPG. It has monsters, some kind of magic system, stats(kinda), classes...but everything lacks depth. The first hour or so was a little confusing because it had me believe that the main character was one of a few that had been given a chance at a newly developing technology that would integrate the human consciousness to the point where the body is no longer needed. But...even though it was heavily implied that it was a one way trip, the main character is shocked to find out he died in the real world and trapped in the game.

As the story goes on, there seems to be tons of other people just like him and there have been many more before him. Okay, I'll accept that the scientists wanted to keep up a good pitch so that people would choose the game world over the death penalty. But really? There are so many other players and none of them have a backstory except Tom and the Goblin King. The rest of these people seem to have no drive of their own and they all needed the new guy that had been there for two days to give them some motivation.

That leads to another topic, the main character is some very rare class, okay cool, and is somehow stronger than the other adventurers that have been there for seemingly months, okay...not cool. It was very difficult to assess the amount of danger when monsters appeared because you don't really have a measure of the main characters strength compared to the creatures or even other players. It was very much: I have sword, I cut you, I kill you. Repeat as needed for combat.

The main character goes from average worker nerd guy to bonafide sword swinging monster, expert tactician, and leader of men in...a day.

The last issue I have is with the whole "hunt or be hunted" thing. It's said many times throughout the book but at no point did I feel the main character was being hunted by anything, not even the Goblin King. The sense of danger one should get with a premise like that would surely be conveyed through the actions of hunting or being hunted Yeah, they hunted a couple times. But I didn't feel any danger. It really makes that phrase seem like empty words.

I really wanted more from the book because the premise was intriguing and I love LitRPG's.

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Great narrator horrible story/plot/depth

I love jeff hays he is a amazing narrator in my opinon but even he couldnt make me enjoy this book. I really gave this book a chance and listened to it because I usually don't like people who give there opinion after one hour of listening, but it was a struggle to get through it. The story is extremely lacking with really no plot or depth to it. No real backround or back story for any of the characters makes them boring and I was not emotionally attached to any of them. And the litrpg elements where barely there just the most basic concepts but still lacking in my opinion.

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jeff hays fanboy

great book if you need to do something mindless or illogical, you will feel right at home.

the MC here was raised in isolation fed clothed educated to be a repair man just so they can execute him when he turns 21. There is never even an attempt to explain this nonsensical logic. it is all just glossed over so by the time he is uploaded to the "game" he is a bright shiny pile of downtrodden victim.

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pretty good

Story was a little bland but well written so that makes up for most it.