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GodsRealm: Betrayal

Narrated by: Dalan Decker
Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
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It's not easy being a teenager in the 2050s. Not easy being anyone really, unless you're one of the rich bastards in the upper levels. The world is overpopulated, over-governed, and it’s hard to find a job when every little task is able to be performed by AI. Thank god for GodsRealm, the biggest, most popular multiplayer role-playing game in history. Rick Hernandez would be quite happy to live his entire life inside the game - some people do - and if it wasn't for looking after his grandmother, he probably would. You see in the game he's Lord Errate, a Level 24 Battle Mage, powerful, respected, and confident. All the things he’s not in real life. 

He and his team, Valhalla Greatest, are supremely good at what they do, and very soon they will compete in the championship, the once a year tournament that will change the lives of the winning team. What Rick and his team don't know is that some very powerful people don't want them to win and that they'll stop at nothing to get their desired outcome, even if it means destroying Rick and his team in-game...and in the real world.

Don't miss Luke Isaacs' action-packed first novel, a futuristic LitRPG/Gamelit thriller that will keep you hooked right up until the last minute.

©2019 Scott Medbury (P)2019 Anscot Publishing Pty Ltd

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Fun RPGLIT with a decent narrator.

“The GodsRealm: Betrayal”
Author: Luke Isaacs
Publisher: April 5th, 2019

Narrator: Dalan Decker
Audible.com Release: April 30th, 2019
Length: 5 hours and 30 minutes (Unabridged)

Decker creates a convincing world taking place in a near future where virtual reality is a must for poor people to survive and rich people to spend money for experiences banned by the government. In other words, another typical paint-by-numbers dystopian world formed by the haves and the have nots. This does not mean the story is not a worthy listen because Decker does a decent job narrating the story and Isaacs does a convincing job, but there is a “been there and done that” vibe permeating throughout the narrative. I enjoyed the fleshed-out virtual game world and most RPG fans will appreciate Isaac’s attempt to create a fresh experience. Decker is a perfect example of reading a book without too much embellishment leaving the listener to form their own impression of Isaac’s world. Lastly, I appreciate the author delving into the personal lives of each Virtual Character leaving the listener (or reader) rooting for more than just a virtual win, but a win that is virtually necessary for the player. A fun exciting romp for any fan of this RPGLIT genre with that understanding that this is less “Ready Player One” and more Isaac’s understanding how virtual reality can be a source of survival within a dystopian world. This is a pretty good experience that most fans of fantasy and RPGLIT will enjoy.

Note: I was provided a free audiobook copy at my request and voluntarily left this review.

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A Good Idea Ruined By Pace & Narration

This is another book entering into the crowded LitRPG; following closely to the formula popularized by Ready Player One. Many LitRPG books follow two primary story arcs: a VR world with real life consequences like prize money, or being trapped in the game world with real life & death. GodsRealm follows the earlier formula and as suggested, following closely to Ready Player One in that our main characters stories take place in VR and in real life.

GodsRealm is a short book at exactly 5-hours and 30-minutes and it shows up in the story subtleties and character development. There's a rich history in GodsRealm but they're not explored deeply; quick references to the great financial crisis and how the world eventually migrated to the game world's currency of DC. There's even a short mention of crypto currencies rise and collapse. I enjoyed these tidbits as I could more easily connect with this new world, but they happen sporadically and aren't explored deeply. Likewise character development is shallow; you're quickly introduced to several characters and follow the entire group equally, rather than picking a hero's POV. This works when characters are completely fleshed out but again the shortness of the book hampers here. I will say however, that there's an amazing scene in which each main character confesses their most shameful moment. It served as a powerful moment that binds the group together but also pulled me in emotionally for their cause. A few more of these moments would greatly enhance the world Luke has put together.

Narration is my main complaint however. Dalan Decker narrates almost like a bad Japanese anime. He picks voices for some characters that were way to nasally and whiny. I couldn't help but form a mental picture of young spoiled children, not VR heroes that braved dangers. Dalan has talent and was able to emote for each character but I'd question his use of some of the voices he picked.

To summarize, there's a great story here that pulls inspiration from Ready Player One. I hope Luke does a sequel but takes the time to let the story breath, goes deeper into character development, and explorers the world he's created. I was given this book for free for an unbiased review.

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Entertaining if somewhat derivative

My first impression of the narrator was that he had a very robotic way of speaking. Aside from that, his character voices were pretty good and the book overall was easy and enjoyable to listen to.

The storyline is pretty decent. I was worried after the first hour or so that it would parallel Ready Player One too closely but was pleasantly surprised by the end. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy this type of near-future, earth sci-fi with relate-able references to present day.

As far as overall writing style, it lacks in the descriptive, world-building narration that draws me to Fantasy and Sci-fi books specifically. Character personalities, descriptions and motivations were laid out too plainly, as if the narrator were trying to explain everything to me up front rather than showing me through their words and actions. It felt too contrived, to the point where it would often take me out of the story.

In summary, If you're looking for an entertaining and easy listen, this is definitely worth the time. I will look forward to more from this author.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Good game litrpg title similar to Ready Player One

I liked the preview and the humor it uses when describing crypto-currency, and the rest of the book follows it.
I can't help but compare it to Ready Player One, as in some aspects this GodsRealm book does quite good in comparison.
Perhaps character development isn't its strong suit, but good pleasant narration with different characters and interesting storyline more than make up for it. The battle scenes are definitely exciting, fighting dragons and giants always is, and discovering of new skills as well. IMHO how the players meet in real life is done quite cleverly and ending is done quite well too, that even though it ties up story quite nicely, it still leaves plenty of room for the next book.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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Great book- I’d love to listen to more

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another. There is not a lot of stats recounting and I do not mind. There is more to the story than just the characters experiences in the game- especially since there is a powerful organization that does not want them to succeed and is attacking them in and out of the game.
This book has a conclusion, but also opens up a whole new story thread which makes it obvious there could be a second book.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Dolan Decker ) and I would listen to another. The character voices were distinct and the accents were done well. His cadence was good and his voice acting was quite well done. He drew me into the story, but not to the point of forgetting I was being read to. This was in part to voice choices and part to his choice of emphasis.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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is my white sheet showing?

this book was moving along fine until the author started talking about the world in which the characters live. He mentions the left's "globalist agenda" which is Alt Right code word for immigrants and Jews. Then he talks about the leftist attempt to create new genders or something like that, I was too busy turning off the audiobook to get the quote exactly right. The left's support of non-binary genders is an act of compassion for people who genuinely feel they aren't being represented in popular culture not an act of creation.

it sounds like the author is a bigot and I'm not going to support him and his nationalist agenda. I pay attention to words and these word say, "I'm filled with hate and I can't even write a story without spewing that hate on the reader."

really, I'm probably making a mountain from a molehill, it was just a couple lines in a novel and perhaps not an indication that the author is a racist, but I just can't let it go. the story was fine, if mediocre. the voice acting was fine too. there was only a couple blatant mispronounciations. Overall it was not good enough to put up with the Nationalist agenda it hints at.


I received this audiobook for free in exchange for my unbiased review. except, of course, my review is biased because I hate douchebags.

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Pretty good game lit with interesting premise

GodsRealm: Betrayal was a pretty interesting GameLit novel with an interesting premise and some nice action and interesting backstory. It is a short book and it kept me entertained, so it was definitely worth it but my main complaint was with the narration. Dalan Decker has a good voice and his standard narration is actually quite good but some of the voices he uses when he does specific characters were just hard to listen to for me. The voice he used for Rick's Grandmother being the prime example, it was one of the worst voice choices I could think of. The voices for some of the other characters at time were way to whiny/childish for the character as well. For other characters his voice was perfect and it was very enjoyable, I wish he would stick to those voices especially if there are future installments.

"Please note I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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A Good Lit-RPG

This is another great book of the Lit-RPG genre. It has a fun story abut is rather short. I let me teenage son listen to it and he liked it an thought if was a blast listening to. The narrator gives excellent voices to the different characters and it puts you in the story.

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

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Sci fi future LITRPG gaming at its best

It’s the future. Real life sucks and requires more money than can be made in it to live . So one must enter the virtual worlds and make money to live in the real world. Enter gaming. Top teams can win contests and make more money than they could otherwise see in a lifetime. First how do you get to this world? Have to pay to play. Now that you are a top team you can win and earn. Small problem. Someone doesn’t want them to win. When a planned disaster strikes motivations and more are revealed. Get ready for a wild ride through a game with more players than they are aware exist. Remember you can always advance but at a price. Rumors abound of a rogue AI in the system but that can’t be true. Can it? Great tale well narrated .

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Worth the credit

If you look at my reviews, you can see I am a fan of litrpg. There was something about this book that I just couldn't get into it completely. I had a tough time following the story at times. Even still, I think it's worth the credit to check it out. Nothing stands out to me as 'not good', it just didn't drag me in as much as I like my books to do.

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