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Helping a Friend

The World, Book 4
Narrated by: Jason Hill
Series: The World, Book 4
Length: 19 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (332 ratings)

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Startum Ironwolf has completed his nightmare quest and is fortifying "broken fang hold" when he finds out that his good friend Domenic is under attack by a PVP Alliance called Chaos Storm. If he doesn't find a way over to the continent that his friend is on in a week, Domenic will lose everything. Unfortunately, traversing the dangerous lands and sea in-between them will not be easy. The journey will take everything Startum has to reach his friend in time. At the same time, he must somehow prepare for a new monster invasion headed his way.

Lucky for him, the Devil Dogs and Valkyrie Guilds have agreed to give him a hand.
 

Warning: This is a LitRPG story and contains adult situations, foul language, MMORPG-style violence, and other fun things. Listen at your own risk.

©2019 Jason Andrew Cheek (P)2019 Jason Andrew Cheek

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Ugggg. Harems. He had to go there.

I like the overall story. But he had to put a damn harem in the mix. Every freakin important female npc has to fall for the hero. The first 2 1/2 books were good. With a slight hint of harem. Now every new woman has a rack that he can’t stop staring at. It’s just disappointing in an overall really good litrpg story.

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downright lecherous

The first three books had a good storyline and and good game mechanics, but this book went way down hill. The MC did not meet a single named female character without talking about her chest. the mysogyny was just the cherry on top. if this is your thing, great. but it is not for me. If it were advertised as a harem litrpg, I would have stayed away in the first place.

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Deceptive title - Ends before

Deceptive title. The book ends before he actually helps his friend. Some of the authors decisions to include certain scenes is questionable. Not sure what the point was.

I enjoyed the first two books. But, not sure about books 3 and 4.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great storyline. Not to be missed

Started out like any of the other lit RPG novels. Cheeks has an idea of what he wants to do and he continues to surprise me. This is the most ongoing storyline I’ve been reading in the last two years. They can run this thing for dozens of books to Cohen. Great story.

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Still Good...

In a lot of ways this book was just as good as, if not better than, the first two books. A lot of the same well executed elements were present. there was good combat, a good story arc, and good dialogue. That being said I feel like the hors-, I mean elephant in the room should be addressed. I wouldn't say that the MC's relationship with a female centaur is nearly as bad as other reviewers have made it out to be but its definitely jarring and from a certain perspective, unnecessary. The MC and, through extension, the author are well aware of the taboo and even use a little humor to lighten the topic. That being said, I feel like the relationship is rather weak and it feel to a degree that the author just wanted to be edgy. The MC's other relationships through out the story have had much more depth and meaning to the novel but the female centaur adds nothing to the story. To summarize, the book is still amazing and the centaur shit neither adds nor takes away from the adventure.

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love this book

WARNING: This is a LitRPG story and contains explicit intimate relations, explicit violence, explicit expletives, cussing and swearing, explicit hacking and slashing, betrayals, pant wetting, improper use of motorcycles, general speeding, polyamory, theft, arson, egg-laying, open relationships, power leveling, twinking, PVP, ogling of demi-humans, ogling of humanoids, ogling of monsters, PVE, spawn camping, trespassing, dwarf tossing, cell phone hacking, account hacking, attempted rape, adult situations, violations of civilian rights, a dire wolf with an attitude, infidelity, bawdy relations with Orcs, Goblins, Trolls, Beastkin, Gnomes, Dwarves, Elves and monsters, MMORPG-style violence, allusions to nonconsensual relations, consensual relations, wolves and bears as pets, nudity and nakedness, no bras, naked raids, murder, attempted murder, atheism, rationalizations, man-handling, decapitations, pirate on pirate violence, gossiping, defenestration, sexual harassment, religious rationalizations, unusual morals, NPC relations, player relations, possible centaur riding, stalking, looting, womanizing, mansplaining, bribery, LAN parties, fantasy depictions of mages and warriors, highly risqué fantasy gaming tropes, personal rants, assault and battery, stabbings, cannibalism, general mayhem, specific mayhem, immolations, explosions, siege weapons of mass destruction, existential discussions, controversial topics of sci-fi fandom, real-world intimate relationships, in-game intimate relationships, playing the field, disrespect for authority, womansplaining, realm invasions, mind control fears, bad tempered marines, conspiracy theories, cohabitation, men playing women, digital prostitution, exsanguinations, women playing men, references to science fiction literature and television, references to gaming, playing MMOs for too many hours straight, government surveillance, jelly donuts, inappropriate gaming names, player abuse, interrogations and torture, chest ogling, grocery store misconduct, talking on a cell in public, relational misconduct, magic misconduct, fangs, general misconduct, voyeurism, making out sessions, heavy petting, insanity, random violence, promiscuity, werewolves and vampires that like to kill, evil gnolls and goblins, good orcs and bad orcs, too much drinking, dismemberment, abuse of authority, abuse of popularity, electrocutions, freeze blasts, arcane explosions, destruction of property, public indecency, annoying escort quests, rezzing and resurrections, castle sieging, city ransacking, slavery, raping and pillaging, role-playing, abuse, crazy ex-girlfriend flashbacks, nutshots and eye poking, the stabbing of private organs, pick-up groups, fast-moving zombies, hunting for food and xp, excessive violence, bareback riding, troll hating, camping, griefing, obstruction of justice, justified vengeance, biting, backstabbing, clawing, trash-talking, open-minded discussions, bitching, close-minded hate, personal opinions, and anything else offensive I may have forgotten to mention. Read at your own risk.

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Can't wait for the 5th book!!

Excellent listen. Perfect for long drives cross country. Between the authors amazing story and how the narrator brings the characters to life everyone is bound to get hooked on this series.

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Entertaining but feels like filler

I enjoyed the book but it would benefit from some editing and a bit more plot progression. The story was basically non-stop fighting and action with very little character development apart from an awkward attraction between a human and a centauress which sucked up enough time that I just started skipping through any segment where the two of them were together. This is basically 19 hours of content to get the main character from location A to location B to set up the next book.

Huge credit to the narrator for managing to keep a high level of intensity in his voice through hours upon hours of neverending action scenes with very little ebb and flow.

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  • Michael
  • Matthews, New Caledonia
  • 07-29-19

Great story but issues

I really like this series, I like the game world and the way (most of) the story is developing, and the voice acting is great.
But the author has added a harem story line that is annoying and plays out like a fantasy/fanservice and I dislike it to the degree that this will likely be my last book in the series. If I didn't like the game world so much, I would have jumped off in the middle of this book. Not only is the harem bad but all the female characters are written poorly and written about poorly.

Another issue that should address is the RAPE, there is a lot of it, it happens off screen but both the aftermath and the interruption of it about to begin play a major role in the last portion of the book. It's written about ham-handedly and without enough regard to how serious rape is. Its lazy and poor writing to use it so loosely, yes it happens in real life and happened in medieval times but it's flung about with very little thought in this book.

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love it! can't wait for book 5,

worth a listen, wonderful series, can't wait for the next book in the series, wow!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful