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Hunters Dream Online: Ascension

Hunters Dream Online, Book 1
Narrated by: Steve Campbell
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
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With his chance to join the world's first VR MMORPG, Robin takes the class of necromancer in a world of constant conflict facing off against gods, monsters, and other players. Will he be able to stay the tide of destruction and save the village he swore to protect, or will Ignis and his guild prevail and lay waste to the land?  

Join Robin, his undead companion Charon, and his friends as they take on the world and other players! Dungeons, player versus player tournaments, large scale battles, and a deer-leasing agent named Chester. This is Hunters Dream.

©2019 J.R. Davis (P)2019 J.R. Davis

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On the edge of greatness

I actually finished listening a number of days ago but have been debating my review. This is one of those books that really makes me wish audible allowed half stars because I would have given the story a 3.5. Now honestly I would have loved to have give this one 5 stars across the boards, but one thing stopped that. Let me first say that J.R. Davis did a great job. It's a fun story and he clearly has a great grasp of the gaming mechanics that are essential for a LitRPG book to be satisfying. The weapons, the various skills, the leveling...all of that is here, and done quite well. I also have to say for the most part I really liked the characters. So what's my problem? Well it comes down to one thing...tension...there didn't seem to be anything at stake for our hero. There are certain tropes you come to expect from LitRPGs. Not all of them have people trapped in virtual world, but there is always some very real loss that can come from what happens in the virtual world. That didn't seem to be the case here. If he were to die in the game he wouldn't die for real, his character wouldn't be erased...nothing. As we saw with some of the characters, if you die in the game you just respawn back in town. So where is the risk? The tension? What you end up with is a story about a guy playing a video game. An enjoyable story, but still it never really felt like anything was ever on the line for our hero. Towards the very end there seems to be hints that things are more than they seem and maybe we'll learn more in book 2, but as for this book the tension and payoff just wasn't there. I did enjoy the book quite a bit and would definitely like to see what comes next. I just want there to be real repercussions for our hero should he fail. Steve Campbell does a fantastic job with the narration and I'll definitely have to check out more of this work in the future. I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A fun first book

This is a fun book to listen to. Steve Cambell has a great voice for audio books and does a good job narrating this book. The MC is very likable and has a good moral compass, especially for a Necromancer. I'm excited to see where the story goes from here.

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Come for the action stay for the puns!

Robyn is fun and a likable character adapting quickly to this new online world of his. the cast is funny and closer to what youd expect to actually find while online gaming than some other books portray. overall a good listen!

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Good Start for New LitRPG Series

I will preface this review by stating I am a bit of a game nerd and already enjoy the litRPG genre. If the concept of exploring and overcoming challenges in a game-type world sounds like a snooze fest to you, you may not connect as well as I did. Some of the pros: interesting characters with their own motives. I found it refreshing this book doesn't have even a hint of being a harem-style tale. Not that I mind harem stories. In this instance, it seemed to work for letting me engage more with the story. Wishes: I would have really enjoyed learning more of the world where our story takes place and why things work the way they do. This does seem hinted at for later in the series. Recommended read if you enjoy the genre.

Narration is well done, as you would expect to see from Steve Campbell. He has an enjoyable style is always great at conveying emotion. Everything I have tried from Steve has been well worth it.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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Slow and Steady Wins the race

The book entirety was awesome a bit of the slow grind at first, but the main character is very down to earth and funny a lot of side commentary which I like personally especially if the character is funny. How also bringing the characters together and making them all down to earth is big in this book. Hopefully we wont wait too long for the next.

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Great story for a bit of fun

This was a fun, easy listen that I enjoyed quite a bit. It's not a serious story or very deep but that's OK. Sometimes you just want to listen to something for fun. This book is more GameLIT than LitRPG. By that I mean that it is very clearly a group of people playing a VRRPG game. Very little outside the game is covered.

The characters were realistic, enjoyable, and often funny. No moronic MC in this story thankfully. Even the villain was likable in a villainous sort of way.

The stat updates were not overly intrusive and were worked into the story in a logical manner. The way the game works while people are sleeping is quite inventive and sounds like it would be a great use for the third of our lives that we spend asleep.

The narrator did a good job with the voices. Each were clear and distinct.

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

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Robin Graves!

Great story and narration!

Robin just got the latest virtual game - one that uses cutting edge technology! Setting out on the path of the necromancer, he quickly makes friends and enemies while saving a goblin town from some high and mighty players. As things escalate Robin must decide what he will stand for!

Loved the VR tech - I found the idea a lot more plausible than other methods! The story was great too!

I can't wait for the next book to come out!

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Excellent book!! One of my new Favorites!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Holy crap, this book is incredible!! You never know what's going to happen next and with each twist and turn you're thrown for another loop. This is a must read for any and all Litrpg fans!

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  • Princeton, NC United States
  • 10-25-19

Be careful who you pick on.

When an evil cleric swears vengeance on Robin and his friends for stopping the murder of a goblin villiage they must gather allies a show him why you never want to have a bone to pick with a necromancer. This was a fun Litrpg story, and I loved the voices the narrator used to give us more details about the characters. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Good slice of life

Pretty fun and chill story that really focuses on group humor and casual development but it does have a nice setup for the next novel. I enjoyed it but my mind did wander at times from the mental dialogue of the mc at certain points. The narration is excellent especially with the tone and humor sections. Good book excited to see the development of this author.
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  • Dan Raskoll
  • 11-10-19

Hunters Dream Online: Ascension

good story, even if your not a fan of computer games, you will enjoy this listen, A really fun book and great narration

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-02-19

A Good Listen

Some good story premise in this audio as we see our usually LitRPG scenario. Not amazing, but a good listen however almost until the end what kept me interested was the group banter and their interactions with a certain merchant. The final battles and ending did make this an add to listen/read list due to the ending so credit due to how this was planned out.
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  • Richard
  • 10-30-19

Average. Remarkably so.

Though it possesses moments of quick humour to make you chuckle, it remains unceasingly average from start to finish. nothing wrong with it, but in my opinion it lacks a real drive in the story.
We are given nothing of the main character except he is a gamer, we are provided card-board cutout villains and allies but we are given little more than that.
Though the narrator's accents were by no means good, they were acceptable and his voice was far less nasal than others I've heard.

overall I enjoyed the book, but I didn't feel like any of the characters were real people and therefore was not invested in their struggles. They were merely stereotypical archetypes of warrior, thief etc.

I was given a free copy of the book for an honest review.