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I Am Gamer

Narrated by: Gabriel L Rathweg
Series: I Am Gamer, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
4 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)

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Lawrence is having a shitty day. His girlfriend is not only cheating on him but she’s cheating on him with his best friend. He had the added benefit of finding out about it firsthand. To make matters worse a legendary native American God has sent him back to North America circa AD 1400. What’s a gamer to do?

From the creator of the hilarious Eryth online and the action packed warrior academy series comes I Am Gamer!

This is the first book in a series that will span continents. Join our hero on his journey to unify the Americas and fight back against its foreign invaders. Using skills and knowledge from the future all revealed in a game type format, Lawrence Lawrence Wrath will save the world...or die trying....

©2018, 2019 Gabriel L Rathweg (P)2019 Gabriel L Rathweg

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Terrible narration

There is a reason why there are professional narrators.
Every male character has a Batman voice and every female has a squeaky voice that is just annoying.
Then there is the voice he does for the stat sheet. I get he is going for a robotic voice but it's annoying as... yeah.
Then he mispronounces several words that really take you out of the story.
The narration is pretty much among the worst I've ever heard.

The audiobook is saved by the simple fact that I really enjoyed the story. It's not groundbreaking in any way, just very enjoyable.

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full of potential

this was a good book the settings, characters and story were all really good the only problems I have with this book is the narration. the author narrates the book him self which is okay by me but there's a few problems. first is the batman like voices when his characters speak outloud the kind of growl or sound like they have a soar throat. secondly is a few time in the book they will repeat words once or twice like she was ready she was ready it happens enough to notice. if the author could get a good narrator this book could be amazing. my other problem is the odd song name and singer at the start of the chapter

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I am amazed!

Well, here is a book that satisfies several of my loves. Such as Litrpg and Time travel. Good combos that you can’t go wrong with for good tale. This is one of the rare books that I always say that is brilliant or insane, and it is where the author actually decided to narrate his own book. Personally, I admire such courage, and I always hope that the writer does such a thing because they know their character so well that they know they can handle the nuanced emotions and vocal stresses that a narrator has to guess at. So, that is where I’m going to start. With the narration.

Gabriel asked me to be kind, but I’d rather be honest. You can pretty much tell that this wasn’t made with high end audiobooth technology. I’m not sure what Gabriel used, but it doesn’t feel the same as a normal audio production. I could be off, but that is how it sounds to me. Secondly, the story could have stood some slightly better editing. Several times I heard things repeat. Now, I am going to be fair and say that I actually enjoyed hearing Rathweg doing the various voices and telling his story HIS way. You don’t get that a lot, and I know it took a huge amount of time to produce this book the way he wanted it and I don’t hold his vocal prowess against him. I think he did a pretty decent job for a first timer. I have heard professional narrators not handle characters this well, and completely flub a story, but I did get an honest chuckle with how Rathweg made certain to properly pronounce certain words. It almost felt like he’d heard someone say supposebly or En Signs and tried to side step those floor traps. This certainly isn’t Netfix’s Nailed It moment, and for a DIY novel it has legs. But, if I’m honest I’d suggest that he use a legit narrator in the future because I always say that a good narrator can elevate a story, and a pro could have sky rocketed this tale.

As for the writing I enjoyed the story, the MC was a cool dude and feels genuine. Sometimes the dialogue was off a touch, but overall it was fun. I will never complain about time travel stories. I have been addicted to time travel since I first watched the Time Tunnel as a kid and I think Gabriel handles the travel aspects pretty well for the most part. There were some things I don’t think he should have been having to teach indigenous people, but hey, I can sus[end my disbelief and say that happened.

We get game mechanics that are familiar, which I appreciate. I hate having to learn some complicated gaming styles that drain the fun right out of the story. I will say that the MC starts out OP pretty quickly, but it is balanced by his opponents being OP as well. I do get picky about overly strong characters, but just like in the good guy series by Ugland this proves that you can have an Over powered hero/MC so long as there is a balance, and I get that here. IN fact, I really don’t know if he is OP or just better than most normal humans. For me, the real standout is the way in which we get to see native American mythology employed. I don’t think I’ve ever read that in a Litrpg novel before. The catch here is that the gods want to Little Big Horn the entire “Go West Young Man” movement before it ever catches on. This is to be a not how the west was lost, but how the west was closed for bidness. Cool concept, and it gets played pretty well.

Over all, I enjoyed the book, but there were a few hiccups that could have been skirted with some professional editing soundwise (sorry, can’t overlook that). I like that the book has a sort of playlist to go with, and it was fun. Final score 7.8 stars. Could have benefitted from a more professional touch


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Excellent Story Bad Narration

This story is definitely one I'm going to buy on my kindle and read again as well as any sequels but the narration wasn't very good. It wasn't the character voices that bothered me, I can deal with the oddness there, but the voice of the info sheet and the poor mic or editing quality, couldn't tell which. Alot of time when a word ended with s I would hear a whistle and that drove me crazy after a few times and there were a couple of times when a sentence would be repeated. I held out and finished listening because I was enjoying the story that was being told but I hope the author gets a professional narrator to do his next books, hopefully luke daniels.

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Bad

The author's voice is incredibly annoying. The story isn't much better. My advice would be to check out Olan Thorensen's similar series. You could also try Garon Whited's Nightlord series.

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Were the next one ????can't wate

I lessen to both back to want more I love both I want more please

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  • Erik
  • Champaign, IL
  • 08-16-19

Love the chapter song idea

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Each chapter has a song associated with it to fit the tone of the story, which is a nice mechanic. At the beginning of each chapter, I can just ask Alexa to play the song for me in the background while I listen to the audiobook play. The audiobook itself was actually recorded by the author, and I thought he did a very good job. Now on to book 2

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Solid story but rough around the edges - No spoils

So I'll start with the rough bits.

The audio quality isn't bad but it is noticeable that it wasn't made with the same quality as other books. It's the author's first audio book and had a 'do it yourself' vibe so I won't fault him for that.

The tone and inflection the author used to signify the descriptions and menu narrations turned words like 'durability' and 'dimensions' into 2 or 3 words themselves. I.e. "The weapon's dura bility is 100/100. Its Di men shins are 20x20x20." It wasn't big issue but more like a pebble in the shoe.

So now on too the good bits.

With the title as is, I expected a similar start like other LitRPG books I've read but this one had a new angle of introducing the main character to the 'new reality' which I really enjoyed.

The author quickly sets the overall story arc of the the series but leaves it open enough on details that main character will still stumble through without it being too predictable and enjoyable.

General comments:

The writing style I would say is honest and simple for lack of better word. It's hard to say that its a good or bad. It makes MC a believable and likable character but some of the dialogue or struggles seem lack luster.

I'd like to find out more about magic system and creatures of the 'new world' and see how the author works it into the framework of the main character's 'old world'.

Overall, it's a good start. I don't think this book will be a New York Times best seller but author has the potential. The story was enjoyable and I'd buy the second one when it become available as an audio book, rough edges and all.

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it a fan fic

So with out spoiling the book just in case you might want to read it the MC has the supper man issue, the only thing he is not good at are the thing he hasn't tried yet, on top of the MC being perfect at everything they also give him max gear to start, With both of those thing going on i could relate to the MC and only got 4 hour are so into the book before i could take it any more and just had to stop. Who know the ending might have been great but i will never know as it just seamed like a first draft of a fan fic and was more of a chore then a pleasure so i stop.

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Gamer

Not bad had a slow start But the story is good ready for book 2

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-15-19

Great New Concept

It as grasped my interest and I found myself enjoying it. The pace of the it's easy and well done. New concept that was so refreshing to listen to. My only con was the home audio but loved it all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-19

Lovely story, can't wait for the next book.

First of all, I love the concept of the story. The story itself is pretty good but feels like an introduction all the way through, but makes me excited for book 2. The main character is fun to follow but maybe a little overpowered with the items and skills he gets. Would love to see a bit more struggle for him to get through. But besides that, the skills that he has are surprising they aren't just called "running" or "fighting with daggers". They are called after specific techniques that he uses. Which makes it a lot of fun and thought me a few new things. The chapters are also titled by songs which I thought was a fun little detail.

For the Audiobook itself. It was nice to listen too. Different than other LitRPG audiobooks so far. For me, it felt like the narration started off a bit awkward. The range of different kinds of voices aren't very special but keeping in mind that it's the narrators first try it was good. And he got a lot better throughout the book. But it was still a lot of fun to listen to.

I would 100% recommend listening to this book if you are a LitRPG junky like me. Because it is different and fun. I will be buying the next audiobook of this series and can't wait to listen to it!

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  • Аmazon Customer
  • 05-18-19

Fantastic Story, Great stats, Brilliant Narration.

what more can I say, (without giving away any spoilers). A true 5 star rating throughout. Looking forward to I am Gamer 2 on audiobook. Great work Gabriel Rathweg.