Initiate

Animus, Book 1
Narrated by: Scott Aiello
Series: Animus Series, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (949 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It was just one fight, but it changed Kaiden Jericho's life forever.

He was in a gang but was trying to change his future, when a board member of the elite advanced academy NEXUS made a snap decision and offered him a chance.

Then fate, or an unbalanced genius, offered him another.

The Nexus Academy is for the elite trainees from Earth, and now trials from our alien allies, as they teach the future generation how to fight, lead, hack, spy, and many other talents and tactics.

Hired by companies, governments, and NGOs, these graduates work to pay off the massive debt their training at the academy accumulates.

You don't become the best of the best by staying alive. With the Animus, you are closer to perfection with each death you suffer.

Kaiden Jericho would rather skip the death part, thank you very much.

Includes special note from co-author Michael Anderle.

©2018 Joshua Anderle and Michael Anderle (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Somewhat Repetative

I am writing this after the first two books but I actually felt like there is sort of a pattern or routine to these books that I found got somewhat stale quickly. It feels like there is this starting vibe to how things go and it just sort of continues on. The main character is decent but not relateable. I really like my books to be more in the 12-15+ hours and generally don't pull the trigger on books under 10 hours but I gave this a shot. I like that the world that was established is a bit different and has a little different feel than a lot of the other books out there right now but ultimately I wasn't really blown away. I think this series was alright, I don't normally go for Sci-Fi feeling books but I thought it was alright given its not normally my preference of books.

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I don’t Understand How It received Any Good Reviews

The best way to describe the story and the characters is; Imagine you were a adolescent boy with few friends and you based what was “cool” on 1980’s B action movie and dialog. Now you author a book. This is the book you would write. The protagonist ONLY speaks and thinks with smart ass sarcasm. He is so annoying that I wish I were a character in the story just so I could punch him in the face. That story is so predictable (whatever makes the protagonist seem cool) that reciting the alphabet offers more mystery. Awful. You deserve a slot in the Nexus School if you can force yourself to complete the book.

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Okay

The plotting is good, but the story-telling needs work. Personally tired of heroes with hick accents. The narration could have been the real problem with my inability to buy in, but the Candide, everything is too easy for the main character, story aspect was also annoying.

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A Tech Harry Potter but sooooo much better.

I have been an audible listener for about five year, and this book is in the top five series I have found. It is a good blend of video games and real life without the normal downsides. For those who like a longer series it has the significant ways to grow as well as a good bit of foreshadowing. Thank you to the authors for a great book. Hope to see more of them sooner rather than later. (The stranger tips his hat and strolls away)

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LitPRG just dressed better.

This is for 12 year old gamers who have moms that will let them listen to audiobooks where swearing occurs.

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pretty great

Honestly, the only complaint about this fic that I have is that the protagonist is a little too annoying. He's arrogant and constantly cracking wise, which is kinda okay, but it gets to the point where he's cracking wise with every sentence and you just want him to stfu. Everything in moderation. It makes him come off as two dimensional if that's his only setting. I'm hoping the author tones the sass down, I'd love him to show more of his Southern Charm. Finally, this isn't really a litRPG. Some of the elements are there and teased, but not in this book. It's a scifi military/science academy with some kind of VR training room. It's unclear is said training device will have any real world applications, but it's only been teased so far.

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not for me....

I could not get through even a quarter of the book. I'm so done with "snappy repartee" neither of which did it for me.

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Fun book

This was what I love most about a great audiobook. It has great narration, good story, interesting characters and awesome dialogue. The narrator did a great job giving each character and individual voice and bringing the dialogue to life. The writers crafted a unique LitRPG story that wasn’t over the top with the RPG elements. Some of these get big down in them to the point you either zone out or skip a head in the audiobook formats.

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Do you like action and have a good sense of humor

Yes, I was looking for a new book, listen to mostly Lit Rpg books. I currently have over 100 audblebooks. I have listen to great and bad books. Finding a new series is sometimes hard. But was I can as is out of all the books I have listened to this book is now in my top 3, first is "Red Rising" second "dungeon born" and then now this book "Initiate". I originally was only going to give the book 30 mins to see how it was and check out the voice actor. I was currently in another book series and wasnt planing listening to this book until after I finished the other one. But after 30 mins I couldn't stop. Listening. I listened to it for the next 6 hours stright. (who needs sleep) then the next day saddly finish the first book. I look. Forward to the second book that comes out on audiobooks on 7/7/19 Book has lots of actions and made me bust out laughing muilple times.

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Not Fun! still waiting for the story to actually b

If you like plastic characters, annoying overconfident Texas cowboy stereotypes, and books that spend the whole time setting up the story, then this one is for you. I wanted an exciting adventure story with a litrpg twist, this book is not that. Instead I found this book full of annoying characters, with long spells of waiting for something to happen, or at least hoping the MC would finally do something besides training scenarios.

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  • Michelle
  • 01-30-20

Brilliant narrator for a wonderful book

Love the book so much,i brought audio to go with the book. The 10 books are great can't wait till rest on audible.

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  • Martrix
  • 07-07-19

Good job

For the first book this is a good start. seems like a interesting world to be in with interesting caricatures to start with. I can't wait to get to the next book's

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  • BlindAlley
  • 06-09-19

Boring and childish

Slow, predictable, and boring. The Texas accent thing gets old rapidly. The characters are two-dimensional and you need a microscope to find the plot. There is no pace and I struggled to maintain interest. It took a certain amount of determination to finish book and I think I should have given up and moved on, instead.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-22-19

Narrator sucks at accents

Great story! Very entertaining! Definitely downloading the 2nd book. Loved the dynamics between Kaiden and Chief. The Narrator (Scott?) sucks at accents, particularly on the Australian accent. As an Australian, I cringed so hard at hearing him talk like that. He sounded like he couldn’t decide if he wanted to sound bogan or as a Scottish person. And his narration between Sasha or Laury was too confusing. They sounded so similar at one stage then different in another. No consistency in their accent.

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  • Tudor
  • 07-28-20

It's pronounced Cores-man NOT Corpse-man

The story is great, however, only 2 things let it down and yes they are minor but for me, annoying. Scott's pronunciation of Corpsman (military medic) as Corpse-man (a zombie?) stood out like a sore thumb & his Australian accent was abysmal (as is 99.9% of anyone who's not Australians is). Did it ruin the novel? Absolutely not, was it cringeworthy Yup.

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  • bradley
  • 07-02-19

A good read.

loved it , I think there is lots of room for character development and plots. kind wish I new more about a main plot but with the wise cracking main character and developing story line I'm looking forward to book 2.