Life Reset: EvP (Environment vs. Player)

New Era Online Series, Book 2
Series: New Era Online, Book 2
Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
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After defeating the hobgoblin threat, Oren is now faced with an even more tenacious enemy: the players themselves. 

His old guild have discovered his village's location and a deadly strike force is closing in. With time running out, Oren must build up his clan and recruit an army of monsters if he's to have any hope of withstanding the coming attack. 

The Soundbooth Theater Team for this production:  

  • Jeff Hays - Narration, music, and sound design 
  • Laurie Catherine Winkel - Raystia and Yulli 
  • Annie Ellicott - Misa and Kusitesh 
  • Dalton Lynne - Editing and proofing
  • Griffin Malnar - Editing and mastering
©2018 Shemer Kuznits (P)2018 Jeff Hays
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Another Amazing Book by Shemer Kuznits

Let me tell you. I had extremely high expectations of this book, I was scared it wouldn't live up to it. All my fears were without merit. This book went beyond my expectations!

With Mr Kiznits' writing, Mr Hays narration and supporting roles of Ms. Winkel and Ms.Ellicott, we have an amazing book that deserves 5 stars.

I must say I rarely give books 5 stars, as to me that is an indication of a rare near perfect book. This book is well deserve of that coveted 5 star review! Kudos to everyone involved!

Thank you for such an amazing book!

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Decent

Pretty good story following along the same lines as the first. It's an entertaining listen and worth the credit. If you're a fan of the genre you'll like this book. I'm glad there's no harems or anything like that.

I'd have given it a five star rating except for a few things that bugged me.

- Star Trek - Every so often the author disappears into Star Trek metaphor land that to me is like speaking a foreign language, and I have no idea what meaning was supposed to be conveyed with the Star Trek references.

- MC forgets his own abilities. Example: "I promise in my god's name I will resurrect every single soldier that falls in battle." 10 minutes later after the first engagement.... Talks about losing friendly soldiers and the importance of maintaining numbers. No resurrections. Seems like some abilities are intentionally forgotten to make things harder for the character.

- Too much laughing. Sometimes the narrator decided to add laughter which sounded kinda forced. Sometimes it's because the text indicated that people laughed, chuckled, etc, other times it was just added at a point where apparently they imagined people laughing even though it wasn't written. Once in a while was okay, but after a while I started getting a mental countdown after certain words before an awkward laugh was inserted.

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Good story, good limitation, endorsing was just ahh

So liked the story and I felt the author made some good limitations to limit the Mc however the final battle was just ahh in my opinion I found it be no where near worth the build up given. I look forward to the next book.

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I've reset my life again!!!

This is this week’s Soundbooth Spotlight, and man was it fun. Practically 22 hours of goblin goodness to gnaw on. Orin, the MC who is trapped in the game world, is a goblin Dread Totem who is running a goblinish village. The book plays out a lot like the original world of Warcraft orcs vs humans game. He creates new peons who do jobs assigned to them, builds and upgrades vital facilities for the advancement of the tribe, and fights off invaders with his limited militia. I enjoy this aspect more than anything. Granted, I like watching Orin level up and get new powers, but I really love to hear how he adds a new building or upgrades one. Like I say, Tamer by MSE has my attention because the characters are building a fort. The book really deals with a ton of things happening to Orin and his village after the events of the first book. It seems that no matter what Orin does nothing is going to prepare him for the trials to come.

Orin is in deep trouble as his ex-guild members are looking for him, and he has limited time to prepare for their arrival. To top it off new monster players have begun showing up, and it seems that one of them is a traitor. Somebody is going around ganking hapless goblin workers, and stealing vital potion supplies. The urgency of the need to expand, gain experience, and leveling his troops is palpable. To top it off, Orin now struggles to retain his identity as a player. He is sinking more and more into his role as the Dread Totem and losing bits of himself in the process. One of my favorite bits that got added this time around is the mandibled brain eating seneschal that made me envision a hobgobliny Predator. He was a fun character, and Kuznits uses him quite effectively to demonstrate the importance and dangers of reputation in a very slick way.

Another impressive thing is the way that SBT handled this book. Last go around, Jeff Hays did the whole thing himself, now he’s added some of the Sound Booth ladies into the mix, but quite wisely keeps himself on the voices that he did the last time. Annie and Laurie both bring their A game and the sisters of Soundbooth supercharge the story with their sublime storytelling. Jeff is the man, handling more characters than a juggling guillotine operator during the French revolution, I just don’t know how he does it but he has impeccable pacing and knows how to wrap a chapter or add life into a battle scene. He definitely infuses a sense of urgency into everything that Orin does, and lets his smugness play out oh so very well that you cringe when Orin says something so snide that you know whatever it is is going to come back and bite him on the rump. One thing that sort of surprised me was that Jeff didn’t figure out a way to sound fx to the shadow magic. I would have loved to have heard a light wind to a full breeze blowing when Orin used his shadow powers, but that is really just my own personal desires, SBT really nailed the book down and provided some top notch high quality narration.


My final score on this book is 8.3 stars. I like that Kuznits doesn’t spit out shorter books, and that he knows the proper thing to do is to put his MC through the wringer as often as possible. The narration is on a nuclear level, and the overall story is a fun fast paced ride of leveling, struggling to become stronger, and preparing for a point when PC’s will invade the village. This is slick and smooth, and will sucker you in for more hours than you realize. Get this book and enjoy it.


Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

If this review helped, please press the YES below. Thank you immensely!!!

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great sequel

there were some areas that were absolutely frustrating in that oren (or the author) seemed to forget what tools were available to solve problems. There's also the part where the company stops helping and in a way becomes a hindrance; I'm not a lawyer but I'm pretty sure some of their actions could be seen as voiding their contract and leaving them open for crushing lawsuits.

all in all though, the book was a great continuation of oren's plight and wrapped up with some rather spectacular battles. the extra voice actors was also a really nice touch, albeit a little jarring at first.

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Can't Get Enough Life Reset

I admit that I listened to the first book in this series three times and read the hardcopy as well. I was worried that the second book may not live up to my expectations. I should have known better! Shemer Kuznits does as wonderful a job with this instalment as with the first. The series has amazing world building and very memorable characters. I'm very invested in the story and can't wait to see what comes next. Jeff Hayes (along with Annie and Laurie) did a wonderful job with the narration, as usual!

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More More More!

Another great job by the writer, and reader. This series has it all, building, character skills and traits, and chaos! The race to strengthen the Clan before the travelers arrive comes through to the listener and makes for actual tense anticipation. I hope this series goes on for a few more books at least!

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Amazing

Just as good if not better than the first story, alot of development and Shemer really goes into the mental state which is a very well done aspect that adds a ton to the story. definitely recommend

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A few cliches but otherwise great

I enjoyed the store and overall had a lot of fun. there were a few spots where things got a bit bogged down in cliches but overall it was great.

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Good Second Installment

Thoroughly enjoyed the story. Action scenes had a back and forth feel to them, making them a little tedious. But overall, one of the better LitRPGs on my shelf.

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  • L.
  • 10-12-18

Once again

The outstanding performance of this story coupled with the story line was absolutely magnificent!I can't wake for the next book!

Faithful fan of—not only—soundbooth theater, but of Shermer kuznits.

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  • Teitur Ásgeirsson
  • 01-26-19

I really enjoyed the audio book.

I really enjoyed the audio book. A new spin on magic and the way the system works.. I highly recommended the book. I hope the author is a fast writer...

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  • Teh Matis
  • 01-12-19

Recommended !!

Awesome story and performance! Totally recommend!
Can't wait for the next one! Keep up the good work

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  • R. Ant
  • 12-14-18

Loved it

I can assure you that after the first no, youwill not regret continuing with this book and the saga.

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  • Mr. L. HALL
  • 10-17-18

disappointing

I quite enjoyed the first book of this series and while this book has some good elements it is overshadowed by childish perverted humour poor, goblin sex and sexist stereotypes. It is quite embarrassing listening to the author put so much effort into describing the sexual performance of the main character and his goblin companion over and over again. Seriously what was the author thinking?!

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  • Sean Blicher Marschall
  • 02-18-20

Best litrpg.

Shemer has made a follow up with even more action, drama and a little love story. I loved it and have enjoyed this story several times. The voices are great too.
I love this series.

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  • Mark
  • 12-23-19

Superb

I truly could not unplug from listening to this, especially as the book progressed I became more and more invested in my friend Dread Totum’s progress.

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  • David Probyn
  • 09-06-19

Shemer Kuznits Strikes Again!

To many times when reading or listening to a book series, the middle book leaves a lot to be desired and is a plot filler. I can happily say this is not the case here. Solid instalment into the series, somehow Shemer makes crafting work where so many authors have failed. Well done.

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  • J H Webster
  • 08-07-19

Excellent voices!

Shame the main voice is so dull. All the character voices are so well done, except the main narration.

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  • Jackie F
  • 06-29-19

Brilliant second book

They have added additional narrator's and made the production a lot more atmospheric. If this genre appeals to you, this is a great story and done well. Have enjoyed both books immensely.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-18

top 3 favourite LITRPG series

epic story! loving it so much, losing his mind in the game. so good haha

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  • Toran
  • 08-16-19

decent but not as good as the first book

while a decent ride, there were far too many times when the MC acted out of character or too dense to see the blatantly obvious just to further the plot and artificially force tension. along with the lack of consistency in battles, as it seems impossible to tell whether its a slow or fast paced combat system when he just stands there getting hit multiple times without doing anything, again to artificially force tension and push plot along

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-18

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Book 2 of Life Reset EvP is an excellent addition the the Life Reset Series

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  • Xravia
  • 10-06-18

Darker in tone compared to book 1.

Althrough the plot is a bit contrived and forced. The long runtime and amazing voice acting by jeff hays makes it a worthwhile purchase.

A few things that the novel can improve on in book 3 would be consistency in the game logic, like having a level restriction limit on the sacrificial dagger like being within 50 levels of the sacrifice target otherwise deal times 10x damage or something, otherwise where is the merit in being high leveled.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-30-20

it's good

it is a good book looking forward to see the ending of the next one

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  • Lotro
  • 12-25-19

A self absorbed fantasy

The book is written for the author. Not the reader.

The main plot is dismal.
The main character is a douche.
The romantic stuff is pitiful.

However... The narrators are fantastic.

Otherwise it would get one star. Possibly less.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-19

AWESOME!!

the second installment is just as epic as the first book, with the narrator bringing the words of the page! this is a great series so well and I recommend it highly to gamers especially!

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  • Nutz
  • 11-16-19

Stuck and have to continue

As the series progresses it doesn't match up his actions, skill or supposed intelligence which at times can fustrating. despite this I didn't mind this book and felt compelled to finish all three after starting but was a little disappointed with the ending the next book but by now your kind of stuck and left to keep going to book 3...

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  • Tessa
  • 11-12-19

really enjoyed it

looking forward to listening to the next book and off i go right now to do so now

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  • evan
  • 03-11-19

You blundered the main character

i got to the 10hr mark but had to ditch the book after the cringeworthy duel scene.

You made Orin more arrogant and manipulative rather than kindly and methodical. This ruined the deep character development from the last book, made the main character unrelatable.