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Life Reset: Hobnobbing

New Era Online Book 3
Series: New Era Online, Book 3
Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,986 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Having survived the first wave of invading players, Oren now seeks to strengthen his clan. With the Breeder's Den destroyed and most of Goblin's Gorge's resources devoted to rebuilding, his best hope lies in creating an army of golems. But for that, he needs Viridium, a rare metal that can only be obtained from hobgoblin towns, where Oren and his clan of goblins are viewed as nothing more than potential slaves. To make his way in the game, and to defeat his former guild, Oren's ingenuity alone will not be enough. He will need to conquer his deepest fears and tap into his inner monster.  

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:     

Jeff Hays - Narration, Music, Sound Design   

Laurie Catherine Winkel - Raystia, Yulli   

Annie Ellicott - Misa, Lolo, Duladeen   

Dalton Lynne - Proofing, Editing   

Ahmed Mahmoud - Production, Editing, Mastering, Music, Sound Design

©2019 Shemer Kuznits (P)2019 Shemer Kuznits

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Strange ending to the trilogy

This book does fall off relative to the other 2 in the series. As a LitRPG style book, it follows many of the conventions of this genre, and indeed the world established continues from the other 2 in the series. Without trying to give too much away, I'll try and detail out some of the issues as to why this book has gotten so many negative reviews as compared to the other 2, though you may infer some heavily hinted at spoilers from this review, if not directly outlined....

First off, there is the whole "quest line" as described at the end of book 2- the MC takes a trip to a hobgoblin city to establish a trade route, to eventually try to be able to see the ultimate expression of his sphere golem creations. This whole thing feels little more than a side quest, but fully takes up roughly 2/3rds of the book- it's considerably more tedious and less interesting without the stakes that were in the other 2 books. It's not completely horrible, but it just doesn't hold your interest. Eventually, the "dread totem" continues to build and plan for the betterment of his people and his eventual revenge against his old guild, the "manapulators" in the last part of the book, which is much like the storyline from other 2 books had been headed.

Second, the last big battle in this book is accompanied by a great amount of expanded sound effects, and even a game themed soundtrack that plays alongside the narration during the battle. It's ridiculous and annoying, subtracting from the overall enjoyment of the audio performance as opposed to adding to it (IMHO)- it's just too "over the top".

Lastly, the apparent conclusion to the series wrapped up in the final 2 hours of the book. The V.i. storyline comes to fruition, and the whole plot line of the 3 books takes a radical shift into a new direction. The characters that you invested in over the 3 books are not well wrapped up in terms of their story arc, to the point that you wonder if this really is the end of the trilogy or not. If it is, then it's extremely unsatisfying, as I don't think anyone (with the exception of Vic) winds up with a fully resolved conclusion.

I suspect that we'll get a 4th book in the series perhaps, as this just does not feel like a satisfying ending, but that will be completely up to the author. Exactly what he has planned for this world and these characters from here out (if anything) is anyone's guess.

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Great book, distracting sound effects

Seriously ruined in many places by the performers need to add sound effects.
The epic fight scene at the end was incredibly hard to follow due to the fact you could barely hear the narrator over the sound effect.
Thankfully it was a good enough book to make up for it, otherwise i would have returned it.
Terrible performance!
To add to the sound effects was the constant volume changing, sounded like the narrator kept leaning closer and further from the mic, or the worst was when he'd try to imitate a far off person and make it muffled.

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terrible ending

loved the series hated the ending. author has a new series on Kindle but will not start it as I have no faith in the author's ability to end a series.

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The M Night Shyamalan of LITRPG

This is not a compliment in any way.

This series is trying to shock you with the typical 1 twist wonder that you only see from crappy directors above. I am actually dissappointed because not only did I see this coming, I was actually hoping it wouldn't happen. Now that is has, I see the huge lost potential in such a unique idea for a book.

I am starting to not like the main character and would have preferred more of the book to be about Rastia and her mission. There was so much potential for exploit in such a flawed system, I'm surprised the author didn't capitalize on it. All that was accomplished was a mission that was doomed to fail from the start, and only through dumb luck did it all turn out in the end. Sad

As was said before by other commenters, the ending was bad. My suggestion is to skip to the end to save yourself the 14 hours of buildup that turns out to be worth nothing, because it all goes to waste. Terrible letdown for fans. Might as well told us that the entire book is a dream and the main character wakes up just to forget it 2 hours later...

The one good thing that came out of the ending is that Vic is no longer going to be around and annoying as ever. Would rather have the Aussi guy take over permanently, He was awesome!

Come on Shemer, you can do better!

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Loved the series, but...

I totally loved this trilogy, but i feel it ended too fast. There is so much more to explore and and experience in this world so my only disappointment is that there are no more books in this series.

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  • Giles
  • HALLANDALE BEACH, FLORIDA, United States
  • 06-12-19

A good book but felt slightly off

Jeff Hays is a great narrator and the music, sound effects and featured voice actors really pulls you in.

Oren once again struggles to find his way out of the game before his mind breaks. Working with his friends NPCs and Travellers alike he works his way up. Our MC is in a new city causing a heap of trouble like always. He is gaining some skills that in the start of this series seems impossible but is not out of line for where he is now.

The amount of times that Vic has to shout Oren out of his goblin breakdowns get to be annoying. You would think he would go learn some mental strengthening techniques to stop them from happening so often.

Really enjoyed the interludes with Raystia and the mob squad. Nicely done.

The ending was felt like it could have been awesome but was only okay. To use a metaphor: Oren was racing using Mana infusion overdrive, ran out of mana, tripped, fell and rolled into 4th place. If this is the last book there are too many unfinished plot lines that lead nowhere. Hopefully if there's a book four it can fix the loose ends.

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disappointment

I am very disappointed that you ended to series this is one of the best litrpg series there is and it was so much more story to be told. the book was going so good until the ending that you rush

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Excellent if not last book in series. ** if it is

Life Reset has everything you want in an LitRPG, except a good ending. After learning that book 3 will most likely be the last of the series, I feel like all the work Oren put in to build his character and settlement was for NOTHING.

The first two books were excellent. Book 3 is shorter than the first two, and could have also been excellent if extra time was given to extending the ending. In Book 3, our Dread Totem takes a trip to another city to secure an important mineral, where he meets many new characters and causes quite an uproar, as usual. The ending is not bad, but requires answers that, apparently, will not be given. It could be a huge cliffhanger.

This is such a difficult book to review. The series thus far has been fantastic, one of my favorites, but the author has said this “Trilogy” stands on its own, implying that he will be moving on to a different series altogether. The question is - If the author can’t commit to completing a series, how can the readers? This ending falls far short of completing such an outstanding story. Maybe the author’s creative mindset is forcing him to go in a different direction. Idk.

Kuznits has a new Interstellar Space MMORPG. I wonder if he will come back to this series in some way.

Shout out to Jeff Hayes, Laurie Catherine Winkel & Annie Elliott. Tremendous work. The production team added many sound effects that weren’t that bad.

It seems that coming up with good endings to LitRPG series is not easy. But it has been done. Ready Player One, World Seed, & The Dark Herbalist had good endings. Not sure about Way Of The Shaman, and we’re waiting on The Land and other notable series.

Life Reset is still worth the credits.

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There has to be more!!!

I've been waiting for this next installment of the story, and I was not disappointed! It was definitely worth the wait! I can't wait for the next one to come!!!

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  • wes
  • Alpharetta, GA United States
  • 07-22-19

Too sudden

It ended so suddenly, one moment a battle is in full swing, the next -spoiler- Vick is evil, Tika gives birth, G. A. I. is dead and all players that remain are trapped and tortured. What the heck? I expected more form this book, especially considering how good the first two are.

PS the sound effects ruin the story your mind creates (in my opinion) you imagine something sounding cool or silent, then you hear a vacuum cleaner.

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  • Mauritz Krylander
  • 06-08-19

wished the noises would stop

drop in quality from the last books all around don't know what the author was thinking

The shitty noises ruined the experience

a shame because I wanted to enjoy this book but found it impossible

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  • Sean M.
  • 06-16-19

good narrators, good story, poor audio effects

The story progressed well but the audio effects detracted from the production quality. the narration was good as always but the post production is lacking with too much echo/reverb and inconsistent sound stage. so this is a step back from the production values of the first two instalments. looking forward to the next instalment in the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-14-19

Nope!

Will be a enjoyable experience for most. However In my opinion, this installment felt rushed, so much could have been explored and wasn't, left me wondering if shemer got fed up or just ran out of Ideas. Mostly really missed the detailed settlement development.

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  • Mat
  • 07-09-19

not bad

not bad at all, I wanted to know what will happen later now that more through came out... but overall good book with nice twist at the end

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  • Kyle Wilson
  • 07-06-19

I want more..............

loved it. brillant interaction with the main characters and the story was similar to others ive read but refreshingly different with the help of a prick called vic lol.

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  • Mr. M. Mazourov
  • 07-04-19

Ovearall ok

This is my first RPG audio book and i am still struggling to understand why one would listen to an aufiobook rather than jump into Skyrim... That said, the story is more complex than most RPGs i have played, which is why i managed to get through 3 books. With audio books i personally prefer single narrator therefore the dramatisation in this case is not my bag at all. Some characters are performed better whilst other (Penelope) is so annoying, I needed up fast forwarding all of the "interludes" and section involving that actress.

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  • Trevis Jervis
  • 07-04-19

It is over and I'm satisfied.

Shemer has completed his magnum opus (until he pens the next), and i loved the journey all the way.

One of my first audible experience, by the widely recognised and much lauded Soundbooth Threatre Jeff, Annie, Laurie and co are world class performers, uping the ante with even more sound effects, music and immersiveness. With the finale, they have gone above and beyond in sound production to really make this 'a movie in your head and ears' and they nailed it.

thank you for this epic Mr Kuznits. thank you for being this to life Soundbooth Theatre.

Eagerly await both their next venture and will support as always.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-19

possibly one of the series on audible

loved it awsome story. great performance. best series of fantasy novels I have heard on audible so far

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  • michael
  • 07-01-19

Adequate

The book was just ok, definitely the weakest of the 3. I was surprised at how quickly it ended, I thought this series would go on like the land it definitely had a lot more potential. Seemed the author got bored halfway through and looked how to tie everything up quickly.
Great narration , not keen on the sound effects. Nearly had a heart attack when the first one came with my headphones in

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  • Adam Turner
  • 06-24-19

The End

As some others have pointed out, for some reason the producers have decided to use sporadic sound effects to try to enhance the power of the story. It doesn't work and just makes it sound cheap. The Star Wars audiobooks have a much better production value of this.
The story itself is good and there is plenty of action and interesting parts, just not as many or as exciting as the first two books. It is the weakest of the three books, probably because it is much shorter but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-20-19

Great addition to story

Story takes a different route from the other books which is a nice change of pace. Just as great as the previous ones, and a nice blend with multiple voice actors.

My one peeve is was with some of Jeff Hays parts. At times you can tell where there is a cut, or at a later date they've added in missed lines as the audio quality is different and Jeff has a different tone. So it makes it real obvious, but you get use to it as it's not that often.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-14-19

Ending was crazy good!

Wow.. what a ride, I thought that it started off slow. But as I got further through, I didnt want to put it down!! Loved the ending!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-14-19

GOBLINS....

Character actions too stupid compared to previous books. Completely against his character. Constantly makes stupid decisions that should backfire against him and his clan.

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  • rick
  • 06-10-19

poor finish

Great build up and character developement ending seemed to waste it, bit ot a let down

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  • John
  • 06-07-19

life Reset

Shemer Kuznits is one of the most talented and skilled author's I enjoy his work greatly and this book is no different. And with the voice acting talents and skills of Jeff Hays, Laurie Catherine Winkel and Annie Ellicott. Who narration skills makes the characters and world come alive. 12/10 stars a most to listen to and get lost in.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-19

totally enthralling.

i love this series and im not sure how i feel about the end to this book. Im not sure where i wanted it to go but that ending left me hoping for more!!

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  • Simon
  • 06-02-19

Brilliant

The series could end at this point, I hope it doesn't, with out a doubt each installment of this series is my most highly anticipated.

A perfect combination of authur and narrators, keep up the great work team.