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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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READ THIS FIRST

If you've read through more than 5 reviews then you probably noticed the extremes. people loved or hated. I held off on getting this book for that reason but I'm not really disappointed in pulling the trigger. I think I know why people hated it so to explain,
STORY: The 3rd book goes deeper into the RPG side of the story. the people who hated it for the story most likely are not into rpg games that much I assume. Just like RPG games theres a Main quest or goal and there is 100s of side quest. some side guest further your progress towards your main Quest. This book is exactly that, A side quest that when complete, will get him to where he needs to be. Seems like a dumb and unnecessary quest BUT not all quest can be life changers. The problem here is it wasnt really explained what he was after or why until much later and in the end it seems like a whole lot of effort for something not super important. an entire books worth to be exact.
the ending did feel a bit abrupt and not at all in the direction you thought it would but that could be a good thing.
Narrative; For some AWFUL reason, they decided to go heavy in the YA side and add oddly placed sound effects and theme music. annoying. I like having multiple readers but that's it. quality starts off subpar but picks up after a chapter or 2 bit sound effects are random and throughout. stupid.
All in all it's still worth listening to if you liked the 1st 2 books. If there is a 4th, I'm clueless as to where it's going but I want to find out so obviously the book did its job and keep me engaged.

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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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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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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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Not a trilogy

I bought these books based on them being advertised as a trilogy...It wasn't what I usually bought, but thought I would get a conclusion. I don't fault the author...It is a great story, well contrived, but Adible sheesh...this could be a 10 book series...and to call it a trilogy....is not honest for prospective readers.

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Disappointing

Loved the series, but this installment was a vast disappointment. About 3/4 of this book took place in an area that held little to no investment for (me at least as) the reader, coupled with a high quantity of audio editing errors, especially prevalent in the first few chapter, the sickening overuse of auto-tune to make Vic's voice (altering it to a disturbing degree from the remainder of the series) only ever accomplished to fuel my contempt. The final battle had some nice editing and effects but this does not suppress the more than 13 hours of poor quality presented in this audio book. The ending felt extremely rushed and unsatisfying, leaving more questions than answers. If you are invested in this series (as you should be after reading or listening to the first two installments of it) and still want to proceed with it.. Consider yourself warned.

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5-Star if not last book in series. 2-Star 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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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.

Edit: I was wrong new books have been released!!

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Good series that falls apart spectacularly

I really enjoyed reading/listening to these books, so it became that much more disappointing by the utter garbage that was an ending. I’m not sure how it can even be redeemed in a 4th book outside of telling everyone to pretend the ending of the third book was a bad totem dream.

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  • MK
  • 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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  • Daniel H
  • 08-22-19

Split into two halves - good start, bad ending

If you are listening to this, it likely means you've enjoyed the first 2 books. The start of this book is more of the same, with the story mostly taking place in a new city, alongside new characters and mechanics. So far so good.

However, after this initial adventure is over, I felt the story was rushed towards its unsatisfactory ending. To me, it seemed an "easy" ending, lacking depth or excitement. It's as if either the author ran out of ideas or decided to move into something new and to end this series.

This book also introduces more sound effects than the previous books. Whilst they don't do anything for me, it does bring something different compared to other audiobooks. Be warned if you like listening to your books at increased speeds though, as it was distort the sound effects.

Overall, if you want closure then book 3 will give you that as it can be viewed as an end to the series. Books 1 and 2 were much better in my opinion. I'm not sure if the author intended this to be the final book, but I will not be listening to any more in this series.

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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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-18-20

An disappointing end to a fun series

I have listened to the entire Life Reset series and this is by far the weakest one of the trilogy. Jeff Hays is wonderful, but Annie Ellicot's voice acting was painful to listen to. I found myself skipping entire chapters just so I could avoid hearing her. This coupled with sound effects that change the voice of one of the main characters of the book made it feel like a chore to get through. The narration at the end was drowned out by over the top sound effects and repetitive music, and leads to an ending that left me feeling dirty and unsatisfied. A true shame, I really enjoyed the first two books but this one felt rushed and overproduced at the same time and crammed in so many extra effects that the soul of the book was lost somewhere along the way.

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  • Peter Szegedi
  • 08-11-19

Decent closing for the story

The story was decent although I liked the first book the most.
The sound effects for the spells and golem, etc. don't really fit imho hence my 4 stars only.

For anyone considering, it is still a well spent credit

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  • Shep
  • 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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  • Mr. R. Chvapil
  • 06-13-19

Well done again

consistently entertaining story. every book was packed with good balance of action, romance and intrigue

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-21

Awfull voiceacting

Cheesy sound effects, horrible, just horrible women voices. Allmost quit the series right there and then

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-21

Great story for a middle of series book.

The third book of the Life Reset series feels like the third part of any large saga. It reads like it's own small subseries of a much larger whole. The last two books focused on settlement development whilst this book focuses on gaining materials for the clan by completing quests and delving into dangerous battles, both arenas and dungeons.

The plot twist at the end was unexpected and refreshing for plot twists.

The narrator did a fantastic job again at performing all the different voices. The only thing I didn't like was when they used this distorted, underwater voice filter for when the settlement had updates. It only happened a few times but it made it slightly hard to understand.

All in all well done! Can't wait to read the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-20-21

Sound effects

Alot of uneeded sound effects and the Aussie accent threw me off, I mean as an Australian I can definitely say I ain't never heard an Australian sound like that. But the story is amazing as usual so I'll gladly look past the problems I have.

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  • Garry Brown
  • 07-19-21

struggled to finish

while I liked the game and battle mechanics I found the characters lacking in depth

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  • Chris
  • 04-21-21

Compelling and Intriguing

Putting aside the new sound effects and their increased use in this book which I don't think was needed, this book was awesome. Brilliant storyline, was really interested to see where it was going the whole way. Voice actors were really good again but the story was done very well. Excited to see where it goes

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-21

good but ruin by stereotype accents

loved the first couple books but the bad Australian accent ruined it a bit seem like a lazy stereotype of some that's never met a ozzie

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  • Daniel
  • 02-26-21

The Best

This is the best Litrpg series Iv ever found and I cannot wait for more!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-19

Great series, disappointing ending.

I really enjoyed the series and really liked where it was progressing but was disappointed with this book. I am relatively new to LitRPG so these reviews should be taken with a grain of salt.

However, the passion for the story by the writer was evident in the first two novels and then it was still there also a little more diluted in the third. He made a few promises to the reader with certain foreshadowing in the first two books. However the ending of the third book felt extremely rushed, leaving with a particularly unsatisfying ending.

He left the ending open for sequels but I am unsure if I will ever read it, considering the sloppy way it was ended this book.

In saying that I found the world enthralling and the story behind it compelling. I was behind the characters and there were characters that I loved to hate.

I would pass this series onto friends with the warning about the ending, so that expectations aren't high.

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  • Nutz
  • 11-16-19

Disappointing End or...

For me the premise of him being this high level character is laughable, you are given a small back story of his intellectual ability which is how he achieved his success but as the series progresses it doesn't match up his actions, skill or supposed intelligence which is fustrating. However despite this if you look past this the first and second books set this up nicely I didn't mind this book in sections some bits are just there to move the story and felt like fillers in others I felt compelled to finish all three after starting but was a little disappointed with the ending, it felt rushed maybe to try and squeeze out more? consolation for me is that it does allow you to leave at book 3 if they decide to keep going...

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  • Tessa
  • 11-14-19

good story but

there were obvious add ins where the voice and sound changed thankfully this was less the further i got into the book however then i had to deal with Rastia (sorry if thats spelt wrong) constantly clearing her throat/coughing to try and convey being nervous it was beyond annoying im glad she wasnt in the book much or i would have stopped listening just couldnt stand it especially when there was barely 5 words between each instance apart from this i do still recommend this book

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  • Chris
  • 09-18-19

Absolutely fantastic!

Loved having the multiple readers to give each character there own distinct voice.
Great story, so well written.