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Publisher's Summary

This isn't a game. This is his new life.

An epic LitRPG adventure about a family trapped in a game-world called Eloria with no way out.

Dave has been wandering through life for a long time. His day job bores him, and he never seems to be able to meet his family's expectations. The only escape he's ever had is his love of MMORPGs. 

But when he becomes the subject of a test without even knowing it, he's transported into a game-world called Eloria with no escape. It's a frequent daydream of his; however, in none of those dreams did his wife and daughter ever accompany him. 

Now, Dave must balance protecting his family with exploring his dream...oh, and trying to stay alive. Monstrous beasts roam Eloria; worst of all, an undead army led by the vile Death Knight.

He'll have to adapt fast and learn to cooperate if he hopes to make a new home for his family. And just maybe, along the way, he'll find out why they're living a life in exile.

Experience the first three books in a LitRPG saga perfect for fans of C.M Carney, Blaise Corvin, and Charles Dean.

Narrated by Peter Berkrot (Alpha World, Earth Force). More than 50 hours.

©2020, 2021 Aethon Books (P)2021 Aethon Audio

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Great idea for a story, but utterly fumbled

The concept behind the story is awesome. Unfortunately, the author utterly fumbles the story. There are numerous quality/editing issues with the story itself, cases where the author re-uses the quotes at the start of chapters, or where he has one character start a sentence, but seems to forget midway who is speaking, and merges it with a sentence from another character, and cases where he seems to forget details such as skills assigned to characters previously.

That was all in book one. When I started book 2, I found myself utterly disgusted and could not bring myself to continue the series. Completely regretting the credit I spent on this.

Book 1 leaves on a bit of a cliffhanger, and book 2 picks up the instant book 1 ends, yet somehow there is still a timegap. Not only is there a timegap, but substantial things took place in that timegap, such as the MC meeting the king, getting the king's approval, getting the royal wizard's aid, and becoming a Baron, but NONE of those things are mentioned in the story. It's almost like the author decided to start book 2 off at a certain place and then retroactively tried to explain how the MC got there. It doesn't mention him becoming a Baron either, except when he opens his Character sheet, you see his title. That's the sort of thing you think would be mentioned in the story....along with an explanation of why the MC spent time doing that instead of chasing the goblin who kidnapped his 8 yr old kid.

The narration is pretty bad as well. Aside from the narrator droning on like Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, he also mangles the accents he tries to give the characters. Don't get me wrong...I love it when a narrator can protray different tones, pitches, and accents for the various characters, but that sort of thing takes practice that this narrator hasn't seemed to put in. When trying to portray the MC's wife's hispanic accent, he starts off with a hispanic accent, switches to an Irish accent, and then ends up with something completely different. If you can't pull off the accent, don't try in the first place...it completely breaks the immersion into the story.

Verdict: Great story concept that is utterly destroyed by terrible writing and narration. Save your credits for something else.

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Flawed but Still Good

With indie writers you're sometimes going to see problems that an editor or even beta-readers who are prolific readers or writers would have pointed out before publishing and this is even more true with LitRPGs that are written at a pace aimed at a fandom requesting regular updates, and that is definitely the case for these novels. There are weird inserts with characters who have never been introduced to the main narrative and with actions that are not yet relatable to the main narrative that the author describes as "interludes", but they kill the pacing and they aren't even given their own chapter breaks so that they can easily be skipped. The second novel would be unforgivable in that it ends without a climax or denouement except for the fact that it is being sold in this three book set, and there are numerous minor, but still jarring, plot holes.

Having said all that, I still enjoyed this read and I plan to continue purchasing the series because there is a wonderful story to enjoy if you can get past these faults, and, if these faults were edited and the series was released again as a director's cut, I think that it could grow greatly in popularity.

Some of the reviews I read previously were from people who freaked out about some religious themes, but even if you don't like religion, I can attest that this series does not preach and the concept involved is actually very interesting: what would happen if a devout Christian was itsekai'd into a world that had a different pantheon and thus a different god equivalent to the one they worshiped in our world, but that the new world's god was in a fantasy world and made their existence known through direct communication and empowerment? It is one of the more enjoyable themes in the book, but still not even a central theme. If you're one of those kids who thinks that any discussion of ethics is social justice and you just want extremely shallow game stats and male fantasy fulfillment; well, you'll get both, so maybe this isn't for you.

The narration does a good performance of the narration and the emotions of a scene but is not gifted at performing different voices or even many different dialects. As a result, with a cast this large, it is only a good performance. It is still a fun listen, and you'll understand what is going on in scenes even when numerous people are talking. Personally, I had to speed up the listening speed by 20% to make it seem a normal human pace though.

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Awesome series that really comes to life in audio

Almost three full days of great Litrpg for a single credit? Can’t ask for much more than that. But this is an awesome story with a fantastic narrator. Love the crunch level, the characters, everything

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Great story. Better when read to me 100%!

Love the story in these books. Kept me wanting to not put it down. The characters are believable and not over the top.

The visuals (ok audiovisual) were easy to imagine and character progression wasn't hard to follow. Great stats progression. Honestly wish it was longer!

Characters *****
Places *****
Pace *****
Stats *****+1
Overall ***************

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A mesmerizing litRPG!

Once again I found myself completely mesmerized by a litRPG, and it quickly became one of my favorite reads of the year!
This book follows an entire family: husband and wife and their 3 kids, as they're swallowed by a portal, ending up in game-world! In my experience, this was a whole new twist to this broadly storied sub-genre.
The story is complex, and it's told through multiple view points which the narrator handled quite deftly... Man, I love a good narrator!
Probably because a family was involved, I found that the book played hardball with my emotions, and it had my Mama Bear hackles up!
Wow! Peter Berkrot where have you been all my life! I'm going to definitely need to be on the lookout for more of your work!
So, peeps... you're gonna want to read/listen to this action packed, character driven plot, in order to find out what happens! Since I picked up the boxed set, I can assure you that the pace doesn't let up in subsequent books! Now, where's the audio for book 4, Watcher's Repose?

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Amazing!

More, I need more of this world. Love the people in it and the story so far.

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decent

a decent litrpg well worth the credits. Some parts are really relatable for a married man. Others are less so

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Hmm

Dude does most of the combat takes way more damage gets way less exp for kills then the females … how progressive … narration is amazing

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I could not continue to listen to this book

This story is terrible, I can not decide which aspects I dislike the most... The author is not drones and on about character stats and experience point modifications only to then jump to some ridiculous confusing insignificant chapter interlude about level 0 woodworkers in a far off village... It might be more exciting watching paint dry!

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Really bad purchase

I wish I could get my money back on this one. This writer continuously adds badly written dialogue between characters at a bad attempt at development.

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  • Roseanne
  • 08-21-21

Takes gaming ideas to a nice twist

Easy to get lost. Although at times the details for leveling etc can go on I still found it interesting to complete each characters idea's

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  • 08-03-21

Not good

The author seems to be harbouring a lot of pent up frustration and it clearly shows in his work. His lust and envy make the characters seem dull and childish. Especially when he is portraying his idea of adults. The narrator was dull and although what he was reading was way to pretentious and dull simultaneously he didn’t help with his snake like voice over empathising the s sound. Although atleast he improves through the narrative. It was all round terrible. I wouldn’t normally post a review if I wasn’t giving a good rating. But damn this is the worst book I have ever heard. And I’ve read a lot and listened to a lot. And I get that most people don’t appreciate the complexity of litrpg style books, but I love the style I just hate this book. I doubt I could write anything better. But I can’t write either. Too many stat dumps and useless info. Too many switches between perspectives jumping back and forth over a short period of time not progressing the story. Too much oh we need to fight over petty shit but I love you. Like damn books are supposed to be an escape but your book made me feel so damn annoyed. Like it was absolutely horrible. I would feel mean saying all this but after suffering this garbage I have to express how bad it is.

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