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Metal Mage

By: Eric Vall
Narrated by: Christopher Boucher,Jessica Threet
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Publisher's summary

This magical world is about to have an industrial revolution.

  1. Get pulled from a life of 20th century boredom and thrust into a fantasy world.
  2. Find out there are a bunch of powerful monsters and evil wizards intent on killing everyone.
  3. Use new magical powers of earth and metal to craft awesome armor, swords, and guns.
  4. Kill the bad guys, become a hero, and have a harem of hot women.
©2019 Eric Vall (P)2019 Eric Vall

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Couldn't listen anymore after 3 hours.

First let me say the voice acting is fine. Not great but definitely good enough to make you believe they are different people.

And that's about it for the good news. Everything else was either absolutely horrid or almost approached OK.

The worst part is the main character. There is nothing likable about him. He starts off telling you he always knew he didn't belong and had a special destiny. Then a goddess plucks him from Modern Earth and tells him exactly that, confirming his specialness all along.

She then drops him off in a high fantasy world where, to no surprise, he has innate magic. That would be OK if he didn't ask for help learning how to control this power, then get pissed off every single time someone even kinda mentions he has no training. At one point he is taken to the most powerful order of magic on the planet, to the head of the order no less. Does he act humble? Is he grateful for the audience? Happy to be given a chance to learn? Triple no.

It was like watching a highschool student tell a PHD I know more than you... after you just asked them to teach you. That's how it came across.

I had to give up after three hours.

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Meh

It’s ok like eating fast food good enough but gone from you thoughts as soon as your done

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decent

the MC is a bit of a marry sue and apologizes a bit to much but book does have a decent story and having the two narrators made for a enjoyable listen with the way they went about it.

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Ignore the critical picky reviews

if you're the average hetero male that enjoys fantasy or SciFi, then just get this book. Eric, Chris, and Jessica make a winning team. I'm an adult that doesn't have time to waste 70+ hours on RPG games anymore. These types of books are perfect. thank you.

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Okay...

The MC ruined this one. He’s a know it all who asks for help than ignores the lesson. Just cause you can do what the teacher says without issue doesn’t mean you ignore what they ask of you just cause you think you know best... even though you went through so much trouble just to get them to teach you in the first place.

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Acts like a irritable 16 year old

This book would be a hell of a lot better if the MC didn't act like an annoying little pissy bitch half the time

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I wanted to like it.

I wanted to like this book. The concept was interesting, but the main character was frustrating and annoying. The MC knew so much he didn't evolve, basically no character building. The narrators were good and the only reason I was able to continue the story. This may be the first book I have returned to Audible.

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Wow

Another author that doesn't realize that smirking is not a good go-to expression if you want to endear your characters to each other (within the story) and to the audience. A smirk every now and then shows depth. A smirk every chapter shows lack of imagination and annoys the reader. I counted at least eight smirks within the first few chapters before i gave it up for a bad job.

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not that great, but not that bad either.

the character to me canenoff as a tad bit arrogant and without reason to be. and this soured the whole story becuase of that, but other readers might not find him to be so, and thus the book will be more appealing to them.

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MC kind of a douche

To start, the book is worth the read. It's a good story, fairly well written, let's call it a bit above par for the genre.
having said that, the MC is full of himself to the nth degree from the beginning. I get that there's supposed to be friction between him and Abris from the get-go, but this is a master magus with decades of experience and the MC is a raging dick about how his instruction is too boring from the very beginning.
Yes, MC, yes it is. Testing and learning literally anything involves learning the fundamentals first. Maybe asking for instruction and then immediately complaining about how you're being instructed isn't the way to endear yourself with... well, anyone. if you don't know shit, maybe trust that the guy who DOES has some idea of how to import that knowledge.

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