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New Arcadia: Stage One

By: Eric Jason Martin
Narrated by: Eric Jason Martin, Matthew Mercer, Erika Ishii, Dave Fennoy, Sam Riegel, Dana Snyder, Andy Merrill, John DiMaggio
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Publisher's summary

In a not-so-distant future, a deadly pandemic has forced the world into social isolation. Confined to their homes, millions now survive off drone-delivered food packages and online-only interactions.

It’s an especially lonely life for John Chambers, a drone shipment coordinator for the monolithic Chum Corporation. Trapped in his dead-end job and having just turned 40, John’s started spending more time grinding in virtual reality MMORPGs than he does grinding for his real-world job--and that hasn’t gone unnoticed by human resources!

But when a corporate executive notices the hundreds of hours John’s logged online, he’s offered one last chance to save his job (and his life!). Instead of getting fired, John reluctantly agrees to become prime beta tester for Chum’s top-secret new VR game, New Arcadia--a digital playground inspired by iconic '90s arcade games like Final Fight and Streets of Rage.

In New Arcadia, John gets to go back to a hyper-nostalgic 199X and do it right this time. Reborn as digital streetfighter Blaze, John starts cleaning up crime with his fists of fury while also building an online life for himself that seems so much more meaningful than the one he’d had in "real" life.

But John soon discovers there’s a darker and more ominous purpose behind the Chum Corporation’s new online playground--and as he starts to make real friends in this virtual reality, he also begins to realize that what players do in New Arcadia could have dangerous implications for the real world.

Eric Jason Martin
Matthew Mercer
Dave Fennoy
Erika Ishii
Sam Riegel
Dana Snyder
Andy Merrill
John DiMaggio

With Marin Ireland, Scott Brick, Suzanne Elise Freeman, P.J. Ochlan, Tara Sands, Justin Michael, Betsy Sodaro, DC Pierson, Neil Hellegers, Johnny Heller, and Ron Butler.

Theme by Lloyd Cole
Original Soundtrack by Casey Trela
Post Production by Mumble Media

©2021 Eric Jason Martin (P)2021 Sound Off Productions

Editor's Pick

Journey back to 199X in this listen that’s like a movie
This one brings together a bunch of elements I enjoy to create what I call a “cinematic” audio experience. In addition to some of my favorite audio storytellers (Eric Jason Martin, director of Audible Original Heads Will Roll), it has voice talent from the worlds of animation (John DiMaggio, Bender on the sitcom Futurama), video games (Erika Ishii, Fortnite and Cyberpunk 2077), and Twitch streaming (Matthew Mercer, Critical Role). It’s got a fun “chiptune” soundtrack that recalls the catchy simplicity of early video games, and some tastefully done sound design that helps build a strong sense of the environment for the story. And, like many great films, this listen has a story that’s based in a world like ours but tweaked just enough to grab and hold your attention. In New Arcadia, it’s 2023 and most everyone is trapped, isolated, and on edge. An unlikely hero is tapped to journey back to 199X, beat up the bad guys, and maybe change the fate of the real world. If you’ve looked around lately and thought things are starting feel a little dystopian here on Earth, pop in your earbuds, drop in a quarter, and get ready for Stage One. —[Scott J., Audible Editor]

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