Noble Farmer

Noressia, Book 1
Narrated by: TJ Clark
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
4 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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An average child born with genius siblings, will be cast from the inner circle, tagged as black and left for the wolves.

The Advanced Learning Online World (ALOW), have been running strongly for over a decade. Curing genetic and acquired diseases, restoring anatomy and organs. All the while, the patient mentally plays within the fantasy world under a medically induced coma.

James C. Corwell assumes his treatment as the left side of his body undergoes restoration due to a military accident. Just in time for Campaign! Where dungeon, raid, invasion, and scenario all merge into three months of conquest, mayhem, and debauchery. 

Never an avid gamer, this loner must navigate his way through a world set upon role-play and politics. Can he do what has eluded him since birth, and make something of himself? To further add insult to injury, his brother purchases the Nobleman Package as a practical joke. 

James, aka Hedge Lord Jaeger Persik, turns to the past 28 years of life experience, and unfamiliar creatures for help.

Will this black sheep finally become part of a flock, with his uncommon way of thinking and his ability to adapt? Or will frustration and ignorance reign? 

Warning: This book contains scenes of graphic adult situations, language, and non-traditional relationship structures.

©2019 AW Sheffield (P)2019 AW Sheffield

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A Lite Although Humorous LitRPG

I found this to be a very lite LitRPG in terms of emphasizing things like stats. It was also a bit rough for awhile at first as I found it took some time for the MC to become likable even with his back story as he takes awhile to lighten up but overall I found the different arcs, humor, and changes in direction of the story to be a very enjoyable experience. As remarked in other reviews it does have some pretty funny moments and in my case there were multiple moments when I almost burst out laughing in the middle of a break at work. TJ Clark also does a wonderful job narrating and I am looking forward to future installments of this series.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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How bad can you make it for the MC?

This book just blows my mind. The general concept sound like it had a lot of potential. The first 8 chapters (about half the book) is all the crap that happened to the MC. No real explanations why. Gets framed, gets convicted, gets a bad job, gets hit by a car, gets screwed while sent into the game, gets enslaved, etc. There was a weak background but it felt like an afterthought. There was also a few points that something "good" happens to the MC, but it's not really all that good and it's very short lived. The MC is a moron. With each new bad situation, the MC makes up some stupid "it'll be ok" "suck it up" excuse. There was several times when it felt that the story was getting better, but something bad happens or some new antagonist walks in.
I have skipped forward through maybe a third of the book hoping that this book will redeem itself.

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Entertaining

Pretty good book, but it was needlessly immature at times. The protagonist seems incapable of having a conversation with women without thinking about having sex with them

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Too much Cussing to enjoy the Story

I'm not a prude, there's a time and a place where it fits naturally into dialogue, however here I couldn't make it past the first chapter. There's so much cussing and crude humor it distracts from everything else despite the fact that I found the premise to be interesting. I really wanted to enjoy this book but could not get past the crude humor and constant cussing for no reason whatsoever.

I have read and listened to quite a few books where this bothered me but I could push on. This book was not one of those.

The narration wasn't bad but I just couldn't get on board. That may have been due to what the narrator was given. There wasn't much to work with. Yet another amateur author that has burned a good premise with bad execution.

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Good but forgettable story

There wasnt anything in particular with the book that stood out as bad to me. It was a perfectly fine story that unfortunately didn't feel like it knew where it's focus should be.

There are parts of it that I couldn't really tell you what happened. The most interesting parts were glossed over (his settlement and land owning) to focus on other crisis that really have nothing to do with the premise of the book.

Will I listen the next one? Probably, but mostly to see if the focus returns to the parts I enjoyed.

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Too crude for me.

First, I was given a code for the audiobook version of this by the narrator, TJ Clark, with the understanding that I would post a fair review to Audible.

That said, let's get going. To be blunt, I didn't like this book. Except for one character, EVERYONE in this book is either a crude jerk or just crude. Seriously, everyone talks like the kind of person who says stuff like, "Eat it, losers!" on a daily basis. And I'm cleaning up the language there for the sake of this review. Anyway, it's like the author really knows how to write only one sort of person and everyone is like that to one degree or another. Cheap trash talk a frat boy humor .

Honestly, I could rail about this aspect of the book for several more paragraphs, but I'll leave it at that. However, I can't remember the last time I felt so aggravated with a book. I don't like laying such a harsh slap on what seems to be someone's first book. But I am being honest with my feelings here.

In fairness, the MC does become less of a jerk around the 75% mark. And when people aren't acting like trash-talking FPS players and are just dealing with the world and doing more typical gamer stuff the book is honestly pretty decent. Not amazing, but certainly on par with other reasonably good titles. But it's always back to trash talk and churl humor.

The narration I have no complaints about. The narrator does a good job with what they have to work with. It certainly made some of the stuff I didn't care for in the book easier to endure.

Cover art is all right. I also downloaded the KU version to do a technical writing examination. Generally, it's all right, but the proofreading could use some work. "Humans should be kept in pins," made me laugh as I imagined elves trying to imprison humans in bowling pins. But hopefully that boo-boo will get cleaned up soon enough. I'll give it a pass.

Frankly, I'm not the best audience for this book. It's clearly for people with a rougher sense of humor than me. But even then just about every character being a no-class jerk just rubbed me the wrong way. Again, I don't like being so tough on a new, indie writer, but I'm not one for pulling my punches either. This author does have some talent and there's certainly going to be an audience for this title. The Robert Bevin crowd perhaps.

In any case, I do wish this author well and hope this book was a helpful learning experience for them. But I honestly can't recommend it.

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Just bad.

Don't buy this. it's an incredibly scatter brained book with a horrible MC. There is nothing special about the MC, you might as well follow the NPC farmer from a videogame. He doesn't think for himself, he just does what he is told. He can fight but is completely useless. Ow, he is also turned into a damn slave when you think something interesting might happen. Then it just keeps plodding on. In comes the "mature themes" and he just gawks at people like a damn pervert and then almost pukes when someone comes back with a little jizz in her hair and another woman... cleans it up.

If you like an MC that acts like a 40yr old virgin that sits in front of his computer jerking off to porn every day and is borderline mentally handicapped (there's no other reason to explain how stupid he is.) then this is a book for you.

We also get zero information on the world, the system or even the MCs stats. At the start of the book, someone supposedly zeroed his stats but it errored out and randomised them. Yet 3h in and nothing about the MCs capabilities is known other then he grows excellent plants by talking to them.

I didn't finish it. But if the first third is anything to go by, it's not worth listening to.
If you are interested in buying this book, I recommend chewing on a lead pipe for 8h instead. You'll get just as much enjoyment and it's free.

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this book sucks once again a rape and slaver world when did that become fantasy

seriously rape and slavery is not fantasy i’m pretty sure its a large part of history but man great job reproducing a classic rape and slaver book two tumbs up golfclap .... and that you audible for not letting me return this shitty book but apparently ify you return to many online they stop youfrom doing it and make you write a letter clapclap

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Fun Gamelit Romp

I received a free review copy.

I enjoyed the book and will listen to the next book when it is released to find out what happens next. Although it does not feature constant MC fights like much of gamelit (which is a refreshing change), it was a fun, fast-paced adventure. I laughed out loud at times. It is an interesting story and I care about the MC. I thought the narrator did a good job

With it being fast-paced, it does skip over some details - overarching storylines are only briefly mentioned, details of the scenery or descriptions of objects around the characters are omitted, and days pass without mention of what happened. This may be a feature, not a bug, depending on your tastes.

The book does include a harem and adult references.

I recommend listening to the computer read-out sequences at the beginning of the book a couple times as there were details I missed initially.

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pretty good imo

I tend to 5 star anything that I like and I got the book for free. I overall really liked the book because it matched my sense of humor.


it's a litrpg first book. so it does have a couple of the troupes you would expect. personally I felt the main character was stuck on the past for a lot of the book but the character is showing signs of progress. witch is a good sign. I like the general world they are building.

the way they gauge power is pretty nice instead of trying to force a stat sheet into an audiobook. they simply have tiers of strength. starting at tier 1 and working up in a numerical way.

author: does a pretty good job at world building. liked his crude/dark sense of humor. but you can totally tell this series is going in the harem direction pretty early on just from the writing style. pacing doesn't feel rushed but isn't dragging ether.

narrator: sound quality good, voice nice to listen to, and was not a monotone reader. personally really enjoyed the narration compared to a lot of different litrpgs.


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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-20

Book Review: Noble Farmer

I'd like to take a moment to set the scene - the MC of the book is thrown into the world after a bit of bad luck; he takes to the life in the world with relish setting his sights on setting up a farm and making a living that way... but other events conspire to stop that. The story isn't just from the "in-game" point of view - lots of discussion about what is happening in the real world too (I like this, it gives context to some of these books and feels, oddly, more real because of it).

The story is really really good, the scene setting feels very good and get you, as the reader, and the MC involved in the world. I like that he really doens't know anything when he arrives and the NPCs don't treat him like a high-and-mighty just because he's a player. The world is a semi-realistic fantasy world - with the player being fully immersed in full body VR type interface (for medical reasons). I liked the story arc - and I honestly can't wait for book two to come out... the MC also didn't feel too OP throughout the story.

The only thing I found a bit odd (but the context was important) was the talk about sex (and the boobs). Now I don't mind either of those things ... but the context just felt a bit odd when it first came up; also a bit too "in your face" ... but that wasn't to say that it was badly done. It just took the book from a good yarn to being a more mature good yarn. Definitely don't let this put you off.

Voice acting from TJ Clark was brilliant - I hate to say it but I didn't notice anything about the voice acting ... but that's a good thing in my eyes (er, ears) as it means that it was well done and brought be into the story well.

As I said above, I can't wait for the next book and I'd definitely recommend this for a listen or read through but I think it's aimed at the late teen / adult market.

Summary:

Story: 4/5

LitRPG Mechanics: 4/5

Narration: 4/5

[Please contact me if you’d like me to listen and review any books - I’m always on the lookout for new listens and promise a fair and honest review!]

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  • J. A. N.
  • 01-16-20

Enjoyable

Even though there was precious little farming in this part, I enjoyed listening to the 'Noble Farmer' and cannot wait for the next book in the series.

The good:

Worldbuilding is a piece of solid craftsmanship, and even though the book contains a lot of adult interactions, all of them are there for a purpose.
The author found a good balance between storytelling and stats.

The bad:
There were a few minor mistakes (i.e. the protagonist is arrested by the CIA while the case would be outside of their competence).