• One More Last Time

  • A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys, Book 1)
  • By: Eric Ugland
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (4,499 ratings)

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One More Last Time

By: Eric Ugland
Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
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A ruined life. A broken heart.  

He thought it was the end, and his gun sat ready to make sure. But an oddball offer from his last friend comes at the literal last second. Curiosity gets the best of him, and he finds himself sucked into iNcarn8, a game claiming to be a whole new life. 

Now, as Montana, the larger-than-life tank warrior, he has one more last time to get his life right.

©2018 Eric Ugland (P)2019 Tantor

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ignore the short read time

if you are like me then one od the first things you look at is how many hours the book is, since i go through them quick. I was put off by the seven hour runtime but got it anyways and let me tell you something.

its a 12-13 hour book in seven or so hours, it cuts out on flowery language, filler, overdrawn battle scenes and a massive setup for bow he gets into the other world. so if you want a lazy stroll with an extra few hours of random exposition, setting details and things this isn't for you.

if you want a likable asshole who thinks outside the box, curses like a sailor and a story that jogs rather than walls, get this.

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Another moron MC... somehow fails to ruin this LitRPG book.

I’m not sure what is so interesting to GameLit authors about MCs who are too stupid to live. Whenever I actually make it to the end of one of these books (which is exceedingly rare) it’s always because the rest of the story was good enough to make up for how frustrating the dolt of an MC was.

I never think to myself, “Wow, this book was so much more enjoyable because the MC’s actions make almost no sense... His inability to make reasonable decisions based on provided information made this audiobook a five star experience!!!”

Yeah. That never happens.

In a very few exceptional situations, I get to the end of an audiobook with a ding-dong for an MC and think, “Wow, in spite of being mildly to extremely annoyed the whole way through this book, I find myself still wanting to know what happens next.”

This is one of those unusual books. I will definitely be getting the next book in this series. I will just hope that the author puts some stat points in his own intelligence pool and drops the superfluous idiocy going forward.

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I wish I didn't wait so long to give it a chance.

As far as game lit rpg books go. I have pasted being an avid listener and have accepted my fate as being an addict to listening to these books.

that being said. I have passed over this tittle so many times I cannot remember. the summary is awful. the reviews didn't provide any motivation one way or another.

let me put this out clearly. GET THIS BOOK or be a noob forever.

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Like a serialized program

OK, so I went into this with low expectations. Honestly, the covers aren’t the best things to pull you in, they kind of look quick, cheap, and hooky. However, I do not let a crappy cover scare me off, nor do I let a good one sucker me into believing it is a great tale, but I will talk a bit more about covers in the show.

Anywho, I have to say that by the third chapter of this book I was utterly and completely enthralled. I was immediately sucked in. I loved the character, the world, the premise. The book hit every mark it was supposed to with me. First, and most importantly it got me into the game quickly. We didn’t go thirty five percent of the way in before hitting the game. It happens fairly early on. As in pretty much right out of the gate. That is how I prefer my LIT books, or any book to be. Get to the action, give me the exciting incident so I can enjoy the story. Ugland does just that. Secondly, the MC enters the game in a pretty cool and unique way. I especially liked how he could bring extra things in to the game for special perks. Third, we get to see that the MC isn’t perfect and does stupid things in spite of being smart. Now, I had heard that the MC is really dumb and it takes away the believability, but what I saw were a few instances of him not thinking his way completely through a problem and just relying on his abilities to get him out of danger. That’s most people. The rest I chalk up to naivete and inexperience. SO that issue gets a hard pass from me, I liked the way the MC handled things.

It honestly made me feel like I was reading about myself going into a game. I am a fairly intelligent person, but I do stupid things all the time, notably in social situations, and so I totally got the way the MC handled himself. Also, while the MC comes off as being OP it certainly doesn’t feel that way. At least not to me. I think there are some perks that the MC, Montana, lucked into and exploits in a standard way. The fact that he uses his OPness for some utterly cool events doesn’t hurt the readability of this book.

The best thing about this book, however, is that while it certainly is a sort of slice of life story it is a lot more. This feels like a serialized TV show, like Breaking Bad or Game of thrones, in which each episode is a nearly self contained tale, but actually leads right into the next book, and carries on the tale, going further into the over arching tale that is laid out. Seriously, I am not a huge fan of slice of life, but this does not carry that tone at all. Each book picks up right where the last left off and there is no time gap. So, like I said, it carries the feel of a single episode in a larger more planned out story. This is totally one of those Netflix and chill type of audiobooks, where you just want to binge listen to the entire series in just one go.

Now, not all is kosher in Ugland, sorry Eric bad pun, I know. I did have an issue in the first book where the stats and powers/character sheet was done over and over to a point it was like a well that Eric kept going to so as to boost a word count here and there, but as the series goes on it does peter out more and more until it becomes more manageable and less annoying.


Neil Hellegers keeps popping up in more and more Litrpg books lately, sometimes I am a fan, other times I think he just does ok. This is a fella for whom the material matters. For example, he was perfect in the Great Filter until the last chapter and then didn’t fit so well. Not his fault, Just the way it panned out, but here he just kills. He is meant to play Montana the barbarian, and he does it well. This match, his voice and this story, is a rare melding of narrator and author but more importantly, narrator and character. It reminds me of how Jeff Hays and Quantum Hughes are made for one another.

8.5 stars I loved this book.

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Not a story

A story has characters, conflict, plot. Sometimes they have a theme, a bigger message or even some central conflict to give meaning or purpose to the main character.
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This “story” has a main character. This had no conflict, plot, or any other feature that makes it a story. It is like a DM who thinks a great DnD campaign has lots of bad guys to fight and interesting places to explore.

The main character talks, fights bad guys, then muses then fights bad guys. Is there any deeper world building? No. Is there any central theme or plot? No. Is there any point where the character seemed to be in any conflict that mattered? No.

Very well performed. But the work itself was incredibly disappointing.

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Wow!

I am on book 6 of the series and all I can say is buy this book. And all the ones after it. Love the story, love the narrator, definitely worth listening to. The story is about a regular guy thrown into an RPG ish world. Not super technical but fun and funny. I was on the fence at first but now I can't get enough.

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A nice change of pace

This was a pleasantly surprising addition to the LitRPG genre. While some of the usual tropes emerged, this was unique enough to stand apart. It was well written and lacked the crassness that often emerges in these stories.

The narration was an... unusual choice. It took some time to adapt to the deadpan narration but I grew to enjoy it and found that it fit well with the wry humor found throughout.

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Like The Land, Except Actually Good

The main issue I have with reborn-in-an-RPG-world books is that the character writing, and everything else in fact, is put aside in favor of stats, stats, and more stats. This one definitely starts out slow and plodding in a similar way, which made me ready to put this series aside as another false start. But once the MC reaches a populated area, it starts introducing characters and world building that seem deep in a way I rarely catch glimpse of in a story like this. I want to learn more about this world and these people, regardless of what numbers assigned to attributes or skills are involved. I will definitely be continuing with this series, and this author.

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Fun and Entertaining Series

I actually just finished the 3rd book in this series so feel pretty comfortable about writing a review.

In general this is a fun litrpg series that doesn't take itself too seriously. The humor is sarcastic, quick, and crass at times. The profanity is strong, but it's also part of the humor style. It's easy to relate to for someone like me that is an older demographic and kind of grew up with this kind of humor among friends. The narrator is absolutely fantastic with his tone and timing in reading the material, and I can totally see him as the MC. Seriously amazing job! I found myself laughing out loud on more than a few occasions at the quips and jokes the MC and his supporting cast toss at each other (particularly the otters), it's extremely entertaining and part of the real reason this series is worth a read I think.

This is NOT a harem series (at least not so far), so don't expect any kind of romance or sexual trysts. In fact, having just read book three the MC has still not had even one romantic interest (though there might be inklings of one perhaps sparking in the 3rd book).

In terms of rpg the elements are kind of weak and the MC is completely overpowered too soon. In very short order in the first book the MC goes from zero to demi-god strength. However, the author does balance a lot of his abrupt power with his obvious impulsiveness and lack of critical thinking. It's pretty refreshing at times to just sit back and watch the bull in the china shop go nuts. There are folks that will complain that's this is yet another litrpg where the MC is an idiot that doesn't really take full advantage of their powers or makes stupid decisions. However it does seem rather intentional that the MC is not perfect or particularly bright in that regard, and hence allows some flexibility for the author to have some fun having him make rash decisions. The rpg system and monsters are based loosely on standard dnd so pretty easy to relate to.

The story itself is slightly interesting, although I get the sense at times the author appears to be just making stuff up on the fly regarding the gods and the politics of the world. Much of the reason for his power creep appears hacked on at times by some of these half explained elements just to help speed along the progression which seems a little lazy. However the supporting characters and well detailed locations do have some depth so that does keep the world at least a little more immersive and the story not overly shallow.

Probably the only criticism I have is the rather short nature of each book and how all three books thus far appear to have been one book originally but were cut up in order to maximize profit. I understand the author needs some kind of return, but whoever made the decision to break it up wasn't thinking too well. It would have been better to make the first book free and then combine the other two into one, or just make it one large book. As it is now each book ends on an obvious chapter break and each new book starts without any real transition between chapters which makes it pretty obvious.

Overall though I am very much enjoying this series and highly recommend it to anyone looking for something light and entertaining.

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Redemption LITRPG

Good story, i was pretty surprised by how well it was done. The start was different and a bit confusing (got more cleared up later). overall it's a redemption story of a "Bad guy" in a previous difficult situation, trying to start over in a different world. pS. main character is a bit OP.

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