Pangea Online 2: Magic and Mayhem

Series: Pangea Online, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
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Everything has a price. Pangea Online is no different.

In the aftermath of the Developer's Tournament, Esil has a new life filled with opportunity. He's the first person to test out their most innovative technology, full-immersion gameplay, in a brand-new, unexplored gameworld. 

Magic and mayhem collide in ways he never thought possible, and soon, he finds himself caught in a quest that may alter the course of the game for years to come. 

As Esil experiences the grandeur of full immersion and the line blurs between reality and the gameworld, the NPCs he meets feel more like friends than data. Tasked with defending a small town from dark forces, he must learn to protect its citizens from impending doom or risk losing them forever. 

Soundbooth Theater has returned to the world of Pangea Online 2! Justin Thomas James and Laurie Catherine Winkel reprise their roles as Esil and Aleesia, and Jeff Hays joins the cast as Benji and Curtis. S.L. Rowland's classic LitRPG continues in audio better than ever.

©2018 Steven Rowland (P)2019 Steven Rowland

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Better than the first.

I really enjoyed this book. It was definitely better than the first. The authors writing has leveled up. There were varied elements from different types of games. I loved the tower defense game in Pangea as that is a type of game I enjoy. I loved imagining myself playing that in vr. I am excited to see where this series goes next.

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Amazing

I was so hooked on the first book that I went and listened to this one straight through. The characters develop and you really care whether the meet their goal or not. Thanks for the great book and I can’t wait for the next one!!

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Really Enjoyed It!

Esil's life has completely changed since the events of the developer's tournament in the first book, He's been selected as one of the first to try a new full immersion virtual reality in a new game world. In this new world, every one of Esil's actions changes the world around him, and he becomes more and more involved in the lives of the NPCs around him.

This was another great LitRPG that went by way too quickly! I prefer stories where the MC goes between real life and the game, and Esil's story in and out of the game was interesting. I liked the new world, and the higher stakes in it, and thought the game world was fleshed out well. I'd love to visit more with the original side characters from the first book, but hopefully they'll pop back in later in the series. Altogether, a solid LitRPG that kept me listening.

Like the first book, the voice for Esil fit well, and there was a separate female narrator for the female characters. The performance was seamless. The narration style in this book was a bit different, with sound effects included in the background. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

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Great gameLIT series

I'm really enjoying this series. The narrator does a great job with the different characters but can sometimes be a little flat with Esil's emotions. Overall though I really like it. It's a lot like Ready Player One.

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Mediocre story that I can't quite buy into.

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The narrators did I nice job with the character voices. My only criticism is it sounded closer to a series documentary than a fantasy story.

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This is almost completely separate from the first book, almost like it's a new series with some crossover characters. That being said the book was over and it didn't feel like it anything had really happened. The story kept me going but just kind of wandered around. I kept waiting for something to really hook me but it's just an average story. I don't regret listening to it. it may have been a little too slow had I been reading it. all in all it's not going to make my top 10 list but it's a solid book.

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not as good as the 1st but getting there

it's nice to see the story take a turn after the first book, but it's a little bit of a slow start following the pace of the 1st in the series, it sets up the next book well but still felt a little lacking in terms of development and action for me.

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sound great

really cool story, love him working in two worlds, I don't believe I have seen that befor. way different from book one but great.

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Good second book in the series

I'm not in love with the background sound effects, but I enjoyed the story and think this was well worth the credit

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Great Bridge for great series

this is a great bridge from the first book to the third book setting up the Intrigue and possibilities

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great book.

other than I wish it was longer I'm very excited for the next one. I enjoyed the development of all the characters and with the new system I'm excited to see how this changes everything.

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  • Ian
  • 01-10-20

2nd book just as good

This 2nd instalment is just as good, actually better, the full immersion in this 2nd book is great, it's the build up that books you.
Again the narration is superb, giving the story it's own personality bringing the characters to life.
easily a 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
can't wait for the next instalment 👍👍👍

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  • Nighteyes
  • 10-25-19

a tough sell

since the first book actually finished the story this was tough to pick up...
and honestly I think it should have been it's own story...
the story is great don't get me wrong, thing is it could have been just as great with no connection to the first of the series...
so get it if you want another S.L.Rowland story, not if you just want more of book 1

as for narration, SBT delivered as always, nothing much to say there...

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  • Deedra
  • 10-22-19

Pangea online 2

A very good sequel!The more things change,the more they stay the same,as in trouble our main character finds himself in. The extra effects seem over the top at times.This story seems unfinished,maybe a book 3 is in the works?Narration by Catherine Winkel,Justin Thomas and Jeff Hays was terrific! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'

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  • J Smith
  • 05-20-19

Enjoyable adventure.

I enjoyed this story, but not as much as book 1. Esil felt more invested in his role and struggles during the first book.
I felt the book ended a little abruptly too, but I hope there’s a book 3 that will pick up where this left off.
Again, great narration by the 2 storytellers, but I feel the added sound effects took a little away from the story this time, and did more to jerk me out of the moment than enhance it.
Very much worth a listen though, especially if you’ve listened to the first book!
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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  • Dingo 883
  • 05-17-19

Skip this

I was lukewarm to book 1 and this one falls right off a cliff and into the chasm of boredom. I'm 2.5 hours in and NOTHING has happened. Just some random meanderings and ramblings. The narrative is as dry as stale toast and the dialogue is downright painful. If there's any actual plot or story to it, it doesn't begin until you're at least halfway through it, and life is too precious to waste on this.