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Pangea Online Book One: Death and Axes: A LitRPG Novel

Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (162 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Everything has a price. Pangea Online is no different.

Esil has spent the past year toiling in the mines of Pangea while the more wealthy traverse its myriad of gameworlds. His luck changes forever when he stumbles upon a legendary Developer's Chest, containing an invaluable Worldpass, which grants him unlimited travel to all gameworlds.

Now, Esil isn't just stuck watching as others explore Pangea. He can finally level up.

But his in-game actions have real-world consequences and failure online threatens everything he holds dear.

Soundbooth Theater is proud to present another amazing Gamelit adventure, and our very first project with the incredibly talented Justin Thomas James narrating! His voice and performance perfectly match Esil's humble nature, and sense of wonder at discovering the world of Pangea Online, while Laurie Catherine Winkel returns to the troupe to perform the lovely Princess Aleesia and the rest of the female cast.

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:

  • Justin Thomas James - Narration, Production, Editing, Mastering
  • Laurie Catherine Winkel - Female characters
  • Griffin Malnar - Proofing, Editing
  • Jeff Hays - Production
©2017 Steven Rowland (P)2018 Steven Rowland

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Gamer Maven Heaven

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes........ it is a Professional job from the sound to the narration and the story.It is great for all ages.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Enjoyed them all the narrator is very good.

Which scene was your favorite?

The image of all the Data miners working in their particular virtual world.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes it was fun and interesting.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Pangaea Online: Death a and Axes

A book worthy of being read or listened too. While on the surface that statement may not appear to speak very highly of the author's efforts, let me go on record as stating that this book exceeding my expectations. KUDOS to S. L. Rowland for bringing his vision to fruition.

I was initially somewhat skeptical when Mr. Rowland offered his book free of charge if I would but submit an honest review. Skeptical? Indeed, for just before PANGEA ONLINE was made available to the public READY PLAYER ONE hit the market in book form and wad
was made into a movie which is currently showing in theaters across the United States.

The books are similar in that two writer's get the same idea and pursue the task of writing their book. Being an inquisitive type person, I purchased READY PLAYER ONE.

So I happily go on record, as a public service to my fellow readers everywhere, "If you see the movie, or read READY PLAYERS ONE, without checking out PANGEA ONLINE, you will be the one who's missing the full experience." I encourage you to listen or read both books.

Both books start out in a future version of Earth where a particular class of person lives in cubicles or stacks. The people of both future worlds are heavily into online gaming. However, at this point our stories take on different tales to be told, visions to be seen, imaginations everywhere to be tweaked.

Oh yes indeed, I do sincerely encourage you to buy-read-listen to both stories. Just as I did... you won't regret it!

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  • Erik
  • Champaign, IL
  • 03-15-18

Great Performance and Story

I loved the performance. The two narrators for the characters and tone of the novel perfectly. The story was well written and left me wanting more. I can't wait for the sequel.

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amazing

if you like Litrpg books this won will have you on the edge of your seat.

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Love the narration and the story

Goth narrators are great. Justin James narration is like a warm hug for me. I read the eBook and liked that its complete in itself. A bit ready player one, a bit goblet of fire. The narrators complement the story well. I'm sure this will be a go to audio book for years to come.

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Only two things in this life are certain . . . .

. . . Death and axes.

Sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a yarn about a boy doomed to toil away his life in a virtual mine. A boy who has no choice but to waste his life digging out electronic ore in order to take care of himself. That is until he discovers a chest full of loot that grants him a free pass to wherever he wants to go in the game, and enough digital currency to see this become a reality. That’s when he learns there are only two things certain in this life, Death and Axes.

The boy is Esil, and his struggles may sound a little similar to another book, one in which a kid has to escape the mines and win a game wide contest. I just can’t remember what it was called. It was . . . . .it was . . .(tank flies in and hits me in the head, prop guy yells Dodge Tank!)

Ow! Yeah. Thanks, prop guy. Dodge tank. Now, while the stories seem similar it is only a facile one at best. Both have protagonists who work in digital mines, and both have that protagonist have to win a game wide contest in order to . . . well you know make their lives better and stuff. Other than those two items, both stories are radically different. Pangea, by the way, was released before Dodge tank by about three months so The similarities are just coincidental.

Anyway, Esil is a pretty good kid, who just happens to meet a popular player his first day in game, and he manages to impress her with a cheat that he doesn’t know he has. The two slowly become friends, and when the inevitable announcement of a worldwide event that will provide money, fame, and game bonuses they agree to help one another out until the final contest, because just like they say in Highlander, there can be only one. Here is where the story reminds me of Harmon Cooper’s Proxima Galaxy, as the game that Esil is in also hosts multiple worlds in hundreds of genres. There were several things that I enjoyed about the contest’s trials. First, the clues actually mislead our heroes, and they don’t solve the first one. Second, we get to go to some exciting new worlds, and third, the game is set so that it takes innovation and wits to advance more than levels for the most part. The characters all carry their own weight, they are interesting, and when a betrayal occurs it cuts to the quick like it should. Esil, or Lone Wolf as I prefer to call him, is crushed by it but pushes ahead anyway. And that is the crux of the tale. Perseverance, dedication, and determination. You really get to see what kind of man Esil is by the way he earns his mount, and the way in which he handles the betrayal. The fight scenes are fun, and Esil’s introduction to the game he has never played is pretty funny when he gets into his first battle. The book is light and fun, and while the plot is something you may have seen a few times you won’t mind because Rowland manages keep things so interesting.



So, you ask me, what about the narration? How was it? Is it worth the time and effort to listen? Is it amazing? The only thing I can say is that this is SBT, a Soundbooth Theater production, so you know that it is going to be great. I really like the pairing of Justin Thomas James and Laurie Catherine Winkel. They have become, for me, the Bonnie and Clyde of the audible world. They are narrators who come in guns blazing, and run off with the story like it was the last hamburger in a world filled with Wimpy’s. Sorry for anyone under 40, that’s a Popeye reference. The incredible part is that they are not even in the same studio when they record, One is in Georgia, and the other in Canada. What? How can there be that much chemistry when people are so far apart? They pair up more and more often, and I really think that their latest efforts, Dave Wilmarth’s the Land of the Undying has been their best effort to date. Here you can see them really unifying into collaborators of the highest quality. Like I say, they are like Bonnie and Clyde, they pull off their narration in a flash and flurry that never lets you know what is coming. I love the way they handle the tale, the characters, and my attention. They never let it become boring. I do believe there was one slight audible flub, but it was nothing major, a line was repeated but that’s all. Otherwise this audio portion was flawless.

So, what’s the verdict? This book is solid, has good writing, plays out tropes but doesn’t tropifiy your mind with them and still manages to keep it interesting, and has some killer narration. It also plays out like it could have been a stand alone novel, and I respect that a great deal. Not every book needs a cliffhanger. This one wraps up pretty well, even though there is another book in the series. Rowland unquestionably makes me want the next book Magic and Mayhem, as well as his other new novel (not on audible yet) Vestiges which is a Post Apoc novel. So, I’m eager for more, that means an 8.25. Can’t ask for more.

Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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a wonderful book brought to life by stellar cast

Listening to his book was exactly as I had imagined it while I read it. I love the effort that the people from soundbite theater put into this story. I was imedieatly pulled in and wasn't ejected until the audible credits at the end. S.L. Rowland did a he'll of a good job writing the story and the narrotors sealed the deal.

defienetly on my need to listen to list.

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  • Tom
  • Hull, Ma
  • 05-25-18

Not just a pretty face...this one stands up

this book really grew...in the beginning I was thinking this was a ready player one RIPOFF but by the end I was cheering for the main character and dreading what may come. absolutely worth the listen

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  • TU
  • 04-26-18

Fantastic LitRPG!

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

This being a Soundbooth Theater production, I knew the narration would be great. And it was. Anyway, this was a fun and highly entertaining LitRPG story. The game mechanics and world building were well done and were balanced well with good dialog and humor. At 7 hours, I blew through this book really fast. I hope there are more from this author/narrator team really soon!

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LITRPG it’s like a bag of chips, you can’t have just one

There is so much to be said for this series/genre that it overwhelms one to even try. LITRPG is amazing, it’s every gamer/dungeons and dragons/cosplayer/bibliophile dream. To be able to fully immerse yourself in the game/fantasy world and experience it all. The worlds economy is based off of the game with the elite being able to purchase what they need to make the characters great and the port just working the base jobs to keep their real life selves alive. Thee are special elite chests that are hidden throughout the world, developer chests that will grant one riches and powers enough to change their status in life. And now after years of gaming the developers are offering a challenge with a reward that will have everyone in game trying to win. In this story you will find spells, comrades, enemies, challenges, alliances, betrayals and some truly amazing battles and quests that would make any Saturday night basement game group drool in anticipation. Enjoy it and grab every book with a LITRPG tag that you can! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Aslanenlisted
  • 10-27-18

Really a fun litrpg

I wasn't sure what to expect with this, but I found I really enjoyed it and the characters motivations are well rounded. looking forward to more in Pangaea

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  • Jammin
  • 05-16-18

A great audiobook

A decent story with the perfect balance of in gave vs real world. Would recommend.