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The game of their dreams. A flip of a switch. Nightmare mode.

For lifelong friends Max and Kira, Carpe Noctem has become a second home. Max spends his time as a gunslinging Fury, able to deal massive damage in a short amount of time, while his teammate Kira the Breath Mage watches his back and keeps his health topped off. Together, they form a formidable combo. A literal dream team, because before the game hit the market, the average person lost a third of their life sleeping. Now sleep is only seen as the doorway into the game.

Unfortunately, dreams don’t last forever.

After being fired, one of Noctem’s creators sets into motion a plan to bring the system crashing down, and send the real world into economic ruin. To stop the collapse, Max and Kira have to gather their most trusted friends and embark on a quest that will test their absolute limits.

If they want to save the world they love, they'll have to push their party hard to make it through the nightmares that await them.

©2020 David Petrie (P)2020 Mountaindale Press

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A perfect delight... join-up and Party Hard!

I picked up this book solely on the recommendation by Travis Baldree. I know a narrator makes a living off of the sales of his his/her books, but there are occasions when Travis makes a little more effort in promoting a book's release, and when he says that this book was one of his favorites to do, I believe him! And boy I'm glad I did as it's one of the best litRPG's that I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing! Party Hard is tightly written, fun, and it has a lot of action. I'm sure you'll find plenty to L💖VE, from a ship named Nostromo, to a reference about Little Nemo in Slumberland, plus there's even a quip about Mothra! The pleasure I got from Party Hard was due in part to Travis Baldree's wonderful voice performance. I think that his own delight with the story was transmitted directly into my brain somehow! So grab this perfectly delightful book, join-up with Max, Kira, and the rest of their group, and remember... Party Hard!                                ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  

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A breath of fresh air.

I've been reading a lot of litRPGs lately that focus FAR too much on the mechanics. For those books, the storyline almost seems secondary to the fact that the book is a litRPG. This book is different. For once, it is the interactions between the characters that received the focus of our attention! The rich personalities of Max, Kyra, and Farm drive this series opener in an impressive manner, as opposed to the leveling grind. I thoroughly enjoyed the originality of the world's premise and the organized, logical storytelling. the concepts of Nightmares, magical contracts, and the more unique races were fascinating to me. All in all, I think this series would be worth pursuing, especially if the author decides to discuss the specifics of the classes in future installments. A note for listeners that consider such things when buying books: 1) The book contains some swearing. I personally think it's in a tolerable range. Be aware: there are a couple of F-bombs dropped at various points throughout the first book. 2) I can't remember a book with a dedicated fanservice character, but Party Hard definitely has one! One of the main PCs is an adorable fairy that radiates sex appeal. The fact that she as a game character is played by a guy in his late 20's definitely makes things weird though. "My boy parts are confused," indeed! 3) There is a brief brothel scene. Nothing explicitly OR implicitly happens, but I was listening at work and it caught me by surprise.

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New Narrator

I love the switch of narrators. Don’t get me wrong, Luke Daniels is a legendary narrator; however, by March 2020, it was clear this would be the year of Travis Baldree, and so far, it has been. The story was just as good the 2nd time through, only in my opinion, I feel as if Travis leveled this title up with his narration. The only real nitpciky thing I focused on during the original release was Luke going into his “goofy” voice, which always reminds me of a cartoon bear or something. This book is a lot of fun, and I like the boss fights and tribute/trade piece to the game system. Other than always being in Nightmare mode, if this was a real game, I’d play it, which is always a decent marker when rating LitRPG titles. Looking forward to Book 2!

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Grows on you.

The beginning is shakey with odd pacing. But the characters are great and the plot does end up becoming compelling. I'm excited to see where the story goes from here. Biggest complaint is way to many pop culture references. This is made more jarring by how hard the writing avoids genre convention terminology like 'Tank' or 'DPS'. I assume the references were to make it feel like this could be our world in ten years, but then the conspicuous absence of standard gaming jargon cuts the other way.

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Great Start

Great start to a series, I love the idea. I’m Excited about what is next!

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High Stakes

A great addition to my GameLit/LitRPG collection. I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of gender identity into the story and the ways in which that guided the story. I have a lot of questions after the first book and am excited to see if they are answered in book 2.

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Just wonderful!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am about to download the next installment. Characters are real with some hardships and trials that you don't normally equate with this type genre. Narration is wonderful! I've listened to some good books that just got ruined from narration that doesn't do the story justice, not so for this! highly reccomend !!

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great read!

this is a really enjoyable read! and the Travis did a great job reading it! a must read for those that want full immersion games to be real!

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Refreshing take on the stuck in a game trope

I really enjoyed this story, and Travis does an excellent job of bringing it to life. He was a perfect selection for this story. Travis’s tone was perfect. He wasn’t too fast or slow. I hate having to speed audio books up and I didn’t feel that need throughout the whole book. The different voices he used throughout the story were spot on to what I envisioned in my head the first time I read this. Really liked the character choices and unique game elements. It really made me feel like I was reading something different for a change. The stats are there but definitely not overwhelming. It was nice to listen to a story that didn’t have to stop for ten minutes to list out a string of stats. The author is definitely a great wordsmith, and the book itself is very well edited. (I have the ebook version as well) The twist on the bad guy kept me intrigued and had me guessing throughout the book. I can’t wait for the second one.

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A group of friends I'd be a part of that!

This story is insanely fun. It has adventure, action, and comedy. First off, the "party" is the exact reason why I play MMOs and every player has their own importance in the group... they are a strong team because of that teamwork. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. The characters feel human and real... like people I'd know and want to hang out with because of the strong dialogue and friendly banter. The world itself seems really interesting; and the game system is incredibly believable and desirable. I'm a person that can't handle motion sickness (so no vr for me) as well as have to work a lot. So I'd love a game system that worked while I sleep... I could play every night and probably actually get a full night's rest :D. Performance is awesome!!!! Personally I listen to far more audiobooks than have time to physically read them, so narrators are important. I actually listened to the first recording of "Party Hard" because I enjoy Luke Daniels; and I loved the story. When I saw that it was continuing with Travis Baldree, I wanted to listen to the new recording and honestly loved it even more. Travis has even more range that really plays well with the author's character dialogue that brings them even more to life. Great work! Can't wait to continue the series!

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  • Gary Jones
  • 10-16-20

Excellent story.

An entertaining LITRPG that includes both the game and real world in the story. The narrator does a great job with the varied cast members.

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 10-11-20

New narrator works well

I had previously listened to this book when it had a different narrator, finding it to deliver an entertaining story with compelling characters and interesting world-building. Obviously, none of that has changed with this version, as it is still a really good book, which just leaves the performance of the narrator, which is a good one with suitably distinctive tones working well for a varied cast of characters, nicely enhancing the story. Overall, this is a strong opening book in the series and I look forward to listening to more of them in the future. [Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Adam Murphy
  • 10-02-20

Meh

The characters were good The world building was weak & the power system was weaker