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Remnant

Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (668 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Steve doesn’t know who he is.

Or who he was.

He doesn’t know anything, actually.

Not even where he is.

Other than a vast open field of dirt.

All Steve knows is that he’s apparently supposed to build a farm. At least that’s his only workable assumption. Given the number of farm-tools left to him. That and the massive number of sacks full of seeds.

Unfortunately, this isn’t even the strangest part of this new life.

Hidden inside the farm tools, Steve finds messages. Messages that appear in floating windows in front of him.

Messages from his past self, telling him that he’d already failed once.

But he has no idea what he actually failed at. Or how he can succeed this time.

Beyond all this, and unfortunately for Steve, the world just underwent a radical change. A change that’s going to have Steve fighting the undead, bandits, nature, and even himself. All while the world falls down around him.

And the only weapon he has is an axe.

Warning and minor spoiler: This novel contains graphic violence, undefined relationships/harem, unconventional opinions/beliefs, and a hero who is as tactful as a dog at a cat show. Listen at your own risk.

This story is an adult fantasy novel.

©2019 Randi Darren (P)2019 Randi Darren

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A Remnant of better books.

Let me preface this saying I own all of “Randi Darren’s” books and the vast majority of William D. Arand’s. As such I’m something of a fanatic around these books, and always purchase them when they make their way to audible within the first day or two. As such this review is based only on the metrics of the author’s works and not the rest of the genre, as let’s face it, there are few who can out write William in this space.

Normally such books get 5 stars all the way down from me because they really are well written, well thought out, with interesting or thought-provoking characters. However, in this case it seems “Remnant” is in reference to the characters as much as the story. The vast majority of characters seem less fleshed out, less unique, or seem like weaker versions of characters that exist in his other works. As a small spoiler, at one point in the story some of the characters die, usually this would cause the reader to feel something, anything from anger to sorrow over the loss. In this case any emotion I had for the characters was from how much they reminded of other "Randi Darren" characters from other works (knowing the writer's style, I suspect this may be intentional) ,but this is also a bad thing as it means these characters failed to resonate based on their own merits. Even the main character seems to shrug off their memory and just accepts their loss, which I suppose is in character as he himself admits to not be a smart man. However, this underscores the lack of emotional depth which is usually placed on the character. If the MC doesn’t REALLY care, why should we?

The overarching story doesn’t feel as interesting as some of his other books either, the word generic comes to mind. I honestly found myself taking a few days in between listens simply because it wasn’t as enthralling as his usual works, which for me is not normal, especially on the first listen. Honestly, the world building overall is rather lacking but can of course be fleshed out in future books.

Andrea’s performance is still superb, she does the best with what she must work with, and I think with a less talented voice actress this audio book would have only been more difficult to get through.

Overall if you are a fan of the writer, I’d still buy it, but if you haven’t yet purchased all the other books from the author then I suggest getting those first.

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Purchased Immediately "Audio Quality review"

I buy almost every Randi Darren audio book as fast as I can, even if I have read the books multiple times. The audio is always high quality and the voice actors and actresses even more so. Andea Parsneau always gives characters their own flavor and I associate the character voices given in the writing every time. Especially in this book with many characters this helps bring a sense of life to the book that writing always has a hard time with. i'll leave the story reviews to others as I am no poet but I recognized good hard work and quality 5/5.

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Different.

I don't really like this. Based on the description I was expecting something very different. Despite this I enjoyed the story for a while. Up until a point.

*Warning contains some spoilers

Starting with the narrator. She is a great voice actor with a great range of voices. Although, the voices chosen for many of the main characters are grating on me. After a while I got used to Steve's voice but it still sounds like an old man with a lung condition. Nikki's voice is likewise irritating , being is high pitched and nearly screechy, although I guess it is supposed to make her sound young and bubbly. Misty sounds like a genie. I am surprised by the pure range of voices she can do but I feel they need slight tweaking.

Now, the story. I originally thought it would be about some sort of NPC realizing his reality and trying to protect his land from mischievous adventurers (Which I was really looking forward to btw). Instead we have Steve who we think might be a player with memory loss, OP farming gear, an extremely short temper, and a message telling him to build a village.

He knows nothing about the world but seems to just go along with everything not having a real voice of his own. He meets Nikki coincidentally and less than few days later, bam! Then several days later he gains women left and right. Women he barely knows fall into his lap. We are given a rather weird explanation for why there is a 1 to 6 ratio between men and women, and why they all apparently want to have tons of children.

To me, all this is rather shallow. It feels to me like the author just wanted a "monster" girl harem and threw a bunch of interesting races at the MC without any real thought or backstory. Sex is sex. This isn't necessarily a bad thing.

The sex scenes are decent and aren't glazed over. However, there is a sense of hollowness, of emptiness behind the reasoning. Nikki for whatever reason breaks countless years of tradition, laws, and moral reasoning within a couple days of meeting a human. All this falls under the warning in the synopsis.

There are backstories missing, lacking, or being half-assed. The characters get thrown at the MC. The MC accepts this and doesn't have a real voice of his own. The world itself is rather shallow. World destroying force that MC somehow has the only cure to stop. There isn't much that contributes to the LitRPG genre either...

Nia is probably the most adorable character though. I get a great sense of satisfaction from Steve being a father figure for Nia. It does seem out of place though in such a raunchy book to have such a pure relationship. The last quarter of the book was probably the most intriguing.

TL;DR Everything is thrown together halfhazardly. Sex is for Sex sake. While none of this is terrible and it wasn't a bad listen it could have been so much more in my eyes.

I was recommended this book by audible after listening to the Mask of the Template series which I really enjoyed. It is not a LitRPG but it a fantastic example of a fantasy harem series.

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awesome

I love this author, this book has everything you could want in a book, the only annoying part in this book is that there are quite a few cheesy parts in it.

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Lots of action

I liked the narration. I liked the characters. Well developed plot. Very enjoyable and it was good.

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Really liked the world building.

I really hope the author continues with the story. I don't know if I'm getting spoiled or not, but I have become accustomed to several books series when I get introduced to a new world. The whole dynamic of this world is fascinating. And reading performer was great too.

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Not for kids

This is a harem I didn't bring down the stars just for that but because there are very few game stats and a lot of really awkward sexual arrangements. Magical plauge leeds to fewer males so that females are basically brainwashed into large communal relationships with one male. sounds like Delvers LLC but a lot worse. Not meaning anything negative against Delvers. The storyline really takes a back seat to the continual sex and romance.

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  • TU
  • 06-17-19

so good!

I really enjoyed this one and hope book 2 comes out really darn soon!!! The narration is perfect for the characters and really brings them to life in your mind.

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Randi Darren and William D. Arand are must buys.

Fantasy RPG with minecraft elements. Polyamorous / harem relationships. Randi always has great world building and good character development. Looking forward to the next book in this series.

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A great book by Randy. Just like his others its a mist listen to.

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  • James martin housby
  • 05-28-19

Just awsom

Yet again knocked it out of the park.
Like the other books the characters are solid and story flows well. Can't wait to hear the next one.
Andrea parsneau brings depth to each and every character. Love her work and a fantastic choice for the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-17-19

loved the story

putting aside the adult themes witch was interesting, I loved the story, I was pulled in and I want to know more.

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  • OB
  • 06-01-19

Simplistic even by Randi Darren's standards

Copy and paste scenes. Basic plot, forgettable world building. Avoid, even if your a fan.

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  • Alexandru Dorel Ungureanu
  • 05-25-19

Recycled junk

This is so bad it became painful to listen. The author clearly has no more inspiration and can only overly recycle the same book. This is almost the same as previous books. There was a good premise in this one but the author ignored that for the "erotica" and that too was recycled, boring and even stupid. I don't usually review books but this one really made me angry. Waste of time.

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  • John
  • 06-05-19

Bloody Brilliant

Randi Darren is one of the most talented and skilled author's I enjoy his work greatly. This book is bloody brilliant the characters and world is rich I want more so many secrets bloody Steve. And with the voice acting talents and skills of Andrea Parsneaus who makes the characters and world come alive.
Trust me this book has everything our hero Steve has to build his farm.
build his defense, build his harem, and protect what his own from the Creep .........
This book is a must to buy own and listen to I can't recommend this book more 12/10 stars

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  • eden searl
  • 06-02-19

great stort

great story! truly gifted narrator. brought the characters to life. hopefully next part out soon