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An everyday loser, stuck in the game.

Hal Dix was stuck in an unlucky life. His wife is a successful executive, while his IT help desk job led nowhere. Even his daughter's daycare teacher thought he was a loser. He couldn't catch a break.

Now a strange woman at a flea market sells Hal a bootleg release of a highly anticipated game. It is just what he wished for, and he can't wait to play it during his long weekend home alone. His luck has finally turned around, right?

Hal should be careful what he wishes for.

Join the adventure in this first book of an epic LitRPG fantasy trilogy. Play along with Hal and his new friends in Fantasma, as he becomes an Accidental Thief.

©2017 MedicCast Productions (P)2018 MedicCast Productions

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A Fun Listen

Hal Dix is the unluckiest guy in the world. He's stuck in a boring IT job with a bully for a boss and a successful wife who makes parenting look easy. Hal plays role playing games for fun, and he's just been duped into spending all his spare cash for a bootleg version of a game that doesn't exist yet. Except when Hal tries the bootleg disc, it works. And it transports him bodily into the world of Fantasma.

Hal awakens in the game and immediately runs into trouble. Framed for the murder of a powerful city warden, he's arrested and sentenced to death. He needs to use all his wits and the points he's allocated to his luck stat to survive.

This is a solid LitRPG, an enjoyable listen. Hal is a good MC to follow, a bit awkward at times but not a sad sack. He's just reacting to events in the beginning, but soon takes control and becomes someone to cheer for. The action was fast paced. The game mechanics were incidental to the story, they didn't play a major role and it would be a fun fantasy listen even if you're not into LitRPG. The stat sheets are very short and aren't repeated too often, and Hal doesn't spend any time agonizing over point allocation. Although this is book one, it ties everything up neatly and can be read as a standalone.

The narration is really well done! The narrator performs subtle voices for the various characters and kept me listening and immersed in the story. If you're looking for a LitRPG for a teen or young reader, this book doesn't have any sex or swearing, but there are fight scenes and some references to adult themes. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

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Loved this book! A great first novel

I really liked this book a lot. Hal was fun, and Kay? (sorry on audible so not sure if it is just K) was great. The book is about a normal guy who likes to play video games that is sucked into a fantasy world. The world translates things to him in game format, so that he understands it. So he levels and picks powers just as if he were playing at home. In fact, there is a point where he isn't sure if he is playing or if it is real.

The only beef I have is that his one singular ability, his luck, never failed. I would have liked to have seen him flub a few tries, because it got to a point where you knew he was good if he heard the slot machine sound in his head. A minor plot point. I just have to be honest.

I eagerly await book 2, and hope that next time he's not an accidental thief, but an intentional one. Go get this book, it will make a fine addition to your audible library. Oh, and Robert Scarloto does a masterful job of keeping your attention with his inflection, emotion, and pacing. I'd happily listen to him again and again.

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Trite, tropey, and predictable

The book followed a typical d&d plotline. No big surprises; I felt reluctant to continue listening.
Finishing became a tedious task, at least for me. I've been reading fantasy for over a decade ave have read a lot, so perhaps I'm spoiled - a newcomer to fantasy works and to role-playing games might enjoy and learn from the book.

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Not bad

It was a good story for a lit-RPG. It dose go on about the MC character sheet alot at the start. In the next book if the writer can have the character sheet at the end of chapters that be nice so you hit the next button.

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loved it

I loved it so much I got the audio book to review after buying and reading the book myself!! one for my audio collection

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great story

I can't wait to hear more from this author. his style was so unique. I would say if you love litrpg you will like this book

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  • Pam C
  • Wolfforth, TX
  • 02-25-18

Classic case of 'don't judge a book by it's cover'

So...Accidental Thief is not really indicative of what the story is about. Accidental Rogue would have been better. That being said, I LOVED this book. Just like the character in the story, I got sucked in from the very beginning and took a grand adventure. I, personally, have never played a RPG type video game, but I have watched and been entertained. This guy really got into his character! I definitely NEED to listen to the book 2!
I listened to the audiobook version of the story and Roberto Scarlato is the narrator. LOVE his voice. Everything about it. The timber, the cadence of the narration, and he brings the characters to life! I could easily envision the story as it unfolded just like when I listen to a movie on the tv while doing something else.
I recommend this book/audiobook to all!

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  • CAP
  • Alabama
  • 04-15-18

Feeling down on your luck?

This was my first introduction to LitRPG. I know it's a genre that is climbing the ranks of amazon, and I've always been intrigued by it. I love playing games, especially fantasy games, but I haven't had the time to play as much as I once did. After listening to this book, I can see the appeal. It is a very fun genre. I like how this character is feeling down about his luck, and so when he's transported into the game, he puts all of his attributes on his Luck skill. He doesn't believe it to be real, but as he keeps playing, he begins to question how real this game actually is. There is a lot of action, and a bit of humor, all that really painted a wonderful picture inside of this book. I really enjoyed it, and plan to check out more of this series, and more of this genre.

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Entertaining

Accidental Thief is a fantasy LitRPG with plenty of action and a few unexpected twists. The story was a bit simple with regards to leveling up and character points that is inherent to the genre. Decent storyline with shallow character development. Overall, the story held my wayward attention with a decent plot and action. The narrator did a nice job with unique voices, appropriate tone inflections, & speed of reading. An enjoyable listen. I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Sidney
  • United States
  • 04-08-18

Not what I expected.

What did you love best about Accidental Thief?

The realism that the characters experienced.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hal

Have you listened to any of Roberto Scarlato’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No this was the first and I was well pleased.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Hal's return was bitter sweet because he had only been able to free one city and the Emperor still was at large.

Any additional comments?

This book was provided free of charge in exchange for a review.

This was my first LitRPG book and I was surprised by it being better than I expected. The book was about a gamer who was transported to the realm of a game to save the kingdom from an evil emperor. He started with no experience and a life of no luck. He managed to not only survive a bad start but to accomplish the goal of saving a city from the hands of the evil emperor's people.

His return left one wondering if he would remain in his world or return to other magic realms.

The narrator did an outstanding job on this production. Very enjoyable and understandable.

The game status interludes were a bit much but almost funny.

An enjoyable book even if this was not my normal genre.