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Awaken Online: Catharsis Audiobook

Awaken Online: Catharsis

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Publisher's Summary

Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He's in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life.

Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn't expect. In this game, he isn't the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish.

In fact, he might just be the villain.

©2016 Travis Bagwell (P)2016 Travis Bagwell

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    Andrew 05-03-17
    Andrew 05-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Bad Guy Is Lame."

    That's about all I have to report here. Alex just annoys me. I wish he'd just die off.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 07-27-17
    Ben 07-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Slow start, but awesome"

    The book starts slow and I'll be honest, the narrator at first grates on my ears. That said, if you stick with it through the first few chapters it's well worth it. the book is well written and makes you really feel the main characters perspective. I found myself grinning and laughing at several scenes not because they were necessarily funny but because they were awesome. I could see myself in the characters shoes and being overjoyed at what was going on. I'm not sure if the narration improved or if I just got used to it but after a few chapters even that didn't bother me. Overall, I highly recommend the book. It was great to see a story from the "villains" perspective. Excited to start the next book!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 06-17-17
    Michael 06-17-17
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    "Decent simple listen"

    Young adult sci-fi MMORPG fantasy filled with wish fulfillment and overpowered handouts to the typical geek-turned-edgelord protagonist.

    But it was a fun listen regardless!

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    scott 07-27-17
    scott 07-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "good book"

    great story, very addicting. I thought the voice actor left something to be desired, but a good listen either way.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Carter Madison, CT 04-28-17
    Daniel Carter Madison, CT 04-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Not bad but not really good either"

    I should have reviewed this months ago when I read it, but I got behind and don't remember too much about it, but I guess that's a review point there - nothing here is good enough to remember. I do remember thinking how strange and stupid it seemed that the main character somehow draws all sorts of special attention in his game (from pretty much the moment he starts), even though he never does anything special to deserve it. This might have been better if the author had the character do something to warrant the extra attention.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Bryce Bilbo 04-21-17
    Bryce Bilbo 04-21-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Gravely entertaining!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Awaken Online: Catharsis to be better than the print version?

    Hard to say. For me personally, I may have enjoyed this book more in print. Regardless, it is a very good read if you can deal with some minor eyerolling moments.


    What other book might you compare Awaken Online: Catharsis to and why?

    Probably "Ready Player One" though that is only for the mmo theme. Otherwise, Im not too sure.


    What does David Stifel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Stifel was perhaps not the best choice. He does do a great job at building a good atmosphere, but falls short on some deliveries and tone of certain characters. He is just a tad too robotic and doesn't really fit with the book, in my opinion. When it comes to the cities, describing events, coming through with a building atmosphere or the clashing of titans, he nails it. When it comes to dialogue though... eh. It can be a tad underwhelming or just plain jarring. His voice just seems out of place and the voices aren't too varied. Still he did do a pretty good job and it wasn't enough of a mismatch to make me overlook the good things he did.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book, recommend giving it a read or listen even. It has hiccups without a doubt, some enough to make me roll my eyes or frown a bit.

    The story itself is very enjoyable, but there are issues. Realistically, I think the Mr. Bagwell did wonderfully on capturing that general teen guy frustration, but at the same time after going through my own phase like this just made me groan. It did seem to be over the top at times.The hatred for the rich and just people that treated him badly was too edgy for me. Don't get me wrong it wasn't too much of an issue, just a small gripe. This bigger issue was that you hear a lot of repeating phrases and descriptions. Normally not something that bothers me, but here it did. Could just be personal bias after listening / reading a different book that had a larger range, but still.

    Okay okay, so I whined about the bad. What was good, right? The author is damn good at describing battles, fights, horrors of beast and demon. These monstrosities that linger and tear out of nightmare. The times and convos when the main isn't being your average angsty teen are well-done and usually funny. He captures being an awkward boy in a place he doesnt feel he belongs like a champ. The parts with magic on average, while the casting is about what you'd expect, the description of how they act is pretty good. There are some magics though that made me sit up a little straighter and give the book/computer a respectful nod. Mr. Bagwell is also pretty good at the whole "Hey this guy is getting torn apart. It's not pretty and not everyone can watch it." Killing while plentiful in the book is never really completely normalized. There are parts where spectators or people have to leave cause they cant watch. There are part in some fights or battles where the battle isn't one side of unwavering freight trains versus the solid rock cliff of never crumbling foes! No. People run. People get scared. People leave and are never seen again. The frustration and fear is sometimes palpable.

    Mr. Stifel just wasn't the right fit here, for me. I enjoyed his voice, but it was out of place. Went into enough about my issues with that already.

    TL;DR - Pretty simple, the book overall is worth your time. I personally don't agree with the choice in reader, but the performance wasn't bad. In some places it was damn fine. The book has issues, if you hate or can't deal with a taste of highschoolesque angst and drama here and there, I'd recommend not listening. It is few and far in between though, keep that in mind. The fantasy and dark magic side is very good to the point of making this book almost amazing.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    John United States 11-11-16
    John United States 11-11-16 Member Since 2017
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    "This is more of a YA novel than reviews indicate"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book. its clearly part of the emerging genre of "LitRPG" - and reads like playing an MMO video game. And just like such games, the characters are stock and predictable: outsider, loner high school kid; rich jerk; decent girl caught in the middle. But it was still a fun ride.

    26 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    cory 07-26-17
    cory 07-26-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Ding"

    Probably one of the best LitRPGs around. Just finished my second listen, and still very satisfying. Highly recommend

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Rykowski Salem, OR United States 07-05-17
    Joe Rykowski Salem, OR United States 07-05-17 Member Since 2010
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    "fun story"

    power listened through this! Good book. Going to buy next instead of waiting for monthly credit.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Br14n 06-30-17
    Br14n 06-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A bit slow, but picks up once he gets going"

    The story is solid, the characters early on is a bit painful to care about at first. Once he gets into Awaken Online it picks up and I couldn't stop until I finished listening to the whole thing!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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  • Chris
    9/6/17
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    "Best played at X 1.05 speed as narrator is slow"

    Takes a while to get into but eventually all comes good. Best played at X 1.05 speed as narrator's speech is a bit on the slow side.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kyle Groenewald
    3/30/17
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    "Instant addiction"

    I found this soon after listening to Ready Player One. I became addicted to this book within the first chapter. The story is good, the reader did a very good job on the voices and the way the plot unfold and twists between the game and real life was fantastic. I have already bought the second one. I highly recommend the heck out of this audiobook​!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth Wade
    7/27/17
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    "Loved it!"

    If you are a fan of Ready Player One, Super Powereds or the Off to be the Wizard series then you will love this. Great all round concept and story, the best audiobook I have listened to in a good while.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/2/17
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    "Great story, okay narrator."

    Loved the story. Narrator was okay. Kept saying trebuchet with a hard t, which was jarring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sanu Sath
    3/2/17
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    "A great listen!"

    I was on the look out for a book like this, I really enjoy mmorpgs and also love reading works of fiction around the themes

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/10/17
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    "great start to a series."

    I started listening to this book whilst running a few errands, I ended up listening to the entire story in one go. The LitRPG genre is my current addiction this is one of the better ones. I thoroughly enjoyed the main character and his tactical playstyle. My only complaint would be that the main character seems to be overpowered from almost the beginning of the game.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M Carey
    9/21/17
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    "Almost, but not quite Ready Player One goodness."

    Almost, but not quite Ready Player One goodness. Still, 8.5/10 overall - which may be harsh, considering I hacked through this in 3 days (and about the download book 2)!
    Plenty of 'LOL' moments (Ice mage going OTT, leaving everyone, including the mage, slipping all over the place being a personal favourite). Could have gone a little further on the tech side, and a common issue with transference to audible is the long, repetitive list of game stats. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed this.
    The narrator has a great voice and pace, although his character range wasn't fantastic, and I thought some of the emotions weren't narrated as they were described, but I'd still give him a solid 7.5/10.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • LexZ
    9/8/17
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    "This is one cool book."

    This is one cool book. I was simply looking for something to keep me occupied, something light. It's brilliant, it's addictive and you just keep wondering what madness will come next. Time for the next book, can't wait!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    8/29/17
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    "fun, not too heavy but not too simple either"

    while Jason starts like a whiny book 6 Harry potter, the set up pays off well in a story that develops in a satisfying way and not as expected. enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • john
    milton keynes, United Kingdom
    7/26/17
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    "great"

    really good if you like WOW and ready player one you will like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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