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Awaken Online: Catharsis Audiobook

Awaken Online: Catharsis

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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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    Charlie 11-08-16
    Charlie 11-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Impressive"

    I am very much the target audience for this book. I've been a gamer since, well, the origins of modern computers. This is, in a lot of ways, wish fulfillment of the highest order for nerds and geeks (I say that as one of them). The concept was a fresh take on a budding sub-genre and, imo, the best one thus far.

    There were some hamfisted aspects to it, a few areas where things were just... too on the nose. But there were also many aspects that were extremely satisfying and well executed.

    Some might find Jason's path through the book/game... less than optimal. However, Bagwell does a good job at showing the transparencies of one side vs the other. Nothing is quite as it seems.

    The added science fiction of the computer story line was rather well done and I was caught off guard for some of the revelations. Well done.

    All in all, if you are gamer then this listen is a no brainer. If you're not, but still have an affinity for Sci-fi etc, this will probably fit the bill, but it would have anywhere near the impact.

    Worth a credit and your time.

    49 of 65 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-07-17
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-07-17 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "WELFARE"

    YA Cliché book
    Jason is not poor, but he goes to a rich private school on a scholarship. The kids and staff at school hate him because he is not rich and they nickname him Welfare. Jason's parents hardly know he exists. The main bad guy is the school jock. Jason is a skinny smart kid. In the game he is sneaky back stabber. I made it almost four hours, but found nothing redeeming or entertaining about this book. In the game every move Jason makes is followed by the announcement that he has earned an x amount of points for an ability. I understand why this is done, but after awhile I feel like I am watching my older brother play a game and he will not let me play.

    I have had my eye on this for awhile due to the really high rating. I am at a loss at what these people are listening to.

    44 of 61 people found this review helpful
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    FOULdragon 09-11-16
    FOULdragon 09-11-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Very engaging, and the narrator works hard to make a splendid performance."

    Very good! I couldn't stop listening. The narrator surprised me when he used sound effects to add to his performance so it took me a while to get used to it. Once I got into the swing of things though, I really enjoyed what he was doing. Add to that the fact that the story is engrossing and addictive, and it led to a very late night of giddy childish squeals of delight. If you are looking for that nich of video game books, then this scratches that itch in a powerful way.

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    EzBake TX 09-28-16
    EzBake TX 09-28-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Hands down the best Lit-RPG genre book"

    Awaken online is a marvel among a growing genre of immersive mmorpg books. The main character, Jason, is unique, clever, likable, and flawed and the world around him grows and changes to parallel his own personal growth.
    Unlike other lit-rpg books, no one is trapped inside the game during this book, there is no contrived death-is-real shenanigans, and the MC doesn't exploit some miraculous luck or cheap exploit to mindlessly indulge the audience's power fantasies.
    The game is run by a borderline illegal AI (from the future *spooky noises*) that's sole prerogative is to enhance the lives of its players. To do this, it gets personal and the quests reflect MC's real life issues. Overcoming them helps him to become the player he fantasizes himself to be outside the game world.
    So if the game enhances his real life, lets hope his real life is interesting! Well, it isn't. He's got parents who have high expectations but pay him very little attention, he's got an extremely cliche elite jock bully who's out to make his life miserable (complete with teachers and principal who are hellbent on his expulsion), as well as an assortment of other problems dealing with being an insecure teenager. Most of these issues are pretty generic, but they're symptoms of an underlying problem with the MC's lack of self-worth and ability to stand up for himself. As he delves into the gameworld and grows - his bitterness and desire for righteous vengeance dissolve - the symptoms of his problems are made irrelevant and he begins to focus on his own happiness and future. This is a refreshingly adult take on a generally YA style power fantasy

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    Mica 05-09-17
    Mica 05-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting Twist on MMO and VR"

    After the setup of the situational environment, the book was very good. The story drew you in as if you were there with the characters. The reader was ok.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Merenzon 05-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "awesome book"

    great news
    if you were in the Ready Player One you will love this book, the characters were great in the author put a lot of detail into it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    05-08-17
    05-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing"

    I love how this isnt the standard book where you follow the hero. The aspect of necromancy was a personal favorite of mine and I absolutely loved how he went about doing things.

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    Remixt 04-23-17
    Remixt 04-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Unexpected story, odd choice of voice actor."

    David Staifels performance seemed pretty inconsistent, but not enough to take away from this awesome plot. If you know anything about Sword Art Online, then this book is what that awful anime should have been. Great work by Mr. Bagwell.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    troy barndt 04-16-17
    troy barndt 04-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "riveting"

    really enjoyed listening to this book, its gets to points where you can't put it down, you just have to know what happens next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 05-10-17
    Mike 05-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great new Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Travis Bagwell started off his writing career with a book that sucks you in and will not let go. I bought the first volume because I simply could not fine anything to look interesting. I am a fan of SAO saw the book, had a credit and thought "Let's give it a whorl!" 4 days latter I'm googling the AO3! I have not done that since John Ringo's Black Tide series (Please don't be like Ringo - 4 books in a series then walk away!).

    I recommend this series to an SF and Fantasy fan. I've even gone so far as to down load it on my teenage son's phone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Travis writes very well. He does great character studies and puts meat on his charter personalities. You end up quickly caring about his characters. You can feel their pain and conflict. He does a great job of describing the stage of the story. You can imagine yourself in the grave yard.


    What about David Stifel’s performance did you like?

    I almost gave up on book 1 because of David. He was very monotone in the beginning of the book. The plot held me to the book, and I'm glad I stuck with it. A hour into the story and Dave loosened up and his voice began pouring life into the characters. Once he got rolling, I could not take the ear buds out!


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

    There are parts of this book that are very intense. Travis does a great job ripping your heart out, then jamming it back in. Once Dave starting putting more emotional inflections in his voice, the pain, sorrow, joy and sense of accomplishment flowed out of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story about the definition of Good and Evil. Everything we see and hear are not black and white. We do not live in a binary world. What will a good person do to protect what is important to him? If one who is perceived a righteous and says you are evil, don't the rest of us have an obligation to look a little deeper at the righteous and evil?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • 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​!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sanu Satheesababu
    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
  • Craig
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    4/18/17
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    "An odd one this"

    This tale has some great ideas but the clunkiness of the storytelling let's it down. I suspect many of the apparent weaknesses stem from the narration which is pretty poor. I'll most likely pick up book two at some point, though sadly it has the same narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/20/17
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    "Great Geek Read with problematic bits"

    I was enthralled by this book and if your looking for a geek read i would highly recommend it with one caveat.

    It has angry white boy who feels like he is the good guy issues. The book nods at this but still is firmly in the trap. Without getting spoiled i will say the bad guy is bad, rich people all douches and of course the girl likes him but stuff.
    I enjoyed it but i wouldn't recommend it to anyone without the caveat of angry white boy media which is so disappointing because halfway through I was hopeful it would deal with the issues but then all naunce is demolished with a reveal of evil bad guy being just evil.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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