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Armon Ellington is 19 year old kid that always felt out of place. He's an orphan, a gamer, and a role playing game geek. When he dies after a 72 hour gaming marathon, instead of going to an afterlife he's transported to a new world governed by rules that are eerily similar to the RPG games he loves. On this new world, Terra, he can be anything he wants, a warrior, mage, or even a crafter. Only, Armon wants more than that, he also wants friends and family.

Join Armon on his journey through this amazing new world where he'll go on adventures, explore dungeons, slay monsters and hopefully find the friends and family he never had on Earth.

©2016 Ramon Mejia (P)2017 Ramon Mejia

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Honestly? It was rough, but I kinda liked it.

The premise is amazing. When I was younger and devoted wayyyy too much time to WoW, I used to imagine the backstory of my characters especially when they first spawn and see daylight for the first time in their lives. BUT this book delves deeper than that. This goes into the xp farming and mind numbing routines of low level characters in mmorpgs. I wanted this book to push on and catch up to the exciting fun stuff, and at times it seemed like it was ready to do just that, but then it regresses back into the mundane every day bull that would make me have to take a break from the game. However, I AM looking forward to the second book in the series as I made it through this one. The narrator grows on you and you start getting invested in the characters. Even though I grew frustrated at times, I still stuck with the story and am wanting more.

I won't be picking up a printed version as I feel this story is best taken in through your ear holes, but if there was a graphic novel, I'd snatch it up.

Give it a try

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Not bad, not good. It's ok.

Story is ok. Some original ideas, others not so much.

Was not a fan of the narrator or the voices she did.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good litrpg

So I heard about this book from the Author's podcast (Litrpg) and I was, shall we say, trepidatious partly because I didn't want to be disappointed by an author I had some sort of connection to (even if tenuously) and by the fact that to my knowledge this is his first book. So it went on my "to read" list and kept on getting pushed back until I found out there would be an audible release which I decided to wait for. The good news it's an actually fun book. I'll be picking up the rest with enthusiasm. It doesn't quite hit the upper echelon of this genre but it's far from just meh and definitely worth my credit.

Starting off there are a few derivative plot points such as the "seed of chaos" idea but there are some other ideas that take things into different directions than some of the books with a similar plot point has. Such as the reincarnation aspect and the adopted family helping him catch up to where he should be at his age. The main character isn't, at least as of right now, overly powerful. Nor is he all that obviously different from those around him beyond some of his attitudes towards the non human races and his point of view about certain social mores. The main thing that gives him a bonus early on is a fairy companion and later his adopted families but again, he started far behind what a native in this world would at his age.

There's also hints at a lot of crafting progression though by the end of the book he's still at the beginning levels there. The narrator did a fantastic job and the only reason I gave a four out of five stars is because I can think of some stand out performances that I've liked even more. If I could have given 4.5 stars I would have. This is a solid start for a series and it managed to pull a few chuckles out of me which is always a big plus. Perhaps later I'll look back and think it's worth 5 stars it really depends on just where the later books take us. I'm looking forward to more Mr Mejia.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Good Start!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Probably not, not because this book isn't good but because I don't know anyone else who enjoys litRPG books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

MC I don't know I just seem to like the MC most in all books that I read.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't do spoilers.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Wouldn't make this book a film, I just like audio books and reading much more.

Any additional comments?

I have read a lot of litRPG books lately and I felt that this book was a ray of sunlight in the muddled mess of dumb crap. instead of making a harem story about a sex deprived teenaged boy it seems to focus more on the story! Sure the author needs to work on his writing a bit but this book is definitely a good start to a series that I will be following. If you like the sub-genre of litRPG definitely pick up this title.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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very good book

great book would like more but for some ungodly reason audible will not make more

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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well..

feel like siri is reading me a book the narator just sounds robotic and drones on :/

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book

What did you love best about Beginnings?

I loved how this was a new approach to the LitRPG type books. I feel like the author is not just writing a book to sell books but is like us who also enjoys LitRPG's and maybe even anime. I did sense a little bit of SAO in here but was different enough to not be the same. I liked the descriptions of how weapons were made, and skills were acquired. I am itching for book 2 to come out I need to know what happens! I hope book 2 is longer, I like longer audio books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beginnings?

When Armon decides to ask the kbolds how he can help them instead of killing them. Anyone who plays MMORPG's would just run up and kill them, but he decided to ask them what he could do to help them.

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

I enjoyed her voice so much, was a little odd having a female read a male lead characters voice but she was so easy to listen to and dive into the story. Sometimes you have issues connecting to a story or you listen and don't sink in but not with her you are pulled in to the story like you are now also in the game.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

nooooo way! I listened to this over a few days. I might have to go re listen to it. I sometimes will listen to an audio book when I am getting ready for work, or taking a bubble bath and even drifting off to sleep and sometimes I miss a few things.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great book

Enjoyed it very much. All the characters in the group were fun to listen too. Will be looking for book two ... I hope very soon... Red hands has some stomping to do. As with the best of books I want book 2,3,4 to come out .. how about few weeks? That is enough time right ? :)

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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great narration, good story

love the narration, voice. like the story, fun . expensive game mechanics. world is fleshed out enough, enough depth.

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A little sophomoric, but at least it was not porn

I don't think anyone who does not play Role Playing Games would like this book. Not for the none gamers.

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  • Noah R.
  • 06-29-17

A sequel is needed

This was an awesome story that appeals to the gamer in me can't wait for book 2

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  • Eoin
  • 06-18-17

A fantastic piece of fantasy

An excellent read (err I guess listen) for those who love rpgs, occasional pop culture references and sci-fi. Well written with an interesting plot and delivery by both author and narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-21-17

nice start to a new series.

i really enjoyed this book, nice to find a main character that doesn't end up OP by the end of the 1st book. looking forward to the next installment of this series.

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  • scobie
  • 09-08-17

beginning adventure on terra

this is going to make me sound sexist but I am not I also spoke to one of my other friends who reads audio books and he basically said the same thing when lead character is Mill you tend to be able to relate better when the narrator that is chosen is Mill or if the lead character is female the narrator that is chosen is a female I think it may be a psychological thing but I definitely think that it would have been more enjoyable if it had been a male narrator sorry if this offends anybody but this is my opinion I have bought book too and I think it will probably be the same narrator so I will just have to put up with it but I do think it takes some of the enjoyment away

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Marston
  • 08-31-17

next series

I can't wait for the next series absolutely love it plenty of action in it

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