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An NPC story.

With her pain potions in short supply, Maddie accepts a deadly run, picks up a package in Trox City, and crosses the desert plains to Port Troli. The only issues - an unwanted passenger and Tromoal breeding season.

©2017 Dawn Chapman (P)2018 Dawn Chapman

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Desert Runner is a short novella that had me wanting more. The world is set inside of a game but told from a character's point of view. Maddie is a runner with a biometric programmed hog (vehicle). She takes on a quest for money but gets more than she bargains for with her charge Alex. The trek is perilous, sad, freightening, and intense. I loved the scenes right from the start and would definitely seek more out by Ms. Chapman. The narrator did an awesome job with providing unique voices for each character and using appropriate tone inflections for the situations. I received a free copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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An introduction into a different world

Chapman creates an interesting world for her first book. The main character is, thankfully, not so jaded or tired of living in a bleak frontier town unlike most stories of this kind. She is tough, and brave, with a softer side, but can handle herself well. Her perspective on "visitors" is something pretty neat for an NPC. Andrea Parsneau is great as the narrator. She manages to do the male voices very well, most ladies cannot achieve this to her her level, and her words flow like water in a mountain brook. A good set up for the rest of the series. I have to find out what happened with the Hog!

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Quite intense.

Andrea Parsneau brings extra punch to an emotionally gripping story. I liked the voicing of both the main character and several male characters. By the end of this I was caught by where's the next part as I can tell even with all the characters have faced getting here, the real adventure is just starting. Congrats to both the author and narrator. I think this is a great match.

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A start of an interesting new LitRPG

A LitRPG novella and first in a series, that follows one of the AI characters within a game. It introduces a good amount of decent ideas involving fighting the characters programming, the prejudices against the "players" and general ins and outs of the game. I liked the world and most of the setup, but thought some of the characters feelings and general connection felt a little rushed. It could have benefited from some more time to establish the relationships and feelings, the romance was really forced to me.

The narration by Andrea Parsneau was great. Loved her voices for Maddie and the supporting cast, also really liked a creatures voice deep into the story. Overall it was a book that piqued my interest and am looking forward to the continuing story, and fleshed out world.

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RPG from the view of an NPC

Wow! What a great concept! Well written and well narrated. I’m a huge fan of D&D, LITRPG and all series like it. This one delivers! Welcome to another fantasy world where people come to play and could care less what state they leave the world in. This story though is told from the view of an NPC, one who knows what she is, knows who they are and has her own ideas about what direction to take her world in. Get ready for one hell of a cool ride. This is a great start to a series. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Great story with atmospheric narration

What made the experience of listening to Desert Runner the most enjoyable?

The characterization is voiced very well by Andrea, her intonations make them come to life.

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

As mentioned above, she really brings the characters to life and her smooth voice is easy to listen to.

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

Yes. Very yes.

Any additional comments?

Cannot wait for the next ones

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An RPG adventure from the perspective of an NPC

What did you like best about this story?

I really like that it was a new take on the RPG format, not just in that it was told from the perspective of an NPC, but that the character, and later a key piece of the plot were due to what is essentially evolution of AI in the game. Definitely a unique twist on the genre.

Which character – as performed by Andrea Parsneau – was your favorite?

I felt that Andrea Parsneau did an all around good job, giving each character a distinct voice. The performance allowed the story to flow and the delivery was very expressive.

Any additional comments?

The story was enjoyable and its easy to get behind the main character. The end of the book leaves you wondering what will develop in the next installment.

I requested a copy of this recorded book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Enjoyed the book!

I liked the book, didn't really seem like a LitRPG book. I will be interested to see how the series develops.


This book was provided at no cost for a fair and honest review.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 01-30-18

Are You Up For A Quest?

I won't lie - when I featured this in my New and Notable post a few weeks back I did so because the cover really caught my eye.  Both the color and the content.  I wasn't sure if this was going to be for me.  I've read some LitRPG's before but never an NPC one. So, I wasn't sure what I was in for. 

What I was in for was a great ride.  The hog was an awesome machine and the story drove right along with it.  The length actually worked for me.  I probably would have pushed this further into my queue had it been double the length (7 or so hours).  But being 3-ish made this super approachable.  The only issue I think that Chapman will run into is that people don't like spending a credit on a shorter book.  I would suggest pricing the audible version around 5-7 dollars or do a whispersync deal if you can -- that might help with this.

The story itself follows Maddie, an injured, addicted, down-on-her-luck NPC who is pinged to pick up a new quest.  A quest that could change her life for years to come and comes with a reward to back it up.

I enjoy video games and find myself playing them sometimes when I'm listening to an audiobook.  Usually sports games, but when I finished this story I wanted to jump back into my RPG-type games and get into a story (or like me, get lost in a side-quest). Chapman seemed to have an intimate knowledge of the gaming world to write a story that made me feel this way.  It felt like the game was real and that the NPC's (don't call them that) were learning and starting to ask questions.

The inclusion of the "real world" (at least the mention of it) was an interesting turn of events for me.  I won't mention why or how it's mentioned but know that it was a good move for the story.

Overall, I thought that Desert Runner was a great title.  It entertained the crap out of me and I finished it in one sitting.  Perfect weekend afternoon reading.

Andrea Parsneau does a great job narrating Desert Runner.  I thought she was the perfect choice for this story.  Easy to listen to and had just the right amount of attitude to voice Maddie. 

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook it has not affected my review in any way. If you liked this review, please vote for it (every vote counts).

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Futuristic Fantasy

Maddie is like Mad Max a female bad-ass in this book that needs her pain and health potions to complete her mission across the desert to Port Troli for large amount. ). Before she leaves her boyfriend Dail gives her a magical engagement ring. Her passenger is Alex from a different world who needs to deliver a box (contains potent expensive healing potion t a dying child) and stop war from breaking out and turns out to be Maddie’s soulmate. She runs into the Head female Tromoal and survives. Can’t wait for next book. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Good narration. Thank you

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  • Allan
  • 01-24-18

I really enjoyed it !

Just finished listening to the book and must admit I really enjoyed it. The story is incredibly well structured with some very exciting scenes.
Excellent narration throughout that helped convey the emotions of the main character and helps build suspense like in the underground cavern section.
Will definitely be getting the next one soon. Can't wait to see how the story continues. Well worth a purchase and listen.

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  • oddo1
  • 01-30-18

I’m shocked !!!!!

Man this is not me, I don’t give 5 stars but this one totally deserved it, I’m amazed at this creation, it’s totally beautiful and the narration is perfection ( great story and great performance ), I want more so much more, this must be continued as an Audio series !
There is so much more that needed to be said, that I want to say but I just can’t find the words.
Get this one is my advice to all, you won’t regret it I promise !!!!!!

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  • Aslanenlisted
  • 01-30-18

Absolutely Brilliant! A fabulous Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Desert Runner to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print edition, but I can say that Andrea Parsneau did a fabulous job on the naration.

What did you like best about this story?

Considering the rather short length of this story the characters are fully developed and realised brilliantly.

What about Andrea Parsneau’s performance did you like?

Andrea Parsneau's performance can not be faulted, she breathed even more life into these already vivid characters.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Get in, buckle up, and hold on!

Any additional comments?

This was a brilliant book. The game world is unique and interesting and full of possibilities I can not wait to read more.