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When Gunnar Long is transported into the first fully-immersive virtual MMORPG, he finds himself in a new world filled with magic, mystery, and adventure.

No more 9-to-5 job. No more studio apartment. No more reality TV.

Finally, he's in a place where he can call home, a place with people he can call friends.

But as more people want to trade their real world lives to get inside Eden's Gate, the government of the outside world wants the "game" shut down at all costs.

Gunnar must learn to survive, grow in power, and find a way to send a message back to his old home.

"We're fine. We're alive. Eden's Gate is real."

Eden's Gate is a LitRPG adventure.

©2017 Edward Brody (P)2017 Edward Brody

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Good start

Thoughts –

I saw this book in some of the LitRPG groups, and seeing there were some reviews that talked in depth about it, I noticed the audiobook and thought I’d give it a chance. Also the narrator I actually really like this narrators voice, from some of his other audiobooks.

So here we go. Some of what I liked.

In terms of story, the idea that the game creator kills 5 million people, eeek. Starts out hitting the ground running for sure, and eases us into this plot with some pretty horrid ways to think. The fact that anyone who has a crappy life, for whatever reason can enter the game and live a totally different life, seems a real sure fire way to get the rest of the human population on the cards for suicide. And that’s one of the biggest plot points in here. That even after the game is turned on, and 5 million people die, that others are killing themselves.

The MC Gunner, is a really down to earth person. And that is what made me love this story more than anything, he hates spiders, I’ve only ever known one guy run from a spider and he was 6ft3 and pure muscle, but he couldn’t stand them haha. So the depth to this character and his reasoning inside the game when he gets there is excellent.

The narrator really has a good soft and expressive voice, he’s super easy on the ears and speaks with amazing clarity. I’m watching him for more books for sure. : )

Some of the things I wasn’t so sure on and I think could have been worked on and what I’d liked to have seen a bit more, of, but of course all my own personal opinion.

In regards to the POV shifting from Gunner to those out of the game, I think this was set up well enough in advance, though I would have essentially liked some more from that POV and maybe even from Gunner and his Girlfriends family. There was a lot of extra potential to really dig in from that view to make us think and feel more for the characters in the game and those out of it. Even from the POV of someone desperate to get in. I think that might have tipped the odd for us really then wanting the people on earth to save them and close the game down.

There were some really overused words in here and a decent editor and proofreader would have chopped a massive amount of this out. I think Pavi did a great job of working around some and still maintaining the flow of the story with only slight bumps in me wanting to click stop. It takes a lot to bring me out of the story world when I’m listening, but there were some in here, that were really avoidable with the right people behind the author.

Story world and game mechanics.

I am a firm believer of you can do whatever you want in your own written world. There’s no need for you to stick to tropes and things done in the past. So, these are easily moved past by myself, but I liked them and it brought this story away from tried and tested methods.

I noticed some other reviewer’s comments on gore, swearing and sex. In all honesty, I’m a varied reader and writer, listener and reviewer. To me this was not over the top for this genre, coming into it having read some reviews I actually expected a lot more and then was disappointed that there really wasn’t.

Gunner really does stick true to his nature. He might see other creature/people in the game as beautiful and visually appealing, but he also doesn’t sleep with anyone, and his mind is consistently thinking of and he’s active in searching out his girlfriend. I think most gals would love a guy to be that honourable and don’t the statistics actually say women think more about sex than men do. I think this was very well written in regards to the portrayal of a young man in a fantasy world, despite it being now his ‘life’ and he’s no way out.

The author and narrator do get 4 stars from me. There are some things to work on in the future, but I believe they will be and I’ll look forward to more, this was defo a little shorter than I’m used to, but a big hook into the world that is Edens Gate and the life that Gunner and his friends now have.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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One of the most overrated LitRPG novels around

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I would not recommend it to anyone.

Would you ever listen to anything by Edward Brody again?

No

What about Pavi Proczko’s performance did you like?

It was a good job, but not remarkable or exceptional

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not that I could find them.

Any additional comments?

A word of clarification: I discovered LitRPG genre over a year ago and have since read or listened to many LitRPG books (my collection on Kindle alone approaches some 60 titles). In this case, I purchased “Eden’s Gate” on Audible. I am also a great fan of fantasy and sci-fi novels in general, which allows me to put any new release in a perspective and (hopefully) stay objective when assessing the quality of the work.

Having said that, I found “Eden’s Gate” thoroughly disappointing on several levels. First, the plot, after an interesting start, quickly becomes utterly unbelievable on the real-life part (and severely tests the patience and intelligence of the reader/listener), while it turns annoyingly predictable in game at the same time. Still, I could have enjoyed it nonetheless if the world/character building and the dialogues/interactions between the hero and his companions would compensate for this flaw.

Unfortunately, this is not the case. After going through several chapters you get the impression that no effort went into customisation of the very generic fantasy clichés (beautiful and wise elves, ugly and stupid goblins, tricky merchants…) and that the author just copy-pasted some of the scenes and settings from well-known fantasy novels/movies/games into this book. Furthermore, the way our hero, Gunnar Long is presented, does not make things any better. At the beginning of the story he is presented as a kind of a pro gamer, who spent thousands of hours playing different games, including RPGs. You would however never know it from the dumb way he behaves in the Eden’s Gate. As a result you feel detached from the main character and your interest in the story development and the world becomes lukewarm after reading just a third of the book.

Another failing of this novel is the implementation of RPG mechanisms into the story. Every now and then we read how the hero and other people are taken aback by the ultrarealistic and immersive character of the game world. The NPCs are realistic, physical sensations are top notch… Yet when it comes to quests they are so standard and unimaginative you have the feeling that they were taken from an old, second-rate cRPG. Surely the hero would note that, as you clearly spot it right on? On top of that I found the character progression completely schewed. If you ever played RPGs, how often did you get 5 legendary items in a row (+ a super-powerful pet) just at the start of your adventures? Well, this is what happens to our hero…

In summary, there are many LitRPG novels around that are just way better written and more interesting than “Eden’s Gate”. My recommendation: stay away.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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This book is a "Not so Good Copy of other LitRPG"

This author has never played a significant RPG, the understanding and lack of ingenuity in this book is really annoying. Do not buy this book, I made it to chapter 15. Main Character is one of the most annoying characters I have ever come across. His interactions with other people in the book feel forced and there is not any flow or cohesive pattern. It almost feels like he has just jumped on the bandwagon. Listen at your own risk but know you will want your credit back.

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This is a very good LIT RPG book.

Any additional comments?

If you are a fan of the genre that is LIT RPG fantasy/sci fi novels than you should really enjoy this book. I wouldn't say that this is as good as Awaken Online or Alter World but it is a fun read that. The only thing is that if you have ever played a MMO RPG fantasy game like ESO for example trying to have a character that can do a bit of everything makes you weaker than if you just dedicated your stats to one play style. Even so I look forward to the next book in the series.

I see people saying this is an SAO (Sword Art Online is an anime that has a similar begining to it) but to say this is a SAO fanfic is idiotic. There are some features about the way the players are trapped in the game that could be inspired by SAO but that is as far as you'll get with the similarities.

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very melancholy narrator.

men sound like men.
orcs sound like men.
women sound like men.
There is no variation. listen to The Land to understand a better narration of the same type of story.

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story was standard litrpg, just with more f bombs

I think the story follows the same trope as every litrpg, guy gets stuck in game, guy becomes adventurer, guy gets cool gear and abilities to the amazement of those around him, guy completes a complex task/quest, story continues. It could be a good series too. But, I don't care fall the f bombs. I don't think there's a single five minute span without an f bomb. So I can't recommend it.

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Not really like sao

People say it's like sao, but really it has only a few common elements. For instance there is no you die in the game die in real life element your body is dead and you are immortal. It's a good book, but the protagonist sometimes is a bit annoying. Will be waiting for book 2.

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A real Treat!

As a big fan of the lit RPG Genre dating all the way back to Kilobyte by Piers Anthony, I really enjoyed this book.

The world and characters are interesting and likeable, with just enough originality to keep it fresh. The writing flows well, without being too fussy on some details.

Out of all the VR worlds in these books, I think Eden's gate is the most believable to me, especially how it is run on essentially a botnet of resource sharing software. I like that the world retains strong gaming tropes that some books shed in favor of just being basically a fantasy story.

I must admit I'm jealous, I'd join them in a heart beat if I could.

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Narrator needs work

I enjoyed the story as a whole and am looking forward to listening to the next book. I wish the narrator could be a bit more enthusiastic though. The continuous reading in such a monotone voice was quite annoying. Never sounded excited, scared or changed his tone much at all. It just sounded like he was reading the book with no enthusiasm at all.

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love it

i wants the other books right meow! *checks account and preps to buy the other books*

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  • Ted
  • 12-24-17

DAO Novelised

I am really adoring the story! I thought i would never find a story more catered for me, but this proved me wrong, and as soon as I finish the first book, I will go on to the next one. :-)

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  • marion
  • 10-18-17

Fun read.

Really enjoyed this first book. A good romping adventure. Stats some times tedious though characters engaging.
Some glitches in story but overall very entertaining.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-17

cool concept

really liked the story and the moral and ethical issues dicussed within it.
the characters are relatable and that makes it quiet funny at times.

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  • Joe
  • 07-31-17

SAO meets paper

Yes this kind of story has been done before but I enjoyed it then and I enjoy it now. Best description is it's what Sword Art Online could have been. It has set up an epic world and I can't wait for more.

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  • Andrew Lee Fairs
  • 06-21-17

Reads fast and kicks ass, gamers... you need this

Didn't stop till the last word! Absolutely fantastic first entry of what could be my new favourite series!

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  • Colin
  • 06-18-17

Fantastic fantasy

As a long time mmo gamer, this book feels like it was written for me. I loved it. Love the characters and cannot wait to see Gunner get more powerful in his future adventures.

my only gripe and it's not really a big thing, wasn't as interested in the real world stuff but I get why it was there and wasn't much of it.

Big well done to Edward Brody!

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  • LexZ
  • 04-11-17

MMO based book

This book is about an MMO game set in the future. It's a good story and just good fun to be honest. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone that's a fan of fantasy fiction. It's not your typical fantasy stuff, but if you've ever played an MMO you'll definitely find this fun.

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  • despie
  • 04-14-17

Good book!

Looking forward to hearing the next one. Good story though influenced by Sword Art Online, interesting to see the choices the mc was making at the beginning and how this influenced the story, only complaint would be the use of the word kneeled when it should have been knelt but ignoring that every thing else was good. Narrator did a great job on the book too.

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  • james
  • 01-16-18

game changing!

loved everything abouy this amazing book and cannot wait for more! need more asap please!

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  • mitchell
  • 09-26-17

predictable other than the frustrating parts

great narrator. unfortunately the plot line is incredibly predictable although still decent. the worst part is how stereotypical and jarring Erin's character was and how so many irrational things happened such as a global black out for almost no reason at all (which is contrived as hell). the worst part is the end: oh no!!! 400 matches out of 5 million and he doesn't even spend a few minutes flicking through their point of views. fk that, worst way to force a sequel. also the 40 seconds of stats every 5 minutes was annoying as hell. ...
will be returning the book and not getting the sequel.

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  • Archeart
  • 07-07-17

A true Jewel

found this gem on facebook so good and need moar, had loads of fun haha!

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  • Josh
  • 04-13-17

as a lover of rpg games. this is a fantasy of mine

the way the author describes the feelings of power really pulled me in.
the reader also did a fantastic job.
truly amazeballs