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EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel Audiobook

EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel: Level Dead ,Book 1

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From Bram Stoker nominated author Jake Bible, comes an exciting new LitRPG adventure series!

In the 23rd century, the world is at an end, and a group of gaming and programming friends decide that their only way to survive is to discard their bodies, and send their minds into the quantum matrix of a virtual gaming world. They have created the Domains, and there they plan to reside forever.

Except, the nightmares of reality have followed them into their new quantum dimension, and those nightmares threaten to destroy it all!

Now it is up to one of them to help navigate the quantum platform known as EverRealm, a fantasy MMORPG of epic proportions, in order to complete a quest he neither wants to complete nor knows how. With the help of his friends, and a lot of luck, he will have to face trials and tribulations like he's never faced as a player! Because now it is no longer a matter of Game Over, but of life or death!

Can he survive it all and come out a winner? The only way he'll know is if he plays the game to the bitter end!

©2017 Jake Bible (P)2017 Jake Bible

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    John G. 08-06-17
    John G. 08-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not litrpg"

    more of a zombie survival novel with VR elements, there is no actual "rpg" components such as stat distribution or looting etc. The dialogue seems more like a text conversation between people playing a game than people actually speaking to one another, and it's unfortunately apparent when the narrator tries to make it sound natural.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    eris 08-18-17
    eris 08-18-17 Member Since 2012
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    "This is how you blend genres"
    If you could sum up EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel in three words, what would they be?

    Tons of fun


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sandra and Nardo were my favorite characters. Sandra has the mysterious and intriguing past, that isn't fully explained yet. She is also brings a great balance to most of the character interactions throughout the book, and she kicks a lot of ass. Nardo doesn't need much explaining, you will know why he is a favorite when he enters :).


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Hays – was your favorite?

    Might be a bit of a cop out, but I would say all of them. He knocked this out of the park like he has on all the prior books I have listened to him narrate. He gives so many unique voices, and has such a great tempo and timing. I can 100% say he makes the book more enjoyable then reading it myself. There were parts where if i was reading it I would have been amused, but with his timing and voices the spots made me laugh. Quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators.


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

    I could have easily listened to this in a single sitting, but I must admit I had to take a break eventually. It is entertaining throughout, and held my attention from start to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    A fun twist on two well known genres, and it pulled them both off very well. Along with very good narration, it all mixes to make a great way to spend seven hours. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    RJ Cottage Grove, MN, United States 08-17-17
    RJ Cottage Grove, MN, United States 08-17-17 Member Since 2009
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    "My first journey into LitRPG...quite enjoyable!"

    In the near future the world is in deep trouble. The undead infest the planet and nowhere is safe anymore. A group of gaming and programming friends find a way programmatically to immerse themselves in the gaming domains. They must forego their human bodies and will reappear in the game to live out their lives as characters within the game. They decide that the possibility of death must be an option to keep things real, so if they die in the game…that’s game over. They thought they would avoid the undead apocalypse on earth, but instead the dead manage to enter the game also. There is plenty of action much like an undead apocalypse novel. I found it quite enjoyable and decided I would look into more of these LitRPG category novels. I recommend this novel if you are a fan of the undead apocalypse. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-16-17
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    "Fun fantasy zombie mashup!"

    EverRealm is fun but flawed. Over the last year or so I have come to really enjoy LitRPG novels, and while this is billed as one I'm not sure I would actually call it one myself. Sure there is references to leveling and stats, but only superficially. That being said I still found EverRealm to be an enjoyable story, though I must say I had a few issue with the logic behind some of the story. The notion of escaping the zombie apocalypse by entering a VR world is pretty original. But I don't get some of the choices they've made. The plan is to live forever in these VR worlds they've created. So if they planned on living forever why in the heck would they have programmed the worlds in a way that can actually kill them? Would have made more sense to have had some glitch remove safety protocols and put everyone in danger because I just don't think that people who have been struggling to survive would just volunteer to put themselves into a situation where they can be easily killed. (Especially as I noted early they are planning to live forever) And what is the point of having 'save points'? Sure we see that first save point as a type of 'login' to the game, but later on the main character makes sure to save. Save what? If you die you die, right? What's the save even for? But like any good B-movie, which is kind of how I often view Jake's book, logic isn't always front and center. And given how enjoyable the story is I'm more than willing to overlook some sketchy logic. The characters are fun and the story, while a bit silly, kept me entertained the whole way through, and I ended up listening to the entire book in only 2 days. Like I said, EverRealm didn't feel that much like a true LitRPG novel, but I can definitely recommend it to fans of lighthearted fantasy.

    Like many of Jake Bible's books, this one is narrated by Jeff Hays, and once again he delivers a stellar performance. And performance is definitely the way to describe his work. Not only does he give each character their own unique voice, he must also use some kind of vocal modulating equipment because he'll give echo or reverb to some of the voices. He's fast become one of my favorite narrators.

    I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 08-11-17
    08-11-17
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    "Way Beyond The Walking Dead !"
    What made the experience of listening to EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel the most enjoyable?

    Humor written throughout the story line.I was laughing at several instances throughout the whole audiobook!


    What other book might you compare EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel to and why?

    This was my 1st LitRPG book


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

    Excellent vocal inflection at the perfect times


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

    Of course ! But even though I may want to, my schedule would not allow it, I'm in the Service Industry which requires much public interaction.


    Any additional comments?

    A bit too much on profanity. Where there was sexual interaction,it was done with excellent taste and nothing graphic. Also, the grammar flowed quite well,which is most important for a good listen or read !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 09-14-17
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 09-14-17 Member Since 2011
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    "If you like zombie books"

    This was a tough book to review as I have liked the previous works produced by Jake Bible.  As one of the main characters says early on in the book, “It’s complicated…”  Mr. Bible’s writing style is often unique and each of his stories brings action, adventure, and excitement.  However, that was not the case with his recent releases into the Literary Role Playing Game (LitRPG) genre with “EverRealm”.  Even with a weak story, the audiobook edition is expertly narrated by Jeff Hays.  It is the first book in what is to become the “Level Dead” series.  Bible blends the lines with this book and it appears I’m not the only one confused as to the category the book belongs.  It is part virtual game, part zombie apocalypse, along with a blending of Family Guy and South Park.  Vulgar language flows freely and at times may even make a trucker or sailor blush; no offence to those two professions.  There are few RPG element, too much slap-stick, and more undead than you can shake a stick at.  For me, it is too much over the top humor and not enough focus on the core genre mechanics; something most who enjoy the LitRPG genre are looking for.  It is difficult for me to recommend this book unless you are looking for more of a humorous zombie (or undead) survival story wrapped in a fantasy veneer.

    Because the story revolves mostly around the undead, it has a bit darker than many of the other LitRPG books I have listened too.  It is amazing the number of undead who appear to love their technology in this book.  Not only do we have zombies, but the book includes trolls, orcs, dragons, and automatons; or robots.  In this rather unique world of the undead taking over and people becoming fodder, our party of survivors set out to live in a new virtual world that does not have any undead.  But wait, an event occurs releasing a hoard of zombies into this previously pristine fantasy world, and our party is now forced to fight to survive.  I enjoyed a few of the humorous parts the author included such as Hollow the undead pet Schnauzer, Bubby the mythical aunt, along with the family of trolls.  There is also a fair amount of banter between characters of the party.  The author adds a decent amount of interesting and unique magical items found by the characters on their journeys. Who does not like a dragon with a slogan such as “fire fixes everything”, or a ranger character who doesn’t know how to track, forage, or understand the importance of a forest.  However, the use of modern vulgar language and how much it gushed from all the characters ruined the fantasy world feel for me.   The book included aspects of romance, but even this was minimized to the act of sex and did not really develop into what I would consider a deep loving relationship.

    The book is exceptionally narrated by Jeff Hays and even though the material was lacking, the narration was top notch.  For those accustom to his work, Jeff narrates the many different characters, including female ones, with ease.  He gives the characters life by breathing in to them unique personalities making each easily distinguishable while listening.  Jeff’s works always go above and beyond by including special sound effects for a few of the characters.  I did not observe any issues with the quality of the audio itself.  A professional narration even when the book’s story is a bit weaker than I would have liked it to be.

    For parents and younger audiences, be aware this book contains heavy use of crude and vulgar language.  It also contains topics involving sex along with multiple uses of sexual innuendos and crass humor.  If you are not a fan of Family Guy type humor, I recommend you keep your distance from this book.

    In summary, the book’s concept, setup and overall premise had such potential I was looking forward to listening to it.  However, the light-hearted or comedic parts seemed to clog the stage where it should have been the story, the game, and the characters getting all the attention.  It is not a bad book, but if you go into it thinking you are getting a great LitRPG, you may be disappointed; as I was.  If you like zombie books containing a pile of vulgar words and crass humor, this may be the book for you.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    MelHay Adamsburg, PA 10-09-17
    MelHay Adamsburg, PA 10-09-17
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    "Now they have to fight to save their dreamworlds"

    *I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    The human world has ended. Humans and animals are now the undead and own the world. Steve is one of nine who have created virtual worlds that join at the place they call Center. They plan to live in their own Domains for eternity, as long as the main power keeps going. But, when they arrive at the Center there are two of the nine missing. Trying to help his friend, then warn others, Henry brings the nightmare of the real world to them when he thought he could filter the infection out while transitioning to where they were to be safe. Now they need to find the infected that's loose in their worlds...somewhere...

    When I go into an audiobook knowing Jeff's the narrator, I have high expectations. I look for different voices and personalities to come to life. And I get them. I love listening to Jeff voice all the characters differently. It's entertaining for me in listening along with makes it easy to differentiate everyone. When a voice actor puts this much effort into a piece, it shows and makes the book along with his work shine. Sometimes the small things make the book all the better, like overlaying several voices at one time when all speak. Jeff does that, and it's totally cool. He really makes me feel as though it's a show and live.

    Let me talk about the world creation. I wasn't sure how it was all going to relate at the beginning. Jake gives us the ground work as to why and how this is done, though it's quick to not slow the pacing of the story. I followed it all easily and found it interesting to see it come together when I get into the Center with Steve and others. And what we learn through the book in how the worlds are connected.

    Undead, gaming worlds of different structure... action has to happen! Cool combo!

    Steve's relationships with each of the characters grows more as they fight together to save the worlds they've created for themselves. And we get to know his friends as we go. I like the humor Steve's written with. And felt bad for him because when he tried to make a joke or state anything he was wrong in his doing in EverRealm it Always seeming to cause problems.

    Speaking of problems... wow, do things really get messed up here in EverRealm. With the undead and with what Steve and friends do. It's crazy! But it all works together and somehow works out in the end. For me, the story felt smooth in flow with these problems. It all fit the world, characters, and situations.

    Another cool creation for the LitRPG world in books. I really like that they are leaving the "real" world behind for virtual ones, and the reason behind it all. This gives the solid reason for coming to the gaming worlds in my mind. We get the explanations of how it's done, but it's not over science-y to lose us. It's just what it is.

    I will say this is a game RPG setting, but I don't feel like I'm in a "game". The RPG setting is actually to be their homes. That makes the world important real and important to them. What they do here has an impact and they try to live knowing that. Also, we aren't always grasping for our tool bar to see supplies and stats. Steve does do it, but it's not a constant thing.

    I'm really enjoying the LitRPG books I've been getting lately. Jeff's voice acting is fun and fits the worlds and characters so well. And the stories are alive and feel more than just a "gaming" atmosphere. Well done with this one Jake!

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    W. Pierce 10-06-17
    W. Pierce 10-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Ehh"

    So I don’t really think it’s an over all great book. It’s an ehhh 7 hours long and they don’t get into the game until 2.5 hours in. No game mechanics discussed (other than you can’t talk bad about the game) and only mildly described. In general I don’t really think I’d call it a litrpg it’s closer to a character going to another plane kinda thing.

    I’d give it between a 2.5-3 stars over all but if you like the zombie kinda thing... you might push it up a bit more. To me it almost feels like a ohh litrpg is new and people are buying everything put out so I’m going to try to get into that market.

    After getting into it I don’t even feel the author is a gamer of any sort. Not even a pen and paper gamer. Gamers like stats... the book gives no stats and the main character after getting one damage notification removes that completely as well. The closest it comes to talking about stats is % str is at 45% it took a bit for me to understand it’s like health if he gets tied his stamina goes down % but you never hear raw numbers just the %. If he plays games it might be old shooters or some other game with no stats at all listed.

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    Steven 09-27-17
    Steven 09-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Cool story bro!"

    haha. I found it funny and exciting. A real different twist on LITRPG with zombies!

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    Lucy Wetherington Knoxville, TN 09-12-17
    Lucy Wetherington Knoxville, TN 09-12-17
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    "Very entertaining, Great voices and energy !!!"
    What made the experience of listening to EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel the most enjoyable?

    The worst was the language, too much cursing and free sex. The best was the variety of personalities and character that the narrator brings to the table.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve, the main character. He was relate-able until the crazy sex stuff.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the trolls came and Steve and his girlfriend new they were going to get killed. Their reaction was priceless. any more would be a plot buster.


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

    not necessary but could.


    Any additional comments?

    It makes me want to get more of the books this narrator does. He is good.

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    Worthing, United Kingdom
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    "level deceased"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who accept information without thinking about it - at all


    What was most disappointing about Jake Bible’s story?

    Well let's see.. 10 minutes in and we have a dog that apparently only needs vocal cords to be able to form complex sentences, a magical computer that can run pretty much forever, a plague of decaying zombies that never decay enough to actually fall apart but which can perform as well as they did while alive and a girl slave who gets put into an expensive, networked virtual simulation by her captors when she gets annoying?! ... Someone didn't bother with the worldbuilding.


    What about Jeff Hays’s performance did you like?

    He read the words without cracking up


    What character would you cut from EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel?

    everything between page 1 and the end


    Any additional comments?

    Writing a book about an RPG that I can only imagine is aimed at a YA audience doesn't excuse you from having to make a believable explanation for why things are the way they are ... and besides Adults like RPGs too. This however reads like the laziest thrown together concept imaginable.. Errm need protagonist to enter a virtual world.. I know it's the Apocalypse! A Zombie apocalypse, but all the tech works.. hell everyone has seen zombie movies no need to have it make sense.. Throw in a damaged girl as a love interest and a non threatening pet and there we go... A steaming pile of litrpg

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "LitRpg with a Zombie twist"

    This was an interesting take on litrpg, one I haven't come across before, in that it successfully combined zombies with the more standard elements of entering a fantasy RPG world. Generally I'm not really into zombie stuff but the way this mixed with a bunch of rpg fantasy stuff worked well. I also liked that it seems like each book will be set in a different type of rpg world, this first one has fantasy, the next probably cyberpunk.

    Although I mostly enjoyed this book there were a few elements I did not.
    At times I found the main character irritating, he could act in ways that seemed to be wilfully stupid, and I began to have a hard time believing that he would have been capable of surviving a zombie apocalypse. He frequently does things that would be just annoying in a role-playing character, but which become suicidal in the context of a world that he knows can actually kill him, if he was designed as a stupid or oblivious character that would be one thing, but he is clearly written as a survivor with at least some degree of sense and intelligence.

    Also a couple of times the violence got more graphic than I personally like (probably because I'm more into fantasy/rpg than zombie stuff) and there were two or three times where excrement bizarrely (and to my mind, unnecessarily) cropped up, one particular bit I felt was especially awful and I really hated. Those elements and a couple of others mean that while I enjoyed the book I'm not sure if I will continue with the series.

    Also anyone with a severe spider phobia may want to avoid this title.

    While it is not a comic novel there are funny moments and I particularly loved a confused encounter with some river trolls which became my favourite bit of the whole book. I also enjoyed the characters of Bubba (a virtual recreation of a grandmother) and Hollow (a dog who becomes human in the virtual world) quite a lot and would have liked for the story to be more about them.

    The narrator, Jeff Hayes, is really good, giving each character a unique voice. I realised as I listened that he also narrated another series of books I've listened to and he's becoming one of my favourite narrators.

    I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • scobie
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    "level Dead"

    not quite sure how this works as an l i t r p g may have to give one more book a try this is the first time that I have read anything by this author they may give one of his other books instead

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