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Seamus is facing life in prison without parole. While doing his time, he's given an option by the Department of Justice and the biggest virtual game maker around, Mindblown Entertainment. If he will help them test long-term immersion, he will get the chance to play the latest game from Mindblown - Alpha World. All he has to do is sign away his legal rights and sign an NDA.

He's the first gamer to be sentenced to life imprisonment in a virtual world. What could go wrong?

©2017 Daniel Schinhofen (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Fair Warning

I loved this book, however, warning, this book goes from normal to X-rated pretty quick!

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Great listen. Needs edits

I loved this story, well thought out, interesting concepts, good characters, and development, with the exception of some of the minor "party" characters.

The one thing that really bugged me was the stat listings after every chapter. While it probably looked good in the book, maybe with a picture like a baseball card, it is annoying to hear the narrator read it.

The only other note I have is that it's very much a series book, doing a lot of setup at the sacrifice of its own story arc. I hope the new one comes out soon, as I feel like I just finished half a book.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Great adult LitRPG

Worth getting an entertaining book love the adult take on the LitRPG. Keep it up.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Last 3 hours

Ok book until I realized it wasn't going anywhere in the last 3-4 hours when it went from being a gamer fantasy to .... a virgins rendition of their fantasy sex life.
The last 4 hours had nothing to do with anything other than sexual relationships .... I guess if you are into that then great. Story line pretty much dropped off a cliff at that point

23 of 28 people found this review helpful

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Good unclean fun

Mostly rpg grinding and adventuring. Less sex than I was expecting from other reviews and they are only in the last half of the book. I would not recommend this to someone looking for a full on erotica litrpg harem male fantasy thing (or elhmf for short) Wild Wastes is the best on audible until they get Empath Rising (please q_q). Anywho AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Quickly devolves into erotica.

The book was fairly entertaining until it rapidly shifted from LitRPG to pretty crass erotica. If that's your thing, you'll love this, otherwise, I'd recommend passing.

39 of 50 people found this review helpful

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One of the worst LitRPGs I've experienced

Main character is an unlikable pervert. The author attempts to give him endearing qualities by making him polite to the NPCs and a good tipper, but this isn't nearly enough to do the job. Even the narrator gets bed him a gruff and snide sounding voice.

The erotica was overdone, unexpected, and unwanted. The main character is a "literal" sadist.

The grinding an leveling was boring and the same over and over again. Other authors at least manage to entertain with the group be, but this author seemed to not want to make the effort. It was either kill an Ork or kill a Goblin, and there was never much suspense. Even the subplots, although showed some promise, went absolutely nowhere.

I highly recommend yo suggest this book to anyone you don't like and would like to see suffer.

36 of 51 people found this review helpful

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meh

not very entertaining, not funny, and not a good story. way too much concentration on relationships and social stuff particularly comments about sex that didn't add to the entertainment value of the story. nothing special happened and the main character has exactly one gimmick which isn't very important. the prisoner thing was overplayed as if to imply that the main character is some sort of anti-hero.

17 of 24 people found this review helpful

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the story of a good man doing a harsh deed

what do you made of, are you the kind of person that would stand up against Injustice. or are you the kind of person that will do their job even if it means helping people that don't deserve it. And sitting back while criminals walk free. this book is not about someone that does not take action. it is about a man whose comfortable living with his choices.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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what happened?!?!

this book started out so cool and then about half way in it turned into some kind of lusty softcore porno. like the second half of the book was 80 percent sex and innuendo and then traveling to the fight and then the fight is over and then more sex.

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  • James
  • 10-31-17

Was not expecting that

As LITRPG's go the themes that run through this story are definitely more mature. For the first 2/3 of the book I was taken in by both the excellent writing, and performance. It has a grittier feel than other novels of the same genre which I found appealing. The main character has both an interesting back story, which is well fleshed out, and a relatable outlook on life considering his experiences.

The last few chapters took an interesting turn... what the blurb should probably include is that there are VERY strong adult/erotic themes with fairly graphic descriptions of sexual acts including BDSM and a threesome.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Dustyfox
  • 11-20-17

Not sure...

Was enjoying the book, then it went into fantasy porn for over an hour before it got back on track. Going to give the second book a try and see how that goes.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • 04-16-18

Virtual reality mmorpg with a twist

If you can imagine crossing Jack reacher with d&d, and then adding a little carry on style erotica you wouldn't be far off this book. Easy listening with simple plot elements which don't cause a strain on the cranium but the back story develops nicely and left me wanting more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • m case
  • 10-10-17

Very interesting story line

My only quibble would be that sometimes the narrator is narrating a conversation between characters with a almost sarcastic tone which builds suspense when not needed, makes for edge of your seat listening during ordinary scenes
That said I love his voice very small town sheriff vibe which suits perfectly

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mugforbuying
  • 11-24-17

Just a little boring

The biggest problem with this book is the main protagonist is just not every likable. He comes across as a bit of a douche bag. Outside his love interests the story never really moves along. No antagonist to speak of.

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  • Allan
  • 04-15-18

Nice idea worked well

Good story well worth listening to, listened to it from start to finish in one day

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • david
  • 04-04-18

Terrible!

Would you try another book written by Daniel Schinhofen or narrated by Peter Berkrot?

2 Hours in and I cannot listen to anymore, it's a drone of noise that does not keep my attention.

Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Schinhofen again?

The accent is more 60 year old cowboy rather than gamer.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The whispering and gravel tone completely turned me off this book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Very disappointed and in future will listen to a sample before buying.

Any additional comments?

The writing is shockingly poor, what has the main character so happy about? He is constantly laughing, chuckling or grinning to himself, WHY? This is a rip off from The Gam3 series, best read that first.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel Buttery
  • 09-11-17

fantastic

I absolutely loved an amazing story. Can't wait for the next book to come out

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-15-17

disappointing

Promising theme that never really got going.
No significant storyline after the first couple of chapters, but if you want to listen to a game walk through on the same level over and over occasionally interspersed with cliche schoolboy sex fantasy, this is for you. Very disappointing.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • ryan
  • 09-27-17

sucked me in, yet left disappointed

This was my first book in the area of LitRPG, the start of the book was very promising, and started to get worse from there. the book was slow at times and repetitive and had far to much sexual fantasy to be taken seriously. while i enjoyed it enough to finish i do not think i will listen to the second book and have found much better LitRPG which have better writing and story lines.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-13-18

Good story

A look into evey gamers ultimate fanatasy, to be in the game and to be part of that game

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  • Dean
  • 04-01-18

underwhelming

The MC comes across as a huge douche-bag, and is always "chuckling" to him self for no reason. Narrator for this character, or his "affected" voice he made for this book just ruins it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-28-17

No.

Story premise good.
Execution poor.
Dialogue excruciating.
Performance... not bad under the circumstances.
Sorry but that's my opinion. Others may differ.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-22-17

interesting litrpg. worth a listen

was going great for a good while, turned into a raunchy NSFW book about half way through for some reason. nerds I guess?

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  • Jack
  • 11-16-17

Excellent narration & concept, poor execution

DON'T LISTEN LATER ON WITHOUT HEADPHONES, EVENTUALLY DEVOLVES INTO SMUT YOU DON'T WANT OTHERS TO OVERHEAR.

I enjoyed the beginning and the narration was great but the main character quickly becomes bland and vague with, ahem, 'Romance' taking the front seat far too often. Past about the first three chapters the various relationships between the male main character and the female characters drags the story down, Definitely feels like an MMO because it replicates the slow grind of next to nothing happening perfectly.

If you got nothing better to read and don't mind smut give it a shot otherwise you're not missing too much.

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  • Mr. N. J. O'Connor
  • 10-23-17

buy this book if you liked ready player one

if you liked ready player one this book takes you down a different path but in a unexpected way that make you want to keep reading,

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  • ellen.mike
  • 09-12-17

Gamer for life<br />

Absolute enthralling listen one of the best books so far purchase from Audible loved it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-27-17

just want more

It just has me wanting more and more of the story. loved the story and performance. cant wait for a sequel.