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Leo "The Lion" Lennox is the 10-year world champion of Astafar Unlimited, the best virtual-reality game of all time. However, Leo has become bored with his success, and wonders where his next challenge will lie.

Then he meets the mysterious Zarra, and she tempts the champ to try her cutting edge game. Leo soon discovers a virtual world that is beyond fantastic. Can he resist the lure of this amazing game and the beautiful woman that has asked him to quest on her behalf?

©2017 Michael-Scott Earle (P)2017 Michael-Scott Earle

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Difficult to get through

This book was really hard for me to care about, and I tried. One of my favorite authors listed this as one of his favorite series,, but I just don't see the appeal. In a world where game players are treated like sports stars, Leo Lennox is the best You'll know this because every single person in the book calls him Champ. Everyone. Constantly. To a point it felt like they said it every third word.

Leo is an awesome video gamer, and so is sought out to help playtest and develop the most realistic video game of all time. His time in the game is the best part of the book, but we spend more time with the old champ in the real world. Where all he does is whine that he isn't happy anymore and he needs a change. He was so annoying. "Yeah, like by the time the ten thousandth beautiful chick hits on you you couldn't care less." That's a parahrase. Lenox is constantly sought after, and you have to ask why. He has literally no personality. Plus all the stuff about Jew this and Jew That bothered me. You just have to say or show his manager is jewish. You don't have to make it sound like some neo-guys worst nightmare.

I guess I am disappointed in that I was looking for a more gaming style book. Instead we get a good chunk of the book revolving around his contract negotiations. Oh, and for the longest time I was going back and forth on whether or not he was really in a game or in an alternate reality.

The kicker or me was we finally get to a point where he cn spend time in the game andthe book ends. Not my cuppa.

Story did do great as the narrator! Very impressed by his work.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mike
  • Putnam CT
  • 11-18-17

I expected something better

I listened to this book for 8 hours and the main character, Leo, only played the game twice. So the story pretty much revolves around this video game champion just wanting something new to play, not him actually playing in the game. If your going to advertise a litrpg then maybe the main story should be about the game.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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want more

damn it, this was great!

awesome narrator and story. loved the characters and now since I'm impatient for the next audio book will need to buy the Kindle editions to hold me over.

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Not sure how I feel about this one...

Between literally HALF the book being the main character trying to thwart off sexual advance from an elf , and the ending being so abrupt that it isn't even a cliffhanger, just a cessitation of story, three stars is fair.
It was a fun read for a lot of the book. Hopefully the author can correct these flaws in any future installment , because despite its short length and shortcomings, I would enjoy reading more...

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great story, good voice acting

a great story, the voice actor was good but things like crowd cheers was lacking.

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so good! I'm totally addicted !

so easy to listen to , so much fun .
the narrator was awesome the story was great !
and it hints at something bigger going on without actually giving anything away.
if anything my only complaint was it took so long to get into the game world.
on the other hand both worlds are very compelling.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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starts out sloooooowww, but when it gets going!!

ok, this book started out really slow. but I just couldn't stop reading it. don't know why. all of the sudden I was hooked hardcore!!

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Slow, until satisfying.

This litrpg is very interesting, but its biggest flaw is its beginning and middle. The story takes too much time building the character up. He doesn't enter the game, until after about four long chapters. When he finally enters the game, it only lasts for a couple chapters. Then the story mostly focused on business and world building. Readers who want action will probably not enjoy this book. But it does get better when he enters the game and meets new characters on a quest. It is funny, nail-biting, and very immersive. Michael is still the best author, although he does get carried away with his build-ups, which isn't that bad.

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not good

did not like it i vould not get into it sorry his ither books are great

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More a poorly written Fantasy than Science Fiction

The plot was and even the story was good, till the author tried adding other characters. Ninety percent of all the characters are moronic and pointless. Which is more acceptable than having a video game Sci Fi book that might as well be a Fantasy novel with a quick 20 minutes of editing out a few chapters and paragraphs.

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  • M H.
  • 07-13-18

Nearly Refunded but glad I didn't

Okay I didn't enjoy the start of the book. I was quickly bored by the first chapter and didn't like the characters and didn't even know anything about the main protagonist. But then it gripped me and it kept me gripped right to the end.
I can't help but feel the author did this on purpose so we (the readers) drew parallels with the MP who himself was bored. And when the MP started to get excited the book became more and more exciting. So bravo to you Mr author if this was intended and if it wasn't don't worry I still really enjoyed the rest of the book.
And yes I eventually liked all the characters from the goofy best friends to the nympho elf.

Alot of litrpgs put this whole books contents in their first couple of chapters. The author however seemed to realise that the first book of any litrpg saga is the best and it is my hope he keeps this pace for the rest of the series so it feels like that first book experience all the way through.

The narrator does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life with many different believable accents and is probably one of the top narrators I have listened to.

I don't often leave full reviews but this was something special. Give it a read you won't be disappointed.

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  • Daniel Buttery
  • 07-11-17

Amazing

absolutely loved it and I can't wait for the other books to be released. LEO

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  • despie
  • 04-20-17

Really enjoyed listening to this audio book!

Good story, enjoyed this book alot. Plenty of action, good character development. I only found one of the characters (will not mention who as I don't want to influence others opinions) rather irritating I understand that this is intentional but could be toned down a bit, I hope her development is improved upon. But apart from this still worth 5 stars overall.

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  • John
  • 03-23-18

Lions Quest

I gave this book 5 out 5 Stars because it was awesome the Characters a nicely done. awesome story Michael scott earle can't wait to start book 2.😊

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-18

way to much of a build up for a sub par end

okay, first of all you should know that the first *seven hours* are build up, straight up boring...
the in-game experience was very underwhelming even if you didn't have the build up, I get it the game world is realistic, no need to go on and on and on about how the grass is moist and sky is blue...
why the hell is the elf girl so one dimensional, you could summaries her completely by three words; dumb horny maid. and apparently all of the elves are like her, a fucking template...
no character development what so ever for anyone except for the MC, and even then it's only minor.
the only savings grace is the narrator, he did an excellent job and was the main reason I kept on listening