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Twelve players set off through the online world of Galactogon, lured by the game owners' promise of an enormous payoff. The question is, who will survive to tell the tale? Which of the 12 is a potential hero - or a traitor in the making? Which of them will defend the weak, and who will become the ultimate evil overlord? A knight or a coward? Each of the 12 will have to choose his or her path. Each will keep a poker face. But if the billion-pound prize calls your name, you can't conceal your choice. And you will do everything to lay your hands on it.

©2015 V. Mahanenko; English translation copyright 2015 by Boris Smirnov (P)2017 Tantor

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Story started out slow and Narrator voice ruins.

Bill Lord was a terrible voice choice in my opinion. While he ABSOLUTELY sounds like someone who is mostly friendless and only socializes online. I also could not get into the characters or problems

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Ready player one without the 1980's

i was hesitant to purchase this. I love The Way of the Shamen series and did not think the writing style would work with sic-fi. I should never have doubted, great start to a new series.If you're in to litrpg this will fall into the top 5.

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great book

good story
didn't care for the narrator

spoiler
i hate cliffhanger hanger endings
don't see any point for them
if it's a good book I'll buy the next one if it's not I won't

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Narrator doesn't get it

Here's a story about online games, gamer culture, and tongue-in-cheek fantasy & sci-fi. The protagonist is a professional gamer - clever, resourceful, and charismatic with a sarcastic gamer sense of humor.

The narrator completely ruins this first person story. Instead of the sarcastic gamer personality the text begs for, we get this god-awful affectation with heavy aspirations that's better suited for a smutty romance novel than a LitRPG.

I love Vasily Mahanenko's Way of the Shaman series which had great narration. But I really struggled to get past the narration in this one.

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Umm unexpected

It was different then the one about the weird shaman/dragon but somehow it reminded me off him cause of his damn stubbornness.

Now that I said that it really does a good job of making its own world of the events. Really started getting into a third in anyway worth a listen for sure.

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favorite author on audible

We need part 2 to this right now. if you love tech and games there is no better author than Vasily

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poorguy

Great book awesome story only problem I have is the end this Author Just cannot end a book in a positive light

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Good Story, not a fan of the Performance

What did you love best about Start the Game?

I like the overall Story, while the main character is a bit of a disappointment mainly accidentally stumbling into things, vs actually earning them. He occasionally makes some good or noble decisions that give him a redeeming quality. I like the game world that he has created and am interested to see how it grows and expands.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

There was frequently either a page turning, swallowing or other noise that while weren't a big deal, but over the course of the book became more obvious. I am a gamer myself and admittedly I couldn't relate to the narrator as being one, not due to the content of the book, but rather how some of it was read.

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

2 Sittings.

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Good

This book was awesome but it is not the ending you would have expected.I would recommend it to a friend though.

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I am enjoying the book and think the narrator is engaging. BUT the producer of this tape did a horrible job. I continue to hear the breathing pauses and lip smacking of the narrator. It makes me cringe every time I hear the nasal intake and the smack of his lips. Either this narrator did this at home which means he did a great job or the producer / editor wasn't paying attention during the editing process. The good news is I am not willing to stop listening because I really like the story.

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  • thomas
  • 11-11-17

Has potential but is poorly executed

Im not sure how much the translation has to do with it but i found myself bereft of repeatable charecters.

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  • Guney
  • 04-07-17

almost as good as The Shaman Way series

If you enjoy any form of mmo/rpg, the book will give you a very pleasant time.