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The Beginning Audiobook

The Beginning: Dark Paladin Series, Book 1

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Is it easy to survive in the game world? You could say yes, if you didn't know what the additional conditions were. They are unusual: it's the real world in which you have lived all your life. The enemy, craving to destroy you. Your own class who couldn't care less about you. Are you still sure that survival is easy? Then welcome to The Game! It will prove you wrong.

©2017 V. Mahanenko; English translation copyright 2017 by Alexandra Tussing (P)2017 Tantor

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    Freel New York 04-02-17
    Freel New York 04-02-17 Member Since 2016

    Listened to 9 months worth of audiobooks so yeah...

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    "Solid LitRPG"

    Interesting story takes a different approach than the standard litrpg. Well worth the credit. Moves fast for a longer book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John 04-29-17
    John 04-29-17 Member Since 2006

    I am a professional driver and therefore spend a lot of time on the road. Audible has been a great source of entertainment for me.

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    "Interesting take on the game of life."

    This authors Outlook on things is interesting. There are a lot of subtle things going on that you frankly may never find out but I enjoy the analytical mind off the gamer. Good read. Hurry up book two. lol

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    Kindle Customer 04-23-17 Member Since 2012
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    "a bit grim and unnatural but otherwise good"

    i find the setting unnaturaly grim...
    this author also kind of goes off on a female betrayer theme... well and betrayal all over...

    still very good and looking forward to more

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    Jeremy 04-22-17
    Jeremy 04-22-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Gets better"

    Not sure if its technical editing or just the reader but I found myself pulled out of the story many times by odd tempos "speaking to fast without pauses or long pauses that didn't make sense.
    also it seemed like the voices would get mixed up. This improved later in the book and I'm looking forward to the next one.

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    les 04-19-17
    les 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not for kids"

    Finally a book that's not all about feelings. The characters do what they have to.

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    Kindle Customer 04-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Spellbinding"

    Very well written very well read can't wait for the next book hope it comes out soon will look for more by this author

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    Chris Vernon CORALVILLE, IA, United States 04-06-17
    Chris Vernon CORALVILLE, IA, United States 04-06-17 Member Since 2012

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    "Some good parts, but mostly depressing unenjoyable"

    the first few hours of story plot is just painful and disinteresting. As a reader you are struggling to understand the motives or working of this world. Compared to the "Way of the Shaman" books, this serie is not nearly as well written to thought out... this version of the Beginning: Dark Paladin is a rough draft... I can not recommend this series as it is now

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    Amazon Customer 05-25-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Good but tiring."

    This series shows some excellent promise, building a perfect grimdark setting where only enemies can be trusted, and only then to be your enemy.

    This however leads to a tiring Rollercoaster ride of rampant protagonist success followed by betrayal, the reader feels the descent of the protagonist forcing them to actively listen to the whole book. Not a casual read.

    For a nice counterbalance read, the path of the shaman by the same author.

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    Amazon Customer 05-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good Framework, Confusing Execution"
    What made the experience of listening to The Beginning the most enjoyable?

    The opening chapters were total sensory overload. Too much raw information and very little story. There was no progression of events - the reader was just bombarded with info. No narrative/no exposition.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beginning?

    The dude with fireballs for hands made tanks fly. This made me sit up and take notice. Finally!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he met Nana.


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

    No. I needed to put it down, consider what I read, and then go back for more. There's too much to absorb to read it straight through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzy Q 05-04-17
    Suzy Q 05-04-17 Member Since 2016

    LadySciFi

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    "Another great series from Vasily"

    While not a completely new concept, it is a new way of looking at it. I really enjoyed it and am sad I will need to wait for the next in the series

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