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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 2017

    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 4 people found this review helpful
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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

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy CA, United States 04-22-17
    Jeremy CA, United States 04-22-17 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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

    pug_ed

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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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    Jonathan 07-26-17
    Jonathan 07-26-17
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    "Stupid on every level"

    1) No consistence with characters' actions, history, or personality (seriously Judge??, for a life long gamer with no predilection to that profession, it seems so weird. What happened to wanting to earn money or travel to gain knowledge? He knows all the limitations and restrictions, including never being able to truly have friends since you will have to judge them too.)

    2) there are holes in the game/story that can be confusing if you don't choose to ignore them.

    3) can be slow at times. Just get through it. Often I would have to set the speed at 1.25.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Scorup Nebraska 07-24-17
    Roy Scorup Nebraska 07-24-17 Member Since 2010
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    "The only bad Mahanenko book"

    Unlike the author's other works, this book is exceedingly gritty, graphic, and dull. The narrator isn't nearly as good as his past works, and the mechanics of this LitRPG universe are fairly wonky and technical.

    Warning for younger/impressionable readers:
    The book contains some extremely graphic incidents of violence right from the beginning. Expect bloody description of people being blown to bits and tearing out someone's throat to drink their blood. Expect explicit sexual references, which are far stronger than the author's other books.

    Most, but not all of the curse words have been edited out in translation.

    If that wasn't bad enough, the plot really struggles at some moments and the book feels about 5 hours too long.

    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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    Presley Marie Whitehead 04-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Premise, Terrible Execution"

    A very promising addition to the lit RPG genre with an interesting story line and premise, however it seems the author decided to publish the first draft of the book with no further editing or "clean up." Seriously, it was extremely difficult to listen to. Simplest way to put it...it was as though I wrote it and I'm not an author, which is very disappointing, frustrating and curious considering how entertaining the authors other works are. The book needs a rewrite all together. And the narrator did okay with what he had to work with; perhaps some problem lies in the translation from Russian to English who knows.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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