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The Feedback Loop, Book 1 Audiobook

The Feedback Loop, Book 1

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Quantum Hughes' life is stuck on repeat. While trapped in The Loop, a virtual entertainment dreamworld, he struggles to free himself from a glitch that forces him to re-live the same day over and over. Everything changes after Quantum receives a mysterious message from a woman named Frances Euphoria, the first human player he has made contact with in years. Once Frances appears, members of the Reapers, a murder guild, begin surfacing in The Loop, hoping to capture Quantum, or worse - kill him. To further complicate matters, The Loop itself is doing everything it can to stop Quantum from escaping. With time running out, will Quantum break free from The Loop before he's captured or killed by the Reapers? Who is Frances Euphoria, and what does she actually know about how long Quantum has been trapped in the virtual dreamworld? The thin line between dream and reality is pixelated.

©2015 Harmon Cooper (P)2017 Harmon Cooper

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    Christopher Epping, NH, United States 03-19-17
    Christopher Epping, NH, United States 03-19-17 Member Since 2008
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    "I don't think I'm ready for this video game."

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
    A great story. This was my first book by this author and I loved it. It was a little short, but nice to get a feeling for the the authors style. I will be listening to the next book in the series and this one as well I'm sure.

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    Bikram Agarwal 03-11-17 Member Since 2017

    Listening to audiobooks for few hours everyday since the start of 2017.

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    "Awesome narration, good story."
    What does Jeff Hays bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I find it hard to believe that all the characters were voiced by Mr. Jeff Hays. All the voices sounded different and he pulled off female voices brilliantly too. And the voice acting during the scenes with the uncle were outstanding.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this just days after finishing Ready Player One. I liked this quite as much as I had liked that one. I finished this one in a single day. (That's a first). Looking forward to the next one.

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    Norma Miles 03-08-17
    Norma Miles 03-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    ""France is dangerous? Maybe if you're a snail.""
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Easily one of, if not the most enjoyable audiobooks I have heard for a long time. Colourful characters, well constructed interesting storyline, ongoing often hilarious action, dialogue humour - sometimes laugh out loud - and a brilliant narration. This book has it all.
    The Feedback Loop is a type of Groundhog Day, set in cyberspace. Quantum ("Call me Quantum") Hughes is stuck in a loop, the only real player in a Proxima Galaxy game, his logout having stopped working some 540+ 'days' before.- he knows that because he added a new item to his inventory after each awakening. He can't die but he's often murdered only to return the next morning to the predictable day ahead, starting at 8.05 when the Morning Assassin crashes through his window with some new way to kill him, or be killed. Then the crow flies past his window ...
    Quantum is sick of it. He wants out. Then into his cyber life comes something strange, a new player - and she is a real person.

    Written in the first person, Quantum is trapped with his emotions on edge, yo-yoing between boredom, depression, hopelessness, self pity, paranoia, callousness, anger, gallow's humour and fear. And Jeff Hays is Quantum, the slick, fast talking fighter, tired of being alone, afraid of what might have become of his body in the real world, hating the loop in which his is stuck. As the book progresses, the humour intensifies. And the narration echos it all. I have been an admirer of Mr.Hays' work for some time but in this performance he excels both in his interpretation of the text and in giving fitting voice to each and everyone of the other characters. (There is even a delicious little throwaway joke in which Quantum remarks to one of the in game personalities about another group, that their "accents are off ...like Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins." and receives the reply that, looking for cultural diversity, the game makers " had voice actors create characters. Some were more successful than others." ).

    There is so much I would like to write about and quote from this book. Snippets keep being recalled to make me smile. I want to recommend it to everyone I know. As soon as I heard the last sentences played, I purchased book two, Steampunk is Dead, in eBook format. But I haven't opened it yet: I am waiting to see if it, too, will be made into an Audiobook with Jeff Hays narrating. If so, it will be top of my shopping list.


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    Kindle Customer 02-11-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Great LitRPG story"

    This story was fast paced and full of action. It was exciting to listen to and the narrator did an amazing job bringing the story to life. I only wish it was longer! I can't wait for the next one.

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    Kindle Customer Winthrop Harbor, Illinois United States 02-10-17
    Kindle Customer Winthrop Harbor, Illinois United States 02-10-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Really great book combined a superb performance."

    The story was excellent. it is full of action and humor that is spot on. The pacing is great with a good ebb and flow to the story. The narrator did a really good job. I had read this book before, but he brings the story to life on a whole other level. Voices used for the characters match the personality perfectly.

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    NoMan Armchair 02-08-17
    NoMan Armchair 02-08-17 Member Since 2012

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    "Noir inspired video game"

    Harmon Cooper's "The Feedback Loop" is a game where the protagonist has been stuck in an infinite loop in a video game he can't log out of. Every day is the same for years on end. Worse, the game is an extremely violent noir based video game, so his morning routine is dodge an assassination, avoid being killed by random NPCs, get drunk, visit his video game girlfriend, every day the same. There are no more player characters in the game, there are only NPCs. Dying doesn't do anything other than reset him back in his motel.

    One day, something changes. A femme fatale comes into his life and immediately kills him. But she's an actual player. This is one of the weakest scenes in the book because her reason for killing him is incredibly lame.

    But from there, the game starts to change. Old routines change and new interactions start occurring. But a group of real assassins are also sneaking into the game, and if they kill him, he's gone for good.

    The plot stumbles here as well, as the reasoning for the assassins is weak. The people stuck in these virtual Worlds are given a huge settlement payoff, if they can escape. But the new assassins are there to kill them so they can collect the payment. This is hinky logic, because what government wouldn't understand what's going on, or relatives, etc. A better choice would have been to make it so that they would help him leave the virtual World if he relinquished everything to them, signing off a digital signature. Else they just keep killing him and resetting him every day until he relents.

    The main character is an ass, so if you want a warm and charming protagonist, this isn't your book. It's partially because he's been stuck in the same place day in and day out, and also because the environment you find yourself in is tailored to your personality. This is not a book about nice people, it's about a dark and dangerous World.

    Harmon Cooper doesn't have the writing chops of Marlow, Hammett, or Chandler. While he clearly loves the noir genre, his "patter", the name for the distinctive way that characters talk in noir, isn't up to the legends of the genre.

    Nonetheless, the book is a good thrill ride in the same vein as the action noir chronicles of yesteryear. Jeff Hays does an outstanding narration and carries the book through.

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    Elias Dantas 04-30-17
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    "Made to be read to you"
    If you could sum up The Feedback Loop, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    I'll pre-empt this review with the fact that I received a free copy of the audiobook from Mr. Cooper, now onto the review.

    I'll start by saying that this book really was written to be read to you. Don't get me wrong, it's really well written, but since the story takes place inside a game based on a 50's environment, the words and slang are all of that era. It could get really tiring, really fast.

    Enter Mr. Hayes and his voices. You are basically listening to a movie, letting your mind paint the images.

    There were two times where I felt the book dragged on a bit, but an action scene was just around the corner. The repetition a-la-groundhog day was the culprit to these slowed down parts, but am assuming as things have moved along, book 2 would be more action oriented, or at least not repetitive.

    Highly recommend picking up the audible version over the read yourself version, unless you have multiple voices in your head that can act all the parts, then all the more power to you.


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    Lori 04-11-17
    Lori 04-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Story with Excellent Narration"
    Any additional comments?

    Do you ever feel like your life is stuck on repeat? For Quantum Hugh's this is a reality. A virtual reality he can't escape from. He is stuck in a continuous loop of the game.

    You might think a book where the main character is stuck in a continuous repeat cycle would be boring, you'd be wrong. Even though the story "repeats" the days on a continuous loop there is enough action, intrigue, mystery and subtle changes on each of these occasions to keep the plot fresh, engaging and interesting.

    The story is fast paced, full of action and intrigue with plenty of humor and sarcasm. Very entertaining and enjoyable.

    Great cast of characters. Quantum may not be the most personable or likable guy you'd ever meet, but you'd be pretty irritable and cranky if you had been stuck inside a virtual reality game for years too.

    There has been a glitch in the game which has trapped him in the loop. The game doesn't want to let him leave. It will do everything it can to keep him in the game. He is the games only "living" real human player in the game. He thinks he's been playing for 540+ something days and counting when in reality it's been 8 years. Everyday is for the most part is on repeat and everyday Quantum has to kill or be killed.

    Things start to change within the game when Frances arrives to help him leave. They have been searching for him. But they are not the only ones searching for Quantum. He doesn't remember who he was outside of the game. He is in all actuality the co-founder of a special unit who's job it is to rescue players stuck in different games.

    When he realizes the log out was closer than he realized that was a surprise.

    Looking forward to the next book in the series. Hopefully the second book in the series will be available on Audible soon with Jeff hays narrating.

    Jeff Hays did a fantastic job with the narration as usual. Nice voice. Clearly spoken with a nice smooth pace. Great character voices. Both male and female. Each character has their own distinct voice. I don't know what kind of "magic" he uses to pull this off but it's amazing. He's not just narrating a story, he pulls you into story through his narration. Perfect delivery of the sarcasm and humor. You know when he is narrating a story you are in for a few hours of eargastic enjoyment.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by he author, narrator or publisher.

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    MelHay Adamsburg, PA 04-05-17
    MelHay Adamsburg, PA 04-05-17

    Fantasy & UF reader/blogger/writer. Content Editor. Photographer. I prefer to live in my own version of the world,no matter how weird it is.

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    "Neat character driven story in virtual game world"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Sometimes the books of being stuck in a virtual game or video game are boring for me. I just feel as they are the same read written by a different person. This one, however, felt more alive to me. Quantum felt to be connected to his world he was stuck in. Even though it repeated he was use to a pattern and it became something he relied on. When it all changes, Quantum tries to slip back to what he knows best even though he doesn't want to be here any longer. This book was strong character wise.


    What about Jeff Hays’s performance did you like?

    Jeff is one of the amazing narrators I know I love listening to. He adds entertainment to the stories by voicing them all completely different. Each character has their own voice and personality. I love it! You can feel the moments in them, like when sarcastic along with humor and more. The different voices, for male and female, makes it tremendously easy to quickly differentiate the characters and get a feel for the story.


    Any additional comments?

    *I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

    The world in which Quantum lives has a 1950's feel with a dark dreariness to the places Quantum visits. There is danger with a higher tech feel as it's a virtual game setting he's stuck in that combines the elements. It's neat because we get small phrases from the time frame. Yet it's a fantasy setting as well with assassins.

    What do you do to not get bored repeating the same day for nearly two years? Quantum tries changing up the weapon he kills the assassins coming after him with. This I found humorous at times. He does different things and goes different places, but you can only do so much after 544 days have passed.

    I enjoyed the humor in some of Quantum's quick clips and comments. This was entertaining to listen to. I had a feel of a few different blends in this creation. Fantasy, 1950's, Matrix, and more. I enjoyed this story to the end and look forward to seeing Quantum get stronger and venture in the virtual world again to help more people.

    I see there are many more books in this series and hope they will be narrated because I'd love to listen to them!

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    Mary Karowski 03-12-17
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    "Video gamers nightmare"

    A great story of a gamer stuck in a glitches loop of a VR world of noir style. Forced to relive the same day over and over. Imagine Groundhog Day for gamers. Just like bill Murray he knows his world inside out and has it all timed to a T. Then something finally changes, he is hunted in the game
    And in the real world. An insurance scam, betrayel, love, death, AI's developed beyond their programs and
    More. A story that drops you in and keeps you going. Well written and narrated. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Great story!"


    Thoughts –

    A very well-known theme in this story makes it very familiar and yet so very different. Quantum wakes every morning, to the same routine, day in, day out, and has he thinks for the last few years. Little does he really know the full extent of what’s actually been happening within the game he nicknames ‘the loop’.

    When a message and a mysterious person, Frances, disturbs the loop and his day to day repetition. Everything that Quantum has come to know turns on him and he’s fighting for his life both inside and outside the game.

    What I really enjoyed from this audiobook was the great attention to character detail, the depths to which Harmon has gone to make us really think about the situation that Quantum is in. After all, how would we react stuck not only in a game but repeating the same day? The psychological ramifications are evident throughout the story, but they’re realistic and true to Quantum’s character and to that of someone who is playing a game.

    What I think could have been improved, there were some great action scenes and sequences, but I think the reasons behind some weren’t as clear as they could have been. The assassins on the outside, part of the ‘reapers’ were underdeveloped. I know money is the bane of all evil, but it didn’t quite add up for me. I wanted more of their need to stop him in the game and out of it, maybe that comes out better as the series develops. I guess I can only hope.

    I am an avid follower of Jeff Hays, so I can’t lie that I already know his voices and his traits. As an actor, he’s growing not only in the genres he’s taking on but in the way he produces his work. They’re more and more entertaining, and it’s great to see someone branch out to take on, something as substantial in the writing world, a genre in its own making, litRPG.

    I look forward to many more books from both these guys, this one is well worth a listen too. Thanks

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