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Oric Rune, A Player Killer with nothing left to lose, wants nothing more than to avenge the villagers of Ducat, who were butchered before his very eyes by the Drachma Killers. But with the people of the Rune Lands encroaching on the southern cities of Unigaea, and something brewing in the sky that could prove fatal to the entire online world, Oric must make the choice between personal vengeance, and becoming the hero he is destined to be. Joining him on his epic journey are a giant Tagvornin wolf, a mute Solar Mage, and a cunning illusionist named Sam Raid.

Do not miss this powerful LitRPG fantasy trilogy, by the author of Fantasy Online and The Feedback Loop series!

Though Jeff Hays has already partnered with Harmon Cooper in two other LitRPG series, this first installment of the Last Warrior of Unigaea, marks the first official production under the Soundbooth Theater audiobook production label, narrated by the One Man Theater himself, and introducing singer/songwriter Annie Ellicott in her audiobook debut as Sam Raid!

Jeff Hays has built a name for himself by creating immersive experiences out of his productions, blurring the line between audiobooks and audio drama, with distinct, convincing character voices, pristine recording, and special effects, to add depth and dimension. This year, Jeff has made it his mission to serve some of the best authors in the LitRPG genre, including William D. Arand, and Blaise Corvin, and has dedicated himself to giving a voice to all the worlds of the Proxima Galaxy. If you enjoy The Last Warrior of Unigaea, don't miss Harmon and Jeff's other Audible forays into LitRPG: The Feedback Loop Series, and Fantasy Online! Oric Rune will return in the next installment of The Last Warrior of Unigaea, and Fantasy Online: Polynya!

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:

Jeff Hays - Narration, Characters, Production Supervision

Annie Ellicott - The Voice of Sam Raid

Dalton Lynne - Proofing

Alex Tate - Production, Editing, Mastering

©2017 Harmon Cooper (P)2017 Harmon Cooper

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A great book, well thought out sorry

I really enjoyed this book. the story was well thought out and I really liked the characters. the only part I did not like was the insta kill sounds, a bit too much but that could just be my tastes. having a female voice was a nice touch

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  • I'm Right Behind You!!! Don't Look...
  • 08-19-17

Another amazing LitRPG book by Harmon Cooper

In The Last Warrior of Unigaea we follow Oric Rune as he tries to level up to take revenge on a guild of PKers that destroyed his city and killed his people while he does everything possible to avoid death because unlike other worlds in the Proxima if you die in this one you lose everything and have to start over by making a new character. This book may be shorter then his others but its filled with the same level of snarkiness and humor that we have come to expect for players in Coopers Universe. This is an extremely enjoyable listen due to the writing and the amazing narrator.

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Great book, outstanding narration

What made the experience of listening to The Last Warrior of Unigaea the most enjoyable?

Jeff Hays narration and intensity with his reading was great. The moment that Annie Ellicott stepped in was a bit jarring, BUT that's only because it happened so late in the narration. I would strongly love to hear MORE from her and this ensemble style in the future.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Wolf was quite probably my favorite character. Being a nonverbal character, I got to hear the descriptions of his actions more clearly in my mind. He brings a slight comedic tone to certain points in the book.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Alternating voice for the characters. While I would have supplemented with my own voice, I think the narrators are able to more precisely hit those tones due to direction from the author.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There is a point toward the middle of the book when Orick's viewpoint of his quest strengthens and his justification for vengeance changes that was particularly gripping. I think Jeff did a great job of capturing that with his voice.

Any additional comments?

This was a great listen. I normally don't care for present tense, but this may have won me over.

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A great start to a new series

If you have enjoyed any of Harmon Cooper’s other books within the Proxima Galaxy, including Feedback Loop and Fantasy Online, you need not read any farther as you will want to pick up “The Last Warrior of Unigaea”; the latest release giving us a look at another online world taking place within the same universe. However, this book is a bit darker and grittier than his previous ones as it centers around our main character who is an infamous player killer; and he likes it that way. Not only are we fortunate enough to have Jeff Hays return to narrate this book, as he has with the others Proxima Galaxy series, we are also privileged to get a second narrator by way of Annie Ellicott voicing the character of Sam Raid. Even though Harmon is able to write so prolifically and Jeff is able to narrate anything thrown at him, it was a pleasant surprise having someone accompanying his narration. This book becomes more of an audio drama than simply an audiobook narration. In my opinion, Cooper is maturing in his storytelling talent as this book seemed to be more character driven and less comedic, but there is still a fair amount of humor in this book so don’t worry. I liked it, and if you are a fan of the Literary Role Playing Game (LitRPG) genre, I believe you will also find this book quite interesting.

Even though the book seems a bit short at first, it did not feel that way while listening. In no way did I feel cheated by the amount of content provided. This book aligns closely with the other books in the Proxima Galaxy series; only Fantasy Online was nearly twice as long as his other books. I will say that when you finish a book and want to start the next, it was a good book. The book felt deeper and grander than many of the other LitRPG books I have previously read. It had some highly emotional portions, yet did not lack any of the expected humor from this author. Another unique and fun world containing: orcs, dwarfs, walrus, majestic griffins, sea dragons and vampiric mermaids; yes, you read that correctly. You will like the many different character stats and where each of the characters apply them; infamy is best statistic based on our main character. There are numerous “Instakill” events flowing throughout the book. There are both big and small battles needing to be won, and a few surprises along the way. I found that due to the main character being a flagged player killer, his only trustworthy companions are his pet wolf and his fractured sword. You will find that this man is one who truly loves both of his companions, yet there is room for more along the way.

I enjoyed the continued tie-ins with the other Proxima Galaxy worlds. We are treated to spicy dragon wings and some special ale that comes with its own side-effects when consumed. However, we are also given a few newer and somewhat tasty options including fresh seagull enjoyed by many. There continues to be struggles between both the physical and virtual worlds as we have seen in other books from the universe. We are also provided some views into those who are perma-players (they cannot exit the game), regular players, and players who upon death are inserted into the game. There are also many unique and interesting non-player characters or NPCs you will experience during the journey. The main character continues to struggle with his own selfish desires of vengeance against his newer struggle of self-sacrifice because of the actions of another character. The author did an exceptional job of telling the character’s backstories by providing multiple flashbacks telling us why they are the way they are today. I liked having a bit of a break from the virtual world and these provided it.

The books narration by Jeff Hays and Annie Ellicott was first-rate. The book had the feel of a full audio drama, but did not contain the extra sound effects some do not like in their audiobooks. The audio was professionally produced and it did not contain any audio artifacts that may distract you while listening; volume inconstancies, page turns, or swallows. Apart from one character in the book, Sam Raid voiced by Annie Ellicott, Jeff Hays voiced all the other characters. As expected of his narrations, all the characters were given unique voices and personalities bringing them to life while listening. Annie Ellicott, for a narration debut, also did a wonderful job voicing this one character. I look forward to any new releases by The Soundbooth Theatre team and wish them the best of luck in all their future endeavors.

For younger readers or parents, as with Cooper’s other books, be aware this one also contains vulgar language, sexual subject matter including a few aspects of crude humor and innuendos. If any of this type of material offends you, I would not recommend the book or series to you.

In summary, if you are a fan of past Cooper books, picking up this one for a listen is a no brainer. His story telling and writing has continued to improve over time. This book feels more focused and character driven instead of simply being event driven. If you like the LitRPG genre, Cooper is quickly making himself a name as one who bubbles to the top when asked for some of the best authors in the category. Keep up the good work!

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First for me..

If you could sum up The Last Warrior of Unigaea in three words, what would they be?

This is the first time i've ever listened to anything like this. It's like VR/RPG in book form. And it was amazing. I couldn't stop listening to it. I would really love to actually have this as a game. Would recommend it to anyone who loves VR and RPG games

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  • Michelle
  • Denver, CO, United States
  • 09-11-17

Great start to a new LitRPG series

The Last Warrior of Unigaea Written by Harmon Cooper is a new book in the LitPRG genre. If you do not know what this is, let me explain. LitRPG is a fairly new genre that mainly consists of story and characters based in either a Virtual reality world, MMO game (Massively Multiplayer Game Online Game - Like World of Warcraft), or other similar RPG (Role Playing Game).


The story follows Oric Rune as he lives in the world of Unigaea as a special class of character called a "Player Killer". This class is universally hated and untrusted by other players and NPC's (Think computer controlled characters) alike. Oric chooses this profession in order to be able to seek revenge on other "Player Killer" characters who had previously wronged him in the game. While he is on his quest he discovers another threat that is threatening his new world of Unigaea and must make a decision to ignore this threat or to put off his mission of revenge and face this new threat for the sake of the virtual world that he loves.

Harmon Cooper drops us into the world of Unigaea without any explanation of how this world works. We do learn a few things such as in Unigaea when you die, your character is DEAD and you must start completely over as a new character. We also learn that Oric in real life has opted to be "Perma logged" into this game. How or why is never explained. To me, these things are both a blessing and a curse. Other books in this genre that I have read have the tendency to explain these things as if they were explaining to someone who has no idea how video games or RPGs work at all and tend to go a little TOO into the details to the point that it is too much. Pretty much these days most people get the concept of Virtual Reality, Video Games and such. If not, then this genre is probably not for you.

On the other hand, it would be nice to have some more information than is provided in this book. I get the feeling that this book is in the same universe as other books by Harmon Cooper such as Fantasy Online and if I had read those books then I would have a better understanding.

Overall, I was still able to enjoy the story. The pace was a bit slow at first (never too slow though), and picked up nicely by the end. I found myself not wanting to put the story down and finding excuses to find time to jump back in!

The narration by Jeff Hays and Annie Ellicott was done very well! I enjoyed how the game voices had effects on them and how the character of Sam Raid was performed by Annie Ellicott. The dual roles really lent a great contrast to the experience!

** I received this book free of charge from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. **

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LitRpg From a Pk's view.

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Good book that is a refreshingly new take on the whole litrpg fad by asking a simple question "Is there a good reason for someone to be a player killer?".

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The book follows our main character who is a social outcast in his chosen virtual world for the sole reason that his starting class was that of a player killer. With his wolf companion by his side he starts on an adventure of revenge that gets derailed rather quickly, though mind you I don't at all say this as a negative part of the book. While the world its set in is nothing too special, often just putting checks in the box to most rpg game tropes, there are a few interesting things that it dose to separate its world from other. The book doesn't frontload you with too many characters that stick around but the few who do can get varying degrees of interesting and hilarious.

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Jeff Hays as usual brings his stellar performance to the table and knocks it out of the park as expected. His co-narrator Annie Ellicott dose excellent as well though it was a bit jarring to go half the book with just Jeff then have a different voice for a single character all of the sudden. At this point I'm starting to hope the man reads something less than stellar so I can stop sounding like a hype man.

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LITRPG and the proxima world are Amazing!

Yet another amazing LITRPG novel in a proxima world. This series does not disappoint. you can lick it up anywhere though there are crossovers between worlds and subtle water eggs hidden within each that refer to the others. The concept is wonderful, the writing is exceptional and the narration truly brings it to life. Highly highly recommend each and every one of them! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Excellent start to a new LitRPG series.

The Last Warrior of Unigaea is the first book in a new LitRPG series, a genre that I've come to really enjoy over the last year or so. This is the first book by Harmon Cooper I've experienced, but it definitely won't be the last. I've already picked up a few more by him. Really like the main character and his motivation for embarking on the quest he is on, though it seems an even larger quest is looming for him with epic world scale consequences so I'll be eagerly anticipating the next volume in the series. Great story that was action packed, and despite the fast pace of the story there was still plenty of character development, and by the end I was fully invested in the characters. Look forward to learning more about Deathdale in future volumes.

For the most part the book is narrated by Jeff hays, who has quickly become one of my top 5 (perhaps top 3) narrators and when I think fantasy or sci-fi, his is one of the first names that springs to mind and I know if he's attached to the project I am going to enjoy it. He has a real knack for bringing a wide array of characters to life. I don't know if he does all the production work solo or if he has a team working with him, but he/they do a fantastic job, adding in little extras that elevated his recordings and increase the sense of immersion compared to so many others. An example? Okay, how about this, in one scene the main character is talking in a people in a large room from the top of the stairs, he actually adds a bit of echo into the recording so it really does sound like he's in this massive room with the sound bouncing off the walls. he's done similar things in other recordings I've listened to. Annie Ellicott is also listed as a narrator, and while she only does one character I must say I was quite impressed with her. This was my first time hearing her work, but I will definitely be on the look out for more of her work

I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review

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I loved every minute of this book.

This genre of deep dive into V.R. gaming is fast becoming one of my favorites. I'm over 50 and it intrigues me to wonder about going into a world l d where you can be anything and anyone. This book is one of those memorable worlds. It's like living another life. A must read. I received this audio book for free at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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  • Scott R
  • 10-14-17

Excellent new series

Unlike the action packed adventures Harmon usually does this is a more personal close up review of a player who after losing his town to player killers decides to seek revenge by becoming a player killer and going adter them. His character shunned by the rest of the world in general gives us a lighter side with his companion a massive Wolf adaptly named Wolf (what better name is their). His personal quest for revenge and his levelling give us some great one on one interactions and background to his personality making this a great read. Although not as action packed as a lot of Harmons work it's easy to feel for Oric and to quickly feel for his quest and its motivations.
The audio version does great with the usual skills of top narrator Jeff Hays as main narrator with our female lead played by Annie Ellicott adding a bit extra in with her talents, this helps pick up the book from very good to great.
This is the first book but i feel invested in our hero so im looking forward to his book 2 due out soon.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 08-18-17

Anyone can climb in a video game.

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The dream team of author, Harmon Cooper and multi voiced narrator Jeff Hays, come together again with the first of a new series set in the Proxima Galaxy.
Eric's body might be held in suspension somewhere in Chicago, but in the world of Unigaea, his incarnation as Oric Rune lives as a killer player, despised and feared by others as he and his only companion, a pony-sized Tagvornin wolf, seek vengeance and destruction on the Drachma killers who destroyed the village he had created and loved during a previous lifetime there.
Written in the first person , the reader follows Oric as his personal quest proceeds, alongside him as he fights and kills, remembers and plans, and often struggles simply to stay alive. Because Unigaea is an unforgiving world where to die means to return to the very beginning with nothing more than memories that can be brought back.

Jeff Hays is, as always, wonderful as Oric, his versatile voice expressively conveying the player's thoughts, words and deeds. From exhausted to elated, and everything in between. Plus Jeff is also almost everyone else, each character, be they male or female, dwarf or Governor, given their own distinctive and very appropriate voice. His ability to consistently and flawlessly switch between so many would be awe inspiring were it not for the reader's immersion in the story preventing such speculation. And there are no production problems to jar the listener from total absorption.

The one exception to Mr.Hays' cast of, if not millions then, at least, dozens is the entry of Annie Ellicott as the fun loving, thrill seeking, militia leading player, Sam Raid, towards the end of the book. Her beautifully cadenced voice is warm, filled with laughter and captures the essence of her flirty somewhat crazy character well. A really nice addition to the already excellent narration.

I am not, and have never been, an on-line games player but I do so enjoy the LitRPG genre when it is well written. So much is possible in these real feeling but make believe worlds. And so much can also go wrong where the code is king! After a slightly (though action fi!led) slow start, in this, The Last Warrior of Unigaea, Harmon Cooper again shows his mastery as story teller of imagination and wit. A terrific book, in every aspect.
Highly recommended.