Sentenced to Troll

Narrated by: Eric Martin
Series: Sentenced to Troll Series, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (735 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Big, green, and ugly. Who says a troll can’t be the hero?

Punished for his toxic online behavior, Chad faces a 30-day sentence of full-immersion therapy designed to improve his anger issues.

For his endless trolling in real life, he's forced to play as a forest troll, the most hated race in Isle of Mythos, so that he can finally experience what it's like to be on the other side.

To make matters worse, the heroes sent to rid the world of evil aren't heroes at all - they're violent felons on their own twisted paths to redemption.

Playing as a monster in a world where it ain’t easy being green, what could possibly go wrong?

Pick up this epic litRPG full of humor, action, and adventure today!

©2019 Steven Rowland (P)2019 Steven Rowland

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Definitely Recommend This One!

Chad is an aspiring pro gamer but his short temper and bullying manner keep him from the pro teams. When he goes too far in his bullying one day, he's arrested and charged with online griefing and faces up to a year in prison. Instead, he's sentenced to a month of full immersion rehab in a new game. The catch is that he'll be playing a troll, a hated race, and will face discrimination and hatred in an effort to teach him to treat people with respect. The author made an interesting choice to make Chad a real life internet troll who shouts racial slurs and tells his teammates to kill themselves. To a gamer audience, this is just the sort of person who embodies the worst of us and I was worried I wouldn't like Chad. But I started this book expecting a great character arc redemption and I wasn't disappointed, Chad really steps up and shows his greatness and leadership qualities. The gaming part was detailed and necessary to the plot, and the stats weren't repeated too often. The world was immersive and one I'd love to visit myself. I love LitRPGs that create a world I'd love to live in, and this book made me wish this game existed, which is a total win in my book. The narration was really well done with different voices for each character and race type, and pulled me right into the story. I'm joining the rest of the fans eagerly waiting for book 2!

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Fantastic book, gets stronger as it goes

Well-narrated, with likable characters of which some believably develop during the story, and a clever hook at the end that is a new spin on a litRPG trope. At the start of the book I didn’t enjoy the protagonist and didn’t think the book was all that special (not bad but as a litRPG megafan, it seemed middle of the road)...but it grew on me, as did the MC, and by the end I was wishing the second book was waiting for me! In retrospect, the beginning paid off, but I hope others aren’t discouraged by it. We need more monster main characters! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Full Dive VR, where you're the "bad" guy

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I loved this, the full-dive VR concept is becoming a bit of a troupe at this point, but it works extremely well as a basis for the main character knowing things they shouldn't. No time travel, new world, nonsense, just a smooth explanation. Getting on topic, the main character is sentenced (literally by a judge) to sever time in a VR simulation. The idea is to use VR to rehab criminals, the main character is barely a criminal (I enjoyed the direction the author took here), but ends up in the VR anyway. He's stuck as the most hated race in that world, a troll. There's a healthy mix of gaming, fantasy, and enjoyable characters. There are a lot of chances for this to be pretty comedic, but the author plays the situation straight, and I think that really helps the story. There are no forced jokes, everything progresses in a way that makes sense (in a video game world anyway). Given the ending there almost has to be a sequel and if it holds up as well as the first this will be a series to get invested in. This is the first time I've listened to Eric Martin, and he did an excellent job on the voices. Making them feel and sound like trolls must have been tough on his voice after a while. TLDR; If you like fantasy, and particularly the out of time/world genre, you won't regret this one.

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Can't wait for book 2 aaaaannnnnnndddddddd more

Before i started the book i had looked reviews online. After reading some i was hesitant to start. Needing a break from other books i started it up. Being a gamer i loved the book. i can't wait for a continuation. The character building was great. Even the characters you don't particularly care about, you can easily identify within the story. The story line progressed perfect. Found myself taking the longer way home from work, or sitting in my car to hear more. i want the next book.

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It has an interesting premise.

This book definitely had an interesting hook that I've never seen before. It has some strong points which include the fantastic narration, novel game mechanics, and good character growth. It does have some negatives though such as having a main character that didn't seem to really fit in with the story, The main character also seemed to have it a bit too easy obtaining items, and it somewhat lacked an overreaching antagonist. The book is enjoyable however and definitely worth the buy. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Surprisingly Great!

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. Having never heard of neither S.L. Rowland not Eric Martin before, I requested this book based solely on the plot description. It seemed fairly interesting so I gave it a shot. Follow my example. If you enjoy LitRPG then you too will be looking forward to more from this pair of talented artists. The story begins as you would expect, based on the description. An arrogant punk gamer is sentenced to spend a month in a new game, experiencing a new full-immersion setup. He gets smacked around a little, but soon understands the depth of full-immersion. Gradually, his character and real life persona begins to change. Eric Martin did a terrific job of storytelling. His inflections were perfect and character voices distinct. It was a joy to listen to his narration.

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Outta Con-Troll

This book was an amazing romp not only through the mind of a man finally finding himself but also of what it takes to make friends and become family. Looking at the title I did not have high hopes for this book. Just being honest. But within ten minutes I realized that this was not your run of the mill story. This is an amazing story. Chad is a game streamer who goes to far running his mouth and is sentenced to rehabilitive full game immersion where he has to play one of the most hated classes ever known, a troll. However, he finds out that even the underdogs and the hated have feelings and have families. So he sets off to right a wrong his race was unjustly accused of and finds that he can love people and be loved by others. I truly recommend this book if you enjoy incredible character arcs and creative world building. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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One of my favorite LitRPGs.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. I loved it. I've listened to dozens if LitRPGs and this is one if my favorites. I was hooked from the second I heard the premise and it just got better and better. I will impatiently be waiting for a sequel.

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Long live the troll

Fantastic job of bringing a rarely used character type into the realm of the hero. was very impressed with how the book flowed and gave me a new respect for trolls. Eric Martin did an excellent job of giving life to the characters. I received a free copy of this audio in return for an unbiased review.

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Trolllololol

Great book. From concept to characters. The author makes every character different but still likable, and even the 'villains' are understandable. Everyone has motivations and personality. The story itself is fun and I really look forward to more in this universe to find out what happens next to my new favorite Troll. I saw a complaint about it being SJW but I don't see it. I say give the book a try I bet you'll like it, don't let that one complaint stop you from giving the book it's fair shake. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • 03-28-19

absolutely brilliant

loved this book so much it has such a fun and punchy tune to it and honestly one of the characters first thing I thought was gollum from lord of the rings honestly if you enjoy a humourous book with some awesome fight scenes then this is the book for you

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  • 03-24-19

a great start look forward to the rear

within litrpg you can often find alot repeat it's self it's so nice to find something new and refreshing I really look forward to the rest of this series .

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  • Taylor
  • 03-24-19

Very entertaining LitRPG

First I would say this isn't for everyone but if you have ever played a MMO, RPG, Dungeons & Dragon or even read a Choose Your Own Adventure (you make a decision and go to x page), love stats and game mechanics or compelling fantasy stories I would highly recommend this. It's a interesting idea to try and rehabilitate a troll who has undesirable negative emotionational episodes against other people when things aren't going their way and they are probably losing, especially when they believe someone else is to blame and immersing then in a fully VR game as a in game Troll (the most hated in game race). The story was fun and kept me entertained throughout. There was some very interesting game mechanics that I liked and I honestly cared about all the main characters. The narrator was spot on. I'm hoping there is a sequel or this because a trilogy. [Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • 03-23-19

This is a great introduction in to litrpg genre

I wont say it's the best book I have ever read as it would be a lie but it is a good book it keeped me entertained from the start and it shows some true potential to be a great series. i believe the best description of the book would be as a gateway book in to the litrpg world of books.

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  • J Smith
  • 03-22-19

To Troll or Not to Troll!?

Well, To Troll obviously, because this was a great listen!! My first experience of a LitRPG novel (at least I presume that’s what it is!?) and I loved it! A great adventure story in its own right even before Eric’s great performance is thrown in the mix. The story is filled to the brim with action and adventure and is just such an easy book to become absorbed in and I was thoroughly disappointed when it came to an end! I think as long as you enjoy fantasy, then no matter your age, you’ll enjoy this book! This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-21-19

I Really Enjoyed this Adventure!

The characters were likeable and the adventure engaging. The narrator made the story come to life and gave it a unique and enjoyable feel even when listing notifications. I really enjoyed the thought process of Chod and his growth. The book is enjoyable and brighten my day when listening. The only problem is I want to know more about the history of the Isle of mythos the parts shown were interesting and I can only wait patiently for more! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Rickie
  • 03-21-19

Loved it

Great story and characters. This is well worth a listen. Looking forward to book 2. Didn't want it to end!

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  • Mr. M. C. Hackett
  • 03-21-19

Stands out

A very good audiobook, the narration is good, the author managed to get you emotionally involved, was wishing for an extra couple of hours but i can understand why it ended where it did. Without spoilers, prepare to troll smash.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-13-20

WOW

this series has one off the best character progression I have ever seen if you want a great story and experience get these books

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  • Jonathan
  • 07-15-20

Excellent story from a unique perspective

I received a review copy of first three books in this series. The story is excellent and the perspective is unique, placing the main character on the opposite side to civilisation. This does lead to less of a focus on equipment, crafting or trade which is hard to come by.