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Barliona: a virtual world jam-packed with monsters, battles - and, predictably, players. Millions of them come to Barliona, looking forward to the things they can't get in real life: elves and magic, dragons and princesses, and unforgettable combat. The game has become so popular that players now choose to spend months online without returning home. In Barliona, anything goes: You can assault fellow players, level up, become a mythical hero, a wizard, or a legendary thief. The only rule that attempted to regulate the game demanded that no player be allowed to feel actual pain. But there's an exception to every rule. For a certain bunch of players, Barliona has become their personal hell. They are criminals sent to Barliona to serve their time. They aren't in it for the dragons' gold or the abundant loot. All they want is to survive the virtual inferno. They face the ultimate survival quest.

©2015 V. Mahanenko. English translation copyright 2015 by Natalia Nikitin (P)2016 Tantor

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A Guilty pleasure

I've been on a Litrpg binge lately, Read all of the Play to Live series, Awaken Online, Otherlife, The Land, and now This series.

I have to say it's probably my least favorite of them, not to say it is bad at all I actually really enjoy the premise of it, however I find many of the mechanics of the world hard to believe in. (I know how that sounds) I also think it's a bit simple minded overall and rarely walks it's own path.

I think this book targets the younger of the litrpg fans to be sure.


But if your like me and completely addicted to this Genre of book give it a listen, it's worth a credit and the voice performance from the reader is really well done.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Great Narrator, Great book

So this book takes place in the fictional future with a very futuristic video game. The world outside of the game, the real world is not very important. So the majority of the book take place in a MMO VR game, and some of things that are different from the typical fantasy is that the adventure takes place in an MMO and these imitations are embraced. So if you are not much of a gamer this book might not be for you.,

The narrator elevates the story, and its very easy to picture what is going on, and you get the extra context of tone and such from the voice of the narrator. The narrator does an amazing job.

I really enjoyed listening to this novel, so would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Fantasy and Gaming (not necessarily videogames). This series looks to be a champion of the genre of LitRPG.

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  • Benjamin
  • Silver Spring, MD, United States
  • 05-27-17

Liked it alright, but I'm a forgiving guy

If you are a big fan of the mechanics of MMORPGs you will probably like this book. The specifics are well described with lots of "level up" messages and how that effects the character. Basically, if you played WoW or its analogues and loved chasing stats and reading level up messages, you will also love this book. If you do not, or get bored easily with this stuff, you probably aren't even considering this book enough to read this review. Go with that feeling.

The story and characters are ok. It reads a lot like the early levels of a role playing game. So the characters are a bit contrived and not entirely human, but in the situation, it works ok. The reader does a pretty good job of making the individuals distinct. He's not world class, definitely does journeyman work.

All in all, a novel (or genre) like this is self-selecting. Like RPGs? Try it. If you are unfamiliar with them, or have no interest in them, you will be constantly asking yourself, "what am I reading?"

If you came from a similar genre novel like "Ready Player One," don't be fooled, this book is not that. That book could be read by general audiences. This is more for gamers.

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  • Jay
  • South Park, PA, United States
  • 05-04-16

Great for fans of RPO

if you are someone who enjoys the game here and there or if you are a hard core gamer, you will love this book. One of mytop 5 books is Ready Player One and this is on the same lines.

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  • K
  • SAINT PETER, MN, United States
  • 06-18-16

Excellent with just one regret...

Loved this book. Anyone who's played RPG will enjoy and relate to this story. While listening to Survival Quest I mentioned it to my son and bought the Kindle version for him. He devoured it. He started reading it at 10PM and finished the book at 5AM in one reading.

My only regret is that there are currently only two books in the series and the second one will go by way too fast. I thoroughly enjoy reading more installments in this story line.

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not enough stars for this book!

I really liked this book. Great concept and excellent delivery. I was also very impressed with the audible version of this book. Do not hesitate to buy this book.

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Great book if you have played an MMO and liked it!

Could not stop listening. Felt like I was with a friend who was telling me how his game went.

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loved it

if you liked the "play to live" series then you'll appreciate this one. so far it has started in the same way as the aforementioned series however time will tell if it will end up like so many others where eventually the story is lost to the godlike abilities gained by the main character.

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After finishing all six books...

Having now finished all six books, a good 70-80 hours worth of listening, I'm coming back here to review the first one as a warning to new readers. While I enjoyed each of the books, and the story once completed both makes sense and is clever enough, it isn't 80 hours worth of clever or good. While it might not seem obvious at first, all six books are connected. The story doesn't make complete sense until the final 30 minutes of book six, and that is a problem, because the story as a whole is not an 80 hour story. It is not one of those "it's not the destination, it's the journey itself" sort of situations; rather, the destination invalidates the journey in so many ways.

In short, I'm glad I'm done, enjoyed the series at each step, but sincerely wish I had never started it. That might not make sense, but please don't spend the 80 hours required to make it make sense.

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Very hard book to put down.

Beware! This is an adventure book, filled with fun and excitement. If you are looking for something serious or steamy, this may not be the book for you. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and find myself looking forward to a continuation of the story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-02-16

Excellent Sub-Genre

I liked the strategy, the technical aspects of the game and the humour. I recommend that you find somewhere comfy to sit as once you start you will want to keep on listening to the end.

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  • David Probyn
  • 02-16-17

Fantastic!

What made the experience of listening to Survival Quest the most enjoyable?

Jonathan Yen's voice acting was fantastic

What other book might you compare Survival Quest to, and why?

It's similar to Ready Player One where everyone plays within a full-body immersive MMO.

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  • Marc74
  • 01-16-17

not bad but needed more

story wasn't too bad, idea was good and quite well told I just felt it needed more substance.
had to try and concentrate more, not good when stats read out

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  • J. Portergill
  • 05-04-16

Ever played an MMORPG? Then the Protagonist is You

What did you like most about Survival Quest?

Recaptures all the reasons people love to play online games with each other, and translates it into an interesting, and relatively relatable storyline. There is a fashion in books these days that turmoil relates to pages turned, but with this story the main character seems to have the same initiative and common sense ordinary people are blessed with, so there's no need to yell "you're making a mistake" at a fictional character that can't hear your wisdom.

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  • Phil
  • 09-12-18

Enjoyable romp for geeks

Ok I’m an old Dungeons & Dragons geek. But this book spoke to me from the off.
Enjoyable, humorous and fast passed.
Over all too soon.

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  • Ragnarokkr
  • 07-29-18

the book is good. but felt lacking.

I liked the book but something is missing. I'm not sure if it's list in translation or that the voice actor doesn't portrait the storey very well..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-18

fascinating story

The story was great doesnt take the place of my favorite LitRPG book (weirdest noob. this is an interesting gaming world.
narrator was ok. I dont think he does women's voices well. Then again it was a very short part. Valid societal issues that happen when computers run most things came up.

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  • Kat Taylor
  • 06-06-18

different and enjoyable

loved a book that is ultimately about role played gaming. interesting take to add a prison, and I enjoyed the "friends" Man made.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-18

loved it

Cart sounds like Shaggy from Scooby Doo and I have no bloody problem with it

a surprising focus on crafting which I have no problem with. but be prepared for the motif of "trusting your instinct" and based on the second book, this motif ain't going anywhere. doesn't take away from the experience but something to note

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  • Griffstar
  • 05-19-18

Enjoyable story- stick with it.

This title of this book is ridiculous. However the story is an interesting concept. It was well set out and I would get stuck into book 2 to see what happens. The narrator is skilled and even did a Shaggy from Scooby Doo voice for one of the characters.

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  • Mira
  • 05-16-18

Different and entertaining

This is an interesting take on the idea of playing MMOs and any MMO players would enjoy the story and challenges which the protagonist encounters. Looking forward to listening to the next book.