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The Bard: A LitRPG Short Story

The Greenwood, Book 4
Narrated by: Damon Alums
Series: Greenwood Chronicles, Book 4
Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Romeo el Mejor, best bard in the world, or at least in the City of Vinab in the virtual reality massively multi player online game The Greenwood, is about to put on a play when a goddess appears and asks him to run an errand for her.

She promises him a +10 boost to all stats for a month, so how could he refuse? She is also remarkably pretty.

A light hearted LitRPG short story set in the Greenwood.

©From 2017 John Anthony Walker (P)2017 John Anthony Walker

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Too unfocused

Ok, gang, here we go another Bard book to review. Now, I have to admit when I first sat down to review this I was going to be harsh. Like Uber harsh, because I literally started listening to this in the area of five times. I know I listened to the first hour at least five times. I fell asleep once, and started it and stopped it four other times, and waited a while in between each listen to a point that I had to relisten because I had forgotten everything that had happened up to that point. I stuck it out, and made it through. Considering that the book isn’t even two hours long I was shocked at just how much time I had put in trying to make it from start to finish. Well, I had to drive to Columbus, which is an hour run each way and this gave me the opportunity to put my ears on and run it from start to finish. I had to, because I will always finish a book I start. If I didn’t I wouldn’t review it.

So, here’s the deal this book is part of a larger series, and I wasn’t sure if I had issues with it because I hadn’t read any of the other books, but as I listened for the last time the book was coherent and made sense and I had no problem following along with the action.

The story is pretty simple. A bard is hired by a Goddess (i.e. a dev) to steal a magic mirror from a lich. He has to do it without revealing why he is taking it and who it is going to. That’s all fairly straightforward, but then there was another side story that took place about NPC’s becoming sapient, the bard hiring them to be actors in his troupe, and so one. I’m hoping that that part of the story somehow tied into the rest of the series, because otherwise it was rather distracting and did nothing to enhance the tale. In fact, that was half the reason I couldn’t focus on the book it was all over the place in terms of what was going on. Here’s the thing, I don’t like giving away spoilers, but the mirror reveals the true self of the person. And the reason that the goddess wanted it made no sense unless she had no access to a mirror in her real life, and what it showed the bard was only minimally interesting. I was bored pretty much the whole way through the book.

I think my biggest disappointment was in the way the bard was portrayed using his powers. It was pretty much along the lines of I played a sonata and put them to sleep, and then I played turkey in the straw and scrambled everyone around me until they were running in every direction. I was really hoping for descriptions of strumming the instruments, or how the music was special, but it was more like I used Poker face by Lady Gaga to increase my fortitude. Not very exciting and the battle with the lich was predictable as Old Faithful. This was not an awesome bard tale.

Damon Alums sounds like Antonio Banderas on Qualudes as he reads through this. Great accent for the bard, but so low key with his whole delivery that I know it put me to sleep. He would be great at reading children’s bed time books. For the battle scenes or times of High emotion, I’m gonna Meh my way around and give this book my best McKayla Maroney I am not impressed look. This could have been good if it had focused on the entire purpose for the story and laid off the NPC stuff, but that just drug in down like a lead balloon falling from the sky. A streamlined story would have moved faster and the better pace might have made it more enjoyable. Also, there were some issues with the sound quality. In between takes it sounded, to me, like the sound a tape recorder makes after the audio portion cuts out. Also, there were longer breaks in between the chapters. It took too long from the end of one chapter to the start of the next one. Nothing big, but it was annoying.


Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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this is not a lit RPG per say but this is a good

this is a rich textured world each book telling events from different perspectives if you liked this book there are others in this series unfortunately you will have to take for them as audible does not recognize the truth that this is a series even though each book is told from a different creature in a different place with in this world another thing is this is something that other authors should take note off in that this is the perfect narrator for this book every nuance every word it's a study in perfection in the art that is narration

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