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Will refused to admit to the HR lady at Radical Interactive that he'd never played their debut virtual reality MMORPG The Realm. From what he'd seen in videos and heard from reviewers, the game sucked. With the company's failed attempt at entering the gaming industry, they switched their sights to focus on smaller-scale educational programs.  

Being a beta tester for Radical Interactive was not the dream job Will had envisioned, but he had hoped it would get his foot in the door to one day becoming a graphic designer for the company. As he filled out his new-hire paperwork, he never realized he was literally signing his life away.  

Now a phenomenally successful company, Radical Interactive was secretly working on something behind closed doors that would change both the medical and gaming industries forever. The Realm was reborn. The only problem was that it wasn't a game - at least not to those trapped inside.

©2018 Phoenix Grey (P)2019 Tantor

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Feels like half of a book.

This is the first book I've listened to from author Phoenix Grey and the first audiobook I've listened to narrated by Neil Hellegers. The book starts off slow with real world events going on for awhile before the main character even arrives in the game with the most exciting thing in that segment being how the character came to end up there though that wasn't fleshed out very much. Most of the events in the book feel very familiar. There were parts where it felt like i had suddenly missed something so I would go back and re-listen to for several minutes only to find out that no it just suddenly changed mid sentence like something had been cut out. The main character doesn't have much depth but the supporting characters are a little interesting. The narrator does a good job of bringing the characters to life. The book kind of drags on only to end in a way that makes it feel like half of a book due to the fact that the initial quest chain and events aren't resolved. I wanted to like this book so I may check out the next one to see how it resolves which may cause me to change my rating on this but for now I can't really give it a higher rating.

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meh.

Really slow. The story never captured my attention. The narration was good. It was like listening to some you just met tell you about their day.

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Does have a unfinished fell like a Diablo first release

Story picks up will revisit the review after book 2. But a good start for this

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makes no sense

premise starts.... never mentioned again... nothing exciting at all... like this is a very long 2 chapters...

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short

felt like half a book. but still pulled me in and want more. Will be watching for mect

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A realm worth entering

So, I totally owe Phoenix Grey a big apology. I read this some time back, and thought I’d reviewed it, but I didn’t. This is no reflection on her or her story, but rather the state that my life was in when I did read this book. So, very sorry Phoenix. Anyway, there are some things this story has working for it and a few minor ones against it. Sometimes, the same thing can be both. For example, the MC is not all that likeable a dude. He is clearly an imperfect person, and some people might find that off putting. I found him to be realistic, and could insert myself right into his place.

Secondly, I enjoy that the story is a little dark. This isn’t the happy go lucky Shire, this is a place where some bad stuff has happened and it is affecting everything. The land, the people, the animals, etc. The MC sets off to try to curb this encroaching evil and this is where the story kind of turns into a slice of life adventure. In the past, this is where it would have lost me. I am not really a fan of SOL stuff, even to this day, but I have come to realize that it is a staple of this genre and that I need to get used to it. So looking at it in that lens I can see a decent story even if it isn’t building towards some incredible set up for book two.

As a bonus, I would invite you to see if you can figure out who the villain is in this novel, you might be surprised! The big issue that I think most readers will have is the book’s ending, and all I can say is that this is part of a series, and that this is where book one ends. I know, however, there are some people who will get miffed at the way the story ends, and I get it. Endings like this are not an issue for me, however, so long as I know that there is more coming.

The narration by Hellegers is right on point. He brings the characters to life and adds to the humor. Neil has really grown on me since the Great Filter was released. He is a really good fit for the characters in this book, as his voice seems custom made for them. His story telling elevates this tale.

Overall, I think that the book entertains and holds your attention, it has great narration, but it does wander a bit as a SOL story and the ending I know will piss off some people, so final score 7.9 stars. It’s good, could have been a little tighter on the ending.

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This was great.

I enjoyed the story and the fact that it didn't take very long for the game aspects to start. The action flowed nicely and the personalities were definitely shining through. I can't wait to hear the next one.

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The MC ruined the book

This book never really had a chance for me. The main character was the epitome of a man-child. He was selfish, lazy, weak willed, and whiney. After far too long following this loser in his real life, I thought things would change when he entered the game world, but no. He becomes a follower. He does what he's told (poorly) and whines about it.

The writing style of the author was enjoyable and I would be willing to give their other works a try, but I'm done with this series. The narrator did an excellent job with what he had, but I have no interest in spending more time with this character.

- I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. -

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below average lit rpg

This book did not really call to me. It had a great premise, but fell way short of my expectations. The book seemed to meander and take its own sweet time getting anything done. I also, did not really like the main character. He seemed whiny and only ever sees things from his own perspective and hardly ever thinks of others situations. He has zero concern for the kind of treatment others give towards the 1/2 imp. 'To me, he is a grade-A jerk and shows no concern about changing his personality.

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Pacing Problem

Should I decide to write a book, I will use this book as a case study on how to avoid poor pacing. The whole time I was listening I couldn't help but try to figure out why it drags so bad. One main reason is the reader never knows what is going to happen next. The characters meander. Then the characters are really unlikable as well. The characters develop really slowly. There is no growth at all in this book. When the book ends, you will be surprised it was suddenly over.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-21

Great first book

This is a great series by Phoenix Grey and I look forward to book 2

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-14-20

Extremely average.

I rarely leave comments, this book was not bad but just disappointing. Seems like very little happens and I disliked pretty much every character, it was a weird book to listen to. Haven't decided whether to listen to the next book, not sure I can put myself through it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-20

good listen

I enjoyed the book.
Little slow in parts.
characters are good enjoyed there relationship between them.

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  • Daniel Aquino
  • 09-21-21

felt lacking

an okay book, a great performance from reader but the book has terrible pacing. the ending felt like I was in the middle of the story and just stopped like it was incomplete or something. I'd only recommend it if it was bundled up with book 2.

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