The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga

Chaos Seeds, Book 1
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Series: Chaos Seeds, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to The Land, Audible's 2018 Customer Favorite!

Enter a mesmerizing tale reminiscent of the wonder of Ready Player One and the adventure of Game of Thrones

Book 1 of a 7 Book series that will Amaze and Delight you for weeks! 

Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter's destruction. 

Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm? 

A tale to shake "The Land" itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter's choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside in it? Can he grow his power to meet the deadliest of beings of the land? When choices are often a shade of grey, how will Richter ensure he does not become what he seeks to destroy? 

Please LIKE Aleron on FB. He also does almost weekly giveaways of shirts, signed books and other loot!  

Facebook Author Page: facebook.com/LitRPGbooks  

Also, please contact Aleron. He LOVES hearing from people!  

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Our favorite moments from The Land: Founding

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" The Land:Founding is simply an amazing beginning to an incredible adventure. Rarely does a book literally grab you and not let go. I highly recommend this to any fantasy reader or gamer. It is an amazing Ride..."

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About the Creator

Aleron Kong is an African-American physician turned WSJ best-selling author. His comedic fantasy opera, The Land, has eight novels and a main character that is an everyday kind of guy. The series has over 100,000 five-star reviews and has sold over 1,000,000 copies. Chosen as Audible’s Customer Favorite of the Year, it has wide appeal whether you are reading or listening. The author is also extremely proud of his fandom, which has raised over $100,000 for various charities over the past few years. Twenty-seven of his fans have also gotten tattoos of his artwork, and two babies have been named after his characters. His fans are united by the words, "Through Service, Ascendance. Through Dedication, Transcendence."
WSJ Best-seller
Audible's Customer Favorite of the Year
For more information, www.LitRPG.com

About the Performer

By day, Nick Podehl gives voice to a multitude of characters that heretofore only existed on the page. By night he balances time as husband, dad, and amateur armchair general. His fortress stands proudly in The Mitten State where he hopes for snow each and every day.
2010 Odyssey Award Honor
Multiple Audiofile's Earphones Awards Winner

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Awesome!

You will not want to stop listening! As it is a great series! love it

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Incredible

This book has everything! Comedy, drama, fun, fright, delight. I love this form of production. I can’t wait to read more.

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Difficult to get through

Pretty cringey stuff. The writing style is more geared towards YA and the story details are boring.

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A Fun Romp

My son and I have both enjoyed this book. Fun to share and read again.

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Didn't want to put it down

It's been awhile since I had a book that grabbed me from the beginning and made me not want to put it down. I think I finished the audio book in just 3-4 days. Great performance as usual from Mr. Podehl and a great story!

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After 20 books found the one saga!

Ok I have never bother to write a review in any of my books I listened this book however is incredible the narrator does a great job with voices you can tell who is who, the accents the deepening of the voice and the high pitches seems there is an entire team of narrators . Funny and entertaining I have always skipped over chapters because they are boring but not this book I can’t wait to hear what happens next !

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Fun book but....

Founding is a fun book, but it has some flaws. The fantasy/RPG aspect of this book and the series are top-notch. It is the maturity level of the writing that makes these books fall flat. The vast majority of these books are borderline teen books. What I mean by that is the writing outside of the excellent fantasy/RPG stuff I mentioned earlier is highschool guy humor at best. It feels like an excellent DM wrote the RPG and combat parts, and a teen guy wrote everything else. Genital size is a standard topic just as a reference. By all means by this book, if you like it, the series is much of the same. But if the bad humor and sad shoved in pop culture, references irk you be warned there is heaps more of it.

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Unexpected find

I'm not sure, but I think I found this as a discounted option a month or two ago.

Wow, was I ever surprised at the excellence of the characterizations, plotting, plot twists, the integration of RPG (I started playing in the late 1980s online) in a novel form, not to mention the narration.

It intrigued me enough that I've listened to it three times (yes, three times, get over it ;-D) and I get some point I missed before every time. This is complex, yet engrossing, entertaining and enjoyable writing.

Highly recommended. Sort of sci-fi/high-fantasy/meets Jim Butcher.

I may have a new favorite author. Maybe.

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Dang!

The writer is soooo talented! The voice actor is equally dazzling. Love love LOVE these books so far!

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Blech.

Oof. This was a tough listen. I only finished because I hate wasting money... I fully regret this purchase. This book is not only loaded with misogyny, but it's plagued by terrible humor, and poor character development. The MC barely gives a second thought to his past and the predicament he finds himself in.
I wouldn't listen to the rest of the series of I was paid to. This guy claims himself the father of Litrpg...More like the creepy uncle.

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  • Phillcom3
  • 10-04-18

just find a way to reduce the dings!

loved the concept and the story. let down by the amount of item descriptions in a row it got very annoying!

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  • Matthew
  • 12-19-18

The Land

This will be a review of the whole series not just the first book.
This LITRPG series is in the top 3 easily, it writes off the earth side of it in the first 20 min and gets strait to it, which i cant fault it for. The main man in this is giving some OP traits right out of the gate. All long term stuff nothing like a OP sword no just more point per level and the skill to learn any skill. there are a few other but i'm not going to sit here and type his character sheet out.
You know hes going to be a long term power house.
This book has gore not in unchecked amounts but revilement to what damage and spell was used. Also in the later books there is ............... you can be shocked like i was. You can feel the pain unknowing as well.
the story arks quickly and there is a lot of opened ended quests. if i could read his full quest book i would uninstall because i know there is not enough days in a year to do all those side quest. In all its a LITRPG its no Stephen king story line its a quick hardcore levelling story and some city building.
Also voiced by Nick Podehl , wicked performance and one of my favourites a long side RC-Bray

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  • A Williams
  • 09-16-18

Awesome

Loved it... lived it... you feel a sense of achievement with each gain in character level

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-02-18

Awesome

This is an awesome book, with great moments in it. Awesomely written. With some great characters

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-18

Good Book! B.W.R.

Drawn into "reading" again. It was just too short, specially when it can be listened to everywhere

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  • MR C.
  • 08-07-18

takes me back to my RPG days

loved it ,totally took me back to my RPG days ,story line is great and loved the narrator

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  • Evind Asgeir Lundemo
  • 07-31-18

Podehl does a terrific job.

The story is great, but a tad dense in information for the audiobook medium. Nick Podehl's delivery is fantastic.

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  • Joseph Wilkes
  • 06-05-18

good book

Was a very very good book could not stop listening would recommend this series A****

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  • richard evans
  • 05-22-18

Fantastic series

I got the first book on Audible on Friday, by the end of Monday i have finished book 3 and am on to book 4, I have book 5 and 6 already in my library waiting as I know I will of finished it in no time, the reference and the way the characters talk to each other in this series are fantastic, it is a very natural and is closer to how a lot of gamers would talk to each other, I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book.

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  • Pete
  • 05-22-18

great story

nich podehl is a great narrator and the story is well paced. nothing excessive. fun and easy to listen to.

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  • Kindle person
  • 09-08-19

enjoyable, but not amazing with dishonest author

if you use fakespot.com on any of aleron Kong's books on Amazon you can clearly see that aleron kong or people he employs are artificially inflating his 5 star reviews as well as using slur campaigns and attacks coordinated to silence critics and vote that more honest reviews are unhelpful, so whilst I somewhat enjoyed this series, I'm now forced to give it an abysmal review to both reflect my disappointment in Aleron Kong at his dishonest and bad faith business practices, as well as do my small part in counteracting his devoted legion of monkeys (and perhaps even boys) that are employed and coordinated via his Facebook page amongst other means. If you think I am making this up then you are a sheep, as a few good Google searches, Reddit or fakespot.com make the truth visible if you bother searching.

For my actual rating, the story is a solid 3/5, the author has very little talent towards writing, but makes up for that with incredibly detailed world building. The performance by Jeff Hayes smooths over many of the authors flaws in writing style and he deserves 5/5 for giving the performance life even where the books were lacking. I enjoyed the books 4.5/5, but I truly love fantasy and litrpg both, and would objectively only give the story an honest rating of 3/5. All that being said though, my rating of the author would be 1/5 or lower, due to his arrogance, pride and dishonesty. Not to mention the number of deadlines he has missed just for the release of book8, but that's neither here nor there when compared to how he dishonestly manipulates ratings and reviews for profit and fame. Shame on you Aleron Kong, I may enjoy your books, but I'm only 1 step away from boycotting your future works!

TLDR: I really enjoyed the series, but objectively it's very average and the author has been shown to be heavily manipulating his ratings and reviews... Now watch as his team of worker monkeys bury this unbiased, critical review in with "unhelpful" markers... please vote helpful if you found this to be informative

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-19

If you're not a gamer beware of style

I didn't like the frequent 'stat updates' and gamer style of the story. It takes away from the flow of the book and makes it difficult to get into.

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  • Chris S Young
  • 10-09-19

so tedious

when playing an RPG I find the constant popups an irritating interruption to gameplay. when reading about an RPG I imagine I would find it even less interesting, but soon over it like I would in the game, but when *listening* to these stats be read out mechanically over and over again I wanted to jump on front of a train. I also found the natural accent of the narrator jarringly American.

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  • Morgan
  • 06-08-18

Social Disconnect

Feels like it's written by the father of a gamer. Such a boring story, and the references to now old pop culture makes this story terrible.

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  • Damien P.
  • 12-12-17

There are much better options in the GameLit genre

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

That mountain seems too high to climb.

Has The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga put you off other books in this genre?

If this was the first novel I had read in the LitRPG/GameLit genre, i would have been put off. I certainly would not have had the same excitement I had when I read my first novel in this new genre, written by one of the Russian authors who coined the genre name, LitRPG. There are so many better examples in the LitRPG/GameLit genre.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance was okay, however it was completely ruined by the narrator’s use of sound effects. The constant and repititive bells ringing as the MC levelled up made it impossibke to listen to the book before bed as my partner could hear the noises through my noise cancelling headphones and I was unable to relax and listen to the story. The noises constantly broke my immersion.

What character would you cut from The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga?

The main character. I didn’t like the guy, which made it very hard to like the book. He had no back story and seems completely unphased by his new reality and the life he has left behind. His humour is sophmoric and he lacks any deeper inner life.

Any additional comments?

I wanted to like this audiobook but it had none of the elements, like a compelling, layered storyline and likeable characters that I care about, that make me lose myself in a story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-12-18

Not worth your time

The story was a bit bland and the sound effects were very annoying. The was also a lot of repetitive content, like spending minutes listening to a list being read. would not recommend this as an audiobook, may be okay in print

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  • Marco
  • 09-06-17

Rubbish

Kept on waiting for it to get better. Terrible story full of plot holes and a waste of time. I had just finished a Brandon Sanderson before picking this up which probably led to the huge feeling of dispointment. No where near the same league of writing.

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  • al
  • 07-01-18

That’s 4 hours I’ll never get back

This book was the worst piece of rubbish I have saver encountered, the fact that someone took the time to write RPG stats into a book and then repeat them over and over and over and over and over and over and over again, made it frustrating at the least. I had to turn it off after about 4 hours.
The story is thin on actual, well, story. If this is the future of contemporary fantasy literature the world is in dire straights!!!!! I’d also like to know how it got a 4.5 star rating on audible

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  • Mark wightley
  • 07-03-18

Terrible writing and story

Worst book I’ve ever read, returned this ... don’t waste time... unable to finish ... it was that bad

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-17

An engaging LitRPG that is well narrated.

Where does The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

With an excellent narrator, this audiobook is as immersive as any other LitRPG you will find.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that the story stayed a bit more in-line with gaming experiences and gradual power. While the character does seem unusually powerful to what a gamer might expect a 'character' to start as, this is not a "powerstomp" that you might expect from the Russian authors. If you enjoy the journey of the character, this story has it.

What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Nick Podehl was a great narrator and gave Momma a hilarious accent.

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

There is perhaps one criticism to be had, and that is that the main character doesn't strike a lot of emotional chords. He seems very accepting of what has happened, spends almost no time adjusting, and while he has an admirable motive, he has yet to face real dilemma and challenge. That being said, this is the first book, and I expect more to come when the budding relationships kick off.

Any additional comments?

A great book. The author is ambitious in calling himself the "Father" of American LitRPG, but time will tell.

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