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The acclaimed international best-seller The Land: Founding 

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

Book 1 of a seven-book series that will amaze and delight you for weeks! 

Number one audiobook 2017 

Number one in cyberpunk and epic fantasy 

Thousands of five-star reviews

Welcome my friends! 

Welcome...to "The Land!" 

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? 

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Better Than The Wheel Of Time and Firefly

To call a series better than Wheel of Time MIGHT seem sacrilegious. However, I found myself glued to the series from the start. I haven't even finished all 7 books, but I have listened to the first 5 and am about to start book 6. As other people have said Ready Player One meets Game of Thrones... I figured I would name drop a couple other awesome titles that you probably are already a fan of, and then say, get The Land: Founding and see if you fall in love with it like myself.

Nick Podehl is a great narrator. My first thought was that this guy sounds like Howard from Big Bang Theory. I actually was convinced that Simon Helberg and Nick Podehl were the same person. I had to google them to make sure it wasn't. And I am glad I was wrong. Nick does an amazing job of giving each character his or her own voice. A lot of narrators don't do both genders well, but he did a fantastic job, and used a wide range of accents and intonations to give each race and individual their own style. I will definitely be listening to more of Nick Podehl on Audible. Along with Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, he is now in my top 3.

The story: as this is my first LitRPG series, I enjoyed how the characters' leveling was integral to the story line but the stats were not obnoxiously interrupting the action all the time. The characters are very relatable. The pop culture references are sprinkled on sparingly and effectively for humor but not so much that the series will seem dated in 5 years. The battle scenes are great, especially as the story progresses (not just in book one), the relationships between Richter and the other villagers are interesting to watch as they unfold, the crafting, enchanting, research, and other game elements are also used to enhance the story, rather than fluff it with filler material. I have not only grown to love the characters, I have grown to love the universe here, and I don't want the story to end. I want there to be more adventures to listen to/read in the Land.

The author said something about writing stuff that he would want to read himself. I think that sentiment nailed it, and also in turn, he figured out how to write what I wanted to read, in the same series. I caught up with a friend recently in another state that I hadn't talked to in over a year. During that conversation I mentioned randomly that I have been listening to The Land and he said "wow yeah it's really good, you are going to love Book 7".

Hope my review helps. If you are on the fence, if you have a few other books in your cart, move them to your Wish List and get this first. You will thank me.

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Masterful

Pinnacle of the genre in my opinion. From the start of this book to the end of the latest you'll find yourself gripped to the story. Feels like you've got an invested interest in all the characters. I cannot recommend this enough. And it only gets better after this.

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Awesome

Great first book! I loved it! You need to listen to this now! Yes yes yes!!

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Only 4.5 stars? No.

Nick is a great narrator. Him and Jeff Hays are the best reading the genre IMO. When i saw this one book in the series at 4.5 stars I felt I personally failed the universe by not writing a review. If you've never listened to a LITRPG before, try it. If you have, you know this is the best series :)

Aleron also interacts with his fans if you're into that!

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This entire series is an absolute MUST read!!

The Land series is hand's down one of the best, most entertaining series I have ever read (or listened to) in my almost 40 years of reading for pleasure. I have read countless series over the years and have many that make my short-list of favorites. The Land is one of the most brilliantly written, entertaining, enjoyable series I have ever had the pleasure to read. Along with serious and suspenseful moments where you just know your favorite character has no chance to make it out of the mess he's in, there are countless laugh out loud moments. And for those listening on Audible, Nick Podehl brings Aleron's characters to life in a way you will never appreciate until you listen. Before The Land, there were only 2 series that I enjoyed reading a second time. The Land brings that total to 3!

This is anything BUT "just another" LitRPG series. Whether you are a fan of epic fantasy, D&D, LItRPG, suspense, etc., or just a fan of pure entertainment, you have got to give this series a try. The first book starts off fast and furious, and Aleron has maintained that pace through the entire series. Read this series and you will find out why Aleron earned the title of Father of American LitRPG!

If you have tried other LitRPG series and found them lacking, try this one to see how it is really supposed to be done.

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Best series ever!

Can't say how much I loved this book. I have read it three times and plan to enjoy it again soon. The entire series is a non-stop page turning adventure. Do yourself a favor and give it a try. Also, Nick Podehl is one of the best narrators I have experienced.

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  • Rory
  • Calgary, AB, Canada
  • 10-01-18

Gold Standard of LITRPG

I've now listened to a number of LITRPG series that I truly like and have given 5 stars across the board to - The System Apocolypse by Tao Wong, Alpha World by Daniel Schinhofen, Ascend Online by Luke Chmilenko, and The Gam3 by Cosimo Yap - but, to me so far, gold standard is The Land. The completeness of integrating an RPG game with "real life" has been readily managed by the author, Aleron Kong.

Now, combine that with the talents of Nick Podehl, and you truly have an epic on your hands. He brings to life all of the characters in such a clever manner that I find it hard NOT to laugh at times, thanks to his way of expressing what is actually happening. Congrats to Aleron for injecting common day events and sayings into the script, so that Nick can expertly interpret them in voice.

As a gamer, and a listener of these books, there were many times I'd think, "This is what he's got to do now!" as we've found ourselves gaming with these events happening to our avatars. Usually, these are basic moves ... or, what we consider to be the most "logical" moves, as we've probably repeated them over and over and over ... again. Aleron Kong goes beyond the rote "next move" and weaves an intricate, yet refreshingly correct, path for our hero. One that I've consistently found interesting. The moves are correct, because our "hero" is flawed and doesn't always "go with the flow".

It's unique. It's gripping. And, it's just thoroughly enjoyable.

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This is good if you’ve ever played a MMORPG.

I didn’t think watching a character level up could be so interesting. If you’ve played a RPG video game before you’ll get a lot of the references. The is a great first book and I already bought the second.

Oh and the performance by Nick Podehl was out standing. He has an outstanding character voice range.

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if you like rpg or fantasy get ready for a nerdgasm

Great story and performance, this was my first litrpg book and I see many more in my future. I felt like I was playing world of Warcraft or Skyrim. The level up prompts get a little annoying but it’s also good to remember what the characters stats are before moving forward through the book. Definitely worth a ready to see if you like LitRPG. :)

can’t wait to dive into the next one.

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Rereadable!

I’ve already listened to the whole series, and then decided to read the whole thing on kindle (all 7 books in series to date), and now I am listening to them again.

I am thoroughly impressed with how entertaining it was even on my third time through. While it’s obviously not as surprising, the writing sustains superb entertaining quality. Still stirring the emotions and definitely keeping my attention. The jokes are particularly clever in this series. I still found myself laughing along many times on this reread. The line of the story is interesting, the details of the mechanics of the world are fascinating, and the mysteries in the setting surrounding the protagonist are intriguing. It makes for an outstanding ‘rereadable’ experience!

The narrator is perfect for the story, he’s an all-star.

Can’t recommend it enough! Enjoy The Land!

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  • ben
  • 09-21-17

Great summer read

After a quick purchase while on my way out of the country to the sun I wasn't expecting much. The combination of smart writing and an interesting plot idea has left me buying the next few books in the series.

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  • Swiss Robinson
  • 07-23-17

Bloody Brilliant !

This book was gripping from the get go. The narration was captivating and the story is bloody brilliant! I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series !

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  • Claudia
  • 11-25-17

Brilliant

It was an excellent book, filled with funny references and sarcastic moments. The character of Richter is amusing and reflects a typical young male, and his companion, is equally as endearing

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  • Mr. M. Mazourov
  • 10-14-18

I don't get the style of the "narrated RPG"

what this is, is an RPG game for someone who does not play games. the literary value of this is close to zero. and although there is a place for books that do not require any brain power whatsoever, I never thought that you can pay no attention to the content and yet know exactly what is going on.

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  • Peter Szegedi
  • 08-13-18

Boring story with superb narration

I have bought this book, because of the great reviews. I can't recall a single moment when I was in doubt about the turns of the story. I think it was because there are no turns, or surprises. Go to X or Y location, understand the context, kill the bad guy, loot. Repeat over and over.

The narration is superb, but I do not recommend this book under any circumstances. Boring is an understatement.

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  • Lee Brace
  • 08-13-18

Not for me...

Never would have downloaded if I'd listened to sample. Suitable for a younger audience probably.

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  • Mr
  • 08-12-18

it's ok.

The good: there are some good characters, and lots of funny moments, the world is decent enough.

The bad: it's slow, there's too much description of individual items, there's an annoying ding a lot, there's nothing about the real world once the main character leaves it.

Overall: it's enjoyable but lacks complexity.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-24-18

Entertaining

Narrator was very good. Nice idea for a story, very entertaining. Not sure the stat updates and levelling up info translates well to audio, got a little repetitive.

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  • Mr. N. R. C. Kiley
  • 07-18-18

More like listening to a computer game

This could have been OK. But I barely endured it. Brrriiinnggg! You have encountered a creature. Big long list of stuff. Really? I'll not be getting the others.

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  • Fatboy101
  • 05-09-18

Perhaps I should have expected less

I thought when similarities were mentioned to ready player one that this would be worth a listen. However the plot is thin and it is literally like someone describing a friends gameplay. This may be the point but it was not for me. Narrator was very good - although he should know the word is pronounced ‘herb’ not ‘erb’!! 😃

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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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  • 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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  • 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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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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  • Dale
  • 06-27-18

The damn sound effects drove me nuts.

The sound effects were annoying at best. the constant DING with every, and i mean EVERY, notification or item and anything drove me nuts. It was unnecessary. Musical prompts with a new lvl or quest was exhausting, especially when he gains more than 1 lvl so it repeats for every lvl gained in a row speaking the same prompts over and over. simply combinimg all would have made it less ear splitting. I dont mind pop culture references but more than a few were just so lame. After listening to Ascend online and the amazing story that had this was not nearly as good, but the story is very interesting perhaps it gets better. get rid of the sounds and it definitely would. It was very difficult to be immersed in the story with the noises, bad jokes, odd descriptions just put me off too often. The narration was great, he did a good job with each voice, great range. too bad it was ruined by these points. I will listen to the next one with hope it improves.

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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  • hazyandlazy
  • 05-01-17

Love this series. Funny, action and great characters

This book had me at hello.
The audiobook (nick podehl) has the characters just right. (Specially muma). Quick humour, better fights and a gamers wet dream.
If you're into military scifi, fantasy and gaming, you will fall in love with this series and read it over and over.
Warning... you will buy the next books in the series and eagerly await the latest release, so allow time to immerse yourself in this ripper universe!
Thanks Aleron!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-17

Not for me

If you like DND board games you will like this. Well i like a good fantasy fiction but this is not it, seems that stat menu's and quests come up with a toll bell, that rings all the time (its so annoying) and the main character starts off as a self centered power hungry guy put into a world that is running exactly like a board game, then desides to change to a guy that still wants power but to help others and build a better board game world, its not even his world why should he give a crap lol the guy doesnt even miss anything about his life in the real world( the guy must have had no life at all). 😥

2 of 3 people found this review helpful