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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
4.5 out of 5 stars (20,423 ratings)

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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? 

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Whoa!! The Begining of something Amazing!!!!

The Land : Founding is simply an amazing Begining 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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Unbelievable series

First review I have ever written, but I wanted to give kudos to the author and narrator. Hard to believe that Dr. Kong was writing this in the evenings while still maintaining a busy physician practice during the day. Despite being self-published, the book was remarkably polished and the creativity and depth of The Land is truly something to behold (the next 6 books are just as good). And Nick Podehl's ability to create specific voices for all of the characters, then maintain those flawlessly throughout the lengthy books is Oscar-worthy.

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Epic

Do you miss your DND days? Want to go on a epic adventure? This is your Book. Characters are fun, witty and completely intriguing. Also even if you are not a gamer this book is still for you.

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Not What I Expected, but SO GOOD!!!

When people think of a novel they many times see the normal arc of intro, conflict, climax, and resolution. This book takes that concept and throws it to the wind! It builds upon it self with many different stories, all having there own arcs, all at once. These stories intertwine in a way that feels natural and fluid. Also if you are like me and love to see things grow from humble beginnings to something spectacular than you will absolutely love this book!

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Where has this been my whole life!

I cannot believe i have never heard of this genre and book before. The author has such a genuine feel for his story and it's refreshing to see a story without compromises.Anyone who is a fan of games, fantasy, anime or just really good story telling will love this series.

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A great performance, and a great story

I’ll start with the story, it was great.
Well it became great. The beginning was rough. Like, I want to punch the main character in the face rough. He just came off as trying so hard to be funny and make light of his situation. But this changed quickly. He really grows on you as time goes on and he grows up considerably. The rest of the characters are quite likeable and the story and quest lines feel really grand. I throughly loved the world of “The Land” and will definitely be buying the rest of the series
Performance- I have no issues.
The narrator does a fantastic job. The individual voices were great to here and really added to the character depth. I really enjoyed the Mama characters voice.

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the narrator made me feel like I was in the story

I quite enjoyed the first book of the series. It was a very interesting book. My favorite moment was probably when Richter stole all the belongings from the Baron.
I quite enjoyed listening the narrator. The narrator did such a good job. I felt like I was in the story, traveling with the characters step-by-step, feeling what they felt.

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Best series I've read all year!

My son introduced me to this book and I picked up the audiobook for a long work commute. The narrator is probably the best I've ever heard. The book itself is a combination of Piers anthony punny humor, world building, and a dude encountering a plethora of "oh crap" situations. I've read the series twice and don't plan on stopping. Well worth the time/cost.

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CAUTION: this book will get you hooked on this series

AMAZING ENTERTAINMENT!! This book will get you hooked on this whole series! I bought this first book thinking I would try it out and didn’t listen to another audiobook until I finished all 7 books in the series so far! I loved the world that Aleron creates and Nick Podehl brings to life in this amazing adventure story. The story grows on you just as the characters are growing in their levels and roles. It shows how a great leader is formed - by serving and protecting his people. Overall great story line and I can’t wait for the next book in the series!!! Gnomes rule!

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A bit cringy

The narrator was great, but the story is terrible. It felt like a 46 year old man trying to write a book that had, “hip” dialogue. Maybe it’s just not for me though. I see a lot of people liked the book, but I just don’t get it. I had to turn it off several times, because of the horribly unfunny and dated references.

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  • Charli Corcoran
  • 01-09-18

Book equivalent of watching your friend play.

Fun different approach to fantasy fiction. it starts mostly as a parody of rpg games and I'd not have enjoyed this section had I not been a fan. The plot is initially low level Wow, and by the end is more fallout4 quality. I'm hopeful it'll reach skyrim level or even Witcher if I'm lucky

'm going to give the series another go in the next book as the story did get better.

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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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  • Stephen P Whittaker
  • 01-14-19

DING, this book sucks

Play a video game instead, very difficult to get through maybe it would be easier to read? The narrator does a good job but constantly reading off stats and DING notifications becomes very frustrating also incredibly boring.The storyline is had potential but becomes very basic with little in depth story or any real emotions. Maybe I missed something but the character is awfully accepting of the loss of his reality and friends/ family, its bizarre. I have no idea how this book has such a a high rating.

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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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  • 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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  • john waugh
  • 12-19-18

RPG Tastic

Really enjoyed this book and the characters in it looking forward to the next books

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  • Dean lee
  • 12-14-18

brilliant story best books on Audible

absolutely brilliant story never a dull moment just give it a chance great performance by Nick podehl as always

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-18

Awesome

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

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  • Liam 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 05-06-19

Amazing!

Loved it, truly amazing. Makes you feel like your living a real life RPG. Great characters and story, look forward to the next book.

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  • Chris Johnson
  • 04-18-19

very enjoyable! voice over was amazing.

lived it, very descriptive and detailed I must now get every single one of the book is this series