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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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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.

36 of 45 people found this review helpful

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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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great book and reading. gamers will love this

this was a book that pulles you into the video games i love. the story was good and i could not wait to get to the next book. the reading was great and the added sound effects were perfect.

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One chapter in and I'm hooked!

I can already tell I will love the entire series, highly suggested to gamers, d+d fans or fantasy readers who enjoy games! Very cool and surprisingly funny!

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awesome read! story flows and character building

awesome read! story flows and character building is amazing. Nick Podehl is a great narrator.

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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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Attention grabber!

This was my first Audible book and it got me hooked. Very intriguing story. Kept me wanting more. Highly recommend!

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 6 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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-10-17

Exceptional.

I read the book. Loved it. Thought I'd try it as my first Audible. Loved it even more!

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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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  • 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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  • 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). 😥

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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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  • mcrackar
  • 11-03-18

good book but my god the sound effects

a solid litrpg story, however the performance has 2 big flaws.

1. the sound effects are over the top, an occasional chime would be okay. but if I wanted trumpet fanfares then I would listen to a graphic audio production.

2. there is way too much time spent going over prompts and stats. things like race descriptions and the 20 second level up message really didn't need to be repeated over and over.

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  • Jarad Chittenden
  • 10-27-18

Simply brilliant!

I absolutely loved this book! Great concept, and Nick Podehl brings this completely to life with his superb narration.

Cannot rate this high enough!