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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? 

PS - Gnomes Rule

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Awesome

Talk about nostalgia and grinding characters, excellent story telling around a rpg creation what could be better.

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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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#1 Book of all time

This book was fantastic in so many ways. I have read books for a long time now and I can safely say that this is the best book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. If you have ever dreamed of building up something great when starting with little to nothing, you will love this book.

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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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Great Story

It felt like I was listening to an RPG that was being played in real time. Very well done.

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Welcome to the Land!!!

Ok so if you have never listened to or read a litrpg your in for a treat!

Aleron Kong does an amazing job of world building, character development, funny real world reference "alot of the litrpg out is russian based and some of the references mean little to the English crowd". If you have ever played an mmo and thought man I want to live in this world than this book is for you! The Land is a vibrant world with amazing characters "Sion is my favorite"! Nick Podehl is the narrator and his performance is great, the sound effects are spot on.

I won't give you any spoilers but if your even remotely interested in the summary give this book a go and you will fall in love!

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Beginning of Awesomeness

Tl;dr - Fantastic adventure, chock full of humor, performed by an amazing narrator!


I stumbled across this series while perusing through my recommendations. The first time listening through, I found it to be enjoyable. After listening through books two and three, I was hooked. I found myself constantly checking to see if and when the next installment would be released. It wasn't until book 7 that I realized what a true gem Aleron Kong really is.

There were so many cultural references throughout the series that I went back and listened through the entirety a second time to see what else I might have missed! This review is being written after completing my 3rd venture through this series.

Kong lays on the foreshadowing so deep that elements of this book do not even show up again until much later in the series. The dialogues between characters seem to flow naturally and the development of each remains true.

The elements that comprise this story are vast. Just when things seem fun, it gets serious. When the tension is built to the boiling point, Kong drops a humor bomb. The array of emotions evoked through this book, let alone this series, will keep me coming back for more.

The only times I found myself losing interest were during the review of statistics and Richter's character sheet. However, those moments are required to stay true to the nature of the LitRPG genre, so I don't necessarily see them as negative. Had I been reading the book rather than listening, those moments might have moved a little faster for me.

Nick Podehl captures the author's voice with such synergy that the story really becomes three dimensional. I've been a fan of Podehl for a long while now, but this series is by far his greatest. It's as if these books were written specifically for him. One can easily hear that Podehl is enjoying himself.

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If you love RPG games you'll love this series!

This was my first experience with LitRPG, and I'm hooked! I'm already on book 4 in under a month. I felt like it was important to review so others new to the genre would have some confidence in starting with this series. Narration is amazing like always from Nick. Be warned, the books go quickly at only around 10 hours a piece and you'll definitely be left wanting more!

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Nick Podehl is great and Aleron Kong too

Aleron Kong and Nick Podehl perfectly capture the essence of RPG and adventure in this riveting tale.

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  • David
  • Pensacola, FL, United States
  • 09-24-18

What a great book.

I can't wait to listen to the next one ane every one after that. So glad that my first book in the LitRPG genre was this one. I don't think there was a single moment that i was bored with it which is what i look for in books to gauge there readability. Do glad Audible suggested it. Can't wait to listen to the next one and every one after that.

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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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  • Coxeh
  • 12-05-17

Amazing series, worth the investment

This book and all others in the series I could not stop listening too. Aleron Kong has done an amazing job at bringing this world to life. the character development is amazing and makes me feel real nostalgic for the days I used to play MMORPGs

the only issue I had with this book was fixed in the books going forward. which was the loudness of the notification sound effects when items were obtained etc, this is fixed from book 2 onwards

5 star performance for nick too

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  • Simon Layhe
  • 10-27-17

very talented voice actor

Loved all of it, bugs me that he says "urbs" instead of "Herbs" lol but still great

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  • Mr W.
  • 10-19-17

Awesome

This is the 1st litrpg book I’ve read and was hesitant as I don’t play games, but wow. I was captured immediately, the narrator did a great job, sounded enthusiastic and obviously loves his job. The story was well written and I couldn’t tear myself away. Credit to the author I love fantasy and this were right up my street. An easy listen with lots of detail too. I’ve listened up to book 4, all great just can’t wait for book 5. Credit to the author

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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.

5 of 5 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
  • 09-25-18

awesome book

I have listened to all of these books three times now and I still like it as much as I did when I first heard them

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-18

Phenomenal

Aleron Kong has created a stunning work with a new world set to ignite longing in all of us readers and gamers who yearn for adventure and wish we could be part of such a magical ride.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-18

excellent start to a great book.

The is like a RPG game. Can't wait till I listen to the next book in the series. The book was written and thought out. The author did an excellent job and it keep me hooked. The narrator was excellent with his different voices for each character. Loved the book and give it 5 out of 5.