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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!  

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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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Less Story More Interruptions

This was my first audio book in the LitRPG genre. I don't know if it's just this book, or the genre, that didn't quite work for me. The story was good, but character development was ordinary at best. But that's not the biggest problem. The main issue is the constant and very very long status updates that break up the narration/progress of story. The protagonist goes about his tasks, accomplishes something, and the narration gets interrupted by something like "Congratulations. You have accomplished X task. You have earned X points and X rewards and your status is now X and your strength is now X and your health is now X and you have achieved level X in X skills..." Such updates happen too frequently and go on for far too long. If this were a print book I could skip it, but in audio book format you don't even have that option. This completely fractured the listening experience for me. As for the character development: one book into the series, I am not emotionally invested in the protagonist's story enough to buy book 2. Sorry, but pass.

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not very good

honestly I felt like I was listening to somebody else play Skyrim. it was an okay book not really worth the amount of money that I spent. I wouldn't want to listen to any of the other ones in the series.

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Stellar Narration! Style tailored to Gamers

I'm a gamer. I drove from Oregon to New Jersey in a week... and driving 10 hours a day was boring! I listened to 3 books, a ton of NPR and I was looking for something different. I missed my games!

I already listened to another litrpg, the GOD AWFUL, "Tamer: King of Dinosaurs" and needed to try something proven... not what was clearly a grown man's pathetic teenage sex fantasy.

I was not disappointed by this book.

Hear me out. If you're a gamer you'll know what I'm talking about: Sometimes when you're playing games more than living a normal life, gaming elements start to incorporate into your dreams. You'll have a top-down view, a HUD, or an inventory in your dreams. Sometimes you'll loot something like a tree stump in the middle of nightmare, and when you wake up... you kind of wish you were still dreaming. When games mix into your dreams, you get the best out of both the real world and the virtual world!

That's what makes LitRPG so cool!

The main character gets sucked into a world governed by game mechanics, and rather than (more realistically) lament losing everything he's ever known or loved... he just sort of rolls with it! Haha! "Hmmm that was wierd. Ooh there's a person with a quest notification over her head... guess I better check it out!" Weeks later he's made friends, started a village, and only occasionally has he reminisced about his old Earth life... not ONCE does he ask, how did I get here and how the fuck do I get out? He's pretty much in heaven.

It does get a little exhausting listening to each and every stat block listed out... or all the loot descriptions... but like I said, the narrator is stellar. Occasionally I wondered if they got a different actor for certain characters... but no, he's just that versatile.

This is not Game of Thrones. This is not Harry Potter... This is like... maybe an manga novella?? I've never read one of those sooooo yeah. This is light reading to say the least. Young Adult for sure... but fun enough for this 37 y.o. gamer ;)

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Simply terrible.

two dimensional Mary Sue with no motivation or personality has everything go right for him.

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just no

I just can't, with the sound effects and awkward gamification style. it's not for me

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made me sleepy

i did not finish it, in truth i didn't make it very far.
for me personally, i need something to keep me awake. wit, fun, funny.

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A mediocre tale saved by a fantastic narrator

Let's start where this audio book really shines: The narrator, Nick Podehl.

The versatility of his voice acting and the energy he puts into the narration is second to none. His delivery is so amazing that it single-handedly makes this an enjoyable experience well-worth the time, if not necessarily worth full price.

Which brings us to the story itself: It's mediocre at best. To describe it as succinctly as I can: The story is a displacement power-fantasy WoW fanfiction with built-in game mechanics. If that doesn't sound so hot to you, that's because it really isn't.

That synopsis by itself would be a hard sell, but the story does little to capitalize on what might otherwise be a "but wait until you read it!" moment where a bad sounding idea turns out to include a fun twist. The plot is largely predictable, lacking anything truly insightful or new, there are many forced references and memes tossed in haphazardly, the author occasionally doesn't know the meaning of some of the words he uses (such as deadpan), there is an intermittent issue with telling and not showing, the narrative occasionally dives into unneeded author-tract, and the game mechanics slid quickly from quirky to obnoxious as they're used primarily as a mechanism to dump low-effort exposition on the listener and accelerate character relationships.

Coupled with all this is a staggeringly uninteresting protagonist who gets all of the toys at the cost of having little in the way of personality. Now, having a blank-slate of a character could be useful for developing an audience avatar, but that's not really what this one is built as. Instead we get a cavalier dude-bro who faces a few early setbacks culminating in a couple moments of angst. Moments which are then quickly overshadowed by his being emotionally unaffected by pretty much everything else that happens to him for the rest of the book. He does have a few moments where he spouts some self-righteous platitudes or has meandering internal examinations, but those serve only as the occasional reminder that he's not very deep as a character. In his favor, he is never needlessly jerkish to others as many power-fantasy protagonists tend to be, but not being a completely irredeemable misanthrope is, sadly, the best and only thing he's really got going for him.

The whole story feels like a missed opportunity. The writing, aside from the breakstep nonsense of the narrative game-mechanics, is well paced; the characters who aren't the protagonist are relatively interesting; the descriptions of setting, when they are provided, are succinct yet evocative; and there are occasional amusing moments between the characters where the potential of the author shines through. However, instead of offering interesting deconstructions and counters to the tropes of gaming communities, the story instead wholly embraces even the more tired cliches without really examining or offering a new take on them. So, while it could have been really ground-breaking and new addition to the fantasy genre, instead you have is a story about a bland gamer becoming a MMORPG character who isn't hampered by level caps or class restrictions. You can find hundreds of those on fanfiction sites for free if you really want to read them, though I don't personally recommend that.

Unfortunately for those authors, they don't have an amazing narrator to carry their work.

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Blasted with vulgarity first paragraph.

I wish books had ratings for the content like movies or games do. Not a pleasant experience to be unexpectedly blasted with vulgarity in the first chapter. Hard to find good fantasy adventures for the whole family these days.

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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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New to audio books - It blew my mind how good!

I have a long commute for work and decided to try audio books. After looking at suggestions then I seen the reviews for this book, and wondered if they really could be this good... as I am new to this genre of books then I did not know what to expect.

It is without doubt some of the most creative writing I have come across, humorous, witty, drama and romance, all brought together by the narrator who does a brilliant job in bringing to life this book. It has made me enjoy the commute to work and anywhere else I can now listen to this and I am now on book 4 and can't wait to listen to books 5-7.

It is best money I have spend in years and totally worth the $'s. Congrats to Aleron Kong who in my mind should have more recognition for this outstanding work.

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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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  • Anastasia
  • 01-03-18

Father of LitRPG my foot.

What disappointed you about The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga?

The blurb declares the author the "father of litRPG", apparently this is a title he has self-declared with no basis whatsoever. Far from being the first American voice in the genre, his work is not revolutionary in any way.
The book is full of constant pop-culture references, dick jokes and other juvenile and very-American humour that make the main character sound less like a hero and more like any 17 year old boy on reddit.

What will your next listen be?

Something in the litRPG genre by a different author!

Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favourite?

The way Nick voiced the Prince was excellent, but Nick Podehl never disappoints. Shame he got such bad material to read.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga?

All the pop culture references and teenage jokes that make it read like a YA novel instead of epic fantasy. He's in a world where LITERALLY NO ONE understands the references, ugh.

Any additional comments?

Skip this guy and read an author who actually earns their praise instead of inventing it. Great authors don't have to yell about how great they are, their work speaks for itself.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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