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Barliona is back! Old world, new heroes!   

What would happen if a professional rock musician joined a virtual MMO in search of inspiration among its game world? What would happen if she decided to play as a biota bard, a brand-new race of humanoid flora as well as a new class? 

Whatever would happen, it would surely be fun....

©2018 Eugenia Dmitrieva and Vasily Mahanenko; English translation copyright 2018 by Boris Smirnov (P)2018 Tantor

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Slow start to series

It feels like a very slow start with a rushed ending to me. Going to need to relisten to The Way of the Shaman to remember what was going on. I understand why I kept seeing unfavorable reviews for this book. If you haven’t read and liked Way of the Shaman don’t bother with this one. I think this is just an intro to this new spinoff from that series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Why was it so confusing and boring?

The story constantly jumps fro game to reality. A bleak and boring realty! With dialogues out of the blue such as: “do you like fish?” “I don’t know, I will have to try” - no lead up to this nor did it mean anything!
The game-side is innovative... but boring. The full book plays in a tree!!! When something finally happens... it’s jumped over!
The end promises some improvements in the next book.
Wish I had not read it. Far behind the way of the shaman.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A greener take on Barliona

If your looking for the Shaman he's not here. I have enjoyed the Shaman books but this isn't them. This book takes the same game and puts some real folks into it. The game isn't everything, its a part of the story. The characters are more real. The conversation between characters is interesting and gives you a better idea who these folks are. They are playing the game, beating the foes and solving the puzzles but they are also taking care of their own outside needs. The heroine is more a real person. She is not a gullible shaman. The dialogue lets me into a different culture and keeps me interested. I have read the complains that it ends to quick and I don't see it. I look forward to book 2 and 3 and 4. The author has done just enough to keep me wanting more. To the author good job. To audible "I want the next one, PLEASE."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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ending

cliff hangers needed another hour to finish out the story. over all a well written story

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Ehh

My only real complaint is that the narrator changed pronunciation of several things. But over all a good listen

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Name changes?

She keeps saying Jaranika not Garanika. When she said melon for Mayen I was very upset and when she miss pronounce their names it through all amersion out the window. Other than that the book is really good.

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So disappointed...

I love the Way of the Shaman series. I think I've listened to it at least 4 times.

Which is why I was so disappointed with this book. There is no charterer development, it ends abruptly, and without any kind of Act III.

I think I am being vague enough, however SPOILER ALERT: 'Something that involved none of us happened somewhere else, so let's talk about writing a song! - THE END' (Really, that's IT!)

Such a wonderful premise, but very poorly executed.

The narrator is OK. The voice is too high pitch at 3.5, however it's tolerable at 3x.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good Story, but bad name pronunciation

If you are going to have a spinoff series with a different narrator you should have the sound editor check to make sure that the main characters names from the main series arent butchered. *Face Plant*

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  • Chris
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • 12-04-18

Bad Performance

The only real problem was the reader obviously never listened to the rest of the books. The way she pronounces some of the names from the other books grates on the nerves and in at least one case uses a completely different pronunciation then she had been using all along. Still like the story though.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great story but audio did not do it justice

So I have no issue with the narrator, she did well at the voice acting but for a story about music where the main character is a musician and then becomes a bard they could at least have some music. I felt it was very lacking.

If you put album 1 I expect at least background music if not a song.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful