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Publisher's Summary

Daniel's guide to early retirement:  

  1. Intercept illegal money transfer from mafia boss. 
  2. Hide out in super-exclusive full-immersion virtual reality game until the heat is off. 
  3. Roll a bard. Max out charisma. Live it up.  
  4. Profit.  

With all the pesky planning out of the way, Daniel set out to realize his ultimate dream: gaining enough money to buy a tropical island and spend his days playing the violin and RPGs. What could possibly go wrong?  

Disclaimer: There shall be no harems in this series. Overpowered, perfect protagonists will not be tolerated, and excessive cursing will result in donations to the swear jar.   

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:  

  • Justin Thomas James - narration, music direction, editing, mastering 
  • Laurie Catherine Winkel - female characters 
  • Jeff Hays - Gillem Drizzlefog, Greck, and other supporting characters 
  • Dalton Lynne - proofing, editing
©2018 Lars Machmuller (P)2018 Jeff Hays

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A New Look

This is a more mundane version of a litrpg that you may find among audible. There isnt a huge grand scheme where the main character does Heroics. He doesnt break the game and he doesnt topple empires. The main character barely gains levels and spells.

What it does offer that makes interesting is the musical addition. The violin acoustics throughout the story are very well done and are pleasing to the ear.

My only concern is that the book seems slow to me. I enjoy more grand endeavors and achievements in a litrpg, but that doesnt mean I cant enjoy this too.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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If you like LITRPG, you won't regret this purchase

My favorite part of any story is the beginning. The slow development of a neophyte hero who has no idea what's in store for them; slowly blundering through successes that gradually define them, with the devastating failures lagging close behind. This book hit me right there and didn't end in a great and powerful hero dominating their dominion, ready for epic adventures in the obvious sequel. There's a slow, but captivating simmer to the main characters development that I truly enjoy. I genuinely hope that the public's reaction to this story is as positive as mine, and that Lars is motivated to create a long series from this base. I can't wait to hear what comes next, as long as the pace is maintained, and he stays true to this base. This is a 6 to 12 book series potential here that I'll buy into as long as it doesn't become templated and unoriginal, as so many LITRPG series do.

Totally worth a credit!

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worth a credit

I'd like to start by saying the performance was stellar. The main narrator is above average and the supporting narrators were great. I especially appreciated the violin pieces and would not mind them adding that into the combat.

The writing is well done, with the character development fluid and the character personalities unique. The story is entertaining and I like the bard spin on the whole thing. It all has a very different take on things compared to the normal hack and slash litrpgs. The MC is not impeccable but is likable. He makes mistakes and he does admit them. This book is actually a bit refreshing in the lit rpg series as it does not contain tons of ridiculous harem plots nor a ridiculously overpowered mc. Actually the MC is a touch weak, as expected of a bard. However, once again this is definitely worth a credit and I will be getting the next book.

There are only two reasons I docked a star. The first is that the starting in a bum town in the middle of no where and then coming to like it and staying there is a little cliche...and overdone. Once in a while it would be nice to see big picture stuff. Also in order to not give any spoilers ill beat around the bush here but I can just feel the foreshadowing and build up to who killed the bar keeps mom...and its a touch obvious to all the little hints being dropped everywhere. I hope the next book starts with that discovery so we can get to some new and exciting content..but what evs.

All in all this really is a great book and alot of it comes from how well it is written in terms of dialogue, character personality/ development and the overall feel of the book. I would love to see where this book leads and do hope to see the mc go on some grand adventures.

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  • Ben
  • United States
  • 10-25-18

Well-written, clever whodunnit in the LitRPG genre

I'm well past 100 books deep in LitRPG at this point, and this one definitely makes my top 10, maybe top 5! It's fun, clever, impressively well-written or even crafted, and was a breath of fresh air among a genre too replete with torture scenes, brutal violence and deaths, gratuitous sex, and moody depressing protagonists being manipulated nonstop. I found this story charming and had to force myself to stop listening each night to sleep. The RPG portions largely take a backseat to the plot and characters...and that was refreshing. I'm looking forward to finding out more about the secrets of Grant's Crossing and its unique residents!

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love it!

the best bard story I've heard in a long time.
definitely a good read and I love the fact that he is not an instant hero.
please make this a series.

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Breath of fresh air

This story was a breath of fresh air, ready for book 2 to come out. loved that they used music as well.

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  • Erik
  • Champaign, IL
  • 10-22-18

Fantastic narration, great story

the narration of this LitRPG included several of my favorite narrators. the musical sections were a blast to listen to. I enjoyed this unique take on the genre.

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4,8* rounded up :)

It's not perfect, but the few rough edges are by far overshadowed by the awesomeness that is the sum total of it's parts. I have a singed version of this book and yet, I doubt it will ever be opened, because this audio version is so much better.
There are several places where the MC plays on his instrument of choice and these segments are put to life in the book by a true professional.
If this is the way Audiobooks are moving, to be not "simply" narration, but welltimed effects that enhance the story without hindering it, then I start to fear I will listen to little else than SoundBooth Theater...

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Storytelling+Music pushed to 5

This wasn't the action packed LitRPG I initially set out to find, but there was enough to keep me interested.
I would've given 4 stars but the just above-average story topped on with music took my immersion in this book to a new height. This experience has made its mark.

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beginning of a great series

I have a hope this will turn into a great series. a unique look at the lit RPG genre. I am very thankful there are no harems in this book.

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  • L.
  • 10-12-18

Absolutely amazing!

This outstanding performance by soundbooth theater has given me more than enough faith in audiobooks. I've been debating on canceling my subscription, bc honestly I've grown bored of it, but now I honestly can't wait for the next book! The music was amazing! I soapy cannot wait for the next book!