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Viridian Gate Online: The Jade Lord: A litRPG Adventure

The Viridian Gate Archives, Volume 3
Narrated by: Armen Taylor
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,179 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

November, 2042

It's been a busy month for 32-year-old Jack Mitchel:

Three weeks ago, he died.

Two weeks ago, he founded the first Faction in the ultra-immersive, fantasy-based VRMMORPG, Viridian Gate Online.

A week and a half ago the world ended, destroyed by a cataclysmic asteroid.

Seven days ago, he conquered the Imperial city of Rowanheath, bringing all of Eldgard to the brink of war.

Though Jack's Faction, the Crimson Alliance, has a tenuous truce with tech genius and Imperial lord, Robert Osmark, Jack knows it can't last. Osmark is devious and power hungry, and it's only a matter of time before he sends his forces to wipe Jack and his underdog crew off the map for good.

If Jack hopes to survive another month inside of VGO, he must find a way to beat Osmark and his army of bloodthirsty thugs, and a new quest - the Path of the Jade Lord - may be just the ticket. But this quest will be far harder than anything Jack's faced before, pushing him to his mental, physical, and moral limits. And if Jack isn't careful, his quest to defeat Osmark and the Empire may end up turning him into the despot he's been fighting against.

©2017 J.A. Hunter and Shadow Alley Press Inc (P)2017 J.A. Hunter and Shadow Alley Press Inc

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Series Keeps on improving

This is one of those rare series that just keeps on improving and improving as time goes on. The characters continue to grow, the plot is like a brick wall being filled in piece by piece with some solid mortar, and the action almost makes YOU bleed. Hunter is pretty slick,as he adds pieces from prior books to build the momentum, and then leaves you with a completed story that has a few plotlines that are unfinished so that you know where the next book is going to start.

The characters are really fun personalities, each distinct and outstanding in their own way. Each makes you laugh a little, grit your teeth some, and sweat a tad too. I think what is best about the characters is that they learn from their mistakes, and in this book they make a one whopper of an error, but they can use their intellects to overcome their adversity. That is why I really anticipate the battle that may be occuring in the next book! Gah, I hate waiting, but the build up is soooo good. I rate Hunter among the ranks of Blaise Corvin, Harmon Cooper, and J.A. Ciparino for the world building and characterizations. This is just pure fantasy at its finest, with just a touch of gamer thrown in for fun. VC is really beginning to carve out a name for itself for good reason.

By the way, Taylor just nails the narration. His voices make each and every character unique and fresh. If I went back to the first book I could admit that his voice for the Spider Queen was enough to admittedly make my skin crawl. I think I just want to hear him make Cutter say something like, "I can't get no satisfaction." Because everytime I hear that thief speak I hear Mick Jagger! Bloody brilliant, that is. Taylor is the man, and he knows how to pace a tale. I laugh everytime he does his "yelling over noise" voice, because I did that when I was a kid playing, too.

The series keeps getting better and better, and if this pace continues I think that we are in for some awesome stories! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


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Steryotypical

The series started out good but now it feels so standard, like a perfect fantasy. The conflict and tension started to feel pointless as you know everything would end in the most predictable fashion.

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Loved It!

Just like the last book, and the one before that, this book is amazing.

Again, only one minor gripe with the narrator's performance.... STOP WHISPERING WHEN THE CHARACTERS ARE YELLING! That's not how yelling works and it drives me insane!

Other than that though, the book was flawless and amazing.

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Yessss

I love listening to the story unfold and all the interesting powers of the main characters I would recommend this too a friend but only certain friends

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as always an amazing book

this book is as usual amazing it has some pretty good fights and is very imaginative in the problem solving

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fine book

it's a fine book, but the vo artist does a stupid whisper yell. I've listened to enough audio books to know there are better ways for this to come across,.

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Word

This is a good series, I like the pace and focus, giving a sense of completion at the end of each book with a nod of good things to come. good job!

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Great book

This is a great series, every book so far has been well worth it. After I'm done with this series I can't wait to see what else he has to offer.

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excellent!

this series has caught my attention and I want to hear more. very hard to wait!

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the book was kinda slow a few chapters in.

but once Jack gets his main quest it had me glued in place. love this series

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  • Morgan Searle
  • 11-18-17

Enjoyable Romp through a Fantasy World

This was my first proper audiobook. I enjoyed the story, but the format probably isn't for me. Armen did a great job, though I do have some constructive criticism:

- Might want to work on your UK accent. Cutter and that Bradford accountant were changing by the word in some places. I'm not sure how to feel about the Chinese or Middle Eastern accents either, though I suspect that's a systematic hazard of audiobooks in general.

-Some of the tables were read weirdly. two headings followed by two entries, when it would make more sense to read it heading followed by entry. For example you read 'Type, Duration, Passive, 10 minutes' when it flows much better as 'Type, Passive, Duration, 10 minutes'.

Otherwise though, I can't praise this enough. Fantastic voice, amazing story (if a little clichéd in places, but so are most game plots so it works as canon) and brilliant for making the system feel well-rounded instead of just supporting exactly what the story is doing, a crucial aspect to LitRPG which a lot of authors don't take the time to fully do, as balancing everything when most isn't relevant is often seen as a waste of time. That really makes a story for me.

P.S (minor spoilers!) special shoutout for having absolutely no sex scenes because I listened to parts of this on my bluetooth speaker and that would have been pretty embarrassing.

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  • Scott R
  • 11-04-18

An amazing story and set of Character's

I was very surprised that the quality of this was such a level above the first 2 volumes. Jack struggles with his quest and it shows great depth as the Viridian game prompts him down paths he doesn't wish to go.
Can he do what he hates to save his people and gain powerful new abilities and allies against an increasingly aggressive Empire.
Great story and narration just flows smoothly from Armen

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  • mark emerson
  • 09-19-18

Wow

This is the 3rd book and the 3rd time that I have to say wow missions are thought out rewards are good and I feel like I'm in the world

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  • Mr. M. C. Hackett
  • 04-07-18

The best in this series

What made the experience of listening to Viridian Gate Online: The Jade Lord: A litRPG Adventure the most enjoyable?

The writing quality seems to have gone up in this book, in addition the story pace picks up. lots of juicy scenes

Which character – as performed by Armen Taylor – was your favourite?

Jack

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, and did so.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-25-17

Moo reviews

Good book I did enjoy it didn't hit it all at once but still if you like the first two you will like the third I am looking forward to the 4th