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Publisher's Summary

When Gunnar Long is transported into the first fully-immersive virtual MMORPG, he finds himself in a new world filled with magic, mystery, and adventure.
No more 9-to-5 job. No more studio apartment. No more reality TV.
Finally, he's in a place where he can call home, a place with people he can call friends.
But as more people want to trade their real world lives to get inside Eden's Gate, the government of the outside world wants the "game" shut down at all costs.
Gunnar must learn to survive, grow in power, and find a way to send a message back to his old home.
"We're fine. We're alive. Eden's Gate is real."
Eden's Gate is a LitRPG adventure.
©2017 Edward Brody (P)2017 Edward Brody
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By kanundra on 04-15-17

Good start

Thoughts –

I saw this book in some of the LitRPG groups, and seeing there were some reviews that talked in depth about it, I noticed the audiobook and thought I’d give it a chance. Also the narrator I actually really like this narrators voice, from some of his other audiobooks.

So here we go. Some of what I liked.

In terms of story, the idea that the game creator kills 5 million people, eeek. Starts out hitting the ground running for sure, and eases us into this plot with some pretty horrid ways to think. The fact that anyone who has a crappy life, for whatever reason can enter the game and live a totally different life, seems a real sure fire way to get the rest of the human population on the cards for suicide. And that’s one of the biggest plot points in here. That even after the game is turned on, and 5 million people die, that others are killing themselves.

The MC Gunner, is a really down to earth person. And that is what made me love this story more than anything, he hates spiders, I’ve only ever known one guy run from a spider and he was 6ft3 and pure muscle, but he couldn’t stand them haha. So the depth to this character and his reasoning inside the game when he gets there is excellent.

The narrator really has a good soft and expressive voice, he’s super easy on the ears and speaks with amazing clarity. I’m watching him for more books for sure. : )

Some of the things I wasn’t so sure on and I think could have been worked on and what I’d liked to have seen a bit more, of, but of course all my own personal opinion.

In regards to the POV shifting from Gunner to those out of the game, I think this was set up well enough in advance, though I would have essentially liked some more from that POV and maybe even from Gunner and his Girlfriends family. There was a lot of extra potential to really dig in from that view to make us think and feel more for the characters in the game and those out of it. Even from the POV of someone desperate to get in. I think that might have tipped the odd for us really then wanting the people on earth to save them and close the game down.

There were some really overused words in here and a decent editor and proofreader would have chopped a massive amount of this out. I think Pavi did a great job of working around some and still maintaining the flow of the story with only slight bumps in me wanting to click stop. It takes a lot to bring me out of the story world when I’m listening, but there were some in here, that were really avoidable with the right people behind the author.

Story world and game mechanics.

I am a firm believer of you can do whatever you want in your own written world. There’s no need for you to stick to tropes and things done in the past. So, these are easily moved past by myself, but I liked them and it brought this story away from tried and tested methods.

I noticed some other reviewer’s comments on gore, swearing and sex. In all honesty, I’m a varied reader and writer, listener and reviewer. To me this was not over the top for this genre, coming into it having read some reviews I actually expected a lot more and then was disappointed that there really wasn’t.

Gunner really does stick true to his nature. He might see other creature/people in the game as beautiful and visually appealing, but he also doesn’t sleep with anyone, and his mind is consistently thinking of and he’s active in searching out his girlfriend. I think most gals would love a guy to be that honourable and don’t the statistics actually say women think more about sex than men do. I think this was very well written in regards to the portrayal of a young man in a fantasy world, despite it being now his ‘life’ and he’s no way out.

The author and narrator do get 4 stars from me. There are some things to work on in the future, but I believe they will be and I’ll look forward to more, this was defo a little shorter than I’m used to, but a big hook into the world that is Edens Gate and the life that Gunner and his friends now have.

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By Krzysztof on 06-16-17

One of the most overrated LitRPG novels around

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I would not recommend it to anyone.

Would you ever listen to anything by Edward Brody again?


What about Pavi Proczko’s performance did you like?

It was a good job, but not remarkable or exceptional

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not that I could find them.

Any additional comments?

A word of clarification: I discovered LitRPG genre over a year ago and have since read or listened to many LitRPG books (my collection on Kindle alone approaches some 60 titles). In this case, I purchased “Eden’s Gate” on Audible. I am also a great fan of fantasy and sci-fi novels in general, which allows me to put any new release in a perspective and (hopefully) stay objective when assessing the quality of the work.

Having said that, I found “Eden’s Gate” thoroughly disappointing on several levels. First, the plot, after an interesting start, quickly becomes utterly unbelievable on the real-life part (and severely tests the patience and intelligence of the reader/listener), while it turns annoyingly predictable in game at the same time. Still, I could have enjoyed it nonetheless if the world/character building and the dialogues/interactions between the hero and his companions would compensate for this flaw.

Unfortunately, this is not the case. After going through several chapters you get the impression that no effort went into customisation of the very generic fantasy clichés (beautiful and wise elves, ugly and stupid goblins, tricky merchants…) and that the author just copy-pasted some of the scenes and settings from well-known fantasy novels/movies/games into this book. Furthermore, the way our hero, Gunnar Long is presented, does not make things any better. At the beginning of the story he is presented as a kind of a pro gamer, who spent thousands of hours playing different games, including RPGs. You would however never know it from the dumb way he behaves in the Eden’s Gate. As a result you feel detached from the main character and your interest in the story development and the world becomes lukewarm after reading just a third of the book.

Another failing of this novel is the implementation of RPG mechanisms into the story. Every now and then we read how the hero and other people are taken aback by the ultrarealistic and immersive character of the game world. The NPCs are realistic, physical sensations are top notch… Yet when it comes to quests they are so standard and unimaginative you have the feeling that they were taken from an old, second-rate cRPG. Surely the hero would note that, as you clearly spot it right on? On top of that I found the character progression completely schewed. If you ever played RPGs, how often did you get 5 legendary items in a row (+ a super-powerful pet) just at the start of your adventures? Well, this is what happens to our hero…

In summary, there are many LitRPG novels around that are just way better written and more interesting than “Eden’s Gate”. My recommendation: stay away.

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By Ted on 12-24-17

DAO Novelised

I am really adoring the story! I thought i would never find a story more catered for me, but this proved me wrong, and as soon as I finish the first book, I will go on to the next one. :-)

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By marion on 10-18-17

Fun read.

Really enjoyed this first book. A good romping adventure. Stats some times tedious though characters engaging.
Some glitches in story but overall very entertaining.

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By james on 01-16-18

game changing!

loved everything abouy this amazing book and cannot wait for more! need more asap please!

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By mitchell on 09-26-17

predictable other than the frustrating parts

great narrator. unfortunately the plot line is incredibly predictable although still decent. the worst part is how stereotypical and jarring Erin's character was and how so many irrational things happened such as a global black out for almost no reason at all (which is contrived as hell). the worst part is the end: oh no!!! 400 matches out of 5 million and he doesn't even spend a few minutes flicking through their point of views. fk that, worst way to force a sequel. also the 40 seconds of stats every 5 minutes was annoying as hell. ...
will be returning the book and not getting the sequel.

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