• by Stephan Morse
  • Narrated by Pavi Proczko
  • 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The future is filled with self-driving cars, virtual realities, chore completing machines, and super-fast Internet connections. Yet all these technological innovations cannot prevent tragedy. Three years ago Grant Legate lost that which he loved most. His carefully built life fell apart in the wake of depression.
Now, Grant spends most days working endless hours as a companion to an AI. Their job is simple, to repair broken machines that humanity uses to visit virtual realities. Unintended hard work pays off after his boss forces Grant to take a vacation and try the latest game craze called Continue Online, a fantasy world with the freedom to play any role one might choose.
Inside this new game, he meets a series of AIs that are nothing like what he expected from a video game. Grant starts his journey from a very different perspective, and he is only one part of an AI agenda that will end up impacting all of humanity.


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Theater of the Mind lives on!

Once in a while a really good story is written by an author that is not that well known. This is certainly one.

I have heard Orson Scott Card talk about the audio book being the best medium for reading his books. My understanding of what he speaks of is that a movie takes all the imagination and places it on the director/producer to tell the story. The written book requires the engagement of the mind to decipher the letters on the page to bring the story to life. The audio book, on the other hand, allows the listener/reader to sit back and take in the story and let it play in the “theater of the mind”.

I listen to a lot of books and really enjoy most of them. But once in a while, one comes along that truly creates Card’s “theater of the mind” experience. This book was one of those for me.

The narration was not up to par. The character voices were not well differentiated although the narrator did not really just drone on. I got used to the narrator by the end of the book but think it would have been an even better experience by someone else.

The story however, was well above par. This is one that draws you in and don’t let go. The character development was well done with good pacing and did not leave you wondering who was who and what was going on. The story is about a video game that is so completely immersed in reality that while in the game it is easy to forget who you were before you entered. This audio book has such an experience in the “theater of the mind” that it is just like the game in the book. It is easy to get lost in the story and forget reality for a time.
Although this book stands alone as a complete story, it is the first book in a series and is a great introduction into the world for the stories to come. Can’t wait for more and if this book is any indication worth every credit I will be spending on the rest of the series.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audio book by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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Potentially the Worst LitRPG I Have Read

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

I suppose someone who reads suspense or autobiography would like this book. It was notably lacking in RPG, Fantasy, and Sci-fi. Their was some future tech and some fantasy, but it did not feel like anything.

What could Stephan Morse have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Replace the entire William Carver story and get to the game. And tone down the depression thing, we all have problems and I want to read a book without being reminded that I'm probably depressed to. Instead of a having a story of overcoming an obstacle like his memories and mental problems the main character stays pretty much the same through the entire book and you might say he did one exciting thing the whole time. I didn't care about him, his sister, his niece, or his personal psychologist AI. In fact the only humor to be found was by the little dragon killing little animals. If the series gets better then it would be a good move to bundle this piece of crap with the better sequel.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Pavi Proczko?

sure, he made no mistakes and relayed the story well

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

Don't buy this book. Look into authors like; Aleron Kong (one book on audible, terrific litrpg which was funny enough for me to read the rest of his books on kindle), Vasily Mahanenko‎ (Shaman series is good, and Galactagon is better ), Alexey Osadchuk (Daily grind series which is good with a misleading cover), Michael Atamanov ( Perimeter Defense series of which the first and third are very good), D. Rus (Alterworld series of which all of it was good and especially after book 2. Very funny and terrific writing with expansive world), Andrei Livadny (Phantom Server was a decent series), Cosimo Yap (Gam3 and its sequels which are all good), and last is Blaise Corvin ( Delvers LLC series which is not technically Litrpg, but it deserve recognition and has the level-up aspect and a unique plot and set of characters who are both funny and vivid).

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- Nicholas C.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-28-2017
  • Publisher: Stephan Morse