Opening Moves : The Gam3

  • by Cosimo Yap
  • Narrated by Nick Podehl
  • Series: The Gam3
  • 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Earth is changing. The alien invasion brought social upheaval, advanced technology, and an armada of peacekeeping robots. But Alan, a college student pursuing a now-useless degree, cares little about all of this. He has only one thing on his mind: the Game.
A fully immersive virtual reality, the Game appears to be a major part of the invading civilization. Alan can't wait to play, recklessly diving into the digital universe. Soon though, Alan realizes the Game is anything but simple, and the stakes are higher than he ever imagined.

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A swing and a whiff heard around the world. So give this one a pass, trust me, the market is pretty much saturated with LitRPGs these days (and I am happy about that).

There are some good ideas here, and there are some entertaining bits. That's it though, it is not even at the same level as the sum of its parts. It's held together by info dumps, stupid, and idea shifts. The author seemed to change his mind about what he was doing or where he was going from chapter to chapter. The real protagonist is the AI Eve, for sure, because the person, Alan, that is the point of view of the story is...well, I think there is evidence that he is actually mentally handicapped. Forrest Gump level slow here.

And don't get me started on the plot holes. No, seriously.

The trappings are there, but they are all the same trappings as every other mediocre LitRPG, just with an AI in the "hero's" head as the overpowered ability, and some pew pew guns. Ugh, now I remember the so-called overarching plot/story. I'm going to go drink until I forget it.

I do not recommend this book.

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- Matthew "1 Star -- Terrible 2 Stars -- Bad 3 Stars -- Mediocre 4 Stars -- Great to the right person. 5 Stars -- Superb, you must pick this up."

Quite good LitRPG

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would, as long as the friend is into fantasy or gaming.


What other book might you compare Opening Moves to and why?

Awaken Online is the most recent I listened to that was similar in nature.


What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to.
I got anoyed that his female voice acting at the begining reminded me of "kings dark tidings" books bimbos voices, but that was present only at the one chapter.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This is no tearjerker, this is entertainment for nerds.


Any additional comments?

Nice mistery filled story with decently OP MC

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- Viesturs

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-29-2016
  • Publisher: Podium Publishing