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Publisher's Summary

Aaron Hope plays video games, like a lot, just not professionally. When he entered the EpiX! Games! PVP World Championship on a lark, this college senior never expected to make it to the final round, nor to get drugged and shoved into the alpha test for World of Ruul.
The premise for this virtual reality MMO is simple. Find all eight treasures scattered throughout the world before the maelstrom's forces devour everything in sight. The only catch? You can't log off, and if you die...well, let's just say what happens in the game doesn't stay in the game.
©2017 Jason Cipriano (P)2017 Jason Cipriano
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jenniferk on 02-25-17

A nice surprise and very addictive

Would you listen to Soulstone: Awakening: A LitRPG Novel again? Why?

I would listen again since by the end of the book I was better acquainted with the subject matter and will probably hear things I may have missed the first time around. I haven't heard many litRPG books and I don't play the games. I found out that I didn't need to be familiar with gaming to get into the story quickly. It's main plot is easy to follow and it felt like I was reading a regular supernatural book. There is plenty of humor and since the characters are learning as they go through the story I was pulled along quite easily. The author expertly crafted a world and characters that are unique and engaging. I really enjoyed this take on the genre and would recommend it to any fantasy reader. My only disappointment was that there isn't a book two yet.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem on 05-29-17

Dispite grammer & narration flaws, it's still fun.

Off the bat, it is obvious "Soulstone: Awakening" is not perfect. At times it even feels like it barely creeks up to the passible finish line. The concept is fun but simple, there are places in desperate need of an editor, and the narrator sounds, at times, like he is falling asleep. All low points considered, however, this audiobook has something many in the LitRPG subgenre rarely seem to get right during the first introduction that had me rooting for it all the way to the end; An actual character focused storyline.

Yes, avoiding a typical LitRPG pitfall, "Soulstone: Awakening" actually focuses on keeping the interest in the characters as a welcome change. These characters change, plan, make mistakes, have flaws, mistrust each other, have something to lose, have a defined goal and a stopping point that makes sense. They might grow on you as they discover more about the strange mission that they find themselves on. Even George, possibly the most irritating comedy relief character to listen to ever, has a mysterious element about him that makes a listener want to discover what lies under his seemingly silly gangster wannabe bunny existence. Not all the players are what they seem, so "Soulstone: Awakening" keeps listeners just interested enough to keep listening dispite glaring flaws.

This book is recommended to fans of both videogames and stories focused on characters. Beware there are a ridiculous amount of memes, media references, cringe worthy attempts at trash talking and grammer problems.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By David on 05-08-17

Suprisingly brilliant

I cannot explain why I was not originally keen to buy this book. Maybe it was the description. Maybe it was the cover art. Maybe it was the fact that the Author has written many other genres than RPGLIt. However, the delay in picking up this book was totally my loss. It is excellent.

I have spent half the day at my desk pretending I was on a conference call listing to the end of this book. it is witty, clever, funny and downright entertaining.

These books are often power leveling crazy, saving the world or some lame attempt to be an anti hero whilst still of course being a hero. Here it is quite different, even though he is a bit of a hero!

The characters are great, (love George and his attitude) well thought out and with some real identity. Plot good, could do with a tiny bit of pacing work perhaps, but that is me being very picky and also you wont believe me if I don't find some small fault.

if you are the shy retiring type then there is a fair bit of swearing, but it is in context and in no way appears to be overdone.

In short go get the book. I will now have to see if I like his other books now!!!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By john woods on 02-27-17

a fun lit rpg romp <br />good fun but at a cost <br />

I enjoyed it a fun rpg lit novel well narrated but I think 9.99 per book would be fair I don't think £50 PLUS IS FAIR for the series while I love these easy to listen to novels the cost out weighs the experience - audible needs to at the least sell a set at a discount some are way way overpriced otherwise I will stick to reading the book

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