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Barliona: a virtual world jam-packed with monsters, battles - and, predictably, players. Millions of them come to Barliona, looking forward to the things they can't get in real life: elves and magic, dragons and princesses, and unforgettable combat. The game has become so popular that players now choose to spend months online without returning home. In Barliona, anything goes: You can assault fellow players, level up, become a mythical hero, a wizard, or a legendary thief. The only rule that attempted to regulate the game demanded that no player be allowed to feel actual pain. But there's an exception to every rule. For a certain bunch of players, Barliona has become their personal hell. They are criminals sent to Barliona to serve their time. They aren't in it for the dragons' gold or the abundant loot. All they want is to survive the virtual inferno. They face the ultimate survival quest.
©2015 V. Mahanenko. English translation copyright 2015 by Natalia Nikitin (P)2016 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jay on 05-04-16

Great for fans of RPO

if you are someone who enjoys the game here and there or if you are a hard core gamer, you will love this book. One of mytop 5 books is Ready Player One and this is on the same lines.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Benjamin on 05-27-17

Liked it alright, but I'm a forgiving guy

If you are a big fan of the mechanics of MMORPGs you will probably like this book. The specifics are well described with lots of "level up" messages and how that effects the character. Basically, if you played WoW or its analogues and loved chasing stats and reading level up messages, you will also love this book. If you do not, or get bored easily with this stuff, you probably aren't even considering this book enough to read this review. Go with that feeling.

The story and characters are ok. It reads a lot like the early levels of a role playing game. So the characters are a bit contrived and not entirely human, but in the situation, it works ok. The reader does a pretty good job of making the individuals distinct. He's not world class, definitely does journeyman work.

All in all, a novel (or genre) like this is self-selecting. Like RPGs? Try it. If you are unfamiliar with them, or have no interest in them, you will be constantly asking yourself, "what am I reading?"

If you came from a similar genre novel like "Ready Player One," don't be fooled, this book is not that. That book could be read by general audiences. This is more for gamers.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 04-02-16

Excellent Sub-Genre

I liked the strategy, the technical aspects of the game and the humour. I recommend that you find somewhere comfy to sit as once you start you will want to keep on listening to the end.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By David Probyn on 02-16-17

Fantastic!

What made the experience of listening to Survival Quest the most enjoyable?

Jonathan Yen's voice acting was fantastic

What other book might you compare Survival Quest to, and why?

It's similar to Ready Player One where everyone plays within a full-body immersive MMO.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mira on 05-16-18

Different and entertaining

This is an interesting take on the idea of playing MMOs and any MMO players would enjoy the story and challenges which the protagonist encounters. Looking forward to listening to the next book.

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