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Dante's Immortality: Beginnings

Auteur(s): Antonio Terzini
Narrateur(s): Jeff Hays
Durée: 14 h et 29 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (25 évaluations)

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Description

For those who reside in the outer regions of Aleria, the day of bestowal is what determines their destiny. 

It is the holy day of the Goddess. The day that allows those of age to step forward and receive their blessing, to embark on the path that she has chosen for them. To receive their Classification, which dictates their strength and ability. For those people, the holy day of bestowal represents fate itself. 

For Dante, it represents salvation. 

Years have past since he found himself abandoned without memories: years of hunger, ostracization, and solitude on the streets of Alazel without any hope of reprieve; of entrapment at the hands of the creatures that roamed the wilds beyond the city walls that made leaving impossible. 

Now, there is a chance for everything to change. 

In a cruel world where power could be gained through slaughter, strength meant everything. For Dante, that meant that the last his hopes lay in the Goddess' blessing. A combat Classification would be a lifeline, a way for him to escape the hell he had been living in. Anything else would only mean death. 

This is a fantasy story that is heavily influence by LitRPG elements, which include: classes, status screens, skills, leveling, and a form of experience gain, among other things.

©2018 Antonio Terzini (P)2018 Jeff Hays

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Amazing, Can't wait for the next book

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story is very engaging and moves at a steady pace. The MC is powerful yet also balanced. Jeff Hayes has done and incredible job as always. Huge fan of his narrations.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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Best book ever!!

Loved everything about the book. Narration was great as always and the story had me on my toes waiting for what was next. Can’t wait for the next book.

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Masterful

Absolutely fantastic. I don't usually listen to a book more than once, but I could put this one on repeat.

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Unrealized Potential

I'll start by addressing the performance as I have little in the way of critique of it. There was sufficient vocal variety to readily differentiate characters and dialogue usually had appropriate inflection of tone to match the emotional state that was written. The only real issue I had was on the part of whoever did the sound engineering they, for some unknown reason, added an echo effect to some of the dialogue which was annoying. But ultimately, the performance was serviceable if not memorable.

Now let's talk about the story which is the reason for the headline of this review. The truth of anything often lies somewhere between the varying views that people provide on it. After going through some of the five stars, this book is great reviews, and some of the lengthier this book is flawed reviews I would agree with some points.

1. No characters in this book jump out as being particularly memorable or likable. I feel like this was in part because the Author, Antonio Terzini, was looking to bring key players and upcoming events to light without really establishing them well.

2. It does suffer from genre tropes to a significant degree. However, I will say that it also breaks away from some of said tropes nicely. A good example is that the unexpectedly friendly nobles that pick Dante up near the beginning turn out to be evil (with the exception of the younger brother Alex), rather than becoming the beginnings of his new harem/fan club/what have you.

3. The world feels ever so slightly contrived and the repeated status stuff really did break narrative flow and immersion. While this may be part of this genre, I feel there is a better way to handle this in-universe than a literal menu. In another book I read, Sufficiently Advanced Magic, there was a similar concept to the status and classifications but they had to use an actual, in universe-item, made by people to apply numbers to the gifts given by the goddess.

Those are the common criticisms I ready, I do not disagree with them but I would say that I found some of the reviews to be harsh. There is some potential in this book, primarily in the protagonist Dante himself. As he is presented in this book he comes off, to me, as kind of a bland and unlikable blank slate character. Very par for the course considering his given origin, friendly and polite despite a life of abuse. Intelligent and adaptive to an insane degree and experiencing rapid power gains despite it supposedly being hard for normal people to power up in the world, but hey he got special gifts. But all these things are par for the course for this kind of book.

However, what I think is interesting about Dante is he might be crazy which would make a certain deal of sense. Abused, used, hunted, and socially isolated I got the impression that our author was wavering between two ideas for Dante. Sometimes his blandness comes off as him just being a standard, Gary Stu-esque protagonist. Other times it comes off as him being completely devoid of empathy and a real monster. The latter would be an interesting take and even characters in the book suggest it might be so at varying points. However, little in the narration we experience from Dante actually makes me think he is that disturbed, although that would be very interesting.

Anyway, I think I will get the sequel as I did enjoy this one. I just hope that the author can resolve some of this issues. Make the world feel less contrived, do a bit more showing and a lot less telling when it comes to characters, stray further from genre tropes and make Dante's degrading mental state come off more in the naration. I mean, the only times it really seemed like he was coming unhinged it was blamed on the glove, come on man! But yeah, over all it was enjoyable for me, I'd recomend it, but there is missed potential here.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 2018-05-03

An Amazing story that sucks you in in seconds

This is one of those books where I sincerely believe that it could have worked better without the LitRPG elements. This isn't to say that the LitRPG doesn't work. It is cool as hell, but I think that this would have actually been more powerful as a straight up fantasy novel. It is one heck of a magic system. The world is built with precision and purpose, and is one of the best fantasy settings I have ever read. The characters that fill it all seem to be major S.O.B.s, though, lol. This is moste certainly a place where you can trust no one. Everyone has an ulterior motive, and is out to remove you from their way or see what they can get from you.

There are some really scary things here, such as wraith collars and predatory dungeons. Sincerely, this world is a character unto itself, and Dante is just an intriguing character. I have to say that this book does one thing right comparede to 99% of all other books and that is the layout of the nemesis and the fate of said nemesis. It is handled the way any inteliigent person would, and when it happened I shouted out "YES!!!" Terzini knows how to put you in the car, strap you in, hit the buttons, send you up the hill, and just before you go over the top scream at you that the rollercoaster has no brakes!!!!! The ride requires very little set up, and once the story starts going it never stops. There are parts that are just heartwrenching, and others where you cheer and shout for joy! I loved every minute with Dante and want more right now.

Jeff Hays is on point narrating, and dang if this doesn't seem to be his best work. I mean you could just feel Dante's suffering in his voice, and the growl from his anger put off heat. You ever see the movie Dune? Where they have the weirding modules thatallow a person's voice to set fires, rend flesh, and shatter stone? Yeah? Well, I think Jeff is about to lose the need for a weirding module. His vocal powers are legendary, but here he just stomped Zeus into the dirt leaving godhood behind and becoming a full fledged Titan. He just brought this book home in a solid gold limousine. I don't know how he does this everytime, but he is continually improving and getting stronger. Rock Solid narration. Nuff said. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-04-21

Shame that the author has been radio silent

I had been holding off on this book for various reasons but I finally decided to get it and it's REALLY good. It's a shame though because the author has been rather silent and it doesn't seem likely we're getting a second book. I don't know their circumstances so I can't say anything with certainty but I REALLY hope they come back. Read at your own discretion and prepare yourself not to get a second book

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  • Noah
  • 2018-04-29

Wow...

I expected a decent book based on reviews but this book was AMAZING! I have hundreds of sci-fi and fantasy books in my library and most of the recent ones are litrpg, this is easily one of the best books I own! Please deliver more books asap.

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  • Avery Martin Ackerman
  • 2018-04-30

This book was amazing. I want book 2 now.

The story was Soo good I finished the book in one day. I really really really want book 2 to be done soon so I can buy it as well.

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  • David
  • 2018-05-05

One of my favorite already.

I don't know why I liked this book so much. There is not a boring point in the book and the book rolls along a path that is entertaining if not complicated. I think this will be in my list to re read and definitely look for book 2.

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  • Humility
  • 2018-05-02

I enjoyed it well enough

I enjoyed it well enough, No where close to loving it but I liked it enough. Not sure Ill enjoy the future books if its combat scenes dont improve.

In this installment however combat plays a pretty small part. And at first it was ok. Basic tactics and strategy was used and it was all written well enough. But as the book progressed, fights have become more and more just lopsided affairs. Either the main character just uses his basic and overpowered attacks and wins or they are ineffective and he loses. And he has too many deux ex machinas attached to him for my taste.

As for the politics that are central to the story. They are too amoral for my tastes. The main character did one particularily immoral act of cold blooded killing. And though the author tried to make it look absolutely essential, the reasons given were rather weak. Triply so in hindsight.

But at least the author tried with him. The nobles in the book are generally completely amoral. Not immoral, but insteD completely without conscience or a sense of right or wrong or duty or anything. They dont even have some sort of greater good in mind. Its all straight power grabbing for the sake of power itself.

The first bad noble in the book, Gregory. Is actually the most likable noble in the book to me, because at least he seemed to have an axis his decisions were based upon. Even if it was a cartoonishly exaggerated sense of self worth

The result is the book is filled with what should be interesting and complex political machinations hampered by a complete lack of moral reasoning behind them, good or bad reasoning.

But despite all that, I still found it written well enough to earn a tentative 4 stars in hopes of later improvement.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-05-30

I listen to it twice

This book was a pleasant surprise. I did not think I was going to like orwould anticipate the next book in the series as much as I do. My only complaint is I wasn't able to find a website to see how the next book is coming.

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  • Ron-Kristin Cardarelli
  • 2018-04-26

Yesss

I was surprised with this book. It was good, like really good and it's different. Hard to put in words what I wanna say but it's basically like a new style of everything that I like and I enjoyed all of it.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Kyle Louthan
  • 2018-06-14

still undecided.

for the most part I just can't figure out if I am rooting for the main protagonist or not. The world building is a bit lacking as I never got more than a bland sort sense of his surroundings. Dante comes off not as a weary street oprhan who's had a hard life but rather a clueless paranoid. He is depicted as intelligent, yet never asks the most obvious questions, he is also written with this weird almost sociapathic tendencies like he has to figure out basic emotions. Ironically the one character who seemed to have some real depth and a more interesting personality was killed for no more reason than to make his life harder.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Christopher
  • 2018-04-29

Great start to a series with a new spin on LitRPG

Not a five star book but I definitely would have given it a 4.5 for the promise this book shows. It’s well written and the scope is broad. It has a unique twist on the LitRPG format. The stat/skill element has great bearing on the story but the typical loot and leveling shtick and long lists of stats is toned way down so as not to interfere with the plot and character development. The system is more like Bio-Shock than Elder Scrolls (if this comparison makes no sense to you then you clearly need to waste more time playing video games)... and as a result the “skills” have a much greater impact on the story without superseding the plot and immersion in the story.

Definitely worth the credit. I will be purchasing the next installment.

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