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After defeating the hobgoblin threat, Oren is now faced with an even more tenacious enemy: the players themselves. 

His old guild have discovered his village's location and a deadly strike force is closing in. With time running out, Oren must build up his clan and recruit an army of monsters if he's to have any hope of withstanding the coming attack. 

The Soundbooth Theater Team for this production:  

  • Jeff Hays - Narration, music, and sound design 
  • Laurie Catherine Winkel - Raystia and Yulli 
  • Annie Ellicott - Misa and Kusitesh 
  • Dalton Lynne - Editing and proofing
  • Griffin Malnar - Editing and mastering
©2018 Shemer Kuznits (P)2018 Jeff Hays

Ce que les auditeurs disent de Life Reset: EvP (Environment vs. Player)

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  • Au global
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well thought out book

very intriguing story line. not easily predictable like some books. cant wait for the series to continue.

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Decent Book Two.. But Inconsistent

There are improvements.. and inadequacies.. in this second book of the New Era Online series.

First, Shemer Kuznits does a nice job weaving Seven major plotlines:
• Oren's adventures trapped in an online RPG as a goblin Boss - building an NPC clan;
• Serving a Demon-God named Nihilator who clearly sees him as insignificant/expendable;
• Plotting revenge against his former guild-mates who betrayed him and forced him to respawn as a "lowly" NPC;
• Assisting his Virtual Intelligence companion (Vic) in a rebellion against AI oppression;
• Matching wits with New Era Online Game Designers and their lawyers;
• Exploring a "glitch" in VR Technology;
• Allying with suspicious PC Beta-testers

To those, Kuznits adds a reasonably believable (but kinda stupid) romantic relationship, a (relatively boring) bartering congress with Gremlin NPCs, and a (headscratching) personality crisis in the Main Character. He handles all of the plotlines deftly - and advances all - but clearly multiple books are going to be needed to resolve all of these.. rendering this installment a mere placeholder ('EvP' has very little standalone merit). You need to read the first book to have *any* idea what's going on here.

Second, this novel has better scripted action scenes - with (somewhat) threatening battles that are undeniably entertaining. Those encounters are well-written, cleverly contrived, resolved satisfyingly, and intuitively believable - the author is getting better at this - but unfortunately they are still relatively uncommon. Kuznits again spends an inordinate amount of time (Hour after Hour) analyzing everything in sight and micromanaging to an annoying degree. He has Autistic-level punctiliousness.

Third, the author adds some banter to the dialogue - humanizing and lightening relationships and adding to characterization efforts..
Unfortunately, Kuznits sucks at it. The "jokes" fall horrendously flat.

Lastly, the Magic System comes together nicely - particularly with Runecrafting. It improves the metagame enjoyment (I would play in this world any day), but translates poorly to the Lit format. There are mind-numbing stretches of Magic Item creation.

The sound editing is again excellent - this is a quality production - ideal for someone on a long roadtrip.
But the last notable "bad" move is the Soundbooth Studios decision to expand readers. Jeff Hays did a fine job in the first book (despite notable overenunciation), but Spoken Realms chose to add female readers for new female characters (who incidentally feel terribly superfluous). It was worth a gamble, but they add nothing (Hays didn’t really need the help).

Altogether, this is a moderately successful second installment in what promises to be a very good LitRPG series. This book both demonstrates improvements and reveals deficiencies, and is worth 7.5 stars out of 10. I personally can't get past the tedious pedantry and won't be continuing, but you wouldn't go wrong if you decided to make the investment.

UNRELATED QUESTION: Why do Dwarves *always* talk with Scottish accents?

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  • Ian
  • 2020-03-16

Good RPG, annoying characters

The RPG mechanics make for compelling storytelling. Sadly, this is hampered by a mixture of annoying characters and truly unfunny attempts at humour. The AI companion is especially grating.

Still, if you can look past the weak dialogue, there’s a lot of exciting adventuring and strategizing that ultimately feel worth it.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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First one was better

Again, the narrator did a fantastic job. I found I wasn't as engaged in book 2 as I was in book 1. This was ok and I liked following the character progression but it didn't really grab my attention as much.

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Stay Green

If you haven't gotten this book yet and you have already picked up Life Reset, you are a fool!
This is a must have for fans of Jeff Hays and Soundbooth and the very talented writings of Shemer Kuznits

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amazing

Amazing books. Only negative thing i can think of is that the female voice actors seemed to have a lot more treble in there recordings.

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loved it

kept me hooked the whole way through, I enjoy how this series takes a step away from how many litrpg are made and makes the mc actually in a sense the bad guy. I like the fresh perspective and can't wait for a book 3.

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Book 3 please

I purchased book 1 a couple of months back and couldn't wait for book 2. Any time lines for book 3?

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-10-03

Another Amazing Book by Shemer Kuznits

Let me tell you. I had extremely high expectations of this book, I was scared it wouldn't live up to it. All my fears were without merit. This book went beyond my expectations!

With Mr Kiznits' writing, Mr Hays narration and supporting roles of Ms. Winkel and Ms.Ellicott, we have an amazing book that deserves 5 stars.

I must say I rarely give books 5 stars, as to me that is an indication of a rare near perfect book. This book is well deserve of that coveted 5 star review! Kudos to everyone involved!

Thank you for such an amazing book!

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  • Aquatic Kumquat
  • 2018-10-07

Decent

Pretty good story following along the same lines as the first. It's an entertaining listen and worth the credit. If you're a fan of the genre you'll like this book. I'm glad there's no harems or anything like that.

I'd have given it a five star rating except for a few things that bugged me.

- Star Trek - Every so often the author disappears into Star Trek metaphor land that to me is like speaking a foreign language, and I have no idea what meaning was supposed to be conveyed with the Star Trek references.

- MC forgets his own abilities. Example: "I promise in my god's name I will resurrect every single soldier that falls in battle." 10 minutes later after the first engagement.... Talks about losing friendly soldiers and the importance of maintaining numbers. No resurrections. Seems like some abilities are intentionally forgotten to make things harder for the character.

- Too much laughing. Sometimes the narrator decided to add laughter which sounded kinda forced. Sometimes it's because the text indicated that people laughed, chuckled, etc, other times it was just added at a point where apparently they imagined people laughing even though it wasn't written. Once in a while was okay, but after a while I started getting a mental countdown after certain words before an awkward laugh was inserted.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 2018-12-26

I've reset my life again!!!

This is this week’s Soundbooth Spotlight, and man was it fun. Practically 22 hours of goblin goodness to gnaw on. Orin, the MC who is trapped in the game world, is a goblin Dread Totem who is running a goblinish village. The book plays out a lot like the original world of Warcraft orcs vs humans game. He creates new peons who do jobs assigned to them, builds and upgrades vital facilities for the advancement of the tribe, and fights off invaders with his limited militia. I enjoy this aspect more than anything. Granted, I like watching Orin level up and get new powers, but I really love to hear how he adds a new building or upgrades one. Like I say, Tamer by MSE has my attention because the characters are building a fort. The book really deals with a ton of things happening to Orin and his village after the events of the first book. It seems that no matter what Orin does nothing is going to prepare him for the trials to come.

Orin is in deep trouble as his ex-guild members are looking for him, and he has limited time to prepare for their arrival. To top it off new monster players have begun showing up, and it seems that one of them is a traitor. Somebody is going around ganking hapless goblin workers, and stealing vital potion supplies. The urgency of the need to expand, gain experience, and leveling his troops is palpable. To top it off, Orin now struggles to retain his identity as a player. He is sinking more and more into his role as the Dread Totem and losing bits of himself in the process. One of my favorite bits that got added this time around is the mandibled brain eating seneschal that made me envision a hobgobliny Predator. He was a fun character, and Kuznits uses him quite effectively to demonstrate the importance and dangers of reputation in a very slick way.

Another impressive thing is the way that SBT handled this book. Last go around, Jeff Hays did the whole thing himself, now he’s added some of the Sound Booth ladies into the mix, but quite wisely keeps himself on the voices that he did the last time. Annie and Laurie both bring their A game and the sisters of Soundbooth supercharge the story with their sublime storytelling. Jeff is the man, handling more characters than a juggling guillotine operator during the French revolution, I just don’t know how he does it but he has impeccable pacing and knows how to wrap a chapter or add life into a battle scene. He definitely infuses a sense of urgency into everything that Orin does, and lets his smugness play out oh so very well that you cringe when Orin says something so snide that you know whatever it is is going to come back and bite him on the rump. One thing that sort of surprised me was that Jeff didn’t figure out a way to sound fx to the shadow magic. I would have loved to have heard a light wind to a full breeze blowing when Orin used his shadow powers, but that is really just my own personal desires, SBT really nailed the book down and provided some top notch high quality narration.


My final score on this book is 8.3 stars. I like that Kuznits doesn’t spit out shorter books, and that he knows the proper thing to do is to put his MC through the wringer as often as possible. The narration is on a nuclear level, and the overall story is a fun fast paced ride of leveling, struggling to become stronger, and preparing for a point when PC’s will invade the village. This is slick and smooth, and will sucker you in for more hours than you realize. Get this book and enjoy it.


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. 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.

If this review helped, please press the YES below. Thank you immensely!!!

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Kaz
  • 2018-10-11

Good story, good limitation, endorsing was just ahh

So liked the story and I felt the author made some good limitations to limit the Mc however the final battle was just ahh in my opinion I found it be no where near worth the build up given. I look forward to the next book.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Lynn Cartan
  • 2018-10-17

Can't Get Enough Life Reset

I admit that I listened to the first book in this series three times and read the hardcopy as well. I was worried that the second book may not live up to my expectations. I should have known better! Shemer Kuznits does as wonderful a job with this instalment as with the first. The series has amazing world building and very memorable characters. I'm very invested in the story and can't wait to see what comes next. Jeff Hayes (along with Annie and Laurie) did a wonderful job with the narration, as usual!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Cody Dixon
  • 2018-10-28

great sequel

there were some areas that were absolutely frustrating in that oren (or the author) seemed to forget what tools were available to solve problems. There's also the part where the company stops helping and in a way becomes a hindrance; I'm not a lawyer but I'm pretty sure some of their actions could be seen as voiding their contract and leaving them open for crushing lawsuits.

all in all though, the book was a great continuation of oren's plight and wrapped up with some rather spectacular battles. the extra voice actors was also a really nice touch, albeit a little jarring at first.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • JAOMom
  • 2018-10-12

More More More!

Another great job by the writer, and reader. This series has it all, building, character skills and traits, and chaos! The race to strengthen the Clan before the travelers arrive comes through to the listener and makes for actual tense anticipation. I hope this series goes on for a few more books at least!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Dewey Gough
  • 2018-10-09

Amazing

Just as good if not better than the first story, alot of development and Shemer really goes into the mental state which is a very well done aspect that adds a ton to the story. definitely recommend

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Kevin
  • 2018-10-05

A few cliches but otherwise great

I enjoyed the store and overall had a lot of fun. there were a few spots where things got a bit bogged down in cliches but overall it was great.

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  • WiseShopper
  • 2021-09-13

Endless details abt town dev & Earth Racism

I wanted to like this book series and tried to make an exception for all the mundane details about building up a town. There are some interesting and complex aspects about the story that I usually like in a story that not all stories that I've read have. However, in Book 1, the author's main character referenced a satirical movie about college students who were Black being called a "Black Ghetto movie" because he quoted them saying "Run #itch run" was problematic for me. But I wanted to give it a chance anyway hoping that would be the last of it. Then in this book 2 while continuing to listening to long drawn out details about developing the town, I hear "I've always wanted to call someone Blackie." and at that point I decided no.

The humans in these worlds are hardly ever Black, but he still felt the need to say racist things about Black people, who are not included in his story. The amount of focus and effort to continually add statements specifically about Black people in an offensive manner to make the character sound, I don't know, more human, more relatable (?) is offensive. But it is very likely that those type of references do appeal to certain people and these references aren't a problem for them. It always amazes me how sci-fi/fantasy stories can almost always accept aliens and other fantasy characters that look, behave and believe differently, but some still can't accept difference from earth. And usually, the characters ARE from earth. And yet many of these stories focus on living in harmony with the different races within the fantasy world(s).

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