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Reality Benders Series, Book 1
Narrateur(s): Rudy Sanda
Durée: 12 h et 29 min
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At long last, an extraterrestrial civilization reached out and made the First Contact. However, no one on Earth took their communique for the genuine article.

In a similar vein, very few people appreciated just how little time our new suzerains had promised to keep our planet safe. Regardless, the end of their message showed humankind how to access a mysterious game. The objective of this game is unclear. No one can say where its servers are located, and its inner workings are beyond comprehension.

But the game slowly gained momentum, pulling in more and more players. Soon enough, it became impossible to ignore the fact that things that happened in the game had a direct impact on our reality. And not only ours....

But as people figure out this mysterious game, the countdown timer ticks away. And no one can say exactly what will happen when Earth's safety is no longer guaranteed.

©2018 Michael Atamanov; English translation copyright 2018 by Andrew Schmitt (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Au global
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  • Mad 8omber
  • 2018-11-07

I enjoyed the story but the Narrator...

I enjoyed the story overall. I am intrigued by the characters and where the series is going. The narrator does a good job of changing voices for characters but the cadence of his dialogue just sounds like he is reading. This breaks up the story because the character dialogue sound computerized and not in keeping with a performance. I wish this was different. I will probably listen to book 2 because I enjoyed the story but the narrator's performance is lacking.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 2018-07-06

Cool Premise, but sputters in places

When this book first hit the Eshelves on Amazon I got really stoked. It sounded like it was right up my alley, and was a punchy LITRPG book. So, I grabbed this as soon as I had the chance, and dove right in. There ar some great things in this book, and some hiccups. The bumps thankfully don't leave bruises, but they are noticable. The writing is decent, but if I hadn't been told this was translated I'dve known in less than ten minutes. There are times when obviously wrong words are used in place of proper ones, such as the council anonymously decided rather than unanimously decided. This made it sound like Archie Bunker or Andy Sipowicz was narrating the story. Millennials, go look them up, I'm not explaining those references. On the whole it makes it look like the translator was of a mid-level skill. He got the job done, but took the wrong way while getting there. Also, I would have known this was a Russian written tale, even if the main characters didn't say they were Russian. The whole story has a similar vibe/feel to D. Rus' Alterworld. Seriously, they could be siblings. One thing that did bother me about the writing was the incessant references to the game itself. Everytime the game is mentioned the people call it by its full name, The Game That Changes Reality (close enough), rather than shortening it to just the Game, or something else as normal people would do. No one talks like that.

Rudy Sanda does a fair job at the narration, I wasn't blown away by his work, and was disappointed that he was either too lazy to give the Russians Russian accents, or he could not DO a Russian accent and glossed over that part of the story. It was kind of like listening to a story about a man from India, but is read to speak bland American. It just took me out of the story every time someone spoke.

The story itself is actually pretty good, although it does wander off in a few places. Basically, It revolves on Nat, an uber awesome player that never listens to anyone or does what he is told, and always seem to manage to come out ahead, because everyone loves winners. The story is pretty simple. Aliens now own the Earth, and humans must play the Game that changes Reality or be destroyed. If they don't play it right or tick off their benevolent overlords tey'll be destroyed. If they lose to other gamers, they be destroyed. So there is obviously a lot riding on their success. Nat always seems to be in the right place at the right time, and always manages to do the right thing somehow when he needs to.

Some issues I took with the game. Your classes were pretty much limited by what you were familiar with, and so you could not pick anything you wanted. You had to play as a human, of course, and you pretty much had to start out building your tech from scratch. The funniest thing that I noticed was that the game itself posed no threat to Nat. The only time he was ever killed came from his team mates ganking him.

Still, in spite of the flaws the book was fun, and I will happily get the next book in the series. If you liked Alterworld then you will like this book. Don't miss out on awesome fun, and just do like I did and overlook the little flaws. 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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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2018-09-04

excruciating

Struggled to finish. Very slow and weird story that didn't seem to have an ending. Narration voices were bizarre for type of plot.

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  • David Donner
  • 2019-05-31

Good story, weak narrator

Plz, whatever you do avoid this narrator. Great story though. Narrator just fails anytime he's not doing the main character.

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  • S. Ludtke
  • 2018-12-13

The best of pulp LITRPG with a Russian twist

You don't get too much SciFi translated from Russian to English. This is an excellent story, and also pulls in a fair bit of the Russian spirit (without much of the depressing stuff one finds too much in Russian literature). As others have pointed out, this is somewhat conceptually similar to the Gam3 LitRPG series, but I'd say this is probably a bit more entertaining. If you haven't gotten into LitRPG, this might be a good first series to try. I confess, I avoided the genre for some time in favor of the classic SciFi and Fantasy I grew up on, but good LitRPG grows on you, and like pulp fiction is devilishly difficult to put down once started.

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  • Jaryn Drakeln
  • 2018-11-26

Shockingly Rapey

At some point I lost track of the number of times the book threatened rape or sexual assault of the female lead. Perhaps most disturbing at one point the protagonist has hog-tied the female lead and stripped her naked and begins shining his flashlight at her genitals but she later goes on to praise him for not raping her. The world of the book treats this as though this was the good and noble thing to do. Completely killed my interest in this series.

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  • BeauFLA
  • 2019-02-24

Don't waste your time

Simply put, this book is really bad. Bad story line. Awful narrator. Don't waste your time.

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  • Au global
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  • Joeseph Baxter
  • 2019-09-10

loved it

loved this book great audiobook, giing to buy the next in the series thank you keep the great work up

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  • Scott
  • 2019-09-10

Fun and well done LitRPG

This book was a fun and well done adventure in the litRPG genre.

The mechanics of the game in this book is probably where it performs best. Stats and level ups are explained and frequently referenced without going through an entire character sheet, giving you just enough of an rpg feel to get that pleasant buzz without getting slogged down in paragraphs of text boxes at a time. The character also doesn't feel overpowered like they do in most other books aside from one single spot in the final act (which led to multiple level ups in a row) but it had been hinted at previously so I wasn't surprised.

The plot is interesting, though not anything ground breaking. There's a game, and it's not clear how it is connected to the world, though we know it has a huge impact on the world and people therein. The characters all feel like they're involved in some overarching plot that you're only privy to a few details of, and more will be revealed soon. A great way of introducing a new character to a world and having them feel important but not central. After all, this conflict has been going on for some time now, so one person will not be what makes or breaks it (at least not yet).

The characters are probably the weakest part of the book with each of them being rather flat. A lot of emphasis is placed on their roles in the game world so it feels like the emphasis is split between their two identities which likely causes this.

One last thing I'd like to mention is that I feel like there may be something lost in translation since this book was originally written in Russian. There were a few times while reading where I felt a scene might have had a larger impact on me if I knew the social implications or connotations to a statement, but this is largely forgivable and doesn't detract from the story at all. Except for maybe how many times the book says "by the way". I almost want to reread it and count them.

In the end this book is a great litRPG and I would recommend it to any fans of the genre!

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  • Jonathon
  • 2019-09-04

It’s a fun litrpg.

It’s different, no one is trapped or locked into the game, they do it because they want to, definitely an interesting start to the series!

This is for reality benders book 1-4
It’s a good series so far that keeps the same narrator throughout and he does great voice acting and has no issues coming up with voices for the many various characters. Only complaint for narration is in book 4 he changes the voice he uses for a semi main character drastically and horribly a chipmunk would sound better.
The story is good first couple books are better, 3-4 start getting a little more unusual, they start repeating his stats more frequently to fill room in the books, and by book 4 I’m starting to question how much longer the book will continue as the main plot seems to be less and less important and more meandering, but this is a great book series overall that I have loved and will continue to listen to.