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Ascend Online

Ascend Online, Book 1
Written by: Luke Chmilenko
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Diving into a revolutionary new video game, Marcus and his friends escape a stagnant society, entering into a world that defies their wildest imaginations. But from the moment that he logs in, Marcus finds himself separated from his friends and thrown into a remote village under attack by a horde of goblins.

Forced into battle, Marcus rallies the beleaguered villagers and, with their help, manages to drive off the invading creatures. With the village in ruins and their supplies spoiled, the survivors desperately turn to Marcus for help in rebuilding the village.

Realizing that this game is nothing like he's ever played before, Marcus is swept up into a whirlwind of adventure as he struggles to defend his new home, quickly finding that marauding goblins are the least of his problems.

©2016 Luke Chmilenko (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Why would player death matter?

Fantastic story, I do have one issue though.
Kinda spoilers ahead, but I tried to keep my one complaint as vague as possible.



Since nobody is trapped in this game and you can respawn at a designated town why would it matter if one of your friends died? That part just kinda stuck with me. I understand the walk back could be a long one, but if you died next to your spawn point why would anyone be worried and screaming about your death?

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Honestly rather disappointing

I've read and listened to a lot of LITRPG and obviously searched for more. This series was recommended to death so I gave it a shot.

It started off great and I was really enjoying a balanced and believable game world. The middle was slow but I still enjoyed it. However the ending is what ruined it.

First, after the main cast took on a massive number of named characters, it became very diluted. When the big bad was defeated I was happy. But I hate cheap way outs that he received in the end. Its lame, it's not believable and it causes a rubber banding effect. Bad guys who just get a cheap and easy access to their powers and then out level the MC is simply weak character creation.

Laslty, I absolutely despise when powers are conveniently forgotten. Either don't introduce them in the first place, or suck it up and deal with an OP MC. Artificial dumbing down of an MC is some of the worst decisions one can do in an RPG book where the whole point is to level and gain power.

Its okay overall. Not bad but far from good.

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a nerds dream

a great take on VR and would be a nerds dream of this actually existed.

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Great listen.

listened to this on my way to, and at work. for a gamer into MMORPGs it was an easy listen and halfway in had me wishing there was a pen amd paper version of this world to play in.

Characters were interesting, but I just wish that Lyrian eased off on the speeches, and the group found another expletive other than the F-Bomb every second sentence or so. I get it, they're a bunch of mid 20-30 year old gamers, but I'd like to think they had other ways of expressing themselves.

overall though, I enjoyed the book and look forward to more.

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Fun but Dark

I really enjoyed the story and the game mechanics. I wish it would be a bit more light hearted. That and the large quantity of F-bombs diminished my level of enjoyment but i tried not to let my dislike for swearing to affect my rating. Its a great story if a bit too serious. I had trouble following at parts when my attention was divided so it took me longer to finish then an audiobook normally wood.

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Love it

Loved the narrator but I did laugh at some of the accent. Looking forward to the next one

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I don't have time to play MMO anymore

If you don't have the time to play WOW anymore... this book is for you!

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  • Don Gilbert
  • corona, ca United States
  • 2017-08-07

Luke Daniels and a great LITRPG; enough said

There are many LITRPG stories coming out seemingly every day, some good some not so good, “Ascend Online,” narrated by Luke Daniels is a great entertaining experience. My personal favorite in this genre has been “The way of the Shaman,” series and I rate the first book in this new series just as high, maybe even higher given the narrator. I hope the next book is just as good; can’t wait.

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  • M. B. Richards
  • 2017-10-16

LitRPG like it SHOULD be written!

Instead of endless number crunching to act as filler, like so many books in the genre do, this book is a masterpiece. It COULD have been chopped into three small novels, because each act was so compelling in its own right, but instead the author gives you a satisfying complete story that has all the meat you want in a first-in-the-series novel.

Most LitRPG is very episodic, and the first book usually feels like a pilot episode. This, however, is the LitRPG full-length cinematic release type of title that makes you know that you'll be enjoying the next installment the first day of its release.

The characters were likable, the main character has drives and motivations that are logical and relatable, the narrator is brilliant, and the world is both realistic and compelling.

I truly cannot recemend this title enough, and look forward to the next in the series.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-09-24

A humble hero story with cool action!

I love evolving hero stories where power ups or new abilities are tempered with ever more challenging situations! this book delivers that with entertaining action and new introductions that kept my attention throughout. even taking small 15 min bites of the story was enjoyable!

books it reminds me of:
ready player one
we are Bob: the bobiverse
codex alera series by Jim butcher
I'm off to be the wizard
the Chronicles of Jonathan tibbs

49 of 58 people found this review helpful

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  • Jamie L. Nolte
  • DelaWhere
  • 2017-08-20

Fresh to death

Don't get me wrong, the VR world is starting to become saturated and that's the only reason I was hesitant upon getting this one. Ripped through this in 4 days it was that good, beginning to end, I could not put it down. This is a must for your collection, highly recommended

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  • albert
  • 2017-08-02

The author found the right narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of Ascend Online to be better than the print version?

Most authors have to rely on the readers sense of humor to get their joke across, but this narrator knocked those parts out of the park. I found myself laughing from this book more than any other.

What did you like best about this story?

This book is better than your average Litrpg audiobook. While the first part of the book is great, it picks up a lot around 35 percent through. You will notice the difference

Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Once, i found this to be the best one.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

That would be spoiling

Any additional comments?

I didn't want to waste another credit one a lit novel, considering how often the genre tends to stack to the same formula, but this book strays far enough from the normal path to make it worth while.

31 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • matt
  • 2017-07-24

Excellent LitRPG!

I won't go into the details of the Book, but as someone who has almost 24 months of logged listening time on Audible, this book not only has excellent content by Luke Daniels (who is a fantastic narrator) but it also has the hours to create the background and build the story.. it is a great listen. if your like me and you look to reviews before spending the credit then trust me, this is a worth while listen.
I was not given this book for free, I purchased it, and I did not have to write this review. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

62 of 75 people found this review helpful

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  • John C Crabtree
  • 2017-07-22

I want more

loved it, great story. And Luke Daniels continues to be one of my favorite narrators.

21 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • 2017-09-11

A new standard. A breath of fresh air.

Seriously I love the LITrpg genre, but the many common flaws and tropes cause me to enjoy the first few books and then be unable to stand it.
One thing that is prevalent is the singularity of protagonists. One player, one central person with no friends or is socially inept and is the perfect fit for the video game world.
NOT HERE MY FRIENDS!!!
Unlike so many stereotypes in the genre not only is the main character a fairly average life like person, he BRINGS HIS FRIENDS WITH HIM. If you are reading this review trust me. The difference this makes is unbelievable. Suddenly things feel more life like, it doesn't seem like the writing feeds into tropes.

I honest to god am praying this series stays true to its promise because this book set a new type of standard for genre. I haven't been this excited for a series since Aleron Kongs "the land"

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  • Shockeray
  • 2017-08-06

Good by LitRPG Standards

Any additional comments?

So far reading through LitRPG series, I have been very disappointed by the quality of writing. Either the authors cling to clichés like a lifeboat or just have no idea how to create likable characters. But Luke Chmilenko did surprisingly well in the first book of this series. There were a few times that the main character became an idiot to forward the plot and a smattering of "close-calls", but overall the story was well written and paced. The narrator is a bit limited on voices, but does adequately to separate the characters enough to know who is who. The loot readouts were much less painful than in other books as well. I have hope that the second book will not fall off in quality as bad as most series, but we will see.

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  • jerimia
  • 2017-09-17

definitely entertaining

this is a fun story. I love the character development and the system. keep em coming, please.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful