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Publisher's Summary

A realm aside from our own is the center of the realities, home to every spectrum of magic. From the beautiful to the terrible, it was all held in delicate balance by the Eternal Emperor and his children. For 10,000 years, the empire was the bastion that protected the sentient races from the darkness, but the revolution changed all that....

Jax is a pretty regular guy, has a job he tolerates, a girl he kinda, sorta loves...and he fights creatures from the UnderVerse in his sleep, leaving him covered in horrific scars when he wakes up.

When his brother vanishes and five years later he's kidnapped as well, he's given a stark choice by his asshat of a father: Go to the UnderVerse in reality, travel to the capitol of that ruined realm at the center of reality, and open a portal for the Noble Houses to return home...or die.

Slowly.

That's the good news. The bad is that he has to survive the arena first, to prove his right to go. Twelve will enter, only one can leave....

©2020 R J Cajiao (P)2020 Tantor

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Hated the narrator

So far story pretty good not best litrpg I would rate 6 or 7 out 10 it's enjoyable but i have read much better only problem is with narrator I personally didn't like to point I hate it and wanted to return this audiobook. Wayne Mitchell is probably worse narrator I have listened too and most annoying part is when audio goes really low to point can't hear so turn your audio volume up and now Wayne is yelling in to mic and your ear are bleeding. Few other minor audio issues and hos annoying accent made this one worse audiobook I listened too and I probably write more with problems I have this audiobook. So far I wouldn't recommend it you
Book I would say to check out at least just don't get the audiobook unless your okay wayna performance

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Take the negative reviews with a grain of salt

I don’t often write reviews, however this series is quite good.
Im coming from book three and the main issue I had with this series was the narrator, not his skill because he is quite talented at weaving a great story but his choice of accent for the MC, unfortunately he makes the MC sound like a meat head for lack of a better example, you hear the MC and think how or why is this guy so important. But I will tell you, if you give the MC time to develop along with the story, his accent actually does fit his personality very well and he ends up being very likeable. The MC’s accent no longer bothers me and I quite like it as does suite his character.

Now as for the story, well it’s wonderfully written so far, plot/pace/magic system/abilities/humour/world building/environmental details (not to much but just right) the side characters, also has great town building mixed with really good adventuring, humorous relationships both friends and couples and of course the MC’s love interest is different but very comical and enjoyable haha. This series has a lot of good to offer if you can get past the narration.

I actually had the same narration issue with the Ten Realms Series by Chatfeild, I got past the narration issue as well and it turned out to be a fantastic series just as this series is good.

Edit: I'm on book 6 now, the story is impressive and the narrator is very talented, he can do many different voices and most are great and honest with how the main character is written there is no voice that suites him better

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The Nigerian accent was terrible

Great story, but all the accents by the narrator were off. The book started off a bit confusing but it ended up being great

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Dame good

It takes a little bit to get used to the voice narrator but Can’t complain 🙌🏻

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Awesome

Great story with a great narrator. Love the MC ( not a whimp and no dumb choices).

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great series

I listened to the 5 books back to back. first book, the narrator is slightly annoying with the whispering and then shouting. it does not persist through the rest of the series though. I know why he does it and it does add the desired affect.

main characters are likeable and there is enough humor. sometimes the series gets a little slow and the fighting is overall good. The leveling system and world design is pretty solid.

fourth book was my least favorite. pace was the worst for me through it. rest of the books are solid all the way through

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I should have listened to previous reviewers.

I didn't mind the horrible accent of the main character, but once the status started being read I realized the bad reviews were warranted. I was wondering when the main character would simply kill himself after listening to the status reader so many times. I don't think I can remember a worse performer since I've been listening to audiobooks.

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great performance

the book is funny and the narrator does an amazing job. the gruff accent for the MC is funny and great definitely a top 10 litrpg for me.

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  • JJ
  • 2020-12-01

Good Story, Terrible Narrative Performance

This book has a good story, it is very imaginative and while it has a few dead spots manages to draw in the reader. The Narration is horrible and may completely destroy the listener experience as it did mine. I would not recommend this book solely based on the narration.

I want to re-emphasize how badly this is narrated. This book should be re-recorded and released with a different narrator or narrative style. The accents the reader uses (PARTICULARLY THE PROTAGONIST CHARACTER’S) are infuriating to listen to and inconsistent. Random shouting, inconsistent cadence, and falling in and out of accent are behaviors littered across these hours of dialogue.

do not spend your money and credits on this production. Read the book to enjoy this solid story.

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  • Jeffrey S Canfield
  • 2020-10-29

Why all the screaming?

Having a hard time getting past why the need to scream everything. Everyone single announcement for advancing or review of character the narrator has to yell. A lot of the interactions with other characters involve a lot of screaming and this makes this audio recording almost unbearable. Also, the harsh unimaginative accents of the characters are really poorly done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-10-13

Narrator

Decent book overall but I have no idea how no one else is mentioning how annoying the narrator is. It would probably be fine if he didn’t use such a over exaggerating Australian accent.

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  • 2020-10-22

Good story; distracting narration

I don't understand why the narrator chose to use every kind of frustrating or distracting voice in his arsenal all in one book. If they don't sound like they have a lisp, or talking through lock jaw, there is way too much very loud, bordering on screaming, during this book. I'm 1/4 of the way through the book and I'll update the rating when I've finished it.

Edit: A book of this length would normally take me 2 days to listen to. I had to rotate to different books while listening to this book. While it is a good book the narrator made it difficult to enjoy. The accent used and sitting of the announcements were very distracting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-11-04

a good listen

has a good story my only complant is the fact that when they're reading the statues sheet he sounds like a used car salesman on the radio:COME ON DOWN AND CHECK OUT OUR GREAT DEALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Dimtry
  • 2020-11-25

Good story, annoying narrator

Enjoying story so far but narrator is SO overdoing it with MC accent. I wish it would be just pain, well articulated narration.

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  • Cody B.
  • 2021-08-21

Wayne Mitchell

Look, I really enjoy a lot of Wayne Mitchell's other performances, but I have to agree with other reviews that this one of his in particular is really hard to enjoy. It's a really big choice to make the non-native accent VO performer narrate for a character with an accent.

The accent itself isn't bad, but forcing anyone to do that for hours at a time is going to uncover some weak spots and inconsistencies, and it very much did that here.

Dropping in and out of the Australian into an awkward half British so often was incredibly distracting, to the point that it was hard to follow the story sometimes.

Narration aside, this book suffers from some of the worst tropes of the LitRPG genre, the most egregious offender being the overly sexualized and underdeveloped female characters that literally exist only to be sex objects and exposition dumps for the MC. It's incredibly hard to listen to the MC interact with these 2D caricatures without rolling my eyes at the absurd dialogue.

To a lesser degree, but still distracting and disappointing is the idiot edgelord MC that simply *must* constantly and consistently act contrary to every character around him, even when it doesn't make sense with the plot, or advance the devopment of a character, or really serve any purpose whatsoever that I can discern aside from making the MC come off like an emotionally stunted teenager with no self control.

Minor gripe, but still worth mentioning: The one Asian character is described as speaking mandarin (a Chinese language) yet refers to the MC as gaijin on a few occasions, which is a Japanese word for foreigner (meaning it doesn't make any sense in context of the story *or* coming from that character). Typically, it's a good idea to actually know a thing or two about cultures and people you plan on including in your work.

I can say without hesitation that continuing this series would frustrate me to no end. I don't think I will, which is a shame since I enjoy the concept at least. The execution, however, is lacking.

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  • David Byron Martens Junior
  • 2021-02-01

Unintelligible

An American attempting a HORRIBLE cockney accent for 20 hours. Had it been only the dialogue it would have been acceptable but for some reason the narrator felt like the audience would enjoy the sound of him butchering the English language for the entirety of the book. It sounds like someone watched two seasons of the Peaky Blinders and thought they’d try imitating Tom Hardy’s character, poorly.

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  • Morgriff
  • 2021-01-04

Really good

The story is really good m.c. can be a bit dumb some times especially when he doesn't remember or intelligently utilize his own abilities, it gets pretty frustrating. For example using your spell that's specifically for killing undead one time through multiple battles with undead over several days, after noting to himself how effective it was was particular frustrating. I actually like the narration, accent and all. I do agree with all the other reviews that the system narration is a bit obnoxious, it quite literally sounds like a used car salesman during a commercial and it really doesn't fit with the tone of the other characters and voices. However everything else is good enough I was definitely willing to overlook it.

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  • Bobsquatch
  • 2020-10-03

Action Action and more Action.

The story is fast paced never seems to slow down with the mc being a likeable brute. Hope the next book comes out soon.

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