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  • He Who Fights with Monsters, Book 1
  • Written by: Shirtaloon, Travis Deverell
  • Narrated by: Heath Miller
  • Length: 28 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,830 ratings)
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He Who Fights with Monsters: A LitRPG Adventure

Written by: Shirtaloon,Travis Deverell
Narrated by: Heath Miller
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Selected as one of Audible's best audiobooks of 2021  

Jason wakes up in a mysterious world of magic and monsters.

It’s not easy making the career jump from office-supplies-store middle manager to heroic interdimensional adventurer. At least, Jason tries to be heroic, but it's hard to be good when all your powers are evil.

He’ll face off against cannibals, cultists, wizards, monsters...and that’s just on the first day. He’s going to need courage, he’s going to need wit, and he’s going to need some magic powers of his own. But first, he’s going to need pants.

After cementing itself as one of the best-rated serial novels on Royal Road with an astonishing 13 million views, He Who Fights with Monsters is now brought to you in professionally formatted audio.

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  • Dia
  • 2021-03-25

Glad I didn't uninstall

The first hour or two wasn't great. Generic. But maaaan does it pick up afterwards. Book goes from "Did I really buy this?" to "how much time is left? awwww!" after a few chapters.

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Hilarious

The combat itself is good but I think the comedy is what makes this audio book absolutely shine, it was hilarious and I loved every minute of it xD

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I loved it!

This book one of the best LitRPG books on Audible, and it just arrived! It was very funny, half because of the way the MC is written, and half because the narrator did a fantastic job with the characters. The plot was easy to follow and progresses at a very good pace. The MC's friends come in and out of the picture, never taking up too much or too little time. They aren't annoying leeches (hah) that cling to the MC, or go along with everything he says just because he's the MC, which is common in this genre. There is a little romance, but it's well done and barely part of the story, with the love interest being stronger than our MC (so far at least), which again, unusual for this genre. The ranking system is easy to follow and understand. Power scaling is good, there's no super OP abilities with 0 drawbacks which is refreshing. Side characters are used well, and aren't thrown away after a few lines so they can actually contribute to the story. The God's in particular interest me, I hope we can get more info on them in the second book!

Overall, solid 10/10 book.
I cannot wait for the second book, 2 months has never seemed so far away..

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Very Different

Full disclaimer, I've never read a LitRPG before.

That being said this is a very interesting book. Entertaining and funny. The narration style change when reading out abilities and attributes is a bit jarring but not overly so.

The ideas and systems being thrown around are very cool and overall the book is well written but I occasionally thought I had missed something. The transitions between scenes weren't explicit and I'd find my self rewinding to figure out what had happened. Plots were dropped for whole chapters with no reference to them and then picked back up.

Overall though I found it enjoyable. If you are into a fish out of water tale with a fantasy twist this might be right down your alley.

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Too much system.

This book is probably about 60% explaining the leveling system and 40% actual story. the 40% is really good but it got really bogged down in the meta system.

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good buy

if you can hold out for about 3 hours the book will get good. it starts off slowly and you'll think it's a load of shit but it's probably one if the better books on Audible.

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Amazingy produced

The narrator was top notch! A a a a. A a a a a

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Did we all mention how GrEaT JaSoN iS?

I wanted to like this book but damn.

It seems like every other sentence is someone praising the main character for how unusual and clever and capable he is, while he dumps snark on the world after immediately becoming inexplicably op.

Reads like one of those guilty pleasure vain daydreams of personal vindication that are common in most people's middle school years, when they are having trouble fitting in. Except it someone else's daydream, and you just have to fight off the nausea of watching an entire plane of reality suck up to him.

Also prepare to have socialist ideals rammed down your throat every page while them steamroller strawman opposition.

Not sure what the appeal is!

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If only I could give it more stars

Out of the 85 titles I have listened to this is heads and tales the best audiobook. Amazing attention to voices by the narrator. Riveting for beginning to end. Love it the most <3 Thanks you Shirtaloon and Heath Miller! Too much fun.

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A total surprise.

I gotta be honest I don't write reviews often even for books I love because reviews are so subjective but I really love this book. I have not finished the book yet I'm about 11houtd from completion but I am seriously hoping that there will be a 2nd book in this universe I love the adventures Jason gets into

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  • tb3
  • 2021-03-10

Great!

Took a flyer on a new title. This is one that I'm going to keep.

I'm liking the the character development. We see (at least somewhat) believable characters who have moments of insensitivity, moments of apology, and who grow. We have a good-natured protagonist (23 years old, male, Australian) with lots of personality, perhaps fitting some Australian character tropes. I like the way that interactions between teammates are handled.

I'm liking the worldbuilding. Our character has entered a new world. While I do read books with intense worldbuilding, this one has a deft touch. Cities and locations are described in an accessible level of detail, enough to picture the locations without being swamped with details.

Although this is a LitRPG, we really and truly are not inundated with lists of stats. The character receives a new ability. It's named, and that's about it - up until we need to learn more about it. We see sections of his character sheet when they are relevant, we're not inundated with character sheet reviews. It's quite refreshing.

I think the narration's truly great. It's a good performance, easy to listen to, with characters coming to life.

This is well above average for the genre, a book full of personality. 4.5 to 5 stars.

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  • Jason Baisden
  • 2021-03-13

LITRPG at its absolute best!


I don't know what exactly I can say that would do this book the credit its due. I will say that it's probably the very best LITRPG I've ever listened to, bar none. To put that into perspective, I have listened to at least 200 hours of varied LITRPG. I've enjoyed much of it.

The things I love about this book are numerous. Let's start with the main character. Jason is relatable and down to earth. He's got a clever mind and a sharp tongue. The later gets him into vast amounts of trouble while the former just barely helps him manage it, if only by the skin of his teeth. His abilities are unique and quite powerful, but not to the degree that he can just waltz through every circumstance. His power is earned and his skills are gained through a combination of dumb luck, good advice, and a tireless work ethic to become more. Additionally, Jason has friends that are both on his level and above it.

The characters, dialogue, humor, places, and plot arcs are all written incredibly well. In fact, the prose in the book is written so well, it's in a class of it's own in the LITRPG genre. I'm sure many of you are screaming at me "What about The Land? That's some good stuff, right?" Sure, "The Land" is good. This is better in most respects with the exception of 1 thing, which brings me to the only "not the best ever" thing I can say regarding this book: the LITRPG aspects are not very crunchy.

I, for one, am fine with that. There's still loot, inventory, combat logs, health bars, abilities, etc, etc. The book is still LITRPG, but specifics are glossed over. This was done in such a way that I'm sure it was an intentional choice by the author. You see, Shirtaloon avoids numbers. There are no values for health, manage, stamina, or damage. While I do enjoy crunchy LITRPG, doing it right is pretty difficult as the pitfalls of overly verbose repetition, consistency, development trees, etc, etc are numerous. "The Land" is a prime example of a series that suffers from overly repeating itself. (I'm not trying to knock The Land, specifically. I'm merely using it as the basis of comparison regarding LITRPG as it's probably the most well known.)

I haven't listened to any books narrated by Heath Miller prior to this book. I almost didn't use the credit because of that. After listening to the preview and the rest of the book, I can say that Miller nails the narration with all the credit this book is due.

If you like LITRPG, clever main characters, good dialogue, and a book that's just amazingly well written, spend the credit. You won't regret it.

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  • Agape playing
  • 2021-03-18

I really like the start of the book But goes downhill

There’s some parts in the book where Jason the main Character Goes on these rants about Political and religious beliefs It seems like it happens over and over again he just keeps bringing it up Which is just annoying another problem with the Story is it seems like every character comes in Contact with Jason becomes new version of Jason. starts off great
I really like the Magic system in place. But Want to say again those rants about political religious views it’s OK to have one or two of those in a Fantasy book I’m not reading or Listening to fantasy books for super deep Thought on power structures of the wealthy and the poor Also It’s a totally different scenario in this universe we don’t have super powers

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  • Jonathan
  • 2021-03-17

Can’t take any more

This is the weakest and most inept MC I have ever seen. I get and appreciate the authors attempt to make his transition, into a new world and the pain of losing everything, more realistic. But, he went to far the other way. In addition the MCs personality is so annoying I couldn’t even listen to the book for more than an hour at a time before yelling at my Alexa to stop. The MC handles every conversation with snark, which is funny in small doses, but after hours of the same dang thing over and over and over. I literally yelled out loud “shut up”.
In addition the MC is made to be a side kick, is always a side kick and seems to be lacking anything that makes me want to connect with him. I like almost every other character in the book more than him.
In conclusion this story, world etc has potential but it’s all ruined by the MC

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  • cody king
  • 2021-03-21

Needed Revision

The book starts off pretty strong, but it becomes clear pretty quickly that the book really needed an editor. There are a number of things that are described nearly verbatim multiple times, and the middle of the story seems to have no real direction. On top of that Jason, the main character, is described as a very ordinary guy and for the first part of the book is written that way, but later in the book he becomes a master of social manipulation as well as a moral philosophy professor. Not only does this feel out of place, his preachiness is kind of frustrating. I would warn religious people that the main character is militantly atheist and, although he overcomes that a bit in terms of the in universe gods, he is incredibly rude about really world religion. Overall, I found myself disappointed because the book had a lot of potential, but ends up being an aimless series of stories about a character who seems wildly inconsistent until the end. 2.5/5

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  • Corey
  • 2021-03-21

Mundain and Preachy

This book could have been so great if the author didn't feel the need to force in their personal views on Atheism, "Privilege", social standing, etc. Really didn't add much value, and I found myself multitasking through these parts to get to the action/development parts of the book which the author did do well.



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  • alireza Niakan safi
  • 2021-03-13

A great litrpg

This book is a great start to what maybe a topshelf litrpg book. I loved the pacing and character development. I also love that it's long and tells a great story without needing 3 books to do that. One of the things I think is a problem with most litrpgs is that they are like dime novels and are short needing multiple books to finish a story ark. That is not the case for this book if you are a fan of "The Land", "Edens Gate", of "Bushido online", than this book is a great read.

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  • Ryan Sturos
  • 2021-03-17

Boring

6 hours in and nothing is going on. They spent like 2 hours on nothing but debate on essence which could’ve been done in maybe half an hour

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  • Timothy Miller
  • 2021-04-09

I wish I was not getting lectured

I have read probably around 200 light novels most are Japanese you can definitely feel this story takes a lot from that genre. The only thing I would say this particular book ads is the main characters distinct dislike of everything traditional this book has I understand that there are social Normies that just don’t make sense as giving respect to somebody just mad just because of the position they’re in you don’t think no one sees the present calls him a normal person. Sometimes positions are meant to have respect because of how hard they are to achieve. I can also 100% tell if this author hates religion or at least the idea of religion, this is the character who comes from our world where God has faith and words to believe to world where deities walk among them. And completely preaches about how negative the idea of religion is at every turn I get it man you don’t like it move on. this book would be so much better if the main character just to not preach to everybody, he sees trying to push his ideas onto other people, but I understand their ideas are trying to get pushed onto him. Two wrongs just don’t make it right

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-15

Main Character just got a minor in philosophy

The narrator was good and I think the story has some high points. I enjoyed a lot of the banter and thought a lot of the snark delivered by the Mc was clever and entertaining.

In other reviews I have seen the mc referred to as dumb but I think that's inaccurate. He seems more immature than anything. He spouts rudimentary arguments about atheism for about a 1/4 of the book and acts petulant towards any high class people he meets regardless of whether they deserve it. He actively degrades religion in front of normal everyday citizens unprovoked. I am an atheist, I see this as incredibly immature. I do not see how this is different from traveling to a different country and condescending to the people there just because you don't think their beliefs are correct.

He stereotypes people constantly and begins conversations with strangers by throwing an insult. I didn't hate the book and even found parts of it quite charming but I needed to pause it every hour or so to let the arrogance waft out of my bedroom.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-05-12

Good voice acting, childish writing

The main character is essentially a self insert power trip for the writer. Perfect at everything, loved by everyone of note and super freaking edgy. If you enjoy powertrips and are below the age of 16-18 you'll love this. if not stay clear.

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  • Fabienne Bedry
  • 2024-01-31

Riche drôle et passionnant

Une histoire formidable, des protagonistes profonds, une écriture drôle et élégante. C’est un genre que je ne connais pas, mais dès le premier chapitre, la natation vous emmène en voyage dans un monde fascinant. J’adore!

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