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Life Reset: A LitRPG Novel

New Era Online, Book 1
Written by: Shemer Kuznits
Narrated by: Jeff Hays
Length: 24 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (126 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After being betrayed and cursed by an extremely rare spell, Oren, a powerful and influential player, finds himself as a first-level goblin!

Without even a fraction of his previous power, he vows to pull through and have revenge on those who betrayed him.

His thorough knowledge of the game's world and his unique ability to immerse himself entirely are his only advantages. But first, he must figure out how to survive long enough playing what is basically a low-level fodder monster!

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:

Jeff Hays - Narration, Characters, Production Supervision
Dalton Lynne - Proofing
Alex Tate - Production, Editing, Mastering

©2017 Shemer Kuznits (P)2017 Jeff Hays

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When is the next one coming?!

Absolutely great. The story is solid, captivating and has complex layers. The character is well defined and has a long way to grow into the "good evil" that he is. In a sea of litrpg genre stories available right now this one is a must to listen to. Cant wait till the next series comes out.

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it was ok.

i was looking for something funnier. there were not any laugh out loud moments for me. i found it slow.

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Amazing story!

Loved the premise, the magic system, and the characters! Near the beginning of the book since sentences were quite redundant, but overall it was an awesome read. Thought narrator could have toned down some of the sillier sounding voices though. (Vik, "second in command" guy)

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Excellent

Yes excellent book. Great idea now if only I can find a game that I can do similar with until the next book comes out.

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great story for the rpg players

got it on just because, and end up loving the story, love rpg games and this is a great story about one

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Popcorn for the ear.

Wish fulfilment x Dwarf Fortress (but with goblins.)
It isn't super well written, but someone clearly wanted to share what they think video games and the future of VR could be, and loves those possibilities. Narrator has an excellent performance.

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  • Wes
  • 2019-03-12

Narration poor, story pretty good

The narrator had a very drone voice that was difficult to listen to for a long time. Once there became more and more characters though, all the other character voices were well done though! Unfortunately the voice I listen to the most needs to be better though.
Story was pretty good. It was slow going early, but eventual found its stride.

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Fantastic performance

I loved this book. It's a wonderful fusion of video gaming and fantasy and I've never come across a book that could give a character multiple dpths the way this book does. Having a lead character who is experiencing a fantasy world through the prospective of a video game wonderfully captures how I feel playing traditional RPGs and your attachment that grows towards every little thing. I can understand that it may not be for everyone as the listing of character stats and resources can be tedious or boring, but for me these are the things I love in video games. The writer created a world that felt so much like a real game I truly want to play. To boot, the reader was fantastic. There were so many unique voices that helped me immediately invision every character without needing to name them for me to know who was speaking. The subtle sound texturing through out was never jarring and helped me feel more in the world. This is probably one of the best audio performances I've come across in the 30 or so books I've listened to on audible.

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awesome book.

I would suggest ppl read it. it's a twist compared to what I have been listening to so far.

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Awesome!

Can't wait for the next one! Perfect voice acting too! If you love the possibilities of online games and a great story of struggle and perserverance this is definitely the book for you!

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  • HeatherY
  • San Diego
  • 2017-11-11

All Hail Our Tiny Green Overlord!

Oren was one of the first players in New Era Online, an immersive virtual reality MMORPG. He leveled up in the game until he was a highly influential player, the head of the top guild in the game, with an impressive number of prime badges. All that is taken away when Oren is betrayed and a powerful scroll spell is used against him. Oren wakes up as a tiny green goblin in the unexplored Deadlands of New Era Online.

Determined not to delete his character, Oren decides to continue to play as a goblin and wreak his revenge. To do this, he needs to build a goblin city in the Deadlands and take the fight to the players who betrayed him.

If you're a fan of this genre, you know what to expect. The main character takes on quests, level grinds, improves his stats, and interacts with the game. This book has all that and more. There's really something for everyone here. If you love stats, this book is full of them, Oren's personal stats, the stats of his goblins, his building stats, resource stats, you name it. If you love city building, this is the book for you. You can just settle back and watch him build his new village, weighing food production needs against resource management, watching everything move at a realistic pace. And if you like combat, there's some of that too, as Oren defends his new settlement and takes out those threatening it.

I was genuinely invested in Oren and his progression. In the beginning, he made some frustrating bonehead decisions, and tried to explain why the mistakes actually worked in his favor. But by the end, his struggle to hold everything together made him really likable. There's some other characters I can't wait to see more of. It's going to be interesting to see where the series goes from here.

Jeff Hays did an awesome job with the narration. He has an impressive number of different voices for the characters, and is consistent with them throughout the book. He also has a realistic female voice which I always appreciate. He made the book a pleasure to listen to. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I'd 100% recommend this book to fans of the LitRPG genre.

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  • Christopher
  • 2017-10-27

A truly good litrpg

This is one of those books I wish I could forget, just so that I could read it again for the first time.

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  • Michah Rutledge
  • 2017-11-23

Surprisingly great! Good design.

A very fun and very long first entry in what i hope is a many book series. I usually avoid litrpgs where the people can log out (which most of them can) but the way the mc gets stuck is very believable and gives him a real goal to work towards. Only one game mechanic made me cringe and go, "no one would make or play a game like that." Which is high praise for this genre. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys the litrpg genre. I can't wait for the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-10-29

Write faster!!!!

I can not wait to read the next one in this series. I LOVED it. I only say that about a handful of books if that. this story and the performance was amazing. like I was there. Please hurry with the next one =)

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  • Nathanael
  • 2017-10-27

A great adventure

I am not usually into these types of litrpgs, where the world is a game and everyone knows it. But this story is a great take on this type of world.

Well written, funny, smart with lots of action and twists. its a hefty read at 25 hours as well. Shout out to the sound editors and the narrator who do a great job bringing the story to life.

I, for one, welcome our new green overlords and eagerly await the next book.

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  • Christopher
  • 2017-10-22

Above the cut

This is another one of the few LitRPG series on audible that is truly well written and more importantly seems to have actually been edited.

If you're like me and love classic LitRPG, but can't bare to face-palm your way through another unedited string of beginner writer's mistakes then you know what I mean.

This book actually deserves the 5 stars.

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  • Murdok
  • 2017-10-26

Great LitRPG

This would be a perfect first title for someone wanting to see it they like these types of stories. Very thorough, but keeps the pace steady and easy to follow. I will be eagerly waiting for the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-11-03

Not worth the time.

An "expert" gamer struggles with basic city building mechanics. Fails to utilize a system that allows him to design his own spells effectively. most of his strength coming from the fact hes a boss and not his own merit. has an epiphany moment of standing up instead of being pushed around by stronger forces, then immediately goes back to getting screwed over. I could go on but not worth it. hard pass on this book.

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  • ♡Louise♡
  • Ontario, Canada
  • 2017-10-26

Entertaining

Really enjoyed this book! 20+ hours and you'd expect a ton of filler, but surprisingly it was all story. Good story :)

Definitely a unique spin on the typical litrpg books I've read. A kind of "the player gets stuck in the game" but not exactly. No spoilers!

The main character is a likeable (not always good though) guy you can get behind. The narrator Jeff Hays, is amazing as always.

Worth a credit or purchase - absolutely!

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  • Jacob
  • 2017-11-07

decent premise in serious need of editting

the good: interesting premise. A slight twist from the standard new game super AI standard. If you like litpg you'll like the premise

the bad: the exposition was painful at times. he would explain something and comment on the logical nature of the exposition. like telling a joke and telling your audience it's funny. the story uses the game company as an evil corporation and a lawyer comes in to get him to sign documents to relieve them of culpability. this section is loaded with exposition and reeeeally bad legal theory that is laughable. I almost asked for a refund at that point but trudged on. The love interest with a goblin AI is weird not because of the computer human aspect but because the goblin has little intelligence. basically mentally handicapped. luckily it isn't a primary plot imo.

overall I wish a professional editor had gone over this with butcher knife and carved out the bad parts because there is a decent story in there. just a lot of unnecessary exposition and clunky side plots that feel awkward.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful