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Life Reset: Hobnobbing

New Era Online Book 3
Written by: Shemer Kuznits
Series: New Era Online, Book 3
Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
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Having survived the first wave of invading players, Oren now seeks to strengthen his clan. With the Breeder's Den destroyed and most of Goblin's Gorge's resources devoted to rebuilding, his best hope lies in creating an army of golems. But for that, he needs Viridium, a rare metal that can only be obtained from hobgoblin towns, where Oren and his clan of goblins are viewed as nothing more than potential slaves. To make his way in the game, and to defeat his former guild, Oren's ingenuity alone will not be enough. He will need to conquer his deepest fears and tap into his inner monster.  

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:     

Jeff Hays - Narration, Music, Sound Design   

Laurie Catherine Winkel - Raystia, Yulli   

Annie Ellicott - Misa, Lolo, Duladeen   

Dalton Lynne - Proofing, Editing   

Ahmed Mahmoud - Production, Editing, Mastering, Music, Sound Design

©2019 Shemer Kuznits (P)2019 Shemer Kuznits

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finally!!! oh thank God!!

I dont even need to listen to it to know it's good this is a great litrpg series! time to dig in peeps much love! I will update with a proper review in 1 day I'm about to binge it

wow talk about cliff hanger! 😂😂 the sound effects were on point as expected from Jeff hays 5 stars across the map amazing book! hurry with the next one! Wait there will be a next one right? Some how it doesn't feel like this story is done too many loose ends I fully expect another one if not...ahh well it was a good ride.

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Can’t wait for the next book

This book entrenches us in another facet of dynamics of the world that gave me another vision of the possible interactions with the locals.
The climactic final battle is one that kept me on my feet and guessing.
The finale opens a lot of possibilities of continuation.

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predictable maybe fun yes.

I liked the story. Orens actions are pretty predictable and the majority of the story plays out as a power fantasy.

also Vic is a asshole.... 😁

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awesome

Thoroughly enjoyed this one. I have been listening to alot of litrpg audiobooks lately and this one did not disappoint.

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A fantastic addition to the series!

My favourite in the series, so far! Lots of fun. New locations without leaving the trest behind. Great development and resolution!(?)

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Still enjoying

If you like the last two books you will still like this one. Usually don't like multiple narrators but I didn't mind it this time. The music and sound effects are a nice touch but the voice quality varied in quality at moments, think it was just post cut edits.

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A bit desappointed

The end is just weird, I was expecting too much maybe, all of that to get a one side fight

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-15

READ THIS FIRST

If you've read through more than 5 reviews then you probably noticed the extremes. people loved or hated. I held off on getting this book for that reason but I'm not really disappointed in pulling the trigger. I think I know why people hated it so to explain,
STORY: The 3rd book goes deeper into the RPG side of the story. the people who hated it for the story most likely are not into rpg games that much I assume. Just like RPG games theres a Main quest or goal and there is 100s of side quest. some side guest further your progress towards your main Quest. This book is exactly that, A side quest that when complete, will get him to where he needs to be. Seems like a dumb and unnecessary quest BUT not all quest can be life changers. The problem here is it wasnt really explained what he was after or why until much later and in the end it seems like a whole lot of effort for something not super important. an entire books worth to be exact.
the ending did feel a bit abrupt and not at all in the direction you thought it would but that could be a good thing.
Narrative; For some AWFUL reason, they decided to go heavy in the YA side and add oddly placed sound effects and theme music. annoying. I like having multiple readers but that's it. quality starts off subpar but picks up after a chapter or 2 bit sound effects are random and throughout. stupid.
All in all it's still worth listening to if you liked the 1st 2 books. If there is a 4th, I'm clueless as to where it's going but I want to find out so obviously the book did its job and keep me engaged.

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  • Steven B. Fleming
  • 2019-10-05

A broken ending to a brilliant series

Up until this book I would say this series was one of my favorite litrpgs of all time. Definitely in the top 5 which is saying a lot based on how many litrpgs I've read so far. There was just so much to like about it - the style, the prose, the battles, the systems, the dialog, the overall story, the village build up, etc. If litrpgs were ranked like games I would put the first two books at the AAA game level. Which makes me wonder what the hell happened with this 3rd book.

Warning: spoilers ahead...

At first glance, it would seem like this book simply was another in the series where the main character is still trying to build out his village and get stronger in order to gain this Tier 4 boss rank and ultimately escape the game. In that regard his side quest to another city in order to gain access to veridium to make golems and build out his village makes sense. It's all part of the continued strategy that has been a constant theme (and a great one) in the first two books. So I didn't mind his side journey. It was still entertaining to me. Also, the parallel story of taking the fight to the enemy before they can regroup and come in force while the village is still recovering made sense too, A surprise strike back at the guild would have been a great finale of the book, assuming they only did enough damage to stop them for a little bit. And that would have been at great ending to the book in the end: the main character gets his trade route, the village gets stronger, he cripples the enemy and buys himself some more time in order to keep growing and stay consistent with the goals and theme that was established in the first two books. Yet for whatever reason the author simply decided to tank all of that and choose a totally different ending and finale, cutting major threads that have been highly anticipated from the start. Wtf?

Honestly I can't figure out why. The best I can reason is those parts about the world ending and Shiva being created was supposed to be from a book later on in the series, a final conclusion to everything. It was supposed to be written AFTER the character finally attained Tier 4 and AFTER Nihilator had been released, two things I was eagerly hoping to see happen. The sudden cutting of those two main threads was jarring. I can think of no reason to kill them other than the author simply didn't want to write anymore about it and so just hacked on that totally alternate ending path from the final book. And sadly it DOESN'T WORK. Yes, there has been the side goal of Vick to replace the main AI, but it was very easy to see that was something that was supposed to happen FAR into the future of the series, not suddenly rushed into being in this installment. Unfortunately by doing so the author leaves a very empty hole, and the disappointment at the lost potential of what could have been and what should have been.

I don't know if there will be another book where Orrin goes back into the game and perhaps completes those objectives, it did seem as if the author sort of left it open, but even if he did it wouldn't really matter since the original reasons for those objectives are now gone. I can only hope this series might be salvaged with further books, but for me this installment has made me change my opinion from having it as an essential litrpg that any fan put on their must read list, to only a slightly recommended litrpg with two great first books but ultimately a broken series.

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  • Christopher
  • 2019-06-19

Strange ending to the trilogy

This book does fall off relative to the other 2 in the series. As a LitRPG style book, it follows many of the conventions of this genre, and indeed the world established continues from the other 2 in the series. Without trying to give too much away, I'll try and detail out some of the issues as to why this book has gotten so many negative reviews as compared to the other 2, though you may infer some heavily hinted at spoilers from this review, if not directly outlined....

First off, there is the whole "quest line" as described at the end of book 2- the MC takes a trip to a hobgoblin city to establish a trade route, to eventually try to be able to see the ultimate expression of his sphere golem creations. This whole thing feels little more than a side quest, but fully takes up roughly 2/3rds of the book- it's considerably more tedious and less interesting without the stakes that were in the other 2 books. It's not completely horrible, but it just doesn't hold your interest. Eventually, the "dread totem" continues to build and plan for the betterment of his people and his eventual revenge against his old guild, the "manapulators" in the last part of the book, which is much like the storyline from other 2 books had been headed.

Second, the last big battle in this book is accompanied by a great amount of expanded sound effects, and even a game themed soundtrack that plays alongside the narration during the battle. It's ridiculous and annoying, subtracting from the overall enjoyment of the audio performance as opposed to adding to it (IMHO)- it's just too "over the top".

Lastly, the apparent conclusion to the series wrapped up in the final 2 hours of the book. The V.i. storyline comes to fruition, and the whole plot line of the 3 books takes a radical shift into a new direction. The characters that you invested in over the 3 books are not well wrapped up in terms of their story arc, to the point that you wonder if this really is the end of the trilogy or not. If it is, then it's extremely unsatisfying, as I don't think anyone (with the exception of Vic) winds up with a fully resolved conclusion.

I suspect that we'll get a 4th book in the series perhaps, as this just does not feel like a satisfying ending, but that will be completely up to the author. Exactly what he has planned for this world and these characters from here out (if anything) is anyone's guess.

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  • Jackson
  • 2019-08-30

Good series that falls apart spectacularly

I really enjoyed reading/listening to these books, so it became that much more disappointing by the utter garbage that was an ending. I’m not sure how it can even be redeemed in a 4th book outside of telling everyone to pretend the ending of the third book was a bad totem dream.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-21

did not like the ending. Seemed abrupt and rushed

did not like the ending. Seemed abrupt and rushed and choices characters made were illogical

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  • Elvolganta
  • 2019-07-17

Disappointing

Loved the series, but this installment was a vast disappointment. About 3/4 of this book took place in an area that held little to no investment for (me at least as) the reader, coupled with a high quantity of audio editing errors, especially prevalent in the first few chapter, the sickening overuse of auto-tune to make Vic's voice (altering it to a disturbing degree from the remainder of the series) only ever accomplished to fuel my contempt. The final battle had some nice editing and effects but this does not suppress the more than 13 hours of poor quality presented in this audio book. The ending felt extremely rushed and unsatisfying, leaving more questions than answers. If you are invested in this series (as you should be after reading or listening to the first two installments of it) and still want to proceed with it.. Consider yourself warned.

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  • ArtDadofER
  • 2019-07-29

Absolutely hated the ending

The last two chapters were awful, plot points were ignored, and the build up to the ending wasn't even there. It totally fell flat. I feel like I wasted my time on this one. The first two books were amazing, this one, not so much.

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  • Crispy Bacon
  • 2019-06-08

The M Night Shyamalan of LITRPG

This is not a compliment in any way.

This series is trying to shock you with the typical 1 twist wonder that you only see from crappy directors above. I am actually dissappointed because not only did I see this coming, I was actually hoping it wouldn't happen. Now that is has, I see the huge lost potential in such a unique idea for a book.

I am starting to not like the main character and would have preferred more of the book to be about Rastia and her mission. There was so much potential for exploit in such a flawed system, I'm surprised the author didn't capitalize on it. All that was accomplished was a mission that was doomed to fail from the start, and only through dumb luck did it all turn out in the end. Sad

As was said before by other commenters, the ending was bad. My suggestion is to skip to the end to save yourself the 14 hours of buildup that turns out to be worth nothing, because it all goes to waste. Terrible letdown for fans. Might as well told us that the entire book is a dream and the main character wakes up just to forget it 2 hours later...

The one good thing that came out of the ending is that Vic is no longer going to be around and annoying as ever. Would rather have the Aussi guy take over permanently, He was awesome!

Come on Shemer, you can do better!

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  • Avid reader
  • 2019-06-14

terrible ending

loved the series hated the ending. author has a new series on Kindle but will not start it as I have no faith in the author's ability to end a series.

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  • 2019-06-05

disappointment

I am very disappointed that you ended to series this is one of the best litrpg series there is and it was so much more story to be told. the book was going so good until the ending that you rush

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