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Sentenced to Troll

Written by: S.L. Rowland
Narrated by: Eric Martin
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
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Punished for his toxic online behavior, Chad faces a 30-day sentence of full-immersion therapy designed to improve his anger issues. For his endless trolling in real life, he's forced to play the most hated race in Isle of Mythos so that he can finally experience what it's like to be on the other side. 

To make matters worse, the heroes sent to rid the world of evil aren't heroes at all - they're violent felons on their own twisted paths to redemption. 

Now, Chad must survive his one-month sentence in a world where anything goes.

©2019 Steven Rowland (P)2019 Steven Rowland

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  • Tyler Mitchell
  • US
  • 2019-03-15

Full Dive VR, where you're the "bad" guy

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I loved this, the full-dive VR concept is becoming a bit of a troupe at this point, but it works extremely well as a basis for the main character knowing things they shouldn't. No time travel, new world, nonsense, just a smooth explanation.

Getting on topic, the main character is sentenced (literally by a judge) to sever time in a VR simulation. The idea is to use VR to rehab criminals, the main character is barely a criminal (I enjoyed the direction the author took here), but ends up in the VR anyway. He's stuck as the most hated race in that world, a troll. There's a healthy mix of gaming, fantasy, and enjoyable characters. There are a lot of chances for this to be pretty comedic, but the author plays the situation straight, and I think that really helps the story. There are no forced jokes, everything progresses in a way that makes sense (in a video game world anyway). Given the ending there almost has to be a sequel and if it holds up as well as the first this will be a series to get invested in.

This is the first time I've listened to Eric Martin, and he did an excellent job on the voices. Making them feel and sound like trolls must have been tough on his voice after a while.

TLDR; If you like fantasy, and particularly the out of time/world genre, you won't regret this one.

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  • HeatherY
  • San Diego
  • 2019-04-19

Definitely Recommend This One!

Chad is an aspiring pro gamer but his short temper and bullying manner keep him from the pro teams. When he goes too far in his bullying one day, he's arrested and charged with online griefing and faces up to a year in prison. Instead, he's sentenced to a month of full immersion rehab in a new game. The catch is that he'll be playing a troll, a hated race, and will face discrimination and hatred in an effort to teach him to treat people with respect.

The author made an interesting choice to make Chad a real life internet troll who shouts racial slurs and tells his teammates to kill themselves. To a gamer audience, this is just the sort of person who embodies the worst of us and I was worried I wouldn't like Chad. But I started this book expecting a great character arc redemption and I wasn't disappointed, Chad really steps up and shows his greatness and leadership qualities.

The gaming part was detailed and necessary to the plot, and the stats weren't repeated too often. The world was immersive and one I'd love to visit myself. I love LitRPGs that create a world I'd love to live in, and this book made me wish this game existed, which is a total win in my book. The narration was really well done with different voices for each character and race type, and pulled me right into the story. I'm joining the rest of the fans eagerly waiting for book 2!

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  • Joe
  • Texas
  • 2019-04-06

4.5 stars. True LITRPG

4.5 stars. This was a very enjoyable LITRPG with actual RPG elements. I think some authors have a difficult time adding RPG elements such as stats and lore to their books, but Rowland does a great job without it being cumbersome. The explanation for the full VR experience was very good and the story building goes along at a good pace. The characters are all very well done and likeable. This wasn't really a funny book, but it didn't need to be. The game elements keep it fun and enjoyable. Any gamer would enjoy this book. The narration was very good with unique voices for all characters. I have added Rowland and Eric to my list of Authors and Narrators. Look forward to listening to more from them and book 2. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review." #uniquevoices #litrpg #truelitrpg

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  • vast mask
  • 2019-03-31

Great story, good lit rpg

The story was really good. it didn' rely on Sexual content to push the story forward Like you see in a Lot of lit RPG these days. It's also nice Seeing the story told from a different perspective other than to typical fantasy Races that are favored I.e. Humans, Elves, Dwarfs. This story is told from the perspective of A player that has to take on the character build of a troll. I like the Over all world End the way that the RPG system works. I enjoyed the book very much and over all I am impressed. I was Not expecting to get as good a story as I got.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 2019-03-29

it was so good

It's a Wonderful book such Especial men are to write a book I loved it I enjoyed it it was everything without a lot of things you don't need to understand the story it was crazy and I adored it I felt so in tune with the book it was the wonderful ride I loved it

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • eric gibb
  • 2019-03-26

Can't wait for book 2 aaaaannnnnnndddddddd more

Before i started the book i had looked reviews online. After reading some i was hesitant to start. Needing a break from other books i started it up.

Being a gamer i loved the book. i can't wait for a continuation. The character building was great. Even the characters you don't particularly care about, you can easily identify within the story.

The story line progressed perfect. Found myself taking the longer way home from work, or sitting in my car to hear more.

i want the next book.

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  • Jonathon
  • North west
  • 2019-03-24

Great litrpg!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I love this book and can't wait for more! If you like litrpg books deffinetly give it a shot.
Chapter titles can be kind of spoilery but that's just a personal opinion. And there's some things that should've been caught in a reading of the rough draft such as the color of troll blood changed.
And I hope to see some deeper connections with people or characters hopefully in the future books.
For the narration Solid job from the narrator doesn't do anything special but doesn't do anything negative and voices individual chargers well.

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  • Charles A.P. Wetherington
  • 2019-03-23

Surprisingly Good !

What I.expected to be a typical RPG story, turned out to be a story of great moral challenges, healing, and a personality transformation.
Well written and well narrated.
I recommend this book for ages 15 and older due to some suggestive situations.
I was given this audiobook for free and I freely give my opinion and rating

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  • Petro van Vuuren
  • South Africa
  • 2019-03-22

exceptional

the best book I have listened to in 2019

extremely well written
narrated superbly
I would love to listen to the next book... as I know there has to be a follow up story

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  • kevin
  • 2019-03-21

What a LitRPG Should be!

Sentenced to Troll is a masterful LitRPG. Having read dozens of books in the genre, it has become exceedingly rare that I find one that becomes an instant favorite. This is as close to perfect as I could ask for. With interesting and endearing characters, Artful world building, and a unique plot, this story bring it all together to tell one entertaining tale. The writing is polished, the pacing is superb, and it is apparent that this is an author who is excellent at his craft. If you like LitRPGs that take place entirely in the game world, like the Chaos Seeds or Play to Live series than this book is not only for you, but be prepared to be pleasantly surprised with just how enjoyable this genre can be.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Content Warning- This book contains mild violence and some language.

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