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The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga

Chaos Seeds, Book 1
Written by: Aleron Kong
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (239 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to The Land, Audible's 2018 Customer Favorite!

Enter a mesmerizing tale reminiscent of the wonder of Ready Player One and the adventure of Game of Thrones

Book 1 of a 7 Book series that will Amaze and Delight you for weeks! 

Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter's destruction. 

Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm? 

A tale to shake "The Land" itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter's choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside in it? Can he grow his power to meet the deadliest of beings of the land? When choices are often a shade of grey, how will Richter ensure he does not become what he seeks to destroy? 

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Facebook Author Page: facebook.com/LitRPGbooks  

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Patreon: patreon.com/AleronKong - I am an indie author, no publisher. If you’re like access to early chapters of unreleased books or even to have yourself written into the books, check out my patreon. Help me make more books! 

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Not for me

I suppose I just didn't understand what litRPG was when I dove into this, so this isn't to say that the content wouldn't be what someone else is looking for, I just believe the story would benefit from not being interrupted by pings and notifications constantly reminding you that the character is not in an organic world/realm. The constant forced humour from the main character seems plainly out of character, how quickly he adapts and accepts to being thrown into a new world with no idea of how to leave is unbelievable, and any attempts to make him relatable make me want to distance myself from that person. The only time he had ever swung his fists were at "frat boys when they got too close to his female friends"? come on...

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  • Tim
  • 2018-10-28

Smugness Abounds

I got about halfway through this book. I'm clearly in the minority since I only purchased this book based on the number of high reviews. Richter reminds me of a child playing an RPG who rage quits the game because his friends aren't playing fair. The author seems to be transparently showing off his "cleverness" in using the Richter to outsmart NPC type characters.

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Would be great if it wasn't LitRPG

I enjoyed most of listening to this, and the reader did a fine job, and the story is good, but I just can't do LitRPGs in Audiobook format. I stopped after only a couple chapters and downloaded the book and read it normally. Every time I had to listen to them read out the character status page or all the details of every item picked up, I died a little inside, but none of that is the fault of the author or the reader, that's just a problem with all audiobooks in this particular subgenre

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Best fantasy book on Audible!!!!

This is by far the best series I have encountered on Audible. I have listened to a few LitRPG books and this series/saga by far the best one. The MC is cool, funny, strong and human. His mistakes make for grave repercussions and his relationships feel real and tangible. The supporting characters are really well written.

Additionally Nick Podehl does exceptionally well as the narrator!

This is not like other LitRPG's which have 4-5 stars but are utter trash, this is the real deal. You will wish there was a video game you could play that was this book.

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Awesome book

Loved it worth every penny if you ask me. I'm am definitely getting every book in the series.

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Well done.

Well done. Intriguing. As an audio book it did get a tad tiresome to hear the repetitive details of every single level-up. But Nick Podehl is brilliant and a joy to listen to. He can sell a book for me. Lucky author!

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Great on family trip. Now they want next book in the series. Oh boy more to get

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  • Wes
  • 2018-09-22

Amazing audio book

I was looking for something to listen to while in the car driving, and as a Gamer this caught my attention. Turns out I absolutely love the series! Just bought the 5th book for myself. I sometimes find that I'll be slow to leave the car when I reach my destination because it's so good! Great story, love the premise, and the voice acting is top notch.

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More than a little bit addicting.

I have a never ending love for fantasy novels but this one definitely took it that one step further by creating a character that anyone who has played Co-op RPG games can immediately relate to. I adore the concept and the world building that is just slightly different from most fantasy cliches in the Races of the world as well as the approached to magic. Best of all is the very real depiction of exactly how much chaos a modern day human could create in a whole new world.
The book was especially complimented by the narrator and his skill at giving a voice to each character. So much so that I ended up finishing this book and powering through the next three within the month.
I have, and will continue to recommend this series to my friends and family.
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Imaginitative Book Series

The recording #Audible1 was a amazing and actually felt like I was in the series. The recording group does not just record the narrator but add in sounds to liven up the video game experience. Can feel the characters. So much is going on and shit hits the fan and just so good. Totally recommend this book.

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  • Rory
  • Calgary, AB, Canada
  • 2018-10-01

Gold Standard of LITRPG

I've now listened to a number of LITRPG series that I truly like and have given 5 stars across the board to - The System Apocolypse by Tao Wong, Alpha World by Daniel Schinhofen, Ascend Online by Luke Chmilenko, and The Gam3 by Cosimo Yap - but, to me so far, gold standard is The Land. The completeness of integrating an RPG game with "real life" has been readily managed by the author, Aleron Kong.

Now, combine that with the talents of Nick Podehl, and you truly have an epic on your hands. He brings to life all of the characters in such a clever manner that I find it hard NOT to laugh at times, thanks to his way of expressing what is actually happening. Congrats to Aleron for injecting common day events and sayings into the script, so that Nick can expertly interpret them in voice.

As a gamer, and a listener of these books, there were many times I'd think, "This is what he's got to do now!" as we've found ourselves gaming with these events happening to our avatars. Usually, these are basic moves ... or, what we consider to be the most "logical" moves, as we've probably repeated them over and over and over ... again. Aleron Kong goes beyond the rote "next move" and weaves an intricate, yet refreshingly correct, path for our hero. One that I've consistently found interesting. The moves are correct, because our "hero" is flawed and doesn't always "go with the flow".

It's unique. It's gripping. And, it's just thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-14

The BEST Audible Series Available!

You can stop reading reviews! Go listen to "The Land" now! I've listened to all 7 of the books "The Land" series has to offer at the time this review was written. That's 120 hours and 25 minutes of Nick Podehl narrating the words of Aleron Kong! Over 5 days straight of listening time and I want more! I never want it to end!

I am not an RPG guy. I've never before played an RPG board game. Don't let the RPG title deter you. Anyone will love this book because of the rich story telling, incredible characters, the world that Aleron Kong creates, and the masterful story telling! The incredible thing about these books is you start at square one with the main character, our hero Richter, and go on this grand adventure with him; growing and learning with him. Throughout the progression of these books it's impossible not to fall in love with the characters as you watch the world unfold around you. Aleron Kong's writing is relatable, funny, and emotional while being so descriptive that you will watch the world be painted before you. I'm always surprised by his hilarious use of crass and current humor intertwined with such a high level of writing.

The only thing better than Kong's story is Podehl's narration. I'm a television producer with a degree in theater, film, and television and I can honestly say Nick Podehl is a master storyteller. He should win all the awards! His narration is enthralling from start to finish. His characters are out of this world amazing! It never seems like someone doing voices, it just sounds like I'm listening to a myriad of different characters - like watching an animated series. Every character's voice is not only unique and perfectly suited for them, but even his speech patterns and intonations differ from character to character. Jim Henson himself would be impressed. And this is the very first audible book I've heard narrated by a male that can successfully do female characters just as well. I can listen for hours and continue being impressed every minute.

My one issue with the audible version of this book is that certain charts and figures can be daunting when listened to aloud, but sometimes you just have to let it wash past you as it's not imperative to the story. I would recommend this book 1 million percent. It is so worth listening to the audible version for Podehl's narration. Just be warned! Once you start you won't be able to stop.

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  • Tony
  • 2018-10-03

This entire series is an absolute MUST read!!

The Land series is hand's down one of the best, most entertaining series I have ever read (or listened to) in my almost 40 years of reading for pleasure. I have read countless series over the years and have many that make my short-list of favorites. The Land is one of the most brilliantly written, entertaining, enjoyable series I have ever had the pleasure to read. Along with serious and suspenseful moments where you just know your favorite character has no chance to make it out of the mess he's in, there are countless laugh out loud moments. And for those listening on Audible, Nick Podehl brings Aleron's characters to life in a way you will never appreciate until you listen. Before The Land, there were only 2 series that I enjoyed reading a second time. The Land brings that total to 3!

This is anything BUT "just another" LitRPG series. Whether you are a fan of epic fantasy, D&D, LItRPG, suspense, etc., or just a fan of pure entertainment, you have got to give this series a try. The first book starts off fast and furious, and Aleron has maintained that pace through the entire series. Read this series and you will find out why Aleron earned the title of Father of American LitRPG!

If you have tried other LitRPG series and found them lacking, try this one to see how it is really supposed to be done.

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  • Paul
  • There and back again
  • 2018-12-04

The book I've always wanted to read

This is the book I've dreamed of reading since I first played D&D as a kid in the 80s I listened to the audiobook, and the performance was brilliant. It really enhanced the experience, though I'm tempted to get the kindle version now so I can go over the stats in more detail. I've read fantasy for years but this was my first litRPG. I've been reluctant to try them, but now I'm really glad I did. Just a really fun read. Got to go now and download the next book.

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  • M. B. Richards
  • 2017-07-17

This RPG is LIT!

Would you listen to The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga again? Why?

Recently, I've been buying up pretty much every LitRPG I could get my grubby hands on. Sad to say, not every narrator is up to the task (I'm assuming struggling independant authors got a good deal in order to just get their work out there). This book, however? Not even in the same league! Nick Podehl is by far one of the greatest male narrators in the game right now, and securing him for this series only makes a great thing AMAZING.

The story starts simply, but gets deeper with every chapter, drawing you deeper into the world. Characters develop before your eyes, and plots unfold to lay bare even more complex mechinations. The main character is certainly on his way to becoming a bad-ass, but doesn't start out in god-mode, and he doesn't always make the right decision, but he LEARNS from his mistakes, and his attitude and decisions grow and reflect those experiences.

I'll be honest, I shamelessly listened to this book straight through in a single day. I bought the next book before I was even halfway through the first and had it downlowded and qued up so I could keep going even after this book was finished. I've read and listened to all the major LitRPG series out at the time I write this, and I can tell you with absolute surity that THIS series is already by far my favorite. This is the kind of series that others will hold up as the standard for the genre, and seek to emulate. I look forward to the rest of the series with true and unadulterated escitement! (^_^)

What other book might you compare The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga to and why?

None. THIS is the book other works should be comparing themselves against.

Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, he does an amazing job in this book!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, absolutely. My chest swelled with the emotions of the main character at several points, when the character himself was overwhelmed with emotion.

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  • Daniel Jackson
  • 2018-08-30

Lots of potential if it doesn't grate your nerves.

You know that friend in your gaming group that makes constant cultural references? The one who says memes in person? The one who shows you "hilarious" YouTube videos back to back even though you're not giving them any reaction? That's this book. It's an interesting concept that I could see myself enjoying, but the writer insists on making "gamer culture" references every paragraph. The book takes place 30 years in the future, no one is going to be making "what does the fox say" jokes, they aren't funny now, they won't be funny then. Voice actor performance is 10/10, he is great. I'm sure there are lots of people that will enjoy this, but I just can't handle the lame gamer references.

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  • Raffy
  • 2018-09-29

I’m HOOKED!

I listened to all seven books in The Land series in about 2-3 months via Kindle. That’s how much I loved the series! I haven’t been this invested in a book series since Harry Potter! As a Tabletop gamer, reading the series was such amazing self care for me! And have such a diverse and unique expanse of characters has me HOOKED! I’m sooo excited for the next book in the series!

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  • Greg Rogers
  • 2018-09-29

Lot's of fun for any rpg fan.

loved the sound effects that came with leveling up or acquiring items. The author does a good job of making choices that a real person would make while playing a game making it more believable as well.

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  • Austin
  • 2018-08-02

#1 Book of all time

This book was fantastic in so many ways. I have read books for a long time now and I can safely say that this is the best book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. If you have ever dreamed of building up something great when starting with little to nothing, you will love this book.

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  • Mason Hoskins
  • 2019-01-09

Life Changing Experience

In all my life I have had problems reading and/or listening to books. Either they go too fast or are too confusing. It got to the point where I would not read just because I knew that I wasn't going to like it. Eventually, my friend came along and let me borrow his audible. I listened to about ten minutes of this before buying a subscription outright and then ordering the whole series. This has opened my eyes to a new genre of books and how good stories on audible are read. I especially appreciate the accents and the smoothness of Nick Podehl when he reads. It made this story even better.

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  • legionsama
  • 2018-07-14

Very good !

very good performance and a very good book I already buy the next 3 book ! if you know or like light novel you will probably like this book.