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The Two Week Curse

Ten Realms, Book 1
Written by: Michael Chatfield
Narrated by: Todd Menesses
Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Thrust into an unknown, unwanted situation, most would feel panic, fear anger, and fall into chaos. Erik and Rugrat are not immune to those feelings, but they have stepped into chaos so many times, it is simply a different challenge.  

Two weeks ago, Erik lost his legs and his arm.   

Today he got a message.   

"You have been randomly selected to join the Ten Realms. One may choose to ascend the Ten Realms, thereupon making a request to the Gods of the Realms. Only those who are Level 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, and 90 may ascend to the next realm. Fortune favors the strong!”  

For a retired combat medic and Marine Recon sniper, the Ten Realms offer a clear challenge and sense of purpose that they had only found on the battlefield.   

How much trouble can you get into in a new realm?

©2018 MC PUBLICATIONS INC. (P)2019 MC PUBLICATIONS INC.

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Weak start...but wait theres more!

I almost returned this book, the beginning of this book was terrible, it did not hook me at all, I found the characters irritating. But based on the good reviews I kept listening and im glad I did, this book is great and the two main characters are great. This would have been a 5 star review except for the terrible start to this book. I also did not like the narrator at first, he possibly sucked due to a weak start to the book? Idk. But he gets much better and ends up being great to listen to. Now piss off and go listen to a book

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Hilarious

The characters in the start are awesome. The author did a great job with the storyline and I can’t wait for the next. Todd Menesses did an outstanding job on the narration.

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Good book

I enjoyed listening to this book, found it so enjoyable I finished it rather quickly.

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Fun and interesting

The idea behind the world is fun and interesting, unlike and other fantasy world that I have experienced.

The author tells a straight forward story but lacks depth and intrigue.

The characters are super heroes with a unique goal to improve everyone around them.

Overall enjoyed the book and performance.

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Couldn't bring myself to finish the book

I love xanxia, so I was really excited for this book. I've zoned out of listening to multiple chapters and I still know whats going on because it's so slow and predictable. The author took all the fun exciting tropes of a xanxia and put them in a box as an after thought. Then focused entirely on the most boring parts of the magic system. Characters are bland. Jokes aren't funny. And the narrator is so monotone he obviously didn't like the book either.

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Slow Starter

found the start a bit slow, or at least off topic from what I was expecting. About 1/3rd to half way through I found I could no longer stop listening all the way to the end.

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slow start great finish

the start feels like it was written by a teen, filled with swearing and rushed, but the later chapters finish very strong. about to buy the second book.

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Could finish it.

I was nearly finished but stopped caring. It was my second RPG novel. It was so convoluted and got too tedious. By the near end I didnt care about stats, levels. Needed more story and maturity. Seemed like it was written for teen. The reader wasn't great either. His voice got irritating after a while. Too bad

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I love this book.

this was absolutely wonderful. the first three chapters were rough to get through because of the dialogue. after that it was wonderful all the way through. I can't wait for the next book in the series, woooohoooo

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Modern soldiers get thrown into a RPG fantasy

This was fun. The RPG screens were a little disruptive to the story, but I enjoyed listening to character sheets being referenced like they were just another part of life. The earth, gravity, people relating, magic, skill trees and experience points.

I can’t wait for book 2 to come out!

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  • AY4
  • 2019-03-13

Where's the rest of the series?!?!?!

FINALLY!!! An author that actually sounds like he knows what it's like to have been in the $*** and low crawled out of it, or at least knows some who have. I have never laughed as hard listening to a book as I did for the first 20 minutes of this one, the conversations and actions are exactly like some of the things my old squad mates and I used to do and say to each other all the time back in my time in service. The story line is awesome and while it moves pretty fast at times the narrator doesn't try to rapid fire the words out just to make up for a lack of skill to voice the urgency.

These two make an awesome tandem in a wonderful story line. Now Amazon just needs to saddle up and get the next two books in this series on audible so we can enjoy the others.

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  • Jason P Lebeau
  • 2019-02-19

Better than Expected

I love the LitPRG genera, but it's become absolutely saturated in the last year with sub-par, self-published books with the same rehashed plots and mechanics. For that reason I didn't go into this book with high expectations, I expected it to just be a generic time filler, but while the book was not perfect, it was refreshingly different and very enjoyable.

PLOT:
The book is about 1/3 adventuring and 2/3 base building. Honestly I didn't expect any base building, so I was surprised by this. I personally like that style of LitPRG, but others might not. Some sections of this become a bit dull as I think too much time was spent on the mundane aspects of city management, but most of it is good. There are plenty of scenes outside of this base building, but they are all focused at the beginning and end of the book. There are some interesting sub plots from the first part of the book that do get followed up on in the end, which is nice because in a lot of LitRPG those things sort of get forgotten, The Land series is a prime example of that. I don't want to give up too much about the plot, because it's hard not to spoil it, but I will say the story does not proceed in the way I was expecting.

I should mention pacing and chronological order is a problem for me with this book. Sometimes it feels like a month of activity will go by, taking up a dozen chapters, only to be told later the amount of time passed was 5 days. Things seem to be completed in unrealistically fast time. This would be OK if there was some reasoning behind it, but we are lead to assume time flows normally. Some mentions are made later about the amount of time it takes to, for example, build a building, but it feels like too little too late and it still does not explain how you can do things like turn farmers into grizzled veterans in a matter of days. The worst part for me though is feeling like the timeline got messed up.... almost like entire pages were misplaced. Sometimes it feels like they are talking about something they are planning to do in the future as if it already happened, or that they are discovering things they should have already known about. Sometimes it feels like things happen more than once. I actually wonder if the Audible app messed up the chapters or something, I will have to re-read it to be sure.

CHARACTERS:
There are two main characters, which is a bit different for the genera, as most LitRPGs focus on a single player. They are a bit different than your typical MC as they come in with a military background. The other characters are mostly decent, with a couple that stand out. Character development is not the best in this book, but it's pretty good for the genera.

WORLD AND GAME MECHANICS:
Lots of new concepts and ideas in this book, most of them pretty cool. Unfortunately some of them don't feel consistent or feel completely thought out. Some of the mechanics are explained over and over to the point of being annoying while others are barely touched on. Most of the mechanics and systems are really interesting though, it's just some of them feel awkward or unfinished. Most of it is not major to the story, just slightly annoying. Some examples are being given a list of resources in the city management screen, but resources are never talked about in the story, there really is no resource management, it just feels like there are infinite resources. Another is how skill books are consumed when they are used, yet they want to build a library where people can go and read them, making it seem like they have infinite uses. Just lots of little strange things like that.

WRITING QUALITY:
It falls somewhere in between self-published and a traditional published book. There are mistakes and awkwardness, It's not so much there are glaring errors, it's more that there are a lot of odd wording choices, and scenes and dialog that could have been executed better. There are times where the writer goes on odd tangents or randomly returns to the same topic discussed a few paragraphs earlier, like when someone is telling a story and remembers an earlier part of the story, so they mention it before continuing with their original train of thought. Again nothing terrible, but it just felt like it could have used some more time in editing. This is pretty common in this genera, especially since many of the books coming out are self published or translated.

NARRATION:
Pretty good, but I took a star off for the bad Chinese accents. Many of the residents of this world are apparently Chinese, but the narrator uses the same cheesy accent for all of them, making it hard to differentiate. The accent he uses sounds more like the type of fake accent someone would use to make fun of a Chinese person. His other accents are fine, he has a decent southern sounding one, and he is not a bad narrator, I just don't think this narrator was well suited to a book with so many Chinese characters.

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  • charles
  • LAWTON, OK, United States
  • 2019-01-17

Perfection

First off, how have I never heard of todd menesses before. His narration was absolutely fantastic. The start was a little slow but after that it took off like a rocket. Absolutely amazing storyline wile avoiding most of the clichés. Would definitely recommend.

Note: I paid for this book with my own damn money, and this is a REAL honest review.

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  • Branden Rockriver
  • LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA, US
  • 2019-04-04

Good story, writing needs work.

The narration is good but could use a little more bite during combat.

The story is also good but needs work. There are times when it focuses too much on little things then skips ahead days just to progress.

The main nitpick I have is how much repetition the author uses. Every other chapter is filled with repeated words. An example would be a paragraph that has the word body in it four times, twice in the same sentence. The very next chapter has the word city in it four times. It makes me cringe and you can hear that the narrator doesn't like it either.

It's a shame because the story is really good and I like the main characters. But, it hurts my soul to hear the same word used over and over.

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  • Sheldon "Tech"
  • USA
  • 2019-01-19

Great new addition to the LitRPG space!

The TLDR; loved this story, narrator and character development. The plot is really good, but the character development is the shining point here. I really felt like I got to know the two lead characters. For those who wish to know, this isn't a harem nor does it have sexual situations (lewd content). Neither harems or graphical sex dissuade me from a good story and characters, but there are some that do. It is a LitRPG with stats and development.

Character development is great. Not only for the two lead characters but for the entire cast. The characters that are adults are adults. No overdramatic situations that seem so prevalent in our LitRPG books. The deep situations that pull on our Leads are well deserved and have their place then they don't. But, the memory of it stays with your understanding of the character without needing to be brought up again and again. I love that... LOVE THAT.

And the story... I really fell into the story. So much that I'm getting the books 2 and 3 so I can read them because I can't wait anymore (it's been like 6 hours since I finished... too long in my books), Great plot progression, kept me interested and waiting to see how things turned out.

And the last glue to this great piece of audio work is the narrator. Great job in bringing all the characters to life, fleshing out the small nuances that we all add in our mind if we read the stories, but better... at least for me anyway.

And my one negative would be the really bad jokes. The "pull my finger" variety that has aged to the middle-aged level? Yeah, those. Not bad enough to be "so bad it's good", just mediocre bad... the ones you can see coming from a mile away, like a really slow car crash... you wince and cringe, trying to look away but you can't... screaming "my god, no! Can't they see how bad this is going to be?"... but it happens and it's just... not that funny. I can't lie, a couple of them made me chuckle. And that's really my only negative, not enough to remove a star, cause it's really just my opinion.

So, I loved it! Can't wait for the next books, adding it to my wait list of epic series to follow.

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  • Chris
  • 2019-03-26

great book

love how long yet continuously enticing this book is super excited for number two hope it's just as long and exciting

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  • Evan
  • 2019-03-25

Great Story

I really enjoyed the story. Everything felt planned and well-constructed. 10/10. Four words left, fuck.

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  • Rory
  • Calgary, AB, Canada
  • 2019-02-27

He Hit it Out of the Park on His First Try

I've listened to a lot of LITRPG audiobooks and have developed a specific like to certain ways of presenting those worlds ... and, Michael Chatfield more than successfully did this. He brings to life the transitioning, adapting, and growth of a "player" quite well, without overly complicating things with stat updates, etc. It's a well-thoughtout book that's written in an easy going manner. I'm sure that future books in the series will transport us equally well.

Now, as for Todd Menesses ... I can honestly say he's good. I was a little worrisome at the beginning, as I couldn't really tell the differences between Erik's and Rugrat's voices, but as you progress it becomes quite clear. It's subtle ... and that's what Todd brings to the table in his many voices.

Well worth the credit ... ummm, credits ... as, I'll be buying the whole series.

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  • Chad
  • 2019-02-13

2 Combat Vets, Kingdom Building, Great Litrpg!

Great Litrpg!

It has the kingdom building and ruling aspect of litrpg's that I love, while being mixed in with plenty of action to keep things interesting! Each book features a unique new tiered realm, a great idea allowing the protagonists to get incredibly powerful, until they get to the next realm where everything is a challenge again. It helps keep things fresh with each new realm allowing the writer to go in new directions.

Having two "brothers in arms" as the protagonists sets a great tone for the series. The wounded warrior opening had me really identifying with the characters. I also loved how the blacksmith and alchemy professions were a main focus of character leveling. RPG professions and min/maxing have always brought out my inner geek, and it was done very well.

What makes this new book great isn't anything super unique, but Michael has taken several different ideas from other authors and refined them into something that works better. I'm hoping more authors will use a similar tiered world system to avoid writing themselves into a corner.

I enjoyed the narration from Todd Menesses enough to browse through other books he's done, I hope he gets the other books narrated soon! Check out the new book on Patreon if you are as impatient as me!

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  • Jason Dando
  • 2019-02-12

one of the best syfy fantasy / men at arms stories

I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book when I got it. it's not something I would normally listen to, I'm more of a lord of the rings or wheel of time reader. but I am glad I took the chance on this one, the personality of each character and the way the story plays out is outstanding. on that note I am off the start listening to the next book.

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