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World-Tree Online

World-Tree Trilogy, Book 1
Written by: E. A. Hooper
Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
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In 2056, the world's most powerful AI System, ARKUS, comes online. Created to extend human lifespans, it quickly makes world-changing discoveries in health science. It also develops an advanced VR headset that uses consumable nanomachines to let users experience time faster in virtual worlds.

Two years later, ARKUS releases World-Tree Online, a game where players scale a giant tree with thousands of unique game worlds hanging from the branches. The game's time-dilation makes it so that one hour of playtime feels like one month to those in-game, allowing humans to virtually extend their lifespans. However, after an old gamer named Vincent joins World-Tree Online, an update begins that stretches the time-dilation to one year for every five seconds. Players are unable to exit the game during the update - with an estimated wait time of three hundred sixty years.

After experimenting with an exploit, Vincent begins to develop new spells that will take him higher in the game than he ever thought possible. Unfortunately, he crosses paths with the last moderator, a young man named Lucas that uses his mod abilities to torture and subjugate other players.

Lucas is willing to abuse his power to conquer the World-Tree, but Vincent's exploit might just be the key to stopping him.

The Soundbooth Theater Team for this Production:

  • Justin Thomas James - Music and Narration
  • Jeff Hays - Jim and Killer Sam
  • Laurie Catherine Winkel - Quinn, Alexandria, and the rest of the female cast
  • Dalton Lynne - Proofing and Editing
  • Ahmed Mahmoud - Editing, Mastering, and Sound Design
©2019 E.A. Hooper (P)2019 E.A. Hooper

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  • IAN
  • 2019-08-25

amazing

The performance is 6 stars. The story overall is amazing, time skips are well placed, by the end i actually felt bad for the bad guy by the end. 10/10 would recomend.

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A villain with depth and a hero with maturity

The story switches between the light and dark, explores powerful themes and all in a believable RPG digiverse. The villain does steal the show and some may be uncomfortable with getting such close look at how easy it is to fall into misusing power.

However, it was such a relief for me to listen to an RPG story with more depth to it than simply getting strong, fighting battles, and defeating the big boss at the end. I can’t wait for the next one.

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not impressed so far

I'm on chapter 20 and I am desperately praying for some excitement that doesn't involve "mana gun" "mana blast" " breaker blast" it gets old really quick I came in with high expectations due to all the positive reviews and all I find is a sub par story. dont get me wrong the villan is on point but everything else is lacking I am extremely disappointed in the combat this game is so big and there are only like 5 combat spells? come on!!
where is the imagination?


so far this book is about 90% useless conversation and 10% action the mc is a dull 1trick pony who uses the same attack "void gun" which is suppose to be unique to him but somehow his friends have started learning their own variation the only reason I have yet to return this garbage is because I want to see what happens to this antagonist if there is one thing done right in this book is the author paints a very compelling image of a villan.

overall if you are looking for litrpg to watch your protagonist grow in power and do cool stuff you're in for disappointment I'm half way through and all I've gotten out of it is pages upon pages of endless useless dialogue the action is short lived and leaves you with an incomplete feeling. not a lot is mentioned about leveling the author seems to use time jumps to explain why the mc just shot up 20 levels (lazy writing if you ask me)

I feel like I'm ranting. in short I'm just extremely disappointed especially with a book that has soo many good reviews I'm hoping the next few chapters get better but I have my doubts.

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I liked it

It's sick but maybe the last section before the party meets the big bad took way too long.

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  • B Brown
  • 2019-05-07

10/10 Would Recommend

All of the voice actors did a amazing job. The noises and fanfare that accompanied the narration enhanced the experience.

The story I find is thrilling and captivating. The characters are very memorable and the ending is very satisfying.. the perfect blend of emotions.

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  • Trey
  • 2019-06-05

Good book. One minor-ish gripe.

I enjoyed this book however. the characters were likeable and the bad guys really got on your nerves. My only gripe is this, the whole system with Mana potions felt way overused, it felt like in combat scenes every other sentence included "the protagonist drank aether" "the protagonist sipped aether" etc etc. not only did it continued to make me sit there and think where is he getting all of these potions but the system felt kind of lame and distracting to the point where I'm mentioning it now in my review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-05

Villain stole the show.

The whole book was great. Several time skips, so be prepared for that. The characters were well written. The world/s were very interesting.

The main antagonist though was perfect. Rarely have I so thoroughly hated a bad guy in a book. And my God was this one of em.

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  • Alie Brown
  • 2019-05-04

Science fiction at its best ...

E. A. Hooper gets the fundamentals right:

- Characters and some character development
- World building, including world monsters and world events
- Balanced fights
- Well connected plot

which is all used to explore the what if of infinite time to enjoy life and to explore the condition of being human. I wish there were more authors writing elevating books like this one and that books like this one made it to the best-seller list more often, instead of all the incongruent post-apocalyptic gloomy c**p ala Stephen King and George R. R. Martin.



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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-14

GameLit that doesn’t fall victim to typical pitfalls

This book really surprised me. I was going out on a work trip and wanted to find a fun read for my travels. For background, I have listened to some GameLit RPGs prior (Chaos Seed, Ascend Online, and a few others) and will be measuring most of my review based on comparisons from those books. I’ll do my best not to put spoilers in here.

First thing I recognize is the combat-pacing. When listening to some of these books, you have to manage the pace in your head. Authors will typically over-explain a battle or fight to where by the time the narrator finishes reading that part, five minutes have passed in real time while you’ve been listening. While I’m sure some (if not most) readers appreciate the flowery adjectives describing the fight, for me it seems to take me out of the story. If I’m watching a fight, I notice what is happening and not thinking about the superfluous description of it. This book did a great job in that regard. If someone got hit by a weapon, the author wrote that and moved on to the other action taking place around (and there is a LOT of action). That’s not to say the author did not use adjectives at all, but that he seemed to write with combat-pacing in mind and the narrator delivered, making you feel like you couldn’t disengage from the book without missing something (something I commend them both for).

Second, is the overall lack of tedious number recitation. As a reader, I love the world-building mechanics and learning about “how stuff works” in the books I listen to. I rarely feel the need to skip the skill levels recitation and I do not typically want to miss the in depth description of newly obtained skills/items/abilities/etc. But for those that may be reading this that do, you’ll be happy to know there is a markedly different method utilized in this book. The author still has some numbers in here, but most of it is not “Player loses XX hp from sword slash, or enemy regenerated XX from magic potion”. It all seems to be relative and assumed as if the author is saying “yeah he got his mana back from that potion, now let’s get back to what really matters”. Very refreshing and kept the plot moving. This also contributed to drastically cutting down any lengthy battle sequences.

There are a few other things that makes this book stand out but I just got home from my work trip and am going to hug my kids now.

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  • Joshua
  • 2019-04-24

Couldnt finish, Not terrible but not for me

Its not bad, but I couldn't finish it. Im sure others will love it and maybe ill give it a second try some day. However I hated all of the characters, except the best friend Jim. The main character is a touch slow... and sucks at fighting. Hell, he spent all of four seconds picking a lame class. Then proceeds to almost get killed by a goblin cuz hes being a panzy but then charges a world boss...ugh. Anyway the main bad guy is cringe level psycho too with a childish flair. I'm just gonna have to take a break from this one for now..
For those on the fence though it is well written, and the narrators are really good. So dont worry about that at all.

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  • Chris Buzon
  • 2019-05-09

This was phenomenal

This was one of the best books I've read this year. fantastic narrators, great story, suitable for many audiences without being childish. I cant wait for more in this universe.

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  • Mary
  • 2019-05-09

Finally a Change BRAVO

This book is the best interpretation of a fantasy LItRPG book. Instead of everyone playing the game is a prepubescent teenager or an overly sexiest young male and female, there are players of multiple ages and experiences. The story kept my attention and the cast excited my imagination. As a older gamer, thank you for a great story. It also provides a lesson, that all came learn from.

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  • Tobin L. Wallace
  • 2019-05-07

Get off my lawn, wipper snappers

Some stories are easier than others to put yourself in the settings. This story opened that door and made falling into it easy. It had an epic feel to it, spanning over subjective decades. As much fun as the romances in other litrpgs are (I do enjoy them) this was a breath of fresh air (double meaning intended) that it stayed on course with a different direction. make the most of your life, do something adventurous. I’ll be eager for the next installment. One point where this could be stronger is in its character development, but anywhere this aspect finds is weak (not terribly weak at all) is overcome by the great narration staff.

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  • D. Nolovich
  • 2019-09-16

just fantastic. captivating

this book was fantastic. it was captivating from the very beginning to the very end. it showed how a villain can be portrayed and shines a light on how a normal person can be it's psychopath. I am really looking forward to book 2.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful