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Publisher's Summary

They lied, they lie, they will lie. This world is built on deception.

Our hero entered the store that fateful evening and became involved in a life-or-death game arranged by a mysterious creature. He survived, but instead of being on Earth, he now appeared to be in a different world, with other people who had passed a similarly deadly test. Some made it through by using force, some by using their cunning.... Everyone has their own story, but they all have one thing in common - there are no good people among them.

The world of Karik turned out to be akin to a game. In it, one can level up, grow stronger, even resurrect in case of failure. But if one makes a mistake of believing the wrong person, they will die for good. Will the magic that he needs to conceal, or maybe his patron, who seems incapable of telling the truth, help him? Who can say?

©2019 Anton Emelianov and Sergei Savinov (P)2020 Podium Publishing

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I have no idea what this is...

I bought this book based on the summary and a couple of reviews. I guess that I was expecting a grim litrpg in a dog-eat-dog fantasy world. All the characters are definitely villains or at least antiheroes but its definitely not what I expected. The plot is really confusing, either by design or because of the translation, and your left with very little backstory on any characters and that includes the MC. There isnt any world building either which is what finally pushed me to abandon the book.

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Too convoluted for me

It might be a spoiler review so be warned...

I liked the book summary and the plot sounded interesting. Since I love the fantasy genre and especially litrpg, I figured it was right up my ally. Unfortunately it turned out to be more of a chore to listen to.

except for a couple of cannon fodder they all gain rare/immense powers (and master its usage) easier and faster than I gain weight during the holidays... and that’s saying something. It just got too convoluted, like a criminal version of a daytime soap. I listened to the whole thing because I’m sick and got nothing else to do other than lying in the couch listening via Alexa and too tired to get up and get my phone to find a different book. It still took me nearly a week to finish it since I’d play it when I got tired of Alexa playing music.

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Try out this dark post apocalyptic novel

A dark post apocalyptic world. A different pace for me but I enjoyed it nevertheless.

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Couldn’t get past the narration

The narration’s cadence was choppy and I didn’t want to listen to it for hours. Couldn’t finish it.

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Absolutely loved it!

This book is a wonderful twist on the litrpg genre, the main character is amusing and well written. The author paints a wonderful world I want to be transported to! not only is it a good book but the narrator dose a fantastic job breathing life in to it! If your wondering if you should bye this book go no farther stop hesitating and bye if you won’t regret it I promise :)

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weak all around

Hello, I really dislike leaving bad reviews but this was difficult to listen to and I could not make it to the end. I have completed over 400 titles and have over 12 months of listening time. This is unfortunately a poorly done magic system that feels more like a bad description of a mediocre video game than something original. I struggled to listen to the author's bad impression of a Russian accent and struggled more with his awkward pacing and very weird enunciation. I gave it a good 4 hours of listening before I had to pull the plug. If this is your first LitRPG novel please keep an open mind to the genre and try another novel.

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The narration is awful

There is an old SNL skit where people went to the William Shatner and Jack Klugman School of Overacting. This narrator graduated from this school. I couldn’t concentrate on the story because his cadence was that bad. It took away what the author tried to convey. I couldn’t finish it.

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Confusing plot

The book is very different from the other lit RPG‘s I have read and I have read many. It is unique which is nice but even after completing the book it leaves me completely confused on what the point was or will be

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Really enjoyable listen, pleasantly surprised

I didn't know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. I would recommend if your looking for something to engage yourself with.


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great story, good performance, iffy accents

Look, it's good, real good, I think everyone should give it a shot because it's really good.

You get used to the accents, arguably easier that that of Jax in another author's audiobook, but I gotta say it...Tristan, you got talent brother, great voices, unique and easily discernable from one another...but to me the Russian came off a bit like campy Hollywood Transylvanian.

Is it bad?

Hell no. Tristan has that talent thing, and he great material from Sergei and Anton. If anything it's just a nitpicky thing that I probably would have overlooked if my non LitRPG/gamelit/progression fantasy wife hadn't rode with me in the car and said, "Ooh this one has vampires!" I ain't mad at her though, it's still a damned fine story.

---Joe Walling---

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  • 08-09-22

Worth the listen

Honestly it’s a refreshing take and very enjoyable especially for a free book give it a try.

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  • 07-02-22

honestly awesome ending

it really does keep you guessing all the way through, like what choices would you make? and the sanity of all characters I love the way it ended and would really recommend this book to those who looked for some uncovering and mystery along with the main character!!

thanks for writing the book Anton Emelianov and Sergei Savinov

and great narrating by Tristan Morris you had such amazing accents!

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  • 02-21-21

Absolutely Amazing!!

I love the whole story and how it got me hooked immediately. I love the voice actors performance it was perfect. thank you so much for making this amazing book.