• Age of Stone

  • Rise of Mankind Series, Book 1
  • By: Jez Cajiao
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,077 ratings)

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Age of Stone

By: Jez Cajiao
Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
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In all the games Matt has played, dungeons are places to raid, places you dream of conquering, but when the world is stripped of electricity, and the first mana-twisted beasts start to prowl, the games all come to an end....

Matt's just an ordinary guy, but when he's beaten, robbed, and left for dead, bleeding out at the bottom of a gully, it all has to change as he grasps frantically at his only chance for survival, coming as it does in the form of a glowing, dangerously pulsing light.

With his reality forever altered, Matt must quickly find a suitable place to deploy the Dungeon Core, fighting his way through the hundreds of people between him and safety, because if he doesn't do it soon, a Core Detonation will solve all of his problems for him....permanently.

Welcome to the New World.

©2021 RJ Cajiao (P)2021 Tantor

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Lots of dumb

There’s a lot of dumb the guy is supposed to be a really smart dude yet he makes a lot of dumb mistakes out of fear of not thinking and things of that nature it really gets under my skin you can’t be that smart and then be this dumb at the same time. No common sense so far not thinking just reacting and always getting himself in stupid avoidable trouble. Common sense to solve a lot of problems for this guy and self-preservation as well.. I’m not Halfway through yet maybe it will get better but this type of thing really irritates me

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One hell of a ride

Whew, that was an awesome book and an impressive detour from the UnderVerse series. Definitely one of the best Grimdark LitRPGs I've read, and look forward to the next installment.

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Great start to a new series

This is a very unique take on a dungeon story. Narration is great, plot is well thought out. Overall I’d say give it a go, you’ll not regret it.

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Great book, Nice premise. Good MC.

Main complaint would be narrator struggled with female voices. was great listen besides. Great besides. Stats get wordy but that's most litrpgs. Looking forward to next book. I'll be checking out authors other work too.

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BEST LITRPG SINCE THE LAND CHAOS SEEDS!!!!

wow Jez you have me hooked I can't wait until the next book to come out. this book is better then harry potter

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incel justifies murders

it's like constant lines of, "I'm a good guy" "put people down like a dog" holy cow is this horrible

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I enjoyed 99.9% of this book

Jez Cajiao is a new author for me and I am again delighted to fall onto another that is gifted at being able to craft a book with interesting characters, a unique plot and with thrilling, humorous and entertaining content. I was so pleased with the plot and the consistent forward movement of the events that I really wanted to give it 5 stars across ratings but couldn't not in good conscience do it due to one drawback. The authors over-use of stat recitals. Listen, I understand the desire of authors to keep to the tenets of the litRPG genre for the leveling up mechanics and for the written book this plentiful use is even a desirable feature. However, for audio listeners such as myself, too much of that ruins the tempo of the sense of forward movement of the story itself. I wish the audio studios would come up with an agreed upon means to allow listeners to easily fast-forward through those stat-recital sections which they may not want to listen to. Oh well, it's not a showstopper distraction and certainly won't stop me for eagerly awaiting for his next book in the series.

Neil Hellegers, never stop being you. Your narration skills are such that, along with a few others, when seeing new author title I will almost always give the audiobook serious consideration for purchasing.

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new look but every

great book really enjoyed it wish I had book two already going to look forward to where the story goes

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great performance

really good book. very original, fresh take on the RPG series. a little weird with the Americanization due to the voice actor. but he is the best so ultimately it doesn't matter at all. in fact I think this book would be less good with a different narrator. anyways comet everyone should read this

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Best one yet

I really enjoyed this book. Especially the irritability of the MC when he was trying to do the right thing. It’s very well written and more enjoyable than the synopsis explains. I can’t wait for the next book in this series

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  • Joe mellor
  • 09-30-21

loved it from start to finish

when your up till 3 in the morning because you can't put down the book then you know its a belter of a story .. well done Jez keep them coming and thanks to neil for adding the cherry on top ..great work guys

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  • craig jenkinson
  • 12-06-21

brilliant new story

I loved the story and narration, my new favourite series. I can't wait for more.

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  • S. Reid
  • 10-23-21

It's a Great Beginning

Well known narrator Neil Hellegers does this audio a great job as I would expect to relative newcomer Jez Cajiaos new series.
This is very much a litRPG Dungeon Core War of the Worlds vibe and somehow this weird modern real world story works kinda of like Boyces Red Mage. As this is his 2nd series I have gotten into and eargerly awaited the next installment this has now cemented his place in my must buy/listen category, something not easy in a large marketplace.
This feels very down to earth with that kinda close working grass humour style that appeals to me and I think to many of those who have been in these kinda environments.
5 out of 5 all round and hopefully for the rest of the series which Im hoping is round the corner anyday now

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  • Ryan
  • 10-25-22

Seriously good!

Oh man I enjoyed this. It’s gritty take on real-world fantasy is fantastic; I’m starting book 2 right now!

It’s long enough to have multiple smaller, but well paced arcs.

The main character is strong but he still has to struggle through things; a refreshing change from the trend of instant gratification MCs (which I still enjoy).

The narrator does a great job! With the different accents, depth and gruffness, you can totally get lost in the characters, forgetting that they’re all just one guy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-24-22

Great listen.

Pretty refreshing to have a MC that actually solves his problems instead of the usual dithering. Also the fact that he actually 'has' problems and isn't handed everything on a platter.

Slightly insulted about the Tomato crisps, but I'll get over it.

As always, Neil did a fantastic job with narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-15-22

Brilliant!

If you like DnD or anything RPG like, this is the book for you. It just keeps getting better and better.
And with Neil Hellegers as a cherry on top.

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  • sam
  • 08-06-22

Unconsciousness and rdm saviours

Lots of deus ex machina's but an alright story, I will however, be sticking around for the following book or two to see if these little quirks and niggles change with the story progression.

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  • jason
  • 07-07-22

Loved it

Just loved this book . Ordinary guy in the apocalypse go's from slaughter to carnage in under 60 seconds . Just sensational . God I wish they would make this into a tv series . Narrator is fantastic .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-22

Superb

I loved it.
If u are into sci-fi or D&D you will love it.
I can only say this AMAZING.
I can't fit all I want to say, but AMAZING.

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  • Daryl peter lambrou
  • 03-11-22

Epic

Epic book with a great start to a story amazing character and world building can’t wait for book 2

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  • Pieter
  • 01-22-22

interesting story but bad character interactions

TLDR: poorly written characters, especially women. frustrating dialog. Not worth your time.

the good:
good ideas that are decently fleshed out.
combat is mostly good.
magic system is a bit weird but seems fairly well thought out.
profomace is decent although not a huge range.

the bad:
characters are almost always bickering and no one seems to actually talk just whine or shout.

very few female characters and almost every single one is immediately sexualized and poorly written.

I found none of the characters likeable and most are intolerable. most people are hyper violent and over react a lot.

really inconsistent morality on both the man character and others.

you are constantly given directions to places but they don't always make sense and are mostly unnecessary.

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  • 10-07-21

great story lotta potential idiot lucky mc

great story
mc is an idiot and bullshit lucky
but still good idea and has potential
like he has magic yet he never uses it untill he almost dies
like when he fighting against some zombie thing he shoots bullets at an undead an misses alot instead of just burning it twice with his fire skill then sending his minions in instead he just has them fight and die pretty much

magic should be used first not last chance
wtf is the point of having massive damage if U only use it afterwards
save ya bullets

also mc always goes stupidly into fights by himself like some fking trained professional thinking i got this shit
and survives by bullshit

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-12-22

bloody brilliant

loved this one, bloody great ride and super excited to see how the series continues. straight into book 2 for me!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-22

Poorly written women and cringe romantic scenes.

I have listened to alot of Cajiro's work and the major problem I have with it is the way that he writes women as poorly written play things for the protagonist, with extremely cringy scenes of "romance". Which I always have to skip.

The lit-rpg and action scenes are were Cajiro shines.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-24-21

great story

just great great story great every thing a waiting next book loved every moment of this book

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  • Travis Townsend
  • 11-09-21

Another great book

This shaping up to be another great series can’t wait for the next book …if you like his style I recommend this one too

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-24-21

one of the better lit rpgs

I enjoyed this book a lot. At times ludicrous but so is the whole premise. suspend reality and go on a well paced ride. Looking forward to book 2.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-21

awesome new book

great book really enjoyed this spin on the apocalyptic litrpg. recommended to anyone m

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-04-21

awesome new series

loved it, read it when it first came out had to get it again when it dropped as an audiobook. It distracted me from all the other books I'm reading at the moment.