• Apocalypse Online

  • By: Robyn Wideman
  • Narrated by: Pavi Proczko
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (122 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

At first everyone thought it was a game....

But aliens have arrived, and they are turning people into fertilizer.

Brad and Sam are gamers. And when they started playing the hot new game Apocalypse Online, they had no idea that the game was a preview of reality! With the help of a benevolent alien AI and nanotechnology, our heroes will have a chance to survive the apocalypse. They just have to survive, level up, and find other survivors.

Jake is no gamer. But when he finds out aliens have arrived, he'll do anything to protect his little sister, Sam.

Will they be able to grow strong enough for the second wave, or will they become alien plant food?

Apocalypse Online is a LitRPG/GameLit, post-apocalypse fantasy series filled with action, adventure, aliens, and snarky AIs.

If you are a fan of System Apocalypse, Defiance of the Fall, or the Sun Shadow series, you'll love Apocalypse Online!

©2021 Robyn Wideman, Conor Malachi (P)2022 Mountaindale Press

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worst possible writing

really struggle with finishing this book, and if a friend hadn't recommended it I would have stopped about 5 minutes into it

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Irritating story

think of every zombie movie you've seen or apocalypse movie. Ppl seem not to know about zombies or about bad ppl. This is an alien apocalypse gamelit and the main characters all act like ppl arent still ppl. idiotic and selfish. made it half way but the stupid decisions over and over again just to much.

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really

the good guys lose in the bad guys win just leave it at that I really just don't understand you why why why did you make this main character one of the main characters in the idiot I wish you could understand the pain that you just I was actually I was actually looking forward to this book just don't buy this book it's not worth it yeah you lost me after the ambush I don't even want to correct my writing here it's just that's how aggravated I am with this.

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Just terrible

This is one of the worst LitRPGs I've ever finished.

That's my only compliment, it wasn't bad enough that I returned it. It came close though.

The story feels like it's written by someone who's never interacted with a real person in their lives. Dialogue is cartoonish and cringe-inducing, I can't decide whether it's done by a child or a octogenarian - regardless, the result makes the characters unrelatable.

The story had an interesting thing going with Jake, which is the main reason why I stuck with it, but the author basically chickens out on that plot point and makes him like everyone else.

Also spoilers for the end:

The final battle of the book is between someone with litrpg powers, and someone without them. It's utterly ridiculous how it plays out. All Jake's supposed upgrades utterly forgotten when an old prepper with no boost can suddenly bosh him around.


I'm not continuing this series.

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great read

fun book loved the concept and the references to other books and movies. keep it up

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Pretty good with some pretty standard exceptions.

It’s starting to feel like there is a common denominator for LitRPG audiobooks that are pretty good but not great… they all either lack good alpha and beta readers or the authors of these books have good readers that they aren’t listening to.

The reason I say this is because it should be the pre-release readers that are pointing out the places where relatively intelligent characters do totally idiotic things for the sake of the plot. I can’t count how many GameLit audiobooks I’ve listened to in the past couple years that all have this in common.

Maybe the authors are just sick of re-writes or maybe they’re not picking well-read people for their A/B readers. Whatever the reason, this issue is so wide spread that I’m starting to feel like it deserves an extra star reduction penalty.

So from the above you can guess what my primary complaint about this audiobook is. It has some other issues on top of that, but overall it was a pretty good story. Pavi Proczko gives his usual competent but work-a-day performance which in this case didn’t hurt the story too much.

If you’re like me and have listened to everything that isn’t an unmitigated pile of crap in the GameLit genre then this is worth your credit. But if you spend less than 2-3 credits a month then there are guaranteed to be better options available to you.

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Alien apocalypse

Apocalypse Online

Apocalypse Online is a MMORPG with very hash rules. You start off pretty weak and there are no respawns, no safe zones, nothing. If you die, you start back at day 1 with nothing. Things suddenly changed when Brad noticed that the same alien invasion sky in the game is in the real sky right now. That pill that he received may not be for advanced VR technology after all!

This was a very interesting story! It was great to see how the different people worked together or against each other as the world falls apart. All of the characters are very well developed. The only complaint that I would have is how quickly everyone moves on and gets to alien fighting. I guess when they start clawing at you, you don’t have much of a choice! Pavo Proczko does a great job with the narration.

Content warning: Language

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Don't Judge a book by its cover!

So I will say it, the Artwork for book 1 and 2 is extremely lacking. Hate to say it but the visual context is just as important as the story to capture the attention of most litrpg readers these days. But the story is pretty amazing its a great build up and believable. Its not a slow burn, but it does have the world building and direction to bigger and bigger problems the MC's will have to address and look forward to seeing how they face them.
Pavi's narration is amazing and is one of my 5 favorite narrators.

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A New Favorite of Mine .

Very enjoyable.. I liked both the Charater Creation and the plot line. No current politics and noise from social.media..... Ahhh a good book to binge. Now onto book 2. Narrator is also a favorite! Can't forget the voice that brings the books to life!

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buckle up

hits the ground running. Be ready to devour this book and be hungry for more. An absolutely fantastic start to another series and I can't wait for the next book!

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  • Ben
  • 04-09-22

A tale not properly told.

How to sum this book up... That is the question. I honestly am not sure how I stayed with it to the end.

Don't get me wrong, there is somewhat of an interesting apocalypse story here of powers and crisis. Of people rising up to combat said crisis and of typical human-style bull manure during such events... It's just, well, the author tends to brush off everything, choosing not to delve into a moment beyond the very basic of commentary as the story progresses. They do this while also pointing to its humanity in such overt ways that you have a hard time caring or even understanding the motivation behind the words. There's no real life in the story at all, indeed no emotion or even acknowledgement past the 'oh this happened' statements 'Can't do that. Must do this. Oh no! Time to move on with the next task~! Tally-ho!'.

A perfect example of this is when characters die. The characters involved seem to shrug their shoulders and carry on like a school friend that they spent considerable time gaming with meant nothing at all to them. Or, for example, a young man watching someone being ripped open gruesomely in front of them is somehow just another Tuesday. An event that should be quipped at with gaming terms as the man bleeds out? This is, of course, while the character also laments that they wanted to save lives and the tragedy of it all... It leads to a brow being raised ever higher you listen along. Seriously, I've known more compassionate sociopaths than the majority of characters in this book. But now look, murder hobo protagonists are fine. That's not the issue. I only bring up the aforementioned because of the absurd comments the characters make about killing those that are trying to kill them. The characters and author are at odds with one another.

Then there's the confusing pacing of the book. I was under the impression for most of the book that the events going on were over the space of a couple of days, as all evidence pointed to this being the case. Then, out of nowhere, all the power is out, and wildlife has started to reclaim the city... Eh? So the book is either depicting the events over a 6 months period, or the description of what happened is just plain missing. Unless we are to take the ether mutations to explain the timeline...?

The bottom line is that the book is a mess and I really don't recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-22

Good book

Great beginning to the series. I am definitely interested in seeing what happens next. Authors do a great job world building and character building.