• Apocalypse Online

  • By: Robyn Wideman
  • Narrated by: Pavi Proczko
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (247 ratings)

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By: Robyn Wideman
Narrated by: Pavi Proczko
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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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very disappointed

the writing itself and the narrator is really good. that's my only positive feelings about this book. the story idea is pretty original so that's ok. the characters and how they act in the story is absolutely terrible. wimpy, whining, ignorant, stupid, and weak are some words that come to mind.
the most glaring problem however is the leveling system. each seeder (the most common mob in this world) gives 10 ether (also known as xp) it takes 100 ether for level 1, 1000/lvl 2, 10,000/lvl 3, 100,000/lvl 4, 1,000,000/lvl 5, 10,000,000/ lvl 6, 100,000,000/lvl 7, 1,000,000,000/lvl 8, 10,000,000,000/ lvl 9, 100,000,000,000/ lvl 10, 1,000,000,000,000/ lvl 11.
that's the ether point breakdown for levels. so to reach level 11 the characters need 1 trillion ether 🤣. to make this a bit simpler each character would need to kill 100,000,000,000 billion seeders to reach level 11. maybe this system could work if each level was a giant and I mean GIANT leap in power BUT they aren't. depending on the class the character chose they get one star point for their 3 main attributes (like brad he is a healer so he got 1 in intelligence 1 in wisdom and 1 in constitution. 1 stat point looks as if it's like a 10% boost for each stat from level 0 to level 1. so basically if each player kills 100,000,000,000 billion enemies they will gain 11 stats in each main attribute. basically just doubling their strength. so someone who could lift 200 lbs at level zero would now be able to lift 400 lbs. wtf is wrong with this author? did he not think how stupid this was?

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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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Just started this series

I am a avid audible listener Just started this series and it's going to be a good one

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not terrible but not great either

The whole book was a struggle not to dump it. so many possibilities with the story but it felt like it was being pulled along and it jumped around a lot. characters are supposed to be big gamers but there game theory is trash. disappointed over all!

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Great premise...

I really wanted to like this. It was a great concept. Apocalypse, crazies, aliens...it should have been one I couldn't stop listening too overnight. I just never cared enough for the characters. A few spots I thought it would catch and pick up just fell flat. it was just a story that I could listen to if I had nothing else to do. I replay my favorites but this one won't make the list. Not inspired to buy the series. I think it tried really hard to make a positive character for every type of listener, prepper, military, gamers, etc.., just not enough to hook me into caring what happens to them. I hope the series improves after this first book, but I personally won't know. Hope others enjoy it more. Good luck, God bless.

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Definitely a Good Read!

Starting reading this as I wait for my list of other series to come out with new stuff. Love the idea and worth listening to. Looking forward to knock the other books out.

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This was a great listen

This was a great listen. Right amount of seriousness and humor. Some rough parts, but over all it past my time at work.

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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.