• Beware of Chicken: A Xianxia Cultivation Novel

  • Volume 1
  • By: Casualfarmer
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (2,686 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A laugh-out-loud, slice-of-life martial-arts fantasy about...farming????

Jin Rou wanted to be a cultivator. A man powerful enough to defy the heavens. A master of martial arts. A lord of spiritual power. Unfortunately for him, he died, and now I’m stuck in his body.

Arrogant Masters? Heavenly Tribulations? All that violence and bloodshed? Yeah, no thanks. I’m getting out of here.

Farm life sounds pretty great. Tilling a field by hand is fun when you’ve got the strength of ten men—though maybe I shouldn’t have fed those Spirit Herbs to my pet rooster. I’m not used to seeing a chicken move with such grace...but Qi makes everything kind of wonky, so it’s probably fine.

Instead of a lifetime of battle, my biggest concerns are building a house, the size of my harvest, and the way the girl from the nearby village glares at me when I tease her.

A slow, simple, fulfilling life in a place where nothing exciting or out of the ordinary ever happens...right?

The first volume of the blockbuster progression-fantasy series—with more than 16 million views on Royal Road—now available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and Audible!

©2022 CasualFarmer (P)2022 Podium Audio

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Don’t let the title fool you!

This is the best, most feel good book I have read in years.
I bought it on a lark just because the title intrigued me. Such a good choice! I loved everything about this book, it’s a great story without too much guts and gore, just a really nice good book.
I can’t wait until the next one

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An uplifting Slice of life Xianxia Story

This title has been one of the highest rated stories on Royal Road for a reason. Here are but a number of the reasons to listen. A delightful twist on the Xianxia tropes. A relatable and refreshing mc who just wants a tranquil life. A large supporting cast that manages to stick to your heart in their own right. Masterful pacing that moves the story without being rushed or bogged down. Enough mystery to keep you wondering what's coming next. All these and more are the myriad reasons to enjoy Beware of Chicken.

Can't forget Travis Baldree's usual fantastic performance either.

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Highly recommend

This is not your usual xianxia novel. Beware of chicken turns this genre on its head in a lighthearted way filled with serious humor.

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There is a reason this has perfect reviews.

Basically, it is fun, witty, well done, has a great narrator, and doesn't have any woke AF or drama BS.

SO you should read this book because it is a truly and genuinely good book to everybody including those who don't like the genre.

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Absolutely hilarious.

I can’t wait for this series to grow. I’ve read every chapter available and didn’t think I would come back to it after just finishing but Travis Baldree made it even better. I can’t recommend it enough.

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Impressive and unique.

I will try to avoid leaving an excessively long review here as this audiobook has been suitably praised by many, and it was released less than a week ago.

Suffice to say that this was an exceptionally good audiobook. I actually did laugh out loud which for me pretty much never happens. Usually when I see that comment in reviews it’s a red flag that the book is going to be juvenile and idiotic. But the success of the humor is more of an indication of the quality of the writing than to say that this is a specifically comedic work.

The characters are endearing and magnetic, the story is engaging, and the narration is so spot on that you forget that it’s there and it feels as though you are actually reading the story. Which is the highest praise that I think you can give to a narrator.

To put it plainly, if you are even considering listening to this title then it’s pretty much guaranteed to be worth your credit.

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Best Xianxia Novel in Years!

This slice of life novel is set in a rich and compelling world filled with hidden masters, powerful spirit beasts, growing rice, and building snowmen.

The characters are charming and each one is well developed and nuanced, not just 2D characterizations.

I’m not usually into slice of life stuff but this one has surprising depth and charm. Definitely recommend giving it a chance!

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A Subversion of the Genre

Beware of Chicken is an initially comedic piece, that over time builds itself slowly but surely. with memorable characters, an ever expanding world, and a great example of an unreliable narrator in the form of Jin.

Jin sees the world through that of a normal man and his impact on others with his atypical attitude is seen prominently. As Jin learns of new things about the world so do you with his perspective marrying the strange with the normal.

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Challenge the power of Heaven! NOPE! I'm out

Great xianxia cultivation novel with a unique take on the genre. The MC recognizes the world he's been reborn into and decides he wants nothing to do with the cultivator BS so he goes off to be a farmer. Light & heart warming story. I HIGHLY recommend and can't wait for more.

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Refreshing fantasy, Refreshing Xianxia

As always Travis Baldree does an excellent job with this one, and I'm glad that he decided to narrate this book. I had the pleasure of reading this story on Royal Road, and I'm enjoying the more polished final version. There were a few re-writes that added more context and details to help flesh out the story more, which I appreciated. Much like our main character Jin, the author has treated this story with careful diligence that is rare in this genre.
I fully recommend that you read this and the author's other work.

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  • Ryan
  • 06-07-22

Best Xianxia I’ve ever read

This “tongue in cheek” take on the traditional Xianxia formula is amazing. Sure, epics such as “Painting The Mists” and “Unsouled” are great, but this book is like a breath of fresh air; managing to poke fun at the standard tropes while still respecting the category.

The characters are top notch. They have tonnes of personality and bring so much to the story and the world. Even better, many of them have hidden depths and go through their own personal arcs.

This book isn’t progression fantasy, in fact there is very little attention paid levels and growth at all, and yet it doesn’t feel “wishy-washy”. You get this feeling that there is a solid magic system in play and that the rules just aren’t fully understood yet.

My only regret is that I found this book before any of the sequels have been written/recorded.

Lastly, Travis Baldree brings his A-game; once again proving his status as one of the best narrators around.

I eagerly anticipate the next instalment!

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  • Marley
  • 06-15-22

As it should be 👏

Loved it. This is where wuxia & xianxia stories usually go down the same route ie. transported to another world, has some kind of cheat ability that let's him fight stronger enemy's and becomes the most powerful in a short time ect. Now here we have a guy who understands his situation in a Cultivation world and wants nothing to do with it 🤣🤣🤣 by far the best Cultivation story I've ever come across, with a protagonist who is intelligent and understands the world he's in isn't for him 😏

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  • Magichobby
  • 07-26-22

Refreshing new perspective

Love the perspective focus on the spirit beasts.and the desire to avoid violence. To gain power

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  • AudiobookDevotee
  • 07-12-22

Great book - Highly recommend

Great story and a good subversion of some of the common tropes. I thought the humour was generally on point and the characters were good too. It could have perhaps done with a slightly smaller cast of animals as some of those felt skipped over somewhat later on.

I did enjoy the slice of life styling of the book but without any real adversity the plot occasionally dragged a bit. That said, I zipped through this in a couple of days because it was so enjoyable.

Baldree's narration was fantastic too.

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  • slade
  • 07-04-22

fantastic

was hesitant about this at first but when I got into it the story felt so well cared for and surprisingly made me laugh a fair few times which is a nice change of pace for the genre

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  • blink
  • 06-17-22

Very funny, but only near the end.

I enjoyed this book very much, there was a few times in the first half that made me smile but in the second half I was crying with laughter, having to stop what I was doing while I tried to get my breath back. I can't wait for the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-22

Very good book series

Whoooo one of the best cultivation sagas. Filled with lots of fun. And chickens

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-25-22

6/5 stars

I cannot recommend this enough. A fantastic, relaxing slice of life cultivation novel. Travis Baldrees is a great narrator too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-25-22

Give it a try

I wasn't expecting much, having read a few supposedly similar books. It's probably why it surprised me in such a lovely fashion. Probably the best slice of life fantasy I've read. The subgenre needs more entries like this one. I hope more of the books in this series get voiced by Travis. Good job on the voice acting!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-18-22

unsure why it's so highly rated

apart from the focus on the farm I don't know what's good about the story.

it's pretty boring and generic, the writing is fully tell with no show is a sortof flowery way e.g.


combat is like 'he beat them using intelligent techniques' and not saying what these techniques are.

similar writing to the realms. I felt it was a below average litrpg

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-04-22

A Hilarious and Wonderful adventure

CasualFarmer shows off one of the most well-written and entertaining affectionate parodies of classical Xianxia or Wuxia novels, complete with a wicked sense of humour that has caused much muffled laughter in checkout queues. With a very likeable and enjoyable cast of characters and a plot that is equal parts slice of life, comedy/humour and action/adventure and a premise that takes a well-worn concept and does it true justice, Beware of Chicken manages to keep you wanting more. whilst the short-form web novel structure shows, it doesn't detract from how incredibly enjoyable and fun the novel is; a notion only enhanced by Tsuu's art.

Travis Baldree's narration is fun and engaging to listen to, and he handles the many Mandarin names in the story with aplomb, even managing the transliterated english-to-chinese ones admirably too. Whilst some characters do sound much older or different than I had imagined them with his narration, overall for someone who found the story online; the experience at his hands is very much worth retreading Volume 1

In the end, I cannot recommend Beware of Chicken highly enough, and re-reading the story has only affirmed that notion for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-25-22

A nice change of pace!!

If you are looking for a nice funny and heart warming story bases in a wuxia setting then this is the story for you!!

I have listened and read a lot of wuxia type stories and this was such an unexpected and fun story to listen to that I have actually listened to it twice!!

I highly recommend this to anyone who has read/listen to a lot of wuxia type stories and is looking for something that out of the box and fun to listen to!!

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  • Athur E. Nonimus
  • 09-16-22

Still waiting for laugh out loud section

That isn't to say it isn't enjoyable. It is, it really is. But lol worthy - yeah no. It's definitely worth the price of admission.

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  • Emily
  • 09-07-22

wasnt very funny but very fun to listen to

I enjoyed listening to it and will be getting the sequal. the chicken wasn't the main focus but the whole story was very feel good

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  • Kaelim
  • 07-19-22

The xianxia book everyone needs

This book is SO good. The comedy is gold with a hint of slice of life and food pawn, how this book has not sold 1 million copies yet is beyond me.

Cannot wait for book 2! Call me a fan

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-14-22

Gentle farming adventures

I listened to the whole thing in a single day. Excellent voice work and a funny, gentle and heartwarming story. I am desperately waiting for the next installment!

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  • Kiriama
  • 06-18-22

Love the Chicken

I loved the premise of this book. Was a different take on cultivation and the characters were believable and engaging. Looking forward to the next installment and recommend this book highly

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-22

Fun and engaging.

This is a subtle isekai.well acted and funny, the world building is wonderful, and easy to imagine.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-22

Comfortable the book

You know that feeling when you read a book and you have the feeling something is going to go wrong but in the end everything turns out alright, that is basically this book

It's not overly complex with its plot or characters, but exceeded at the very basic foundations of writing and character development where alot of more grandiose books falter. In essence, I had a lot of fun and found myself smiling a lot while listening to it.

Also you can't go wrong with a Travis baldree narrated book!

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  • Aaron
  • 06-01-22

warm and funny

doesn't explain what happen just, I am in this other guys in a world with "chi" but is worth the price great story

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