• Black Rain

  • An Isekai Harem LitRPG Adventure
  • By: Roland Carlsson
  • Narrated by: Erin Bateman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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By: Roland Carlsson
Narrated by: Erin Bateman
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Publisher's Summary

The black rain is coming. After a millennium of slumber, the old gods have awakened.

Lucas Wheelhouse, intrepid archeologist, is hurled into a world completely unlike his own. Monsters roam the streets, and divine powers fall into mortal hands. Lucas will have to seize this power if he hopes to ascend to the celestial throne. From steamy jungles to barren deserts, he'll traverse the length and breadth of a dimension beyond our understanding.

Building his family alongside his skills, he might just have a chance at overcoming the mad gods' game. But if he fails, the black rain will come, washing away humanity and extinguishing all hope.

©2022 Roland Carlsson (P)2022 Royal Guard Publishing

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Fun story: lots of humor and terrific narration

Black Rain by Roland Carlsson, narrated by Erin Bateman, is 5* of hilarious fun with terrific narration!

I swear (often), Erin Bateman gets more entertaining to listen to with every book she narrates. While there are plenty of monsters to battle on their mission to save the earth, this is a very lighthearted book with lots and lots of humor. Just a few examples: a “mischief monkey” steals Lucy the now-foxgirl’s top; Lucy offers 1 gold coin and 3 dirty dishrags for a battle ax; and, perhaps my favorite, the MC describes his expertise with a weapon, noting that unfortunately, a poorly communicated cross country event put an end to his IM javelin throwing team at college. Oh, and….no, you’ll need to read/listen to the book for more!

The plot is pretty straightforward: 40ish professor and his hot 23yo redheaded grad student are transported to a realm where they must ascend nine levels to prevent the earth from being destroyed by “black rain”. She likes his transformed rippling muscles, and he likes her new fluffy foxgirl tail. Along the way, they meet lots of interesting characters, some of whom are happy to join our MCs with some fun relaxation techniques.

The book ends as they complete level 3, so I assume this is the first of three books for Black Rain. I look forward to the sequels!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Receiving a review copy did not influence my rating or my review.

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Dull

Ok story but told badly. Felt boring and just moves in a straight path from start to finish. And I know ppl like Erin but let’s be honest she needs dual narrative, her male voices are just horrible you can hardly tell who is talking.

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Slow before getting better

This was a pretty fun story. I admit it starts out slow and but gets so much better.
I especially love how the Isekai aspect is for both the MC and a possible love interest.

I’m looking forward to next one.

I enjoy Erin Bateman’s work quite a bit! Looking forward to more of her!

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Get ready for an adventure!

from the beginning to the end this was an epic adventure, we got five more worlds to go to I can't wait to see what happened next!

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not the best not the worst

The pixies felt like tutorial npcs that never left and some words/phrases were repeated quite often.

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Bit of a change, not bad

Not my favorite from this author. I like the premise but the story is a a little basic. It’s more lighthearted. If there was a juvenile section for this genre, this book would fit in there. Reminds me a little of juvenile fiction in the level of character development and attention to detail. As other reviewers have said the next book in series is better I will give the next one a shot.

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Fun harem GameLit

After I got passed the beginning I started to have fun with this story. The beginning starts out like your basic people get ported to another world.
But then it's based on old Incan and Mayan central American extinct cultures and then throws you for a loop with medieval castles and weapons as well.
As our MC and his women go through the first few levels of this bizarre world, or maybe worlds, they meet all kinds of crazy and dangerous characters and situations.
I almost gave it 4 stars but the last half of the book brought it up for me.

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Talk about being pleasantly surprised!

When you start a new series, even one by a reliable author, there is always a little uncertainty. Will this live up to the last book or last series? Will the narrator be right for the tone of the story? Will the narrator do the characters justice? In this case, YES! The story was really good and easy to follow. Erin does a good job narrating (I like her better when she is just the female voice though) and gives all the female characters life. She struggles with some of the male voices but overall, this was a good listen. I really liked the author's version of a game world. This is a solid choice.

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Well done. Well narrated.  will be looking forward to the next from this author. You should buy this book.

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Finish series when rest of the books are done.

Good book. Minor harem with just enough fanfare without distracting from some distracting from story. One of the best done in that aspect. Definitely finish when the rest of the books are out.

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  • 04-21-22

Really really boring and generic

Wasnt terrible. But I've already forgotten the plot. Nothing really stood out for me in this, from characters, combat to litrpg mechanics, I just couldn't bring myself to care about anything because this felt less than a story and more like a general summary of all such story's like this one.
Even the npcs where more npc like and weird because if the game like setting, while there was no real fun from the combat because the MC had no real choices to make.

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  • Daryl peter lambrou
  • 08-14-22

Epic

Great start to a series fun and entertaining great world and characters and top narration

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-22

A fun romp

Roland Carlson has written another great series this one does a good job of being fun and light-hearted while still drawing you in. Erin Bateman does a great job as the sole narrator.

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  • Dhruv
  • 05-21-22

good book

another wonderful book by the author. really enjoying his work. keep it up. always loved erin Batemans narration

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  • James glazier
  • 04-26-22

Good book

funny action sexy girls all in all not a bad book worth a listen if you like the funny side of harem and not just action and sex this is a breath of fresh air