• Brightblade

  • A LitRPG Adventure (UnderVerse Series, Book 1)
  • By: Jez Cajiao
  • Narrated by: Wayne Mitchell
  • Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,425 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A realm aside from our own is the center of the realities, home to every spectrum of magic. From the beautiful to the terrible, it was all held in delicate balance by the Eternal Emperor and his children. For 10,000 years, the empire was the bastion that protected the sentient races from the darkness, but the revolution changed all that....

Jax is a pretty regular guy, has a job he tolerates, a girl he kinda, sorta loves...and he fights creatures from the UnderVerse in his sleep, leaving him covered in horrific scars when he wakes up.

When his brother vanishes and five years later he's kidnapped as well, he's given a stark choice by his asshat of a father: Go to the UnderVerse in reality, travel to the capitol of that ruined realm at the center of reality, and open a portal for the Noble Houses to return home...or die.

Slowly.

That's the good news. The bad is that he has to survive the arena first, to prove his right to go. Twelve will enter, only one can leave....

©2020 R J Cajiao (P)2020 Tantor

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  • JJ
  • 12-01-20

Good Story, Terrible Narrative Performance

This book has a good story, it is very imaginative and while it has a few dead spots manages to draw in the reader. The Narration is horrible and may completely destroy the listener experience as it did mine. I would not recommend this book solely based on the narration.

I want to re-emphasize how badly this is narrated. This book should be re-recorded and released with a different narrator or narrative style. The accents the reader uses (PARTICULARLY THE PROTAGONIST CHARACTER’S) are infuriating to listen to and inconsistent. Random shouting, inconsistent cadence, and falling in and out of accent are behaviors littered across these hours of dialogue.

do not spend your money and credits on this production. Read the book to enjoy this solid story.

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Why all the screaming?

Having a hard time getting past why the need to scream everything. Everyone single announcement for advancing or review of character the narrator has to yell. A lot of the interactions with other characters involve a lot of screaming and this makes this audio recording almost unbearable. Also, the harsh unimaginative accents of the characters are really poorly done.

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Decent book overall but I have no idea how no one else is mentioning how annoying the narrator is. It would probably be fine if he didn’t use such a over exaggerating Australian accent.

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Good story; distracting narration

I don't understand why the narrator chose to use every kind of frustrating or distracting voice in his arsenal all in one book. If they don't sound like they have a lisp, or talking through lock jaw, there is way too much very loud, bordering on screaming, during this book. I'm 1/4 of the way through the book and I'll update the rating when I've finished it.

Edit: A book of this length would normally take me 2 days to listen to. I had to rotate to different books while listening to this book. While it is a good book the narrator made it difficult to enjoy. The accent used and sitting of the announcements were very distracting.

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a good listen

has a good story my only complant is the fact that when they're reading the statues sheet he sounds like a used car salesman on the radio:COME ON DOWN AND CHECK OUT OUR GREAT DEALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Good story, annoying narrator

Enjoying story so far but narrator is SO overdoing it with MC accent. I wish it would be just pain, well articulated narration.

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Wayne Mitchell

Look, I really enjoy a lot of Wayne Mitchell's other performances, but I have to agree with other reviews that this one of his in particular is really hard to enjoy. It's a really big choice to make the non-native accent VO performer narrate for a character with an accent.

The accent itself isn't bad, but forcing anyone to do that for hours at a time is going to uncover some weak spots and inconsistencies, and it very much did that here.

Dropping in and out of the Australian into an awkward half British so often was incredibly distracting, to the point that it was hard to follow the story sometimes.

Narration aside, this book suffers from some of the worst tropes of the LitRPG genre, the most egregious offender being the overly sexualized and underdeveloped female characters that literally exist only to be sex objects and exposition dumps for the MC. It's incredibly hard to listen to the MC interact with these 2D caricatures without rolling my eyes at the absurd dialogue.

To a lesser degree, but still distracting and disappointing is the idiot edgelord MC that simply *must* constantly and consistently act contrary to every character around him, even when it doesn't make sense with the plot, or advance the devopment of a character, or really serve any purpose whatsoever that I can discern aside from making the MC come off like an emotionally stunted teenager with no self control.

Minor gripe, but still worth mentioning: The one Asian character is described as speaking mandarin (a Chinese language) yet refers to the MC as gaijin on a few occasions, which is a Japanese word for foreigner (meaning it doesn't make any sense in context of the story *or* coming from that character). Typically, it's a good idea to actually know a thing or two about cultures and people you plan on including in your work.

I can say without hesitation that continuing this series would frustrate me to no end. I don't think I will, which is a shame since I enjoy the concept at least. The execution, however, is lacking.

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Unintelligible

An American attempting a HORRIBLE cockney accent for 20 hours. Had it been only the dialogue it would have been acceptable but for some reason the narrator felt like the audience would enjoy the sound of him butchering the English language for the entirety of the book. It sounds like someone watched two seasons of the Peaky Blinders and thought they’d try imitating Tom Hardy’s character, poorly.

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Really good

The story is really good m.c. can be a bit dumb some times especially when he doesn't remember or intelligently utilize his own abilities, it gets pretty frustrating. For example using your spell that's specifically for killing undead one time through multiple battles with undead over several days, after noting to himself how effective it was was particular frustrating. I actually like the narration, accent and all. I do agree with all the other reviews that the system narration is a bit obnoxious, it quite literally sounds like a used car salesman during a commercial and it really doesn't fit with the tone of the other characters and voices. However everything else is good enough I was definitely willing to overlook it.

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Action Action and more Action.

The story is fast paced never seems to slow down with the mc being a likeable brute. Hope the next book comes out soon.

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  • OB
  • 09-30-20

Ok story. Bad lit rpg

Frustrating MC that oscillates between blushing virgin, nieve fool, and possessive blood thirsty manic with anger management issues.

Hit points and levels don't seem to matter. Neither does class choices for that matter. And don't get me started on female representation. Even for this genre, it was fucking awful.

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  • Micke
  • 10-01-20

Really good and refreashing book!

I really like this one. Good story. Developed unconventional characters. Dark and gritty! Loved the narration, sounded like a pirate and it fits the MC. I would have prefered explicit sex scenens, why go Disney there. 😀

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-21

why THE shouting annoying like hell

could be a great Book but THE reader slaugther it. unfortinatly sorry for bad English

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  • Curt Cadwallader
  • 01-22-21

Great Book, Great Main Character,

I stumbled across this book on LITRPG Aleron Kong page and inquired about it! I spoke to Jez Cajiao (sound bloke) and decided to give it a whirl!! Instantly I was hooked, the pace of the book is spot on with plenty of action, the main Character Jax is great and I took to him straight away. It has plenty of funny quirky parts also and the narrator Wayne Mitchell does a Stella job!!
All in all an excellent read and recommend a journey to the underverse I for one am looking forward to book 3 and many more to come, keep up the great work lads and don’t be a DICK👏😂

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-29-20

Smeagol and C**kgoblins

Honestly as first I wasn't particularly fond of the rough voice but I must say the voice actor is incredibly skilled, at one point I had to double he didn't play smeagol for one of the voices and it just feels like the character has actually lived in out world with quick funny witty insults and lines like c**kgoblin the story seems slow but suddenly picks up pace in intermittent shorts, it's a great listen a great story and the perfect voice actor for the characters

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  • robert
  • 06-25-22

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

firstly i enjoyed the story overall, but there are a couple of caviates to that. first of which is the narrators accents, at first i thought Jax was an Australian, then i thought maybe he was africaans , then i caught fractions of essex boi and i gave up, it wasn't until three quaters the way through the book did the author lay claim to be from newcastle in the UK! clearly the narrator has never heard a geordie accent because it never even accurred to me that was what he was going for, then he absolutely butchered what i am guessing was a scottish accent when he was speaking as a dwarf. the second point was the use of CONGRATULATIONS! i do get the need for it on occasion, but for every individual single kill!? in the end both these minor irritations ended up drawing me out of the story too much so i gave up and finished the book from a kindle edition, sans audio.

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  • Sam
  • 05-04-22

listen to this and youll be hooked

loved it gonnna buy book 2 now
gritty as fawk and funny
really well narrated love the accent of jacks it grows on u and my kind of humour whilst still being so gruesome

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  • Daryl peter lambrou
  • 04-12-22

Epic

Epic top class book and start to a series amazing getting stuck into the rest now

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  • Jason K
  • 02-08-22

Entertaining but not stand out

It’s a fairly standard affair straddling darker themes and humour with the ole fashioned good vs evil.
Constant reinforcement of good and all that is righteous encompassed in a tuff gritty yobo. It’s all a bit much for me but it’s what I tend to think the masses love. Personally, I like it much more Grimdark.

The narration took some getting used to. The harem theme undertones I don’t mind but I found this was very teenage and slapstick. If your gonna do it, make it grown up. Not to say the story really needs it.

There’s lots to like tho. The levelling, battles , base building are good. The overall story does seem very interesting and it’s only at the beginning.

Will listen to part 2 (at some point) but not a huge priority.

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  • Mr. Deane
  • 01-21-22

Pretty darn good

Story is great overall, worth the listen. Only issues are that they could do with summarising the monster kills and some of the litrpg elements. Also the narrator was difficult to get into due to the weird aussie/brit accent attempt for thr mc, that said, it was still great fun and he nailed all the other characters.

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  • Da-en
  • 03-21-21

Terrible accents and narration but a good story

Can’t help but wonder this would be a great series if they had a better narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-21

900 dolarry doos?!?

good story line fairly unique, but the bootleg aussie accent was killing me. No offence to the narrator but it sounded like the main character was Russell crowe from south park. Making movies singing songs and fighting round the world.

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  • Matthew Andrews
  • 10-13-21

Needs a new narrator

Love the story, the characters;everything. Couldn’t listen past the first 2 chapters due to the narrator.

There was no clear intonation of words causing them to sound slurred and difficult to interpret and there was a very thick fake accent applied to the main charter which made all of this much worse.

Way better reading experience than a listening one unfortunately. If in the future it gets re-recorded with a new narrator it would be much higher rated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-15-21

Great story line but.......

Would love to give more stars, but....
The story line is great, I loved the entire concept.. Plenty of action and wasn't inundated with stats every 3 pages as some of these LitRPG books can have.. However, the narration is absolutely abhorrent.. The accents are horrendous, I am barely invested in continuing with the series only because the narration is so bad.. Old mate is better off sticking to acting on film and leave the voice acting to the professionals. Can't help but wonder how awesome this series would be if someone like Nick Podehl or Jeff Hays did the narration..

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  • Alexander Devitt
  • 10-24-20

Very interesting

This story is a unique take on an increasingly stale genre. I was horrified at the new perspective I was drowned by in the beginning, but I very quickly grew to enjoy the main character and the narration. While the storyline is not unlike other stories I've listened to, the mc and narration is very new to me. I imagine it's difficult to portray uncouth with eloquence, however Wayne Mitchell performs it well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-14-22

Great story, horrible narration

The accents attempted in the narration is extremely terrible and would have been infinitely better with a voice actor who can actually do accents.
The story however is great!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-22

Voices Ruin Story

I listened to this for about three hours and can't handle anymore, the voice acting is so abrasive that it's hard to listen too and much of the time even understand. Story isn't my thing either, MC is a blockhead and is hard to stomach.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-16-21

may be the worst audio I have heard

Not a bad book but the audio was terrible. the accent was all over the place. I thought cockney to start with but some others speculated Steve Irwin style Aussie but whatever the intention it was nothing I could identify. The worst was any action scene that lacked any tempo or shades in the delivery. The narrator went to fever pitch immediately and held it there for the duration. I found myself turning it off and reading these passages.

I listen to a lot of audiobooks as I work and think this is the worst audio I have heard.

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  • Blinky
  • 10-15-21

Too much stats

Great story. Would be 5 stars but like a lot of books in this genre, there is too much stat reading. A bit is ok but when you have ro skip 5mins to get through it, that's way too much. Also the voice of Oracle just reminds me of zoolander and that is just not right for someone who should be a little hottie with a sultry voice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-28-21

character sheet

constantly reading out the character sheet is annoying like really annoying.
if it wasn't for that i would get others

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