• Clearing Waves

  • A GameLit Tower Defence Adventure
  • By: Cody Whitfill
  • Narrated by: Sam Arenson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (65 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Surviving a plane crash wasn’t easy, but surviving the apocalypse will be nearly impossible. Nigel Fletcher finds himself stranded on a deserted island with nothing but his journal and the clothes on his back. Not only must he locate food, water, and shelter to survive, but Nigel will also have to combat wave after wave of savage monsters intent on ridding the world of humanity. 

Clearing these waves grows progressively harder as each week brings additional monsters, new mutations, and behind them all, a living terror with an insatiable appetite for human flesh. To have even the slightest chance of surviving, Nigel will need to build up his island base to perfection with what limited resources he has available. Crafting weapons, taming beasts, erecting towers.... It will take an enormous amount of grit and determination to transform this deserted island into one of humanity’s last bastions of hope. Will it be enough?

©2021 Cody Whitfill (P)2022 Cody Whitfill

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the reviews are so wrong

it's like listening to your enthusiastic gf trying to tell a story, but fail so hard

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crazy

what a crazy ride this poor lady goes through. stuck on a Sandy beach with a bunch of monkeys with what I picture as the swamp thing horde aggressively attacking!

I did love the game aspects and uniqueness can't wait for next book.

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so, an Aussie tower defense litrpg

I was gifted this one. I wouldn't have picked it otherwise. I am so glad because it was so much fun to listen to. I just need book 2. NEED IT

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I Totally Enjoyed This

I describe this book as FUN! Great MC and Sam Arenson is the perfect narrator. He captured the energy of the characters exceptionally well.
Cody Whitfil has created an exciting story line and I can't wait to see how this series continues.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook and am providing an honest opinion/review.

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god, I hate Journal POV

This book is actually pretty alright, as long as you can ignore the inherently unbelievable detail and timing this man puts in his journal.

The book being a journal written by one of the characters is basically the found footage of literature; a gimmick that's more trouble than it's worth for 9 out of 10 of the fiction that uses it.

There's even a point where the POV character meets another character, and not only are we expected to believe he can transcribe the things she says word for word, but we're also expected to believe that she gave us her backstory in such absurd detail, said in a way that no one would ever tell a story.

Any properly written book would just shift perspective and do a flashback. Instead, suspension of disbelief is irreparably damaged to maintain a gimmick. The author had to realize what was happening here. He could have easily shifted away from the journal at some point, even did some reworking to remove it entirely.

So, one star is removed for the poor POV choice, but I removed two for another reason. This book doesn't really have a point.

This book is about a guy turning an island into a fortress, and that's about it. Character is thrown to the wayside for progression. There are no moral dilemmas and no character progression, even when there really should be. It's fine, but basic.

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Can't wait to clear the finale wave

From the start this book hits the ground running and I wanted to run with it, I love the base building and progression I love this style of game so being able to read a book that is basically my favorite game type come to life is awesome.

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Fun tower defense-centered book

The tower defense concept works really well. The constant attacks leads to a story centered around town building which is fun. The characters are interesting, too. I didn’t love the cliffhanger at the end though. The narration was done very well.

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Cool defense style LITRPG

Pros: Overall, the book was well written. I enjoyed the writing style and the narration was excellent. I also loved the premise of the defense style LITRPG. It was just a very easy book to listen to and kept my interest.

Cons: only a few things I struggled with was that all the creatures were the same species with some mutations. I felt like it needed a bit more variety since the main character was already stuck on an island with not much else. Also, the game building was a bit slow, he only starts getting access to a shop and more of the classic LITRPG abilities very close to the end of the first book.

Overall: a good story and I think that it leaves a good foundation for the next book in the series.

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  • 04-15-22

Very fun and a fresh approach!

The journal entry method was a new approach that took just a little to get used to but works well. Overall a well polished story that has an intriguing approach and definitely kept my attention of how things might unfold. Definitely check this one out!

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Nice Start

This was an enjoyable listen. It was a great story with a nice pace to the action. And a HUGE cliff hanger at the end. Argh! Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • SystemState
  • 04-15-22

Tower Defense, Base building, Gamelit. A fun read.

Give me the TLDR:
Book 1 of what will be a trilogy. A light read, tower defense gamelit book about an Aussie stuck on an island slowly and attacked by creatures from the deep.

Alright give me more:
Following a plane crash our protagonist finds himself on an island. Rather than the regular levelling system he finds he has a single power, "Befriend Animal" and capacity to purchase items from an ethermeral shop. Stuck on the island he spends his initial time trying to work out how to even gain the basic necessities, only for his foraging to be interrupted as dark clouds roll in and an announcement "Beginning Wave 1".

Why I liked it:
The book is written as the persons journal, as he details each day passing and how he begins to deal with the way his life is changing. This is a light book, in that it doesn't delve too much into the person deeply reflecting on the horror of his situation (though certain events do trigger some reflection), but he instead takes it in his stride. I find this style books really nice as a mix up, from the often more emotionally intensive books that are part of this genre. For audiobook fans this is doubled down, with the Aussie narrator giving a "No worries, mate" attitude to all but the most dire circumstance..
I find the tower defense angle also really entertaining. As part of his "welcome to the apocalypse pack" the progonist gains access the capability to clone items he makes by hand (for a price), as well as a slowly developing build menu. With more mechanics being slowly introduced as the story progresses. This leaves the character to have bouts of developing new tech (even if its a pointy stick) followed by times of working out what to spend his money, to aid his survival. I have a soft spot for base building and McGuiver like constructions and this story hits both.
I've never heard any other stories by the narrator, but he does a good job. His pacing is good, his accent adds to the character. Gaps between sentences are good and he does his job well.

What poked me the wrong way, but were not deal breakers:
I'd say I have two bug bears, oddly these slightly go against what I was talking about earlier.
The first is that, as the story is written as a journal, I feel that this could have been executed better, with me sometimes thinking "Would a person write this in their day to day journal (compared to a memoir)", "Why is he writing now?!" etc...
The second kind of goes against my statement of my enjoyment of it being light. I'm not sure if this was the writing or the narration but I felt like a couple times the story felt like it had a lighter tone, than the events being described should hold.
Disclaimer: I'm not a writer, just a reader and I'm fully aware its better than I could write ^_^.

Do I recommend this:
Absolutely, I blitzed through this story in a day or two, listening to it enough that I had to make sure I didn't start to do a dodgy Aussie accent when talking IRL, I really didn't want to put it down. I loved the tower defense and ingenuity of it. There are lots of developments that occur that really pulled me in and aspects of the world building that added to the draw. I enjoyed that merely living on the island was actually a challenge in and of itself. I highly recommend this for anyone who likes base building, TD games or is just looking for something different.

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  • Dalton
  • 06-12-22

Really enjoyed this

Loved this book ! Loved the style and the idea ! Amazing work by the author to keep me interested and itching for the next one ! Brilliant work by the narrator ! Thank you ! Worth a listen, hopefully book two will follow asap !

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  • Jim
  • 04-07-22

Thoroughly enjoyed this title

I got a free code for this book from the author, but I will most definitely be watching out for and paying for the sequel!

Cody Whitfill does an excellent job of bringing the concept of the tower defence game into the GameLit arena, with humour, a lead character that I came to like within minutes, a varied side cast of supporting characters, an enjoyable plot, and very good pacing.

At the same time, I found that Sam Arenson's narration drew me into the story, very much making Nigel, the lead, come to life for me.

If you're enjoy gamelit, and have ever liked a tower defence game, then I'd definitely recommend that you try this one out.

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  • Paul
  • 03-22-22

i got this book for free and it was good :)

it was good not great just good Narrator seamed like a novice but he did ok the story its self was simple which is good and bad over all i like its and ill probibly get the next one as well

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  • Tessa
  • 07-29-22

hatchet meets litrpg

such a refreshing take on litrpg I've loved every second and left craving more please write more to this series more of this is needed in the litrpg community