• Domestication

  • A Fantasy LitRPG Adventure (Battle Mage Farmer, Book 1)
  • By: Seth Ring
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,221 ratings)

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Domestication

By: Seth Ring
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
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Publisher's Summary

A world on the precipice of the apocalypse. A secret forged in the flames of war. A chance to start over.  

For John Sutton, only one of those three things matters.  

Retired from a decade of brutal war, he wants nothing more than a quiet pastoral life while he does his best to stem the steady increase of his Doom Points before they hit 100, signaling the start of the end.  

He’s been given a small farm on the outskirts of the empire as thanks for his service, but no matter how far he travels, it's impossible to escape the war's devastating effects on the world.  

Bandits, suspicious townsfolk, a mysterious pair of siblings, and a secret that lurks in the mountains all threaten John’s peace. It will take all of his considerable power to keep from burning everything to the ground.  

Don't miss the start of the next great Fantasy LitRPG Series by Seth Ring, author of Nova Terra. Pre-order your copy today and explore a world whose secrets have been buried under decades of war.  

About the Series: Mixing slice-of-life with epic fantasy action, mystery, magic, cultivation, and a broken game system that seems determined to make everything as hard as possible for the already overpowered protagonist, this LitRPG/GameLit series is perfect for those who enjoy exploring rich worlds and complex characters.

©2022 Seth Ring (P)2022 Recorded Books

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Worthwhile MC

Finally an MC who doesn’t act like he has to convince people to treat him decently. One that doesn’t treat every suspicious, annoying, or downright hostile side characters like people he must get to love and understand him as a “nice” guy. Litrpgs have awful MCs, usually owing to a lot of amateur character writing and what I assume is some level of projection regarding the misconception of what a “nice guy” actually is. But seriously, a typical MC would make this book 3* longer with no added story, but plenty of pointless and I mean pointless self-reflective whining.

The supporting characters, especially Ellie and Ben, seem great but I don't understand why the author is hell bent on slowly turning a strong, stable character who's been through hell into unsure and confused teen. The plot is also built to strongly discourage action. His mission is basically to avoid most of the things people like about LITRPGs.

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Seth Ring Hits It Out of the Park AGAIN!

Having consumed all of Seth Ring's other works, Nova Terra, I went into this book expecting much. And boy did he deliver!
Having been summoned to this game-like world some 10 years ago, John, our protagonist, suffered through 10 years of war and strife to retire with honors to a small out of the way farm in a valley far from the rest of society. Thus, there is a slight slice-of-life feel that was certainly welcome, especially since you could tell that Ring did his research into what farm life might have been like. John, a very over-powered mage with the ability to control flames, also uses his magic in very unique and interesting ways, such as drawing the heat from freshly chopped trees to cure the lumber, and welding metal rails together to create a track for a wagon. Despite his desire to be left alone however, John is drawn into altercations with the local class holders, and an adventuring party, the ramifications of which, could have far-reaching effects.
The side characters are also given their own and unique personalities. Elly is a strong and independent young lady trying to do best for herself and her younger brother, while Ferty was just a hoot!
While the book is technically LITRPG, it's not very crunchy. There are no minutes on end of stats and skills.
If you enjoyed books like Beware of Chicken, I definitely recommend this book. I am eagerly awaiting book two.
And as always, Kramer killed it with the narration!

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decent story, annoying narration

I will write this as if the narrator did.

this boooooook was pretty good.
the main complaaaaaaaaint is the strange draaaaaw in the narrators accent that seems to draw ouuuuuut every other word like an old timey radio hooooooooost

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Very nice slice of life

Very nice slice of life with lots of magic some mystery and intrigue humor and crazy farm animals. Thoroughly enjoyed it

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Not my favorite.

The main character could be replaced with a post of stoic wood and no one would be able tell the difference.

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Beating up kindergarteners

An OP protagonist asserts himself over normal people. No stakes, no strife. Michael Kramer's narration is perfect as always, although the expectations it sets creates certain dissonance with the story.

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Zero Plot

The book reads like a compendium of loosely related short stories. Only in the last 5 minutes does it drop a hint to a future plot...dun duN DUN!

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comfortable voice, slow start but hot finish

I really enjoyed this book. John is a character that is definitely a slow burn as a main protagonist but his his struggles with being a monster but not a monster and trying to have a regular everyday life is something really great to be a part of. I really enjoyed the narrator his voice is nice and soothing. It can make parts of the book kind of hard to sit through because it can put you to sleep. But in the end he is a great narrator that fits all the characters of the book the book save for the female ones because of his low soothing voice. The only thing I wish is for Ellie to have a little bit more agency than she actually has. I feel like she is supposed to be this tough farm girl with farm girl which she doesn't come across that way.

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Spaghetti Western Litrpg

This is the perfect combination of spaghetti Western story arc and Swords and Sorcery motif. John is badass as Clint Eastwood, and the wholecast of characters are interesting and realistic. The tone reminds me of "Outlaw Josey Wales". Tgr litrpg elements are present but not central. The most interesting mechanic is the doom points which is unique and adds suspense to John'd actions even though he is Overpowered otherwise. Overall amazing book I am hooked and highly recommend!!

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obviously I like book and the series

ever wonder what Clint Eastwood would be like in an epic RPG game like scenario

I'm not sure why the narrator thought to combine Harrison Ford and Clint Eastwood's voices into a character but I can't help but think of the two when I listen to it and it just ties everything together.

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  • ParBoiled
  • 06-22-22

Unexpectedly Good Book!

I was pleasantly surprised with this book. The story is a bit different than your normal summoned to another world\LitRPG book. There are slice of life notes with a good helping of action.
The world building is good, characters are well written and the magic\points system is explained well.
The narration takes a bit of getting used (main character sounds like Clint Eastwood), but once you do the book flies by.
Definitely Recommend!

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  • natasha noir
  • 12-03-22

Amazing Fun

Amazing fun, didn’t want to stop listening. Can’t wait, going to start the second book now. ☺️

Drop everything, Start listening.
Michael Kramer made the listening even more fun!!

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  • Johannes Johansson
  • 08-16-22

Recommend

Good story and very exciting listen, looking forward to book 2 when it is released.

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  • @ZennyReadsAlot
  • 08-12-22

If you read beware of chicken... This is for you

At the end of a hard and long fought life, our protagonist John is spending his pension working a small plot of land. The book is very well crafted and full of original and imaginative ideas within the #litRPG genre. I can't wait for the next one 📚 5/5⭐ #BookReview #booktwt and

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  • Michael Jackson
  • 08-08-22

awesome

love this series its got bulls a rooster fighting mages mana intrigue etc, what more could you want oh a cast of excellent people from bad guys to bad guys turned good guys did i mention the bull dont forget the bull oh comedy as well, the only thing not to like is waiting for book two to come out .

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  • Nalana
  • 07-14-22

Bring on the next book

I am loving this genre litrpg farming… but John is the coolest MC farmer ever, I can’t wait to see what he does next.

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  • Patrick Harwood
  • 07-13-22

exactly what you want from the title

was a little dubious but saw a good review and was not disappointed. good balance of domestic with intrigue.

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  • Tristan
  • 06-19-22

Brilliant!

Fantastic book, really good world building and interesting characters. If you're in fence don't be, grab it!

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  • Ryan Stiff
  • 10-08-22

Good performance ok story

Found it hard to relate to the MC, they are supposed to be some tired war torn veteran but has god like powers. They prefer to let trouble build around them ultimately causing more harm than just nipping it in the bud. A veteran should have learnt the issue of letting enemies roam free.
You learn very little of the world and most of the repurcusions for actions are supposed to be very serious but feel pointless. Even one of the main villains should be easily dealt with but is instead allowed to cause trouble, because why not.

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  • BRONWYN AUHL
  • 08-25-22

More realism and fantasy than a litrpg.

Adults making rational descions and letting peoples actions speak for them. Good story and characters that remained interesting as they became more fleshed out.
Narration starts out pretty slow but matches the pace of the story. The action scenes fast pace makes the thrills all that much greater.
I dont know where the series will go but I know I am interested in more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-23-22

so good

A slow start but the history is so good. and no real cursing. just a fun read.

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  • A C Bennett
  • 08-01-22

Enjoyable

It was an enjoyable read and the audio was the icying on the cake. The whole idea of a war torn veteran just wanting to settle down and live a peaceful life is always a draw card for me and this story and the audio just fit nicely into what I like to read. It was nice to read about a MC who wasn't a teenage proteg'e of some store for a Change and I will probably read and listen to the Next book in this series.

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  • Dean
  • 07-29-22

Great

A mature MC, decent pacing and semi slice of life mixed with fantasy.

Really enjoyed the book and was a nice change from stat spanning Egotistical MC’s you usually find in books similar to this with pathetic harem story building. A refreshing change from the usual books written to be the authors anime fantasy dream that’s all about getting women one after another.

Wish it was longer!

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  • Janine M Buist
  • 07-23-22

great story

enjoyed this story, had a great mix of domesticity and adventure, loved the weird farm animals and all the other characters.