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Without so much as a warning, humanity in its entirety was suddenly moved to another dimension. Every person, without exception.

But this new world, with all its opportunities and gifts of wondrous abilities, was a stadium. A deadly arena of an unimaginable scale. And humanity was to be its latest gladiators. Every man, woman, and child was given a weapon and ordered to fight. Stuck in this dimension without a way out, only two options existed for the would-be hunters: Fight with monsters to complete the many trials ahead, or perish.

Faced with hordes of powerful monsters, thrown into battle with complete strangers at random, the unfair game of survival began. And from the very beginning, billions of lives were extinguished in mere moments. But even within this abyss of despair was a small ray of hope: If even one person were to complete every raid, then humanity would be redeemed and restored back to its former glory.

No save points, no revives, no retries. Everyone had just one life to make their way through the gauntlet of raids prepared to test their mettle. Within this marathon of death, one man becomes aware of an exception to the rules of the game.

Translated by Oppatranslations.

©2021 From Hell (P)2021 Podium Audio

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A good performance does make a book good

The writing for this book is embarrassingly bad. It feels like it's written by a old white guy that fetishizes Japanese culture. That is coming from another old white guy that has been watching anime since the 80's. Besides that stats seem to make zero sense at all. They seem to hold little to no value. MC gets thousands of stats and admits he is already as strong or stronger than his first life but he seems exactly the same. He is miles ahead in stats over everyone else yet he feels just slightly stronger. Let's not talk about the worst part of the book. During a early mission the MC meets a young Japanese Samurai. The young Samurai seeing the MC in action immediately vows to become his apprentice. You get nothing but cringe for the rest of that mission. There are 500+ reviews as of me posting this and overwhelming they are positive. I have a hard time believing something this bad could possibly be getting this much positive feedback. STAY AWAY AND SAVE YOUR CREDIT!

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Great fun, and excellent narration.

As usual Travis Baldree brought new life to a great book. I am looking forward to the next one.

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  • Al
  • 10-12-21

Great start to a series.

I'm quite sure that the translation was very difficult. I'm also sure that in future novels it will get better.

Thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. One of the best things about this book for me was it was a good mix between action, character building and internal feelings. A lot of the litRPG has got way too much character angst and then a ton of action and a little bit of character building, quite frankly I don't need to know everything every character is thinking or their background or how everything happened and why oh why oh why. A good storyline that keeps you interested is what matters to me.

I'm looking forward to the next one!

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Maybe it’s just me but the numbers don’t really make sense!! Don’t really get why he doesn’t want anyone to know his nationality either 🤔

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Breaking bad in the making

Well written, plot that flows…predictably downhill morally speaking. I don’t regret using my credit but I won’t be using another on this series. It is without doubt a soap opera trolling for audible credit breaking up a story into 8-10 hours segments and calling it a “book”. It probably does have an end planned since it is translated from, my guess would be, Russian (but no guarantees.) There is no rhyme or reason for the ending to happen where it does other than leave a nasty residue on your mind knowing the choices the MC makes the final few minutes after the audio book reaches 10 hours…the witching hour of audio credits evidently.

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Travis is awesome

this book is so good Travis gives it more life this book isn't really in depth it's really just constant growth and fighting which makes it refreshing to listen too

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Fantastic Performance and Fast Passed Story

This is an amazing translation with an incredibly engaging story. I don’t write reviews often. But this surprisingly great book deserved sing public praise.

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If you like enemy of the world then you'll like t

This is one of those books that if you read enemy of the world you'll like it And you can tell why the person didn't put their name in because they seriously could have gotten sued by Disney for some Of the references The author is very gutsy and in some ways original but in other ways there is a paint by numbers to it but it's a good paint by numbers a good set up for the next book With a good dilemma of do I concentrate on myself or do I help people out in order to get this finished finished concentrate on now or concentrate on the future

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Loved it

It’s Absolutely amazing I can’t wait for book 2! Grate mc awesome story and progression!

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Fantastic read. Devoured it.

I truly loved these two books and I'm desperately hoping for more in the series. It's a light read and yet I found it very difficult to put down. Was simple and straight forward without over complications, the plot progresses nicely, and there is enough mystery to keep you guessing. Truly enjoyed it. I have over 250 books in my audio book library and there is a lot of trash out there. This series warrants praise. Clean language.

Do you like what I like?
Cradle (one of my favs)
Master Hunter K (true hidden gem)
Awaken Online (Plenty to sink your teeth into)
Life Reset (Shemer Kuznits in general)
Ready Player 1 & 2
Wheel of Time
Almost everything from Brandon Sanderson. Seriously. He's the best.
Michael J. Sullivan's books (The Riyria Revelations and spin offs - high epic / fantasy)
Red Rising (Tim Gerard Reynolds - futuristic / sci-fi)
The Path to Paz (YA fantasy)

More decent LitRPG stuff:
Noobtown (fun/light)
He Who Fights With Monsters
Irrelevant Jack (surprisingly decent and "clean", which for LitRPG is uncommon)
Ascend Online
Dungeon Crawler Carl

Currently listening to?
Expeditionary Force by Craig Alanson.
Just starting this series and by chapter 10 I am really getting into it.

Why would I promote these other authors as well? I believe that good writing needs to be promoted. The more we support good authors, the more they will put out for us to enjoy! Simple as that.

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  • 03-21-22

Awful

I gave up with an hour or so left. Nothing is explained. The MC is not likeable in anyway. One of the very few audiobooks I've given up on.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-15-21

very mediocre

no character development, no world building no system underpinning the world, no sidenplot or side characters. there isn't really any point to the stats given or any real point to his decisions. the chatacter doesnt use 7coins early to "save" but earns more than 2k coins in the next chapter making the decision poinltess. lots of internal inconsistencies.

the character is barely even challenged except in word "this is very difficult to do by myself"...proceeds to do the thing byhimself in 2 short paragraphs.

action isnt bac but is also lackluster. narrator is food though. There are much better reads of the same genre such as systems of the apocalypse or dungeon crawler carl. measuring this against them, this is lackluster in both story and action.

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  • Ben Maybanks
  • 12-08-21

wow, great first book

really needed a new gold standard heart racing story. just loved it. all of the things u want the main character to do, he does. it just goes exactly where u want it to. cant wait for book 2.

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  • Joe mellor
  • 11-20-21

GIVE ME MORE !!

Great start to hopefully a long running Series... well written and well narrated..looking forward to the next 1

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  • james mcadam
  • 10-28-21

awesome

loved this book great story and great main character with outstanding narration can not wait for the next one

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  • Kisieju
  • 10-28-21

repetitious and a bit mindless

worth the read for mindless entertainment and loot. but not much substance. will read the next one though

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  • Stephanie Love
  • 03-28-22

For me it’s middle of the range

I didn’t hate anything about the book but it left a week impression on me.
K’s only personality trait for about 3/4 of the book is his lack of social interaction but near the end of the book we get a more in-depth look into his goal.
The stat point numbers quickly lose meaning with how large they get so early on and don’t make him feel any stronger or faster than before since he handles everything with equal ease.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-22

awesome book

this is a book that you won't put down its got it all and with a different methods of story writing it has you hooked from word one already looking for book 2

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