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If you think life is a game, wait until you play death!

Chris and Steve were quite happy sitting in their rooms playing online games until events in a kabab shop changed everything and reset all of the rules.

A deal with the Grim Reaper could give them both a second chance at life if they can play the game of their lives inside some of the games they have only ever seen through a screen, until now.

Luckily, they are not alone; friends they had not met, or maybe they had, help the new guys - the Noobs!

©2021 Simon Carr (P)2021 Simon Carr

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Enjoyable

From the start all the way to the end I was hooked and had to know how it would end. Two friends who are very into games and live at home are put into a situation where they need to complete game levels they are put into for something greater than themselves. The story is full of dudes and bros which I honestly have rated books low because of but the reader kept me entertained and I found myself not being annoyed by it. The reader was brilliant in this role and felt like he was having fun with it and in turn made me have fun with it. The characters added along there journey and the quirky jokes and call backs made me laugh. I’m definitely going to check out another book by Simon Carr. Thank you for the enjoyment while at work and on my way home.

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An awesome listen! Very funny!

Chris and Steve are two friends in their early twenties who each still live at home and spend most of their time playing video games online. Taking a break from a game one night, they decide to meet up at the local kebab shop for some food. When they get there, the shop is overrun by a large group of kids who have just won their regional competition and are celebrating. While they wait on their turn to order, Chris turns around and sees a fiery ball of something heading straight for the kebab shop. Before he and Steve even realize what's happening, the meteor has crashed into the kebab shop, killing everyone there.

Not ready to die just yet, and certainly not ready to see all those kids die, Steve and Chris make a deal with the Grim Reaper that if they pass through his trials, he will send them back so they can save the dancing kids. Or maybe it's dancing donkeys. There may be some confusion there. Anyway, in order to pass the trials, Chris and Steve have to make it through each of the various game levels without dying.

While they aren't the best at playing the games, they pick up some squadmates along the way who help them out. But, are those squadmates good enough to help the two friends make it through all the trials? And what about the last trial that is supposedly unbeatable?

This book was a lot of fun to read, and I found myself laughing out loud in several places. I also thoroughly enjoyed the author's attempts to describe the various video games without using the actual game names, as well as the antics that Steve, Chris, and Three get up to while trying to beat the various trials. There isn't much depth to the characters, and they certainly don't have any great epiphanies while going through the trials, but they do show some growth and understanding about what they want to do with their lives should they make it through the trials.

I listened to the audiobook version, narrated by Matthew Fearnley, after reading the book and it was awesome! He did such a good job narrating the book that all the good parts were made even better and the not-so-good or slightly confusing parts were elevated. In addition, because you're listening to someone else read it, you don't notice the typos. I enjoyed the book when I read it; I loved it when I listened to it! I will definitely be listening to Noobs again!

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Side-splitting humour!

Noobs
by Simon Carr

I received a complimentary copy and am voluntarily leaving a review.

What happens when the dead come face to face with Death aka the Grim Reaper? Simon Carr sheds light on the consequences of poor decisions and squandered opportunities in Noobs. A humorous look at how we should value what we have and make more of our everyday life. Chris and Steve, two jobless gamers, are taken by surprise whilst queuing for a kebab. Taken by surprise is maybe an understatement, as a meteor crashes to Earth and obliterates them and their surroundings. How could it get any worse, they wonder, until the Grim Reaper appears and tries to smooth things over and alleviate the pair's confusion about, well, being dead.

As expected, Chris and Steve don’t acknowledge the news well. Who would? In response to their insistence to return to their lives, Death provides them with the opportunity to begin The Trials. A series of games to pass through in order to “ retract from death “. What happens when Chris and Steve are thrust into an all too real video game? Can they beat the ultimate level to gain all necessary keys and eventually find their way back to life? Read this book to find out. In this novel, Simon Carr exhibits his writing prowess. The language used is simple and helps to enhance the relatability within the course of the story. The author also weaves an excellent plot by creating the right suspense needed to sustain the reader’s interest. After the initial introduction to set the scene, the story develops at a fast pace, crammed full of Simon Carr’s amusing wit.

I listened to the audio version narrated by Matthew Fearnley, whilst simultaneously reading the book. Matthew Fearnley gives the impression of enjoying the narration, vocally creating scenery and giving life to the characters. The only negative comment I have is I found some slight inconsistencies in certain words read by him and the text, and in parts, I felt he rushed. Therefore, I rate Noobs four out of five stars. My favorite character in the book is probably Villager Number Three due to his obsessive need to collect wood. Also, the patience Chris and Steve display towards him, accepting one another, needing to work through each scenario to the benefit of one another. In conclusion, I recommend Noobs by Simon Carr to lovers of comedy and humour. The book, full of trials and tribulations, is perfect to kick back and relax. In a world that is full of crazy at the moment, a book such as Noobs is essential to let off steam and smile. Although it may not be suitable for conscious readers or listeners who are offended by the use of bad language.

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Simon Carr's writing is hilarious!

Simon Carr's writing is hilarious and I absolutely loved this book. As a child of the 80s and 90s this one really spoke to me and made me laugh out loud plenty of times. Overall well developed characters and a fun romp through the world of the Grim Reaper. Audio Version: Matthew Fearnley has a great voice for this book and these characters. Well done!

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Great Techno Games Thriller

I enjoyed this wacky, zany, and amusing story that featured two guys who became players in some of the old technological games in order to attain a second chance at life. The story was outlandish. The characters were quirky and fun. It was creative and entertaining. I really enjoyed the author's sense of humor. Matthew Fearnley's narration was great, and his portrayal was entertaining in its own way. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily posted this review.

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So much fun!

This book was funny from the beginning... The characters, the adventures, and the games they went through kept you reading to see what hijinks would happen next.

Recommended for anyone that likes a fun read and knows some of the classic games.

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I would NOT recommend this book, it was not very good and did not hold my interest. I did Not finish this book because it did not keep my interest and to me seemed Poorly done.

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  • Ryan Pascall
  • 06-02-22

Fast-paced gaming fun.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, that was...something different. As a fan of Terry Pratcthett's works, I like to think that, had he been alive with the advent of GameLit, this is the sort of book we'd have seen from him given his love for PC gaming.

As you can likely assume, I enjoyed this book and I really did get a Pratchett feel from it. Is it on the same level, no, but given my lifelong love for his work I doubt anything ever will but this is possibly the closest I've come to his works. While lacking the world-building and wonderfully deep cast of characters that Discworld has, the sense of British humour is present, the characters likeable and funny and their exploits entertaining and did a great job of rubbing my retro-gaming bone. 

Special mention has to go to Matthew Fearnley and his fantastic narration which not only includes a vast variety of voices, but has both perfect comedy timing and perfectly paced delivery which matched the rapid writing style perfectly. 

My one addition would be to reiterate that the comedy is Very British and so, while all could find it funny, I think some facets may be lost on our colleagues overseas but I for one found it thoroughly entertaining and funny to boot.

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  • Kevin Cannon
  • 02-27-22

Retro Video Game Heaven (Sorry Hell)

When Chris & Steve are unexpectedly killed in an explosion at a kebab shop they strike a deal with the Grim Reaper to get the chance to return to their lives playing video games online

The deal pitches them into a series of ‘real-life’ retro video games where they must retrieve the keys to unlock their reward.

As someone who spent their formative years in the 80’s playing video games like Space Invaders, Frogger, Pac-Man, Golden Axe and more, this was a fun, nostalgic ride back to my teens. Coupled with the author’s mad story and the enthusiastic narration this was great fun to listen to.

Wreck-it Ralph for adults.

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  • Janalyn
  • 12-18-21

This was so lol awesome!

Chris and his best friend love to play games, but when they pop out to the kebab stand, The last thing they think they will be doing is playing for their life. With the grim reaper score keeper and each game harder than the last can Chris and Steve win each level and go home. They meet quirky characters along the way and each comes with a little help or a hindrance, either way they make friends for life and find out the Grim Reaper isn’t as bad as they thought.This is such a laugh out loud book with the craziest situation. Something I have come to depend on with Simon Carrs books. I highly recommend this book, if you love to laugh and listen to fun stories with outrageous situation you’ll love this book narration was really good and the story is even better. Please forgive any grammatical or punctuation errors as I am blind and dictate my reviews but all opinions are my own.

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  • Fred Jones
  • 08-12-21

Laugh out loud funny

A great laugh out loud story with fun characters, suitably ridiculous situations and the perfect amount of crude humour. Loved the idea, loved the story, loved the ending. All around the best book this Author has written so far. The narration is excellent with an easy to listen to voice and a style that brings the story to life for the listener. Fabulous. I received a complimentary copy from the author and am leaving a honest voluntary review

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  • nigel jackson
  • 08-10-21

Everyone will know the characters

Good story and narration. Really enjoyed the story and reminiscing about past games. Recommended