• Oh, Great! I Discovered How to Cultivate a Farmer in 52 Easy Steps

  • Unorthodox Farming, Book 2
  • By: Benjamin Kerei
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (2,156 ratings)

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Ever wonder what happened to the Isekai’d gamer who found himself incarnated into the overweight body of a LitRPG farmer, only to spit in the face of destiny and earn more money and experience than anyone ever dreamed possible? Fairytales would have you believe he lived happily ever after, but life doesn’t always match up to fairytale endings.

Accidentally murdered by a cleric in another universe during a botched resurrection, Arnold, a semi-pro gamer turned clerical error, has now become a thorn in the vindictive Northern Regent’s side. To make matters worse, he has a giant stuck in his well, and the adventurers’ guilds are pounding on his door for the chance to kill it (which is more than a little annoying, as all Arnold wants to do is focus on taking his trap method wide while he builds a farm to give down-on-their-luck farmers like him a chance).

However, there is “one” little problem with his plan: changing the world isn’t easy, and Arnold needs an entire industry that doesn’t currently exist.

And resource management is hard.

And trying to find good employees is difficult.

And Blackwood doesn’t have the infrastructure to support all these people (even if he does).

And the regent is out for blood and trying to ruin him.

And no matter what he tries, the giant won’t die.

And for some reason, Ranic wants him to find a goal that gives his life meaning.

So let’s see how well his happily ever after really goes…

©2022 Benjamin Kerei (P)2022 Podium Audio

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I'm so glad I gave this a chance

after listening to the first book, I was a little unsure about this. I thought that the MC didn't pay attention enough.
but then when I saw this book was coming out, I re-listened to the first book and I caught what I missed before, and pre-ordered this book.
Then this book came out, and I am thoroughly blown away.

I have listened to multiple LITRPG books on here, and I'm going to sum up what I like about this series.

1. mundane items aren't described in great detail if they aren't relevant to the story.
2. this book establishes that the MC does in fact take the time to learn the necessary things behind the scene, and explains it to the listener when it becomes relevant, as well as how he learned it.
3. The magical aspect is not overpowered, and is treated more carefully, which allows me to appreciate when magic is actually used.
4. since this is still a sort of isekai, the knowledge from both worlds begins to come together at a good pace instead of all at once, and it gives a good explanation as to why not everything can be built or incorporated in this world.

also, I really like the character development in this book (more-so in book 2 than in book 1) and the story progression.

and last but not least, I can't wait for the next book!

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Skip the First Half

The first half is just filler. absolutely nothing worthwhile happens. The second half at least kept me partially entertained. If you're on the fence, I recommend a hard pass. If you absolutely must read it, then go in knowing that the first half is fluff.
The second half is better, but the story still focuses on the same topics as book one: namely Blackwood Village and the giant which is still alive if trapped.

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God dam this is turning into one hell of a ride!

The pace might be slower compared to the first book and I enjoyed every second of it.

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it's a really good book

I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series if you like the first book you're going to like this one if not more so More levels more perks more everything that you like I'm not going to reveal any plot points I don't want to take away from you enjoyment of the book I just was really looking forward to this book and I was not disappointed I think you'll like it too apologies for any spelling consistencies I'm writing this review with voice to text

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Fun, sarcastic, and relaxing

Truly a great listen, the substance is awesome and the Narrator Travis brings it to life down to the twang in his voice. Highly recommend!

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We want more favorite reluctant farmer

We want more from my favorite farmer this was a great romp that closed out some connecting storylines but also allowed us to get a bit more into the problems hes having it set us up for what's to come next in a way that was fascinating and allowed us to Get to know more about more Dynamics with his familiar And friends as well as his enemies can't wait for the next one to come hopefully it'll happen before the end of the year

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If you like world building and self discovery

this book and the one before it is all about finding yourself in a new universe with new laws of reality. the MC in the first book is Learning and adapting to the world in a crappy town he builds a whole new way of cheating the system makes enemies And friends Then starts to build his town and his vision In this book we are seeing the work that is going to take place building division recruiting people Working in the realm's politics Setting up the various divisions he needs to properly run his new enterprise discovering new abilities both for himself and the monsters hes hunting Well there is some action And tension in the book it mostly revolves around him building his society at more and further self discovery of him and the system if you don't like world building books or proper self discovery in Ark. You're not gonna like this book Series For example there is a part in this book where the awkwards are attacking the South but it's such routine for the system that the main character really doesn't get involved besides going down there to form some experience I'm mentioning this part because most people who think there be an epic battle between the main character and the orcs 1 really it's just him making further alliances and discoveries With the rich and powerful further showing the disparity of this world and how he'll need to fix it or help. I really do enjoy the series and hope the next one we finally get to see this sun ceremony and get a better description of the snake in the sky that's protecting everybody And further see the interplay Between the Regent the king and the main character Also the doors and the other century and races I repeat if you do not like world building books you will not like this series like this series if you like roll building books it's a decent series

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Rushed. Very Rushed.

There are many problems with this sequel but the main issues are the lack of tension and lack of details. The Author throws out numbers that make no sense and very important system information is skimmed over. For example any village builder could tell you immigrating thousands of people to a village of maybe 200 is ridiculous. Killing MILLLIONS of orcs in a day without any large war spells from defending a single town is actually absurd. The Battle for Helmsdeep was only about 10,000 orcs. A lot of new characters were introduced and many old ones mostly ignored. Trivializing experience gains for entire classes while drinking tea is so broken its not even funny. For example he gets enough experience to level Bowman up to level 75+. What even does that mean in this book. Does that include short bows, recurve bows, longbows, bow skills, bow maintenance, wind velocity, arrow sway, and much more. The whole getting experience for other classes while not being those classes feels like a massive plot convenience. Overall while it is still worth reading its lost most of the charm and details that the first book had.

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Phenominal second addition.

Loved the character growth, and overall plot line. After the events of book one Arnold's rich, and likely to live a number of centuries, yet he's still in the early stages of his journey. He has no goal, or aspirations, and this book largely centers on that. There's plenty to love, and enjoy, like the towns growth, Arnold's antagonistic relationship with the regent, his exploits and so forth.

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Great listen

I love this book and the narrator is very good at portraying emotions of the scenes

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  • AudiobookDevotee
  • 08-08-22

Bit of a step down from book 1

I enjoyed this book but it was very heavy on introspection and exposition. Time spent actually doing stuff was dwarfed hugely by time spent talking about doing stuff.

The MC is basically a CEO now so we are very removed from a lot of day to day aspects of his work. It also felt in book 1 like he really earned his achievements whereas here they were planned out and sort of given to him. It definitely fits the narrative but still isn't as exciting.

There is no real antagonist like the giant was in book 1. There were some beetle creatures that I though would fill the roll but they kind of disappeared. Without a looming threat and with all challenges being dealt with near instantaneously it doesn't leave you with a lot to invest in.

I still liked the book, it made me laugh out loud on several occasions and the characters are well rounded. Baldree's narration was superb too
I just wasn't gripped by the story.

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  • Scott
  • 08-12-22

Far worse then previous installment.

Nothing really happens, just a lot of introspection and exposition, dropping this series now, not worth the credit.

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  • Micke
  • 08-07-22

So disappointing! Probably gonna drop this one

I like the first book, but this one is so bad and full of lazy writing. Almost no story, character or magic-progression. The story feel like a bad filler with 50% administering and 50% whiny MC. The MC is so negative to everything that you can’t enjoy the book at all. The magic/game system is so restrictive and turns really boring. Nothing really happens! 10 h to kill a captive giant and bard… omg!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-22

Story is funny but not that engaging

I like the idea of the story and the performance is perfect. I just am not a complete fan of how it was written. The names are a struggle to keep up with who is who sometimes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-22

Amazing Sequel!

I just finished this book in a matter of days due to how brilliant it was. A great blend of humor with slice of life and the odd emotional scene.

If you liked book one you’ll be sure to love this!

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  • Adam Turner
  • 09-13-22

Truly Original Take on Litrpg

Fantastic original take on Litrpg and read by one of the finest voice actors there is! So much love and time has gone into this book and it shows. Looking forward to many more books to come!

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  • joe white
  • 09-07-22

Incredible story and performance

Better than book one and I already loved that one. Everything improved and the story was incredible. Thank you for a great listen

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  • andrew
  • 08-29-22

This was a great followup to the first book

Really can not wait for the 3rd book. Please let there be more.

Listened to the first and second book over 7 days and well worth it.

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  • Upgrade 279
  • 08-27-22

as good as the first

I discovered the first with scepticism as the genre is over done.
This continues to amuse, (and have a scale of how the hero is getting stronger but isn't an over powered protagonist from pretty much any TV series from recent times) and prove I was wrong about the genre.
I look forward to seeing the new titles this author produces

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  • Christopher Hughes
  • 08-17-22

Ready for book 3

Looking forward to the next book, a great twist on the farm house, added more depth to the first book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-22

Loved It!

Absolutely loved this second book and can't wait for book 3. Flew through this and my only regret is I have to wait so long for the next one. Can't wait to find out what happens next.

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  • Vassili
  • 09-20-22

OP main character eating from a silver spoon

"Oh great, I'm a wanker that got everything handed to me by an overindulging system. let's all liaten to me talking about how great I am without any actual story archs."
The narrating is OK but really hard to put up woth the over-american accent. Yeah the main character is a farmer but he's meant to me in a fresh separate world so he doesn't neet to sound like a redneck yippy haieh corn-chewer and I doubt nobles inthe middle ages would ALL sound like the are fress from exiting the stihl room.
Maximum autism!!!!!!

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  • Fiona Maxwell
  • 08-29-22

Great world, great adventure

I really enjoyed this story, which picks up where book one left off. I liked how you got to know more about the main characters and what their role within the story is so far. I feel Arnold continues to grow as a person and I like the decisions that he makes. I liked the information we learned about Salem and I thought it was a great ending. I especially liked the quote at the end, which is also given towards the start of the story. This story certainly gives new meaning to Dwarves. I look forward to reading more of Arnolds journey. I also liked Travis's narration and how he brought the characters to life.

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  • Toran
  • 08-04-22

fantastic book in a fantastic series

nothing in this I can think of to critique, damn good job all around, book and narrator. on a side not God I loved torvak hahaha

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  • Janine M Buist
  • 08-02-22

Just awesome

Stayed up all night enjoyed every minuite , had me laugh crying in sections. Was also an amazing story that reflected on what makes a human happy, so elegant and enlightening.

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