• Project Daily Grind

  • Mirror World Series, Book 1
  • By: Alexey Osadchuk
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,503 ratings)

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Project Daily Grind

By: Alexey Osadchuk
Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
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Publisher's Summary

The ads enthused, "The virtual lands of Mirror World await you! Live out your most secret dreams in our world of Sword and Sorcery! Become a Great Wizard or a Famous Warrior! Build your own castle, tame a dragon, conquer a kingdom! All those desperate, lonely, and insecure - Mirror World offers you a chance!"

But Oleg isn't meant to become a great wizard or a famous warrior. He'll never have a castle of his own. Nor will he ever tame a dragon. And he's definitely not the type to conquer a kingdom, however virtual it may be.

Oleg is doomed to toil away in the recesses of Mirror World's mines. His goal is to raise enough money for a heart transplant for his dying six-year-old daughter. The clock is ticking. Will he make it?

©2016 Alexey Osadchuk (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Osadchuk...Does a fine job showing off his knowledge of MMORPGs.... I'm impressed by the level of detail in this story." ( Mirror Slide Junction)

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Mirror World Shines

Lately there have been a lot of LITRPG books coming out into the market, some good and some not so good; “Project Daily Grind,” book one in the “Mirror World,” series is a great LITRPG experience.
I really like the pace of this story and the main character, Oleg. He’s not out to conquer the world and just wants to grind it out in the game hoping to make enough money to care for his sick daughter. Of course it wouldn’t be a good story without some twists and there are many quests and surprises as is fitting an LITRPG book, enough to keep the story very interesting.
As an old time gamer this genre appeals to me but it also intrigues the imagination for possibilities that may be coming in our real world. These LITRPG books are works of fiction but the immersion into a digital reality, where people can work and live an alternative life does not seem that farfetched of a concept; after all when Jules Verne’s wrote “Twenty thousand leagues under the sea,” in eighteen seventy submarines were a work of fiction as well, anyone can look on the internet or explore the latest in gaming technology and see the possibilities.
I’ve nearly completed the second book, “The Citadel;” it continues were “Project Daily Grind,” ended and, so far, it’s just as good as the first.

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Ehhh, a bit overrated.

It got good reviews on Goodreads, so I decided to pick up on it. But it was a disappointment.

Daughter needs money? Overused but sure. But the character is just bad. He is very whiney, by both the author and narrator. He complains about everything. He always think this and that is not important and a waste of time and ends up regretting it after.

Then, there is the game itself. It just makes little sense to me. The author isn't much of a game designer, not enough of one to write a LitRPG. I don't want to spoil it but it just doesn't work.

Next is the narrator. He needs to google how to pronounce many words. It is bad, like "elves to alves". And his narrated the main character into an even more annoying character than it already is. It is literally like a snobby whining kid.

The character is mediocre.
The game is less than mediocre.
The plot is mediocre.
The narrator is just bad.

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Such a strange book

I have played MMORPG's such as Runescape in the past. Listening to the audio of this story was like listening to someone talk about the step by step progress they made through that world. Which could be painful beyond belief, but for some reason, I didn't mind.

The writing is not great, its not bad either. The main character is flat. As other reviewers have said, he is a whiny little dude. The story structuring is so patently a blow by blow account of an MMORPG I cant get beyond it. I mean, what we are watching unfold is one guys journey through this world with a built in cheat code that levels up his characters stats so that things come more easily to him. Why is this interesting?

This story was interesting to me because it was sort of like taking crack. As a game junkie, I could vividly dive into the feelings here. But the story itself? Pretty dull.

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Love this genre

Completely addicted to LiTRPGs. Audible needs to keep these coming. This one is just as good as the way of the shaman and play to live if you like those series.

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Overrated Journey through the Mundane

This book spends an inordinate amount of time detailing mundane tasks like getting a job, getting a hair cut, getting a room at an inn, all towards the end goal of getting a loan. That’s right, this entire book is about getting a loan. Unfortunately for some unknown reason the game designers made all of these tasks difficult.

On the design of Mirror World, nobody would play this game. To start their are three stats in the world Strength, Speed, and Stamina. How three physical stats determine the casting of curses, the crafting of items, or the selling of items was not explained. Secondly, the designers for some reason allow you to put all of your points into a single stat, e.g. Strength and then be unable to move from your initial spawn point. The bunch of masochists will then allow you to redistribute your points to allow you to actually play the game for just 20% of your points! Also, they make players clean the streets, mine, and other menial tasks, but then invented bots that run their bodies while they do it. So, the player will be looking through the web while the chars mindlessly do the chore. Facepalm, what is the point of making people do meaningless work, and then not actually making them do it. They could just have an AI do it, or program the streets not to get dirty. There are a lot more gripes, but I honestly just want to move on.

My last point, is that our MC is a Gary Stu who constantly gripes about rich people and his problems while consistently ignoring the advice of others. He has loads of internal monologue during conversations with other people. Also, I found it annoying how he would interrupt the flow of the conversation to say some quick quip like “uh huh” “you don’t say”.

Apparently other people really liked this book, I found it on good reads, but it is one of very few books that I put down without finishing. I stopped about 3/4 of the way through realizing this was not going to get better. Honestly, this book was a chore.

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brilliant

such a fantastic book I couldn't stop reading I can't wait till the next one in the series

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  • JJ
  • 09-09-16

Truly a Fun LitRPG story.

I'm in love with story's about people being made in to video game Heroes. The "play to live" series is very close to this book however they have very different plots. The narrator is a true gem. I picked this book with a hope that it has fully satisfied. I can't wait for more books! Please take my money!

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good story but the book just ended and didn't

good story but the book just ended and didn't answer any of the questions that the story had, it was only half of a 1st story yo a series

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Doing It for Love

Unlike most stories of this type, this protagonist isn't an adventurer; instead, he is a daily grinder, working on earning money to save his daughter's life. He's one of a kind, in the game, and a 'crazy' now ex-employee programmer has made sure that his life would be interesting.

Well written and narrated. I found it a fun listen and look forward to the next book.

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WT actual F! how is this so highly rated?!

Its boring as hell...its a book about a guy who goes into the game world and mines resourses. ..thats it. if you buy this book after reading this review. ..them just say ..ya..I told ya so. thats all. and ffs its gd ELVEN AND FREAKIN ELVES...not alvin and alves. drove me nuts.

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  • Geraint
  • 09-15-16

Worth listening

The story is ok, not as good as other books in the genre but overall entertaining enough to listen too.

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  • J. A. N.
  • 11-18-18

Average

An average story, some plot holes, and bad pacing. Kyle sounds too young for the protagonists age and experience.

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  • David
  • 01-07-17

Excellent story

I liked this book a lot and have listened to it several times. The character idea story arc is good and world story is also good. There are a few inconsistencies, but these are few and far between and do not diminish the enjoyment of the story.

In the genre it is very good read/listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-23-22

Don't

OK, let me start off with if the author reads this I would like to say the positives first as I'm going to rant afterwards
1. love the back story with his heart break from each failed heart surgery
2. the loops and lengths he goes through to succeed
3. the fact he's an older guy who's down to earth, working guy and does not just jump on the first dump maybe successful thing kinda guy

I'm gonna add a TLDR because I saw it got pretty long

pretty much people pay a large sum of money for full immersion game that could put you in the hospital, and then just pay for an app to do their job and browse the net.



now for the rant
Author my guy, my dude.. what the hell?
For the longest time I've not been able to put my finger on why exactly this botherd me so much but I think I got it.
You've built a world so real people are leaving the old one behind fine I can see that, but to first say "there are no npcs, every person working a shop cleaning the street and so on will be people" the just introduction npcs anyway WTF, and then you automate the game for them?
Because if you can buy an app to mine for you what's to say there is not one for sweeping the street, fixing a broken door or doing some maid chores?
I could maybe see this game working with people being every store clerk, hairdressers or carpenter but they had to pay an insane price to join the game as I understood it. And sure they can work it of by playing but I'm sorry if me chopping a tree is buying a 5$ app that will do it for me so I can browse the Internet I'm sorry to say THATS NOT GONNA MAKE ME PLAY LONG, now if it was a little balanced with you get skill points faster from doing it yourself sure a little better.
But take it from a guy who has played cookie clicker for 4+ years I like idle games but if I pay out more than 50$ for a game and don't get my moneys worth I'm not gonna come back the fact I can make money be damned
I'm sure there are people who would do so but I don't think most people would witch would tip the scale in the game massively if there are no npcs to fix everything in a territory.

It would be a domino affect first larg chunk leaves and maybe nobody sees it, then their reputation falls because something was not done. Could have been some windows needed cleaning, maybe a door did not get fixed.
And then whatever territory will pay more for those so people will do them, so another territory will have to increase pay to keep them at his territory.
Then if another group leaves it gets more unbalanced.
Maybe by that point people are offering so much some are coming back but then there will be backlash "oh but now there are so many of you I don't need to pay as much" HAH fat chance of that territory owner you've offered a price and now people will work for that or they will leave again.
And then who's gonna complain? The rich the people this game seems to be aimed at and suddenly the game falls to pieces.

I just want to add as and after thought my last part with the domino thing might be a stretch but I do genuinely belive this game would not just fall flat on its face it would be laughed out of stores, the concept is ludicrous

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-13-21

It's a Grind

There is a sad back story that has no feel to it, everything is unlogical, and never any reason to keep going, I almost made it through the book with the only reason being I was working while listening.

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  • Azure Teal
  • 06-07-18

this narator is spectacular

This was a good book. reminded me of why I love the litrpg genre. on to the next one!

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  • Rodney
  • 06-02-17

Classic Russian RPGs lit.

Realistic characters, great flow and progression. Another collection to add to my must listen to list.
Characterisations and flow of the presenter just added to the enjoyment, highly recommended 😄

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