• Returning to No Applause, Only More of the Same

  • An Isekai LitRPG
  • By: Palt
  • Narrated by: Daniel Wisniewski
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A powerful century-old soldier returns to Earth from the Otherworld and attempts to reclaim his former life in this thrilling fantasy novel.

For 130 years, Kreig Wiedermann has fought: first, as a teenage recruit for the Holy Order; then, as a soldier for the Empire; and most recently, as an immortal godlike warrior devoted only to avenging himself. The lust of combat is all he knows—until a portal opens on the battlefield and brings him back to the world from which he came.

Despite the decades Kreig has survived in the Otherworld, only ten short years have passed on Earth, which means the life he considered lost forever might still be waiting for him. But rejoining humankind won’t be easy.

For one thing, the International Otherworld Combat and Research Organization isn’t about to let a monstrous stranger with an unfathomably high level just wander around without first making sure he won’t wreak havoc on the planet. For another, Kreig has been tortured, imprisoned, betrayed, and hunted for years; he’s got his own demons to confront before he can reunite with his family and take up a normal life.

Plus, there’s the little problem that not everyone thinks Kreig should be allowed to even dream of rehabilitation. And no matter how much he tries to leave his past behind, there are forces threatening to drag him back into his bloody legacy . . .

A bold and clever twist on a classic isekai tale, Returning to No Applause, Only More of the Same is a dramatic, character-driven fantasy that proves the old adage “There’s no place like home.”

The hit LitRPG fantasy—with more than a million views on Royal Road—now available on Audible!

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Good Healing Story Ruined By Lenny Showing Up

This books has a pretty interesting take on the now-cliche isekai trope of the Powerful Returner, with a fascinating Otherworld experience and a pretty healthy take on PTSD and trauma, even if it's rather shallow. I mean, I think this is the first religious main character I've seen in quite a while, and the stockholm aspects of his faith are refreshingly pragmatic. I quite enjoyed the book up to the 6 hour mark, where the Author attempts to create humor at the expense of our main character.

So, through the book, it was stated several times that the MC is not brilliant or a "thinker", and instead focused much more on the emotional aspects. This was mostly a way of signalling the audience that we shouldn't expect stunning master plans, but instead a deep and emotional character, to compliment the healing theme the book was going with. At least, that's what I thought, until he gets released from prison.

There was one foreshadowing scene (the card game), but the Author decides to create comedy at the expence of our MC by utterly ruining his ability to think. As soon as he has to make any sort of choices for himself, for all intents and purposes, he becomes a literal retard that we're supposed to laugh at. And I do mean literally. I got serious Lenny (from Of Mice and Men) vibes from him when he was stumbling around the city unable to find anything. It was so dumb and insulting, and totally ruined the tone of the story.

Besides the fact that it murdered the tone, this level of mental incompetence is also inconsistent with how his backstory is described. I mean, seriously, this guy qualified to be the Captain of the Royal Guard for an empire, to lead troops in battle, and to protect the nobility and throne, but doesn't understand how to make heads or tails of a city map with red arrows all over it??? Seriously??

Also, he is shown to not understand what god damn apartment numbers mean. This, among other things, show that the Author totally forgot that our MC is originally from Earth. Sure, it's been a grueling and horrific 130 years, but he should at least be familiar with the concept when presented it, even if he can't recall it on his own or remember the details for how they are used. He's not an uncivilized barbarian, he's just not thought about this stuff in over a century. The worst part is that the Author got it right earlier in the book, with how the MC was at first off-put but then recognized both a car and a helicopter. Just another sign that his intelligence was kneecapped for comedy and the "humor" of the muscle-brained barbarian trope.

I can't possibly enjoy a book that so blatantly insults the person who we're supposed to be watching heal.

TL;DR: Interesting premise and unique twist on the backstory, good first healing arc (if shallow), and then the MC gets seriously and thoroughly turned into a retard for the sake of comedy, to the point where it reminded me of Lenny from Of Mice and Men. Completely at odds with a 150 year old veteran who was once the leader of a military order, and totally ruins my ability to respect him or the author.

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Fascinating, albeit serious, take on Isekai genre

This book was pretty unexpected. It deals with things I didn't normally associate with Isekai books, like mental health, reacclimating to society, and feeling misunderstood and alone. Most books in this genre are about progression fantasy and being powerful, while this book focuses on the MC being traumatized, listless, and a tortured soul.

What if you got zapped to a world full of powerful people abusing the weak, endless wars, torture, abuse, and slavery? How would it change you? How would you feel if you went through that and then came back and had to try to enter a normal life?

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Wow.

This was an incredibly interesting take on isekai. The story was unique and engaging. I had never heard of the author, but I'll be following all of their upcoming work.

Pick this up if you're interested in a well told story about an Isekai protagonist that goes home after becoming the strongest there is.

The author did a phenomenal job with this and as always, Daniel, as always, smashed the hell out of the narration. Kudos to you two. Thanks for the fun.

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Great Story

Great story, amazing narrator. Love the characters and the MCs reintroduction to living the life of a civilian.

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NOTHING BUT APPLAUSE

This story, it comes from such a fresh perspective and angle that you can't help but love it. I tend to hate wussy MCs that are all "woah is me", but this guy had a legitimate reason.
If you're looking for heavy action then this ain't your pick, but even still I'd recommend it. It is a phenomenal stand alone story and the narrator is on point. Worst case scenario is you find you don't like it and want to return it.

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Subverted Expectations

This Book was better than I had expected. It perfectly Portrays the psychological aftermath of an Isekai Survivor story. This story hooked me emotionally quite early on and it never let go. I found no overall issues with any aspects of the story. Although towards the end of the book I was consistently cursing out a certain snot nosed youth for being an Arrogant "Female Dog". However I fully admit that stupid acts of rebellion that hurt people are perfectly in character for that age group. At least from my own experience. I found the love story in this book to be exceptionally cute.

Dqniel W did an excellent job with the narration as usual. The only thing that could have made this book better would have been the Addition of a Female Narrator to Portray the Female voices.

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  • 07-08-22

Awesome!

Okay so this isn't your typical litrpg isekai adventure, first there is a system but it just stays on the background and there aren't many pop up windows, this story is about a guy returning to earth after living in another world for 130 years and how he is to fit into normal society and to heal from all the suffering he endured for 130 years and i have to admit he sometimes comes as really childish when dealing with situations but overall i really enjoyed listening to this and the performance by Daniel wisniewski was really really good.

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Fantastic listen!

This book has depth and structure and elements you don’t get in a lot of novels of this kind. It’s about what happens after and the fear of not knowing how to be excepted.
If your looking for non stop action, this is not that kind of story. If your looking for something that is not the norm and captivating this book is for you!
Daniel kills it on Narration, though I do miss his partner Rebecca Woods.
Not sure if there will be a sequel but if there is, I would get it in a heartbeat, MC is pretty cool!

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PTSD recovery story.

Very much enjoyed this story. Our MC returns to earth after 150 years of war and suffering. Finds out its only been 10 years on earth. Let the mental healing begin.
If your expecting a lot of action you'll be disappointed. There might be 2 or 3 chapters total of him fighting. Nor is there much leveling either, he's already OP to the point of being a God. lastly I believe this is a stand alone novel not a continuous series. narration is a 5 out of 5.

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terrific atory

much more of a slice of life kind of book. theme is PTSD demigod trying to become normal, the plot was well pulled off and all characters were very well developed. I thought the main character was very deep and you could feel sorrow for them without it being corny or overdone.

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  • 07-10-22

An original and captivating standalone litrpg

I wasn't sure about getting this one due to other reviews but I'm happy I did. This book is a bit different from the standard fare, so I think it will be helpful for people to understand what they're getting into. While the book is litrpg it's not really progression fantasy but more a thoughtful contemplation of what it would be like for an incredibly powerful person to escape a living hell and suddenly come back to a relatively normal environment.

Many of the negative reviews I've seen are from people who are looking for a very specific thing, a power fantasy based on progression. One comment was along the lines of 'why doesn't he just do what he wants, nobody could stop him anyway'. The point is that there are many types of power and in the real world violence won't always get you what you want.

If you are open to a story that evokes feelings of empathy over aggression, then I highly recommend this book.

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  • 07-06-22

Excellent narration!

Excellent job by the narrator but I could barely reach 2 hours after that I gave up. I think my standard has gone up because of so many wonderful stories out there.

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