• The Beginning After the End: Publisher's Pack

  • By: TurtleMe
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (4,929 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Beginning After the End: Publisher's Pack contains books 1 and 2 of The Beginning After the End series. 

Early Years, book one:

I never believed in the whole “light at the end of the tunnel” folly where people, after having a near-death experience, would startle awake in a cold sweat exclaiming, “I saw the light!” But there I was, in this so-called “tunnel” facing a glaring light, when the last thing I remembered was sleeping in my room - the royal bed-chamber, as others called it. Had I died? If so, how?

King Grey once benefited from unrivaled strength, wealth, and prestige in a world governed by martial ability but now finds himself reborn in a society dominated by magic. Given a second chance at life, the once-king strives to understand his role in this new world and the purpose of his reincarnation while correcting the mistakes of his past.

New Heights, book two:

I had a family now, I had people who loved me. It was a feeling I never wanted to give up. I’d treasure it, fight for it if I had to...and for that, I needed to better myself. More so even than when I had been a king.

Given a second chance at life, Arthur Leywin wishes above all to grow strong enough to protect his family, as the memory of his cold and disconnected past life as King Grey still haunts him. To this end, Arthur adopts the persona of the masked adventurer, Note, and delves into the dungeons under the forbidding Beast Glades. On his adventures, Arthur discovers a strange magical blade that responds to the dragon’s will inside him, befriends a powerful young conjurer whose past is shrouded in mystery, and battles the deadly Elderwood Guardian. Yet all his efforts might prove for naught when Arthur makes an enemy of a talented conjurer from a very powerful family, putting his very future at risk.

©2016 TurtleMe (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Why it this so highly rated?

Boring. There is no conflict. Everything he does is perfect. He makes all the "right" choices. Nothing about the MC was interesting. He doesn't struggle for anything and everything is handed to him. I listened to the whole thing waiting for something to happen because there has to be a reason it has so many 5 star reviews. Disappointing.

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Why is he from another world?

There is no reason the main character should be an adult from another world. He never questions why or how he came to be in another world. He never thinks about going back to his world. He never talks to anyone about being from another world. Even in his own mind he never brings up cliches like missing his smartphone or cheeseburgers. All of his friends are kids. All of his love interests are kids. All of his rivals are kids. He has the emotions of a kid. He has a child like innocence at times. The main character is just a normal kid from what we are shown of other kids in this world. Why not have him be from the world he is reincarnated into if they both have magic and he never mentions his old world? The author also relies heavily on you having previous knowledge of this genre to fill in a lot of gaps and being able to just jump straight to the over powered character stuff. Most of the story was carried by Travis Baldrees great narration.

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I love every second of this book! I need more!

I love every second of this book, the narration was amazing, but i had to slow it down to 90% to fully enjoy and digest the information.

i love the MC's progression, his thoughts on life, training, and his family. it was wholesome, fantastic, funny, and brought tears to my eyes on some occasions. He's just a guy living a new life, trying to protect his family.

I read the manga, and was pleasantly surprised on how much detail was missed on the manga. The book goes on to detail everything i have missed and much more. I also love the fact that there are no harem elements anywhere in this book like other books like this (manga, fantasy, or litrpg books).

I don't know what more to say, but this book is absolutely amazing and i can't wait for the next installments. Please! let me have some more!

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getting some weird vibes

Arthur woke up in a new world as a baby. a superhuman, fully cognizant, 20-something baby. That's the big sticking point for me.
There's nothing outright inappropriate going on but the author loves talking about how beautiful all the very young girls are. By the time the main character meets his first *cringe* love interest, she's 6 or 7 and he's mentally in his 30s! That's called grooming. The folks that look after his family have a beautiful daughter and would you look at that! His little sister is also beautiful. Oh and all the "ladies" are into him.
The author's focus on this makes me pretty uncomfortable.
There's nothing that can challenge the protagonist (super dragon powers). He remembers everything about fighting from his past life (former warrior king), He has no trouble mastering magic (BECAUSE HE CAME FROM A WORLD THAT ALREADY HAD IT). It feels like a power fantasy where a grown man can bask in the adoration of young girls.
If it wasn't for monsters, sword fighting, and magic, I'd give this book 1 star.

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Let's hear it for intelligent main characters!

Can we have more? Don't get me wrong, I do not want MCs who know everything. I just want them to be NOT stupid. And more female supporting characters who are not all swooning and fainting all over the place.
This was an excellent book. I tried hard not to consume it all at once but I could not stop listening. I wanted action, adventure, intrigue, humor, endearment... and this delivered it all in spades.
My only gripe is the time jumps, but that is very minor. Not everyone wants to get bogged down in the weeds with the 'slice of life' genre. But if any character could enthrall you with the day to day minutia it would be this guy; He would be calculating optimal mana densities and plotting to overthrow the royal family while flossing...
Please buy and share. This is well worth your time and credit.

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  • tj
  • 01-13-20

Good read for children.

I made it through it but just couldn't get lost in the book. It was just missing something and i couldn't suspend my disbelief. It'd be a good listen for 10 to 12 year olds or someone who likes this style. it's just not for me and won't continue with the series if more become available.

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Fun, but needs work.

Fun, ridculous, contrived, a bit shallow, but a good time nonetheless. The basic concept of the main character Is what kept me engaged, reincarnation, is something I never thought I would enjoy in my fantasy novels. But it introduces some fun encounters, and allows the protagonist to act intelligently beyond his age.
If u don't think too much about some of the systems and plots , and enjoy the ride, it's worth the credit for the publishers pack. I will likely purchase the next book in print for a fun light hearted read.

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Absolute Masterpiece!

One of the best books I have listened to on this platform. A stunning performance from Travis!

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Loved the story, but ...

If you love getting engrossed in a story and then it ends, without an ending, then you will love this one. I couldn't put it down. The performance was excellent. Then the book ends leaving you hanging, wanting to find out what happens next. It's been 4 years and no second book. I went to the website only to find out that you must pay to read, not listen, to the next episodes. As I said, I loved the story, but it was a total waste of time.

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This one is gold!

I loved these two books. I would love to see more in this series. .

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  • chefrock
  • 12-13-19

isekai, litrpg, cultivating and more. amazing!

I have listened to hundreds of audio books and never left a review, this book is simply outstanding. The story, the characters and world building draw you in. The narrator does an excellent job at bringing the characters to life and making you feel for them. I cannot recommend this book enough.

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  • a suth
  • 09-01-20

Gary Stu, the book

its OK, just kinda by the numbers and the protagonist is basically the literary Rey Skywalker.

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  • chris
  • 02-08-20

Well done

Isekai, cultivation and a hint of Harry Potter combine in this coming of age story. When is the next one please?

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  • Morris
  • 02-02-20

Epic story

The author has created an amazing world with a great magic system. The book has a good mix of light heartedness and can be very serious at times. The fight scenes are so vivid and the mc is written in a way that makes him so likeable to the reader. I cant wait for the next book to be released!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-20

I love it :)

Great story, great narrator, believable characters, I sure had a great time listening :) Tnx for a great book!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-12-20

The story was not for me

Story was much more geared towards younger audiences than I tought. Narrator was good with Solid performance.

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  • Edward Wright
  • 09-21-20

Great book, prefer British accent for this genre.

Great book, nice story, although I would prefer British accent for this genre. Quite short, not cost effective.

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  • MK
  • 03-26-20

truly entertaining

really liked this book stated relatable despite not having a main character from our world.
did a great job of explaining magic systems and making them enjoyably.

All around a good read!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-20

the embodiment of cringe and depression

the story is 1 dimensional and simplistic centred around a stilted child growing up in an environment where everyone is incredibly predictable.

gets better half way in.

below average. bottom 20 of 119 litrpg books ive listened to. (But I'm the sort to think badly of way of the shaman and awaken online)

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  • Claudio Silva
  • 01-05-20

What an amazing Story Spectacular!!!!

Let say this is a 5 star series. Loved the concept the ideias the characters all is well tough. TurtleMe you Sir are exquisite a true unicorn of this genre congratulations. Travis really truly grateful out this earth performance you sir should be Knighted for just the most amazing way that you can capture people attention. Boys and girls 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ all of you....

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  • travis
  • 02-25-21

came from the manwha

10/10, I cant fault a thing. Ends just before xyrus if youre wondering manwha readers.

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  • Xravia
  • 01-05-20

A continual build up of power.

boring same old op faceslapping mc that gets whatever they want handed to them with impressive backstory's and unimpressive personalities.

The dungeon part was good but it was weighed down by jampacking the kids first 12 years with more power ups and mcguffins than a season of dbz. I also dislike how alot of story development is just sacrificed for more power ups.

It remains to be seen what the mc will do with all his advantages other than the normal targeting people that steal his thunder.

There is not much to talk about since its just 1 power up after another, with him being a literal kid yet picking and choosing what a kid can do.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-20

fucking outstanding!!!

Travis is the best narrator ever! always brings the books to life. the story isn't bad either

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  • Daniel Aquino
  • 11-28-20

Great story

I love it as a webcomic and I love listening to it both are great and can't wait to listen to it more. I just wish I they would have added the extra things they had on the webcomic to this but still a great listen.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-13-20

amazing

first read it on tapas and thought I'd give this ago. thoroughly enjoyed the narrators job with the characters voices.

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  • Tessa
  • 01-10-20

great world building

this story was thoroughly enjoyable im hoping there will be another of this series released asap

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-13-22

wow

had a great time listening to this book. keen to get into the other one from this series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-22

A wonderfully exciting listen

The narrater is very easy to listen to. The story and characters compelling. Loved it from start to finish.

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  • paul Joves
  • 10-13-21

i listened to this multiple times

The story is very good and I will buy the rest of the books to see how the story goes but I gave a lower performance rating cause as the story gets good the story just has too much detail which is good second time i heard it cause i was a bit more invested in the story but on my first read i though it was too much info which made me skip some parts,,,, as i ended the book i totally went back listen to those parts i missed

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  • Mishn Impossible
  • 09-17-21

Fantastic litrpg

love it, the world is put together very well and believably.

I'm reasonably critical with how the hero somehow stumbles upon the most powerful sword and shield and underpants in the world but this book unfolds it all very nicely and borderline believable.

10/10 keen for the next one