• The First Step

  • A LitRPG Cultivation Series (Cultivator vs. System, Book 1)
  • By: Valerios
  • Narrated by: Jack Meloche
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Screw the System. I just want to Cultivate."

Long Fang is stranded in a foreign world where proper cultivation has been replaced by annoying blue screens. He is confused and alone...but not for long.

Completely ignoring the System, he forms a wholesome sect of followers to spread cultivation across the wild world. Blue screens do not take kindly to rejection, however, and Long Fang’s stubbornness soon finds him pitted against increasingly dangerous foes.

To overcome the System tribulations, he must quickly grow stronger and wiser.... But first, he needs to get past that one annoying town guard.

Experience the start of an ambitious LitRPG/Xianxia mash-up. It’s perfect for fans of either genre and lovers of all things Progression Fantasy.

About the series: Follow the path of a Xianxia cultivator in a LitRPG setting. See him increase his powers and carve out a new home in a hostile world out to get him. Rejoice as he spreads cultivation to those in need, each with their own story to tell. In this journey, wholesomeness and epicness go hand in hand.

©2022 Aethon Books (P)2022 Aethon Audio

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I leveled up 6 times for persevering to the end...

I leveled up while listening to this book! After checking my stat sheet I found that I leveled 6 times in perseverance and 5 times in constitution! This is prolly 'cause of the number of times I considered DNFing the book... 😆
Seriously, I had such high hopes for this one when I started the book! A book which in itself indicated, an epic saga and battle against cultivation vs a game system. But to my dismay I couldn't suspend my disbelief long enough to get into the book. Whether I can lay the blame on the author or narrator, I'm not sure... But for me it was the combination of both.
And wow, the finale was just so laughable. So yeah I was definitely in the wrong audience!

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So good

this series was nothing like I thought it'd be. This system vs cultivation series is sooo good. the fighting and the explanation of the cultivation and aspects from a cultivation book and litrpg book. The fighting is very detailed and you can tell the author put alot of time into this series. I will say the Mc is kinda dumb some times tho, doing things that noone would do. The narrator wasn't bad or anything like that, the characters were likeable. None of them made me mad.

this story is for you if you like books where the Mc gets isekaied in a new world. The way the Mc just refuses to use the system is annoying but it makes sense. The ending was the best part of this story, then the start, then the middle. I also like the premise and the concept of this book. This idea was really good and if you're looking at this story than you need to buy it. The mc is a wind cultivater with a wimpy friend that just makes the story come together.

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Too many tropes - Misogyny

The fact that this is a mashup of two different sub-genres should have you expecting a lot of common tropes and plot devices from each, but the bigger issue is that the two (!) female characters in the entire book are almost entirely just collections of annoying tropes of what women in adventures act like.

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I tried to like it.

I tried to like this book, but I just couldn’t. Most of the “funny” parts in it just came off flat and didn’t feel right. The MC is supposed to be a cultivating genius from another world but when he gets to this new world it makes no sense with how he acts most of the time. Between the writing and the narration the book comes off as childish to me. I will be returning it for a refund and maybe if you do want to give it a shot try the ebook instead of the audiobook.

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You need to check it out

It has me hooked, I started it earlier today and am already 5 1/2 hours into it

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The MC

Alright soooo, Tropes, yeah we get a ton of those, but where to start with this MC. The way he was written, he seems to be some outer outer disciple, because he is weak as a potato, he could not even defeat a bear by himself with a SWORD! I have no idea which eastern cultivation tiers that the author decided to "borrow from" because it's never really explained and the MC is god damn clueless. This idiot seriously challenged and defied the heavens openly being weak as a potato, Which tells me he knows nothing about how high the world can go.

Also Author, take 10 seconds and Google names for books at least one you picked and see if there are not others of the same genre with the same damn name,

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Trash MC yet again! Return!!!

Well, I checked it out and this was another garbage MC who seems to be clueless. This is built as he is supposed to be a master of a sect but doesn’t seem to understand anything at all. I get that he’s in a new world, but this is madness whenever he is just clueless to the world of people. He also refuses to get in with the leveling even after saying that the leveling seems stronger. Yea, this isn’t for me, a big fat return, I have listened to a lot more well-rounded and better Litrpg. If you think about this it doesn't make sense to not get the leveling system since he wants to be stronger.

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NPC Lit-RPG

it reads like a Lit-RPG but everyone is NPCs. Main character is thrust into this universe from his own and has to make his way while not being a part of the system. Can't wait for book 2

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Pretty Good Cultivation Story

I enjoyed this story and found it had a lot of good cultivation aspects.

The main character easily makes friends and is willing to question and rethink his beliefs when his friends talk to him about them. I find this a particularly important trait in a main character.

I read several negative reviews that caused me to question buying this book. However, I decided to buy it and see what I think. I ended up disagreeing with most of them. My only criticism is that it does seem t like an early work for the author.

One of the negative reviews said that the main character accepted the system was a valid path to power but didn't accept it himself for stupid reasons. I disagree with this, he indicates that if he accepts the system help, that the system could later take it away. (Which is later confirmed.) He is also from a cultivator environment raised on challenging the heavens.

There were other negative reviews, and I'm not going to try to debunk each of them. But in my opinion its a good novel with a lot of fun cultivation aspects. If you enjoy cultivation audio books, try it out!

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Good start to a new series

First to get it out of the way, I was given this free copy at my request without any requirement of a review.
that out of the way, this is a fun story to be pulled along with. I found it easy to be drawn in and carried along through the narrative. I found it to be a great story to listen to on my commute to work.
I look forward to the next installment.

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  • S Taylor
  • 05-22-22

Very slow to start

I really struggled to get into this story. I listened to chapter 7 and the story started improving but it did drag. It sounded like the pokemon cartoons I watched with my nieces. Not my cup off tea I'm afraid.

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  • 07-20-22

great listening

it was a little slow at the beginning but I pushed through and it got really really good. definitely recommend