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Publisher's Summary

It could be worse. You could be stuck with a literal shoulder demon.

After dying and being reborn into a world that's built like a video game, Jim has found himself stuck in a very old-world style new-player zone for low-level adventurers. Unfortunately, the zone fell out of use centuries ago, and no one told the monsters they were supposed to take it easy on the Noobs. Even worse, the only new player around is Jim.

Jim has been given an opportunity, and he'll do his best to take advantage of it.

©2019 Ryan Rimmel (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Like the land but actually finishes story lines.

This book reminds me of the Land, different mechanics but solid lit rpg. Humor is a good borderline between tasteless and pre-teen boy. Just the right amount in between to make it enjoyable.

Oh and this actually finishes some story lines lol. Over all a great listen. I say give it a chance.

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Excellent

Very well done. Humor was on point and not overdone. Great performance by McClain. Interesting world and world building. A very powerful/lucky MC, but I think it is deserved and not OP, though that may be in our the future judging by his progress. However, Rimmel seems to be scaling his encounters well and realistically, and keeping it interesting.

My only true criticism is the jarring way the MC looks back on his past. We haven't really discussed in it a while, then BAM: Rimmel remembers that Jim cares about his family and is sad for a minute. Still, the way he pops in tidbits to shed light on Jim's past while keeping the focus on his new life is well done.

Again, as most litrpg is a guilty pleasure for me, I found this to be refreshing and don't feel guilty in the least. Highly recommend if you enjoy litrpg or are curious about the genre. As long as the series holds up, this will easily be a top 5. Looking forward to number two.

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Language and inuendo

Interesting story, but the language and sexual inuendo makes it not worth listening to. Enjoyed the narrator though.

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Al most perfect

This is a rare gem. It is one of those books that is funny from start to finish, is serious, and tells a complete story while managing to leave the door open for more. Technically, the book could have ended right where it does and I would have said great book, wish there was more, but cool. That’s not true, I would have written Rimmel and begged for more.

In truth, I originally thought this was a harem book called Mayor of Boobtown, but was sadly disappointed to learn that I was wrong. I thought it was part of the classic boobtown series). Ok, bad joke, but I have to say that I loved the concept of Noobtown from start to finish. It begins with a man getting run over by a truck and waking up somewhere else. He’s being character built by some mysterious voices and while their attention is turned he begins to explore the “character center” looking for class options. He soon discovers that the voices are demons who want to erase his memories and send him off to fight a dark lord. From there havoc ensues and the MC and one of the demons become bound together beginning the start of a horrible friendship.

As I said, the book is filled with humor, both situational and banter types and ninety percent of the jokes stick he landing. Probably the best and longest gag is that of the MC’s name, Jim. It harkens back to the Monty Python Joke There be those that Call Me Tim, but adds to the silly name in a fantasy world bit. The MC comes off as over powered, but this isn’t a video game MMORPG, even if the world he is in has those elements. His abilities stem from his time spent in the character creation center and are pretty cool. So, Jim can have and level any class in the game from thief to swordsman, mage to sage it doesn’t matter he can be it and gain the skills and abilities for each class he has. Downside is that he has to actually acquire the class via normal means, he can’t just announce that he’s going to be a wizard. He’d have to do some schooling, for example. This allows him to achieve some neat feats that would normally be impossible. The only time I thought Rimmel stretched probability was during the time that Jim was setting traps for a rescue. He set a ton of traps in a very small window of opportunity.

John McClain narrates, and I am so glad to see he stopped doing film franchises. What? Wong McClain? Sorry. Actually, while the guy is new to my ears, he has narrated just under 100 novels, and it shows. He has incredible comedic timing, he also gets the way to tell a joke, or more importantly describe a humorous situation. He does an amazing job, and this is another guy I telling you all to look out for.

Final score. 8.6 stars. I had a lot of fun with this, was sad it ended so quickly and can’t wait for the next book.

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Surprisingly good

I avoided this one because of the goofy title but it's actually one of the better written LitRPG novels out there. Portal fantasy with hybridized progression. A little pen and paper with a little MMO. Main character is witty without it becoming exhausting. I look forward to the next one.
I am also a big fan of this narrator. He was part of the Ninth City Burning cast and has been under utilized in scifi/fantasy.

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Preview is misleading

The sample that played did not go with the book. Different narrator. There were some sound quality issues. Sound started soft and ramped up occasionally. Not horrible, but distracting. Not sure if on purpose, but seemed to be read slowly as if to draw out duration time.

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I didn’t like this book at first.

My first impression after reading through the first few chapters of this book was I didn’t like this book at least the storyline that is. But I pressed on and the story improved quite a bit. But unfortunately the storyline follows the same old storyline of so many other in this same genre. Plus the main character it’s not very clever and too many times survives by pure luck. And I really don’t like stories where the main character can only survive by having the god of luck (The Author) looking over his shoulder all the time. This is just the author stepping in to push danger level to the extreme just to make it more exciting. Putting the lousy plot line aside the author is very good and talented writer and if you don’t mind all of these flaws this is a good book to read.

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The story of a man constantly complaining.

I found it hard to get through.

Author is constantly reusing the same words, and most of the jokes fall flat.

It was the story of a man constantly complaining. It just kept deteriorating. Elaborating on the entitled "everything sucks" personality of the main character, a constant victim competing in the pain olympics. Even when things seemed to go well for him. In a fight he says, "and then it got worse", although it really wasn't bad to be winning the battle.

Character development was also lacking. It seems there was an attempt through the banter between the sidekick and main character. Each exchange between them, and including the "names", total cringe.

The narrator reads like it's spoken word and every, line, sounded, so, pointed, yet, also rushed.

Sorry for the harsh review, I feel like there is a lot of missed potential in this story.

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A surprising delight!

Its the best litrpg I've listened to in ages. I highly recommend. Its really good.

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Very long-winded and repetitive but it "OKish"

I wanted to like this book a lot of people I know like this book however, This book has a horrendous amount of bloat text even past the stats it pretty annoying. The author goes out of his way to make the book longer by adding completely unnecessary additive. There's also a lot of repetitiveness with Jim's inner thoughts and let's be frank insults from the demon. There's also what seems to be an obsession with saying peoples first and last name the whole book and then going as far as to make fun of the MC multiple times with different characters. The author either has a very weird and dry sense of humor or goes around and saying everybody's first and last name every time they talk to someone. The narrator did okay however because of the way he pronounces the demons name I'm still not entirely sure what it is.

Overall there's the potential of a good story and maybe the second one will be better but it as it stands it's pretty mediocre at least in my opinion

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  • JP OK
  • 05-13-20

MC references the "High ground" twice

Revenge of the sith quote referenced twice, so automatic five stars across the board.

Aside from that it was an enjoyable if short listen that doesn't take itself too seriously.

Edit: yea, I was about an hour in before I bought the next two books. I was fairly drunk but sometimes you just know when you've got a winner. This book made me laugh repeatedly laugh in a park when I was on my own, which is even more awkward when there's a global pandemic on.

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  • Mikael Ljungholm
  • 06-20-20

Not worth it

This book just feels like someone reading character sheets and trying to find ways of leveling up. Not much of a story.
There are better books in this genre out there. Try "The wanderins inn" instead.

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  • calum mcintosh
  • 08-22-21

worth reading.

The first book in the series and probably the weakest. That's not to say it's bad just that the other books are great. If you like fantasy with LitRPG themes this series is a must have.

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  • Matthew
  • 05-29-20

I like where this one is going.

Keeping it sort for this one. Really like the first book good fix for this LitRPG addiction I have a the minuet. Nice start with the slow addition of people into the town more of a adventure book than a city builder in the first book any can't say I don't mind it though the name of the book and the cover art does have very little to do with what occurs in the story. Good voice action as well

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-20-19

decent

2nd best humour top50 dynamics, basic to good world building.
not original characters outside of mc's. demon is great. true to combat the stilted guidance more than most.

above average litrpg high tier but not very top. As though it's great with humour and dialogue it has not put enough time into the creativeness of creation in creatures, story and world building.

if you are out of 100+ratings litrpg audible and are tempted to clock on something like... guild master... Or god forbid "weirdest noob".. then listen to this before it's too late.

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  • Peter Richardson
  • 08-18-19

Cracking read

Great light read. Good humour, keeps you listening hour after hour. Narrator does an excellent job of keeping you interested.

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  • Gebdis
  • 02-13-22

HILARIOUS

Absolutely love it. Can't recommend it enough. Just the right amount of serious to satire. 💯💖

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  • Tim
  • 01-07-21

Good paced, fun and some awesome fights!

A must read/listen for GameLit enthusiasts! Listened to the book in just two days and can't wait to continue in the series.

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  • Max
  • 08-18-19

A solid book

It is a really good book. The mc is fun and I like the tone of the dialog. For me it was a bit heavy on the charter table as they were not at the end of the chapter so it was harder to skip if I wanted.

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  • AudiobookDevotee
  • 01-27-22

Pretty decent for LitRPG

This wasn't the most groundbreaking or thought provoking story I've ever read. The MC is a bit of an asshole as per normal. The set-up at the start is clunky and badly handled as normal. Then the MC gets a load of cool abilities for no reason.

Honestly, this was just a nice book to have on in the background while I got stuff done. Audio is good.

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  • Chris
  • 10-14-19

Heavy on the Stats

An interesting story but definitely heavy on the stats, if you are ok with level descriptions and statistics popping up on more than a few occasions, you will love this start to a new litrpg adventure series.

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  • News On
  • 10-21-19

One for gamers and simulation theorists.

This sounds remarkably similar to.....

I cant quite put my finger on what it reminds me of.

OOhhh wait, our life on earth.

Are we living in a simulation within a simulation?


The story is centered around a man who dies and goes to an afterlife which is a game, with demons, goblins and wolves etc.


Yes, I did just liken some living entities on earth to demons and goblins. 


It explores the question that we are continually trying to Level up, or reach a higher level in life, as we know it, even in an afterlife, and that there is never a perfect or final level.


He must qualify for different levels, you earn points with the use of weapons and rankings, just as you do in a game.


He must prove himself, to reach the next level of life in the computer game, through different quests


Quite funny in parts with a dry wit. 


Definitely one for gamers or people interested in the theory that we live in a simulation.

The terminology and references with the levels and stats is best suited for people who appreciate and understand the gaming experience.

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  • travis
  • 02-21-22

side kicks name is shart

You'll find yourself listening to literal minutes of stat changes and skill names with pointlessly long discriptors. The story isnt that bad, it's just not great either. Side kick named shart, maybe hilarious in America idk. Couldn't finish the book, narrator has a voice like a 1940s washboard, lay off the ciggies.

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  • NeitherSoldier
  • 02-19-22

I like the little demon lol

I bloody love the little guy when he was talking about the rock I laughed so hard

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  • shane
  • 07-26-21

EPIC TEAM

Fantastic book, that is complimented by an equally talented and entertaining narrator. This is a series you can binge listen to on rinse and repeat

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  • Sam
  • 06-29-21

loved it.

this is nonstop RPG action with a good twist of humour, it kept me going to the end and left me keen to look for a sequel . Not for the puritanical though!

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  • The Keyboard
  • 03-19-21

Statsy-stats-stats

Probably better in written format than audiobook. Decent story, though not quite what I was expecting

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  • Toran
  • 01-17-21

overall very decent litrpg

not perfect but the small problems are few and far between, burned through this book in a day and a half. sometimes the stats can be a little much but it gets shorter after the halfway mark where it just says the updated ones. was enjoyable and I'll be picking up the next book eagerly

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  • John
  • 06-10-20

The Mayor of Noobtown

This book is bloody brilliant Ryan Rimmel is a great author and I enjoyed this book greatly. And with the voice acting talents and skills of Johnathan McClain who narration makes the characters and world come alive with the narration...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-20

Didn't think I'd finish it

As I was reading, I didn't think I liked the book enough to finish. Next thing I knew I only had a couple of hours left. The ideas and world are interesting, and the characters have some depth. Though dialogue can be cheesy at times, reading this book was overall an enjoyable experience. I will be picking up the next instalment to see where this goes.