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The Village of Noobtown

By: Ryan Rimmel
Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
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Publisher's Summary

Well, it could be better.

Jim and his literal shoulder demon have survived, so far, by the skin of their teeth. 

After finding a long-abandoned starter village, Jim has begun the process of rebuilding his town. Unfortunately for our favorite adventurer, the threats he now faces are far more complicated than mere monsters. The poor Noob has to deal with angry townsfolk, trade negotiations, and a talking badger. 

With goblins and bandits also sniffing around, will Noobtown - I mean Windfall - survive?

©2019 Ryan Rimmel (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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LOL cheep humor but still beyond funny

I thought after I was 10 years old I would be beyond fart jokes but in this case the author used them and other such piece of rhetoric to play to all the strengths of all the characters. I love that the MC is not an idiot, it sadly has become far to commonplace for writers to make their MC's Obtuse but not here Jim is a consistent characters and the side characters play off him perfectly. The narration was perfect, intense when it needed to be, and it has fun is the character dialogue that actually makes you feel like they are happening between two, or more, people (In my opinion that is the sign that the narrator captured what the author wanted.) 10 out of 10 WILL listen to it again.

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A fun bit of Wish fulfillment

Before I go in depth I want to say that I am comparing this novel to what I consider to be the gold standard of LitRpg: The Wandering Inn series by Andrea Parsneau and The Wraith’s Haunt series by Hugo Huesca. Both 5 stars in all categories.

What does the book do well:
- MC is not over powered and forex have to work to achieve goals.
- The animal and demon companion are amusing with their constant antics and pointless dialogue. Their homicidal ideas are also entertaining.
- The subtle potential love interests are pointed out regularly but not over the top with sexuality. This especially fits with the idea that we have essentially a middle-age man who has lost his entire family and is now in the body of a super fit 20-year-old living a fantasy world.
- The performance was also done extremely well for a single reader. The transition between character’s dialogue and narration is wonderfully done and you can definitely tell who’s talking and what is happening.

What is done poorly:
- There is no overall story. This book could be broken up into several short Novelas about the MC and his various quests.
- A lot of the characters are interesting but under developed particularly focused on the human characters. They really are just basic support characters or NPC‘s. There is very little personal conflict that develops them or establish his value to the audience.
-The in game system Is very complex and does not appear to have any hard rules. The demon familiar is constantly explaining new aspects that either could have been simplified or made better by a hard magic system. I think this was done intentionally To give the demon character more opportunity to humorously insult the MC.
- The MC constantly compares people to his wife and child. This would be good if it were developed and the character took some time to actually grieve or come to some sort of emotional conclusion but instead it is an ever present blurb to the listener that does not appear to affect anything in either his decisions or the actions of others.

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I think this is an average story with some unique elements. I went ahead and purchased the third book just to see how it would turn out but it is a background noise to fill quiet hours. Judging from reviews if there is not improvement this series will not go on much further.

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Amazing installment

Absolutely loved it. Will be one of the books I continue to go back to over and over again! I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves D&D + LITRPG

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Even better than the first- laugh out loud for hours

I love Ryan Rimmel’s writing. I was laughing on the train, at work, at restaurants, while walking- everywhere I was listening to this. There’s humor skillfully injected throughout the book, and yet it still has a fun plot, clever pacing, interesting characters, great banter, manages some pathos when called for, and has an intriguing litRPG system.

The narrator does a flawless job with the reading, particularly with the humor. Many narrators I enjoy do great jobs, except with jokes coming across flat. McClain leans into the humor, and enhances it with his choices on timing and inflection. I was genuinely impressed.

Can’t wait for the next book to drop!

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Love the story but...

You've got real potential here. Please stop making the MC so damn stupid... making way too many mistakes for someone with an IT back ground, which by definition makes you flexible and detail oriented. When and where did the MC get hit with the super moron stick between book one and two?

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the book is initially amusing but spirals down

the main character has a demon companion who is the smart alec an entirely dislikes the main character this is funny at times. Why did the author decide to give him another companion of the same ilk makes no sense the book just seems downright negative in its entirety why the main character wouldn't just get rid of these two individuals I have no clue instead he's a glutton for punishment no amusement I hope alaron Cong finishes the land

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A downgrade from first book

The strong parts, as before, are the character interactions. The rest.. well, it fell flat.

The litRPG mechanics:
The mechanics doesn't make sense and are unreliable. Main character (MC) with multiple classes leveled that brings him stat boosts struggles with 1 level higher enemies and can't manage to kill them. I will remind that the first stat voost in strenght in book one made him muscled as athlete from 'dad bod' but since then apparently only give flat health and stamina increase.

Then we get characters that overlevel and overskill the MC by mire than 6 levels and the MC still survives (or as in first book wins).

Then you get mage characters sneaking up on MC who has rouge skills.(this is first book tho)

There is no consistancy.

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Every fight is won purely by luck and chance. There is no reward for just training or smart skill usage. It all comes by multiple factors suddenly aligning so the MC could clutch a win. The author keeps stacking impossible things and the MC rolls nat 20's.


Combine this with MC forgetting about crosbows existing for 9/10ths of the book (even if they were amazing and useful in the first one) and his insistance on not utilising previously used skills and you get me face palming about MC's sudden brain farts that last the whole second book.

Not to mention that his lacjluster use of sneak skill... well it's a s*it show.


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why does the Mc always have to lose

I swear the dude only wins with basically nothing left every fight is barely won its okay for a Mc to win without almost dieing every time it just makes him look stupid and an actual win is much more fun of a story

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stupid...

the story is good... however it is maddening since ALL his problems are from his own stupidity...

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Just drivel

The reader of this story did an absolutely heroic job, but could not save it.

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  • FREEBIRD33
  • 11-23-19

great

more fun loved the 2nd book really can't wait for the 3rd

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  • Ivan Fodor
  • 06-01-20

Not so good

Previous one was better.
Lack of deeper emotional connections.
Way to much game mechanics speech.

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  • MadEnoughNoMore
  • 11-24-19

Noob Levels Up

I very much enjoyed the first story, this sequel is even better.

Ryan Rimmel weaves an enjoyable tale, witty and occasionally sad. Every now and then he seems to forget he’s told us something before and brings it up again as if for the first time.

Johnathan McClain (John McClain! How awesome is that name) is a brilliant narrator.

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  • Benjamin Hartmann
  • 02-28-22

Whooopie

Hilarious, seldom I had this much fun. Sometimes a bit annoying but it’s absolutely worth !!🤣🤣🤣

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  • John Family
  • 05-21-21

Noobtown is a great listen

The story is engaging and the humour is fantastic.
This is the second time I have listened to this series and it still makes me laugh 😅

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  • L.
  • 07-30-20

Ehh

It felt like it didn't move as fast as I wanted. I am going to listen again for more details.

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  • JP OK
  • 05-19-20

Excellent second instalment, no mention of...

... The high ground. So was thinking four stars. But there were two mentions of the high ground in the first book. So five stars.

On a semi serious note. Just relax and enjoy an idiot MC and a very relatable war badger do their thing. Would recommend a decent Cote du Rhone and dim lighting to bring the world to life.

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  • Morris
  • 02-06-20

far superior than the first

BEWARE: Do not listen in public because it is hilarious! I spat out my drink with laughter because of a particular scene. Overall this book is a great continuation and the character shows great self progression and with his bonded familiar. This is a hidden gem. A must read for all

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  • Mark
  • 02-06-20

Great book

Great book cant wait for the next book, I highly recommend it to anyone

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  • B. Rawlings
  • 12-02-19

An improvement on the first!

A longer story, less stats and more story development and humour have given this sequel a welcome step up in quality from the first in the series, not that the first was bad. The constant talking about stats and damage can definitely become grating, but looking back on both books, I tend to only remember the story itself, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and so perhaps the stats aren't as bad after getting used to them.

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  • NeitherSoldier
  • 10-28-22

Good story

It was a good story just felt it could of had more shart funny moments

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  • Aussie
  • 06-17-21

Better than the first book.

less of the stats and more jokes. very entertaining. hope the development of the characters continue to evolve.

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  • Toran
  • 01-19-21

even better than the first

stat pages were toned down to a sweet spot where its informative but not overbearing. lots of the stuff you liked from the first but I found the jokes even funnier. you'll like this one more than the first.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-22-20

why so often

why does the MC keep getting called a dumb dumb when he doesn't know something about a world he wasn't raised in and doesn't know to ask about

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-16-20

witty

very witty story l ignore the stats that seems to be on going. am thankful for the audio as l would not have been able to read it. the word play is great

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-20

From good to great

I personally found this instalment to be an improvement over the first in the series. Fun characters, great humour if a bit crude, and an entertaining story. The game world is interesting and I found myself engaged throughout. A good time if you enjoy the genre and some dirty, perhaps immature jokes.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-24-20

Buy this! You wont regret it.

Hilarious, beautifully performed, engaging story. Can't get enough and need more. Hurry up I'm thirsty!

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  • Richard
  • 01-21-20

Was surprisingly humorous!

Did not expect the humour in this one which left me gasping for air on a number of occasions. Likewise I enjoyed that there was a good balance of humour, action, strategy and leveling.

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  • Xravia
  • 11-20-19

A good installment.

While the book works well as a installment of the series, It dosent quite gel well with the wider world building elements. Its not a book that can survive on its own merit, alot of its action beats follow other litrpg stories yet the result doesn't quite leave me satisfied with the journey.

It alludes to a higher leveled world outside the valley yet its doesn't quite follow through on that image.

I enjoyed the references that were riddled thoughout and look forward to jim finding his own way though the novel.