• Tooth & Paw

  • A LitRPG Adventure (Fate & Freedom Online, Book 1)
  • By: DM Gilmore
  • Narrated by: Jack Meloche
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What do you do when your dream job turns into a nightmare?

Warren loves his job. As a game master for Fate and Freedom Online, he gets to do everything from piloting world bosses to helping players stuck in geometry.

When he overhears two coworkers plotting to hack the game and endanger players, things go downhill fast. Not wanting to leave a witness, Warren finds himself stuck in the game as a gnoll!

He’s level one, aggroing to every player, and unable to call for help or even log out of the game. How could things possibly get any worse?

Warren’s only hope is to become a world boss and get back some semblance of regular game UI. Unfortunately, standing between him and escape is a boss monster that isn’t too keen on letting him level up.

With some new friends and a little luck, will Warren escape his digital prison, or will he be stuck as a gnoll forever?

Don't miss the start of an exciting new LitRPG adventure from debut author DM Gilmore. Get your copy today!

©2022 Aethon Books (P)2022 Aethon Audio

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“Interesting Enough” - an OK Story *for LitRPG*

If you’re a stats person, this isn’t a very “crunchy” story.

For LitRPG, the story is all right: the plot is fairly unique; the end goal is iffy - but the MC’s just gotta try!; the adventuring that is done is actually pretty darn good - comparatively, to others in LitRPG; they get some new loot drops/abilities which are kind of exciting; the solutions to problems that the MC comes up with are decent; finally, the MC has godlike abilities which he uses from nearly the beginning of the story, but we find that these abilities come with equally destructive consequences, so these abilities are used sparingly, and what happens afterwards makes those *extremely* OP abilities interesting enough.

The problem with the story is the characters. I don’t know if it’s just a new author, or if this author doesn’t interact with other people much, but some of the interactions feel out of place and cumbersome. The personal perceptions and motivations for the characters’ actions are completely unbelievable in certain parts. I found myself shaking my head and thinking, “what? You gotta be kidding me. No one would have responded that way.” In more than one part.

That said, the story is interesting enough; it isn’t horrible, by any means. I may even see if the second books get better if I ever finish every other book in my library.

The narrator was pretty good, as well. I have no complaints at all about the reading, or the voices he used; however, there were quite a few editing issues. There was more than one spot where the narrator disliked a reading, I guess, and said the same line again. And it was left in. Had this been a great story, the siting absolutely would’ve killed immersion.

I wouldn’t tell anyone not to read/listen to this book - if they are a LitRPG fan. If the reader/listener isn’t already a fan of LitRPG/Progression/GameLit, however, you’ll wanna skip this one.

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some good gnoll bois

this book was overall very enjoyable! about time we got something from the point of view of some gnolls(at least what I've seen). granted, it's a litrpg with a human player in a gnoll body, but still. the characters are generally great and the story is compelling.

if I had to fault it for something (which I feel makes reviews more believable) it would be that some characters had a couple of flip flops moments, and that the rest of the gnoll npcs act surprisingly human sometimes

as for the narration, it was pretty great, I loved some of the voices, but the editing needed another pass. many times I noticed a line being repeated.

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I would not recommend this series. The performance was ok but the story was not worth the credit. I will not continue with the series.

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Nice story!

I enjoyed this book so far and the narrator was a good fit can’t wait for the next book!

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Entirety different take on LitRPG, from inside.

Loved it. Follow a gaming company employee who gets thrust "inside" a new game after learning that someone is planning to take over the company.

Our hero "becomes" a monster with no way of contacting his supervisors. Enjoy how he experiences the game from the inside.

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Contrived Idiot Plot

Using gnolls would have been a potentially interesting twist, but it's subverted by lackluster execution. The people in this story do not behave like real people, the actions of the antagonists don't make much sense, the protagonist has large but nonsensical gaps in his knowledge...

I ended up sadly frustrated, and stopped at chapter five; perhaps I haven't given the book a fair shake. :(

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Please for the love of all that is good stop!

If you are an author, and want your mc to have a crisis of conscience, making that issue contingent on a bunch of code is bad. If you really want to be bad, make the obviously evil character responsible for it. There is no self-reflective human being on earth who will allow a long time enemy to sabotage his group without attempting to interfere. I cant believe I need to type this about a story, but if your MC unironically gets played by a moustache twirling villain, I have lost all interest in your book.

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Good!!!

this book was actually good. this book was a nice change of pace from what I usually listen too. I honestly want to read the sequel to see what comes out of it.
I think this book has some flaws in it, that being said. I also think this book also has alot of good parts.



jack Meloche did good.
Jack's voice isn't particularly bad, I just think that there are some better narrators for this book. it kinda seems that the voice jack has for the mc makes him seem wimpy. Jack has alot of different voices, but some of them need some work.
the Narration is a 4 star.



the characters are actually written pretty good. I like most of the side characters, I really like his group. they have some good fights, I also like the depth the characters in his group seem to have. they have personalities that are pretty cool. the only person I have a problem with is the Mc. I feel that the Mc isn't bad, but there are some things about him I don't like. some of his decisions don't make sense.
besides that I think the characters are written pretty well.




the plot is written good but... I feel like it starts off sudden. I'm not going to go into detail, but the way this entire book even starts is just... it could've been executed better.
I do think after that the plot gets better, I also think some parts can be executed a little better. all this being said I do like the storyline. I feel that book 2 is gonna be so much better.
the world building is basically the best thing about this book. This book has alot of detail, I also like how the world is explained. it's not to in depth to really draw you from the story, it's honestly just right.




this book has its flaws, but i do think it's a solid choice. I also think alot of people will really like this book. Tooth & paw is one of the better virtual reality books I've read lately.

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good story but long-winded author

it's an enjoyable story and it kept me sort of listening. but the author is quite long-winded, he repeats concepts constantly and the character is always whining about the same things. this isn't bad because the story is pretty good and the main character is decently likable. just a little annoying.

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Disappointing and drawn out

I am fond of the genre but this one is bad.

1. The writing is overly repetitive. We keep getting told the same thing over and over and over. Eight chapters in and the MC still reminds us of the major plot point every couple minutes.

2. The MC is set up to be a pro gamer with years of experience. Yet they waffle back and forth between over explaining some things and being a complete idiot about other basic concepts.

3. After chapter four, I had thought we were finally past the story set up. Midway through chapter eight I decided it seems like the whole book will be the set up. With little actual character development, if any.

4. The voice actor does offers changes in tone that could help identify which character is talking. Except they aren’t consistent in that. I could never figure out if a bit of MC dialogue was internal or external based on the changes in voice. A line would be said and then I’d have to wait to see if another character would react to what was said.

I was excited at the premise of the story. It did not deliver enough to make me interested, mostly just frustrating at being told the same things repeatedly. I won’t be finishing the book.

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  • 08-07-22

Good start for a new series

An enjoyable listen for a casual litrpg listener.
Book mostly focuses on the MC story and less the stats. Only notable stats that are mentioned are monster and player levels.
It's a great story if you don't care too much about all the usually stat micromanagement and progression of the characters.

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  • 08-14-22

Awesome Audiobook can't wait for book 2

loved it the narrator was perfect and I loved the fact that the main character had both highs and lows with excellent method of execution.