• Towers of Heaven: Book 1

  • (A LitRPG Adventure)
  • By: Cameron Milan
  • Narrated by: Steve Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,970 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

One day, six towers appear on Earth. Each one stands hundreds of stories tall, and are invulnerable to all attacks. At the base of each tower is a portal, welcoming in all who dare enter it. All sorts of magical monsters can be found inside the towers. Even treasure, magic, and superhuman strength can be acquired.

The problem is that the towers aren't a friendly place. Even worse, the towers sometimes release waves of monsters to attack Earth. In the year 2083, there are only a hundred survivors. In one last attempt, they challenge the final floor without regard for their lives. By some miracle, they manage to beat the floor at the cost of their lives, leaving only one survivor. As a reward for clearing the tower, he is granted one wish. He decides to go back in time to before the towers arrived. His goal is simple: prevent humanity from being wiped out.

©2019 Cameron Milan (P)2019 Cameron Milan

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Apocalypse + Time-travel + Litrpg = Yes Please

Honestly amazed that the author managed to combine these concepts in what feels like such a smooth way. None of the individual elements are particularly groundbreaking but the way they are put together here is fantastic. The story drops right in with excitement and then fills in the world components once it has you hooked. The main character is well-rounded, he does seem to fail to rely on his years of experience in a few cases, but mostly displays the wisdom that should be expected. The story is a lot of fun and has me hooked for a sequel.

The narration by Steve Campbell brings things to life very naturally and just allows you to immerse yourself in the experience. Could not ask for more.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.

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horribly written

I have no problem with the premise of this book. on the contrary, I picked this book up because it sounded interesting. what I got was a badly handled opening that completely took me out of the book entirely.

I can only imagine that the author was trying to catch the audience up to speed quickly so that they could get on with the story they wanted to write. unfortunately, this meant being thrust headlong into a dizzying description of the world and the people in it. Immediately the characters are being talked about as if there was a book that should have been read before this one. I had no chance to care about this characters and so, when they started spitting out the cheesiest dialogue I've heard in an actual published work, I could only groan from the pain of it all.

in short, the beginning of this book is boring, full of itself, and very cliche. I dont reccomend this to anyone.

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I love this book!!!! I can't wait for the next one

why must I have to wait! if you like tower climbing books this is by far one of the best!

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Finished in one sitting

247 Audible titles in (most of them litrpg) and this is my first review if only so that Audible would let me know when the author releases a sequel. I bought the book right after I read the description. I mean, it's got towers, dying actually means something (ie. it's not a game), and it's got time travel all together. I was hooked in the first 5 minutes (what an awesome intro) and the rest surpassed my expectations. The characters were the best part and I just enjoyed everyone in it. When I recount all of the top litrpg works I know, I'll be adding this one to the shortlist.

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Struggled.

No continuity, no depth, lack of development and detail. I found the narrators performance to be acceptable but I was absolutely struggling to finish this first book. Opening scene was forced, though could be considered necessary. Definitely do feel that the overall concept is a fun experience - just poor delivery.

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GameLite/Tower Climber at its best

I really love the premise of this story. I enjoyed the traveling back in time elment mixed with tower climbing leveling of a gamelite. The tower being such an integral part of the stories real world and also being its own dynamic elment was really orginal feeling. I liked how the MC used his knowledge of the past to change his present and learning that some outcomes are inevitable. The writing was great and I warmed to the narrator by the second chapter. I recommend this story and suggest you move it up your list.

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A really interesting mix of real and game worlds

This story has a unique twist to the standard LitRPG formula. It mixes a slightly futuristic setting with a game like fantasy setting. At first I thought it would just be Jason abusing his knowledge of the future (and he does some of that) but it turned out to be more about him trying to fix things. Like all time travel stories though it just gets more complicated.

This story is really lite on the stat dumps which was a pleasure. I know that reading off of character stats is a signature feature of LitRPG but some books over do it. Cameron Milan seems to have found a good balance for it.

I really liked how the game in the towers interacted with world politics and society in general. I could see similar events happening if magical towers really appeared. I think that is is going to be a great series.

Steve Campbell did a good job on the voices. His timing was spot on and he was clear and easy to understand. He really brought the story to life.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Amazing story. And the narration was perfect

This is the kind of lit RPG that would be good for anyone. It doesn't over do the RPG stuff that a non-gamer wouldn't understand at first. the concept and whole world draws you in and leaves you wanting to know more.

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Great first entry!

I just finished Towers of Heaven and I have to say that I definitely enjoyed my time with it. Usually, audiobooks are something that I listen to on my (admittedly horrible) commute and while doing housework like laundry. I don't often turn a book on "just because", and yet, that's exactly what happened with this book. This is definitely a story that draws heavily upon Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey archetype, which I particularly enjoy. It's a story cadence and flow that has been with us since the dawn of storytelling itself. It feels familiar in a really comforting way. We, as listeners, are able to easily slip into the tale and allow ourselves to be transported into the tower to fight alongside comrades new and old alike. I'm not sure if Cameron Milan did this on purpose or not, but it certainly helped to align our expectations of the book.

There were definitely some parts that could use some polish. The first chapter feels a little sluggish and heavy-handed but evens out quickly after the first confrontation with "the big bad". It's difficult to care enough about the MC in those early chapters for the emotional punch of their big moments to land. This is remedied pretty quickly once the story gets rolling. Outside of 2 or 3 characters, the other inhabitants of the world felt a little one dimensional. This isn't necessarily distracting, but it would help to have a firmer grasp on the motivations for more of the characters to go into such a deadly business. There has to be something more than getting sweet loot to drive someone to risk life and limb in the way that many of the characters do.

From an RPG-System perspective, the character abilities and game terminology are familiar enough to not warrant significant explanation to those that are likely to be reading this book, but for newer or non-gamers, there may be a bit of a learning curve. I found the RPG elements of the book to be satisfying and a definite enhancement to the story, as opposed to many in the LitRPG space where they can feel excruciatingly distracting. This is helped along significantly be a very competent narrator in Steve Campbell. Not every narrator will thrive in these types of stories, as the technical nature of the game world itself can be a challenge to portray. Fortunately for this story, it's definitely a subgenre where Mr. Campbell excels.

I'm definitely happy with my decision to invest 7 1/2 hours into Towers of Heaven and will look forward to book 2 upon its release. To the "would recommend to friends" list it goes!

**Note: I was given a promotional copy of this book at my request in exchange for the unbiased review above.**

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I LOVED this story

Wow...this story took me right back to my Middle and High Schooldays, staying up late playing Dungeons and Dragons, I was just riveted to the story, especially the character stats. Can't wait for book #2.

Steve Campbell does a wonderful job narrating this book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Taylor
  • 07-02-19

Solid enjoyable LitRPG with a few twists

General Thoughts
Don't be put off with the boring generic chapter set in the far future. This is the weakest point of the story but doesn't last long. The rest of the book has great pacing and I finished it very quickly.

Story - 9
The story starts at the end. In the year 2083, there are only a hundred human survivors. Jason is one of the strongest survivors who has been fighting demons and ascending the mysterious towers which appear on Earth. He defeat the end boss Ba'al and given one wish. He decides to go back in time, to before the towers arrived and prevent humanity from being wiped out. The first problem is he is not sent far back enough and only has 5 years to beat the towers and has to start from level 1 again. He has all the knowledge but lacks stats, skills, money and allies. He has to ascend the tower which original took decades as quickly as possible.

Characters - 7
The main character Jason is very knowledgeable but doesn't come across overly arrogate. It helps that at his current state he is powered down. I love how he becomes a mentor figure when he meets Roy. Roy is a very young boy with high aspiration. He is an orphan of parents who were very talented ascenders. Some of these talents where pass on to him which gives him a huge advantage starting but has never set in the tower so is lacking experience. Jason spends a lot of time with Roy training him because Jason knows who Roy will become. Later on they meet Olivia who is a bit of a 'Frenemy’. She comes across as not caring and only in for herself but you know it's only an act.

The Narration - 8
This is the second audio booked I've heard by Steve Campbell; the first being Star Touched (not sure which order he did these). Steve has another outstanding performance with Tower of Heaven. He is a very good narrator with good vocal range and great pacing. As this is the second audible book I've listen to by Steve which I've enjoyed I might have to start following his future releases.

Wrap Up
Basically ticks all the boxes. If you like manga/ anime genre Isekai you will love this. The tower has distinct floor themes a bit like Made in the Abyss, Sword Art Online, etc. With loads of different mechanics and monsters which keep it interesting. I really liked the idea of the 'real life' game so they have conversation rates between the tower's gold and real world money. The whole economy aspect was great with spells having a real world value because once you learn them they will cure disabilities. It took aspects of many different games I've played like World of Warcraft (who probably nicked from another place but I can only comment on the things I've seen and played) like heritage armour which level up as you do. With all these different element brought to together in a book I really liked and more than the sum of its parts. I would recommend this and going to buy the second audible book when it's out.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • ivar
  • 09-27-19

Nah, gave it 2 chapters

Seems like a mary sue character that knows it all too much and that plus this narrator is nit a good combo, taking in the fact that hes going back in time tells me that he’s going to unity humanity and all that, and ofc he knows all about the “game” he’s been playing for 20ish years bah.

Although didn’t give it a chance, maybe ill try later and review this again.

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 01-01-20

Can the apocalypse be prevented

The premise for this book is an interesting one if handled properly, the lone survivor of an apocalyptic event is sent back to an earlier point in his life and attempts to use his knowledge of events to prevent that disaster from happening again, but as he changes things, will his knowledge eventually become invalidated and if so will he still be able to succeed with his task.

With the main character, the author treads a fine line, giving him some skills and advantages that could easily end up being overpowered, but on the whole manages to keep things moving along nicely with the benefits serving to accelerate the main character's progression towards his goal rather than sidestepping vast swathes of it and the new dynamics with people he previously knew in different contexts also helps to make the story work well.

The author's performance works well with this book, a somewhat understated style, while still providing a suitable range of tones for the varied cast.

Overall, a very strong start to this series with the only main drawback being that you want to keep listening to more of it.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-22-21

Not my cup of tea

The entire feel of this book is some WoW heads wet dream, and this way of world building just ain't for me, if you're an avid fan of the genre you'll probably enjoy it, but for me it makes it clear that LitRPG novels is not my thing.

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  • SystemState
  • 05-03-21

A genuinely epic story.

It's rare for me to use the word epic to describe anything as I often feel it's over used, so my use of it is intentional when describing the book.

The setup for the narration immediately sets the stakes of the story. Not just in an abstract form but in a solid and definite manner few stories really reach. From there a time limit is set providing a sense of urgency (But not an overly short time limit) that really helps pull the narrative forwards. All these factors naturally lend to a compelling read but where this story truly excels is the world building and characters.
The author has evidently put a substantial amount of time planning this series and the nature of the tower. Characters are engaging enough with different avenues they may develop, though nothing rings out as exceptional about them. That said the plot takes turns that keeps one looking forward to the next page. An easy 5*

To talk about storytelling I have to describe my ranking system.
2* The performance is fine/not great. It may cause a struggle to get through the story or there may be slight aspects which cause this struggle on what would otherwise be a good narration. The performance hampers the reading.
3* The narrator is good. They record well and narrate the story but nothing else. They don't add much to the story but they do a solid job. 3* often lends to single voice narrators and are still worth listening to.
4*. The narrator is not only good, but adds to the story. A 4* performance can make an average story compelling, as they lead the listener with pacing. They likely engage multiple voices enabling ease in identifying character and narration shifts.
5* Is 4* but with something ringing out as exceptional. Maybe the narrators voice and style happens to synergise with the book. Full cast and books with immersive sound effects which drag you into the story may hit 5*.

Steve's narration pulls you into the story, his pacing matches that of the events that are transpiring but are still clear and easy to understand. His voice shifts not just between characters, but between narration of story and stats. The 5th star was awarded as Steve's voice synergises with this tale so well. Particularly in the first chapter, his narration really hammers home the impact as to what has occurred and how the world has been effected. This synergy leads to a tremendously compelling story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-21

Fucking awesome

Buy it. This story is by far the best tower climbing liitrpg. The only issue is the crappy editing, which I've found out was the author's work!? As I like this series so much I've listened to each book 10+ times so hearing the 30th floor be the 13th then the 30th then the 15th back to being the 13th, I'm like what? There are other thing that don't make sense, that obviously have been caused by Cameron's ideas evolving over time, but it's like he didn't read it after he was finished!!!!

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  • Azhar Uddin
  • 08-10-20

Stop 🛑

Just awful the performance and the story was rubbish🤮 no idea what the writer is trying to do this

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  • Miss Ruth
  • 06-03-20

Part one in a series

Which is fine if you get the next one straight afterwards....But not so great if you get into it thinking it’s a stand alone book.
It starts of very strong and I was really impressed, at the end of the book I was less impressed, mainly because I wanted to the story to be completed in this book and it very much isn’t.
Maybe at some point will get the next but not rushing straight away.

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  • Jason Ware
  • 03-09-20

Amazing!

Absolutely loved everything about this book! totally recommend! possibly my favourite book I have listened to!

onto book 2!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-17-20

Nice introduction to litRPG

it was really interesting... first time i've ever read(heard) litRPG and must admit that it was cool. Felt like playing DnD.

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  • The Keyboard
  • 10-29-21

Not great... but something made me keep reading

This story is like a really rough coffee. It isn't as good as it could be, but even though you know you've tasted better you'll still find yourself coming back for more.

Narration is probably the worst part of this story, to the point where if I'd read the book as opposed to listened to it, I might have given a better rating. Voices sound... there's no other word for it, dumb. Female voices are terrible and you can instantly tell if someone is going to be in the story for more than 5 minutes by whether the accent is goofy or the narrator is actually making an effort. There are often weird pauses between voices, making conversation sound stilted.

Storyline is... pretty good, actually. The MC is overpowered so while there's a lot of action, the focus is more on other things that his knowledge and skills allow him to do. It's super interesting. The execution of this unfortunately struggles to keep up. The writing feels juvenile, as if the author hasn't quite come into his chops, with big ideas but little knowledge of how to really make them resonate with the reader - for example, the book starts with a bunch of heroes doing legendary heroics, but I just didn't care because not enough time had been spent on characterization before this happened. And there's no subtlety to the writing. We get told every emotion. "He felt angry. He was sad." You get the idea. Props to the author for the small twist in chapter 1 though. If you do give this story a chance, listen for at least the first 2 chapters.

The writing style for this book is 'Omniscient,' meaning there's a bit of head hopping between characters and even over to bad guys when the mood suits. I'm not a fan of this style of writing, but it's a legitimate technique, if a bit out of style these days. Game mechanics are relatively simple, but interesting. The floors that the MC climbs are varied and enjoyable. Reading this was a bit of a guilty pleasure. There were so many bad points to the story, but I still just wanted to see what would happen next.

So, this isn't a bad story, for all its faults. It's a story best suited, I think, to teens, who might be more forgiving of its problems. I won't be reading book 2, but if I happened to get it for free I probably would, because hey... any coffee is good coffee.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-24-19

Loved it

Absolutely loved this book!!!! Am a massive fan of the way the characters were written, flaws and all. Story was mesmerising and pulled you in. Bring on more In the series

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  • Xravia
  • 07-04-19

A good start, if a bit poorly executed.

I like the premise, its the same as reincarnator and master hunter k. I like how these stories progress but the book seems a bit rushed. Little inconsistencys like 'ill kill him, to teach him a lesson' and jason instead of the small guild rep saying his own name 3 times.

The thing that really bothered me was how they tracked stats after roy was introduced into the book. They didnt tally the stat gains and course times in the agility levels, which makes the parts where jason sacrifices stats a bit meaningless. even if I assume that each level gives 10 stat points, it dosent make it clear if its really the case.

The audiobook itself is a bit short when compared with other litrpgs and I cant say that it pulls off any element that is better than other books.

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  • Nadav bar
  • 06-21-19

Great climbing book!

Only problem is that it's way too short, you need at least double the length...