• Zee Locked In

  • OVR World Online, Book 1
  • By: Justin Monroe
  • Narrated by: Gary Bennett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (984 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the bleak, not-too-distant future, most people who could fled to the virtual reality OVR World Online.

Zachary "Zee" Jones will never be able to afford to become a player of the game. After committing a crime in order to save his mother's life, he was arrested and included in the Inmate Player Program. Even without perception filters to limit his pain, it was better than the alternative. He has the opportunity to earn more money in a five-year sentence then he could have in his entire life as a hospital janitor. 

Zee is jacked into Gygax, a high fantasy adventure game world, filled with knights, magic, and monsters. But Zee quickly learns that just because the world is virtual doesn't mean the danger isn't real. Can he find his fortune, perhaps a few allies, avoid the dangers of adventuring as an inmate, and unravel the mystery behind the game's confounding sentient computer program wearing a familiar face called "the doctor"? 

©2021 Justin Monroe (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Ready, First Player Knock Off

Another wannabe author attempting to copy a successful author and movie by taking the main premise and most plot devices and changing enough not to be sure for plagiarism...

On top of that moronic MC being lead around like a child.

The story was good and interesting until the MC is in the game. After that the story is a knock off of Ready, First Player only with names changed and being in a virtual prison... which is poorly regulated and world built... lazy author.

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Too many little things are poorly done.

The motivations of everyone except the main character make no sense. The economics of the world are insane. The game mechanics wouldn't work. The story isn't entirely awful but it is pretty bad.

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free but meh

performance was fine, story left me meh. Won't pick up the next one or listen even if it's free too

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It was good

It was really good i didn't like the status im gonna get the next book i would get this if i was just starting recommend

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awesome starting story

I'm only going to talk about the starting part of the story. I love the fact that it takes nostalgic TV references on every aspect of his life for the main character. it allows the story to draw in the reader or listener. looking forward to the rest

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A decent listen!

I really enjoyed the book, but I wish the author could describe a woman without creepy sexualized comments.

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entertaining

love the story and subplots. A nice mix of action,philosophies and humor. narrator was brilliant. hope it continues to this good

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  • DC
  • 08-24-22

enjoyed it 👍 😊

I read alot of rpglit and this is as original as any. don't let a comparison in a review turn you away from a good read.

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absolutely loved it

it's a great book. has a real ready player One. v with a good fantasy plot twist. definitely enjoyed this. will definitely be listening to this series

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Great series

I really enjoyed this 1st book in the set I am about to start the 2nd one

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  • Noel
  • 04-20-22

Excellent Book...Excellent Narration

Surprisingly found a little gem in this book. If you like The First Defier this will be right up your street.

Looking forward to follow up books.

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  • Lemon
  • 07-31-22

Interesting

Good story that keeps you thinking I am looking forward to hearing the next one

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  • Hancartay
  • 06-22-22

a new experience

I was sceptical but this one won me over. its a great story with a Sword Art online feel. Recommended

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  • Chris
  • 06-14-22

Enjoyable throughout except for one thing

As said in the title, it was a great listen and has me hooked on what's to come next. The problem however, is the MC's stat read outs: it takes a few minutes by the end of the book and I found it hard to believe all of that was left in without being cut down significantly. Still, it's not like it's hard to skip, so it's just a small problem imo.

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  • Josef Jamai-H
  • 05-09-22

Great and exciting story

A lot like ready player one (the movie) but better
the single drawback is the character sheet which becomes too long and boring, the weapon stats three confusing numbers which i must have missed the meaning of

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  • JK
  • 05-04-22

Alright!

The best thing about any book is having a main character you can cheer on. This book had that and I was pulled in. The story was great, especially the references, and the narration was spot on. I look forward to the next.

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  • Stu
  • 04-16-22

Ready Player Deja Vu?

Firstly, I would like to say i got this free as inclusive with my audible account. Is it enjoyable? Yes. Is it well performed? Yes, good naration. Is it original? Nope! A dystopian future where democracy is broken and the law and all aspects of society is governed by large corporations, those that break the law can be sentenced to a virtual reality game to pay off their debt, sound familiar?
As pointed out in other reviews it is quite similar to "Ready Player One" in all those aspects, except that the story doesnt end with this one book, so a series?
I suppose it was inevitable that this would happen with this genre eventualy.
When the next book in the series is available I would probably follow it just to see how it turns out.

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  • Duncan g.
  • 04-01-22

Good first book

Great story and good voice actor if you a fan rpg game your love this book

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  • AJAS
  • 04-01-22

Very good first book

Looks like this is going to be a good series, looking forward to the next one.

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  • aseqq
  • 03-23-22

Kskskwndnd

Aaahhhhh please i need book 2 😭
This world has so much potential. I love it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-22

RPO could never

EK wishes he could have written a self-aware virtual reality gaming story filled with pop culture references that is actually able to stand on its own 2 feet with mostly likeable, but undeniably human, characters, an intriguing plot, and an interesting world to explore. I can't wait to crack open the next one!

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  • Bret
  • 09-02-22

cliche

The story is your standard cliche RPG, main character who is the most inexperienced thinks he knows more than others who have played the game for 5+ years. Also his spells are overpowered for his level and unrealistic in a game RPG universe.

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  • Charm Harris
  • 07-20-22

Not too bad, but...

I don't usually mind too much when the stats are read in these stories, as it's part of the genre and can be a useful progress report, but I found I didn't understand how these ones worked at all. I have no idea what the sequences of numbers meant at all, which made it become annoying. Give me "1 of three levels", or Level 5 of 15" or something like that .. even "20.5% of whatever" would do. Other than that, not a bad story .. different take on it all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-26-22

Excellent listen, grabs you and drags you along.

Having been dissapointed by many LITRPG novels I hesitate to buy. This is very satisfying, grabs you and takes ypu along fof the ride. Excellent plot with lots of room for many exciting follow ups. Narration brilliant. Thankyou, Authors, Narrators and production people.