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Publisher's Summary

My name is James, but my mom’s the only person that can call me that. To everyone else, I’m JD — a struggling artist, working my fingers to the bone for my shot with one of the big comic book companies.

Oh, and I work nights, managing a dive called Judson’s Bar and Grill. I know: the dream life. Things were boring, disappointing, even. Until one fateful night when everything changed.

What happened first? An odd woman showed up in a booth while I was trying to close up for the night – rude, but on its own, not so weird. She was dressed in a kimono and had a sword in her lap; that part was a little strange.

What happened next? It turns out she’s a mistress at a magical academy, and she has been looking for me...(please pick up on my sarcasm here). Except then she proved it, and with just a few violent swings of her very real sword, she ensured that I didn’t have a job anymore. So, I more or less had to follow her into a scary, glowing portal.

Where did it take me? A surreal place called Zenith Academy, and a life I’d only ever dreamt of; a place I’ll learn how to cultivate mana and wield magic-like powers. And that is just the beginning. The tower imbues cultivators with visual prompts and game-like stats, making my new life feel like something straight out of a choose your own adventure novel. But it’s not all for nothing.  

Evidently, they’ve been fighting a war for thousands of years, and I’ve just been drafted.

©2021 Cassius Lange (P)2021 Podium Audio

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I like it

This is good but the mc makes it hard to finish. Almost shut it off a few times.

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The good and the surprise

I enjoyed the book, but I wish Audible would make it mandatory that the publishers would list harem/NOT fade to black scenes. I am ok with fade to black scenes but lately it seems a lot of good stories are filled with more and more of this trend. It’s just me skipping whole chapters 😏
The story has meat to it and is really cool, just a lot of high school drama at times. I recommend this book and will listen to the next book. The narration is on point

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Really enjoyed this book

I pretty much listen to this entire book in one day. It kept me hooked and I am looking forward to the next one already.

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dang good

although at first the MC's super denial was a bit aggravating his growth makes for a good overall experience

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Great book. Editing needs work

Still giving it 5 stars. I loved this book. The only complaint is the dialog doesn't have a natural pause at times. Whoever edited the sound files didn't leave a gap. So the dialog is unnatural at times. It's very distracting. But the story, the system, and the characters are all great. Some reviews said the MC's disbelief was annoying, but I disagree. New situations take time to become real. Things that violate everything you know to be true don't just immediately make sense. Details are well done. You can imagine buildings, clothes, combat, etc without issue. I haven't listened to many books with sex, but I think this makes a good balance of detail without getting unnecessarily graphic.

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Over all pretty good

Good story I like the protective side of the MC you start to see more of it after he hooks up. But in the beginning honestly the MC was just cringe I almost stopped listening. I really wish the MC was more decisive and not just when it came to protecting his women.

I get the MC is a nerd at heart but he honestly doesn’t need to go on tangents. It takes away from the story when he does.

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good/bad lol hard to explain. sorry so long

male narrator was not good always sounded out of breath like every sentence was super exciting. female was brilliant good switch between Characters. The story wasn't horrible at times it came across as if it was about to pick up and start being really good then it would go back to the guy acting like the people were there to be used by him. like hey I slept with them so I own them. but hardest thing was he goes to new world with different kinds of races and demands they all follow his way of life and believe how he does without even trying to learn anything about them or the world. cover art is brilliant love that style of anime pinup art!!!!

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Not what I was expecting.

I was entertained from start to finish. I probably wouldn't done as well if I was page turning this book but the voice cast did such a wonderful job, I found d myself truly invested in the story till the end where the hook was set for the next book, and now I can't wait for the next book.

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Awesome Book

Wow I loved it I definitely think this might be up in my top ten books!!! Cassius Lange did a great job writing it!!!

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Fantastic with a lull in the beginning

I enjoyed the book, it is a cut above many of the others in the harem lit genre. Thar being said the second hour and a half of this book almost made me put it down. I am glad I continued listening because I am looking forward to the next book.