King's League: An Epic Lit RPG Adventure (King's League, Book 1) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
King's League is more than a game...it's a way of life.
For recently expelled college dropout Dirk Wilson, picking up and re-selling other player's scraps from cleared dungeons and side quests gone sideways is the only thing keeping him from living on the streets.
Tired of ramen noodles, past-due notices, and feeling like his future is over before it ever started, Dirk decides that if he's going to make something of himself, it'll be within the game, taking advantage of the real-life payouts from selling in-game goods on King's League's River Market.
But the game leaves little margin for error, and Dirk's virtual problems grow as large as his real-life ones as he discovers a powerful conspiracy that impacts players from level one to level 99.
One-million-copy number-one best-selling authors Jason Anspach and JN Chaney team up to tell this action-packed, humorous LitRPG adventure that blends the cheeky fun of Ready Player One with all the adventure and excitement of Elder Scrolls and World of Warcraft.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 40 minutes|
|Author||Jason Anspach, JN Chaney|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 09, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #40,051 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#184 in Cyberpunk Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,728 in Cyberpunk Science Fiction (Books)
#2,150 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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The story is well wrote, and character development is solid. Action is top notch and any fan of rpg's can easily picture how the mc can pull off the moves he does.
Already starting on book 2 and will most likely finish the series.
I'll be up too late tonight, reading book 2. Guaranteed .
Con: Hard to think of one, really. Dirk goes solo comms silence for a lot of his grinding, so you don't get the banter or relationship growth of a party ensemble or intelligent item duo, but that's more of a deliberate design choice than a failing (though for the record, if Graydon's Helm had been wisecracking the whole time I would have been greatly amused, but perhaps not so many other readers would have appreciated it, YMMV). I will say that, as entertaining as this is (very!), there isn't much character growth for the MC and there aren't any big heroic sacrifices or other emotionally wrenching scenes, so if you're looking for high drama rather than clearing Dungeons and slaying Dragons, you might score this a bit lower.
Anyway, this was well worth my money and I'm looking forward to the next.
I could see how other people might like this format - if you like reading stories about other people playing video games, you'd like this, it's well written and action-dense. I prefer some actual fantasy in my fantasy, so for me, it's not a high rating.
Don't get me wrong, there is kind of some fantasy in there in that the world has futuristic stuff in it; voice-controlled things that understand human language in game, VR gear that seemingly makes the game very immersive. That doesn't really make it any more interesting for me personally, and the game itself sounds atrociously boring and repetitive, much like actual MMORPGs! (Which, again, don't get me wrong, the game *as played by the hero* is interesting enough - it just sounds incredibly bad for every player who isn't in the process of unearthing super magic high-end brand new content that also makes them rich, which is literally every other player except the hero.)
From the start, the main character is in a desperate situation, on the edge of complete ruin. The authors have done a masterful job of bringing that tension throughout the entire book and continuing to build it right through the end.
The LITRPG crunch is in about the middle of the scale and integrates well with the story elements.
Overall, an excellent read but be sure to prepare yourself for being sucked into the tension of the story and give yourself plenty of time to read as you will not want to put the book down.