Returning to No Applause, Only More of the Same: An Isekai LitRPG Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A powerful century-old soldier returns to Earth from the Otherworld and attempts to reclaim his former life in this thrilling fantasy novel.
For 130 years, Kreig Wiedermann has fought: first, as a teenage recruit for the Holy Order; then, as a soldier for the Empire; and most recently, as an immortal godlike warrior devoted only to avenging himself. The lust of combat is all he knows—until a portal opens on the battlefield and brings him back to the world from which he came.
Despite the decades Kreig has survived in the Otherworld, only ten short years have passed on Earth, which means the life he considered lost forever might still be waiting for him. But rejoining humankind won’t be easy.
For one thing, the International Otherworld Combat and Research Organization isn’t about to let a monstrous stranger with an unfathomably high level just wander around without first making sure he won’t wreak havoc on the planet. For another, Kreig has been tortured, imprisoned, betrayed, and hunted for years; he’s got his own demons to confront before he can reunite with his family and take up a normal life.
Plus, there’s the little problem that not everyone thinks Kreig should be allowed to even dream of rehabilitation. And no matter how much he tries to leave his past behind, there are forces threatening to drag him back into his bloody legacy . . .
A bold and clever twist on a classic isekai tale, Returning to No Applause, Only More of the Same is a dramatic, character-driven fantasy that proves the old adage “There’s no place like home.”
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|Listening Length||18 hours and 7 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 05, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #64,189 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#138 in Military Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#380 in Military Fantasy (Books)
#1,286 in Action & Adventure Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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This story is an opposite. Whereas most plots concern an innocent being transported to a fantasy world where they level up, this story is about a powerful character returning to earth and learning to be ordinary.
It skirts falling out of fantasy and into a soldier-coming-home social drama, but does enough to keep a little bit of whimsy going.
I knocked a star off because I found the start of the sub-plot involving Jay to be a bit too unrealistic. The IOCRO and Kreig’s abilities were hit by author induced blindness so Jay could keep carrying out her surveillance. Also, introducing a secret organization at the end of the book was a poor plot choice.
Another very minor issue is that although the editing isn’t bad, a number of plurals are messed up throughout the book. English is tricky that way.
The main character up until that point was very, very boring. But the setting and the story did seem to have some potential. Ah, well. At least I'm warned off of this particular author for any future reading.
Top reviews from other countries
After the first (introductory) chapter, no swords are drawn, or at least none are used. What follows is a story about reintegrating a 147-year old veteran of wars, deaths, loss and torture back into a 'normal' society and dealing with his massive PTSD.
To summarise: If you're after swords and sorcery with cultivation and levelling-up, look elsewhere. This one is about people and reconnection, rehabilitation, and dealing with loss. Lots of things happen but not the sort of things that result in a body-count. I totally enjoyed reading the story and recommend it.
This story is not stat heavy, or even action heavy.
However if you are after a story with a strong depth of character and an engaging storyline.
The beginning leads one to make an assumption of what one is going to expect. Instead what you get is a story about humanity and what it is to be human.
This book gave me a lot to think about, and I've found myself coming back to different parts of the story after having read it. Some of the bigger themes that stood out to me were fear and forgiveness, how beliefs can change and adapting to change, and that we can always be kinder to other people.
The story is very well written, and contained with a clear end. There is a slow pace to it, and things aren't rushed.
I like the characters and different view points. Each person is unique, with their own flaws, motivations, and strengths.
The author wrote an alternate version where things don't go as peacefully as they could've, but I haven't brought myself to read that one yet lol. I like this version a lot!