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Ascend Online

Ascend Online, Book 1
Lu par : Luke Daniels
Série : Ascend Online, Volume 1
Durée : 17 h et 56 min
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Diving into a revolutionary new video game, Marcus and his friends escape a stagnant society, entering into a world that defies their wildest imaginations. But from the moment that he logs in, Marcus finds himself separated from his friends and thrown into a remote village under attack by a horde of goblins.

Forced into battle, Marcus rallies the beleaguered villagers and, with their help, manages to drive off the invading creatures. With the village in ruins and their supplies spoiled, the survivors desperately turn to Marcus for help in rebuilding the village.

Realizing that this game is nothing like he's ever played before, Marcus is swept up into a whirlwind of adventure as he struggles to defend his new home, quickly finding that marauding goblins are the least of his problems.

©2016 Luke Chmilenko (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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  • Don Gilbert
  • 07/08/2017

Luke Daniels and a great LITRPG; enough said

There are many LITRPG stories coming out seemingly every day, some good some not so good, “Ascend Online,” narrated by Luke Daniels is a great entertaining experience. My personal favorite in this genre has been “The way of the Shaman,” series and I rate the first book in this new series just as high, maybe even higher given the narrator. I hope the next book is just as good; can’t wait.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24/09/2017

A humble hero story with cool action!

I love evolving hero stories where power ups or new abilities are tempered with ever more challenging situations! this book delivers that with entertaining action and new introductions that kept my attention throughout. even taking small 15 min bites of the story was enjoyable!

books it reminds me of:
ready player one
we are Bob: the bobiverse
codex alera series by Jim butcher
I'm off to be the wizard
the Chronicles of Jonathan tibbs

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  • Jamie L. Nolte
  • 20/08/2017

Fresh to death

Don't get me wrong, the VR world is starting to become saturated and that's the only reason I was hesitant upon getting this one. Ripped through this in 4 days it was that good, beginning to end, I could not put it down. This is a must for your collection, highly recommended

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  • Keith R. Dercole
  • 20/06/2018

An interesting attempt that mostly fell flat

This was a first LitRPG for me, a guy who loves fantasy fiction and online MMO gaming. Sadly this iteration of the two did not work for me and left me struggling for the finish line.

I honestly felt like this would have been a much stronger story without the MMO elements and instead tried to stand as it's own fantasy universe. The UI dialogue and stat talk felt monotonous, the quests felt unnecessary, and the fact the characters can respawn at will all but removed any aspect of danger, even at the climax of the story.

The story was your standard run-of-the-mill good guys versus bad guys game of supremacy, this time at play over the fate of a small town in the sticks. Moral direction was always obvious and clear, a black and white path with zero shades of grey or ambiguity to spicen up the plot. But you can't expect much character depth from a cast completely lacking of any real emotion. Before long, I began to confuse the players from the NPCs because they all kind of came off robotic and stiff.

The protagonist was your typical hero Mary Sue, usually stronger and smarter than most of the obstacles put before him. The side characters were incredibly one dimensional and never really grew throughout. Honestly it became a challenge even keeping track of them all. Finally, the villain came into the story late and did not offer much to enhance the narrative. More than anything the villain felt inept and bumbling and more than once I felt awkward just listening in on repeated failed attempts at dominance.

Finally, the voice actor's performance was normally fine, barring a few odd character voice choices that made my ears hurt to listen to, including a half giant oaf that sounded like a dimwitted stoner most of the time. He did the best he could with the material he had to work with.

All in all I do not recommend this story. As it was my first foray into literary RPGs, I cannot say if other authors do this kind of plot better, but for now I think I'm going to stray away from the genre. At first I applauded the author not going the hackneyed "if you die in the game you die in real life!" route, but he definitely needed *something* in place of it to create a feeling of loss you otherwise never felt whenever the characters engaged in battle. You may like this story if you're a lover of this genre, but don't expect any character depth or world building. You're better off spending your credit somewhere else.

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  • matt
  • 24/07/2017

Excellent LitRPG!

I won't go into the details of the Book, but as someone who has almost 24 months of logged listening time on Audible, this book not only has excellent content by Luke Daniels (who is a fantastic narrator) but it also has the hours to create the background and build the story.. it is a great listen. if your like me and you look to reviews before spending the credit then trust me, this is a worth while listen.
I was not given this book for free, I purchased it, and I did not have to write this review. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • albert
  • 02/08/2017

The author found the right narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of Ascend Online to be better than the print version?

Most authors have to rely on the readers sense of humor to get their joke across, but this narrator knocked those parts out of the park. I found myself laughing from this book more than any other.

What did you like best about this story?

This book is better than your average Litrpg audiobook. While the first part of the book is great, it picks up a lot around 35 percent through. You will notice the difference

Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Once, i found this to be the best one.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

That would be spoiling

Any additional comments?

I didn't want to waste another credit one a lit novel, considering how often the genre tends to stack to the same formula, but this book strays far enough from the normal path to make it worth while.

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  • John C Crabtree
  • 22/07/2017

I want more

loved it, great story. And Luke Daniels continues to be one of my favorite narrators.

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  • Shockeray
  • 06/08/2017

Good by LitRPG Standards

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So far reading through LitRPG series, I have been very disappointed by the quality of writing. Either the authors cling to clichés like a lifeboat or just have no idea how to create likable characters. But Luke Chmilenko did surprisingly well in the first book of this series. There were a few times that the main character became an idiot to forward the plot and a smattering of "close-calls", but overall the story was well written and paced. The narrator is a bit limited on voices, but does adequately to separate the characters enough to know who is who. The loot readouts were much less painful than in other books as well. I have hope that the second book will not fall off in quality as bad as most series, but we will see.

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  • Angus
  • 01/02/2019

It’s ok, not too special

The narrator is mono tone and it pulls me from the experience a lot, story is ok nothing special to make it stand out

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  • Joel Lewis
  • 25/11/2018

Was great until his friends showed up.

I was enjoying this book immensely, until his friends showed up. The author was a bit long winded on spells, but when mc was alone, it was quite interesting. As soon as the friends showed the MC turns into a full time crafter/politician. Even considering you want to be a good person and help the town, I would think as a potentially without limits fighter, training would be the best use of MCs time. This all led to the book becoming a snore fest 80 % of the time after the rest of party showed. Oh and the jokes...I don't mind some completely pointless dialogue, but the idiot mc and friends speak loudly and pointlessly at THE WORST times. I don't mind some idiocy to advance the story but author threw it out there too frequently and usually without any logical need. How these people are supposedly "elite gamers" is a mystery to me. Damn near anyone should be better.

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  • Ohrenbär
  • 09/03/2018

Gute Story, sehr guter Sprecher

Das Positive:
* Der Sprecher, Luke Daniels, ist einfach großartig.
* Die litRPG-Elemente sind handwerklich gut; es macht Spaß, diesem VMMORPG zuzuhören.
* Die Story ist einigermaßen spannend.
* Die Charaktere sind nicht so flach wie in anderen litRPGs.

Das Negative:
* Die Action ist manchmal langweilig.
* Die Charaktere sind etwas blass.

Geschmackssache:
* Für meinen Geschmack wird zu wenig von der realen Welt erzählt, aus der die Charaktere stammen. Dadurch, dass sie nie über diese reden, fühlt sich das Ganze sehr unecht an.
* Die letzten litRPGs, die ich gehört habe, krankten alle daran, dass sie etwas frauenfeindlich/sexistisch waren. Ascend Online ist da eine wohltuende Ausnahme. Nicht, dass es besonders interessante Frauencharaktere hat, aber es reduziert Frauen immerhin nicht bloß zu Sexpüppchen.

Fazit:
Eines der besseren litRPGs mit einem der besten Sprecher überhaupt.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 05/02/2020

realy good book

i enjoied to listen to the story and the speaker. i like how deep you can dive into the story your selfe