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Siphon

A Touch of Power, Book 1
De : Jay Boyce
Lu par : Samara Naeymi
Série : A Touch of Power, Volume 1
Durée : 10 h et 4 min

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Jade has spent her life fighting boredom in the terminally ill ward. Surfing the net or reading, she always envied the ability of others to go out and experience the world. She knew her wish to live a normal life was far beyond her reach, but after waking up one morning without the sounds of her life support, she opens her eyes and finds herself with a weak but healthy body in a magical world. 

As blue gamelike system notifications fill her vision, she knows she'll have to adapt quickly in order to survive, but this is all she ever dreamed of, so Jade is up to the challenge. She will soon realize that you need to be careful what you wish for. 

This is Andara, where her true adventure finally begins.

©2018 Mountaindale Press (P)2019 Mountaindale Press

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  • John
  • 21/03/2019

its Good

It's a good start and has potential but pretty much goes no where fast, literally. She never travels outside the town or even questions the motivation of towns people. The character herself is turning into a jack of all trades but master of none path. Let's hope the next book has her leave the city and train her to be less dependant on others to stay alive.

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  • TS
  • 01/05/2019

Disappointing and boring

Siphon is an interesting book, but not because of its story. Rather, seeing the goal of having a strong female protagonist facing adversity and earning a new life that it had in mind completely missing the mark is sadly disappointing. The main character is the definition of a Mary Sue after a very limited amount of effort, and after such is treated like a Disney Princess through the entire book. Not once did she face any true challenge that wasn't either dismissed or handled by someone else, and through the entire story every person that she met was kind, immediately loved her, and gave her more than she asked for. I can only think of one character who was rude to her, and they were "put in their place" within minutes.

I listened to the entire book hoping that after so much build-up we would eventually see some incredible challenge that the heroine would have to face, but in the end this was just a young girl's powere fantasy. I wish that the heroine could have surpassed challenges in a way that was truly visible to us, and proved that she was worth everything that she was given. In the end, the entire book feels like someone being given every opportunity simply because they didn't have it in the past, despite not earning anything. A few changes could have made this an engaging read with a strong role model, but sadly we are left with an interesting concept used with a lazy story.

On the bright side, the narrator is quite good overall!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05/03/2019

This book had me smiling throughout. 😄<br />

Great story, great mc, great narration. only drawback was the repeating skill tree, feels like filler.

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  • James
  • 20/04/2019

Introduction

I normally don't review books but this book warrants my quick simple review.

Pros-
I really enjoyed listening to this book, the narrator does an excellent job of getting Jade's personality correct and she is entertaining to listen to.
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The book has no real conflict that Jade has to overcome and everyone adores her a little too much. Also the stats reading in the middle and end of the book takes way too long.
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If I consider this book as an introduction to the story, then so much can be done with it. Truly this book can only be considered worth listening to if the future books in the series have a story with conflict. If done the story has a lot of potential.

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  • Randy
  • 10/03/2019

Siphon Wanted

I want a Siphon so I do not need to wait for Book 2 and following. Jay Boyce has written a marvelous story with Jade, being a believable protagonist with a great supporting cast. This my first experience with Samara Naeymi and I hope it will not be my last. She was the perfect compliment with characterizations, voices, tempo and rhythm. They made a great team and she brought Boyce's incredible story to life. More Please!

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  • Cody
  • 06/03/2019

Great right from the start

Litrpg is my jam, and this is one of the best starts to a series I've had the pleasure of listening to.


The character Jade is a Sassy girl that looks like a breeze could bowl her over. Which makes it all the more satisfying when she steam rolls everyone around her into doing her bidding. I found myself laughing whole heartedly during most of this book. She's incredibly endearing, and every other character gets rolled into "team Jade" one after another. Her personality, look on life, intelligence, and talent for all things magic, make her fun to listen to. She's a sweet girl with a dangerous side. Once she gets her some momentum with her special ability she'll eventually be OP but that's a long way off.


The game system is unobtrusive, flexible, and simple. No character levels, just stats and skills level, both of which grow through effort. The system seems to just be there to inform the user what there capable of, and how good they are at it. Like a scoreboard. Wish the author would have cut down the reading of it though. Like, only show changes from last check or something like that. Regardless, it's not a real problem, not as bad as others I've listened to. Jade collects a laundry list of skills by the end of the book. If it continues at this rate it'll take 10 minutes to list out her profile by the end of the next one.

World building is.. Well it's not much. Inn, library, palace, restaurant, wall.. That's about it. I have a feeling most of the story will stay within this city, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I'm actually hopping she spends some time on research and development in the next book.


All and all I'd say it's a solid entry to the genre.

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  • Kaz
  • 28/12/2019

Love the singing

I love how the narrator sings the songs even if the words are changed. This is such a. Nice change compared to other books. Great listen overall.

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  • M. Knight
  • 10/03/2019

Inspiring!

I absolutely loved this book! It’s an inspiration to anyone going through something. It’s a beacon of hope in dark times. Letting us know that there is always light at the end of a tunnel.

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  • Chris Buzon
  • 03/03/2019

One of my favorite LitRPG novels to date

This is a great start to a new series. Interesting ability, not too overpowered, female MC, and one that doesn't make ridiculous choices outside their character in order to move the story along. I cannot wait for the next one.

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  • Umaros
  • 21/03/2019

Lacks engagement

The writing is strong from a technical standpoint, but I found the story itself lacking. It has no conflict, and I don't mean just combat. A good story does not require action/fighting, but all stories require conflict. The MC has no struggles, nothing to overcome. Everyone loves & fawns over how amazing she is for the majority of the book, and she doesn't have to try to succeed.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 23/10/2019

Girlie LitRPG

Ich hatte mich gefreut endlich eine weibliche Heldin in einem LitRPG Hörbuch "zu treffen" und war gespannt, wie sie mit einer solchen Gaming Fantasy Welt interagiert. Dann war auch noch das Mitgefühl mit der tragischen Schicksal der Heldin, die eine neue Chance bekommt. Leider ging das ganze Projekt innerhalb von Minuten total den Bach runter. Die Heldin lernt alles sofort und ist innerhalb von Tagen eine Göttin in Menschengestalt in ihrer neuen Umgebung. Alle Personen vom Wirt bis zur Königsfamilie liegen ihr überwältigt von ihrer Macht und überragenden Persönlichkeit zu Füßen. Dabei verhält sie sich teilweise wie ein pubertierendes dreizehnjähriges Mädchen und dann auf einmal manipulativ und strategisch planend wie ein erfahrener General. In dieser Story passt wenig zusammen und es vergällt mir total den Hörspaß.

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  • Yves
  • 02/09/2019

Much ado about nothing

The story is nice and the characters are all likeable, the world is interesting enough but the whole book feels like setup without payoff.
The entire story could have been condensed a lot.

There are also several minutes long narrations of stat blocks, so keep the skip ahead button handy

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  • bBb
  • 20/07/2019

Liked it

After not having much luck recently with lit-rpg stories (had to give some back because I couldn't stand them), I binge-listened through that book in two days.

Being a guy it wasn't too easy to really sink into a story told by a female protagonist. But after a while I got used to it. She does not act dreamy about the hot guys (like the protagonist in 'Three Mages and a Margarita' which I gave back).

It is the first book of the series and it doesn't happen that much plot-wise. But I think the author does build-up for a bigger plot and I really enjoy a plot where the protagonist does not find herself in a seemingly hopeless situation every third page just to hold the reader on edge.

The protagonist seems overpowered. Don't get me wrong though, I really like her ability, I guess that's what really had gotten me hooked.
I think the author does a good job of not throwing that fact into the readers face nor lets her protagonist realize the full potential of such an ability.

To sum it up: if you like lit-rpg, you should give this one a try. I've just started the second one and soon the long wait for the third audiobook will begin...

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  • Merete
  • 01/04/2019

A human in a new World Szenario

Ich liebe den Main Char der Geschichte vor allem da sie eine der schwächsten Menschen ist die man sich denken kann, nicht der nerdiger Rollplaygeek oder eine Soldat oder so und doch lernt sie in laufe der Geschichte ihre Frau zu stehen und ihren Weg zu gehen.
"I can Walk"
Hoffe und Freue mich auf eine neuen Teil.

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  • JNL
  • 22/04/2019

Erfrischend

Die Hauptperson fängt sehr schwach an. Meistens sind das dann diese typischen naiven, wenig inteligenten Charaktere, die ich nicht ausstehen kann. Allerdings auch wenn die Hauptperson naiv und schwach ist gefällt mir vor allem ihr Charakter. Sie macht was sie will und ist immer unglaublich motiviert. Sie hat zwar hohes Potenzial dank ihrer Fähigkeit nicht schwach zu bleiben, behält aber ihren schwachen Charakter leider bei. Story technisch geschieht nicht viel, es kam mir schon wie silence of life mit fantasy vor. Ich könnte die Handlung in wenigen Sätzen zusammenfassen, aber mir hat es gefallen und mich unterhalten. Das ist das einzige was zählt!
Wer nach Action, Strategie, Kämpfen, etc. sucht ist hier falsch.

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