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Austin Zane leaves behind his CEO position with RB Corp to play Dave, a half-dwarf in the virtual reality game Emerilia, trying to escape his life.

What Dave doesn't know is that Earth as he knows it is really a virtual reality simulation and Emerilia is a world imbued with futuristic technologies to mimic early MMORPGs.

He just wanted peace and quiet, to build a house, do some fishing, to take some time to find himself once again. What he found out instead was a cause, he found out the biggest lie of his life. He found out the truth about Emerilia and the lies of Earth.

What's the best way to control slaves? Make them think that they're free.

©2017 Michael Chatfield (P)2017 Michael Chatfield

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Don Gilbert
  • 05/03/2018

One of the Top Five LitRPG Stories

Lately it seems all I listen to are LITRPG stories, I really like the genre and there are a lot of stories from which to choose.
I really liked, “The trapped Mind,” it’s now in my top five LitRPG stories. To give some perspective, here’s my list.
1. “The Way of the Shaman” series; a six book rollercoaster series of exciting twists and turns that grab your attention and test your emotional resolve, but in the end it’s worth the ride.
2. “The Divine Dungeon,” starting with “Dungeon born;” very clever giving a different perspective and new dimension to the LitRPG story. This series is still in progress and I can’t wait for the next book.
3. “Ascend online,” narrated by Luke Daniels, only one and a half books into the series but a great start and might take over the top spot if the story quality remains the same
4. “The Trapped Mind;” so far I’m up-to-date on all of the audio books that have been released and I really like the story. It’s another LitRPG with a different premise.
5. “Ready Player One;” the original, my first LitRPG, written by Earnest Cline, he nostalgically brought me back to the old time gaming world, great experience.
There are so many of these LitRPG coming out virtually every week that my list could change, and I hope it does because that would mean another really great story.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ray Johnson
  • 30/03/2018

A real mind bending trip

I generally try to purge anything negative from my system first, and then tackle the good stuff. I do have some nits to pick, but nothing overly bad. I listen to books in the car. I drive a lot, and my wife will listen along with me. Since the majority of what I have been listening to has been LitRPG/Gamelit stuff she gets really annoyed when all the crunchy bits start flying. In other words, when stats or alert notices start flying and never end. It can be distracting, but she had to make me turn this off, as it overwhelmed her. It does bug me, but I got over it. However I see her point. Damage reports, level alerts, and anything else that repeats is fine on a page, you can skim that. On audio it comes off like Dr. Strange meeting Dormammu. Thankfully, once we get into the meat of the story this sort of dies down.

Additionally, and this is only speculation, I have to wonder if Chatfield started writing his book twice, like from a point that he found interesting, and then at the begining because he does rehash some of his world building stuff several times. I don't know if this was two books that got folded into one, but it was a touch distracting to go over something we already knew.

Now the good stuff. This book fed my need for action, but it also sated my intellectual needs. There were great periods of character growth, story building, and some mind blowing concepts. Chatfield really flipped everything on its side and bounced it off a wall. Brilliant concept.

The characters are interesting. The plot grips you. The unexpected truth will knock you down. There is good action here as well as the quiet moments. The story will grab you and take you for one heck of a ride. All that stuff I said at first was just minor crap. The real meat of this book is delicious, and the amount of fat and gristle is negligable. The story and characters progress in a realistic speed

Morris makes a great first impression on me as a narrator. I had never heard him before, but I can see why he has this gig. He's really good, and brings the story to life. He works hard to give each characters a distinctive and individualized voices. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • M. King
  • 31/10/2017

Interesting, but difficult to follow at times

I liked this audio book. It had a fascinating premise that I was very curious about . Earth is the fantasy and the game is the real world? Wow! That hadn't been tried before! Well, the political machinations of the ruling people, the Jakal, combined with the same thing going on with the 'players' started to get confusing. And I think there are only 2 people, one 'human' and one 'NPC' who actually know the real story ( these are the 2 main characters, Dave & Deia). The role of Neutrality (the Jakal who created the game world and is now trying to save it from exploitation) is interesting but also confusing. As I understand it, he has allied himself with the two main characters, but the ultimate goal is a little difficult to determine. I am hoping the next book will help sort things out. A good listening experience, though. I recommend giving it a try.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Matthew
  • 23/09/2017

The most infuriating 5 stars ever given

It's truly a testament to this books premise, story, and characters that depicts the many writing flaws it's an amazing experience.
That said FOR THE LOVE OF GOD THE REPETITION OF INFO DRIVES YOU NUTS THE FIRST 10 HOURS
Seriously you wanna shake the author screaming "I @$@(&(($&& KNOW ALREADY"
But once the final act gets going it stops completely and really buckles down on a rather spectacular and thrilling finale.
Worth the listen and greatly look forward to what looks to be a pretty expansive series

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Austin
  • 10/12/2018

Great!

Cons: Voice acting is sketchy in a few places. A few too many time skips where more could have been drawn out of the story. Character sheet information is read out too often in the beginning. Chapters could have been put together rather than being separated into so many chapters. There were no consequences for the main character's early find that made him overpowered. (Althought something does seem to be planned)

Pros: Good character development and interactions lead places. Length of book prevents one from easily bingeing it in a single day. Good sense of hard work being paying off. I like the way the author portrayed power as not being measurable by levels alone. Author seems to have a good idea of where the story is going. Bob continues to be the name for interesting characters in LitRpg's! (Listen to the Alpha World series)

Neutrals: The book is a mix of Sci-fi and Fantasy. It looks like it is starting off more Fantasy based and moving more into Sci-fi in later books.

TL;DR A good start to an interesting series with a few hangs up but nothing drastic. Would recommend if you want something interesting to eat up your time.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Humility
  • 16/09/2018

fun start, exciting dnding, boring middle.

So first the positive things. The beginning was interesting, the fighting was not overly arbitrary, the climax was exciting and THERE IS NO LUCK STAT.

The book's mechanics ect are basically a tweaked version of the lands. Tweaked mostly to give the protagonist a leveling advantage but the advantage is close enough to actual game exploits to not be too noticable.

Now my first big problem with the book is that the middle is basically all filler. And its all really stupid filler. Just one example, the protagonist invents the screw. You know, the screw, been around since before the founding of egypt screw. What makes it worse than that though is even if you think the screw is a modern invention. There have been thiusands of generations of players run through the game, constantly inventing stuff. And apparently none ever thought to make a screw.

Thats basically the level of dumbness this book's filler has. And dont even try to think about the economics of the game's world. You'll herniate. In addition to just that dumbness for filler there is also a dull uninteresting romantic plot. Which is just shoehorned in to fill in pages with needless kissing, flirting, groping and (thankfully) pg-13 sex scenes. But worst of all, are the redundant explanations. Every opportunity the author got he would repeat explanations in varying degrees of lengthy detail. Sometimes repeating thevsame information multiple times in a single conversation. It got to the point where I was dreading new character. Because every newly introduced character meant all the information would be repeated at least twice. Once from Dave or bob or whoever explaining things and once from their own perspective as they came to the same revelations everyone else did.

It was horrible, even at 1.75 speed I still had to skip ahead in many 30 second chunks. And for that insanely horrible filler I knock off 2 stars.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Dale A.
  • 16/06/2018

Convoluted

The premise of this book is too convoluted. That’s reflected by the author restating core elements constantly, as if we hadn’t been listening to the story all along. In the last half of the story the author is introducing new game play mechanics almost every chapter. I love litrpg. Give this one a pass

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • David Martelli
  • 14/02/2018

good idea that started off well but fell short

This book started off great. I noticed a couple of things that annoy me personally about the writing right off the batt but I looked past it. But gradually every encounter between characters became so cringey and lame. I don't know how many times I can hear "a smile crept to his lips" or "Dave laughed" "so and so smiled" "so and so laughed". The social interactions between people in this book were horrible. the jokes were horrible. the romance was horrible. I hated the way it was written and I hated the way it was performed. I'm a huge litrpg fan and I feel a little bad about being so harsh on this book but man...I swear it was written over the coarse of a week. Just bored writing as you go. making it up as u go along. the main character was not a likable person at all yet every person in the universe loved him lol. Ok I'll stop my rant. I'm sure there are those who would enjoy this book. dungeon born books are 1 million times better though

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  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Trav
  • 04/02/2018

Meh

I really tried to like this book but the author made it almost impossible. Halfway through the book and the main character is already a massively overpowered fighter that acts like a wise old monk. Then, in the 2nd half, he becomes a master smith and creates god-level armor. Yeah....no. I don't even like playing games with cheats enabled but the author is basically handing his main character everything on a silver platter. Is there anything Dave is not good at? Of course not.

What is the point of this book when the main plot point is breached with the introduction of Bob? Everything afterwards seems trivial and contrived. A handful of pages were given to Dave to deal with the fact that his entire life has been a sham, but Dave is good at everything so of course he has no problem with it. Again, it is apparent that Michael Chatfield has limited patience and is incapable of developing a story over an extended period of time.

I tried reading the book on Kindle, once I got tired of that, I tried the audio book. I reached the halfway point then refunded my credit because I just couldn't go on. About a month later I decided to give it another shot, hoping that the story would improve. Here I am now, I have 2.5 hours left of the book and can't take another second. I am returning this for good. I love a long series of books that I can binge on, so it's too bad that this series makes me want to put my head through a wall.

Oh and the narrator wasn't horrible. He isn't a Nick Podehl (the best narrator in the business) but he did a good job.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • jakob
  • 15/10/2017

Meh

Not well written or edited but relatively entertaining. It's pretty uneven, some parts very enjoyable while others can be a little excruciating...

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