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A Thousand Li: The First Stop

Thousand Li, Book 2
Written by: Tao Wong
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins

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Best-selling author Tao Wong presents the second novel in the Thousand Li series.

©2019 Tao Wong (P)2019 Tantor

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  • David
  • 03-12-19

Wish the book was longer.

I love this series so far and my only regret is that I wish the book was longer. It's like the Cradle series where the books are around eight hours long. By the time you are really into it the book is a quarter or half over. I end up finishing them in two to three days LOL. Then I have to wait six months for the next Uh. Hope the next Thousand Lee or System Apocalypses comes out soon.

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  • Austin
  • 28-11-19

Not as good as the first.

The first book was an underdog story. He rose from poor farmer to sect member, to inner sect member. He was harshly discriminated against for being poor, kicked down at every chance, and barely gained any respect. He was able to change expectations, and clawed his way up through hard work and determination. This book however, is mundane...

He learns a few styles, dabbles in smithing, pill-making, fighting, but never really does anything amazing or unordinary. Several times throughout the book he is told he has no talent for each subject, he is just average. AND he accepts that! He doesn't find a unique style to throw himself into. His professions yield little fruit. It is so frustrating.

Why is he suddenly so ordinary? Why does he not have any true passion? Why does he progress so slowly? My biggest concern are the time jumps. There are several, skipping days, weeks, and months. For all the time that is passing, little is actually happening. I am disappointed. The first book was more more well done. This one is just "eh".

The narrator is decent, being able to portray different male and female voices. Range doesn't go high or low though. It is also very difficult to tell the characters apart when they have such similar voices. Not to mention I still have trouble with the traditional Chinese names. Being a single language speaker, it is difficult for me to latch onto names I can't easily recognize. You may see this as petty or my fault for not being cultured enough, but it is a real concern that should be taken into account when selling to a specific audience.

Overall: I am not too pleased with how this book turned out. If I have to wait 6 hours for anything remotely substantial to occur then something is wrong. This book was still mildly enjoyable but the first book did it much better.. The narrator did a decent job. Characters and plot may be hard to follow if you are unfamiliar with Chinese culture.

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  • Chris
  • 27-11-19

Good cultivation novel.

It is slow, no super power ups or skipping ranks. It's a slow grind that 99.9% of cultivation novel's skip. Our Mc is a minor character in the grand scheme of things and that's what makes it so good, he doesn't have all the answers does solve all the problems or anything like that. I liked it personally.

Travis Baldree did a amazing job as always he's how I've found 3 books so far after his narration of cradle.

Perfect scores all around.

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  • Candy
  • 17-12-19

Great story!

Wuxia at it's finest! A must read for fans of such. It draws you in.

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  • Puja Gupta
  • 07-12-19

great book!!

I read a significant amount of wuxia fiction. this is beyond worth a listen. excellent narration as well

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-20

Really good, loved the character development.

The time spent exploring the world and the different aspects of cultivation is amazing. I truly love how the author took his time and told the story. Good job dude.

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  • Chris Buzon
  • 13-12-19

fantastic

This is such a great series. if you liked the first one you'll like this one too. Awesome narration too!

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  • Candy Hernandez
  • 02-12-19

Book felt like a filler episode

The story was slow except for the last hour. nothing important or significant happened in the main character’s development he didn’t really grow Physically or mentally. Most likely won’t continue this series if character development is this slow.

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  • Mitchard Apides
  • 01-12-19

Wow just wow. This is amazing. Buy this!

Spend a credit! I love it! So should you! What are you waiting for!! Do it!!

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  • Jesper
  • 30-11-19

Buy it. NOW. Even if its too short.

Tao Wong is just so goog at what he does, and this series is refreshing and fun. I hope he is Hard at work on the next one.
AUDIBLE could be better at posting etas.

Though I liked it, I must object to the length. It is just too short, even it is is the usual TW lenght.

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  • Dean Cooke
  • 21-04-20

Waiting for book 3

Been after a good martial art cultivation story and this was it.
Now it's ended and I'm now here without book 3.
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  • Morris
  • 20-12-19

Amazing

This book is better than the first and the character grows at a relatively normal pace (which is great). I'm used to reading how the MC becomes the best after several years of training compared to the decades that others have trained. Tao wong doesn't make his characters over powered he makes him normal which makes him more relatable. love the book cant wait for book 3

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  • james mcadam
  • 28-11-19

awesome second book

love cultivation books and this is one of the best series I have listened to in a while. great story great characters and excellently narrated