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Dungeons of Strata - A LitRPG Series

Deepest Dungeon, Book 1
Written by: G. D. Penman
Narrated by: Adam Sims
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins

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Publisher's Summary

When Martin's raiding guild join the latest virtual reality MMO, they discover a challenge like no other. Strata Online is a 100-floor mega-dungeon, filled with an ever-shifting ecosystem of monsters.

Martin's team soon find themselves in a race against the world’s strongest guilds, all competing to be the first to reach the unbeatable game's lowest depths. With eternal fame and prizes on the line, Martin risks playing as a rarely chosen race: a Murovan rat-man, combined with the unusual exorcist class.

But unlike other games, he will need as much courage as skill to progress. Because the deeper he goes, the darker Strata gets.

©2019 Graeme Penman (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-01-20

couldn't finish

Maybe it's because I play video games for escapism and pleasure, but I can't stand whining about the game making you miserable. Stop playing and go to a new game.

The concept was interesting, but inconsistencies kept bugging me, especially with the whining of the main character.

All through the story, the MC keeps going on how it's just a game, but he keeps panicking each time he "thinks" his friend might be rushing to die. The MC is fine with other players dying, himself dying, but how dare his friend die.

There's other annoyances that kept me from getting into the book, which is a she cause I was enjoying the idea of a different race other than human or elf.

And the narrator's voice was an amazing job of keeping the whines of the MC a constant annoyance.

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  • Waggs Wolf
  • 05-01-20

One of the best LitRPG's available!

I read a LOT of LitRPGs and this gem caught me by surprise. I was intrigued with the premise of a decidedly non-human game world but I loved the mystery surrounding the game (both inside and out) and the world at large. Oh I can't wait for more. Well done!

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  • Christopher L Rader
  • 27-01-20

struggled throughout this

MC was ...boring? and story was a depiction of a sad gamers life it was not a fun listen the narrator was quite good thi

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  • Justin
  • 09-01-20

lots of...

there is a lot of introspection. the main character is always down on himself and in his head which I found kind of annoying.

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  • Jethal
  • 29-03-20

a shallow attempt that is inauthentic to gamers

we start with a gamer that doesnt want to read hype about the newest game. when they do get to play they pick the best class race combination because they're so amazing at seeing what no one else can. Of course the race is the black people of the game and is instantly distrusted by all the NPCs. when there is a chance to explore racism it must becomes a situation where the gamer kills his own people. what really clinched this terrible book is when a "Game Developer" does something that no developer would do and the gamer does nothing and tells no one about it.

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  • Denard
  • 27-01-20

this felt like part of a book and didn't finish

I felt like part of a book and didn't finish enough of it finished .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-20

fantastic

redwall meets litrpg great idea. the author is very good about progressing his story and creating suspence and intrigue.

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  • Brian D. Hughes
  • 11-05-20

Solid GameLit

Pretty standard VR-MMORPG type story but solid, well written and entertaining overall. Nothing groundbreaking or really unusual, but again, well crafted and the spoken performance is good.

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  • Spencer Phillips
  • 23-04-20

just wow

great sense of humor, great story line, great performance!!! I will definitely be investing in the next book

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  • Btothetuck
  • 23-03-20

Main Character doesn't get how people work

SPOILER WARNING

The story here is actually SOOOO good, I love Strata and most of the characters. But this main character doesn't understand a simple cause and effect. He intentionally antagonized one of the developers and then was surprised when he was met with a consequence. He then complained and whined about that consequence for the whole next chapter. All of his "interpretations" of both the real world and Strata are filtered through his annoying sense of entitlement yet self-loathing.

All things considered, a good book and storyline, fun world and concepts, good narration and characters! But I wouldn't listen a second time because the MC is just pretty unlikeable.

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  • John Cooper
  • 20-01-20

A story on many levels

An excellent weave of Martin’s dull real life and his hero existence in a virtual reality video game with something dark in the background that affects both made this a really enjoyable book.

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  • Lee Murphy
  • 15-05-20

MMO

Read a few books where mmos become real and this one blows all of them out of the water

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-02-20

Wonderful deep dive into a new world.

Completely loved this book, totally took me back to my RPG days storming dungeons, bosses, online friendships that last beyond the game itself. The storyline has it all with a good narrator to help you sink deeply into the world G.D Penman has so lovingly created

This is book had with great moments in it, that had me laughing, cringing and at times wanting to slap my head at the joke. The characters are delightful and even without much deep delving into each one you can feel a connection with each of them especially if you've ever played a large scale MMORPG they feel real and alive.

I already have ideas of what could be going on with the entire concept of this series (which is now to be a Trilogy the author has announced) and I simply cannot wait to dive into Strata again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-01-20

Not bad

Good story, Lindsey is a touch annoying. Will Listen to more when they come out