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The best selling six-books series is now complete! In video games, players hunt monsters.

But what happens when a veteran player finds himself on the monster's side?  

Oren, a high-level guild master, wakes in the body of a lowly goblin. Cast out, betrayed by his most trusted advisors, Oren is stuck in New Era Online. However, there are advantages to being on the monsters’ side. Starting from scratch, he’ll have to build up a powerful monster clan to take revenge. But first, he'll have to survive long enough not to be someone else's fodder.  

Life Reset is the first book in the bestselling fantasy LitRPG series that follows a monster main character who wields darkness-based magic. Includes heavy elements of town-building, raising a monster clan, magic, powerful enemies, and asking the deep existential questions of what it means to be alive inside a digital reality. 

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production: Jeff Hays - Narration, Characters, Production Supervision Dalton Lynne - Proofing Alex Tate - Production, Editing, Mastering

©2017 Shemer Kuznits (P)2017 Jeff Hays

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Absolutely Fabulous.

This is my first time experiencing the 'LitRPG' genre, though not new to this genre. I was hesitant at first to try this book, but I am damn well glad that i took it, else I would have missed an absolutely fantansic story and narration. I love the character in the story, they keep me wanting to get back. The story line keeps you hooked and you will really enjoy the protagonist's journe. You will keep laughing, grossing out, getting irritated by his decisions but at the end of the day, you will want it last more. I recommend to not miss out this wonderful book.

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  • HeatherY
  • 11-11-17

All Hail Our Tiny Green Overlord!

Oren was one of the first players in New Era Online, an immersive virtual reality MMORPG. He leveled up in the game until he was a highly influential player, the head of the top guild in the game, with an impressive number of prime badges. All that is taken away when Oren is betrayed and a powerful scroll spell is used against him. Oren wakes up as a tiny green goblin in the unexplored Deadlands of New Era Online.

Determined not to delete his character, Oren decides to continue to play as a goblin and wreak his revenge. To do this, he needs to build a goblin city in the Deadlands and take the fight to the players who betrayed him.

If you're a fan of this genre, you know what to expect. The main character takes on quests, level grinds, improves his stats, and interacts with the game. This book has all that and more. There's really something for everyone here. If you love stats, this book is full of them, Oren's personal stats, the stats of his goblins, his building stats, resource stats, you name it. If you love city building, this is the book for you. You can just settle back and watch him build his new village, weighing food production needs against resource management, watching everything move at a realistic pace. And if you like combat, there's some of that too, as Oren defends his new settlement and takes out those threatening it.

I was genuinely invested in Oren and his progression. In the beginning, he made some frustrating bonehead decisions, and tried to explain why the mistakes actually worked in his favor. But by the end, his struggle to hold everything together made him really likable. There's some other characters I can't wait to see more of. It's going to be interesting to see where the series goes from here.

Jeff Hays did an awesome job with the narration. He has an impressive number of different voices for the characters, and is consistent with them throughout the book. He also has a realistic female voice which I always appreciate. He made the book a pleasure to listen to. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I'd 100% recommend this book to fans of the LitRPG genre.

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  • Dr.Timmy
  • 15-09-19

too many stats read out loud

way too much reading and rereading of stats and resources. I ended up forwarding through chunks the book to avoid this boring filler.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-10-19

Too many adverbs

Started out well but had to stop listening. So many adverbs it was driving me nuts.

"What are you talking about," he said incredulously.

"Don't tell me what to do," he said angrily.

"We did it," he said cheerfully.

These aren't straight from the book but you get the point. A bit disappointing because the story was interesting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-10-17

Write faster!!!!

I can not wait to read the next one in this series. I LOVED it. I only say that about a handful of books if that. this story and the performance was amazing. like I was there. Please hurry with the next one =)

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  • Jacob
  • 07-11-17

decent premise in serious need of editting

the good: interesting premise. A slight twist from the standard new game super AI standard. If you like litpg you'll like the premise

the bad: the exposition was painful at times. he would explain something and comment on the logical nature of the exposition. like telling a joke and telling your audience it's funny. the story uses the game company as an evil corporation and a lawyer comes in to get him to sign documents to relieve them of culpability. this section is loaded with exposition and reeeeally bad legal theory that is laughable. I almost asked for a refund at that point but trudged on. The love interest with a goblin AI is weird not because of the computer human aspect but because the goblin has little intelligence. basically mentally handicapped. luckily it isn't a primary plot imo.

overall I wish a professional editor had gone over this with butcher knife and carved out the bad parts because there is a decent story in there. just a lot of unnecessary exposition and clunky side plots that feel awkward.

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  • Christopher
  • 27-10-17

A truly good litrpg

This is one of those books I wish I could forget, just so that I could read it again for the first time.

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  • Christopher
  • 22-10-17

Above the cut

This is another one of the few LitRPG series on audible that is truly well written and more importantly seems to have actually been edited.

If you're like me and love classic LitRPG, but can't bare to face-palm your way through another unedited string of beginner writer's mistakes then you know what I mean.

This book actually deserves the 5 stars.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-11-17

Surprisingly great! Good design.

A very fun and very long first entry in what i hope is a many book series. I usually avoid litrpgs where the people can log out (which most of them can) but the way the mc gets stuck is very believable and gives him a real goal to work towards. Only one game mechanic made me cringe and go, "no one would make or play a game like that." Which is high praise for this genre. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys the litrpg genre. I can't wait for the next one.

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  • Nathanael
  • 27-10-17

A great adventure

I am not usually into these types of litrpgs, where the world is a game and everyone knows it. But this story is a great take on this type of world.

Well written, funny, smart with lots of action and twists. its a hefty read at 25 hours as well. Shout out to the sound editors and the narrator who do a great job bringing the story to life.

I, for one, welcome our new green overlords and eagerly await the next book.

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  • ♡Louise♡
  • 26-10-17

Entertaining

Really enjoyed this book! 20+ hours and you'd expect a ton of filler, but surprisingly it was all story. Good story :)

Definitely a unique spin on the typical litrpg books I've read. A kind of "the player gets stuck in the game" but not exactly. No spoilers!

The main character is a likeable (not always good though) guy you can get behind. The narrator Jeff Hays, is amazing as always.

Worth a credit or purchase - absolutely!

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  • David
  • 24-10-17

Excellent adeptation for audio of a superb story

OK, so I loved the book and therefore bought the audio version, but trust me that doesn't always live up to the anticipation. Here however, I can confirm it truly does and is well worth the investment of time and money to acquire. If you are on a budget though, you may want to wait until the two are offered together as it is really expensive to get unless you have a credit waiting for a home ( and I really hope you do!)

Having said that you are getting excellent value for money as the Audible version is very well done. Jeff is a great narrator with good diction and timing for the pace of the novel and it is a long book and story, so try and fly to Australia to listen to it, so you don't listen to it at work!

Moving to the story and plot. The opening chapters are, to me a little clunky as the author assimilates the real world and game world to us, but some really thoughtful examples of what would happen to the world if immersion technology really happened, but this is OK and certainly drew me into the story very easily. Once in, it really takes off and the Main Character then starts to develop or to be fair redevelop and you get a rich game world and system with some clever mechanics. This is definitely a game world you would want to play in and be a part of and the system is easy to follow.

Leveling is well done, usually they kill a God in chapter 3 and then are uniquely brilliant. Here there is some uniquely brilliant skills etc, but the story makes it both acceptable and plausible in the context as well as some clever out of the box thinking on gaming lore and procedures.

The plot is good and diverse, though of course following a relatively predictable theme of gaining levels etc. But it is more than that and is engrossing and engaging so 10 out of 10 for the Shemer Kuznits for the plot and for the cast which also fills out the story. Lots of people for you to like, love and treat like old friends when they develop in Book Two..

Now I just want Book Two and the second book on Audible! No pressure, happy to receive them in time for Christmas.......

Seriously, this is a great book and a great Audible purchase and one of the very best in this LitRPG Genre.

Get a copy of this today if you have not already done so.

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  • Stephen
  • 16-11-17

An unexpected suprise

What can I say I loved it so sad there isn't a 2nd book yet was great good story well read I highly recommend.

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  • Ruth Wade
  • 07-06-18

Excellent LitRPG

I have listened to almost all of the LitRPG books on audible and was struggling to find anything I liked as much as the Land by Aleron Kong. This book did not disappoint.
Certainly the best book I have listened to in a long time.

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  • Muzzy
  • 31-01-21

Phenomenal

Usually an avid scifi reader. This series just keeps getting better with deep character development. while some parts can drag a little the overall story and progression really keeps you hooked and the narration simply transports you away and keeps getting better with additional voices playing female roles in the later books. Probably the best narration I've heard in half a decade on audible and that's no small feat. Give it a go!

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  • S. Reid
  • 07-08-19

Good take on LitRPG

As with a lot of the LitRPG i love how this takes a player character and turns him into an NPC with added powers and controls. This gives some great options to the story and although this drags a little in some areas i reckon this is a good 4.5 stars and worthy of getting the 2nd in the series.
Narration is what you would expect from Hays and his good use of the male/female voices always stands out to me. I also liked this Annilator effects.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-10-17

Not a bad book overall!

Creature stats readouts get a little repetitive, but not too much so that you get bored, part of the format really!
The story seems to progress slowly, but it's part of the protagonists struggle so it fits,
try not to think "Why isn't he doing this?"
Or, "He really could do that, why hasn't he done it already?"
Some of it's a learning curve for him, and other times he has his reasons that end up getting g explained anyway.
Enjoy it for what it is!
The narrator does a pretty good job, even with the voice changer effects I appreciate his work in finding different voices for different characters.
Good solid, quality work.
Highly enjoyable, looking forward to the next!

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  • Voyager
  • 23-10-17

Brilliant 1st book

23 hours of superb audio enjoyment with only minor points the author should change in my personal view.

The MC is rude and very abrupt with very little, if any courtesy when initiating conversation with other chrs.

The author uses suspense at EVERY turn that it reduces the effect that is intended after a while.

(Spoiler), Not happy with the never ending detail when the MC was captured and tortured near the end of the book.

The MC is constantly thinking negatively and could be more positive at times. This would reduce the suspense sometimes but suspense at every turn is too much and made me jump forward in 30 sec intervals until the so called suspense monent was over. Just too much, too often.

Other than all that, when's the next book, I can't wait. On audio of course.

Overall, terrific 1st book, well done and keep it up please.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-04-21

Amazingly narrated adventure - I'm hooked!

Kuznit manages to write an astonishingly interesting story. Within minutes, you're connected to the storyline and our main character. In combination with Hayes, who delivers a stunning performance, the World of Nero is ready for your exploration.

The story contains world building aspects and mechanics that are beautifully executed and explained in the perception of the character at hand. The only reason for not receiving five stars, is that the character at times is made to be a bit more stupider than what you'd assume, such that the plot can continue (The lawyer scene).

If you're a litrpg enthusiast, this is worth a read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-21

awesome

absolutely amazing book. great settlement building elements and love that the MC is a goblin

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  • ToxicTreee
  • 09-03-21

Life Reset

I love LitRPGs, but this one just doesn't work. The actions and decisions of the people made no sense to me. to the point where it was causing me to question more and more of the story and plot to unenjoyable levels.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-10-17

Moo review (amazing)

Ok get ready to hold onto your shit as I bring you a tale of the best city build slash litrpg ever this book is what I want and need in my life ...
if you need a good read this is your book
If you need a great read this is your book
If your cat just died ... this is your book
No matter what this is what you need to make your life compleat omg yes all over my face

Loved it

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  • Chris
  • 10-05-18

Amazing

what a great book. Got me hooked line and sinker from the first chapter.
Likeable MC and easy to follow the story. Really well written and the narrator killed it!

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  • Matt
  • 04-01-18

fantastic LitRPG

If you like LitRPG stories that involve building bases and in-depth characters, then this is a story for you.

Brilliant character build up and following, the build up of the past and then the events that follow keep you hooked, I couldn't put this book down and can't wait for the next one to be completed.

I recommend this book and give it 5/5 as I haven't heard a story like this for awhile.

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  • Glenn
  • 27-10-17

Fantastic

Really fun read cant wait for the next one. I like the twist of him being a monster nice variation to the genera

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  • Paul Rowan
  • 08-12-20

Avid MMO fans will enjoy

I actually enjoyed this book (mostly) and I pay my compliments to Hays for bringing a cat off characters to life, but had to down rate the overall story for a number of reasons.
Primary among these is the frustrating and tediously repetitive nature of the style. I can imagine that as a hard copy book, looking over the protagonist's character sheet every few pages is something that can be ignored with momentary interest. Having it read and reread to you in painful detail again and again very quickly losses its novelty. The same goes for every user interface and ability description he gains, every level up, every point of damage dealt, etc. Even listening on 1.2 speed, I felt this severely slowed the progression of the story, and detracted from the action. The whole plot could have been achieved in half the words using a more conventional context.
I enjoyed the story enough that I will probably check out the next book in the series at some point, but not any time soon, and not for full price.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-08-20

Awful beginning

This might just be the single most contrived story ever written... and I realise all fiction is contrived. Half way through chapter 3 when the main character calls his never-before-mentioned distant best friend who happens to be a lead developer of the game, you just have to laugh. Nothing plot-related has even happened yet!

The main character lives a depressing life and has a depressing personality but is completely unaware of it. In the same chapter 3, the MC slams the table in a busy restaurant scaring people. Like... hello? Mental instability? How are you supposed to self-insert into a lonely, angry (but rich) dude locked into an MMO in his house? The answer is you can't - but for the setting to make sense, the character and backstory is contrived.

I have a feeling this story will actually improve once interesting things happen so I'll keep reading, but for the author's failure to establish a premise... one star. I've read so much 'amateur' litrpg web novel stuff in my life and this is soooo bad. Even the magic system. Three stat options to choose from and spells you can teach yourself by meditating? So dull. Where's the decision making?

I feel bad writing a negative review and would normally never do it but I can't believe anyone would charge for this. Sorry. I literally don't believe the reviews I read before purchase to be genuine. Or perhaps the reviews are just skewed by people who already read and liked it long ago. I should have trusted the mixed/negative reviews I saw on Royal Road.

Oh! And the goddamn reverb when skill descriptions are read out. It's so distracting. It feels like you can hear somebody talking in the background. The narration is not bad otherwise.

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  • Baron
  • 16-04-18

Waiting for the next instalment, brilliant.

Well written, well preformed, great story and this is after Joe Abercrombie ‘s first law series, this is my most favourite audio book, Hurry up ,, get the next instalments on line,,

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  • Rodney
  • 22-11-17

Fresh perspective

I really enjoyed two main themes - an experienced "player" starting from the beginning with a completely different perspective. And all the trouble you can get into before Level 20. Finally the unrealistic expectations of new players who don't respect the whole role.
10/10 and a hunger for a follow up novel, well worth the experience and another author to follow.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-21

ughhh

spend 20+ hours cringing at the mc who is devoid of a personality,

book could be literaly cut down to less than a quarter and be less boring.

narrator is terrible

story could have been great hope i dont regret the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-04-21

skyrim fan

great book awesome if skyrim fan must read cant wait 4 next book soo good