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Battle Spire: A Crafting LitRPG Book

By: Michael R. Miller,Portal Books
Narrated by: Justin Thomas James,Jeff Hays,Annie Ellicott
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Summary

Jack Kross only wanted to play the game. Now he’s fighting for his life.
 

When a mysterious hacker takes control of Hundred Kingdoms, Jack is trapped inside the fantasy VR world along with millions of other players. But Jack is in a worse predicament. He’s cornered in the very tower the terrorists have taken as their base; the only free player left within its walls. Even worse, in the real world, his body lies in a sweltering room with no hope of relief.
 

Playing the profession-based Scavenger class, and at a low level, Jack’s prospects of fighting his way out are next to impossible. Crafting gear, traps, and weapons, allying with a deadly dungeon master and an AI he can’t fully trust, Jack is in a race against time to save not just himself but the millions of players held hostage.
 

Battle Spire is a meeting of World of Warcraft and Die Hard, using crunchy LitRPG mechanics with a heavy focus on crafting. Listeners can expect to find in depth item and spell descriptions, along with stat tables and profession recipes.
 

Note: strong language is used throughout.

©2019 Michael Robert Miller (P)2019 Michael Miller

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Imagine Home Alone meets Die Hard, in litrpg form.

If you are looking for a main character (MC) with overpowered abilities taking down giant monsters and armies of mobs and creatures... This isn't for you.

If your looking for a powerless MC relying on his creativity, ingenuity and a few hobbled together tools and shenanigans, to overcome impossible odds...this is more your cup of tea.

It is so refreshing to see a litrpg hitting all the right marks; good world building, an MC with human flaws, game mechanics with well defined limitations and last but not least. No harems, not even a shoe horned romantic interest.

Also thanks to the quality voice acting at sound booth, each character has their own feel and personality. The voices were very expressive and natural in a way that just let you immerse your self in the story.

I am hard to disappoint, and easily pleased so please take my positive review with a grain of salt. if you do not like litrpg, or are unfamiliar with the genre. The game like nature may be off putting for you.

I was lucky enough to get this book for free through a promotion, but this review was made off my own initiative As thanks for receiving such an enjoyable experience without being asked for anything in return.

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straight into my top 5

excelent story, possibly a unique style, and the audio really benefits from the range of narration.

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Simply Excellent

First I'd like to say thank you to Michael R. Miller for a beautiful story and the team at Soundbooth Theater (Justin Thomas James, Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott ) for a fantastic performance.
I've listened to alot of litrpg over the years and played many MMO's and this book is a true gem of the genre :)

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Brilliant

I love all Michael r miller books except maybe the first part of the dragons trilogy but even then that grew on me with time. A great read in the LITRPG/MMORPG style 👍

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not great in any regard

I managed to get to chapter 27 before I had to turn it off.

the story goes nowhere with a laughable amount of 'crafting', the narrator does a barely passable job for the most part with some character voices being painfully bad to listen to (I'm looking at you goblins with your Shrooms). all told the best part of this is the guest star performances by other voice actors that are better than the rest of the audiobook put together.

There are some enjoyable sections but they are drowned in a sea of mediocrity. I skipped entire sections as I just couldn't stand to listen to it.

If you're thinking maybe I'll get it, it can't be that bad - it is that bad.

I've listened to a lot of dungeon, litRPG and crafting audiobooks, this is by far the worst of the bunch.

apologies to the narrator and author but seriously, this stinks.

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Damn good stuff

Loved it. Audio quality was surprisingly high, and both narrators were excellent. It's always satisfying when you get a narrator who can sound like completely different people on demand.

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Really good Crafting and Action

Im always impressed when someone comes up with a novel way of playing the game so it is with Battle Spire as our main MC manages to take advantage of a situation and craft/loot his way up the ranks whilst taking on seriously high levels with nifty tricks and ingenious use of materials.
I enjoyed the story behind the main action and i think the characters have a lot of potential for a lot more stories.
Narration is from the usual SBT crew so is spot on as always.

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Addictive fun

As a UK listener I'm sometimes anxious sbout listening to US audio. Accents or pronunciations can pull you out of the story, but this wasn't the case. Within 5 minutes I was fully absorbed. The performance was engrossing and high quality, the story enjoyable and I found it hard to stop listening.

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Loved it

A really well written story with the right mix of of stats and action. Ejoyed the storyline and characters. As to the narration, a superb performance by Justin Thomas James aided by the soundbooth crew. They as usual bring the story to life.

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Prime example of a LitRPG

It's a complete story and has a complete arc. Really well written with not too much stats to make me bored of listening to numbers, but just enough for it to all make sense.

Also loved the clear and excellent voices of the narrators.

If you want a story to see if you enjoy LitRPG stories, then this is a prime example of one.

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