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Summary

A laugh-out-loud, slice-of-life martial-arts fantasy about...farming????

Jin Rou wanted to be a cultivator. A man powerful enough to defy the heavens. A master of martial arts. A lord of spiritual power. Unfortunately for him, he died, and now I’m stuck in his body.

Arrogant Masters? Heavenly Tribulations? All that violence and bloodshed? Yeah, no thanks. I’m getting out of here.

Farm life sounds pretty great. Tilling a field by hand is fun when you’ve got the strength of ten men—though maybe I shouldn’t have fed those Spirit Herbs to my pet rooster. I’m not used to seeing a chicken move with such grace...but Qi makes everything kind of wonky, so it’s probably fine.

Instead of a lifetime of battle, my biggest concerns are building a house, the size of my harvest, and the way the girl from the nearby village glares at me when I tease her.

A slow, simple, fulfilling life in a place where nothing exciting or out of the ordinary ever happens...right?

The first volume of the blockbuster progression-fantasy series—with more than 16 million views on Royal Road—now available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and Audible!

©2022 CasualFarmer (P)2022 Podium Audio

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Best Xianxia I’ve ever read

This “tongue in cheek” take on the traditional Xianxia formula is amazing. Sure, epics such as “Painting The Mists” and “Unsouled” are great, but this book is like a breath of fresh air; managing to poke fun at the standard tropes while still respecting the category.

The characters are top notch. They have tonnes of personality and bring so much to the story and the world. Even better, many of them have hidden depths and go through their own personal arcs.

This book isn’t progression fantasy, in fact there is very little attention paid levels and growth at all, and yet it doesn’t feel “wishy-washy”. You get this feeling that there is a solid magic system in play and that the rules just aren’t fully understood yet.

My only regret is that I found this book before any of the sequels have been written/recorded.

Lastly, Travis Baldree brings his A-game; once again proving his status as one of the best narrators around.

I eagerly anticipate the next instalment!

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Refreshing new perspective

Love the perspective focus on the spirit beasts.and the desire to avoid violence. To gain power

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fantastic

was hesitant about this at first but when I got into it the story felt so well cared for and surprisingly made me laugh a fair few times which is a nice change of pace for the genre

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Very funny, but only near the end.

I enjoyed this book very much, there was a few times in the first half that made me smile but in the second half I was crying with laughter, having to stop what I was doing while I tried to get my breath back. I can't wait for the next book.

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As it should be 👏

Loved it. This is where wuxia & xianxia stories usually go down the same route ie. transported to another world, has some kind of cheat ability that let's him fight stronger enemy's and becomes the most powerful in a short time ect. Now here we have a guy who understands his situation in a Cultivation world and wants nothing to do with it 🤣🤣🤣 by far the best Cultivation story I've ever come across, with a protagonist who is intelligent and understands the world he's in isn't for him 😏

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Very good book series

Whoooo one of the best cultivation sagas. Filled with lots of fun. And chickens

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I cannot recommend this enough. A fantastic, relaxing slice of life cultivation novel. Travis Baldrees is a great narrator too.

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awesome

this book is pure brilliance and super funny please write more i cant Wait for the next one

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Great book - Highly recommend

Great story and a good subversion of some of the common tropes. I thought the humour was generally on point and the characters were good too. It could have perhaps done with a slightly smaller cast of animals as some of those felt skipped over somewhat later on.

I did enjoy the slice of life styling of the book but without any real adversity the plot occasionally dragged a bit. That said, I zipped through this in a couple of days because it was so enjoyable.

Baldree's narration was fantastic too.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this

I wasn’t sure about this one…….but I enjoyed it and it just got better and better.
I didn’t know anything about cultivation but that didn’t matter at all, it’s just enjoyable.
The time flew by and it finished before I knew it.
I really hope there will be more in the series.

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  • 26-05-22

Don’t let the title fool you!

This is the best, most feel good book I have read in years.
I bought it on a lark just because the title intrigued me. Such a good choice! I loved everything about this book, it’s a great story without too much guts and gore, just a really nice good book.
I can’t wait until the next one

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  • Micah Gearhart
  • 24-05-22

An uplifting Slice of life Xianxia Story

This title has been one of the highest rated stories on Royal Road for a reason. Here are but a number of the reasons to listen. A delightful twist on the Xianxia tropes. A relatable and refreshing mc who just wants a tranquil life. A large supporting cast that manages to stick to your heart in their own right. Masterful pacing that moves the story without being rushed or bogged down. Enough mystery to keep you wondering what's coming next. All these and more are the myriad reasons to enjoy Beware of Chicken.

Can't forget Travis Baldree's usual fantastic performance either.

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  • Stephenopolis
  • 24-05-22

Highly recommend

This is not your usual xianxia novel. Beware of chicken turns this genre on its head in a lighthearted way filled with serious humor.

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  • Adam Sheils
  • 26-05-22

Best Xianxia Novel in Years!

This slice of life novel is set in a rich and compelling world filled with hidden masters, powerful spirit beasts, growing rice, and building snowmen.

The characters are charming and each one is well developed and nuanced, not just 2D characterizations.

I’m not usually into slice of life stuff but this one has surprising depth and charm. Definitely recommend giving it a chance!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-05-22

A Subversion of the Genre

Beware of Chicken is an initially comedic piece, that over time builds itself slowly but surely. with memorable characters, an ever expanding world, and a great example of an unreliable narrator in the form of Jin.

Jin sees the world through that of a normal man and his impact on others with his atypical attitude is seen prominently. As Jin learns of new things about the world so do you with his perspective marrying the strange with the normal.

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  • Erik
  • 24-05-22

Absolutely hilarious.

I can’t wait for this series to grow. I’ve read every chapter available and didn’t think I would come back to it after just finishing but Travis Baldree made it even better. I can’t recommend it enough.

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  • David R
  • 27-05-22

There is a reason this has perfect reviews.

Basically, it is fun, witty, well done, has a great narrator, and doesn't have any woke AF or drama BS.

SO you should read this book because it is a truly and genuinely good book to everybody including those who don't like the genre.

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  • Christopher
  • 28-05-22

Impressive and unique.

I will try to avoid leaving an excessively long review here as this audiobook has been suitably praised by many, and it was released less than a week ago.

Suffice to say that this was an exceptionally good audiobook. I actually did laugh out loud which for me pretty much never happens. Usually when I see that comment in reviews it’s a red flag that the book is going to be juvenile and idiotic. But the success of the humor is more of an indication of the quality of the writing than to say that this is a specifically comedic work.

The characters are endearing and magnetic, the story is engaging, and the narration is so spot on that you forget that it’s there and it feels as though you are actually reading the story. Which is the highest praise that I think you can give to a narrator.

To put it plainly, if you are even considering listening to this title then it’s pretty much guaranteed to be worth your credit.

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  • Robert OToole
  • 25-05-22

Challenge the power of Heaven! NOPE! I'm out

Great xianxia cultivation novel with a unique take on the genre. The MC recognizes the world he's been reborn into and decides he wants nothing to do with the cultivator BS so he goes off to be a farmer. Light & heart warming story. I HIGHLY recommend and can't wait for more.

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  • Brayden
  • 24-05-22

Refreshing fantasy, Refreshing Xianxia

As always Travis Baldree does an excellent job with this one, and I'm glad that he decided to narrate this book. I had the pleasure of reading this story on Royal Road, and I'm enjoying the more polished final version. There were a few re-writes that added more context and details to help flesh out the story more, which I appreciated. Much like our main character Jin, the author has treated this story with careful diligence that is rare in this genre.
I fully recommend that you read this and the author's other work.

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