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  • EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel

  • Level Dead ,Book 1
  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel

By: Jake Bible
Narrated by: Jeff Hays
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Summary

From Bram Stoker nominated author Jake Bible, comes an exciting new LitRPG adventure series!

In the 23rd century, the world is at an end, and a group of gaming and programming friends decide that their only way to survive is to discard their bodies, and send their minds into the quantum matrix of a virtual gaming world. They have created the Domains, and there they plan to reside forever.

Except, the nightmares of reality have followed them into their new quantum dimension, and those nightmares threaten to destroy it all!

Now it is up to one of them to help navigate the quantum platform known as EverRealm, a fantasy MMORPG of epic proportions, in order to complete a quest he neither wants to complete nor knows how. With the help of his friends, and a lot of luck, he will have to face trials and tribulations like he's never faced as a player! Because now it is no longer a matter of Game Over, but of life or death!

Can he survive it all and come out a winner? The only way he'll know is if he plays the game to the bitter end!

©2017 Jake Bible (P)2017 Jake Bible

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If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who accept information without thinking about it - at all

What was most disappointing about Jake Bible’s story?

Well let's see.. 10 minutes in and we have a dog that apparently only needs vocal cords to be able to form complex sentences, a magical computer that can run pretty much forever, a plague of decaying zombies that never decay enough to actually fall apart but which can perform as well as they did while alive and a girl slave who gets put into an expensive, networked virtual simulation by her captors when she gets annoying?! ... Someone didn't bother with the worldbuilding.

What about Jeff Hays’s performance did you like?

He read the words without cracking up

What character would you cut from EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel?

everything between page 1 and the end

Any additional comments?

Writing a book about an RPG that I can only imagine is aimed at a YA audience doesn't excuse you from having to make a believable explanation for why things are the way they are ... and besides Adults like RPGs too. This however reads like the laziest thrown together concept imaginable.. Errm need protagonist to enter a virtual world.. I know it's the Apocalypse! A Zombie apocalypse, but all the tech works.. hell everyone has seen zombie movies no need to have it make sense.. Throw in a damaged girl as a love interest and a non threatening pet and there we go... A steaming pile of litrpg

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  • 17-12-20

Great- can’t wait to read the next book!

This is the eighth book I have read/listened to by this author and I would love to listen to more in this series!
I like the concept of the zombie apocalypse and how it infiltrated the gaming world. The main characters are a group of friends (and a dog) from around the world who have managed to connect with each other and plan what they hope to be there escape from the apocalyptic real world. I love the dog, who in the gaming world can talk. Although this is a book about people in a game it is not like some other litRPG’s I have read in that there is no notification of stats. That is not the focus of this book or I imagine, the series. In the different domains created by these friends, there is a different style to the world, people and/or creatures. This book involves them being in the domain of Everrealm. There are NPC characters but because of the infection reaching into the game, they are not behaving as they typically should.
We see a conclusion to the main issue in this story, but the end has a humongous lead into the next book however I would not consider it a cliffhanger.——-
This is the first book I have listened to by this narrator ( Jeff Hays ) and I would definitely listen to another. Fantastic timing and cadence. Great performance. Excellent voices. ——-

There are no explicit sex scenes, there is moderately described violence , there is quite a bit of swearing.——-

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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A great book.

I enjoyed this book, it's a great litrpg, world building is imaginative and well written, there's pleanty of detailing with a great deal of depth to it.
the characters are fun and likeable.
The narration is superb.
I'd recommendations to any one.
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LitRpg with a Zombie twist

This was an interesting take on litrpg, one I haven't come across before, in that it successfully combined zombies with the more standard elements of entering a fantasy RPG world. Generally I'm not really into zombie stuff but the way this mixed with a bunch of rpg fantasy stuff worked well. I also liked that it seems like each book will be set in a different type of rpg world, this first one has fantasy, the next probably cyberpunk.

Although I mostly enjoyed this book there were a few elements I did not.
At times I found the main character irritating, he could act in ways that seemed to be wilfully stupid, and I began to have a hard time believing that he would have been capable of surviving a zombie apocalypse. He frequently does things that would be just annoying in a role-playing character, but which become suicidal in the context of a world that he knows can actually kill him, if he was designed as a stupid or oblivious character that would be one thing, but he is clearly written as a survivor with at least some degree of sense and intelligence.

Also a couple of times the violence got more graphic than I personally like (probably because I'm more into fantasy/rpg than zombie stuff) and there were two or three times where excrement bizarrely (and to my mind, unnecessarily) cropped up, one particular bit I felt was especially awful and I really hated. Those elements and a couple of others mean that while I enjoyed the book I'm not sure if I will continue with the series.

Also anyone with a severe spider phobia may want to avoid this title.

While it is not a comic novel there are funny moments and I particularly loved a confused encounter with some river trolls which became my favourite bit of the whole book. I also enjoyed the characters of Bubba (a virtual recreation of a grandmother) and Hollow (a dog who becomes human in the virtual world) quite a lot and would have liked for the story to be more about them.

The narrator, Jeff Hayes, is really good, giving each character a unique voice. I realised as I listened that he also narrated another series of books I've listened to and he's becoming one of my favourite narrators.

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.

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not quite sure how this works as an l i t r p g may have to give one more book a try this is the first time that I have read anything by this author they may give one of his other books instead

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  • John G.
  • 06-08-17

Not litrpg

more of a zombie survival novel with VR elements, there is no actual "rpg" components such as stat distribution or looting etc. The dialogue seems more like a text conversation between people playing a game than people actually speaking to one another, and it's unfortunately apparent when the narrator tries to make it sound natural.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 25-02-18

The dead must eat the living even in the Virtual

This book definately has a lot going for it. Zombies, Jeff Hays, Zombies, and an excellent writer. I have to begin by praises Hays' performance. The man is a vocal machine, and I am always impressed when I find out an author was luck enough to snag him as a narrator.

The book itself kind of reminds me of an old RPG from the early 90's called All Flesh Must be Eaten. They put zombies in every genre you could concieve of, and stuffing them into a virtual world is something they would have done if they were as smart as Bible. He takes a simple concept like RPGLit and injects it with a dose of pure adrenaline. This comes across as Game of Thrones meets VR. He nails it, too. The threat is there, looming and ever present. The hopelessness of facing an opponent whose power only grows and grows, becomes bigger and bigger with every passing moment. You feel it. It is fresh and new for a book full of rotting corpses.

If you are fan of RPGlit, zombies, or fantasy then you will really love this book. I cannot wait to get part 2! This book was blast from the very first word all the way to the end.

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  • SquishyWire
  • 12-09-17

not as captivating as I thought

the beginning of a story usually is a hard start for anyone. for me that this book did have a quite exciting beginning but somewhere down the line I lost interest. I don't know if it was my fault or the story spent too much time trying to explain things. I will give the second book in the series a chance. but if it gives me the same feeling as I did for the middle of this story I probably will not continue the series.

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  • Midwestbonsai
  • 14-09-17

If you like zombie books

This was a tough book to review as I have liked the previous works produced by Jake Bible.  As one of the main characters says early on in the book, “It’s complicated…”  Mr. Bible’s writing style is often unique and each of his stories brings action, adventure, and excitement.  However, that was not the case with his recent releases into the Literary Role Playing Game (LitRPG) genre with “EverRealm”.  Even with a weak story, the audiobook edition is expertly narrated by Jeff Hays.  It is the first book in what is to become the “Level Dead” series.  Bible blends the lines with this book and it appears I’m not the only one confused as to the category the book belongs.  It is part virtual game, part zombie apocalypse, along with a blending of Family Guy and South Park.  Vulgar language flows freely and at times may even make a trucker or sailor blush; no offence to those two professions.  There are few RPG element, too much slap-stick, and more undead than you can shake a stick at.  For me, it is too much over the top humor and not enough focus on the core genre mechanics; something most who enjoy the LitRPG genre are looking for.  It is difficult for me to recommend this book unless you are looking for more of a humorous zombie (or undead) survival story wrapped in a fantasy veneer.

Because the story revolves mostly around the undead, it has a bit darker than many of the other LitRPG books I have listened too.  It is amazing the number of undead who appear to love their technology in this book.  Not only do we have zombies, but the book includes trolls, orcs, dragons, and automatons; or robots.  In this rather unique world of the undead taking over and people becoming fodder, our party of survivors set out to live in a new virtual world that does not have any undead.  But wait, an event occurs releasing a hoard of zombies into this previously pristine fantasy world, and our party is now forced to fight to survive.  I enjoyed a few of the humorous parts the author included such as Hollow the undead pet Schnauzer, Bubby the mythical aunt, along with the family of trolls.  There is also a fair amount of banter between characters of the party.  The author adds a decent amount of interesting and unique magical items found by the characters on their journeys. Who does not like a dragon with a slogan such as “fire fixes everything”, or a ranger character who doesn’t know how to track, forage, or understand the importance of a forest.  However, the use of modern vulgar language and how much it gushed from all the characters ruined the fantasy world feel for me.   The book included aspects of romance, but even this was minimized to the act of sex and did not really develop into what I would consider a deep loving relationship.

The book is exceptionally narrated by Jeff Hays and even though the material was lacking, the narration was top notch.  For those accustom to his work, Jeff narrates the many different characters, including female ones, with ease.  He gives the characters life by breathing in to them unique personalities making each easily distinguishable while listening.  Jeff’s works always go above and beyond by including special sound effects for a few of the characters.  I did not observe any issues with the quality of the audio itself.  A professional narration even when the book’s story is a bit weaker than I would have liked it to be.

For parents and younger audiences, be aware this book contains heavy use of crude and vulgar language.  It also contains topics involving sex along with multiple uses of sexual innuendos and crass humor.  If you are not a fan of Family Guy type humor, I recommend you keep your distance from this book.

In summary, the book’s concept, setup and overall premise had such potential I was looking forward to listening to it.  However, the light-hearted or comedic parts seemed to clog the stage where it should have been the story, the game, and the characters getting all the attention.  It is not a bad book, but if you go into it thinking you are getting a great LitRPG, you may be disappointed; as I was.  If you like zombie books containing a pile of vulgar words and crass humor, this may be the book for you.

Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

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  • Tiffany
  • 11-09-17

EverRealm

Which character – as performed by Jeff Hays – was your favorite?

Loved Kip

Any additional comments?

This was an okay story with a unique take on the zombie apocalypse. I didn't really like the main character. Jeremy was just straight creepy. I generally like Jeff's performance and this one is no exception. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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  • Charles A.P. Wetherington
  • 11-08-17

Way Beyond The Walking Dead !

What made the experience of listening to EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel the most enjoyable?

Humor written throughout the story line.I was laughing at several instances throughout the whole audiobook!

What other book might you compare EverRealm: A LitRPG Novel to and why?

This was my 1st LitRPG book

What does Jeff Hays bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excellent vocal inflection at the perfect times

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Of course ! But even though I may want to, my schedule would not allow it, I'm in the Service Industry which requires much public interaction.

Any additional comments?

A bit too much on profanity. Where there was sexual interaction,it was done with excellent taste and nothing graphic. Also, the grammar flowed quite well,which is most important for a good listen or read !

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  • robert
  • 06-08-17

over used

overused plot mixing zombie in light air RPG horrible can't stand it makes the story and completely boring and overused.

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  • Aaron Shahin
  • 10-11-17

Freaking Amazing and Funny

"I was voluntarily provided a free review copy by the author, narrator, or publisher at my request"

This book was amazing. I loved the storyline and the characters. It made me feel like I was the main character going on his adventure. I would strongly recommend this book for anyone who loves sci-fi fantasy. The narration was amazing.

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  • TU
  • 05-09-17

A GREAT new series from Jake Bible

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

So, I don't have much experience with LitRPGs and, from reading other reviewer's opinions, this one only loosely qualifies because there isn't enough leveling and stat talk. For me, I liked that it was only a superficial aspect of this book. Some of the others, in my opinion, spend far too much time on that and it becomes old after a while. I really enjoyed the zombies and unreality of this book. Jeff Hays, as always, did an amazing job. I would definitely look for more in this series.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 29-08-17

The zombie apocalypse at its most unique

First off, the LitRPG series is one I have recently discovered in the past few months. It spans or is capable of spanning every genre/sub genre one can imagine. Here however, they have allowed Jake Bible (author) to have access to their universe. He has some amazing sci fi as well as zombie books that I LOVE. Here though, WOW! The zombie apocalypse has been done and redone. This is an amazing take on it. The LitRPG world is based on futuristic gaming immersion and the worlds created. Here te story takes place post zombie apocalypse. The last 9 survivors have decided to immerse themselves in their gaming worlds forever...something goes horribly wrong. One of them has somehow been bitten and placed into the game as a zombie. A self aware zombie. This triggers something deadly in all the gaming worlds. Be ready for the most unique zombie tale ever!!!! Can't wait for more! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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