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  • Foundations

  • A LitRPG Adventure (Tower of Somnus, Book 1)
  • By: Cale Plamann
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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Summary

First contact gone wrong. Humanity judged and found wanting. Unlimited power up for grab.

The Galactic Consensus arrived on ships as large as skyscrapers, crafted from glittering alloys that no human scientist could even begin to understand. They followed the trail of century-old television transmissions to welcome us into the galactic community...only to recoil in horror at what they found.

They concluded that humans were unfit to be trusted with the advanced technologies that member-states of the Consensus freely traded with each other, installing a relay to warn other ships that we were under embargo, but more importantly, allowing humans entrance into the Tower of Somnus, a multiplayer game of sorts that could be played in one’s sleep. The hope was that humanity would learn proper behavior from playing the game with our more civilized neighbors.

Katherine "Kat" Debs, a hereditary employee of one of the megacorporations that ruled the world, eked out a meager existence in a massive arcology of glittering glass and chrome. She dreamt of one day earning enough money to buy her freedom and was more than willing to break a law here or there in the process. When she is offered an opportunity to enter the Tower of Somnus free of corporate control, she jumps at the chance. After all, the "game" was more than just a status symbol; players retained the fantastic powers they earned in the game in the waking world as well.

A perfect opportunity to take control of her destiny or die trying.

©2022 Cale Plamann (P)2022 Mountaindale Press

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Awesome

Can’t wait for the next installment! Definitely worth your time. Narrator is superb as she always is.

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Not one to miss... I'm bloody serious

Foundations: Tower of Somnus by Cale Plamann. Straight out the gate, this is an excellent #litRPG that absolutely delivers 100%. @MouthyMaven's awesome narration truly brings the characters in this book to life. Will not disappoint. 📚5/5🌟 #BookReview

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amazing great litrpg

amazing story love the cross over between the game world and the real world cannot wait to get book 2

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an interesting blend of cyberpunk and fantasy

well written with intrigue and plots within plots. Dorrik and Kaleek are both treasures and I really look forward to their interactions.
that said, I found the events in the real world far more exciting than the tower delves. strange, but I really look forward to more of this going forward.

there are only two things that detract from this:
first is Arnold's character sudden flip flops - as if Cat wouldn't have known about his real character growing up - making excuses only takes it so far, it's a sore point of the plot to get things started.
second is the use of throwing knives... you might as well as just hold onto them and use your body weight to make them far more effective than disarming yourself

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Great story

This is a great start to a series and I definitely look forward to more.

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who reads reviews anyway

I loved this story, alot. As in I immediately read the next 2 books in the series consecutively the next day.

The voice acting is great too. would recommend.

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  • Elizabeth A Stender
  • 12-07-22

Good story but annoying naration

I found this a decent enough story. Enough to keep me listening even through some ear piercing whinny narration. Hope the next book comes out soon and that your narrator stops using high pitch whinny voice.

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  • Elias Dantas
  • 06-07-22

Hits all the points

As the title says, this story hits all the right notes for me.

We get an intelligent heroine, a plausible situational system (for LitRPG anyways), a story that flows without much guidance from the author and an overall romp of a story.

The only thing that is bad on it is that I'll have to wait to see where the story will go from here until book 2 comes out.

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  • joseph bermingham
  • 24-07-22

distinctly unpleasant characters.

the super badass main girl, incapable of putting her foot down to the bone headed guy is an incredibly frustrating character dynamic. I made it 3 hours in and had to stop. maybe it gets better, but I don't have high hopes

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  • Trav
  • 17-07-22

It is okay

This is not my favorite story. It was confusing how it jumped between the real-world and the game. The mechanics of everything was ok but I did not find them compelling. And the constant reference to a guy using the singular-plural was just confusing. It also didn't help that the author would sometimes reference that character as he/him as well.

Issues with the story aside, my biggest complaint was the narrator. Andrea does not have that many voices. Most of the guys sound the same and she only has about 2 or 3 distinct female voices. I have given several books she has narrated a chance but I am afraid this will be my last one.

All that being said, this is just my opinion and should not be relied upon to make your decision since everyone is different. Everything I dislike, may be why you like this book. Audible allows you to try books for free. Try it out and return it if you do not like it.

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  • Dakota VanLinden
  • 11-07-22

Sooooooo good!

I enjoyed Cale's other books, but damn! I love the Tower of Somnus. I love the cyberpunk aspects. I love the evil corporations. I love the Tower. I love the sidekicks. I love the integration of game magic in the MC's real world. Dude, I just loved this book. I had a hard time doing other things instead of listening to Andrea Parsneau's wonderful narration.

This is one of my favorite LitRPGs!

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  • FanMerch
  • 19-07-22

was bamboozled

I thought it was strictly cyberpunk ish but it turned into litrpg. Good news is it's a good mix of both so it's fine. a few heavy handed Character development points that were odd but overall a good listen.

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  • Randall
  • 11-07-22

I love Cale Plamann's unique MC's

Cale Plamann does a great job in all his books in having consistent and flawed MC's who grow, and this book is no exception. The MC of this story is a total badass in that she never gives up and is always looking to improve/succeed, but she's young (17) and falls for a lot of young person problems, which is perfect for her character. I love how she reacts to where she is now after making mistakes and tries to make the most of her situation, rolling with the punches. This story has a great new universe with lots to uncover in its history and systems, and I can't wait for the next book in this series to come out. This book was a whole lot of fun, and it makes me deeply wish I could power up in my dreams too.

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  • CDM860
  • 07-07-22

This is 2 awesome stories bundled into one

I promise you won't be disappointed by this book.
You get one character who essentially lives 2 lives, one while she's awake and another in her dreams. Her experiences in one world carry over to the other. By itself this premise is amazing. Full marks for creativity!!!!
As a reader you get to see world-building in on both sides, and both worlds are worth paying attention to.

But the story goes beyond just having a cool premise, and actually delivers a likeable MC, interesting characters, great action sequences, and a healthy dose of social and political drama to give the characters actions meaning and purpose.

Can't wait for the next book.
Highly recommend!!!

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  • Laura
  • 24-09-22

Don't Worry, Just Keep Listening...

...the most annoying character gets his comeuppance after not too long. The author doesn't make you sit through excessive amounts of that particular flavor of garbage human behavior.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-09-22

One of the best I have read

This series is excellent and quite different from other LitRPG and Tower stories. As for the narrator... I don't know that I have heard Andrea Parsneau play all voices in a book before, She is incredible. She makes the voices unique to the point that you always know who is talking, and she is able to make male voices sound male and female voices sound female. With this series she has become my favorite narrator.