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  • Shared Insanity

  • An Outcast in Another World, Book 2
  • By: KamikazePotato
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 19 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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Summary

A chain, a portal, and darkness. That was all it took for Rob's life to go from the mundanity of college to being forced to survive in a hostile fantasy world full of horribly mutated creatures.

Despite discovering civilization and making allies, his newfound home was sadly short-lived, leaving the survivors to pick up the pieces and make for greener pastures. Having won the respect of the locals via a heroic almost-sacrifice, Rob travels with them, recognizing the importance of having people around to watch your back.

After all, if he's learned one thing since arriving to this strange new world inhabited by monstrosities and ruled by levels, stats, progression, and bizarre video game logic, it's that death is lurking around every corner.

A botched meeting with the Elven ruler's soldiers leads to thousands of people, Rob included, fleeing to the northern wastelands. Ambushes from monsters and men are the least of his worries—dealing with the system's assaults on his mind and the occasional eldritch abomination are far worse. As Rob slowly loses himself, fighting to stay as a person his loved ones back on Earth would recognize, he realizes that surviving just for the sake of seeing the next day isn't going to be enough to keep him sane. He and his friends will need to kindle their spirits, band together, and learn to support each other both physically and mentally.

By all rights, they'll perish. They're the underdogs, and world history isn't kind to those. Every inspiring legend of success is built on the graves of a thousand defeats. Society, the system, and the very world itself are against them. In the face of odds like that, what can they possibly do?

Simple: survive.

©2022 Brett Finnicum/KamikazePotato (P)2022 Podium Audio

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Quite disappointing

Book one was quite enjoyable. The Rob’s character came across overly naive and bumbling at times. Book two turns this up to 11, as a character he is dragged through the story with no real agency of his own 2’r lol g he does make an independent decision he is berated for it or apologies to the point of nausea.

In Shared Insanity his progress feels artificially slowed down for the sole purpose of letting everyone around him “catch up”. The very nature of fast learner means even with a lesser version no one will ever be able to keep up unless the author does as they have done here.

Sadly this has dosed my interest in what happens next in the saga.

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Oh my heart ❤

loved it, surprisingly deep levels of introspection from the most unlikely of places. Some adorable moments as well.

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  • Brian
  • 11-05-22

Dangit - made me binge listen

I was excited for the 2nd book to come out after having finished the first one about a month ago. Figured I'd stay up till midnight and listen for an hour and then get some sleep.
Nope... listened to the book till probably 5a, slept a couple hours, then have been continuing to listen.
I loved the first book, and it's rare that I get a sequel that I would say is as good or better than the first but this one is even better than the first. More sub-plot mysteries which keep making me want to know what happens next and tempts me to jump ahead.

Great series, highly recommend it! If you even somewhat enjoyed the first, this is a must.

And note to the author - I vote the sword gets named Swordy McSword-Face... at least let the characters put it to a vote ;)

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  • Rikki
  • 07-06-22

Enjoyable

I enjoyed this book and will read the next one when it comes out. The Royal Road authors that rise to the top seem to be producing great stories. If you see a book written by a silly name, I would recommend giving it a try. Examples, Shirtaloon, Turtleme, etc.

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  • Denard
  • 11-05-22

enjoyable book but....

the overall enjoyment of this book is solid that's why I gave it five stars and everything but in terms of actual story progression this was more of a 1.5 more like a side story than an actual full-blown book 2. sure a lot happens in the story and it's a very long book and everything about it is enjoyable but in terms of story progression it doesn't move forward very much it moves forward I guess like I said to a halfway point like a 1.5 this book would have had to have been made twice as long as it is to equal the story progression that would make it feel like a full-blown book 2. so when you pick up this book which it is worth picking up just have that in mind that story progression overall is a shortcoming of this particular book otherwise though you will still enjoy everything about the book if you enjoyed the first one.

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  • Rysterc99
  • 11-05-22

Pretty Good Story

I really like how the stats and character sheets aren't shoved in your face constantly and they have the skill changes at the end of chapter so the story doesn't get interrupted with Skill up notifications. it sure beats having the full character sheet being read out in it's entirety just because a mc got 1 point in a random stat or skill
The Story feels like it's building up towards something big with bits and pieces of world lore foreshadowing something great. I like how characters evolve and have their own complex feelings or opinions that make them feel real in the moment and not like background characters that are paper thin in complexity

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  • Aaron Lemons
  • 07-06-22

Fantastic

TLDR; Great book!

After discovering the LitRPG genre a few years ago, I was captivated. It was the same feeling I had in the early 90’s when, after constant bombardment by the hair bands/pop groups that permeated the 80’s, bands like Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden parted my hair with a sound like nothing I had ever heard before.

While the novelty of the genre slowly wore thin, plot lines began to feel formulaic, and the overall quality of writing in the genre found its decline, despair for something fresh set in.

This series was just the breath of fresh air for which I had been searching.

The story arc is still in its infancy which foreshadows many books yet to come. The author’s natural flow of dialogue, well-crafted character development and consistency, cinched together with raw, unfiltered humor synchronizes into a series that has left me craving more!

The narration takes this book to the next level. It’s as if KamikazePotato wrote this book with Neil Hellegers dictating in his head.

I’m hooked.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-05-22

Hi action Hi snark Cant wait for more.

Hi action Hi snark Cant wait for more. A great character and good support. I think the narrator really matches well to the pace of the story. makes me wonder when he gets a chance to breathe.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-05-22

Come on......

1 hr left in this thing. Dunno if I can make it!!

Come tf ON!!! With all this GD Sad-Sacking!!

18 hr book and 16+ hrs off it is the MC and others sitting around and being depressed sad sacks!

Holy sht....I am just....glazing over.

18 hr book and I sht you not, the 1st 6 hrs are the characters talking about PTSD from the end of the 1st book.

Like literally: Something besides abject Depression started happening, I perked up and checked the time stamp and 12 hrs were left in the book. 6 friggin hours of navel-gazing. Holy sht!!

The last fight has already happened, so I can only assume the last hour will just be more of the same. He is in the middle of it right now. It being, I guess, victimizing himself or whatever TF he is doing. GD.

Man, I dont want to 3 star this thing, but I have to.

FYI: Readers want books so they can find a strong Protaganist they can enjoy and emulate....I have enough Sad-Sacking IRL from myself and the people around me. GD man. Listening to 18 fkn hours of PTSD is not escapism. lol

I enjoyed the 1st book, but this one is a super drag. Don't honestly know if I will be willing to try a 3rd, lest it be more of this.

::sigh:: Let me trudge through the rest of this mire.

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  • Echo 7
  • 19-05-22

Surprising depth

Rob, the hit sponge, develops in to a profound character. Fighting the status effects, i will be vague if you have yet to listen to the story, is a great writing device that adds originality. This genera is great escapism, and Kamikaze has separated themselves with a well thought out story. Overall outstanding.

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  • Nathan Ellis
  • 18-05-22

Fantastic

It has been awhile since I’ve enjoyed an Isekai as much as this. While I feel like Kira’s character development is a bit slow, the characters give a depth to everything that proceeds in their on-goings. The world building is fantastic and I’m very excited for the next installment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-05-22

the best a listener can get

Another story that seems tailor made for Neil. The game lit systems and correct amount of emotional content (Bruce Lee quote lol) are just spot on. It's not a stroll down wreck your face lane. There's a sense of "Is this going to work out, or am I going to be pissed?"

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