• Life in the North: An Apocalyptic LitRPG

  • The System Apocalypse, Book 1
  • Di: Tao Wong
  • Letto da: Nick Podehl
  • Durata: 9 ore e 50 min
  • Versione integrale
  • Data di pubblicazione: 09 02 2018
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • Editore: Tao Wong
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Sintesi dell'editore

All John wanted to do was get away for his life in Kluane National Park for a weekend. Hike, camp, and chill. Instead, the world comes to an end in a series of blue boxes, animals start evolving, and monsters start spawning. Now, he has to survive the apocalypse, get back to civilization, and not lose his mind. Life in the North is book one of the System Apocalypse, a litRPG apocalypse series that combines modern day life, science fiction, and fantasy elements along with game mechanics.

©2017 Tao Wong (P)2018 Tao Wong

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  • pat gunn
  • 26 02 2018

Very unexpected

A lot better than expected, hoping the story stays interesting in the second book. As always Nick is an amazing narrator and the characters have good feel to them I think this touches on some things that get left to the dust for characters that John experience and it is the anger they have built in that usually gets shoehorned into being some random burst of raw power and strength for them rather than actually being a flaw for the character.

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  • Bryan S Guzman
  • 28 02 2018

God damn it John

Right so the thing is this so mostly a fun listen. There is a lot to like but the thing is John our hero is the fucking worst. I understand where he is coming from and why he does a lot of what he does but the things the man is still a bloody idiot and extremely frustrating. Can we get a new protagonist like Lana or Richard or any one but this jack ass who is a fucking idiot. It is rare for me to hate a protagonist this much. I can only that in the future he either improves and stops being a selfish man child or we change main characters.

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  • andrew
  • 13 07 2018

Tired of the sudden jerks to Homosexuality.

Frankly, I dont care who you love in this life. Male on male, Female on Female. But my taste is rather old school normative. I like classic male - female relationships in my literature. Its what I enjoy hearing. Its a complete put off for me when the story turns to Bisexual fantasy material out of nowhere after 4 hours of quite interesting buildup.
Nick Podehl does an amazing job on this book and on every book he has done but i'm starting to detect a pattern of this sort of story twist. (Sufficiently advanced magic is another example.)
Call me intolerant, I dont care. Politics has no bearing on what I enjoy in entertainment. I'm tired of every love story turning into a virtue signaling mess that doesn't make sense to the plot when the MC suddenly comes out of the closet after flirting with a different relationship the entire book.
I'm done. Just done.

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  • Logan79
  • 08 03 2018

Your world is now forfeit

I love that the dude upgraded his body and ended up looking kinda like Keanu. This is a fun book, the MC has big anger issues which he's trying to work through and seems to be maybe pansexual from some of his conversations.
Very cool concept that weaves in lots of familiar skills and ideas. I liked it and am looking forward to another chapter in this story.

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  • David Riemer
  • 06 03 2018

Great story and performance

I love this storyline but I don't know why. I really like the narrator and he has done other Lit RPG books just as well. It makes me nervous that the third book is "not available yet" I hope this doesn't become a never ending wait like a few other series I am waiting STILL for the next book in the series to become buyable! Some of these I have been waiting YEARS for not exaggerating. DON'T WAVE THE CARROT IN FRONT OF MY FACE IF YOU NEVER GIVE IT TO ME! But yah worth the credit and would buy book three as soon as it becomes available.

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  • joshua
  • 09 03 2018

suck

the closest romance he has is a male elf, so if you're not bi, it's going to annoy you, it jumps around so much that the story loses all it's life, no build up just start, finish nothing in the middle, starts out strong to draw you in then dies. get alter world, viriden gate or life reset ,world seed or a myriad of other series of the same genre that are better

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  • Michael
  • 07 03 2018

Look, just go get it, it's a great listen...

I'll keep this simple and to the point:

- Great Concept
- Strong plot, flow and pace
- Narrator does it justice
- The second book in the series is waiting for you, and it's worth it.
- Lots of fun, and a great romp that blends scifi and fantasy.

Look, just go get it, it's a great listen, if you like LitRPGs.

Enjoy!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16 02 2018

really good book

I found this book really entertaining and pretty cool it's a different twist to litrpg

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  • adam
  • 13 08 2018

Great Book! Negative reviews are misleading!

This is a great LITRPG! I loved it! I bought book 2 and 3 already and can’t wait to listen to them.

WARNING ABOUT MISLEADING AUDIBLE REVIEW COMMENTS!!!
Despite being a LitRPG enthusiast I refused to read this book for multiple months because of the negative reviews. There was a similar trend of issues mentioned in audible comments which are typically red flags for books that I will not enjoy. These concerns were unfounded and I want to mention them just in case other listeners are deciding to not read this for the same reasons:
1. I cannot stand it when the main character is dumb or when stupidity drives plot. If I am fifteen minutes in and I keeps screaming “WHY DID YOU DO THAT?” then there is a high probability that the book is being returned. There were a lot of comments which seemed to suggest that the main character kept making dumb decisions or that his rage caused him to make dumb decisions. Yes…The main character has a rage problem, but other than some emo moments in the last ~10 minutes of the book I didn’t see it leading him to dumb decisions. In some ways I understood it. Minor spoilers…There was a moment when he sees a terrible sight and his “rage” drives him to want to kill a bunch of overpowered monsters that “an army would have trouble fighting.” His companion warns him not to, but he risks his life and moves in to fight anyways. At first I was slapping my head because I expected him to run into the middle of these monsters’ guns blazing. I was pleasantly surprised when he formulates a plan, which takes most of a day to implement, and manages to kill all of the monsters. A risky well executed plan leading to great rewards, thumbs up scene in my opinion.
2. This refers to the many comments mentioning “HOMOSEXUALS.” Typically I have a lot of trouble stomaching sex scenes in general. I prefer them to be vaguely hinted at and if not, I usually skip them because they are typically awkward to overhear or to melodramatic for me. For example; my heart was burning with such intensity that I worried it would melt through me, around him, and down my legs…
Really?
Really?
That being said explicit man-on-man sex or man-on-man emotions are a bigger turn off. I don’t think I’m homophobic, I believe in gay rights and really don’t care where you put your sexual organs, as long they are willing and past the age of consent. I think my issue is that when I read books I typically see myself as the main character and I don’t find men attractive. If I am putting myself into the viewpoint of someone who is pining over a wilder beast of a man, then its difficult for me to maintain immersion because I can’t see myself in that situation.
With all that being said, let me state that the “homosexual” sentences (because I can’t say there is a homosexual scene in the entire book) is so trivial that I am surprised anyone even mentioned them. I went into this expecting to be skipping chapters where the main character is having “ball slapping sex” with Joe the Lumber Jack. Instead I have maybe ten sentences in the entire book that may suggest the main character is Bi but prefers women. Not only that but other than a single sentence that states “I dabbled back in college.” the only male he seems to be attracted to is an elf who has a MAGICAL ABILITY WHICH MAKES PEOPLE ATTRACTED TO HIM. So the three scenes with the elf are pretty much like:
*Sees elf* “I want to kiss him.”
*Elf smiles coyly at him*
“I don’t trust him, and I don’t have time for this.”
The only other thing is that some people actually think that the main character is interested in this elf but the only actual sexual encounter he has is with a women and thankfully its pretty much just mentioned.

Legitimate concerns
These concerns did not impact my enjoyment of the book but if you are someone who can only spend a credit on a perfectly written book, then it may impact your enjoyment of it.
1. This is a LitRPG. If you don’t know the genre a writer uses role playing game themes or systems when creating their fantasy world. For example, a leveling system is used in this fantasy world. That being said some LitRPG enthusiasts will not enjoy this book as the LitRPG aspects are kinda light. Although I preferred it… rather then 10 minutes of reciting spreadsheets this book focuses more on the characters.
2. I felt like this book didn’t have a good antagonist, climax, or resolution. The closest thing to a main antagonist seems to be the world itself. When the book ended it left me wanting more and if there wasn’t a book 2 for me to immediately jump into I would have been disappointed.

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  • Ryan
  • 09 08 2018

Fun Environment, Lame Main Character

The systems created, skills, and encounters are fun. The combat isn’t described very well. But the emo angry idiot main character feels like he was written by a teenager. It would be nice if people in the litRPG world could write adult characters. John literally says things like blood, pain, and death to himself... the dialog is rough in places.

Nick Podehl (who is fantastic) and the systems developer are worth the ride, but this isn’t a good story with interesting characters.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • Ireland
  • 25 05 2018

Unexpected!!

This book rocked!! I read the blurb and had a picture of what I thought it was about, but this is so much better than I thought. The plot was unique and intriguing!! The basic premise is that John needed a break and so went to Kluane National Park for the weekend, little did he know that his life is about to change beyond anything he ever thought! He wakes up to a world completely changed. He is living in a game, but it's not a game, it's real life and he needs to figure out how to survive and level up before it's too late! The plot was fast paced, intriguing and exciting!

I didn't really like John. I found his anger issues just.... weird and annoying. I felt like there was no need for them, but then again, maybe it's revealed in a later book!! All I know is that I had a hard time connecting with him. Not that I totally hated him, he did have some redeeming qualities and I'm hoping he grows a bit more in the next one.

The world building was the best thing about this book. I loved the idea behind it and feel like it's a novel and unique LitRPG book that everyone should read. I loved trying to figure out the world along with the characters. There is also a plethora of magical animals and beings to satisfy everyone. I fell in love with the world and can not wait for the next one!!

In all, a fun and fast read. It captured my attention right from the start and held it till the end. An intriguing and exciting book and I highly recommend!!

I've heard of Nick Podehl before but never listened to anything he has narrated, but that was my mistake because ,wow, he was amazing!! He had an array of tones and voices for all the characters and really brought this to life. It was like listening to a cast of characters instead of just one person. I've already added some of his other ones to my wish list.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • matthew Kent
  • Alpharetta
  • 18 07 2018

One of the best Listens

I just finished listening to this fantastic book. The main character i found to be sympathetic and understandable a guy just wanting to put his past behind him and live life when suddenly the world changes. The voice actor is able to carry of the multiple characters well and the writer builds a believable world. Far better than some of the LitRPG garbage out in the land. For anyone interested in gamelit you should give this a listen. i already plan on reading the authors other books in the series.

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  • Allan
  • MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
  • 04 07 2018

Really great story

Really great story, purchased the next book before I was even halfway through the first one. May have to buy the ebooks to carry on story.👍

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  • C. Silva
  • BOURNE, LINCS, UK
  • 01 07 2018

TRUE LITRPG!!! 5 🌟 STARS PERFORMANCE!!!!

Life in the North is true a great idea and superbly well achieved and balanced with a bit off fight and base construction. Nick really much enjoy this because I can even feel the carecters emotions coming through!!! I can certainly said that I am in love with this series!!!!

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  • Mr. R. Chvapil
  • UK
  • 24 03 2018

Interesting idea for a story

Do you have any additional comments?

During action it was easy to follow the story but often I found the changes between scenes and enviroments erratic and abrupt. It is just my feeling though so don't let me put you off this book. The idea for the story is really good and characters are unique. It's just the way the story flows made me loose track of it more times than I can count. But if you can ignore it, this is a good book overall.