Continue Online Part One: Memories (Unabridged)
by Stephan Morse
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A man broken by despair and depression, Grant Legate finds himself in a once-in-a-lifetime situation after receiving an Ultimate Edition copy of Continue Online. All he wishes for is a distraction from the thoughts plaguing his waking hours. He dives in headfirst, unknowing of the AI's intentions. They offer him the chance to play as one of their own, a NPC deserving of a proper send off. What he discovers during the journey shakes Grant to his very core.
I definitely going to listen to the rest of this series.
Grant Legate had a good life until his fiancé unexpectedly died in an accident. Then his world fell apart. After a couple of suicide attempts and a stay in a mental hospital, Grant is slowly putting his life together with the help of his twin sister and young niece.
Work is Grant’s life now. Grant and his robotic coworker repair machines that allow people to experience virtual alternative realities. In these machines, called ARCs, anyone can be anything they want to be.
Just about everyone has an ARC and there is plenty of work in repairing them.
Grant spends so much time at work that he gets way more work done than his colleagues and because of this, his boss gives him a gift. A copy of Continue Online, the Ultimate Edition. At first, Grant is hesitant to accept the gift and not sure that he wants to play. But his boss makes him take some of the vacation time he never used so, Grants gives the game a try.
Pretty much everyone plays Continue Online however only a handful of people are able to get a copy of the Ultimate Edition which has many unique features not offered to regular players. Once in the game, Grant is offered an unusual opportunity by the Voices of the game. The Voices are basically gods within the game. He takes the opportunity and what he learns helps him to move forward with his life.
Continue Online Part One: Memories is not what I have come to expect from a LitRPG book. In most LitRPG books, there’s a lot of talk about hit points, stamina, and other stats pertaining to the game. While there are mentions of those in this book, the plot is much more action driven. You hear more about the character’s lives and what they are actually doing. There is much more interaction between the characters and their environment. In my opinion, Memories is the perfect starter book for someone who is just starting out reading LitRPG.
Overall Pavi Prozcko does a good with the narration and characters voices. When I first started listening his voice sounded a bit monotone, however, once the book got to the main human characters, the narration was very good. Production quality was high, no audible hisses or pops.
Stephan Morse was able to take all the action and adventure from the LitRPG genre and make anyone feel like they are in the Continue Online game. Even if the reader has never played that type of game before. I definitely going to listen to the rest of this series.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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