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Do you enjoy fantasy genre audiobooks? Have you ever played a Massively Multiplayer Online Roll Playing Game, like Dungeons and Dragons Online, Rift, and World of Warcraft? If so, there are some Fantasy LitRPG Audio Books that may be your next best reads.
Like many people, I am a huge fan of audiobooks. I have been for decades. In fact, I often listen to them while exercising, working around the house, or commuting. Mainly, my book genres include Christian, Epic Fantasy, Real Estate, Investing, and a few others. In recent years, however, I’ve discovered a new series of books based on video games called LitRPG or Literature Role Playing Games.
If you’ve ever played, you know what I’m talking about. Essentially, authors use a game-like world to define their magic system and progress their character’s development.
Because these books use the rules of a game environment, it’s pretty easy for readers to quickly grasp the magic system and understand a character’s strengths in relation to others. It also simplifies explanations for the writer, allowing him/her to focus on their story and let the game mechanics handle the rest.
With its simplicity, many new writers have jumped into this genre of writing. As a result, it isn’t always easy to separate the diamonds from the ruff. Fortunately, I have some diamonds that will offer you tens, if not hundreds, of hours of excellent audiobook material.
The decision to start a new life is never an easy one, but for Joe the transition was far from figurative. Becoming a permanent addition to a game world, it doesn’t take long to learn that people with his abilities are actively hunted. In fact, if the wrong people gained knowledge of what he was capable of, assassins would appear in droves.
In his pursuit of power, Joe fights alongside his team, completes quests, and delves into the mysteries of his class, which he quickly discovers can only be practiced in secret. Ultimately, his goal is to complete every mission, master every ability, and learn all of the world’s secrets.
All he has to do is survive long enough to make that happen.
With 4.7/5 Stars and over 2,300 reviews on Amazon, the Completionist Chronicles is a very enjoyable read as Joe, our protagonist, navigates the political intrigue and dangers of a new virtual RPG after he is paralyzed in an attack during a military deployment.
Once in the game, Joe blunders into some precarious predicaments gaining peculiar capabilities from the game’s snarky AI.
One thing that frustrates some readers about the audio series is that the series changes narrators from Vikas Adam to Luke Daniels after Book 3. Personally, I think Mr. Daniels is doing a great job keeping the audible versions moving forward. That said, changing narrators means that voices and mannerisms also changed, so that could be a bit galling if adapting is not your specialty.
As for me, I say keep them coming. It’s a great series with great performances by both narrators.
Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites, and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter’s destruction.
Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm?
A tale to shake “The Land” itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter’s choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside there? Can he grow his power to meet the deadliest of beings of the land? When choices are often a shade of grey, how will Richter ensure he does not become what he seeks to destroy?
With 4.6 stars and over 6,000 ratings for just book 1, The Chaos Seeds books have a lot going for them. The Land was also Audible’s 2018 Customer Favorite! The books are fast-paced, with characters that often choose solutions that reside in the gray area.
Richter’s story is captivating, funny, and a little addictive. It feels like you are playing the adventure as Richter explores the land, and it’s always interesting when he levels up or finds new loot. The content does run on the dark side at times, and there are characters in this book that embody evil.
The books are read by none other than Nick Podehl, who is fantastic! The books are great, but Nick adds that little extra something that takes audiobooks over the top.
Retirement means immortality. Immortality means adventure. Life begins at 70.
This series will appeal to fans of the LitRPG/GameLit genre. Running on the world’s fastest quantum computer is an extraordinary game: one where retirees leave their flesh-and-blood lives in search of endless adventure. Weapons, spells, gold, and experience points abound in Mythian. These are the marks by which his life is now measured.
Ethan Crane wants none of it. He never wanted to retire, let alone play for all eternity. But now he’s on a mission to find his wife – a wife he just discovered is still alive and inside the game.
This series combines elements of fantasy, gaming, and science fiction into a tale of heroism, friendship, and the power of belief in oneself. As Ethan navigates this new world, he finds himself embroiled in a dangerous quest to save the kingdom of Valia from a great evil that threatens to destroy everything. Along the way, he meets a cast of colorful characters, including a fierce warrior woman, a cunning rogue, and a powerful wizard.
Together, they must face deadly monsters, treacherous terrain, and powerful enemies to save the kingdom.
With 4.5 Stars and hundreds of great reviews, The Chronicles of Ethan is an exciting series of three books. Unlike many of the books on this list, this series contains a truly deep tale with love lost and love found, villains, manipulators, selfish players and AI, and a world designed by brilliant morons inebriated beyond safety.
Mythian as a game is a death trap of boredom, pain, and lies the government uses to cut down on the living elderly. Convincing them of an endless adventure of fun and relaxation that doesn’t exist. Well, it does exist, technically, but with time dilation and endless lives, anything would become boring.
Mr. Monk offers a great LitRPD story, complete with wizards, warriors, rogue God AIs (or lucids), love triangles (Ethan, Rita, and Melody), heartache, and self-discovery. I could hardly stand to put it down. Travis Baldree does an excellent job narrating as well.
Of course, if you fall in love with this series as I did, you will probably want to read a spin-off from this book, Underpowered Howard: A LitRPG. This book occurs sometime later after the Chronicles of Ethan, but you will recognize many characters and Howard’s electronic diety from the earlier books.
Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Jason logs into Awaken Online, fed up with reality. He desperately needs an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are sorely lacking in his real life.
In the game, Jason plays as a necromancer, one of the game’s most reviled character classes, and quickly discovers he has a talent for it.
As he progresses, Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn’t expect. In this game, he isn’t the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish. He is drawn to the dark side, forming a guild of like-minded players and eventually becoming the game’s main antagonist.
He might even be the villain.
With 4.7 Stars and over 3,600 great reviews for book 1, Reviews indicate the series only gets better. Books 2-4 all received 4.7 or 4.8, with book 5 achieving a fantastic 4.9/5 stars and over 3,000 reviews.
The series explores themes of power, morality, and addiction, as well as the blurring of lines between virtual and real-life identities. Awaken Online is worth reading, especially if only for the perspective if you like LitRPG books. Travis Bagwell loads the book with plenty of great moments and insane shenanigans to keep you going. How the AI overlords interact with the game makes for great game mechanics as well.
The Resistance is fractured. The remaining survivors are buckling under the might of the malicious Tyrant King. Enter Roark von Graf, hedge mage, lesser noble of Traisbin, and one of the last freedom fighters.
Desperate and unhinged, Roark crafts one final attempt to overthrow the king. The plan goes awry, and Roark finds himself tumbling headfirst into an interdimensional portal.
On the other side, he finds himself stranded in an unexpected place—an ultra-immersive fantasy video game called Hearthworld. Worse yet, he’s taken the form of a low-level troll. Luckily, Roark managed to grab a powerful magic artifact that could defeat the king. It might not be game over after all.
Dungeon Masters James Hunter and Eden Hudson form an alliance with Audie award winner Nick Podehl and invite you to gear up with this new series. Get ready to level up because this time, the game is real.
With 4.5 Stars and 599 reviews, this series has a respectable following. I really enjoyed the plot of the series. What happens when a magic user from one world passes through a portal into an RPG? Well, read and find out.
Along with Changelings, there are all sorts of characters in this world, such as elves, shambling revenants (kinda zombie-like), reaver bats, stone salamanders, etc.
Roark is our smart-mouth braggadocio hero who escapes through a portal as the evil, murderous Tyrant King, is pursuing him. As he travels through the portal into another dimension he’s transformed into something else.
As Roark grows in strength and power, the question remains whether it will be enough.
Dark forces have extended Edward Wright an offer of incredible power at a terrible cost…and Edward has chosen to make them regret it.
When Edward is swept into the world of Ivalis as a Dungeon Lord, the Dark’s most powerful servant, he has no servitude in mind. He’ll oppose the evil plans of the Dark god, Murmur, whatever it takes.
Through only his wits and his guts to help him survive a weakened arrival, Edward must rise to power if he is to earn the right to live another day. But in the battle between Dark and Light, what can Edward choose if both sides are cruel, uncaring monsters?
Cold gods laugh in the distant world of Ivalis. Heroes chase after power and experience, while Kings send their armies to their deaths in the name of the Dark and the Light.
But no one expects the rise of the Dungeon Lord. And in the world of Ivalis, maybe a single man can forge his own path.
With 4.5 stars from 660 ratings, Hugo’s Dungeon Lord is a worthwhile read.
The Dungeon Lord series has a compelling story with interesting characters and plot twists that engage the reader in a unique setting. The books are set in a world where players can become dungeon lords, controlling and building their own dungeons, which adds a unique twist to the typical LitRPG genre.
The book has a well-developed world with a lot of lore and history, which adds depth and richness to the story while exploring the morality of the main character’s actions as a dungeon lord and whether his desire for power and control is justified.
This LitRPG genre is steadily growing with new content. This list represents a small fraction of what is out there, but it’s a great place to start.
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