Narrator: Tristan Morris
Series: Emerilia #1
Published by Self Published / Indie on 5 July 2017
Length: 18 hours 19 minutes
Genres: Epic Fantasy, LitRPG, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Author, Submitted
Austin Zane leaves behind his CEO position with RB Corp to play Dave, a half-dwarf in the virtual reality game Emerilia, trying to escape his life.
What Dave doesn't know is that Earth as he knows it is really a virtual reality simulation and Emerilia is a world imbued with futuristic technologies to mimic early MMORPGs.
He just wanted peace and quiet, to build a house, do some fishing, to take some time to find himself once again. What he found out instead was a cause, he found out the biggest lie of his life. He found out the truth about Emerilia and the lies of Earth.
What's the best way to control slaves? Make them think that they're free.
©2017 Michael Chatfield (P)2017 Michael Chatfield
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I’m becoming a fan of Lit-RBG and I have to put The Trapped Mind Project on my favorite Lit RBG list.
The novel is built around the fact that our reality is really a game and the MMORPG game Emerilia, is the reality. This is a great idea and not unlike The Matrix.
After finishing this audiobook, my first thought was Michael Chatfield knows how to write an epic battle scene. My mind’s eye saw how large the battle was and how difficult the fighting was. Chatfield writes the battle from several POV’s and what was so well done was that some of those characters aren’t heroic figures. Although some of them were not likable, the listener sees how they can still be courageous and succeed. I actually cried a little at the end that’s how invested I was in some of the NPC’s.
The player Dave, evolves his character by using all of his skills rather than just leveling up specific fighting skills. Because he doesn’t just start killing every NPC he sees, he begins to interact with the NPC’s in Emerilia and forges real friendships with them. I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who loves Lit-RBG’s.
That being said, I have some observations. The writing could have used a bit more time or more editing. There is a lot of rehashing previous scenes and happenings as if the reader/listener needed reminding. It’s almost as if The Trapped Mind Project was originally supposed to be several different books. The dialogue between the characters is a bit repetitive at times. That and Dave’s stats being repeated fairly regularly, I found my mind wandering and I had to back up a ways and start listening again. The writing is a bit unpolished but it is still a great book and I already requested to review the second in the Emerilia series.
Narration: Tristan Morris does a great job and I am happy to see that he narrates the other Emerilia audiobooks as well. He did some accents and subtle voice changes just enough that you can tell it’s a different character but not to the point it’s distracting. His demon minion voice is awesome! I was reminded of Mark Hamill’s evil voice.
Occasionally I’ll run into an audiobook that I have to force myself to listen to the narrator until I get used to their style. There was none of that with Morris. From the get-go, I forgot I was being narrated to and just saw the world Chatfield created.
I caught one production error – around 6:21:50 one sentence is repeated.
Note: There is profanity and sexual situations in The Trapped Mind.
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