Accidental Thief - Accidental Traveler Book 1: A LitRPG Accidental Traveler Adventure

Accidental Thief - Accidental Traveler Book 1: A LitRPG Accidental Traveler Adventure

Written by:
C.J. Davis , Jamie Davis
Narrated by:
Roberto Scarlato
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Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2018
9 hours 3 minutes
An Everyday Gamer, Stuck in the Game.

Hal Dix was stuck in an unlucky life. His wife is a successful executive while his IT help desk job leads nowhere. Even his daughter's daycare teacher thinks he's a loser. Hal can't catch a break.

Now a strange woman at a flea market sells Hal a bootleg release of a highly anticipated game. It is just what he wished for and he can't wait to play it during his long weekend home alone. His luck has finally turned around, right?

Hal should be careful what he wishes for.

Join the adventure in this first book of an epic LitRPG fantasy trilogy. Play along with Hal and his new friends in Fantasma, as he becomes an Accidental Thief. 
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Alexander A.

This book falls into tropes that are all to common in the LitRPG genre. The entire plot can be passed off as the transcript of a D&D campaign, or in other words, actions are described in sequence without expanding on the emotions and motivations behind those actions. In the first three hours I listened this book, the MC failed to express any emotion towards his wife or child left behind in his old reality nor does he particularly question the events that led to his circumstances beyond a simple "this must be a dream, so let's roll with it,". With a single-tracked mind, he commits himself on a path with zero long-term goals, and the plot develops alongside numerous coincidences and happenstances (i.e. imprisoned with character of royal lineage, capable of wielding daggers without training, etc.) The MC is a frustrating character that I cannot relate to on a personal level, but I am under the impression that I am intended to by the author. The last point I will mention is the lack of consistency or diversity on the narrator's part. The narrator's pacing when voice-acting characters from the alternate reality is unauthentic and awkward with many characters sharing the exact same high-fantasy accent and halting delivery. The feeling of being read to just doesn't work in this genre, and Roberto Scarlato falls short in his execution. In conclusion, Accidental Thief isn't worth the credit.

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