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Summary

The weakest hunter of all mankind!

E-rank hunter Jinwoo Sung has no money, no talent, and no prospects to speak of - and apparently, no luck, either! When he enters a hidden double dungeon one fateful day, he’s abandoned by his party and left to die at the hands of some of the most horrific monsters he’s ever encountered.

But just before the last, fatal blow...ping! [Congratulations on becoming a Player.]

©2017 Chugong (P)2021 Yen Audio

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sound effects not needed

Enjoyed the story and will definitely buy the next one. Only thing I didn't enjoy was the narrator making sound effects. Maybe he can describe the sounds instead. E.g. the door creeked ominously instead of making the sound.

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Great storyline.

Really enjoyed the book, the narrator was easy to get on with. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I have seen a lot of people complain about sound effects where the narrator does the sound effects. These are what is literary written in the book, as a light novel reader I expected to hear these in the audiobook and I wasn't disappointed by it. I feel like people just haven't actually read any Light Novels than Yes Press translate, as a they would have notice this is something from a lot of Japanese, Chinese or even Korean such as this novel is.

I do kind of wish that Yen Audio was releasing these at the same time as the Light Novels as I travel a lot these are great to fill the car journeys when I would normally not be able to read the novel.

I especially enjoyed the Voice narration of Ki Hong Lee and I look forward to his next audio production.

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Sound effects... Why?

Good story but two things reduced the score.
The readers "sound effects" was not good at all.
If he had skipped them it might have been a 4 on performance.
It ended very abruptly.

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Mouth Sound Effects

Enjoyed the book but the sound effects that the narrator made, admittedly as part of the book, were incredibly annoying.

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Good listen

I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next.
Sound effects only down side

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Alright

Fairly enjoyable with some caveats. This book is fine as an in betweener while you're looking for a good series or waiting for a book to come out. Not much plot other than mc works to get stronger while hitting the occasional "bump" which isn't much of a bump. Mc gets op fast and the book ends fairly abruptly. I'll probably get the next book.

The narrator is alright though he probably, definitely, should have skipped the sound effects which range from innocuous to unintentionally hilarious.

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Amazing

I want all of them now I can’t put into words how happy I am over this I need to have more.

Best surprise ever this popping up 😀

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Every isekai dungeon crawler meets one punch man

Ok read has some interesting moments, not much character development. Very much an «and then» story with predictable outcomes.

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weak story weak characters weak performance

it's, very Korean and makes no apologies for being so. it's the Korean take on the lit rpg genre but from a much more Korean cultural viewpoint. its also got a sort of anime vibe going on and this comes out in the story telling with the, sorry to say, very very naff sound effects by the narrator.
this sounds harsh but it feels like this has been written by a teenager? the story is thin, as are the characters and it's difficult to relate to any of them. I got this on a whim after reading some feedback but thought I would give it a chance anyway. Poor decision! I won't be following the story past book 1.

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Excellent

Great book, thoroughly enjoyed, so much so that I instantly bought Vol 2 and continued listening as I didn't want it to end.

It did feel like Vol 1 didn't really end, was a little odd, like Vol 1 and 2 were written as a single book and just randomly split down the centre into two books. I'm not at the end of Vol 2 yet, so can't say if it also finishes the same.

The other thing of note, I think the vice acting is great, I understand previous reviews getting annoyed with the sound effects but it just to me that it's written that way. I've no issues with that. the only difficulty I've found is that two of the characters names are very similar and as an English speaker I finish it hard to notice the difference of the two similar Korean names. Also the name of the main character is often pronounced differently so I find I'm often unsure who's name is being said.

despite any of these issues I thought it was awesome. I've also now ordered the manga and look forward to the anime coming out next year!

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  • CDM860
  • 15-07-21

Narrator is good, ppl r stupid

This book is dope. Don't let stupid reviews trashing the narrator stop you from getting this one.

1. The Sound Effects could not make up more than 1% of the 8+ hours, and besides the dude did an ok job with them regardless.
2. The other 99% was well performed. If this is the narrator's 1st time, then he did an awesome job. Some ppl just like to talk s**t.

As for the story, it is well written and quite enjoyable. I don't think it's the best book ever, but it is a solid production. I will for sure tune in for the next installment.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in progression fantasy. It's a good one.

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  • Mario
  • 14-07-21

rough listen

the story is ok. the narration kept making me cringe. you can read "the door creaks." you don't have to make the awful rendering of a creaking door.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-07-21

please stop the sound effects

I love the story but the sound effects aren't that great and they tend to drag me out of the story other than that amazing story

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  • tyler hill
  • 16-07-21

The narrator...

The book is good and if you are interested in the solo leveling series you should get it. However the narrator does sound effects that are completely unnecessary and sound like a five year old playing with toys.

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  • Richard
  • 15-07-21

Great story, but cringe sound effects.

Please narrate the next book without the terrible sound effects. its the only issue I have with this book.

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  • Drew Clock
  • 15-07-21

Fun book

I did really enjoy it and an looking forward to part 2. That said, there are some issues that need to be addressed, namely any time there's a sound effect or a creature noise or something like that... just describe it, don't sound it out. I'd MUCH rather hear the narrator just say "the monster let out a high pitched shriek" than hear the narrator go "Chreeeassiiikkk!!!" or hear him do the impression of a girl screaming or something. And the notification bing... just put in a sound effect of a ding lol don't have him actually yell out BING every time

Also, sometimes it's just overboard on the notifications. I don't need to hear the stats or skills listed out like three times in a row at some places

Anyway like I said I don't think the story was bad nor do I think the guy reading it is bad, but some things might need to be adjusted for audiobook direction is all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-10-21

Fuck the sound effects

I don’t need the narrator to scream, make barfing noises, or even screeching sounds it makes it’s just not enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Lynx
  • 24-11-21

I see Solo Leveling, I click.

I regret nothing and burned through this and will probably reread solo webtoon/manhwa from chapter one... Again.

But real talk, the performance was a bit lackluster in the sound effects department but I'm willing to look past it for the sheer fact this gives me ability to actually get through the LN. My time is often lacking for the things I enjoy in leisure as of late but thankfully I have lots of "don't think, just do' time so I can allocate my listening attention to audiobooks. If you don't have time, this is a great path; if you do have time, don't listen, go read on your own. You'll get through it faster and have your own sense of sound effects, pronunciation, and you won't waste your resources on this.

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  • Mike
  • 14-07-21

Great adaptation of a graphic novel

I have been a fan of the Solo Leveling graphic novel from years. The story is very detailed and engaging. The writer and narrator have done a fantastic job of bringing the world of Solo Leveling to audio book format. To be a little nitpicky, the Narrator is a little weak in the start of the story, but once he catches his rhythm, he is fantastic!
This is a great twist on the dungeon/gaming stories. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Can’t wait for the next book.

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  • Clay
  • 23-07-21

Standard tale with Korean twist

If you like this genre, you have probably read more than a few books about someone gaining power through a game like interface. There is nothing incredibly innovative here. That being said, the story is good and the characters are relatable. Another fun thing about it is that we get very few stories out of Korea in the American market and it’s nice to see a bit more of that culture.

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