Survival Quest Audiobook – Way of the Shaman #1

UncategorizedSurvival Quest Audiobook - Way of the Shaman #1
5/5 - (2 votes)
Status: Completed
Version: Unabridged
Author: Vasily Mahanenko
Narrator: Jonathan Yen
Series: Way of the Shaman
Genre: Uncategorized
Updated: 24/01/2024
Listening Time: 11 hrs and 24 mins
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Survival Quest Audiobook is the 1st story in a famous VRMMO series of Way of the Shaman audiobooks written by bestseller author – Vasily Mahanenko. There is in the near future an MMORPG that is extremely popular and you will love it.

A lot of RPGlit can be complicated with a very long back story as to how and why the person is in the virtual world.

A very interesting novel about Virtual Reality and the developments that could happen if the world is captivated by a single game such as the one in Survival Quest.

Highly recommended!

Plot Summary

Barliona: a virtual world jam-packed with monsters, battles-and, predictably, players. Millions of them come to Barliona, looking forward to the things they can’t get in real life: elves and magic, dragons and princesses, and unforgettable combat. The game has become so popular that players now choose to spend months online without returning home.

In Barliona, anything goes: You can assault fellow players, level up, become a mythical hero, a wizard, or a legendary thief. The only rule that attempted to regulate the game demanded that no player be allowed to feel actual pain. But there’s an exception to every rule.

For a certain bunch of players, Barliona has become their personal hell. They are criminals sent to Barliona to serve their time. They aren’t in it for the dragons’ gold or the abundant loot.

All they want is to survive the virtual inferno. They face the ultimate survival quest.

About the Author

Vasily Mahanenko is one of the best-known Russian LitRPG fantasy authors, most popular for his Way of the Shaman LitRPG series. In addition, he also wrote the Dark Paladin, Invasion, and the Galactogon series, all within the new LitRPG genre that took not only Russia but the whole world by storm.

Vasily dipped into his college-days insider knowledge as a hardcore gamer in order to create a believable world of the virtual-reality MMO game. His bestselling series combines fiction and video games.

He used his more than ten years of experience as an ERP implementation project manager to approach his writing in a well-organized manner, working to a strict schedule, a set of deadlines, and even a budget.


Survival Quest Audiobook mp3 is the best VRMMO audiobook I’ve listened to, certainly better than the later books of the Alterworld series. Since the VRmmo sub-genre is a staple of eastern fantasy, this book blends some of the better points of both western and eastern fantasy.

The dynamics between players and characters are smart and believable, but not weighed down with either overbearing pomposity or self-congratulatory humor that can infest this genre.

The VR prison system for non-violent prisoners quickly shows its darker elements within the game constraints and the MC needs to power up and make allies within this environment.

About the narration, Jonathan Yen is an excellent narrator. He elevates the story and it’s very easy to picture what is going on. He makes his characters come alive and envelops them in emotion. You can get the extra context of tone and such from the voice of the narrator. He has many talents which I have only seen in three narrators so far.

Listening to these back to back is a breeze and a pleasure. Loved this, will definitely listen to all the books related to Way of the Shaman. Can’t wait to start the next book!

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