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They Called Me Mad

They Called Me Mad
Written by: J Pal
Narrated by: Gary Furlong
Genres: LitRPG | Humorous
Published: 12th of May, 2021
Length: 8 Hours 13 Minutes


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I was in my garage when the space elves addressed the whole world.

They didn't call themselves space elves, of course. Most humans struggled to pronounce Khjurhnalva, so we opted for the easier version. They had a message for us: Forces that had eradicated their species' males were now heading for Earth.

Hungry for our resources, the alien hordes annihilate everything that stands in their way. The space elves offered us access to the System and asked for very little in return. After all, cooperation was vital to the survival of both our species.

I, Mathew Alexander Dunphy, know all of the above is bullshit. I saw the truth with my own eyes and heard it from their beautiful, delicate, deceitful mouths. No one believes me, though. They call me mad.

What reason could the space elves have to lie?

Planet-wide-survival reality show?


Don't miss the start of a fun new LitRPG series in a system apocalypse setting and featuring mad scientist powers, along with plenty of laughs. Oh, and killer aliens. Lots of em.

About the MAD world: Not all game-mechanic systems hand out levels, stats, and skills. Sometimes it offers super powers and leaves the progression up to the user. What is LitRPG without the fan-favorite blue boxes, though? Instead of STR, DEX, AGI, expect them to house crafting-based notifications.


The Audiobook Review
Morgan Hobbes Morgan Hobbes


Average Score: 

Reviewed: 2021-07-31

A Little Underwhelming

They Called Me Mad, written by J Pal, is a humorous litRPG story set in the "real world" where aliens have landed and have turned planet Earth into a reality TV series. Being in the same vein as Dungeon Crawler Carl, I thought I'd enjoy this book a lot more than I did.

Yes, the story was fun, but I never had the sense any of the characters were in any real peril. Our protagonist, Mathew Alexander Dunphy (MAD), pulls solutions out of his butt at every opportunity, basically making him and his team invincible.

The team itself is like the cast of The Big Bang Theory sitcom. You've got the super smart one, the (mostly) normal one, the foreign one (even named Rajesh), the girl neighbour. All the guys are nerds.

Mathew becomes a "technogogue" - basically someone with the ability to merge random household items and the elusive MacGuffin's dropped by the R.O.U.S.es and other alien-enhanced enemies. The enemies in this book (giant rats, giant hedgehogs, giant mantises) are a little underwhelming as enemies, and Mathew's ability to pull together over-powered weapons never lead to (as mentioned earlier) any sense of peril.

Narration by Gary Furlong was good. It took me a while to realise he was the voice of the Waldo Rabbit book I listened to earlier in the year. Distinct voices for the characters and an overall well-produced feel to the whole thing.

Narration Sample

So, will I continue with the series? Maybe. The story was fun, but it was difficult to connect with any of the characters. I'll likely wait until Audible puts them on sale.



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