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Playing Gods
1 : Isolation

by Chris and Karen Rohan
Dec 9, 2015
10 Hours
978-1-62851-162-8
Ages 18+
Playing Gods is a new action packed cosmic fantasy, filled with humor, modern relevance and amazing new alien worlds and cultures. Isolation is Book One of a series.

Xriah and Vylis, two avatars, both empowered with differing superhuman abilities, are repeatedly thrust into wildly varying worlds to do battle on behalf of their respective deities. Though the nature of their deities is shrouded in mystery, both avatars' faith in their purpose is strong and unwavering.

On each successive world they seek one another out, and then it is a battle to the death, despite the fact that both the defeated and victor alike are reborn and plunged into yet another world, to begin the fight all over again.

And as they continue their endless battle the real victims are the inhabitants of the avatars' battlefields.

The avatar Vylis feels nothing but the joy of the game, the sport of defying expectations, and exploiting the true weakness of his nemesis avatar, namely: that Xriah has come to care for the unfortunate denizens of the worlds upon which this world-crushing game is played.

In Playing Gods 1: Isolation, the two bitter opponents unknowingly become trapped on a world cut off from the source of their immortality, the very gods for whom they fight. There will be no re-spawning this time in the brutal game they play. Now for everyone who walks the face of this alien world, inhabitant or intruder, death is absolutely final.

Themes, concepts and tropes from the world of gaming are reinterpreted and explored in depth in Playing Gods, with complex emotional consequences for the creatures who just might live in such a reality.

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Director & Cast

Director Richard Rohan
Starring Kimberly Gilbert as Lissah, David Coyne as Vylis, Chris Rohan as Xriah, Andy Brownstein as Yamaat, Bradley Smith as Aram, Richard Rohan as Xzarius, Emlyn McFarland as Koray, Thomas Penny as Derrin, Nanette Savard as Kysstrei, Colleen Delany as Synandri, Danny Gavigan as Ssrekhys with Andy Clemence, Richard Cutting, Bob Payne, Christopher Graybill, Laura C. Harris, David Jourdan, Steven Carpenter, Nora Achrati, Yasmin Tuazon, Rebecca Sheir, Michael John Casey, Tim Carlin, Mort Shelby, Joe Brack, Jennifer Hopkins, Casie Platt, Tony Nam, Karen Rohan, Mary Ditman and Scott McCormick
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Chris Rohan
Dialogue Editors Chris Rohan
Sound Designers Chris Rohan
Additional Original Music Dan Sondak
Cover Illustrator Karen Rohan
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette

Reviews

Started slow, but picked up and got better by paresh (Posted on 5/2/2018)
Started slow but i did eventually liked this book, interested characters, even if some of the names sound similar and somewhat confusing at times. The plot is interesting but you really need to pay attention because it's easy to get lost, but once the story picks up, it's fairly easy to follow.
Book 1 by James (Posted on 12/5/2017)
I don't normally leave reviews, I just pass on good titles to my friends to enjoy. But I need the second book in this series. As a life long gamer this title speaks to me. I absolutely love how the author made the role reversals of good/bad in the villian/hero. And violus was so well written and voiced. Please, please, please make a second and many more to follow in this series.
Great Production value Story lacking. by joel (Posted on 11/26/2017)
Great Production value Story lacking. Many holes in this plot.. Uneven story.. Lots of unanswered questions. Should of been a lot better.
Very nice by Tula (Posted on 10/13/2017)
Has a bit more feel and better pacing to other titles I have listened to, a GA original very well worth listening to!
playing god by Lee (Posted on 5/7/2017)
not bad can't wait for the next one
Playing Gods by Brenton (Posted on 2/10/2017)
Good long book
Amazing original story by Del (Posted on 1/2/2017)
I absolutely loved this story. The pace was nice and the character development was on point. The story made me care about the characters and there outcomes. The only downside i could find, is that I want to go deeper into this universe. And this is the only story so far.
Playing gods by bruce (Posted on 12/31/2016)
I liked the story line and plot ran very smoothly. Left me wanting more.
Wow by Michael (Posted on 11/10/2016)
So far the best GA original I've listened to
Absolutely worth the time by Idongesit (Posted on 10/1/2016)
This original GA production is the beginning of an epic saga. The Rowan's piece deals with fantasy, video game tropes and everything in between. It starts off with good action & it may slow in some places but that is a good thing. The pacing gives way to character development. I HIGLY suggest you give this a try!
Unexpected and fully enjoyable by kyle (Posted on 7/26/2016)
Loved the book hope they make more in the series.
PLAYING GODS by Briana (Posted on 6/13/2016)
I loved this book. I can say that I am finally happy for graphic audio to have their own story. This book was long enough to satisfy my thirst for a book worth buying and listening to again and again. The characters are unique and yes some the names of said characters do get a bit confusing for a time but once you grasp the identities of each, they grow on you.
This book is well written for the purpose of that much needed animation or to capture emotional states and scenes. Equally, there are characters who annoy the heck out of you just as people do in every day life. It comes to life in your head.
Call me whatever you want, but whoa I like to have a once around with Xriah. Sounds hot!
Haha just saying
Pretty good by Tyler (Posted on 5/4/2016)
I really liked this book, the characters are fun, even if some of the names sound similar and can be confusing at times. The plot is interesting but you really need to pay attention in the first 20 minutes because it's easy to get lost, but once the story picks up, it's fairly easy to follow. The ending (no spoilers) really left me wanting the next book, I'm really excited to see where the story leads. So over all, check it out if you like Sci-fi or fantasy, it's totally worth the listen.
intresting by rafael (Posted on 3/28/2016)
well the concept was interesting. It had a lot to cram in that's why it was so long. With most stories it had to give an introduction and plot. The next story should just be great.
Book 1 by justin (Posted on 3/13/2016)
Great book I hope they make another
Awesome by Dustin (Posted on 3/4/2016)
This was a great refresher. A total different story than what I had expected. 10/10
WOW! Something completely new! by Armand (Posted on 2/18/2016)
This is an exciting new series that came out of nowhere! I can't really compare it to anything else I've listened to, but it has plenty of action, enough (but not too much) character development, and none of the tedious internal soap-opera stuff one finds in some stories. I like the antagonists and premise. As always, a very capable and pleasing production from GA staff! :)
Entrancing by MONA (Posted on 2/14/2016)
The moment I started listening to Playing Gods, Isolation it grabbed me and didn't let go, it's a brilliant example of what modern fiction can do; with a multitude of engaging, multi dimensional, -extremely- well developed characters, a thrilling plot, incredible worldbuilding and fantastic acting, environment and music- this book absorbed me into a multi faceted adventure, of which all aspects (fights, emotional moments, discoveries) were a thrill to listen to. I laughed out loud, teared up, winced, and got excited, all the time feelign as though I was right there with the characters going through this epic adventure spanning entire worlds and deities. Playing Gods made me care for the struggles of impossibly powerful/all ecompassing beings, and the mortals thrown in their path in equal measure, something I think can be very hard to do when dealing with characters touched by massives amounts of power and near immortality. I'll be waiting eagerly to follow the main characters on the next adventure, and fervently hoping for the return of some favorites from Isolation. Through this one installment this saga has quickly climbed to my top favorites in fiction (in any media), I'm instantly a fan, and I recommend you give it a good hard listen.
Best stuff ever by Tiia (Posted on 2/11/2016)
I had heard good reviews of this story before but nothing could've prepared me for the sheer greatness I got to listen! I listened the whole story within a day and now have no idea what to do with my life! Except to listen the whole thing again. Awesome lore, great original species and just plain brilliant characters! 5/5 would buy again!
Middle of the road by Todd (Posted on 2/7/2016)
I am in the Middle of the road on this one. It is an interesting story though. The draw backs that I found were:
1) It tends to jump around a bit.
2) Some of the character names are too similar
3) At some points in the story you have to pay close attention, this can be difficult if driving.

However I will buy the next couple to see if it gets better, after all it has a good premise.
unexpectedly great by Del (Posted on 1/31/2016)
I bought this book because of the art work. Man this story was amazing, I loved the characters. I really can't wait till the next one comes out. I really want to know where the story's goes after this.
Worthwhile by Thomas (Posted on 1/25/2016)
I'm not normally a fan of series, because they often stretch stories past the breaking point, but this came out as a pleasant surprise. There was an obvious attention to detail that gave it richness of Tolkienesque world building, without being at all like a Tolkien clone. The story was deep enough to keep me interested by alluding to bigger questions about the universe and the mechanics of the world. It also had a series of interesting characters. Particularly Xzarius and Lyssah were interesting. Xzarious for his apathy and long history. Lyssah because of her sense of wonder. I was left wanting to read/listen to the second book in a series for the first time since I read Dune more than a decade ago.
I couldn't stop listening by Jackie (Posted on 1/15/2016)
If this is the first original content, I can't wait to get the next one. Please release the second one fast!
Shocking... by Levi (Posted on 1/5/2016)
I saw this title a while back and forgot about it because I recently started playing Magic the Gathering and can't afford both of these wonderful things. Yesterday though I got on to check the release date of a different title and saw this series had come out a month ago and decided to watch the small video previewing it. GA instantly had my attention. I can't say for sure what caught my eye (or more accurately my ear) but something did and I knew I had to get it.

This book was fast pace and addictive once it got going. Some of the scenes were predictable, not to say that's always a bad thing. Most of the book however was very original and captivating. I've been a fan of many book series and have always felt insulted by miracles and horse***t, this book held little of it. There was enough of it to give the me that warm happy feeling but not so much that I wanted to throw up. The final battle between Xriah and Vylis left me stunned, and I loved it.

The world created here was in a way a mix of several other games, books, and fantasy series put together, not to say it is in anyway copying them or unoriginal, just that there were similar things that I didn't find in the least off-putting. Such as Lissah's race being similar to the naga from a lot of other series such as Warcraft. It all came together seamlessly and with a unique touch that GA's presentation always has.

The characters were more real than most. They acted and talked like real people. Mostly. I enjoyed the humor that was baked into the dialog and situations, especially concerning Vylis. I've always found it hard to like the "good guy" as they talk like righteous douches that expect everyone to act well mannered and politely. I found Xriah to be a likable mixture of actual human emotions and context, and "good guy" noble cause.

I can NOT wait for the next installment and am glad I took the chance at this new series. I advice all to get this book and enjoy the adventure as I have. 11 out of 10. Incredible!

P.S. Dear Graphic Audio,
I think I speak for everyone when I say as much as I loved this book and want the next one, I'd rather have a full book rather than each book get a shorter and shorter the way a great many book series tend to go. My work day is 10 hours long, same as this book. When I take a 6 hour book to work the first 4 hours drag by if I try to save the book till later in the day, or the last 4 hours drag because my mind and body are racing faster than real time.
What, another cliff hanger by patrick (Posted on 1/2/2016)
Yes people i have wait another month or two for the next one but if its like this one its worth it. Mr. Richard Rohan your voice is great wish my dad sounded like all wise and stuff , anyway the great keeps wanting more or come on what next, you know what i mean? get it you;ll love it ! p.s. stop keeping me waiting. not to rush you.
More Than I Expected by Monica (Posted on 12/18/2015)
When I ordered Playing Gods, I really had no idea what I expected. What I got was a story that was great.

I loved the characters and as usual I enjoyed listening to the development and background information for each character. I really enjoyed brashness of Vylis, while really hoping that Xriah could find what he was looking for, and Lyssa and her tribe were interesting to say the least. I truly want to learn more about Zarious,

The only downfall I have is that there is currently only 1 story available - I do hope there is more to come really soon.
Strong first original production by damien (Posted on 12/12/2015)
Seems like most digital media companies are moving towards original content, usually it is a good thing and Playing God's is no exception. While it starts a bit chaotic one gets used to the format quickly, it is subtly distinctive from other GA titles in that it was created for the format and thus relies more on sound effects and dialog to tell the story. Reminds me more of a radio play than an audio book with sound effects and a full cast. The story was creative, some nice twists and turns in a unique universe. I had initially hoped for more humor, and it has a sex scene that would make captain Kirk blush, but overall well worth it particularly for a full 10 hours of story.
Starts slow but good by tyler (Posted on 12/12/2015)
The book started a little slow after the prologue but ended up being pretty good. I liked the ending and look forward to the next one.
This Original Content Graphic Audio story lives up to a "Movie in Your Mind" by Scott (Posted on 12/12/2015)
First off, I'd say this was a pretty awesome first original content for Graphic Audio. This title does feel more movie like because the sounds and voices explain a lot more about whats happening instead of some of the narration heavy stories in other titles on this site.

Another point for this story is that it doesn't follow what I'd normally call stations of canon or in this case stations of the genre. For example the hero doesn't end up with the first appropriate human girl or elf maiden, but instead, well that is a spoiler, but I'll just say based on past fantasy books its not someone I'd expect.

The main character Xriah kind of reminds me of a character created by Ben Bova called Orion. Both are characters created by godlike beings to travel throughout space and time to worlds and times of different technological development and tasked with eternal battles that are never ending and involve dying and living again and again. Difference is Orion is a science fiction series. But the pathos of both characters are similar. Xriah is lost, with no connections and no real rest from his battle. He suffers from decades of post traumatic stress syndrome. IT affects his relationships with everyone.

Throughout the story there are veiled hints about what happens when he loses that aren't revealed till the end, but even before that there is a mystery attached to it that contradicts what he believes if he'd only notice it.
He travels to a world each resurrection and never visits the same world twice yet runs across a man who recognizes him from years ago, he doesn't acknowledge it but it hints at a mystery not even addressed in story and may be a hook for future plot in future books.

The other characters are also great. So much about the minor characters I'd like to discuss but can't without spoiling it for your. Darren and his family, Lyssa and her tribe, her species is definitely a unusual choice for a fantasy setting. Less human and more of a snake with a reptile humanoid top half for a body.
Vylis whose crude attitude could be the perfect example of the jerk gamer or a soulless mercenary.
Zarious the god with lost memories who has a mystery that keeps unfolding to the very end, hint listen past the credits at the end or you'll miss it.
Yemtec the crazy madman who I guess is technically the villain of this book but who I found to be one of the more sympathetic characters who I found myself agreeing with and even routing for.
They even did something different at the end of this book that I've never heard them do with other Graphic titles by having as they introduce the actors names and the parts they played having them repeat the lines they said in the book to help us know who played what characters part. A first for their titles.
And as I mentioned, after the credits in true movie and especially super heroic tradition of recent Marvel years they had an after credits scene worth sticking around to listen to.
I really liked this new content and I hope Graphic Audio produces more books in this story so we can expand on the characters and worlds of this universe.

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