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Dungeon Lord

The Wraith's Haunt: A LitRPG Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Dark forces have extended Edward Wright an offer of incredible power at a terrible cost...and Edward has chosen to make them regret it.

When Edward is swept into the world of Ivalis as a Dungeon Lord, the Dark's most powerful servant, he has no servitude in mind. He'll oppose the evil plans of the Dark god, Murmur, whatever it takes.

Through only his wits and his guts to help him survive a weakened arrival, Edward must rise to power if he is to earn the right to live another day. But in the battle between Dark and Light, what can Edward choose if both sides are cruel, uncaring monsters? Cold gods laugh in the distant world of Ivalis. Heroes chase after power and experience, while Kings send their armies to their deaths in the name of the Dark and the Light.

But no one expects the rise of the Dungeon Lord.... And in the world of Ivalis, maybe a single man can forge his own path.

With the One Man Theater himself at the helm, joined by the sensational Annie Ellicott as two of the most disturbing monsters ever produced by Soundbooth Theater, we hope you never forget this horrifying LitRPG experience.

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:

  • Jeff Hays - Narration, Characters, Production Supervision
  • Annie Ellicott - Amphiris the Spider Queen, Ilene the Mindbrood
  • Dalton Lynne - Proofing, Editing
  • Alex Tate - Production, Editing, Mastering
©2017 Hugo Huesca (P)2018 Soundbooth Theater

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Fantastic listen!

At first I was a little unsure on this one. I don't really read any LitRpg books, so I don't have a grounding in them.
Still, I'm so glad I gave this a chance! The voice acting was superb, the story was well plotted and tightly crafted and the characters were great!
I would definitely recommend this gem!

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 30-01-2018

Over all too soon!!

I'll be honest here, I am beginning to listen to just about everything I can find that Jeff Hays records. The man is vocal monster, and his range is scary. DL sees him providing ever newer voices to his repertoire and th world is better for it. The man is a vocal monster, and I think his taste in choosing what to read is almost at the same level. I don't know how he picks his books, but I have never heard him narrate a dud. Annie Ellicot does a great job here, too. the pair work seamlessly together that is reminiscent of Old Time Radio Dramas, but much much better.

DL 1, looks to be like the first in a long line of books; I am happy to say. It has a great style, lots of humor, and a gross and terrifying monster to trouble our "evil" Dungeon Lord and his minions. Hugo keeps the book nicely paced, and it is always interesting. Additionally, it handles the "I live in a video game" troupe in a cool way. One of the things I really enjoy is getting to watch the main character level up, and I had to laugh when the MC complains that he hardly got any experience for killing a high level monster. The explanation he gets was completely justifiable, and not something you see in these LitRPG novels nowadays. The hero is clever, intelligent, and brave but not suicidal or stupid. He behaves in a logical and reasonable manner.

This is a great book, and I most highly recommend it to you. Go read it now, so we can get more of Lord Wraith's adventures.

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  • Shawn
  • 31-01-2018

A litRpg

This was a good book. One stranger to another it’s worth the buy. And will most likely quickly climb the ladder to become one of the top stories in its category. I think the narration was excellent and stayed consistent throughout the story.
The plot itself was believable enough.
What I really enjoyed was the different monsters and how the narrators used their studio to maximize the creepiness of each monster.
Buy it, love it.
There was one sex scene which wasn’t to much or to long and it’s a very very small portion of the book.
Excellent book

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  • Al
  • 14-03-2018

A LitRPG with a twist

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This is a funny story and a nice twist on the LitRPG genre. If someone asked me for a recommendation within the genre, I'd would mention this.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The narrator is easily the best part about this audio, capturing the humorous vein of the story, and providing a fun cast of voices. If I had to make one change, I'd cut out the constant stat readouts. I'm sure they're fine in the book where you can skim over them, but they disrupt the flow of the audio too much.

Which scene was your favorite?

The fight scene with the spider queen.

Could you see Dungeon Lord being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Nah!

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  • Sherry
  • 28-12-2018

Adds Nothing New to the Genre

The writing feels young adult; which is fine. Content is a mixture of other recently written LitRPG books meshed together. Narration is good.

Not worth a credit in my opinion. Too short with fairly little content.

Enjoyed the book overall. Didn't feel that there is enough for the cost of the book.

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  • Steven Lindbloom
  • 08-09-2018

story but the screeching was pretty unbearable

the screeching of the spider Queen is almost Unforgivable. Jeff Hayes does a good job but the story is a bit lackluster and has some Kinks.

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  • Austin
  • 07-09-2018

Interesting

Like other reviews it take a while to pick up. about 4 and 1/2 hours in. the beginning was probably the best. The MC's situation and confrontation in the real world was believable, relatable, and I was cheering him on. the rest of the story picked up after the main setting and plot were thoroughly introduced.

I have a reason for rating the performance low. The most pressing issue I have is with the MC's voice. It sounds like Roswan from "The Land" (Check it out on Audible). If you don't know Roswan, imagine someone who grumbles all the time and mutters everything they say. His voice is so monotone it hurts. The times when he is danger accelerates the voice but it doesn't raise or drop octaves often.

Next is the Witch. Her voice is said to be like a vampire from an old Dracula film. Yet she is young and beautiful. For one, I can't imagine a young and beautiful woman attached to this voice easily. Two, it gets really old having to listen to a female Dracula complain 24/7.

Thirdly, the creatures. The echoing sound effects and other additions to the voices from the "Soundbooth" are unnecessary. the narration would be fine without them.

Lastly, the overall voices in the book provide a wide variety and show great skill as voice actors. I can admire this. I only wish that they chose more suiting/soothing/pleasant voices for characters we hear most often. I know for a fact Jefff Hays can do better.

TL;DR The book and story are great. However, the voices can be bothersome, depending on your tolerance. Would reccommend!

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  • omgBubbles
  • 03-01-2019

Soooo dry and underwhelmed

I tried to listen to it 3 times and it was just so dry that I kept zoning out.

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  • MaGGot
  • 25-12-2018

LitRPG ALT REALM

I liked how the story started, with the main character kicking his asshole boss's ass... but after he is ferried to the alt realm it is all so hoohum...snore

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  • Veroswen
  • 30-10-2018

meh so far

I dont regret listening to this, yet I'm not overly excited about the sequel. we shall see.

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  • Mark
  • 17-09-2018

bad echo

I was enjoying the story but I had to stop listening. I'm not sure if it was the equipment used but there is an awful echo that I just couldn't stand anynore.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-07-2018

sceptical at first but loved this book!!

at first i wasnt sure what to expect but after the first chapter or 2 i found i couldnt stop listening! finished the whole book in 2 days listening the entire time i was at work both days

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  • Christian
  • 25-10-2018

Powerful Performance

That was surprisingly AMAZING. The voice acting and sound effects of the Bane's voice made all the hair on my body raise. The performance made what an already brilliant book into a true masterpiece!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-10-2018

good system but not a great collision of ideas

The start brings out a great interaction between an "irl" person, who i was hoping to reappear for a lot for the book. Teh story requires bit more creativity but the performance is good especially since many don't have a female voice actor involved on female voices.

Lit rig's suffer from a slitting in unrealistic situations. As there is no real reference how people would act in this situation so there is a generic pattern that emerges. When creativity is expanded on this problem becomes more distinct, that is were the story falls down for me and it doesn't inspire the creativity that the land or life reset did for me. It was difficult to immerse into.

The stats are a good idea and it seems like it could recover to something better but i probably wont go further.

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  • Griffstar
  • 26-05-2018

Dark fantasy - scarier than expected

What a fantastic story. I was expecting a gameworld adventure romp and got much more. The writing of some of the monster scenes crossed into horror. Unexpected and refreshingly different. The world hangs together well. The narration was excellent!

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  • Dingo 883
  • 18-04-2018

My second delve into LitRPG

Any additional comments?

This is my second LitRPG book and I enjoyed it very much. My first experience was The Land, but there is little comparison between the two. Both feature fantastic narrators. The Land's story and character's had me hooked a bit tighter, but I liked how Hugo didn't flood me with stats. He achieved a very nice balance. I'm very interested in seeing how the dungeon lord continues to build his army. There's plenty of surprises i this book that I suspect will keep coming.

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  • Josh Smith
  • 09-04-2018

Very Impressed

This was my first time listening to an audio book and I have to say I am exceptionally impressed by the performance of the narration. It does an excellent job to emphasise emotion and the 'mind brood' gave me chills to hear. The book itself was an excellent combination of reality and game and I'll most definitely be looking out for the future installments. The protagonist is well written and doesn't follow the cliché stereotypes expected of them. If you are looking for a new book, I absolutely recommend giving this one a try.

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  • ChristopherHart
  • 21-03-2018

Great book

this is an amazing listen, the added sound effects draw the listener in to the world of the book. I also like how it jumps perspective for the main person to others around him! really really good book

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  • Teitur Ásgeirsson
  • 16-03-2018

not for me it need somerhing more

not for me i thought it would give more store about building his dungon
but maybe next book in series will fouces more on that

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  • ben
  • 22-08-2018

Good book! shame it not longer!

good book! Like the twist of him being a dungeon Lord wish it was a bit longer and expanded this powers a bit more but hoping the next book will be just as good.

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