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Dungeon Lord

The Wraith's Haunt: A LitRPG Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott
Series: The Wraith's Haunt Series , Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
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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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Wasn't Bad

The narration is great and the story isn't bad and im glad people like it. But for me I listened to this and the next book before reviewing and feel like this series could go on forever. The reason why I dropped this series is the mc progress is so slow and they build up his status dungeon lord as having "power" but in reality it hasn't done anything to make him worthy of being all mighty and powerful or even mildly better than anyone to not be killed.

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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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  • Scot
  • 25-06-2018

Wasn't a bad story, Sound Effects were awful.

The story wasn't bad. Typical trapped in a Game scenario that is normal for the LitRPG genre. It wasn't a bad book, it's only real detractor was the absolutely awful high pitched squeal / whine that insist on using when some of the characters talk and absolutely annoying echo effect when the MC is thinking to himself.

While I enjoyed the book, I won't be getting the second one in the series... my ears are cringing just at the thought of hearing those sound effects again.

TL:DR - Decent story, decent narrator, absolutely horrible sound effect choices.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-2018

An Ideal Read

I'm slightly surprised this audio book isn't ranked higher. A more down to earth, level headed tale who's character isn't as brazen or quick to action but instead strategic and intuitive despite their ignorance. Yes comedy is lost in the tale as well as character building detail but this story as an air of realism ringing the supernatural in a different sense. Like all thats happening is normal and almost believable in a way. No Deity dialogue or transaction causes this I think but I'm not positive.
Its a good story either way and I'm definitely moving on to the second book.

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  • Ryan Keith
  • 16-07-2018

Good book

The book caught me off guard, it was entertaining, the story was pretty nice and the narration was great, it was far more graphic than any other litrpg book I've read or listened to so far though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-2018

it's litRPG

the audio sound effects and extra actors are pretty good for the most part some are a little weird special later on.

if you like litrpg you'll like it. the story is pretty clear on the mechanics of the world

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  • Greg
  • 02-07-2018

Different than I expected, better than some.

The aspect of playing as a dungeon lord is different enough that I was not sure how it would play out. For that plot premise, I think the book is worth a listen(if you like the LitRPG genre). I didn't feel hammered with stats and skill choices, and they somehow felt more integrated into he storyline then other LitRPG books I have listened to.

I finished book 2 and it was just as interesting, so I think its worth starting the series. On the down side, the epilogue gave a clue to book 3...and I am not interested....but, this book is good enough.

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  • Jacob W.
  • 01-11-2019

Hhrrmmmmnn...

Jeff Hays does a great job as always.

Oh boy the odd battle writing...I never felt that I didn't know what was going on. But I did find the battles often describing an action and then immediately contradicting that action or altering it. It was jarring but not to the point where it didn't make sense to the reader/listener.

This definitely needed to be longer. There was a lot that happened, and a lot that didn't happen.

The main character doesn't seem to make the perfect decisions, which is great. I would have done things much differently if I were in his shoes so it highlights a gamer mindset different from my own. I just hope the rest of the series is consistent with his decision making process.

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  • Bryan
  • 17-07-2018

wonderful

It was one of those books I just did not want to put down. I only listen to it when I'm at work so it actually made it where I would look for to go into Work.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-05-2018

You're invited to another world

Jeff Hays brings some great narration to this book by Hugo Huesca and I for one will grab the next volume in this series.

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  • daniel j.
  • 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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  • Dingo 883
  • 18-04-2018

My second delve into LitRPG

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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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  • Marcin
  • 14-11-2019

Didn't expect how much I'll enjoy it

I was initially sceptical as I don't really like XP / stats references in fantasy books but despite that I loved the story and amazing voice acting. The concept of Mind Brood and Sephar's Bane was just next level together with the voice acting of the little girl. So freaky.

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  • Raewood
  • 14-04-2019

really enjoyed this. really good narration.

I will definitely be getting the rest of the books in the series and checking out other series by Hugo Huesca

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  • Jamillah
  • 27-02-2019

Not a Lit RPG

The story lacks substance and there are almost no elements to make it a Lit RPG book. I would not recommend if you are looking for a Lit RPG.
The main character also accepts his change very easily with no explanation to the reader as to why he is so accepting of a completely new dimension.
The narration isn’t great either with an unnecessary amount of reverb/echo used - this is very annoying if you listen through headphones.

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  • Logan
  • 22-02-2019

The voice team!

Really love the voice team, book was a little silly and full of tropes But the voice team was hilarious

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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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  • 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.