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Fostering Faust

Narrated by: Stephanie Savannah
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(Minor spoiler and warning at the bottom of the blurb.)

Alex is dead.

Dead and apparently with a one-way ticket to a place that only the worst of the worst go.

All for a simple choice he made about a product his company owned.

Damned for all time.

Luckily for him, he’s about to be given a chance.

Another choice to make.

He can instead return to the land of the living, though his soul would belong to another. Except the world he’s being sent to isn’t the same one he came from. It’s not even a similar period in time, but from something long past in history.

The dark ages.

And part of the deal to live again, is to make pacts with others. Pacts that would bind the soul of those who take a deal to the same entity who owns Alex’s soul.

How much would you give of yourself to live on is an easy question.

The better question, is how much would you take from others?

If Alex wants to keep living, to keep his soul from being sent to the darkest corner of hell, he’ll have to ask himself that question.

Daily.

Warning: This novel explores dark subjects, and what people will give up of themselves, and each other, to get what they want. The main character is written as a real person in a tough situation, and will not make choices that line up with societal and cultural norms.

It contains adult themes and moral ambiguities. 

As with my previous work, explicit scenes are found within. It has violence and a harem relationship.

©2018 Randi Darren (P)2018 Randi Darren

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Randi Darren is a talented author this story is one of my favorite and I love this book from start to finish the characters a well written and informative the narrator Stephanie Savannah is talented and voiced act and narration this book well 5 stars can not wait for more .

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 26-12-2018

Fostering Naughty thoughts

I am at a loss as to how to delicately describe this series. The best I can come up with is it is the Marquis De Sade shakes hands with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. This book both impressed me and appalled me, which is no easy task, and I am not being negative when I say that. Randi Darren is pretty fearless in tackling what is basically a story about a man who tries to keep his soul out of hell by creating deals with other people. Each deal he makes helps him meet a monthly quota that he has to fill for the evil goddess of murder, Lea. Darren very wisely breaks away from the possibility of having a monster as the protagonist, Alex, by making bargain for people’s souls. No, if he had done that then this book would have been very different. Alex is caught between the Scylla and Charybdis, no matter what he does he is damned and he has to make deals in which he always comes off with the better end of things. People need to unwillingly part with a piece of themselves in exchange from very little from him. The more he gets, and the less he gives the better off he is.

Alex, to his credit, doesn’t revel in his newfound power over people. He is actually pretty cool about it, and this too helps to mitigate the creepiness factor that he could have. Darren really pushes boundaries, but manages to male Alex likable and sympathetic. I’m going to be honest, this book is not something someone new to LITRPG should start with. If you are a fan of Randi Darren from his other books in the Wild Waste saga, or even books by William Arand, then you will love this book. The characters are all well written, have very distinctive personalities, and come across as the broken people that they are. The only person in the entire book who isn’t broken or damaged in any way that I could see is Alex’s main wife. She is an incredibly stable and sane individual who allows nothing to phase her. In fact, I loved her the moment she was introduced.

Every character is so well fleshed out that they feel real, and if you know Darren from Wild Wastes then you know that you are gonna get hit in the feelz somewhere along the way. The only character that felt like a potato was Alex’s second wife, who was about as bland as they come. She is so shattered that it takes nothing for him to break her within minutes of their meeting. That’s ok, as that is what she is meant to be, but you will have no connection with her at all. The actions scenes are all fun and range from a fistfight duel to a full on warfare. Darren really had fun storming the castle.

In spite of all the lurid things that happen in this book, and I mean all the breaking of people, not all the graphic sex scenes this was a great book. Did I mention sex scenes? Yep. If the general content wasn’t enough to let you know, this ain’t a book for kiddies, so don’t listen around the house if you have children. The sex is pretty graphic, and does last, as Darren does not do a fade to black and he doesn’t hold back. Also, Alex is more powerful than most porn stars in the volume of the product of his loving, and the frequency in which he is able to perform.

The story is a fun look into what you might do if you were put into a bad situation. Alex really reminds me of Felix (who actually gets a nod here) from Super Sales on Superheroes. Felix has to deal with the issue of slavery for the sake of his powers. So, the two both handle tough subjects in their own way. Now I want to see a William Arand and Randi Darren collaboration in the future.

Stephanie Savannah handles the narration, and she is actually really wonderful. She is also a new voice for me, and I thought she just killed this reading of this book. I mean she played every number (that would be Alex’s conquests) with a clear and distinctive personality so that I NEVER wondered who was speaking. She also played Alex really well, showing that she can crush masculine voices as well. I’m really surprised that she only has four narrated books to her credit so far. She really is incredibly talented and hopefully this book will get her noticed. I loved listening to every second of her.

This book was a blast, and it was unrelenting. I can very easily see how some of the content can put people off, and know that the disclaimer that Darren uses in his book description is warranted. Either way, I had fun, I enjoyed Alex, numbers 1 through 5, and the whole concept of the story. I cannot stress how difficult it had to be to create a sympathetic lead who has to do really nasty things in order to keep from burning in hell. I’m going to give this an 8.4 star review, because I think the next book will be better, and while it was emotional I don’t think it quite had the heart of his Wild Waste series. I think that will come a little bit later. Either way, this is a very different kind of book, one that I have no doubt that you will enjoy.

Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Nathan
  • 13-09-2018

Harem done right

It's like Super Sales on Super Heroes but with less supernatural abilities and more pervy goodness. Stephanie Savannah did a phenomenal job with the narration! She absolutely nailed the characters and her voice is incredibly sexy. Overall another great release from Randi/William.

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  • Wrencher
  • 28-10-2018

our hero is soooo bad.

the MC acts like a human would if placed in the same position makes for a fun read. really hope there is second book. narrator did a wonderful job. I like when you can hear the emotions that characters are feeling from the narrator.

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  • Cody
  • 13-09-2018

super good

man was this a good book, I definitely would recommend this book to anyone above the age of 18 I loved this book.

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  • Frank P.
  • 18-12-2018

A bit to repetitive

Overall the story was pretty good, and the battle scenes were pretty cool, even though you more or less knew the outcome would be in the victory of the main character, the performance was excellent, I like Stephanie's reading style, the erotic parts were excellently read by this narrator, and I would definitely buy other books read by this narrator, my only complaint was that the story was a bit repetitive, and got a bit boring hearing the MC always making one deal or other, maybe that was the whole point of the story I can't say, that is the reason for my 3 star rating for the story.

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  • Ozzy Inatullaev
  • 05-10-2018

Awesome narrator. Good self-contained story

Don't usually read these kinds of books, but hot damn was this a good one to start!
As mentioned, the narrator was perfect for the job, good variety between the (various) female charters to help differentiate them.
The story being very self-contained really helped get the action going (take that as you will), and as a fan of tedious books like LitRPGs I loved the way the contracts and technicalities and just overall scheme-y nature of it all worked. The main character basically took his "ruthless CEO style" marketing strategy to a more primal project, and sometimes I wish there would be a bit more of that modern-strategy-to-fantasy-realm lingo, but then that would take away from all that graphic goodness.

Now onto that! The warning in the description did not lie, this gets graphic and descriptive, luckily it does not prattle on like some of the bad examples of erotica, but give you the juice bits, and pull back before it overextends itself into smut. This was a quick read for me, as it held my attention throughout. Going to get more from the author.

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  • Donovan
  • 04-10-2018

Great plot ideal turns into plot hole

This story suffers from a few critical flaws that turns it into a bland power fantasy with a harem. Early half of the story used in examples below.

Plot: The MC has the power to make deals on a God's name in order to stay alive. The problem with this is that others who make loyalty oaths have to follow them as well or die but no one ever makes complex binding oaths to stop betrayal and scheming. This leads to issues of strife that just make no sense later in the story.

Setting: This takes place in another world's medieval period which is standard and fine though the author misses a huge part of that time faith. Since loyalty contracts seem to work because they are sworn on God's there is little reason everyone would accept swearing on a dark god. No one ever says no or gets into arms over what would anger quite a few. Also deals seem to suffer from the convince factor as they are less to the spirit or letter and more how the MC wanted. Also i my have missed something but how he turned things around because CEO and not gambling seems massively dumbed down to the point of hurting.

Characters: The MC a CEO of a company who is in trouble because he approved something dangerous after making people sign wavers but does the same thing again in the new world. The MC is a pychopath because he never seems to have remorse or even a hard time basically trying to break and condition these women. He never seems to regret or feel bad or try a broader way just break women sexually and of course only deal with women.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-12-2018

Meh...

The book has a lot of potential. Alex dies and makes a deal with a Wraith trick other people into signing away their soul to keep him from suffering eternally in hell. He's transported in time to take over the body and life of a baron who had recently died.

It's a good idea that could have created a lot of conflict, but there isn't a drop of it in this book. Instead he's a perfect guy who wins every battle, outsmarts everyone and never makes a bad choice. Everything goes his way all the time and he's arrogant as hell about it. ZZZZZZ.....

He could have been conflicted about tricking a good person into losing their soul. Or he could have damned an entire family line that would turn out to be his later in time. The story could have created a domino effect where more and more people had to keep signing souls to save themselves making all of humanity eventually sold to the devil and Wraith. But there is none of that.

The story goes like this. "You're in a really bad spot. Want to sign your soul away? Great, this also means that you got to have sex with me all the time." Then the damned souled woman falls in love with him and and goes with anything he proposes.... skldj;aklajoifjw gioanbkjnraswb'apsrjg

Sorry I fell asleep on my keyboard just reminiscing about the it.

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  • John
  • 09-10-2018

It's basically Akubar's Princess Trainer, the book

Honestly I was expecting something else from the Publishers Summary and the sample clip. I should have read some of the reviews which better illustrate what the book is actually about, but I was in a hurry and needed something to listen to for a prolonged period of time. So in that regard you're already doing better than me. I was hoping for more moral ambiguities in a book, and less Akubar's Princess Trainer the game in medieval Europe. The book is basically about a, not terrible, but pretty douchey guy that gets granted what amounts to all the power in the world over a variety of women, and instead of straight up raping them he slowly bends and breaks their moral compass until they want him to... Yep, enjoy.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-03-2019

MUCH better than expected

I have already listened to this story twice over last week and a half. At first, I thought that the main character was just going to look out for himself and DAM the rest. Yes at first it starts out that way but then his thoughts start to change which now gets him into the beginning of trouble where once it was clear sailings. There is no magic in this story but rather just common sense and phycology of people. How far can you push someone with high morals? Sex is there but in a FUN manner in a way that yes it's believable while not being overly sexed. I found this story to be very entertaining and ended in a way that makes you wonder what is coming next for him. Will he begin to care for those around him and truly DAM his sole or somehow beat the wrath that is his master? The narrator as far as I am concern made it enjoyable, and easy to remember whom they were playing at the time. Hopefully, the next chapter will be out soon, for as soon as it's available I am buying it for my collection.

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  • "sharky18"
  • 19-02-2019

What the actual fuck...

Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy this book... I think?

Fostering Faust is pure filth! Limited imagination, no conflict or struggle with the characters. The whole book is what I can only guess is a load of Randi Darren's sexual fantasies.
I realise that you shouldn't take it seriously and that it's not real, but the circumstances and scenarios aren't even nearly accurate. The Author is clearly a sexist, porn obsessed individual with a warped view on how people behave and react in certain circumstances. But it's no more than I expected after reading reviews. I like gritty, dark Fantasy novels which is what made me choose this book. This however is just porn.

I am ashamed to say that some of the chapters left me feeling a little sexually frustrated to say the least. Which I'm not entirely sure Is something that i want whilst I'm listening to this while I am out and about. The Narrator does have the right voice for the erotic theme though. If it wasn't for her I may not of continued.

If you want filth? Then this is the book for you. The sex scenes are richly described, going into great detail (If a little twisted and messed up at times.)
I am undecided If I will continue with the second book?

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  • Adam Turner
  • 09-10-2018

Enjoyable fantasy.

As with all of this author's books, once you get started it is impossible to stop listening! The characters(conflicted male lead/ physically tough, sexy women yet strangely submissive) are similar to his other tales bit are always uniquely engaging. The storyline is an interesting one as the lead is in debt to a goddess whom he must collect a quota of oaths for lives and souls per month. Much violence and action ensues, along with a fair amount of sexual activity. Narration is a good solid job but lacks an exciting edge when it's called for. All in all, very enjoyable. 👍

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-09-2018

Enjoyable but horny

An interesting premise and well written in my opinion. But definitely for an adult audience!

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  • Mr Anthony Geoghegan
  • 24-09-2018

Fantastic book, fascinating and innovative.

A genuinely original story, brilliantly read. I couldn’t turn it off. I’m dying to hear the next in the series.

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  • Izaya
  • 16-02-2019

Fast paced and different.

This is one of my favorites this year i would highly recommend, hope they make a sequel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-2018

Glorified bdsm porn.

Basically a story about a guy getting to another world and using his extreme market skills to get laid.

Really disappointed....most of the “moral questions” were along the lines of “well we made a deal so why shouldn’t I fuck her ?” I just putty the number of STDs he caught....so yea....if you want porn that’s for you...want an actual story..look else where

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  • chickensnr
  • 11-10-2018

Pure filth

the plot is non existent a prmise of dark magic and a Crystal are used excuse to take you from one very graphic sexual encounter to the other using 'Faustian pacts"
50 shades of grey this is not but a guide to giving perfect head!
NEVER AGAIN

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