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Morgana

Everybody Loves Large Chests, Book 4
Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott
Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
4.9 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)

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The citizens of Azurvale are starting to feel the pressure. War with the Empire to the south is imminent, and there's talk of the city's adventurers being drafted into the campaign. Though this conflict seems inevitable and promises to be horrific, the common folk can do little but act like there's nothing wrong. Rather than lose sleep over something so wildly out of their control, they instead worry about tiny, personal, inconsequential issues. Things like, "Will the butcher have fresh steak today?" and, "Should I get those new boots now, or wait and see if they go on sale?"

However, though they try to maintain some modicum of normalcy, the people of Azurvale have yet to find out that their capital is already under threat. Not by some warmongering nation, but by a certain individual that has come to them seeking asylum, knowledge, profit, and power through any means necessary. As this newcomer burrows into the city's underbelly like a voracious tick, it cares not for the people it hurts along the way. Indeed, any soul unfortunate enough to cross paths with Boxxy T. Morningwood seems doomed to have their life ruined in one way or another. Often through no fault of their own.

Whether it's an ancient being, a skilled assassin, a godlike archer, or a fresh-faced recruit, none shall be spared from the whims of chaos.

Content warning: Profanity, gore, violence, explicit adult content.

The Soundbooth Theater Team for this production:

  • Jeff Hays - narration, sound design
  • Annie Ellicott - Keira, Rowana, the Dryads, and the rest of the new female cast  
  • Dalton Lynne - editing and proofing
  • Ahmed Mahmoud - editing, music, sound design, and mastering
©2019 Neven Iliev (P)2019 Neven Iliev

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Oh my goodness!!

This book was hilarious and in my opinion the best of the series! The humour was on point, characters developed nicely and the story was enjoyable as well. If I had only listened/read the first book, I would definitely say go for gold and get all of them just so you can fully enjoy this entry in the series. The story is less lewd which in my opinion is nice but naturally has its moments. The outstanding thing though is the amazing characters, so well done! Only 4* on the performance because some funky noises made Jeff hard to hear at times. And there are a few weird moments which threw off my immersion when Boxxy is communicating with someone.

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Simply a wonderful book I want more of this please. Very different style compared to others but I want more.

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Still good.

Took a bit longer for me to get into but there is a bigher plot on the grow here. Plot twists i did not see coming, and a continuation on developing boxy in new ways i was not expecting. Cant wait for the next one.

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Fantastic story

Fantastic book. keeps all the greatest characters and adds some more. Can't wait for more of this series!

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Amazing.

Easy the best book in the series. Not only do you get your monies worth in book length (which I really appreciate). But this is easily the most interesting book so far, and I've listened to all of its predecessors at least thrice each.

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  • CursedSei
  • 06-11-2019

A great, if flawed, entry.

This being my first written review for the series, allow me to say this. It is every bit as entertaining and powerful an entry as the last three. However it feels as though some things have been pressed aside or overlooked here or there to focus on the titular character of this book, Keira Morgana. Firstly, as a whole the story continues to remain a fun romp however entering the fourth book it feels as though some characters are no longer receiving attention like one might wholly expect. Boxxy himself fades into the background for a good majority, though that is to be expected to an extent. New characters are introduced, though not all are given quite the limelight you'd seen given in past books. And, worst of all to me at least, one miss Fizzlesprocket is relegated to a cameo and acknowledgement here or there. We get no inclination of her growth between the last book and this one, and whilst she does appear it is hardly noteworthy outside of being a way to acknowledge she exists still and is still working under our favored chest. A lot of this, I would say, is on the book focusing its perspective from the title character's point of view rather than the bunch we've come to know and... 'tolerate more than we thought we would'. It works, and it is understandable, but missing out on even simple character information so we know where they all stand is something of a missed chance here. It doesn't harm the narrative overall, but it's a nice point to have... and the same tends to occur with Boxxy as well, as the book seems to move away from general updates after major events for characters. This book is also the first where the greater powers that be are... conspicuously silent despite what happens throughout. They continue to be referenced, but that too feels as though it has been pulled back on. As for the performances? Jeff Hays continues to be an excellent narrator and voice for the characters we all know. The newcomer to the series, Annie Ellicott, likewise is a strong addition though at least for me it sounded as though the mixing was a little off at first near the start. It smoothed out as things went on, but I couldn't shake the feeling the volumes were a little off between Hays and his narration and her own spoken parts. The worst part I will say, though, and the reason I scored it lowest is the additional effects mixed in. They aren't always bad, but nearing the end of the book the various additional sounds played alongside the narration end up sometimes overpowering the deliveries and becomes distracting more than they are immersive. It isn't painful, but they could definitely be toned down some.

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  • Joseph
  • 26-10-2019

Excellent!

All four stories in this series are great fun. However using soundbooth theater really pushed the performance to the greatest height yet. I have no doubt if you liked the first three books you will like this one also. I can't wait for the continuation of the story in the next book.

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  • Josh Noneya
  • 28-10-2019

I cried

Fantastic story and narration!!! Boxy is back, and up to new tricks! Having made it into the elven lands, boxy and crew need to lay low, find trainers, and level up. Can they suppress their greed, bloodlust, and outrageous quirks enough to meet their goals? If you have enjoyed this series so far then you will definitely love this book as well!!! I absolutely loved the song Boxy composed! (it was so beautiful it made me cry) I can't wait for the next book to come out!!!!

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  • Ian Mitchell
  • 28-10-2019

It's better with sounds

I love the voice acting for Boxxy. The screams during the large conflict were a bit much. The funny parts are funnier, the gruesome parts are gruesomer. A wonderfully grim story of a monster and his minions making a place for itself and a place to stash his shiny treasures. Top marks.

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  • Patron
  • 04-12-2019

twinkle twinkle shiny star

An enjoyable story and addition to the series. The song at the end really seals it. The voice actress playing the dryads was a great addition.

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  • jcmwbjs
  • 08-11-2019

Very Shiny & tasty, INCREDIBLE

Great addition to the collection, possibly my favorite, Boxy is the ultimate anti-hero, no longer a simple box, he has a plan, big plans. Still homicidal, still surrounded by demons who do the awful things that demons do. Soundbooth’s production is incredible, they truly set the bar! Annie Ellicott is tasty!

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  • Abdullah
  • 01-12-2019

Weird ending.

Overall was too short. Narration was better than ever. Boxy doing more boxy stuff.

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  • Petra Creamer
  • 07-11-2019

The Sound Booth Theater Performance is Amazing

The book is hilarious, but the performance of it is what makes this a masterpiece.

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  • Tobin L. Wallace
  • 27-10-2019

A Beautiful new direction

This one is very different than the previous books. It feels like our morbid monster troupe have grown into more divinely heartfelt beings. The beautiful song that Annie sang was also proof that our MC wasn’t just pretending to feel the interpersonal emotional connection, but that true bonds were being made. The previous books defined a lot of what it meant to be a monster. This one bridges the monster to humanity- both the horrors and the beauty. I’m not used to finding such sentiment in this setting, but that’s likely why it stands out do gloriously. I fell in love with our red-haired ...addition to the cast, felt the pains that we’re supposed to be nothing more than imitation. Also.. Catgirls!

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 23-12-2019

Doppelganger endangers elven city

It kind of breaks my heart to say this, but this was a good book. Why does it break my heart? Because up until now this series has been utterly amazing. I think that one of the outstanding aspects of the concept was boxy as a semi-clueless but lucky as hell monster that has no compassion or empathy was what drew me to the books. However, since Boxy got upgraded from a Greater Mimic to a Doppelganger things have gone from a feral and brash villain to a clever imitator it just doesn’t have the same vibe. Initially, I hated how the book started, but later saw that I was cleverly played by Iliev in a classic bit of chess play that utterly destroyed my mental game. AS clever as it was I still missed the ferocious, bumbling, and inconsiderate mimic. I completely get that Boxy had to evolve, but the perfect transformation from murderous but clueless monster to clever imitator was far too abrupt, and personally I did not like the new version of boxy. Perhaps, had I started off with this version I might not have been so let down. I do tend to gravitate towards manipulative characters. Iago, from Othello for example is probably my favorite literary character. I love characters that lie and manipulate others. Con men carry a lot of weight in my world. I admire and respect their audacity and intellect, but having Boxy live like that that did not fit the monster I know and love. We needed more scenes with Boxy wiping out hobos and criminal gangs than we did him in his alt personae. That would have fit the book much better. Overall, in spite of all that I still loved the book. Again my favorite bits are the phone calls to Demons R Us, and while I really wanted more at the end the epilogue with the dryads was hilarious and the impact that Boxy had on the elven nation hundreds of years later fit much better, as I showed just how oblivious, unwitting, and uncaring in his machinations with the tree girls. The end result was more of what I was expecting from a mimic than a calculating doppelganger. Jeff Hays, I continue to stand in awe of your incredible narration skills. No one could do this series in the way that you handle it, and I know you only add more when it comes to the story itself. Jeff is a one man army going to war, and makes me believe that an insensitive monster could actually feign concern and empathy. Final score 8 stars, I think what the book really is missing is the time that Boxy actually practiced being a humanoid. I needed to see it fail spectacularly, rather than successfully imitate a fully crafted persona almost effortlessly. The rest of the story is really good, but for me it was lacking all the essential things that make Boxy an inhuman MC.

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  • christopher meth-cohn
  • 21-11-2019

not as good as the others

I feel like the characters of Boxy and its demons have been lost in this book. For me they dont have the "no punches held back" attitude that made this series so great. Although I was initially enjoying the storyline, the plot never really went anywhere and we didn't see Boxy progress itself. and the Last 3rd of the book just got progressively worse until a rather cringeworthy ending. the epilogue spoke as though the series was being wrapped up, although nothing meaningful happened to the main protagonists. very strange. the audiobook was a little too over produced for my tastes as well. it took away a little too much from my imagination.

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  • Aaron Farnes
  • 04-01-2020

Annoying

The story and narrators are great. The annoying part is where the sound cuts out and even whole sentences are missing. At one point in chapter 27 you can even hear someone's phone go off. Production needs to be better.

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  • Phil Mckenny
  • 24-08-2020

This one not as good as the earlier in the series.

I enjoyed the earlier books in this series with boxy T Morningwood an intriguing character, as it continued to level up and gain xp by hook or by crook and in funny situations. however, this book Was very difficult to get through, I found the story dull and the narration very annoying, the female voices were very grating at times and didn’t hold my attention. The story wandered off in all sorts of directions and I lost interest after about 10 hours and couldn’t be bothered to finish the book, it’s very flabby and loose, the main characters charm is lost. I wouldn’t recommend.

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  • robert
  • 15-03-2020

Why the stupid sounds...... WHY!!

Enjoyed the story as usual by why the production team felt the need to add totally pointless sound effect I just can't fatham. I worry that if the next book has also been cursed with this then I will have to give it a miss and that would be sad.

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  • Cian Browne
  • 09-12-2019

Slightly off from the usual ELLC formula

Morgana differs slighty from the other books in the series, focusing more on a new character although Boxxy still takes top billing. Side characters like Fizzy get very little screentime. The new female voice actor adds a great deal of varity to the cast and the improved background noises are a welcome addition. This volume is still packed with all the classic ELLC humour and charm but in therms of the overall story is a bit stale as Boxxy seems rather less Chaotic than in previous books. Overall, great as part of enjoying the ELLC world but the weakest of the series so far but only the way a Gold Shiny is worst among 3 Mithril Shiny's.

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  • Joe
  • 29-11-2019

The best yet

This series just keeps getting better. Fantastic writing and superb performance. Very enjoyable from start to very creepy finish.

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  • Burak
  • 24-11-2019

The best so far!

The title may be misleading. By 'the best', I don't mean the best in the series. I mean the best audio book I have ever listened to so far. I have you know that I listened to most books by Brandon Sanderson. Those books are amazing too. But the performance and story in this book is so well-done, I really lived to book! I love every main character in the book. Each has a unique personality and they never behave out of character. I value this very much. I understand the fun part of this book may be a bit too gruesome or sexual for some readers. But these are the things I enjoyed most. I will look forward to the next book. I will now search if there is any Boxxy T Morningwood t-shirts available online. It would be so taste to have one in my possession!

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  • MK
  • 06-11-2019

Sound effects gone to far

I knew it was only a matter of time before the low quality sound bites invaded the rest of this book. This is a book not a movie/music read it to me dont make me listen to a crowded bar sound or unrealistic kissing sounds. It's a shame that yet another author has been lied to by the production team only for them to ruin the book. The addition of Annie Elliecott as a narrator is unnecessary and should have been done at the start of the series or not at all. The book itself is excellent as always if you can overcome the numerous problems caused by soundbooth theater and there incompetent team

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  • I don't have a pen
  • 05-09-2020

What a slap in the face that ending was.

I've listened to all 4 books and absolutely loved boxxy as a character, the way he's evolved over the books and the way the side characters around him have changed was simply spectacular to see. SPOILERS AHEAD. However, I find that an ending can make or break a series of books. I personally find that this one was the weakest of all of them, the whole war that boxxy decided to get involved in, considering it values it's survival over all else made little to no sense. The ending was abrupt and just took the wind out of the entire story. The epilogue that centers around the driad sisters after generations of slumber also made no sense as they just start talking about missing mummy after remembering, then go on a rampage through a place called morgana, named after kira morgana, the doppleganger's alter ego. This implies that either kira/Boxxy died during the war or Boxxy decided in the end up to leave the persona behind. BUT ALSO they woke up generations later, Boxxy never hit level 100 so that means he still lives a normal mortal life so he's probably dead anyway!. So the extra effort of saving of hilda so that she could train kira later and also keeping the necromancer corpse in his inventory for use with cadaver absorption is also rendered pointless. I like that zera had waved off the whole thing of influencing the driad sisters to become murderers down the line as insignificant only for them to wake up and immediately start killing people. all in all, it felt very rushed. There was a hint at the wizard the chest fought was from our reality and had travelled to this one but without a significant sequel that retcons some of the stuff I can't see it going anywhere.

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  • James
  • 19-06-2020

From Box to Rocks!!! Best upgrades ever!

In my top 10 of all time master reads of story and character development, whilst story driven and comical to boot. The happenstance of boxy is nothing short of brilliant.