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Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1)

Narrated by: Jeff Hays
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Comedy, Other
4.5 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Large chests are said to encompass all manner of hopes and dreams. Men covet them. Women envy them. But one fact holds true - everyone wants to get their hands on some big ones.

The same holds true for one intrepid adventurer - a strapping young lad by the name of Himmel. Armed with his grandfather's trusty longsword and the dream of being the strongest, he sets out on the journey of a lifetime! It is sure to be a long and dangerous road, fraught with danger! And it all starts with a simple test - reach Level Five in the dungeon called the "newbie zone" and earn the right to become a full-fledged adventurer!

However, such things get hopelessly derailed when his adolescent mind beholds an exposed chest for the first time - a fateful meeting that would inevitably lead his life in a direction he never even dreamed of!

Content warning: Gore, violence, explicit sexual scenes

Everybody Loves Large Chests was first brought to Jeff Hays on Soundbooth Theater Live, his live streaming narration show. Since then, it has been the most consistently requested and enjoyed title by fans. So much so, that Neven Iliev finally decided to approach us to put out a full audio version of the first arc in Boxxy's adventures!

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:

Jeff Hays - Narration, Characters, Production Supervision
Dalton Lynne - Proofing
Alex Tate - Production, Editing, Mastering

©2017 Neven Iliev (P)2017 Jeff Hays

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  • Ryan
  • Perth, Australia
  • 10-03-2018

A standout LitRPG with a fun twist

What did you like most about Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1)?

This is a story that is not afraid to take itself to seriously while at the same time not being afraid to have consequences.
In the finest tradition of the players messing up the plot this story takes our expectations and continually turns them on there head.

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Awesome RPG

unexpected story with lots of fun/funny twists and turns. would highly recommend for any gamers and fantasy readers

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Very different

A very different take on the D&D type story...

A little childish in a few places to the point of being cringeworthy... but overall fun and engaging, just clever enough to keep you listening but not overly so that you can't switch your brain off ...

Narration is superb...

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Freaken awesome!

Book made me do a little dance :)
Definitely for those of the Dnd world and who enjoy a genuine tounge and cheek giggle!

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Neat!

What is book? Is book tasty?

*Sigh*... Yes Master, book is very tasty.

Oh... good.

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What a surprise!

Was reluctant to try this one out but damn am I happy I did! It’s such a troll book!

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A story of a Shape-shifting Monster Mimic.

I purchased this Audiobook on a whim, thinking it'd be some half-baked adventure of some blank-slate protagonist and his harem of travelling bimbos. But I was wrong, I didn't expect such a unique and interesting story from the perspective of a feeble minded monster.

Read This Book.
I normally don't read fiction, but this story and its narrator made for a great listen.

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Wait for better pricing

Like a lot of audiobooks you get, this is not worth the price or a credit. Sometimes fun and the premise is entertaining it is a slow story that feels half done. Akin to f2p gaming, I was left feeling dirty and used after completing. Avoid until it becomes available with kindle unlimited and you can add the audio for a few dollars. Jeff hays was pleasant as usual tho.

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A silly enjoyable adventure.

I liked this one as a rest from the serious books ive been listening to...American accents for monsters and the like is ....inaccurate but this is a fun tale and I'm disappointed that there isn't another in the series.

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Fantastic

Hilarious and entertaining from start to finish. The most unique book I've read in years.

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  • HeatherY
  • 23-11-2017

Really Entertaining

This is a very different take on LitRPG! If you're expecting a traditional story about a gamer that gets sucked into a VRMMORPG and works to level up, this is not that type of book. It doesn't really have a traditional story structure or an antagonist. It's just a bawdy tale about a monster's adventures in a world that happens to operate with the same mechanics as a game.

What this book did have was humor, and plenty of it. It was a really entertaining and fun read. The characters were hilarious, and had me snort laughing out loud. The story flowed right along, the main character was unexpected, and the whole thing was well-written. Ugh, I resisted hard, but yes, I'll say it. This book was tasty.

Jeff Hays' performance was outstanding, it really suited the book. He had great comedic timing and just delivered those deadpan lines perfectly. He performed different voices for each character, including female voices, and there were some awesome sound effects. It just brought the whole thing up a notch, the book would have been a fun read, but the narration made it a hilarious listen.

Although I loved most of it, I wouldn't recommend reading this book if you're easily offended. It spends a lot of time satirizing women (God I hope it's satire). I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • Mitch
  • 14-11-2017

Not what I expected, but great "RPG" fun

I don't think the Audible book description quite fits, but if you've ever played an RPG video game WoW or D&D this story is a great twist on some classic tropes of the genre. No, this is not some high level thought provoking fiction. It's a fun witty and entertaining story masterfully performed. I agree with some reviewers that the material is a bit juvenile, but that's what makes it so fun. Ever wonder what it would be like to live in one of the campaign worlds from any of the great RPG games? What about the lives of the monsters you always fight? Then read/listen to this book and prepare to laugh aloud while also feeling oddly connected to the most unique anti hero I've come across in some time.

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  • tony trammell
  • 18-11-2017

Not comedy

I was trying to find a funny book to listen to. This ended up not being super funny but definitely entertaining. A little graphic at times. Overall pretty good.

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  • Michael P.
  • 16-05-2019

Fun and Lighthearted Read

Morningwood takes you on a lighthearted adventure, with a very deliberate attempt to not take itself too serious. It also has a very fresh take with the protagonist, probably unlike what you have seen before. I also wouldn't be scared away by the references of sexual content. There is a lot of suggestive wording, but the actual sexual content is only occasional and over very quickly.

Jeff Hayes narrates this and continues to be fantastic. Everything he and Soundbooth Theater does is a cut above. Jeff is, hands down, my favorite narrator.

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  • UneekNaym
  • 15-01-2019

Silly but amazing performance

Not a huge fan of this story per se, I do want to know what happens next... but, I seriously HATE the RPG stats constantly interrupting the humorous and interesting antics of the Mimic. The highlight however is the AMAZING performance by Jeff Hays. If you like fantasy this is a must listen JUST for Hays.

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  • Ian Gillespie
  • 06-04-2018

that was such a blast I'm so glad there's a sequel

If you could sum up Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1) in three words, what would they be?

Funny, Engaging, Tasty

What did you like best about this story?

I thought the way the mimic was written was positively hilarious! I've never heard a story told from a mimic's stand point, but the fact it's a stupid box made for a lot of great moments.

Which scene was your favorite?

Meeting arms. Everything from talking to Karl to being given a name, it was great.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I got it over in two days. I bought it on a slow day and work, listened after I got home, and finished it the next day at work. I didn't want to put it down!

Any additional comments?

It was so funny, I was snickering all the time! The preview had me worried it might have been a story written from a DnD party's perspective, but no, it's actually written from the perspective of the mimic in the scene. I had a great time and I'm picking up the second book now.

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  • Andres Capiro
  • 12-03-2018

A little dirty

But everyone can appreciate a large chest even if it has a little shit on it

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  • Ana
  • 16-11-2017

Absolutely Ridiculously Hillarious

I cannot begin to explain just how stupidly funny this book is to me. After many years of MMOs and Dungeons and Dragons, theres no end to witty jokes and pseudo puns about those experiences. Its very lewd but then again as a person of the internet i'm used to it.

Highly recommend this adventure. Its well thought out, the little extra sound effects are great and personally i think this is a hidden gem.

10/10 - IGN

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  • Michael
  • 27-12-2017

didn't live up to the comments hype.

I purchase this book based off of user comments and Jeff Hayes. Jeff Hayes did his usual impeccable job. truly is a talent. the comments on the other hand I feel were well off of mark. virtually everybody stating they couldn't hardly contain their laughter because this book was so funny. it was clever in a few areas, and a decent story overall. but it is not an overly funny book.

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  • Joshua
  • 10-01-2019

hard to swallow ;) but entertaining

Have you ever listened to one of those books or watched a movie where you listened to the main bad guy, then found yourself low key agreeing with him. Then you start rooting for the bad guys in a weird way.... well this is the exact opposite of that. The main character is a monster with no sense of morality and very little attachment to others. Most of the time your actually kind of hoping someone kills it. People mercilessly die around the MC. So if you have ever played the game grand theft auto and have gone on murderous rampages for amusement, put yourself in that mindset.

Besides the obvious way you can not identify with the main character, this book is extremely entertaining in a perverse kind of way. Honestly dont be discouraged from listening to it. Just brace yourself for a touch of inner turmoil when the MC literally eats a character you may have ended up liking.

Oh and if your wondering if the MC is ever less.. umm stupid eventually it picks up a few brain cells. So if your bothered by its intelligence level just hold on a little. Its just gotta level...alot

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-11-2017

Need a follow up!

Ok this book really wasn't what i was expecting.

enjoyed it thoroughly though!

I highly recommend this and am fingers crossed touch wood for a whole series!

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  • Neil
  • 03-01-2018

Clever, witty, well performed and some of the best characterisations since Sir Sparhawk roamed the land.

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  • Andrew C.
  • 18-03-2019

Great performance and story

Hays breeds life into the book's controversially inked characters. Making the experience quite fun for those who enjoy the dark humor and a ar'nt squeamish to the macabre.

Written with RPG gamers as its target audience, some sensitive people may find this offensive but there should still be a place for works like these. Overall, if some of the writing style can be overlooked, an amusing story. Blizzard took a similar approach with the original Dungeon Keeper game in its tone and humor so if you enjoyed that, you will likely enjoy this.

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  • R Forson
  • 21-12-2018

Randomly found this now a life long fan

I seen this in my recommendations in my kindle store. It kept appearing finally I thought why not and I was not disappointed in fact it introduced me to litrpgs I since got this audio version and I am now a patron of the author.

So about the book

It's about the rise of a weak character to a killing machine in essence. Old trope sure but with a few twists. There is sex, greed, manipulation, deception, sexisism and murder however as the main character is asexual and amoral these are done by side and minor characters allowing for a completely different way of telling these types of stories.
This performance is well done in my opinion as said above I read it first and when I heard the male voice voicing the female characters for the first 5 min I was dubious, Jeff hays however has enough vocal range to carry the performance.
The stats spoken is the only bad thing I have the type of mind that doesn't mind that however I know this isn't everyone's "cup of tea" and those sections do lend themselves to the kindle version also the audio does give the option to skip them through the chapters menu so win win as long as you aren't in bed.
I hope the few that are still reading will get this book and enjoy it as much as I did the author is still writing and finished book 3 not that long ago the story gets better and better.

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  • CameronRoss
  • 19-11-2019

Clever, but unpleasant

The book is based on a clever premise, and is executed reasonably well. The narration is good.

The problems for me are the continuous abuse of any character who is female, or presents as female, and the strangely written sex scenes.

You could argue that the male characters don’t fare much better, but they also don’t come in for the same focus on their sexual interests, or ‘enjoyment’ of pain as the female, or female appearing characters. I won’t give examples to avoid spoilers.

The sex scenes oscillate between mechanical descriptions, and use of coy terms for genitalia.

I couldn’t finish it. I wanted it to get better, because the basic idea was good, and because I liked the narrator. The unrelenting cavalcade of unpleasant characters and the treatment of female / female appearing characters eventually drove me away.

The game mechanics described in the book were fine, the basic idea interesting and the narrator good, so there were some strengths.

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  • oli
  • 11-11-2019

Unexpected and entertaining

A nice twist with an interesting development on the murder hobo adventurer if ever you played a tabletop where everyone is basically a murder hobo. A good laugh.

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  • Peter
  • 26-10-2019

Its not what you think.

This is a fun fantasy tale and I'm interested to listen to volume 2.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 23-10-2019

a very enjoyable story.

a very enjoyable and fun story. I look forward to what happens next in the series.

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  • josh hustler
  • 27-09-2019

Great first read

First book I completed
great read
unique characters
comedic aspects
pulled in right from the start

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  • 2097
  • 08-08-2019

Not what I expected, far from it!

What an interesting take on an adventure story. When this book was recommended to me I read the description and got a rough idea of what to expect from the book. Oh boy was I wrong, this book couldn't of been further from what I expected. I really really enjoyed it in a strange way, but it really is just a set up for the next book. This is definitely worth a listen if you've every played a mmo or played a D&D type game.