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Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1)

Narrated by: Jeff Hays
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (89 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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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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  • 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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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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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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Moo review

This book is great it does not follow a human or other main race but instead a monster witch I love 😆 great work and lots of jokes

Loved it

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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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  • Ray Johnson
  • 06-11-2017

Now I've got wood!!

What a great fantasy piece. It throws away conventional format, and gives you the POV of a lowly dungeon monster. Boxy's journey from a weak monster into a city class threat is amazingly funny, and you will not be sorry for the read. I'm just sorry that there aren't any other novels out in this series yet. ------------ AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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  • J. Domec
  • 03-11-2017

Buy it now.

A laugh riot for anyone with a love for the absurd and perverse. A great story and another amazing reading by Jeff Hays.

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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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  • gtvManager
  • 02-11-2017

The Chest... It Calls To You...

I absolutely loved this book. I listened to the audio, and the performance was spot-on. I expected no less from Jeff Hays, and boy does he have a great time reading this interesting and funny tale.

The story revolves around a Mimic who makes a living by picking off intruders to his lair. Sooner or later, the Mimic ends up leveling up and gaining experience, at which point it becomes restless and seeks out some adventure.

The characters were hilarious at times - just don't get too connected to any of them, if you know what I mean. Especially early on. Coming from a group that loves D&D and many RPGs, this story has plenty of laughs and is an interesting viewpoint. Great world-building and description. I hope there will be more books from Neven Iliev!

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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
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-2018

meh

There is too much emphasis on stats, and a lack of resolution leaves you wanting.

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  • chris
  • 06-04-2018

WOW

Dis you ever wonder how the bad guys felt the monsters that we fight come to be and deal with the day to day. Well Neven Iliev does a great job in morning wood hiving you the p o v from the other side and before all is done will have you rooting for the other team and have you laughing till the point of tears the book isn’t what i expected at first but had me realed in quick and wanting more a must have book to enjoy

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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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  • R. J. Wesley
  • 14-01-2019

A funny and different take on litrpg! loved it

Really funny book great story, Jeff Hays did are great job as always. would recommend to new and old readers of litrpg

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  • Nikki Fowler
  • 04-01-2019

a modern-day classic

one of the best alternative fantasies iv read in years. a modern classic for sure

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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 ago the story gets better and better.

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  • Jordan
  • 16-12-2018

A Different Take On Litrpg

Felt like an early access.

Interesting but so, so, so rushed give me more depth for these books, the leveling system doesn't mean you can't explain the world! or the magic system!

I won't spoil.

It does pull you in and absorb you but it could be more.

Highly recommended for the totally blind siding me.

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  • Rubin Bryant
  • 08-12-2018

A Mimic must Mimic

Having read the book and now heard the audiobook, this is a good story.
The narration and voices done by Jeff Hays are superb. I have highly enjoyed this audiobook and I don’t usually enjoy audiobooks.

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  • Lee
  • 25-11-2018

Not what I was expecting, no, not at all!!!

I am going to struggle to write this without spoilers but I'll try.

I went into this book without any prior knowledge of what it was, I was looking for something similar to what I have been reading lately and they were LitRPG's with some kind of harem element and this popped up on the radar, so I got it.

This is not really LitRPG but it does have character sheet development elements in it, but I am going to leave that there.

There is quite a lot of sexual content in this book but it is of the kind where they say what is being done not how it is being done, it is quite explicit but not in depth, if you don't want to hear strong curse words, please avoid this at all costs!

Ultimately this is a very very dark comedy where the MC is an anti-hero, that has complete disregard for, well anything and anybody but themselves.

The narration is top notch complete with some sound effects too, but then Jeff Hays is a top narrator so I didn't need to even say about the narration really, but thought I should, just for continuity.

Really, as long as you aren't too squeamish, get this book, it truly is a diamond in the rough!

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  • ross
  • 21-11-2018

very entertaining if a bit short

Jeff hayes narration makes this and other books he narrates a joy can't wait for part two

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  • David Connor
  • 29-10-2018

Gimme the loot! Gimme the loot! Gimme the loot!

Wasn't sure what to expect with going in to this one but I'm glad I did. Characters were great, easy listening with a few pleasant surprises. Takes a trope and runs on eight spider legs with it.