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The Greystone Chronicles, Book Two: The Dire Lands

The Greystone Chronicles Series, Book 2
Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)
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Jupter Tech's headquarters, Olympus, has been attacked. Lives have been lost in the real world. Alexander and friends must now thwart the servants of the Dark One both in and out of the game. With a few new allies, the Greystone Guild moves out of the noob zones to take on the challenges presented by the ruins of Dire Keep and its inhabitants. They must conquer, rebuild, and defend the Dire Lands against attacking forces.  

The players (and Fibble) must now overcome tougher dungeons, and more dangerous foes. Even betrayal by one of their own! Soundbooth Theater presents the long anticipated sequel to one of the most beloved LitRPG titles of the year! Jeff Hays has stepped up to take on the narration, and although Laurie Catherine Winkel has taken a back seat for this installment, she still reprises her roles of all the ladies of the Greystone Guild, and of course, Fibble! 

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production: 

  • Jeff Hays - Narration, sound design 
  • Laurie Catherine Winkel - Sasha, Fibble, and the rest of the female cast 
  • Dalton Lynne - Proofing and editing 
  • Griffin Malnar - Editing and mastering
©2017 Dave Willmarth (P)2018 Dave Willmarth

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  • BeauFLA
  • 10-12-2018

Nice Followup to the first book.

Nice Followup to the first book. The change in primary narrator does not diminish the story.

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  • Munte
  • 06-02-2019

Just NO!!

I forced myself to buy and listen to this book even though reviews of it and already having read the first one did not leave me with much hope that it would be any kind of an improvement. A large reason for why I finally buckled under and got it was that the Soundbooth Theater team are the narrators for this story. They usually do a great jobb.. This one not so much.. tbh I was rather shocked at the poor quality of work they did. I found more then a few sentences being narrated in the wrong characters voice. On the whole it was not at all up to snuff. So I was even more disappointed then I thought possible. I will not be giving this so called author a third chance. For anyone reading this review I suggest that you browse the so called critical reviews on amazon for more in-depth information on the faults and inadequacies that this book and the series as a whole suffer from. My recommendation is: Do not get this one!!

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  • Anthony
  • 09-12-2018

come on you already know you're going get it

well can't wait for the next one damn that ending now I want more if you haven't decided to get this book after listening to the first one and I can't tell you anything else you're either a fan or not if you enjoy the series as much as I do make you want to go to the next book damn you cliffhangers

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  • M. B. Richards
  • 04-03-2019

Such potential...*sigh*

Great story concept, neat world (if very very hand-waveish on the crunch/mechanics side if things), but ALL the bad guys are terminally stupid. All the bad guys act like 5th grade bully children, and it is made clear that nothing they do could ever even give the MC a challenge. Game/rpg side of things is laughable, without consistent or sensible rules or limits - it is all hand-waveish so the MC can do anything convenient that the "plot" requires for him to overcome the current obstacle.

Someone twice his level callenges the MC to a fight - MC defeats him two second in with a spell he learned at level 1. A spell with no defined or even implied limit. Everyone agrees with an loves MC, no matter what. Literally - everyone loves him but the 5th grade bullies who are literally too stupid to live.

It's worth listening to, especially with this voice cast, but don't expect any real conflict, game crunch, or character growth. It's just a "the hero is too awesome to be beaten" power fantasy type story to be consumed to be amused for the moment, and quickly forgotten.

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  • richard
  • 06-02-2019

a good tale

This second volume is an excellent follow up. It continues to build the story line and the characters. My only worry is that audible has not committed to the last two books. come on guys don't leave me hanging.

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  • Mogrith
  • 12-01-2019

Fun romp

Like the chapter names. Even the one he ran out of. No harem stuff. But not sexless

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  • Erik
  • 09-01-2019

Pew pew pew!

I really enjoyed listening to this followup to the first book. Fibble is adorable and it's cathartic listening to PWP get their comeuppance. Soundbooth Theatre does a great job as always with multiple voice actors and nice sound effects where appropriate.

The only thing I don't like about this story is that there is no real antagonist or challenge. PWP keeps sending easily defeated morons after the heroes and I never had any uncertainty about whether the protagonists would come out on top.

That minor complaint is more than mitigated by the interesting and well-written characters. It's certainly a well-written novel and I strongly recommend it.

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  • T. F. Coleman
  • 07-01-2019

Slight cliffhanger but not critical. Great series!

Just when I thought I’d already listen to all the good LitRPG books on audible, I found this series. Although this series is like a lot of other series with new full immersion tech, disabled player, and people in real life posing a threat, this series stands out with excellent characters, cool earth mage skills, superb narration, and a feel good, fun & enjoyable narrative.

The Greystone Chronicles is one series that I will go back and listen to again. I’ll be waiting for book 3 though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-12-2018

another good one!

great story

great nerration

= great book

if you read the first one, you will enjoy this one too, if you haven't already read the first one get it and this one and plan on making a weekend of it - great series!!

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  • Nighteyes
  • 17-12-2018

SBT brings it again

the slight change in narration (additions, not replacements) does nothing to harm the book as I've experienced many times before.
it is a pleasure to my earholes to know every character by destinct voices, and for additional effect sound effects have been added where appropriate.

as to the story, it picks up right where book 1 left. the story is well paced and better told.
the only negatives is a somewhat forced romantic angel and the cliffhanger...
goddesses damn Dave, why the Cliffhanger?? you should know better!!

even so I cannot recommend this book enough and if you come across this review after book 3 is published, what are you waiting for??
my largest complaint is a none issue to you :)

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  • Teitur Ásgeirsson
  • 26-01-2019

I really enjoyed the audio book.

I really enjoyed the audio book. A new spin on magic and the way the system works.. I highly recommended the book. I hope the author is a fast writer...

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  • Dingo 883
  • 10-01-2019

It's getting worse.

I wasn't thrilled with the first one, and this one is even worse. Everything I disliked about book 1 was compounded in book 2. My issues with this book: 1. The players are richer than God and toss gold to the peasants like candy from a firetruck in a parade. They literally find piles of gold and gems in a mine just lying on the ground. 2. MC has godlike mastery over earth magic and can destroy any enemy and other players twice his level without breaking a sweat. 3. I have no idea what the character stats are and don't care. They aren't really part of the story and wouldn't matter if they were. 4. The tedium. Dear God, the tedium. MC spends hours just wandering around planning parties, engaging in random conversations that drag on and do nothing to advance the story. At least half the book is just filler. If the main story is a mile long, this book advanced it about 3 inches.