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  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • Written by: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun

  • By Jeffrey on 2018-04-08

A wonderful LitRPG

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-30

This os a wonderful litrpg story, without being too much a litrpg. I love the genre, but I admit they sometimes go a little too heavy on the stats. No need to worry about skipping the end of chapter stat lots here!
The story is well written and quite witty, the author using turns of phrase that make me laugh out loud.
The character run a gamut from loveable to outright wanting to punch them in the face.
The author get many bonus points for making Corin a introverted asexual, who, despite hating dealing with people, still manages to go about his plan to save his brother. And even finds it in himself to try dating!
The narrator is good, but not the one I’d have picked. Most of the tome when they try to convey arrogance, it comes off as smarmy instead. And while Patrick is a bit of the magic equivalent of a jock, the narrator’s voice makes him come off as stupid, which he isn’t. He does fo Corin and his Sister, Sarah, well though!
I’ve just finished listening to it a second time, and am enthusiastically listening to the second book now.

  • Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1)

  • Written by: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

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!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, yes, yes!

  • By Levon on 2017-11-26

Yes, yes, yes!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2017-11-26

My favourite series on Royal Road, and now it’s on audible, yes!!!
The story of a basic monster that managed to get absurdly lucky and level up enough to think, move, and get ambitious. (A mimic wanting to go out and find treasure, and food to eat, is very ambitious for a box meant to wait around and try to eat people).
The main character, is not human, never was human, and will never be human. He’s evil, but more in a ‘why wouldn’t I kill someone and eat them?’ Kind of way than the ‘rape and torture’ kind of way. Not that he wouldn’t rape and torture if he thought it would work, but he’s more likely to just eat someone if they’re stubborn and go out and find a different way of getting what he wants instead of wasting his time, doing things that aren’t eating or getting more shiny things.
Don’t listen to this if you can’t stomach rooting for the good guys, explicit content, or any LitRPG, or if you can’t handle masochism . This has got a lot of it. And we haven’t gotten to the part where things get really explicit in this book, that’ll be the next one.
Do read this if you like dark humor, blood, prat falls, explicit content, and lots of details about spells, skills, and stats. Oh, and rooting for the underdog. Remember the main character is a box with an appetite, he does not start off with a lot of brains. Just luck and being underestimated.
The narrator is quite good, and while there are some sound effects, they aren’t too intrusive. I highly recommend this as one of the best LitRPGs around.

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