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Demon Lords

World-Tree Trilogy, Book 2
Written by: EA Hooper
Series: World-Tree Trilogy, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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It’s been years since anyone has seen Noble Vincent, the player that brought down World-Tree Online’s tyrannical moderator. Even with a lifetime of perceived experiences in the game, he still has centuries to go before the update finally ends and the people trapped in the game are freed. After taking a long vacation and traveling to many worlds, he realizes its time to get his team back together so they can try to reach the top of the World-Tree.

However, Vincent’s goal will eventually lead him to Styxis, a world consumed by a never-ending war. His path will bring him at odds with Noah, a former member of the Great Vanguard. Noah’s team climbed higher than any other before the angels crushed them, but like Vincent, he’s a man that obsessively chases his goals no matter the challenge.

Noah’s choices will lead him and many others down a path that will push the strongest players of the game to their limits. When Vincent gets caught in Styxis’s never-ending war, he too will have to decide how far he’s willing to go just to win.

©2019 Elias Alan Hooper (P)2020 Elias Alan Hooper

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Good sequel, very bad production and proofing

The book is a very good sequel from the first one. Story is a bit similar, but it's still pretty entertaining.

However there are major issues with the audio, 95% of it is OK, but there is an instance where two audio tracks overlap and we can't understand a thing and multiple instances where part of the audio is missing; there is a 10-15 seconds audio blank and the story pick back later in the book. It was especially annoying because there is an instance at the end and you miss kind of an important part of the fight.

I chuckled a little bit when the credits rolled and the mentioned the prooffer. Soundbooth really has to get its quality back up, I've had multiple books from them with far from great audio production.

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Overall good so far but weird audio

There is a part in chapter 6 year 93 five minutes in or so we're if I'm hearing it right three different tracks are playing three different voices it's really weird but it goes on for like a minute or so then goes back to normal to where they left off kind of but I feel like I lost a little bit of detail there.

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  • Matthew
  • 2020-04-15

Soundbooth messing with the soundstage again

Soundbooth has started 'soundstaging' characters when more than one character is present in the 'scene'. This means that the regular narration is balanced center, but when one character 'talks' to someone else the majority of the volume for that dialogue comes from either the right or left speaker/headphone depending on where on the soundstage the editor places that person. Person A is usually center right, Person B center left, Person C far left.

For me, soundstaging an audiobook is fairly disorienting. Without visual cues that would put context to where in a scene the characters are a book relies on imagination. When imagination is circumvented by forced perception shift it's quite annoying. No matter where you imagine characters to be, the soundstaging forces them somewhere else (usually to the MCs immediate left).

I've reviewed recent Soundbooth releases before noting the soundstage problem and have chosen to avoid these books. In this case I didn't hear anything in the sample audio, or it was too subtle to notice. I bought it, later noticed it was staged, decided to finish it anyways.

I wish I hadn't.

You know when you rough draft an essay and it has notes in the margins and sections missing with notes to "add something here later". This release is the audio version of that rough draft. There's random dialogue mixed on top of other characters, later in the book there are sections just missing outright.

I haven't decided if I'll return it yet. I am mildly annoyed. GG sounbooth.

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  • nick
  • 2020-04-14

weird blank

This book and narration was outstanding but I had like three spots where it was all blank then seem like it skipped over parts.

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  • Jonathan
  • 2020-04-11

heap of audio dead spots

I kept thinking it was my device playing up but this audio has heaps of dead spots even some up to 30 seconds.
this book gets confusing a lot as it also seems like some random words and sentences randomly get put in when it doesn't relate to the actual chapter.
Besides all this the book was still very enjoyable as the story and character progression were on point!

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  • Devan
  • 2020-04-17

As amazing as the first!

I’ve read many of E.A. Hoopers books and they’re all great but The World Tree is my favorite book series hands down and this is just another amazing reading of an amazing book you really feel like your going on a journey with some great characters not too childish and not too serious it is really a great listen

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  • Sartín
  • 2020-04-15

Great book, Great performance. BUT!

This was great, but there are audio issues. As others have said. Audio cuts off and then back later in the chapter. Maybe 10 time or more. There is a part or two where you hear two audio tracks at the same time. Needs to be checked and fixed.

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  • Mary
  • 2020-04-15

Old Man Vincent

I love this book. It has a realistic approach to multiple ages of people who play games. As an older person who loves video games especially MMO, it is greatly appreciated. But, as you read/listen to the story, you will find that even old men make stupid mistakes. The MC is one who in the end made a stupid deal that cost many their lives but he did get a reprieve.

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  • M Remington
  • 2020-04-15

I've waited so long

well worth the wait. great book. great universe. worth more than a credit. I'll probably read the final book, just to know how it ends.

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  • clinton
  • 2020-04-14

An absolutely amazing sequel!

I loved the addition of Noah and his wife Amelia to the story I could be wrong but it sucks that it doesn't appear that they'll be in the third book. I greatly enjoyed the imaginative power progression it fit very well both in the story and in the individual progression very well-thought-out if only there was a game out there that truly allowed you to do what was in this book.

The whole narration cast did an absolutely amazing job from start to finish!

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  • Michael
  • 2020-04-14

So good!

This is such a good series, it's well paced, planned out thoroughly so that nothing feels like filler.
Really excited for the next book.

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  • Albin T. Pearson
  • 2020-07-24

Great story and cast!

This was an excellent story. I am looking forward to the third book's audio release.

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