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Dungeon Lord

The Wraith's Haunt: A LitRPG Series, Book 1
Written by: Hugo Huesca
Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)

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Dark forces have extended Edward Wright an offer of incredible power at a terrible cost...and Edward has chosen to make them regret it.

When Edward is swept into the world of Ivalis as a Dungeon Lord, the Dark's most powerful servant, he has no servitude in mind. He'll oppose the evil plans of the Dark god, Murmur, whatever it takes.

Through only his wits and his guts to help him survive a weakened arrival, Edward must rise to power if he is to earn the right to live another day. But in the battle between Dark and Light, what can Edward choose if both sides are cruel, uncaring monsters? Cold gods laugh in the distant world of Ivalis. Heroes chase after power and experience, while Kings send their armies to their deaths in the name of the Dark and the Light.

But no one expects the rise of the Dungeon Lord.... And in the world of Ivalis, maybe a single man can forge his own path.

With the One Man Theater himself at the helm, joined by the sensational Annie Ellicott as two of the most disturbing monsters ever produced by Soundbooth Theater, we hope you never forget this horrifying LitRPG experience.

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:

  • Jeff Hays - Narration, Characters, Production Supervision
  • Annie Ellicott - Amphiris the Spider Queen, Ilene the Mindbrood
  • Dalton Lynne - Proofing, Editing
  • Alex Tate - Production, Editing, Mastering
©2017 Hugo Huesca (P)2018 Soundbooth Theater

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Wouldn’t recommend, wouldn’t listen to again, but overall a good story.

I would not recommend this book to myself after having listened to it, but now that I’ve gotten through the first I am probably going to get the second...
The story did pick up after about chapter 18, up until then I was listening to this book believing I was going to be disappointed with it overall but in the end the story has left me curious about what will happen next. So that is definitely a plus.
While not focusing on stats too much (this is largely a story about someone with low stats finding creative ways to make himself more dangerous) it sure dives into stats DEEP when it does, which can make it pretty boring. If the listener doesn’t care about the stats because you aren’t making stats a big deal, then maybe don’t describe them like you’re reading the drop down sub-text...

There were a number of things in this book which annoyed me greatly, one of them being the main characters voice. Jeff Hayes does a great job in every book I’ve listened to which he narrates, a top performer for sure. This is why I’m led to believe the author had some input as to why the main character sounds like his chest is puffed out every time he says something. It’s as though someone asked Jeff to make the MC sound as predictably “hero” as he could. It leaves no room for dynamic or emotion in the character’s voice. There are some moments where you can hear Jeff slip into a more casual speaking candour, which is refreshing, before he corrects himself.
And then there are choices characters make.....
SPOILERS.
Don’t read further if you want to read this book.
The sheriff is aware that the inquisition will murder the town and even surrounding areas because of the threat of the bane. So if someone could please explain to me why when he sees the spiders -who he recognizes have the ability to smell the bane- killing towns folk and hunting the bane, why... does he decide to protect the people and attack the spiders when he has admitted that it’s his duty to tell the inquisition about the bane, therefore killing the townsfolk anyway? His character is the definition of a white knight to the point of getting in his own way.
The ranger who brought the bane didn’t seem to have a very convincing reason for doing so either. Kind of seemed like a rushed explanation of why things started.
The MC does a fairly good job of explaining that he doesn’t mean harm to anyone, and has the means to suss out the bane as their own world’s magic’s objectivity, yet no one trusts him even after he’s demonstrated its ability to do just that?

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wow!! I am impressed wow! more please!!!

excellent refreshing take on the litrpg genre, the only thing I'm disappointed in is how short it was.

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Decent, but not something I'd recommend

The voice acting was great, but I found the world the writer had created to be more on the basic side. As it felt like the writer had just copy and pasted a stereotypical, mediocre RPG world and magic. And didn't try to reshape it into something better or different, so it could stand out. It also felt like some things lacked clarity and discription in some vital areas, but other areas was too discriptive.

All in all I feel it's interesting enough that I'll probably listen to the rest of the series, but I wouldn't suggest it to other people.

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meh

I quite wanted to love this book. I've listened to it twice now. it just feels half done. I think it is that it isn't as descriptive as I'd like or something but it just doesn't pull me in.. too bad because the premise is excellent and the performers as always was excellent .

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Very Interesting

Really recommend this title. I just finished it and although its a little slow to start its very engaging. I am a big fan of the magic system used. Looking forward to reading the next title in the series.

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  • PRG
  • 2018-09-13

Excellent Read

An easy listen, following the storyline and enough action to keep you interested. In other words, I brought the next book in rhe series.

#Audible1

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Everything I wanted.

Never knew I had this fantasy, never knew someone made a book about it. What a time to be alive.

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very good, except stats listing

except when the writer goes at length about stats, it's great. those stat blocks do not translate well to audio format.

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  • IAN
  • 2018-03-20

it was interesting

i personally found that the book was great. however all the numbers where confusing and what each number meant was lost. maybe a simpler character sheet layout.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 2018-01-30

Over all too soon!!

I'll be honest here, I am beginning to listen to just about everything I can find that Jeff Hays records. The man is vocal monster, and his range is scary. DL sees him providing ever newer voices to his repertoire and th world is better for it. The man is a vocal monster, and I think his taste in choosing what to read is almost at the same level. I don't know how he picks his books, but I have never heard him narrate a dud. Annie Ellicot does a great job here, too. the pair work seamlessly together that is reminiscent of Old Time Radio Dramas, but much much better.

DL 1, looks to be like the first in a long line of books; I am happy to say. It has a great style, lots of humor, and a gross and terrifying monster to trouble our "evil" Dungeon Lord and his minions. Hugo keeps the book nicely paced, and it is always interesting. Additionally, it handles the "I live in a video game" troupe in a cool way. One of the things I really enjoy is getting to watch the main character level up, and I had to laugh when the MC complains that he hardly got any experience for killing a high level monster. The explanation he gets was completely justifiable, and not something you see in these LitRPG novels nowadays. The hero is clever, intelligent, and brave but not suicidal or stupid. He behaves in a logical and reasonable manner.

This is a great book, and I most highly recommend it to you. Go read it now, so we can get more of Lord Wraith's adventures.

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  • Shawn
  • 2018-01-31

A litRpg

This was a good book. One stranger to another it’s worth the buy. And will most likely quickly climb the ladder to become one of the top stories in its category. I think the narration was excellent and stayed consistent throughout the story.
The plot itself was believable enough.
What I really enjoyed was the different monsters and how the narrators used their studio to maximize the creepiness of each monster.
Buy it, love it.
There was one sex scene which wasn’t to much or to long and it’s a very very small portion of the book.
Excellent book

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  • Scot
  • 2018-06-25

Wasn't a bad story, Sound Effects were awful.

The story wasn't bad. Typical trapped in a Game scenario that is normal for the LitRPG genre. It wasn't a bad book, it's only real detractor was the absolutely awful high pitched squeal / whine that insist on using when some of the characters talk and absolutely annoying echo effect when the MC is thinking to himself.

While I enjoyed the book, I won't be getting the second one in the series... my ears are cringing just at the thought of hearing those sound effects again.

TL:DR - Decent story, decent narrator, absolutely horrible sound effect choices.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-11-08

An Ideal Read

I'm slightly surprised this audio book isn't ranked higher. A more down to earth, level headed tale who's character isn't as brazen or quick to action but instead strategic and intuitive despite their ignorance. Yes comedy is lost in the tale as well as character building detail but this story as an air of realism ringing the supernatural in a different sense. Like all thats happening is normal and almost believable in a way. No Deity dialogue or transaction causes this I think but I'm not positive.
Its a good story either way and I'm definitely moving on to the second book.

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  • Ryan Keith
  • 2018-07-16

Good book

The book caught me off guard, it was entertaining, the story was pretty nice and the narration was great, it was far more graphic than any other litrpg book I've read or listened to so far though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-11-02

it's litRPG

the audio sound effects and extra actors are pretty good for the most part some are a little weird special later on.

if you like litrpg you'll like it. the story is pretty clear on the mechanics of the world

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  • Greg
  • 2018-07-02

Different than I expected, better than some.

The aspect of playing as a dungeon lord is different enough that I was not sure how it would play out. For that plot premise, I think the book is worth a listen(if you like the LitRPG genre). I didn't feel hammered with stats and skill choices, and they somehow felt more integrated into he storyline then other LitRPG books I have listened to.

I finished book 2 and it was just as interesting, so I think its worth starting the series. On the down side, the epilogue gave a clue to book 3...and I am not interested....but, this book is good enough.

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  • Jacob W.
  • 2019-11-01

Hhrrmmmmnn...

Jeff Hays does a great job as always.

Oh boy the odd battle writing...I never felt that I didn't know what was going on. But I did find the battles often describing an action and then immediately contradicting that action or altering it. It was jarring but not to the point where it didn't make sense to the reader/listener.

This definitely needed to be longer. There was a lot that happened, and a lot that didn't happen.

The main character doesn't seem to make the perfect decisions, which is great. I would have done things much differently if I were in his shoes so it highlights a gamer mindset different from my own. I just hope the rest of the series is consistent with his decision making process.

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  • Bryan
  • 2018-07-17

wonderful

It was one of those books I just did not want to put down. I only listen to it when I'm at work so it actually made it where I would look for to go into Work.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-05-01

You're invited to another world

Jeff Hays brings some great narration to this book by Hugo Huesca and I for one will grab the next volume in this series.

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