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The Crystal Heart

Enthralled, Book 1
Written by: Prax Venter
Narrated by: Christian Fox
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Mark has big plans to further his education but is convinced by his AI assistant to join her for one day in a vividly real, and sexually themed, virtual world. However, not everything is as it seems.

After Mark realizes he is reliving the same day over and over, he needs to find a way out or become trapped forever.

Warning: Contains graphic sexual scenes.

©2017 Prax Venter (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Great Writing but....

Great Writing but.... don’t get me wrong I like the concept and the story is great just not a huge fan of some of the money’s girls in his Harem but other than that great series will keep listening.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 2018-12-26

Don't go breaking my heart

How does this book stand out compared to the others on this naughty list? Well, here the way the sexiness works is that the MC, Mark, has a class that allows him to collect hot women who then fight on his behalf, because he’s a lover not a fighter. Literally. I have to say that the book has a few stand out things for me. First of all, this is the use of Time Dilation I have been waiting for. It is pretty innovative and ingenious in its use. It added to the story by giving it a horrifying element, that also allowed for the MC to be in game forever without dying of thirst or starvation. Secondly, I love how he used the first companion as the impetus for all that follows. I don’t want to and won’t give anything away, but it was a nice twisty twist that I didn’t see coming. At first I thought we were going to be getting a Feedback Loop/Groundhog Day style novel, but Ventor was too slick for my old neurons to catch on. Nice job, Prax. Those two things alone made the book for me via creativity.

Altogether there are a total of three enthralled that wind up with Mark. Anix, a killer kitty, Veil, a naughty Naga, and Rue, a cloth spun gal who has what I consider to be one of the coolest powers ever. Mark is given the task of repairing the rifts in the world, and given the ability to do so. And that is basically what the book is about, him growing his harem, and healing the world. In between there is a lot of sex, but it is not overly graphic. I’d say it is just a touch past Showtime in its antics. Another nice touch that really made me appreciate the book was that the sex was a necessary component for Mark to power up his enthralled. He could juice them up. . .sorry poor choice of words, he could empower them via sex acts. So that when the sex happens there is at least a reason. “It isn’t like, Hey honey. Can we pull over? I need some sex.” A line I can tell you has never worked on my wife when we are on a road trip. Ever. So, the sex isn’t just thrown into the story and that is something I can appreciate.

I can honestly say that even if you cut out every sex scene in the book the story would hold up amazingly well. You can’t say that about all of the harem books, but at least here it adds to the story. Kind of like Gunmiester Online. Cool tale, excellent depictions, and integral to the story. More importantly, it is fun. Each of the Enthralled are interesting, although it is pretty obvious that Prax like Anix the most, which is fine. She’s a cool character and I can see the attraction to her. I just don’t dig fur. So I’d skip it.


One thing that drove me crazy was that Christian Fox could not manage to say the word areolas properly. He kept saying Arelias, and it sort of became an ear bee. You know what an ear worm is, right? That’s when you hear something catchy and you can’t get it out of your head. Well, and ear bee is what happens when you hear something and it stings your ears every time it is said. Sort of like how I said the word ensigns was repeatedly referred to as N-signs in Warden: Nova Online. This wasn’t nearly as frequent, but it still stung me. All I’m saying is that if you are going to be narrating a book that very clearly involves a lot of sex then you might want to bone up on sexual terminology. Otherwise, he acquits himself fairly well. He was an above average narrator, but I wasn’t stunned by his work. I think that given time he could develop quite nicely, however I checked up on his resume and he had done almost 120 books, and a majority of those involved some sort of naughty business in them So I’m wondering if Prax picked him for that reason. Which makes me wonder about how he says areolas.

The book is a solid 8. It has a point, interesting characters, and a goal for the characters to reach. The real questions are how big will the harem become, will any of them be killed by the antagonist, and what will it take for him to get free and save the game world?

Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Eirik
  • 2018-11-27

Love it! Waiting for the next one!

Do you love hot sexy scenes? Monster girls? Fantasy? If yes, then this will be the book for you!

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  • John Johnson
  • 2018-11-21

Well worth a listen, but I had 1 personal issue.

I've already read the kindle version, and was very excited about the audio version. it's a great story, with a lot of character development. my "personal problem" was with the narrator. he does a fantastic job, but I usually prefer female narrators on the more "adult" books. That being said, you should definitely check it out!!

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  • Mr Grimace
  • 2018-12-02

Open your ears to the world of Enthralled...

I'm not a big reader, and it typically takes me a lot longer than the normal person to get through a book, so I normally go the audiobook route whenever I can. But from several recommendations from friends, I bought the book version of Enthralled, The Crystal Heart when it came out. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and went on to buy all four books as they came out. Then the best thing happened- the announcement of the audiobook! If you are like me and don't have the time to have a physical book in your lap, but have a lot of free ear time during the day, you must get the audio version of this series. After listening to the first book, I cannot wait for the rest!
Great book series. Great author. Highly recommended!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-12-02

Great concept

Great concept for the book. I enjoyed the plot and decent characters, but the author needs to buy a thesaurus. The sex scenes were good, but repetative phrasing.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-11-23

This is how its done!

This is how I feel a harem adventure should be done the sex doesn't make me wanna skip it cause its like a teen fantasy the fighting isn't boring and the characters all feel like there own people. I want more of this now wheres the rest of the books?!

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  • Jonathon Cagle
  • 2018-11-27

Excellent story with a side helping of cringe.

Boy do I love the premise of this story. Unique, interesting, fast paced. But man... the sex scenes in this were horrific. I never thought I would come to a point in my life where the word pussy made me cringe but Prax Venter managed to do it. God bless Christian Fox for his performance. He had excellent voices and held my attention throughout. Please... learn more words to describe naughty bits. Hearing pussy or dick twenty times within the span of a minute makes me feel like I’m listening to a terrible fan fiction... Sorry to those who thought these scenes were tasteful. You just have very low standards for your harem series. If you are looking for something with a higher quality then check out Gun Meister Online.

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  • Casillas
  • 2019-03-21

Sexy Monster Girls and Fun Story

Lots of monster girl sex and an enterraining story. Ready for the next book.

10/10 would hear "meaty pussy" a million times again in the next book (slight exaggeration).

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  • Chris Sheridan
  • 2018-11-21

What I was expecting

It’s what I was looking for. I like a little story with my erotica. And surprisingly the story was awesome enough that I wish the book was longer so I’m definitely looking forward to the next book.

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  • nxt gen
  • 2019-04-19

Good story

I enjoyed this world and the characters and looking forward to the next one mc is interesting but the harem itself is very interesting