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The Greystone Chronicles: Book One: Io Online

Série : The Greystone Chronicles Series, Volume 1
Durée : 14 h et 43 min

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In the latter half of the 21st century, Alexander and his guild mates play Io Online for fun and to earn a living. It's the largest VRMMORPG on the planet, and the source of income that supports families around the globe. While completing a rare First Kill dungeon in hopes of epic loot, they discover that demons have once again invaded Io.

Given the chance to test a new experimental immersion system, the veteran players must give up their high-level characters and begin again at level one. As they work through the noob zone quests, they discover that the new immersion system allows them to play in ways that hadn't been possible before. Casting is faster. Movement more fluid. Even magic itself behaves differently. They quickly run afoul of a party of player killers and become the targets of an entire PK guild bent on spawn-camping them until they leave the game. War has been declared.

The fight expands into populated areas, where innocent citizens are murdered, and player accounts are terminated. The guild works to help citizens rebuild what has been destroyed, but are repeatedly forced to stop and defend against enemy attacks. After the gods of Io and a powerful being of darkness get involved, Alexander and his friends learn the hard way that their in-game actions have consequences, both in the game and in the real world.

Soundbooth Theater has had the honor of working with Laurie Catherine Winkel once more, in the first installment of the epic Greystone Chronicles. Her bright and light performance matches the tone of this Gamelit romp about friendship and community, while perfectly framing Jeff Hays' performance as the male cast.

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:

  • Laurie Catherine Winkel - narration, female characters, and Fibble!
  • Jeff Hays - male characters
  • Dalton Lynne - proofing, editing
  • Justin Thomas James - production, editing, mastering
©2017 Dave Willmarth (P)2018 Dave Willmarth, Soundbooth Theater

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  • Don Gilbert
  • 04/11/2019

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Graystone Chronicles
The Good: Jeff Hayes and the Sound booth Theatre. They really make any audio production a terrific entertaining event.
Also good is the world building, the story line; both inside the game and out in the real world, character development, and the vast array of creatures and other humanoids that are introduced into the story.
The Bad: the lackluster pace and absence of anything resembling a thrilling tense filled conflict, Alexander and his clan simply destroy any enemy regardless of level discrepancy or number, it’s all very anticlimactic.
The Ugly; Relationships; they all act like virgins on prom night. I know this isn’t a Harem book but Alexander and the rest need to grow a pair. Also fuzzy bunnies
Overall I like this series, despite the lack of intensity; I like the story progression and listening to Jeff Hayes and the rest of Sound booth Theatre makes it entertaining

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  • Jason
  • 08/03/2019

Disappointing

The addition of the romance element feels like it was added by someone who never met or had a conversation with a woman. Nothing was done by the protagonist to earn the affection, and the game system is heavily weighted for the protagonist, basically cheating like a fiend non-stop. With much eye-rolling I finished the book, but will not be buying the next installment. The narration was excellent, it kept me going when the story started to sour.

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  • Charles Grayson
  • 06/01/2019

Boring

This story is so insipid that it makes me angry. It's as if the author deliberately set out to remove everything that makes you care about characters or plot resolution. here's a list of the problems:

1) the main characters are essentially Mary Sues. Everything comes easy to them and they continually win effusive praise from all the supporting characters.

2) no real conflict. Yes, there is the enemy guild, but our heroes effortlessly defeat/humiliate them at every encounter, even though the enemy characters have vastly higher levels.

3) conversational interplay among characters is very unrealistic

4) no real plot. The “conflict” between our group and the enemy guild occupies only a small amount of their time and is never represented as an important challenge. Even the leveling up is portrayed as meaningless, because our main characters acquire god-level skill the moment they acquire a skill at all.

5) failed humor. Most attempts at being funny aren't funny at all. One guy teases another “if you don't stop bothering me, I'll tell the waitress about the rash you had last year!” Ha, ha, ha, yes, hilarious.

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  • Anthony
  • 11/02/2019

Tremendous Start Followed By A Great Decline!!

This story started out great. I loved the idea of the game itself and and the banter between the MCs as well as the quick thinking implemented in the first battle. The author did a great job of making you emotionally attached to the characters as well. The delivery of the storyline was top notch. Then, "KERTHUMP"!!! The character development became bleh. All you get is hey we found some OP abilities that let us kill strong enemies without getting hit. Now I can kill PKers that are 70 levels above me in one hit.
The last few hors of the book becomes a how-to-guide for how to build a village with earth magic. I suffered through hours of what stone to use and how tall to make the walls. The only damage the MC takes is the damage he does to himself while building the village. And by building I mean literally making walls and windows, with detailed explanations about how to use magic to do it. It became really underwhelming really fast, which is really a shame because the story outside of the character development was really fluent and interesting.

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  • cosmitron
  • 30/03/2018

Very good production

What made the experience of listening to The Greystone Chronicles: Book One: Io Online the most enjoyable?

The entire book is first rate from the quality of the sound the talent of the narrators the interesting story.This book can be listened to by anyone at any age.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No favorite character because the narrators are so good you enjoy the totality of the book which contains many interesting characters that the narrators bring into focus.

Have you listened to any of Laurie Catherine Winkel and Jeff Hays ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

They are very good narrators their work is all among the best in the business.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This work is 14 hours and 43 minutes...... what do you think?

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Jacob Goodrich
  • 16/03/2018

another masterpiece by soundbooth theater

An amazing story written by Dave and brought to life by the greatly talented Laurie Catherine winkel and Jeff hays. This is one of those audio books you can't pass on its that good. Dave did such an amazing job writing the story and creating loveable characters that want to help as much as they can and the talent at soundbooth theater made them come alive in ways unexpected.

I can't recommend this enough. I love the plot and advancement of the MC and his guild and the mysterious fibble.

If your looking for an adventure that will suck you in and make you want to go haring off on your own, then this is the book for you.

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  • Beachcombers
  • 18/02/2019

Privileged OP players go on SJW quest set on EASY

First, Soundbooth did an excellent production.

Second, this book is terrible, don't buy it.

SPOILERS!

I have listened to a lot of LitRPG, and as is usually the case when the Main Character gets overpowered or has some kind unique edge, you at least understand and appreciate the effort required to become that way.

However these characters are quite literally given every advantage right from the start. Unique abilities, a unique character class, Mythical gear for them. Every NPC they meet, soon starts praising and treating them like family, the "Evil" faction is comically inept and is humiliated at every turn. The team steam roller their way through dungeons, with zero effort. The female characters are so bland and generic, fawning over the MC and anything "cute". If it wasn't for the swearing, I would put this firmly as a kids book.

Team America for SJW's. Uggh.

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  • Søren Jesper Bloch
  • 28/02/2019

Kind of Borring

there wasn't really any time the heroes where in any actual trouble main character is sick, dad findes solution guy is poor, main characters dad provides extremely well paying tester job the world economy should tank because of lack of jobs, for some reason in game economy fixes this...

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  • Kyle Louthan
  • 26/04/2018

Amazing

Great story, and amazing voice acting. Need book 2. greatest character so far is Fibble and Fitz followed closely by all dwarves. The main cast is made up of good characters while the story itself has good pacing and plenty of laugh out loud moments and was even able to hit me in the feels once or twice. Way to go as that is rare for me especially in this type of story.

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  • L.
  • 20/04/2018

Wow!

This was totally worth it! I can't wait for the next book! The narration seemed to have to much of a pause and created a disruption in the flow, but was easily fixed by increasing the speed of the narration!

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