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A Thousand Drunken Monkeys: Book 2 in the Hero of Thera Series

Narrated by: Jeff Hays
Series: Hero of Thera Series, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
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Summary

Continue Playing the Game? Yes / No   

The Kingdom of Thera is a crossroads to many worlds and realities. Here a secret war between the gods plays out via their proxy mortal champions. These player-champions use all the augmented-reality interfaces and game mechanics that role-playing and video gamers know and love.   

Join Hektor Saint-Savage, marine and martial artist extraordinaire; Morgana Nox, shape-shifting druid-thief and trickster; and the cantankerous dwarf Elmac Arguson as they punch, blast, stab, and slither their way through the second Hero of Thera novel.   

Can they outwit, outfight, and outrun assassins? The Imperial Knight Champion of Chaos? Feisty gnomes with slide rules? A horde of a thousand inebriated simians?   

There’s only one way to find out....

Eric Nylund is the New York Times best-selling author of many novels - including HALO: The Fall of Reach. He has helped create over 50 video games like Gears of War. He lives near rain-drenched Seattle.

©2019 Eric Nylund (P)2019 Eric Nylund

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  • alex
  • 30-04-19

Plotlines and Punches!

I can't begin to tell you how much I loved this book. Finally getting to read from the perspective of the pugilist is something I know we have all been dying for. the narration is terrific and you really do forget that it's one person doing all the voices. I love the story, all the little plot lines and relationships.
The only thing that can make this series better is more books! I can't wait for the next book!!
I'd totally play "The Game"

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  • Kyriakos
  • 26-04-19

Frustration after frustration....

MC is really disappointing. I am not feeling he is making enough progress and the story is just one catastrophe after another for him and his team. I have to skip through sections because of the inner dialog you have to slog through before he makes a decision that was obvious from the start. If the author has to have the MC put points into the int stat to spare us the pages and pages of inner dialog , for the love of God, DO IT so combat and scenes can flow better and be less frustrating. Jeff Hayes does a good job as usual, the negatives are all about the writing...

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  • inkweaver
  • 14-05-19

more dammit

soooooooo freaking good! read this series now. if your looking for a good LITRPG to start on or one to slate your thirst this is amazing.

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  • Darth4Less
  • 11-05-19

everything a great litrpg should be

if you're a fan of the genre, then you should pick up the series. fast paced action, thoughtful writing, humorous, there's only a couple of minor problems with some unrealistic scenarios.
par for the course , Jeff Hayes does a greatl job.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-05-19

10 hours of nothing 1 hour of stupidity

First off Jeff Hays is a great narrator! However this book was an epic failure that came no where close to book 1. The quest given during book 1 is finally tackled.... however it takes 10 hours of your time with almost mind numbing writing. Eric Nyland has a statement in the beginning stating this book is PG13... should have stated don’t buy this instead. Eric Nyland repeats himself and beats the ideas of the first book with a crud crusted stick into a dead horse or in this case a dead drunken monkey.. Some progression ... but not enough to keep you satisfied for 11 hours. It’s frustrating to have a character do stupid things over and over again and for what.... nothing, he doesn’t learn from mistakes fast enough. This story was dull and seemed as if author had only 1 idea and to make it a book he needed a word count so it just trudged along as if starting to write a thesis for college 1 night before it was due. Do not waste your credit or money.

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  • Ryan
  • 29-04-19

Totally Useless Sidequest

It is still unknown whether the main character is an idiot because he has yet to put a single point in his Intellect stat, which remains at 0. He certainly doesn't behave like he's learned even a single thing over the course of these two books so far.

As with the first book, despite him proclaiming himself to be a pro gamer, you'll find him constantly making possibly the worst decisions in any given situation. His decisions certainly don't line up with a "game" in which there are no respawns. Listen for yourself and find yourself agonizingly frustrated when our main character... stands in a dangerous situation doing literally nothing. Or wanders off by himself when he promised he'd be a lookout. I just don't understand why the author bothered writing him as being intelligent when he's just not.

And this is a bit of a spoiler. I'll keep it mostly vague though. But the book begins with the main character assisting Morgana on a quest that is certainly along the main storyline, involving several key characters. Instead of accepting this quest, the main character ignores it in favor of going on a literal side quest. Not only does he put his party in mortal peril, he doesn't actually gain the promised rewards of the quest, and DOESN'T EVEN LEVEL. It was absurd, and I didn't believe the audiobook was over when it was. If the first book left me unsure, this book confirms it for me. Won't be getting the next in the series.

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  • Robert D. Krill Jr.
  • 06-10-19

Quality litrpg gold

If you enjoy the litrpg genre, interesting and developed characters with action and humor, this is it. Enjoy the ride.

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  • Mary
  • 13-07-19

Hektor where have you been

Hektor is a witty, slightly naive, and chivalrous character you can’t help but love. Morgana is a woman after my own heart. Thanks for providing a more mature woman, and not a high school or college girl. Elmac is a rough around the edges dwarf, you can’t help but root for. I love the series and look forward to the next audible book

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  • gerik
  • 12-06-19

Jeff Hays does it again!

absolutely loving the story, the narration is awesome as always. only bad thing to say is I read the book too early, and now have to wait for the next one

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  • Daniel K. Greer
  • 03-06-19

Great Series!

I love the summary/review at the beginning. Every series should do that for previous books.
I went through book 1 and 2 really fast. The series is great and I can't wait for book 3 on Audible!

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