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The Skull Throne Audiobook

The Skull Throne: Kingdom of Heaven, Book 1

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The skull throne sits empty and the Kingdom of Heaven is in turmoil.

Enter "iron" Jack Russo. Able to drop newbs with a single headshot and the king of online games. At least, he used to be, before his sister got pregnant and he had to get a job to help take care of them.

But when a particle accelerator explodes, causing Jack to get stuck in his favorite game, Kingdom of Heaven, he'll have to conqueror Heaven and seat himself on the skull throne. If not, he'll be trapped in the game forever.

©2017 Jason Cipriano (P)2017 Jason Cipriano

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    Six Dublin 06/10/2017
    Six Dublin 06/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A real treat for the fans of LitRPG genre"

    OH MY GODS!

    I know it's another book by J.A. Cipriano and that by this point I shouldn't really even be getting surprised like this. His writing just keeps getting better, and even if I actually read it I don't think I'd be able to put it down.

    But as an audiobook? Un-be-lievable!
    The voices, the acting, the emotion... Oh man!

    Narrators can bring so much goodness to a book and make it so much more than it ever could have been if you read it for yourself. And if they're on top of their game, the whole thing becomes a theater in your mind.

    This book you simply have to listen. If you don't, you will still enjoy it, but you will have no idea what you've missed.

    Let me get this straight - I've never heard Jeff Hays in my life. I had no idea what to expect of him and his performance. When the book offer came up, I just saw Cipriano wrote it and didn't even check the audio sample. He always gets great people to read his books, and he's one hell of a writer, so why even bother, right?

    My first minute of listening was "Hm. OK. There's something unusual about this guy's voice."

    And then, another voice joined in. And it was a female voice. And it was a very good female voice! Generally, male narrators do better female voices than the other way around, but this was really good. Like, Ray Porter or Marc Thompson-level good.

    And so the story continued, and every single voice in there was epic in its own right! Up and coming narrators - listen and take notes.

    Characters are well written, but Jeff gave them life and uniqueness. I should probably give a huge credit to Conner Kressley too, as he co-authored this awesome book. With Cipriano and his frequent co-writing deal I never know who works on which part. And I'm not sure I even care. End result is always awesome.

    Book starts the second LitRPG series I've read from Cipriano - first one being Soulstone - and it's the second one done right.

    Character introductions are seamless, have a purpose and are not overly dramatic during their initial appearance as we tend to see nowadays. Well formed, built over time, and definitely not forgettable.

    Majority of the story plays out in the virtual world, as we've come to expect with LitRPG genre, but as this is the exact reason I'm reading it I couldn't find any faults with it :-)

    There's an immediate fork which differentiates The Skull Throne from Soulstone, and it's a good thing. Similarities of the virtual world quickly end, and I was left to enjoy the new world without having to subconsciously compare them.

    Writer definitely isn't a one-trick-pony when it comes to similar subjects. Something I feel should be pointed out.

    If anything, the book kind of expects you to have an MMO experience of sorts. If not, then an open mind is required so you can actually enjoy it. If not, you're definitely holding/listening the wrong book.

    But I think the preamble takes care of that. "Enter "Iron" Jack Russo. Able to drop newbs with a single headshot and the king of online games." Yep, you're in the right place :-)

    There's even a glossary of game terms at the end! Second-to-last chapter. Read first. I wish I did :-)

    I couldn't help but feel how stuff, which is generally visual, got conveniently formed to accommodate narration. For example, combat logs, when you see something like:

    "Goblin Thief hits you for 2432 Physical damage.
    You are Poisoned.
    You take 200 Poison damage.
    12378 energy remaining."

    A special voice is used for events like this, and it works surprisingly well!

    "Congratulations! You have reached level 53!
    The Principalities smile on you. You gain 2 attunement ranks.
    You gain 2 Essences of Principalities"

    Yes, it's actually "listen-able". Jeff the Wizard makes it so! Even the glitching characters are awesomely "converted".

    "IronJack! Who is your best friend?" Jackal cracked me up every time. Ridiculously funny character. Also, made 50x better by hero-level voice acting.

    Sequel cannot come soon enough. It's written already, but I'll absolutely wait for the audiobook to come out of production! Hope it arrives before holidays :-)

    So, now I'm going to chase down books voiced by Jeff, as I simply have to confirm that this isn't a fluke. If he's really of Ray Porter's or Marc Thompson's caliber, I'll spend my entire Audible credit bank getting new stuff.

    I'll have to find more time for reading, too. Perhaps hit the gym, as I've been planning for months now, and listen while on a treadmill.

    - "I want you to be happy Jackie."
    - "Don't call me Jackie!"
    - "Why not? You can call me Chuck!"

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  • Tyler U.
    17/10/17
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    "A pretty good LitRPG"

    I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    So, this was a good, and fun LitRPG story. I enjoyed the particle accelerator exploding and sending Jack into a video game world and the exploits he has. He is a bit thick, what with all of his denial about his situation, but that wasn't a complete turn off. All in all, this was a really enjoyable story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • alias11
    16/10/17
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    "Entertaining LitRPG"

    I'm not a fan of complex LitRPG, so this book/audiobook was perfect. It didn't go overboard on player stats, energy and hit points, and missions, etc. It gave enough detail to keep me aware of the game-play, but not so much that I was bored or pulled out of the story trying to keep track. I enjoyed the exploration of the dual personas of Jack's life inside and outside of the game. It made him more like a real person I could relate to. The story is serious and poignant in some places, and funny in others. It was just the right mix for me. Jack's adventure is entertaining, while also opening his eyes to what is really important to him and helping him to understand the responsibilities expected of a good person. I am really looking forward to learning what happens to Jack from here.

    The narrator did a great job of pacing throughout the story. The delivery sounded very natural. He did a great job giving different characters different voices, and also matched his vocal inflection and delivery to what was happening in the story at that time.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mandy
    10/10/17
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    "Great!"

    I'm kind of new to the dark fantasty genre and I wasn't really sure it was for me at first but i really enjoyed this story. The narration was really well done but the story itself was also interesting and kept me engaged all the way through. I'm looking forward to more in this series!

    **I received a copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review**

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Karowski
    10/10/17
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    "Amazing LitRPG novel"

    The LitRPG series is an open series of loosely connected worlds and concepts all centered around an almost Tron like immersion into various RPG worlds. They can be read individually or as a whole and every one of them is unique and totally amazing. From zany characters, awesome quests, mindless leveling up, awesone weapons and magics. A D&D lovers dream come true. Recommend all of them. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sairaika
    09/10/17
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    "A wonderful read!"

    The skull throne sits empty and the Kingdom of Heaven is in turmoil...
    Enter "iron" Jack Russo...

    The story was so interesting that I got hooked right from the start!

    Perfect for readers of LitRPGs.

    The narrator did such a great job of narrating that I enjoyed this story so much better listening to it (rather than reading it)!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trisha
    Arkansas, USA
    03/10/17
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    "Stuck in a video game"

    I am honestly new to LitRPGs. I have saw a few and passed over them because I thought they would be boring or just annoying....

    This book was anything but boring or annoying. I found myself entranced by the world of the Kingdom of Heaven and could see myself thinking many of the same things Jack thought were I in the situation. I am out having a drink at a crappy hotel and the next thing I know, I'm stuck in a video game I love to play. I would be convinced I was dreaming.

    I am really excited to listen to the next book! The story was so interesting and the narration was amazing.

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Beaulieu
    01/10/17
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    "Buy this book for the narration"

    The narrator is one of the best. Voices, inflections, it’s all there and it’s all perfect.

    The story fell flat. Things happen and people meet for not other reason than to advance the plot. Two dimensional characters and unbelievable plot lines (even for a litrpg). If this was a first book then kudos. But it needs some help.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ammon Anderson
    Columbus, OH-USA
    27/09/17
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    "Wonderful new RPG Lit"

    Having read a few of these and enjoying them all quite a bit, this is a little different spin. Typically the main characters "choose" to import into the game.

    This one is about a character that doesn't want to be there. It was a nice change of pace.

    The narrator is perfect for the Character. I believe that I wouldn't have liked it nearly as much if I had read a paper version. He really brought the main character to life.

    The story doesn't meander. It is fast paced and wonderful The ending was a bit anti-climactic, and is obviously intended for a sequel. It would have been nice if there was something satisfying about the ending. There isn't. It leaves things in a heap. But I guess it works, because I plan on reading the next one:)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kimberly Smith
    Oklahoma City
    24/09/17
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    "Great series starter!"

    This is not my usual genre BUT I thoroughly enjoyed it! I was surprised at how fast this book grabbed my attention. I was hooked from beginning to end. The narrator did an excellent job giving each character a unique voice. I will definitely listen to the next in the series.
    I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jean doe
    DFW
    24/09/17
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    "Gaming turned into Reality.."
    Any additional comments?


    This book centered around the main lead, Jack, and his love of the game, "Kingdom of Heaven".

    The story line is filled with suspense, action and sacrifice.

    It was well written and the characters were extremely likable.

    Jeff Hays did really well with the narration.

    Note:
    "This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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